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Warning: As my first review, I may make some mistakes and might have not added everything that I wanted to add in this review. Also, if you have a different idea of what this show is about, or if you are not satisfied by this review do one of the three things; 1. Make your own review of the show 2. Discuss it, not troll it, to say why it is what you think it is or 3. Just accept that this is how I see this show. With that said, let’s get on with this review.
Fanboy and Chum Chum was thought to be a part of that list of “undreated great shows”. For a while now, I have asked several people about this show, and most of them have said that “This is a bad show” or “This is the worst show on Nick” and so on and so forth. From what I’ve seen in the commercials of this show, I thought it would be a slightly silly cartoon that would have a certain type of nerd humor (people in superhero suits, especially in cartoons, instantly make me think that there would be something nerdy somewhere). Does this show actually meet up to these expectations? For those of you who know the answer to that question, lets solidify that reasoning in this review of Fanboy and Chum Chum.
We begin with the animation to this show. With Nickelodeon being probably the first station to actually air CGI animated shows, if not the most popular, there would be an obvious improvement to how the characters looked and how the environment would look slightly more realistic; however, it does not. The CGI animation in this show is really poorly made, with the characters looking as though they are still in the development stage, especially with their eyes having that irritating shine to make them seem more “realistic” but, unfortunately, it ends up making the characters appear worse. Also, the back ground looks as though Kindergarteners gave the developers the houses and trees they’ve drawn and the developers said “well, as long as it looks cute. . .” and went with it. On a special note with the back ground, a perfect example with it is the trees, how they look like branches with drawn leaves on them. Also, when water is squirted at someone, it looks as though it is being squirted on a wall and disappears in thin air. Although, there are a few moments where I do see some effort in the animation, it all has discontinuity to it all together, which doesn’t work, especially since you are making a tv show with this animation.
Next, we talk about the characters. To me, some characters can actually save a show that has flaws because they can be very likable, interesting, and so on; on the other hand, these characters are the total opposite. We start with our main characters, Fanboy and Chum Chum, who are mainly idiots that try to do the dumbest things for no apparent reason. They are usually jumping all over the walks and be the next Looney toon characters, because of how silly the animators do with them; from literally falling apart to standing still in midair, they are just toons with no Looney. It may be because of how they are voice acted; which just feels as though the voice actors don’t know to have that Jim Carry kind of silly voice, or personality, and fails to where it seems dull and irritating at times. The side characters are simply as one dimensional as the animation, and also has the weirdest, and possibly the worst written, named characters that I’ve seen in any show. Most characters that we see most often include Boog, the stereotypical bully that “bops” people, or just hits them in the head, just to “bop” them. There is Yo, a girl who tries to keep the Chum Chum character like a doll, just to be as scary as any typical horror character. Then there is Lenny, who is the only tolerable character on the show because he is almost as annoyed of the two main characters as much as we are. Oz, played by Josh Duhamel, who is a failed attempt at satire of your stereotypical geeky guy, who is all about the rare toys, comic books and so on.
Finally there are your characters that are pulp culture references that should be funny, but are not. There’s Kyle, played by Jamie Kennedy, who is simply an unlikable Harry Potter character who is simply there to just make a reference to one of the most popular movies to date. A Terminator character that is simply used to reference one of the greatest movies in Science Fiction movie history. Also, a Darth Sidious reference, which is named Janior Poopatine (Chancelor Palvitine) just, to not only reference Star Wars, but to make a fart joke as well for no real reason. The one who is probably the most irritating is Michael Jackson. You heard it folks, there is a Michael Jackson reference who just stands in the background. He is simply used to say that “Hey, we have Michael Jackson in our show, isn’t it goofy? LAUGH PEOPLE LAUGH?!” He isn’t really used to make a joke, which could be considered a compliment to not make a poop reference to Michael Jackson, but then you have to wonder why this character has to exist in the first place?
The humor in this show is very poor and highly unmemorable, but weirdly it can work in some ways. When looking at this show's characters and elements to pop culture, I may be wrong about this, I feel that this show's humor could be so much better if Edger Wright was involved becuase it feels like it was made for him, but he turned it down; unfortunatly, we have to deal with guys who have no idea what they're doing and make up jokes to have a cute laugh. From fart jokes to pulp culture reference, Nickelodeon really did look all over the world for Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer to write this show. With a show that is as surprisingly horrible as this, there is always that scene in the matrix, a Lord of the Rings moment, even YouTube references. Are you serious Fanboy and Chum Chum? For shame, these are the type of jokes that the Horrible Movie Duo themselves do on a regular basis, and should make people lose their careers; on the other hand, there are somethings that are some sort of clever and interesting, but the problem is they beat the joke to the ground.
There is no such thing as a plot in this show because the show has no sense of reality and isn’t really funny. Most of the show's called “plot” involve the two boys being involved with something “zany and wacky”, doing “zany and wacky” things, and, in the end, have a Deus Es Macchina to make our characters happy and repeat. The stories never really make much sense and feels as though the creators have no idea how to make a plot without doing something stupid for our characters to make them seem “funny”. Nothing in hear flows into the story, and the endings make everything completely worse.
Overall, this show makes me say WHY?! But without making me feel really frustrated about it at the same time. Even though the animation isn’t that great, the characters are irritating, the jokes are mediocre, at best, and nothing makes much sence, I really don’t despise this show with a blistering passion. Although I made be somewhat irritated, I feel as though the creators were trying to make something that would appeal to kids, and would have some funny and clever things about it; unfortunately, they don’t have a flipping clue what they were doing and in the end makes this show into a complete mess and makes the audience go “WHY WAS THIS SHOW MADE?!?!?!?!?”. If you feel like this show is a F**K YOU!!! That’s fine with me, but I’m just not as frustrated with this show, except for the endings, as others do. Basically, for me, it is a show that is trying to do something somewhat clever, but it completely misfires.
Well, thats it folks, my first review. I'd like to see what you think and it would. If you want me to do some other cartoons, thats fine to, but I think I already have a schedule of cartoons that are begging to be reviewed. So for now, Later!
Fanboy and Chum Chum doesn't belong to me, rather it belongs to Frederator Studios and Nickelodeon