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Freakazoid: The Original Freak: How what started as a straightforward animated action hero evolved into a chaotically comic cartoon phenom
Freakazoid-less Freakzoid promos: Cruise ship parodies that promoted the series launch
Commentary on 3 key episodes by senior producer Tom Ruegger, voice of Freakazoid Paul Rugg and writer John McCann
The only thing that anyone could be certain of in Season One of the animated superhero spoof Freakazoid! is that no one can be certain of anything. Most of the season's 12 episodes contained three to four short segments, interrelated only by the fact that the star of each one is Freakazoid!, a super-powered but somewhat doltish good guy whose alter ego is teenage computer geek Dexter Douglas. Also appearing are Dexter's sort-of girlfriend Steph, the neurotic police sergeant Cosgrove, and seedy master villain The Lobe. This season's consignment of craziness includes a bloodless spoof of the "Friday the 13th" movies, filmed in SCREAM-O-VISION; an escapade with Lord Bravery, a shameless takeoff of Hanna-Barbera's Jonny Quest; the ongoing plight of the Huntsman, an unemployed superhero who goes into hissy-fits because there aren't any criminals in his city; and a Woody Allen-esque luncheon in which a group of old, out-of-shape superheroes kvetch about how life has passed them by. Also, a group of lawn gnomes try to improve their malevelont image; Freakazoid! is saddled with a self-appointed sidekick, the obnoxious Fan Boy; our hero tries to tame a mad dog, dubbing his new pal "Foamy"; Christmas is threatened by the misbehavior of crime czar "Arms" Akimbo; "The Nerdator" kidnaps all the nerds in the world, thereby diminishing Freakazoid!'s fan base; the Cobra Queen grosses everybody out, dude, when she sets up headquarters in a sewer; and Leonard Nimoy is pestered by autograph seekers (Wait: Are you sure this is really a cartoon?) The only episode containing a single segment is "The Chip" which explains the computer meltdown that transformed Dexter Douglas into Freakazoid!, narrated by Motion Picture Association of America executive Jack Valenti (we swear we're not making this up). ~ Hal Erickson
A great show of yesterday
Posted by: Mustakrakish from: Manassas, Va on
I watched this when I was younger and it was great, and then it just vanished. It's even better being older and watching it, you get all the jokes you didn't get when you were younger. I highly recommend this for its clean humor and insanity.
3 out of 3 found this review helpful.
Favorite animated series of all time!
Posted by: FatNinja from: Fargo, ND on
i used to love this show as a kid for the pratfalls and sillyness, but as a watch it as an adult now, it's only gotten MORE hilarious!
running gags, celebrity jokes from the 90's, clever puns, and of course over-the-top sillyness combine with the superhero cartoon genre to create one of the funniest shows you have ever seen, weather you're a child or an adult.
sadly this show was overshadowed by the other more popular Steven Speilberg cartoons such as Animaniacs, Tiny Toon Adventures, and Pinky and the Brain and it only lasted two seasons, but now you can own the entire first season on DVD! :D
2 out of 2 found this review helpful.
Posted by: cdeguzman from: Chicago, IL on
Runs around in underwear
Rescues Washington D.C.
Unless something better's on TV
His brain's overloading
It has a chocolate coating
Textbook case for Sigmund Freud
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
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