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Garfield's Halloween Adventure

Garfield's Halloween Adventure

You know, with the Garfield Halloween special, I'm almost inclined to linkto X-Entertianment's review and call it a day. However I decided when I started this that I would try and do more than just link to a review and then give my thoughts. It's going to be hard not to either blow this or end up doing a run down of everything that happens which is less a review and more a written description.

Jack-O-Lanterns with tongues sticking out of them are just plain funny!

One of the major problems is that this story is so simplistic. It follows a simple one two three progression. What harms it even more is that many of its bits of story only really serves to link songs together. When not linking songs, the progression is full of rather lame gags that are repeated way too many times. Jon leaves a stupid pumpkin on his head for nearly a full minute. WHY? I think because he's dumb. Dumb people wear pumpkins in this cartoon. I feel like wearing one since I agreed to watch and review this thing. I didn't enjoy this cartoon much, the other two on the disc are much better. I wish it were Thanksgiving so I could review that episode.

Oddly I get the feeling the creators of this are making that very face at us now.

The story begins simply enough. Garfield is woken up by Binky the Clown and told that Halloween is coming. The concept is explained in a few seconds, and all Garfield really gathers is that it's a night to get candy. He then repeats the words candy about 95 times in quick succession and then does it again three or four other times just to make sure there isn't anything funny left. He then cons Odie into help him and they go to the attic and the first song. The songs are… well they're not going to win any awards.

NO! You can't go as Elton John circa 1978!

They sing a bit about pirates and then sing a song about being a scardy cat. It's the sort of thing that makes you laugh if you're under 4 and makes you want to tear your own face off if you're past the age of 14. They go tick-or-treating, and they get a pretty good haul, but greed destroys them as it will destroy us all. They decide to go for a bigger haul by taking a boat ride, to go across the river and the other side of town.

Pirates! On the Internet! Internet piracy! ... I haven't got much to work with here people.

This trip goes badly and the story takes a bizarre turn. They go into a house with a weird old man who tells a tale of pirates. They get trapped in the house and ghost pirates turn up and scare the ever living crap out of them. The thing is that they don't explain the ghost pirates away as shadows or anything. The ghost pirates are really ghost pirates. It's the one bright spot in an otherwise lackluster affair. The pirates look pretty cool too. Like chalk drawings or something. They really do have a creepy sort of look that I like.

At least the pirates look kind of neat.

They get away from the pirates and they get the candy back, so you end up with an Eyes Wide Shut sort of "was it all a dream or was it something else" kind of question. Sadly, that's the best literary allusion I can form for this cartoon. It's not a particularly well loved or remembered bit and was done really quickly with very little love. On the bright side though, at least you didn't have to slog through three pages of my gibberish for this review, right? Next one will be a good one, I promise!

We can has candy?
Tags: 80s, cartoon, halloween, reviews, tv
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