on 25 September 2008
Having never read Viz before, I was coming at this with an entirely objective viewpoint, and it's a very funny cartoon, although I'm not sure how true it stays to the comic. The animation is crude (the way I like it) and so are a lot of the jokes, but it does so in a style thats a very clever paradoy that worked then, and still works even today.
Roger Mellie is a TV presenter who's rude, sexist and always swears, and Billy the Fish is a very daft story about a fish that plays for a football team. I've since been recently told by a friend however that this is a parody of comics for boys from the 1950's. So there, if I found it funny without even properly getting the joke, that's surely a good thing?!
A dvd reissue of two of the VHS animations of characters from adult humour comic Viz that first appeared on video back in the 90's.
Roger Mellie is a foul mouthed and ultra unprofessional tv presenter, and the bane of his harassed producer Tom's existence. He takes on thinly veiled versions of certain popular tv formats. And chaos results with hilarious consequences.
Billy the fish is a parody of boy's football comics of old, and is the tale of Billy Thomson. Who, despite being born half man half fish, makes a career as goalkeeper for Fulchester United FC. And runs into problems that could have come straight out of those old comics.
Both are perfect translations of the comic strip material onto the screen - there are some very minor changes to both from the original stories - and both have very crude animation, which nonetheless suits the needs of the style of the thing rather well.
Both are divided into four parts of roughly eight minutes each, and can be watched all at once or individual part by part. Billy the Fish does end on a cliffhanger. Which will never be resolvd onscreen. But for what happens next, read old Viz collected editiosn.
There are no subtitles.
And the only language is English.
They do both look a bit dated now but both are still a lot of fun and perfect for fans of the comic. Who are, after all