Haha! This scene depicts a situation similar to one that I myself have been in! I have watched dorky VHS training videos at a job before! Well, OK, technically I have never watched VHS training videos -at a job-, none of my jobs ever forced me to do that because lol come on, BUT I HAVE WATCHED *clips* of VHS training videos on Youtube, so the situation Steven finds himself in is familiar to me!
Heehee, VHS training videos are a thing which exists!!! Too true, Steven Universe, too true.
It's quite parodic of those Wendy's hip hop style training videos. Also this isn't just a joke on that. I don't mean to spoil too much, but this is from an episode called "Joking Victim", so there might be some foreshadowing in this video.
Oh, so now RebbiSu is stealing material from Wendy's? Brilliant.
And Xenocide, I'd like to think that if MLP did this, they'd have the basic decency to include a joke or two; even if it's just visual humor, like a few frames of derp-eyes on the rapper. This? This isn't even funny. This is Family Guy style reference-dropping. (remember VCRs? Remember rapping? I bet you do!)
Maybe there is some foreshadowing, or some kind of meta-joke that I can't appreciate, because it's only funny in context and I need to see the rest of the episode to understand. All I know, Cena, is that this segment, on it's own, is about as lame as the WCW's Shockmaster, and only one-tenth as funny.
I found it quite funny on its own especially how the song just drones on and on with Mr. Smiley rapping about sales tax. And you say there isn't visual humor, well what about Mr. Smiley's reaction to the doughnut, or Sadie's face as the video goes on. Also the whole VHS thing isn't just about mocking old technology. Learning what a VHS is turns out to be very important for Steven later on. That's just how incredibly well thought out this show is.
How is that *funny*? Sales tax is a real thing! It applies to all purchases of edible goods, so OF COURSE any good training video would mention it! Humor relies on the subversion of expectations; merely repeating what is expected from a training video is NOT funny.
You want to see some real visual humor? Watch this, it's a fake commercial for a pizza joint:
"Bloaty's Pizza Hog" works because Jhonen Vasquez actually takes the time to draw hilarious expressions, pick out funny color schemes, and compose quirky music scores. It's like the difference between Calvin& Hobbes (Bloaty's) and Garfield (Stevechu); all that extra effort and attention to detail really pays off.
There's also this:
... which is a far better parody of both old school hiphop AND VHS technology (right down to the subtle scanlines and VHS-style sound mixing), not to mention it being a legitly phresh rap. I am particularly fond of the way Pinkie's flow successfully emulates a turntable scratch at 0:30. THAT is something made with lots of thought, effort, and heart!
"Sales tax is a real thing! It applies to all purchases of edible goods..."
Where do you buy food, an indian reservation?
OK. So after watching this clip a few times, and mulling it over for about ten or twenty minutes, I guess I can identify one bit of humor. ONE. Namely, the "joke" in this clip seems to be: Stevenchu actually enjoys watching the training video. This subverts expectations, because as we ALL know, "training videos are lame". Steven should have hated watching that training video, but he did not, sooooo... haha?
God, this show sucks. Should'a stuck to stealing ideas straight from anime.
There wasn't even humor in Pinkie's rap. It was just a bunch of facts about Wonderbolts. It was just mindless facts and names for a made up history that has no real bearing on the show. The Invader Zim commercial was just mindless shock value. You're trying real hard to hate this show. Just believe in Steven.
Pinkie's rap wasn't meant to be humorous, and yet it was still funnier than Stevechu's. And Invader Zim has a lot of shock value, but so what? Edginess is fine, so long as you've got heart and sincerity to temper it with.
I believe in Steven; I believe he's crap, and will continue to be crap. But keep the clips coming - I would like to see THE BEST scenes from SteveChu, the best you can find. Prove me wrong.
This is a really cool scene. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=09H4YhtHbt8
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