I don't know. I just don't get it.
That's odd, because on the surface, this seems like a show that should appeal to me, as it's seeped in pop culture. There's a constant stream of references, including Star Wars jokes and video-game gags. In fact, one character, the antagonistic Boog, is almost entirely based on John Travolta's film career, taking his voice and bits and pieces of his characters, including a childhood spent in a plastic bubble. It should have worked for me, but then the farting started and never stopped. If there's an episode of this show without a fart gag, I haven't seen it.
That's the biggest issue with the series. Sure, there's a place for gross-out comedy, but it has to be strong enough to draw a laugh without the nasty business if you're going to get any real value from the gag. With two paper-thin leads in the dumb, yet enthusiastic FanBoy and the cherubic and dimwitted ChumChum, there's not much beyond the gas. There's not much motivation beyond a desire for frosty drinks and whatever interesting thing slides into view, be it the new movie based on their favorite game, Chimp Chomp, or an amazing new toy called Mechatech. It's the lack of substance, combined with the simplicity of the laughs that let me down. Compared with Nickelodeon's other successes, this one just doesn't hold up.
If the lack of big laughs weren't enough to keep me from enjoying this series, the animation would have done the trick. Though the CG animation is impressive, the style is not my cup of tea, putting the glossy, plastic look of CGI onto a superdeformed style that's a bit off-putting. While the animators have peppered the series with fun little touches that embrace the cartoon media, like bodies that aren't limited to the realities of human anatomy and a distinct lack of impact on the part of physics, they don't overcome the freak-show character designs. On the other hand, what could make an animation fan sit up and take notice is the excellent supporting cast on hand. If you're looking for a who's-who in voice actors, the cast list here is a good place to start, as you get a few popular mainstream names, like Jamie Kennedy, Josh Duhamel (playing hugely against type) and The Daily Show's Wyatt Senac, as well as animation vets John DiMaggio, Dee Bradley Baker and Jeff Bennett, who handles a huge number of roles and does them very well.
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The Dolby Digital 2.0 audio is surprisingly good on these episodes, with impressive separation between the left and right channels, making for an enjoyable presentation. There are no issues with distortion, as the music, dialogue and especially sound effects come across crisply.
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