TAKE ME TO THE PICTURES
EPISODE TYPE: Growth Ray (Potion)
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WHAT IS CHET?: An anthro, furry, tiny sized horse
IS HE MACRO ORIGINALLY?: No
HOW DID HE BECOME MACRO?: Kisses Scottish Wishing Stone and wishes to be big
MACRO NAME: --SAME AS BEFORE--
REVIEW OF EPISODE: The best thing I can say about this episode is that it was good to see a giant horse situation. Those seem rare and few between which is too bad as I think the idea of a giant horse is a cool one. Already a powerful and strong animal, getting more size and power, yet not being known to be dangerous or ferocious as some other animals can be seen to be. If anyone has seen the Littlest Pet Shop prior, they would know that Chet out of all the characters seemed to be the most disturbed with the fact that he is a tiny sized pet. The rest of the characters seem to be able to deal with it and make the best of it, but he always wished that he were a regular sized horse. So logically if you had to pick a character to make macro out of the five regular's in the show, he was the most obvious one. And as stated before it is good to see a giant horse situation, but the episode just wasn't as good as it tried to be. It was full of filler, weird situations and was just down right confusing and rushed overall. It tried to use a little of everything but this is a case of good idea, less then average episode.
I was most disappointed by the way this episode started out. I didn't get it and still wonder why he went this path rather then just adding more of the macro situation or at least a good build up then with the way he went to start here. We see Chet walking through the hallways of the company that makes the Littlest Pet Shop cartoon that he is supposed to be a character on, as if he's just an actor or something. He walks into the writers room and then for two minutes we have him talking to a writer of the show (who they don't really show, he is mostly seen as a silhouette covered in black rather then just seeing him fully) about how he has a problem with one of the lines in the script. We then have the writer saying "You want to be big I'll make you really big!" and then Chet explains that it was just a line he had trouble with. Only for the writer to hand him the computer telling him to do it. While all that was going on we had random things being dropped down on Chet (Like a bull and tractor and mini airplane). It was just random nonsense that wasn't cute or creative. After that scene ended the episode just started as if that all didn't happen. Was it the writer making Chet big or Chet making this strange episode that followed? And most of all.. why would anyone even care about this stuff? Lets see the situation build up as if it were a regular episode. Instead of all that nonsense lets have some substance to the episode. What about some more Chet in the city or some more Chet and the military going on there. How about explaining how Chet got into the various situations he found himself into or more going on then just 5 quick growth spurts and that's it. An episode like this really makes you wonder what could have happened that caused them to have to use filler at the beginning. Couldn't come up with any good macro situations? Wanted to be funny at the beginning somehow? Wanted to make a character big on the show but couldn't think of a logical way to do it without having that opening before hand? I don't know. But all I do know is, it really stunk that we had to sit through that and then get something really rushed to follow it.
That wasn't the only problems here. The end was just as confusing as the beginning. Chet is (I think) supposed to be sitting atop the planet Earth as if he grew so big he now sat on the very planet. Thetas fine and a good idea but it isn't understood if that really is what the case was. First of all what he is sitting on doesn't look anything like Earth. Just some purplish rock or something. Secondly the military general is coming from somewhere in outer space away from the planet heading towards it meaning that maybe it isn't Earth after all. Also if a big horse was sitting on the very planet, wouldn't it have been more noticeable then it was? It took a satellite feed to alert one general in the military to realize that something big was going on? The only reason we are to believe that it is actually the Earth are the fact that he said "If I grow any bigger I'm going to need to move to a bigger planet" and the fact that a satellite orbiting the planet hits him in the head. But it was still very poorly done as were many points in the episode. We have Chet out growing the pet shop at one point with his head bursting through the ceiling. The next moment he has the whole roof balanced on his head in perfect shape just jumping out with no damage done. We have the general in his space ship being swatted at by a huge Chet hoof hand then we have the general landing on a head that should have been much bigger if a horse that big was just swatting at a space ship the size of a fly. Gall Stones that just sit in a cup on a table and lots of other wacky out there stuff. It just wasn't that creative or funny as much as the writer perhaps hoped it was. Maybe he was limited as this is supposed to be for a much younger audience then most cartoons target, but either way it should have all been executed much better.
This episode isn't a total loss though. There are some great situations and even some good one liners that fill it. Some of Chet's expressions were interesting to note. Like he gives a horse snort to a helicopter that flies by his huge face as he is looming over traffic blocking the street. And when Chet is growing he has these surprised "what's going on?" type of looks. Overall though it turned into your typical, good guy wanting to be big badly only to want to be small again moments later episode. Been done before and many times after. The growth situations, which unfortunately were only limited to about 3 times were not to bad. He grows first in the shop. Then grows again through the ceiling and then through the clouds. We don't see his growth when he winds up sitting atop Earth or whatever that planet type thing he was on was supposed to be. But it does turn out to be a mega macro moment due to him sitting on the planet and I don't think too many would have a problem with a huge horse sitting on the planet like that.
The general that was in this was ok. It was an attempt to spoof the ol' cliché army officer who will do what it takes to stop said monster. But he had some slight chuckle type of lines. But again his whole involvement didn't make much sense either and it just seemed like writer was grasping here for good ideas rather then really thinking out what would make a good situation to have a giant Chet in. Still it's better then a lot of things that are just really bad and while this isn't really great it is really average and that's not so horrible considering how hard it is to find good macro horses. So it's sort of a take it or leave it situation. It has lots of silly and confusing moments and you will wish they had done more then they did and written this better but it's not so horrible that it's unwatchable either. Take it for what it is and enjoy it for what it is and that's about all you can do here. Maybe one day there will be a really cool giant horse situation but this wasn't it.
MEMORABLE QUOTES AND MOMENTS IN EPISODE:
(A writer for the episode Chet will be in today answers Chet's complaints of the script for todays show)
Unnamed Writer: "Oh you want to be a big star? I'll make you big. Really big!! Ha ha ha ha!"
(Chet picks up the Scottish Wishing Stone that Elwood throws away and kisses it while doing a dance)
Chet: "I wish.. I was.. big.."
(Chet glows in a blue aura but nothing happens)
Chet: "I mighta known.."
(Chet tosses the stone away but now starts to glow and shake about)
Chet: "Huh? Either I'm real hungry, or I threw that thing away too soon.."
(Chet grows in size becoming the size of a regular sized anthro horse)
Chet: "I really popped my weasel that time."
(Stu walks back towards Chet noticing how big he is almost choking on a sandwich he was eating)
Stu: "Chet!? What happened to you?!"
Chet: "You know that there wishing stone? It really worked!"
Stu: "You expect me to believe that?"
(Chet grows again, his head pushes through the ceiling to the outside of the store)
Stu: "Ok! I believe it! I believe it!"
(Elwood walks out of the door to the stock room only to see a huge hoof of Chet blocking the path. Elwood quickly dials the phone next to him)
Elwood: "Hello! Miracle Growth Feed Company? I'm a paying customer and I got a complaint!"
(A helicopter flies about noticing a huge traffic jam that Chet has caused just by standing there)
News Helicopter Reporter: "The east bound lanes of Main Street are completely blocked by.. a gigantic horse!?"
(Chet just snorts at the helicopter that flies by his huge head)
Chet: "Hey my ears finally popped!"
FINAL NOTES:*At the beginning of the episode when Chet is talking to the writer of the show, the writer actually mentions real episodes he is working on while Chet is complaining of the script. One episode is about Chet working at a ranch and another is Chet winning the Kentucky Durby. Both episodes would appear later on in the season.
Factual -- Elwood holds up a huge glass full of a rock like object in it that is mistaken for the Scottish Wishing Stone by Stu. Elwood reveals that it was just a Gall Stone that the hospital had sent him. This is wrong for a few reasons. First the stone was way to big to be a Gall Stone. It was the size of a kidney at least. Next the hospital wouldn't just send it in a glass and put it in a glass that wasn't even big enough to hold the whole stone. Lastly the hospital wouldn't give it to a patient period. Maybe to a doctor to analyze but not just give it back to a patient like that.
Factual -- When Chet shrinks down at the end the General does as well just because he is on the head of the giant Chet at the time. This shouldn't have shrunk the general too as the wish was just to make Chet small and anything touching him shouldn't have been shrunken down as well. The planet that Chet is sitting on does shrink down or disappear as well but it is not clear if it was Earth or some other object in outer space that he was sitting atop.
Continuity -- When Chet first grows, the second growth spurt he has causes him to grow so big his head pushes right through the ceiling as rubble crashes down on the floor. In the next moment Chet has the roof balanced on his head with no hole in the roof or ceiling and no other growth spurt having taken place.
Continuity -- Stu is looking on the table for the stone that Chet tossed and comments "If I remember right Elwood had that stone somewhere around here" but he knows full well that it was Chet that just tossed it away on the floor and Elwood didn't have it anymore.
Continuity -- It is never clearly stated where exactly Chet is sitting on towards the end. It is supposed to be the Planet Earth but it is colored in some purplish color and the General is coming from a direction away from Earth when he is in outer space. Also when Chet shrinks back down the planet he was sitting on also disappears with him.
Continuity -- The space jet that the General is in is seen circling around the huge Chet looking real tiny in comparison to Chet as Chet swats it as if it were a horse fly. When the General lands on Chet's head he easily sits atop his mane covered head with the bomb which contradicts the size that the jet and Chet were only moments before. The General should have gotten lost in chet's hair if the size was still the same as he was only in the jet that was tiny in comparison to Chet moments before he was ejected out with the bomb.
+ :Good growth moments at beginning. Some good one liners by a lot of the characters in this episode. Hard to find a giant horse situation in macro episodes so this gives us that at least.
- :Pointless opening moments with him talking to the writer of the episode. Jokes and moments that just aren't funny even though they are supposed to be. Confusing moments and poorly executed plot.
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