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Name of show that this character is from: Gummi Bears
EPISODE TYPE: Growth Potion (Formula)
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WHAT IS TOADIE?: An anthro, furry, light green ogre
IS HE MACRO ORIGINALLY?: No
HOW DID HE BECOME MACRO?: Fell into well with growth potion in it
MACRO NAME: --SAME AS BEFORE--
REVIEW OF EPISODE: A fun episode actually and considering it was one of the first Disney Afternoon type cartoons made, it started off a great trend that would continue for a long time to come. Toadie made for a good giant and the situation flowed nicely but was far from perfect, but a very good attempt overall.
Toadie makes for a fun giant and seems to take full advantage of the situation. But the story is anything from original. It's been done before. Little guy gets picked on, little guy suddenly becomes really big, little guy who is now big guy turns the tables on those that abused him, little guy loses size at end with everything going back to normal and never referred to again. But it is a formula that works and Toadie seemed like only to obvious a choice for this but of course a Gummi Bear gone big would have worked well too. But this way at least we have him abusing the bad guys rather then a good guy afraid to do anything due to his size.
There were a few story details that didn't work for me though. Just the whole small world syndrome that goes on sometimes in cartoons bothers me. RIght place at the right time as well. Sunni happens to have been looking for a place to dump her growth potion as Toadie gets shot on an arrow to where she happens to be. She winds up untying his binds and the potion gets dumped into a well that Toadie happens to get blown into by the same ogres that bullied him earlier. I don't know, sometimes I wish they could be a little more original with the ideas and stuff.
Toadie was very out of character in this episode to make things work as well. Mouthing off to Duke, becoming mr. nice guy to Sunni due to her saving his life and then becoming an enemy to Duke and the ogres all to save Sunni. Of course even after Toadie has his fun as a giant, everything at the end seems to be forgotten where Duke takes Toadie back and Toadie doesn't care that he is just someone who is abused and blindly goes back to them saying he won't be friends with Sunni anymore. Made me kind of wonder if there was even a point to what Toadie just went through as he learned nothing at all from the whole experience. There were a lot of cool moments though. Toadie looming off the side of a building as if doing his King Kong impression while grabbing for Sunni was something you never thought you would see in a Gummi Bears episode. And the way he totally abused Duke was a nice turn of power there. Sticking poor Duke into his pocket with his hairball collection was a fitting torture I felt. It's too bad they didn't show Toadie bursting out of the ground though as he grew, I don't know why they couldn't show it, its not like we couldn't figure out what had happened. I guess the shock value wouldn't have been as great for when he shows up at the castle giant sized. The situation was well handled for the most part. Toadie proved his point quite well and the episode ended with Toadie being taken back so there wouldn't be any questions left to ask in the next episode.
A few negatives I think to this episode were that Toadie didn't do much with his size besides hold Duke, save Sunni and put some ogres in their place. Just seems like more could have been accomplished then was. I also felt the ending was too quickly wrapped up and conveniently worked out when after all Toadie and Duke went through in the moments before would have told us otherwise. Toadie also complained of hating himself while talking to Sunni as if she was Lucy from Peanuts behind her Therapy stand for $.05. It was an awkward moment to say the least. Its just sad that the ending was so far fetched as it was. I think it could have been better ended with Duke and the ogres running away in fear or something as Toadie still giant sized winks saying "I could learn to like this" or something similar like that would have perhaps worked better. Its very hard to believe that Duke forgives Toadie after all he did just because he would tell where Sunni was. Duke isn't much of a dictator if that's the case.
Overall I think it's a fun episode. It was one of the first 80's Disney toons to have a good giant situation that would set a mark for years to come in Disney tv toons. It could have been better but I do think people will get a kick out of the situations and the funny moments that Toadie as a giant finds himself in. The character is a good choice for being macro and Sunni makes for a good innocent bystander who seems to have gotten mixed up in this feud between Duke and Toadie while coming out of it no worse for words. It should and could have been much more but for a short 11 minute episode it pulls off the situation as well as could be expected given what we had to work with and the characters involved in the story.
MEMORABLE QUOTES AND MOMENTS IN EPISODE:
(A grateful Toadie starts to kiss Sunni's legs for saving his life as she looks down at him cluelessly)
Toadie: "You save Toadie's miserable life. Now miserable life belong to you."
Sunni: "What are you doing?"
Toadie: "Why I'm thanking you."
Sunni: "Look..umm you are welcome. But I have to go now.."
(Toadie starts to lick Sunni's feet)
Sunni: "Stop it.. ewww"
Toadie: "Don't send Toadie away. I was first in my groveling class, am a diligent worker and make a perfect footstool."
(A panic and scared ogre runs in on Duke Igthron as he is interrogating Sunni)
Ogre: "Dukie!! Toadie back!!"
Duke: "Well just throw him out again.."
Ogre: "I'd rather not..."
Duke" Then I'll do it!"
Toadie's voice: "Where's my friend!!?"
Duke: "What is that!!?
(A huge Toadie eyeball looks in on the window of the castle starring down Duke)
*****************Duke: "You've always been a turncoat for those vile little Gummi Bears."
FINAL NOTES:*One of the few Disney Cartoons that actually lasted for more then 2 seasons. Originally this was a Saturday morning cartoon shown in 13 episode segments a season. Disney has a strict 65 episode policy so the show kept going until they reached that number of episodes which was the 6th season. This cartoon appeared on various networks throughout it's run. Starting on NBC and eventually going to ABC and then syndication as part of the Disney Afternoon.
Factual -- If one drop of the growth potion made the Gummi Berry grow as big as it did, the whole well full of the potion that made Toadie bigger, should have made Toadie much larger then he became due to him absorbing a whole bottles worth of the potion.
Factual -- Toadie grew inside the well, yet we see him as a giant with the top part of the well on his head as if he grew under it. This is not likely to have happened even though they show him growing underneath it as the well would have broken from his size and not stayed in one piece at the top like it did.
Continuity -- After Toadie is rescued you hear the arrow fall off the side of the cliff and break. But when the two ogres return for the arrow, it is in perfect shape. How did they get the arrow if it was all the way down the long cliff bottom and how wasn't the arrow broken?
+ :Fun episode where Toadie gets to turn the tables on the ogres and Duke Igthron who have always bullied him. Toadie has lots of fun as a giant and there are some good moments to be found here with Toadie being the bully instead of the other way around for a change.
- :No growth moment. Just the ground growing under the well. Toadie's reign as a giant ends quickly and the ending seems quickly wrapped up contradicting everything else prior.
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