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I want to tell you a story about---I wanna tell you a story about Black Dynamite.
Everybody knows Black Dynamite…as far as I’m concerned, it’s a movie that is a Blaxploitation spoof/homage action and comedy film that stars Michael Jai White as the title character and after this the first few times…..this was one of the funniest movies I have seen in a long time, especially for a parody movie since those haven’t been good in a long, long time if you get the drift. For me, Michael Jai White really makes the movie work since he was very hilarious and it helps that he is an actually martial artist in some of his movies (I forgave him for Spawn a long time ago.)
But this isn’t about the movie……oh no, this is about the animated series based on the same film that is pretty much like the movie itself, only in animated form. Not only Michael Jai White reprises his role as Black Dynamite, Byron Minns, Tommy Davidson and Kym Whitley reprises their film roles as Bullhorn, Cream Corn and Honeybee, respectively. Although I don’t know if the series take place before or after the movie, especially what happened to Bullhorn and Cream Corn.
Now I have seen the 11-minute pilot "Trouble on Puppet Street" that aired on Adult Swim online over a year ago about him stopping a rogue education show puppet from exploiting his diabolical plan to kids everywhere and the premiere episode called "Just Beat It or Jackson Five Across Yo' Eyes" (its 22-minute permanent format debut – as far as I know) is about when Cream Corn saves the life of young Michael Jackson from an assassination attempt, they become best friends but Black Dynamite soon discovers that what MJ is like under the shadow of the public.
Did I forget to mention that the episode has a lot of Michael Jackson song references? Hell, if you guess all of them, you’ll win……..absolutely nothing!!
For the pilot episode, yes, it was very short because I think that originally it would be the 11-minute format that most Adult Swim shows (either animated or live-action) would always show but still it was a very funny episode overall especially this line:
Now i'd lie to ya and say Im going out for a pack of cigarettes, but the truth is ..Im leaving you to raise 8 year old Black Dynamite all by yourself,..so dig it while ya can, cause the light just turned *********green...bye *****.
TF Kurtis (voiced by JB Smoove) was very decent as an f**ked-up ghetto version of Kermit the Frog. All the performances were pretty great in my opinion.
Now for the Michael Jackson episode…….they was actually funnier than the pilot.
Look, I know MJ is…..well, you know, dead and gone but it has been over 3 years and I think that you can make a Michael Jackson joke or references and it can still be tasteful but not insulting. The young MJ here sounds like more messed up in the head than the actual one.
For the animation, this is very reminiscent of the animation style that’s similar to The Boondocks and mainly that’s because the same animation team of that show worked on this one, too. One of the producers is Carl Jones, who you know as the voice of Otis “Thugnificent” Jenkins on The Boondocks and he also works there as a director of the first TV-broadcast episode, does some voices on the show and is a voice director himself. The animation studio was Titmouse, Inc., that has done a lot of animated shows in the past like Metalocalypse, Megas XLR, Freaknik: The Musical, Avatar: The Last Airbender & Afro Samurai.
AS OF NOW……..This is a very funny series, no doubt about it, which has the same brand of humor as of the movie, more or less, and I’m going to keep watching it. Now, I am not going to rate this until the season is finished and I think it’s also something to keep us on hold until The Boondocks Season 4 comes to fruition and believe it, they will come back.
Maybe I should do a Top 10 Favorite Boondocks Episodes………..when they announced an airing date on Season 4.
So, until then, I’m MAK2.0 aka HybridMedia, bringing all the elements in one format.
BLACK DYNAMITE – (Animated Series) –courtesy of Titmouse, Inc. / ArsNova / Williams Street
(Film) – Courtesy of Apparition / Destination Films/ ArsNova