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This review is from: The Tick - The Complete Collection (Season 1-3)  [DVD] (DVD)Imagine you live in a city chock full of superheroes, most of whom are mediocre and ineffectual at best, downright dangerous to themselves and others at worst. Your hometown attracts the dregs of the caped wonders, and more than its fair share of neophyte, down-on-their-luck, or just plain desperate super-villains out to prove themselves. Then throw into the mix one big, blue, nigh-invulnerable do-gooder bent on righting all wrongs, protecting the innocent, and bringing criminals to justice! He is The Tick! He is mighty! He's also as dense as concrete baklava and almost certainly incurably insane! He speaks his own internal narration and uses a lot of exclamation marks! Welcome to The City, home of The Tick!
I'm going to say what hordes of other "Tick" fans have said about it: this cartoon, like its comic book precursor and live-action follow-up, is sheer, under-appreciated GENIUS. Oh, sure, the hardcore fans are extremely vocal in their love of this show, but this is a show EVERYONE can enjoy, because it has something for every comedic taste. It's an affectionate (but unflinching) total mockery of superhero, sci-fi, and crime comics. It's surreal and clever enough that fans of "Monty Python" and "The Goon Show" would feel right at home. It's got enough brilliant-but-dire puns in it to keep you groaning throughout. It's got bright colours, cinematic-scale action, and outright silliness for the kiddies, yet has enough throw-away adult humour to keep the grown-ups laughing. And by "adult humour," I mean jokes about relationships, security deposits, careers, psychotherapy, taking your pet capybara to the vet, and suchlike. The voice casting is excellent, the characters are ridiculous and larger-than-life yet also human enough to relate to, the scripts are slices of fried gold, the music (largely jazzy background or cheery instrumentals with a lot of good character themes thrown in) is wonderful, and the intelligence level is high (although not usually in the case of The Tick himself). The design and artwork are distinctive and beautiful with many tributes paid to many art influences (the superheroes and citizens of The City often dine in an establishment straight out of Edward Hopper's "Nighthawks," for example).
Really, I could go on and on, exploring in minute detail -- episode by episode -- why you should buy this set. But just trust me on this: "The Tick" is pure cartoon bliss. As The Evil Midnight Bomber What Bombs At Midnight says in one of the episodes, they're makin' gravy without the lumps. Which is good. The complete and utter lack of DVD Extras does nothing to detract from the content, although it would've been nice to get a soundtrack disc as well; the music's that good! I found only one actual problem with this set: the transfer to DVD wasn't perfect; there are a few spots where the image pixellates, but over the course of 12+ hours of viewing, it's a rare occurrence, and you'll be too hung up on humming the catchy big-band scat theme tune to notice. All together now: Dub DWEE dat-da-da DWEE DOW...!
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Initial post: 4 Nov 2008 11:08:12 GMT
Is the box set that's advertised really in Portuguese as the listing says? If so, why??????????????????????????????????????
In reply to an earlier post on 16 Nov 2008 21:29:51 GMT
Beedo Sookcool says:
Errrr . . . not that I know of. I mean, I ordered this very set from this very site, and the set I got was in English. I dunno where they're getting Portuguese from, unless they got it by mistake and it's the only set they've got left.
In reply to an earlier post on 3 Nov 2009 19:06:31 GMT
A. Wu says:
Just received this set -- it's the English PAL version.
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