TAKE ME TO THE PICTURES
EPISODE TYPE: Growth Ray (Formula) & Blink Moment
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WHAT IS POWER POOCH?: An anthro, furry, yellow colored, dog
IS HE MACRO ORIGINALLY?: No
HOW DID HE BECOME MACRO?: Tapped into the power of his super shoe by chewing it repeatedly.
QUOTE: (Power Pooch) "Can you say justice?!"
(Bad Cat) "TIM-BERRRRR!"
REVIEW OF EPISODE: Disappointing I think is the best word to use to start this review. In what is clearly a bad attempt to emulate the very famous and perfect Tex Avery movie short, "King Size Canary", this falls short for so many reasons it almost makes one wonder why they even bothered to make this show as well as ruin some of Tex's well known classics. I can't say much about the show. I only know of this episode in the first place by some people alerting me to it and getting a copy of it on a bargain basement DVD that had the various Power Pooch episodes. But from what I saw of this mess I can see I really didn't miss much by missing the show in it's original run on TV as well as to why it was in the bargain basement bin where it belongs.
To copy something such as King Size Canary, one better hope to have something good to back it up at least. Otherwise it comes off as unoriginal and just a bad copy of the original. Everything was just wrong about this. Why copy something so good if there is no way it could be good after it's completion? The animation was cheaply done looking like it was done in a studio somewhere in a country unknown to exist. The story is moronic and just not amusing in the slightest. And the situation is ridiculous and hard to watch at any point. It really made me wonder what they were thinking in the first place by making the show at all. It's great to homage a genius like Tex Avery and honor him with a series based on his style and humor, but its also comes off as insulting when done cheaply and with very little effort behind the process. There is nothing redeeming or noteworthy to take away from this episode or entire series. 1997 must have been a very slow year in that this slop of a show was able to make it onto the airwaves.
Where to begin... Well the worst part of all of this was the whole reaching out of nowhere to grab objects. Did someone actually think seeing a dog bashing a cat with a meteor he got by reaching up to outer space even though he is standing on the front lawn of a house at only about 30 feet was amusing? I sure didn't find it funny in the slightest. I almost lost it right there, feeling a sudden tingle of pain as Power Pooch stuffs a huge car into Bad Cat and gets into the car somehow and drives it through a wall and walks back as if he took care of that cat with that lame abusive technique. Was it that gag that we were supposed to laugh at? I just couldn't tell as I wasn't laughing. I just wanted to cringe in pain as it was that stupid. And this reaching for objects theme went on throughout the whole episode. The cat reaches for the shoe from across a floor as if he were plastic man. The giant sized mouse at the end reaches for a armored car on the ground stuffing the huge miles tall cat into it. It just was nonsensical, humorless stuff like that , that made this very hard to watch or enjoy. I don't mind silly and not realistic, this is a cartoon after all and it's expected. It's the fact that they are claiming this is Tex Avery brand humor. While it had twinges of it, it really came off like a very bad attempt to copy a humor that you really can't copy, especially in a more modern setting it just didn't work. This was bad for so many reasons but the whole super stretchy reach into outer space stuff was the worst aspect of this episode.
The animation and drawing style of the characters was just awful too. Where as the big body and short limbs worked well with Tex's humor in King Size Canary, here it just seemed to stick out like a sore thumb as we are watching the situation get worse and worse. After awhile the characters growing looked like weird triangular blobs of sorts not resembling anything but a blob type creature that can be various shapes and sizes in a very disproportionate body. At times they tried to show tone and muscle mass and other times it was just a huge blob slithering out of the various objects being based atop the other. Tex Avery had a style and purpose to the way he drew things, this just seems the style was just to be cheaply done. No other reason.
Most of all though the story should be mentioned as a very weak aspect of this episode. The minor macro moments are interesting and a nice nod to the classic before mentioned short, but the story getting us there was just lame for lack of a better word. It has this side situation with "The Maimer" who is some Arnold wanna be type hero that can talk through his comic book pages and stuff. And they have the ridiculous battle between Power Pooch and Bad Cat where no matter what they do to each other they always come right back in a blink of the eye moment with no explanation of how they got back so fast. This episode was power gaming at it's worst. You folks on the mucks who deal with power gamers that you can't stand as nothing can stop em no matter what you do. Well they may have gotten their pointers from this very episode as it was that crazy at times. The story was just awful. If they wanted to do something fun with growth, 100 other ways to get to the situation would have worked better than what they did here. This was just unenjoyable and seemed like it was just put together in two seconds. Like they just had to quickly come up with something to do that dealt with a dog vs cat situation. It's truly hard to believe that three people wrote this episode. I guess too many cooks do spoil the cooking as they say. This is proof positive.
Macro moments I guess aren't the worst thing ever seen in a macro episode. Otherwise this would be rated even worse than it is now. I think especially if you are a fan of Mega Macro moments you will get a kick out of it. But it really is only the last 30 seconds when the two are looming high to the sky and the mouse out grows them that you may get something fun out of this. Everything else is just annoying and painful to deal with for the most part. The growth is even done badly. Its hard to tell how big they are or how big they got after their chewing on this shoe. They have weird growth moments and stretch up only to bounce back down again not so large as they were for a few seconds. There were times when they are growing and no shoe is seen at any point. The sizes and macro moments that could have at least saved this episode slightly were also just done poorly and made the whole situation confusing rather then enjoyable as they were trying to make it. The idea of the mouse out growing both to end it was good as he got revenge on Bad Cat which was a nice touch. But that is really the only part I can say that I thought was done well in the whole entire episode let alone for the macro situations found here.
I wouldn't recommend this at all. You have King Size Canary which is a gem in what it is. Why watch a pale comparison that does everything you shouldn't do in a situation such as this? I don't even mind bad animation as much as the bad writing. This could have been something decent at least if they spent more than two seconds coming up with all this. As it stands now, even getting it bargain basement priced seems to be a waste of money. Macro fans won't really be running to watch this unless they just like mega macro moments where ever they can get them and this at least has that going for it. But not much else. Even the cat should have had a personality. This is just a real stinker. It should have and could have been good, but as it stands it really isn't and I would suggest not wasting your time chasing after this one. Don't say I didn't warn you. By the time they get to the dog getting iced tea from the fridge that he bashed over the cat, you too will understand why this was very hard to stomach while watching. Just fast forward to the end of it and see the big stuff and leave it at that. Save yourself the pain of watching the poor story if you must see this. I thought it was most fitting when the Maimer said it was a lame ending. And beginning.. and middle and...
MEMORABLE QUOTES AND MOMENTS IN EPISODE:
(Little Buddy fans Power Pooch who is back to normal size and unsuper form reviving him after a long battle.)
Little Buddy: "Oh P.P. What an ingenious plot. Tricking that cat, into believing he creamed you. So the mouse can get the shoe.. brilliant!!"
Power Pooch: "Justice works in mysterious ways Little Buddy. Once again I have proven, crime doesn't pay!"
(Both Power Pooch and Little Buddy give a thumbs up to the viewers. It zooms out to reveal its in a comic book with the Maimer reading it and tossing the book away)
Maimer: "Dah.. what a lame ending..."
FINAL NOTES:*Part of "The Wacky World of Tex Avery" Power Pooch was a short segment that was often featured during the various episodes of the series. The Tex Avery show was separated into three different episodes based on totally different characters. Other segments part of the show besides Power Pooch were Tex Avery and Pompeii Pete. The Wacky World of Tex Avery was only on the air for one season in 1997 often shown at an early morning time slot in which it was rarely seen by a huge audience. It was meant to be a homage of sorts to Tex Avery's style of humor and wit through the various cartoon segments that filled the shows episodes.
Factual -- Growing to 12 feet in size doesn't enable one to grab a space shuttle in outer space to stuff someone into. Most of the objects they started to grab were not possible to be where they were getting them. That includes things in outer space and things from the ocean and other areas that wouldn't be near a house. There was no logic behind where the items were coming from.
Factual -- The armored car should not have been as big as the cat that Super Mouse was holding. As first of all the cat had grown thousands of feet tall at that point and the car shouldn't have been any bigger than it normally is. If anything the armored car should have been tiny in the mouses huge hand, probably not even able to be seen and the cat still should have been much larger then the vehicle he was stuffed in.
Continuity -- All the characters in this seemed to have extending arms where they could reach something very far away without moving. This would happen often when they were fighting and grabbing objects out of no where to slam atop of each other. After the situation ended their arms were back to regular size again.
Continuity -- The scoreboard that Little Buddy is using to keep score in the battle of Power Pooch and Bad Cat reads different things at different moments with the numbers sometimes getting less than previously. For instance Bad Cat had a score of "02" at one point after hitting Power Pooch twice in a row, only for the score for Bad Cat to read "01" the next time we see it when Little Buddy adds a point for Power Pooch.
Continuity -- After awhile the two are growing without seen eating the shoe. They are just getting bigger one after the other with the shoe only seen every now and then in between the growth spells.
Continuity -- Size fluctuation problems all over the place. The sizes were often shifting and changing from one moment to the next. Sometimes being smaller than previously and other times just being bigger than they really were only to be small again. It was very hard to follow all the size fluctuations that occurred with the three giants in this.
Continuity -- A valve is clearly seen sticking out on Power Pooch's stomach after he saves the mouses life at the beginning. He uses this valve to return to his normal dog self. But the valve was not seen prior or after this at any time other than when it was used in the moment.
Animation -- When Power Pooch stuffs a full car into Bad Cat , the purple head that the cat had turns orange for a few moments before he is driven into the wall.
Animation -- The driver in the armored car that the giant super mouse is stuffing Bad Cat into turns from Caucasian colored to African American after the cat is stuffed into the car.
+ :Dog and cat growing as they battle is a good idea and fun to see done. A mini homage to King Size Canary found here. Added bonus of a giant sized mouse outgrowing everyone suddenly. The Mega Macro fans should get something out of this episode.
- :Horrible and cheaply done animation at points. Colors seemed done wrong at times and the arms stretching all over the place were annoying. Badly written and just not as much fun as they probably thought it should be. The growth moments are weird and strange even if shown.
PICTURES OF POWER POOCH, BAD CAT & SUPER MOUSE