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EPISODE TYPE: Growth Ray (Formula)
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WHAT IS COMMODORE PUDDLES?: A non anthro, non furry, pink fur colored pet Poodle Dog
WHAT IS RUFUS?: A anthro, sorta furry, pet naked mole rat
ARE THEY MACRO ORIGINALLY?: No
HOW DID THEY BECOME MACRO?: Zapped by rays of malfunctioning shrink ray
HOW MUCH OF GROWTH STAGES SHOWN?: (Commodore Puddles) All growth stages shown.
MACRO NAME: (If different from regular sized name) : SAME AS BEFORE FOR BOTH
QUOTE: (NONE--NEITHER CAN SPEAK. Just the normal animal sounds they make. )
SEX: (Both) Male
REVIEW OF EPISODE: The 50's were alive again with this short episode of Kim Possible. A nice attempt at capturing the flavor of the monster movies that used to be a dime a dozen over half a century ago. But when you come right down to it, it's just another been there done that type of situation that pits two giant animals against each other, with the good guy always having the huge advantage.
A lot of moments of humor and references to things past filled this episode, making for an enjoyable watch, but that's really all that filled the episode. The idea of a giant pink poodle on the loose was a funny one, just for the fact that its a big poodle, that's a joke in itself. Not the typical dog you imagine being a monster, so I think they made a good choice of who to pick as the evil monster animal. Commodore Puddles was in only one episode previously to this one and he was a very vicious and nasty little dog. (And he was white furred , not pink furred like he was in this episode) but for some reason he seemed to become just a regular normal behaving poodle in this episode, not that it was bad for Puddles to be acting like that as a giant but it still was a problem as it contradicted what we learned of the character previously. All that aside, it still was a good attempt at mimicking a giant animal on the loose situation. We had a few knocks at Jurassic Park with the water shaking when the giant approached and the giant Puddles taking a drink out of a swimming pool , like the T-Rex did in Lost world. We also had spoofs of Empire Strikes Back and even Matrix with every agent being named Smith. It was a good and fun idea. Just something seemed to be missing overall to make it truly good.
I suppose the real problems were the story never really develops into anything more then a predictable situation, and Rufus as a giant was something rushed towards the end making for a quick solution as to how to fix the problem. A giant Rufus wasn't a bad idea at all, but how his being giant happened was a problem and another reason why these 11 minute shorts, vs the 23 minute full length episodes are big problems when dealing with story development and being able to do a full idea without limitations. They spend so much time focusing on Puddles that no time was left to give Rufus anything rather then a quick exit and a quick return as a giant with no explanation and no taking into effect the amount of time the whole trip and transformation and return back would have actually taken. Rufus easily handles Puddles and what could have been a really great situation with not one but two giant creatures battling it out, turns into a "We need a quick ending.." situation and was over as soon as it began. If the episode was full length I think we would have seen everything to give both characters a good showing and more of a story fitting of what could have been. But even with the flaws here, it's still a fun episode at least. Just isn't one of the great ones due to the situation slowing down greatly after Puddles has a few moments out on the loose and then it becomes cliché' and good guy winning easily.
Overall I think the situation fit well into a Kim Possible environment. Rufus is the type of character who has come through for them as a last resort so it was not out of character for him to have done what he did here. Puddles made for a fun monster with a cool growth moment, even if it was done in the pink blob type of effect that is a cheesy way of doing transformation, but you will find some classic lines and fun moments throughout. It is short in length and has some story problems which is expected. You may want to see what a giant pink poodle on the rampage is like though and this will fulfill that at least nicely. This is another one of those episodes where they never shrink back the giants at the end but we do see Rufus in the last scene and he is back to normal size. So your guess is as good as mine as to how they reversed the effects. A few loose ends fixed up and a little more creativity and this could have worked nicely.
MEMORABLE QUOTES AND MOMENTS IN EPISODE:
(Commodore Puddles gets hit with the shrink ray and grows in size)
Drakken: "It's not supposed to do that. It's supposed to shrink stuff!"
Shego: "Told ya he had to go out!"
(Ron watches the playback of Commodore Puddles stomping off out of the destroyed airplane hanger on his video camera)
Ron Stoppable: "That would be the coolest shot ever. If it weren't for the 2,000 ton puddle that has been unleashed into an unsuspecting world."
(Kim arrives at Area 51 trying to tell them of the giant Commodore Puddles approaching)
Kim Possible: "There's this monster poodle..."
Kim Possible: "Commodore Puddles..."
Soldier: "Your name!!"
Kim: "Oh, uh Kim Possible."
FINAL NOTES:*This episode is Commodore Puddles' second appearance in this show. The first is an episode called "Kimitation Nation".
*This whole episode is a direct spoof on the 1950's monster movies where some animal or creature was made big in the desert and Area 51 and the military was somehow involved.
Factual -- Rufus would not have been able to get back to where the shrink ray was and then back as a giant as fast as he was able to. He left with Kim and Ron buried in the soil and only had a jet shoe as transportation. He had to activate the shrink ray, grow in size and then make his way back to Area 51 by just walking. It would have taken him much longer to do so then it did.
Factual -- When Rufus jumps into Kim's shoe he buckles a seat belt and puts on a helmet he pulled from where he is sitting. I find it t hard to believe that a shoe would have such things just in case Rufus ever needs a ride and they are trapped. Not to mention the shoe would be very uncomfortable if it had a helmet and seat belt inside of it as she walks about.
Continuity -- In the episodes prior that had Commodore Puddles in them , he was a regular white furred Poodle. This time he is colored pink throughout the whole episode.
Continuity -- Commodore Puddles as a giant came off as a cute and lovable type of dog when Drakken and Shego were on top of his head telling him where to go. But in the episode we saw him prior he was anything but this lovable and easy going normal poodle.
Continuity -- Rufus and Commodore Puddles had size fluctuation moments towards the end of the episode. Rufus towards the end is seen standing behind Kim and Ron and easily fits in the shot making him look about 15 feet or so rather then the almost 50 foot size he was just a moment before. Commodore Puddles also should not have fit into the truck he was tossed into as he was much bigger then it only moments earlier.
+ :Commodore Puddles makes for an interesting and fun giant dog. Rufus and Puddles have a very cool fight that spoofs a huge wrestling match nicely. Directly spoofs a lot of old movies and fits them into the story and situation nicely.
- :Should have been full length instead of just an 11 minute short. Not enough Rufus as a giant. Corny humor at points. Could have shown Rufus growing and how he went about it rather then just have him show up a moment later big.
PICTURES OF Commodore Puddles and Rufus