|The Mothership |
I like Dinosaurs more now....
I've always liked this show, and it almost seems like a culmination of everything the post-Vietnam 20th century flavor was rolling toward, that would be crushed permanently by 9/11. I don't want to get too crazy about a kid's show involving giant puppet dinosaurs, but there was SO MUCH they attempted to cram into it that probably could've worked had they tried a smaller approach. But, they had the technology, they had the brand, they had the money, and they tried to do a situation comedy, a slapstick puppet show, this huge special effects extravaganza, the most mundane of corporate committee thinking to meld the Disney, Henson and ABC brands into one mishmash of insanity. The worst part about it seems to have been the desire to return to the mid-70s Norman Lear sort of "social commentary satire" show, in a decade that was absolutely incapable of receiving it.
It's a potluck of elegantly prepared shit, and I appreciate it.
Everybody dying was brilliant. I can't believe they ended a program aimed for children that way. When I watched the finale as a kid I was saddened by the death of the characters, but It was all reasonable, because all kids know that the Dinosaurs went extinct.
|Jet Bin Fever |
Now a days the whole thing would be computer generated and animated and look like complete shit. Five stars for fucking building something real.
|Rodents of Unusual Size |
I never thought about how they couldn't actually see while moving around. That's all sorts of amazing.
This show was the most subversive family show ever made. I think the best episode was probably the one where TV made everyone into complete retards.
HOLY SHIT. Listening to its voice, I just realized the Baby dinosaur is voiced by Kevin Clash, who did Elmo.
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