Blog: Cinnamon Bunzuh!

Do you recall the Animorphs? A series of books about five (later six) teenagers who are granted the ability to transform into any animal so that they can defend the earth from a body-stealing alien menace? Well, we do. That's why we're going to review them. All 64 books, from start to finish. Here we go.

Cinnamon Bunzuh! is a comedic review blog of the Animorphs series, published as instant messaging logs between the two authors, Ifi (the crazy sarcastic one), and Adam (the crazy analytic one).

The series is named after the way the character Ax pronounces "Cinnamon Bun" when he starts using a mouth for the first time.

The site also hosts the fanfiction Six Days The Animorphs Were Idiots, written by Ifi. (Link)

They also have a twitter account, found here: [1]

Now concluded.

This review series provides examples of:

  • Aborted Arc: The review of The Unknown ends abruptly, with a fourth of the book left to go.
  • Alien Blood: Displayed here.
  • Alternate Character Interpretation: invoked Several, but most notable is probably Visser Three as the "Evil Cassie."
  • April Fools' Day: On April 1, 2012, instead of an Animorph review, Cinnamon Bunzuh surprised everyone by releasing a review for Stephenie Meyer's The Host. Except when one actually clicks the review, it consists of nothing but an Andalite troll smiley (Which bizarrely actually works) and a note:
    "This book is really long, and we are lazy. Sorry folks!"
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking:
    Ifi: The Animorphs take this whole thing surprisingly well.
    Adam: Well, I mean, they've already traveled through space and time and fought aliens and cosmic horrors and went to middle school dances.
    Ifi: Nothing impresses them anymore
  • Author Appeal: Highlighted in the review of The Decision, with marine biology and xenofiction for Adam, and cats for Ifi.
    • Both begin to wonder if Applegate has a weird thing for skunks, since several different books feature them as THE most terrifying animals on Earth.
  • A Wizard Did It: How the duo handwave anything that is never really explained. Often Jesus Whale replaces the wizard.
    • Ifi is also fond of saying that things happened "because of reasons."
    • This also lead to the following exchange:
    Adam: How the heck do they manage to drag these things so far?
    Ifi: Science!
    Adam: Well, there are few things in life that can't be solved through science of the mad variety.
  • Brain Bleach: Needed after Adam puts some oh so delightful thoughts into Ifi's head concerning Jake in tiger-morph and his brother Tom.
    • And again, after an ever so lovely discussion about mites.
  • Cat Up a Tree: From The Change
    Ifi: In other news, do you know the fire companies don't rescue cats from trees anymore?
    Adam: I used to have a turtle. I could never get the fireman to come get him out of the tree either.
  • Comedic Sociopathy: Ifi, whose actions include, but are not limited to, setting Adam on fire.
  • The Complainer Is Always Wrong: The duo's opinion about Marco in the review of The Invasion.
  • Composite Character: Inverted; the Chapman from The Andalite Chronicles is so different from the one in the main series that they conclude they must be different people (though perhaps related).
  • Cool Car: Elfangor's Mustang is touted as a Crowning Moment of Awesome for the Andalite Chronicles and the series as a whole.
  • Crazy Cat Lady: Visser Three, according to Alternate Character Interpretation. Also Ifi, to an extent.
  • Crystal Dragon Jesus: The overtly mystical whale that Cassie can apparently communicate with has been dubbed "Jesus Whale." This later extends into the idea that all whales are Jesuses, with dolphins as their disciples.
  • Deadpan Snarker: The duo, usually right after the characters say or do something really dumb.
  • Death World: Australia is described as such. The Taxxon Homeworld too, but mostly Australia.
  • Dissimile: Adam thinks this is a perfectly good simile:
    Ifi: Hilarity ensues
    Ifi: And by hilarity, I mean first degree murder
    Adam: And by first degree murder, you mean hilarity
  • Department of Redundancy Department: From The Escape:
  • Early Installment Weirdness: In many of the first 10 reviews, Adam and Ifi simply discussed the book they were reviewing, instead of going through the plot like they did in the later reviews.
    • Adam also felt the need to point out that he liked bad puns in the review for The Encounter. Later in the reviews, this would've made him Captain Obvious.
  • Everything's Better with Dinosaurs: The only reason the duo could think of why the second Megamorphs book was written.
  • Everything's Squishier with Cephalopods: Adam's reaction to the cover of The Exposed.
  • Fan-Art: They've had three fan art days, and both Adam and Ifi contribute illustrations to the blog, usually of whatever new alien is featured. Adam is the illustrator among the two, and it really shows.
  • Flanderization: Ifi's insanity, Adams love of bad puns and Ifi's annoyance at it.
  • Flat "What.": Ifi's reaction after reading The Capture.
  • A Good Name for a Rock Band: From the review of The Pretender.
    Adam: Also, "The Andalite Bandits" would make a great band name.
  • Harmless Villain: Visser Three is often described as this.
  • Honor Before Reason: Ifi and Adam point out how this applies to the Andalites a lot.
    Ifi: Andalites are weird as hell.
    Adam: Do they have a procedure that will prevent the morphing process from regrowing it, or do they just do this on the honor system?
    Ifi: I am going to assume honor.
  • Humans Are Special: This trope is a frequent source of snark.
  • Hypocritical Humor: From The Escape:
    Ifi: KA Applegate had some epic chase scenes and insane battles but she is not very good at endings. In general.
    Adam: Hey, endings are tough
    Ifi: THE END
  • Idiot Ball \ Smart Ball: From Book #37, which had the Animorphs terribly Flanderized but gave Visser Three a surprising moment of Magnificent Bastardry.
    Adam: It seems that he is the one who ended up with all the competence in this book.
    Ifi: It had to go somewhere.
    Adam: The law of the conservation of competence.
    Adam: It is science.
  • Incest Yay Shipping \ Screw Yourself: In-universe, Ifi ships Ax and Tobias-morphed-as-Ax. Keep in mind that they're also uncle and nephew.
  • Insult to Rocks: In the review of "The Hidden" (the one with the "buffa-human")
    Adam: Well, when it morphs a human though, it would have a human brain
    Adam: So it should have a greater learning capacity
    Adam: But only when in human morph
    Adam: So how much memory would it be able to retain between morphs, realistically speaking?
    Ifi: I'm going to assume it would be on the same level as your average youtube commenter
    Adam: Hey, the poor creature has been through enough in this book. Let's not insult the thing to boot.
  • I Want Grandkids:
    Ifi: Hi Mrs. Cassie's Mom
    Ifi: I'm gonna look up your name
    Adam: Her name is "Cassie's Mom"
    Adam: Her parents were very presumptuous about grandkids.
  • Lampshade Hanging: Frequently.
  • Magitek: Apparently, dogs were created with "Ghost science!"
  • Metaphorgotten: In the review of The Separation, Ifi compares Nice Rachel's wimpiness to a hypothetical situation where Adam fights a rhinoceros with a "custom-made gun sword" while she waits in the Jeep, not because she's a coward, but because she realizes how dumb it would be to pay for such an impractical weapon.
  • Nerd Glasses: When portrayed, both authors are always drawn with oversized glasses.
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: "Cassie is the time lord brain surgeon child of Jesus Whale."
  • Not So Different: The duo find Elfangor's actions in The Andalite Chronicles to be disturbingly similar to Visser Three's. Before he was even Visser Three!
  • Pink Girl, Blue Boy: Ifi's chat lines are in pink and Adam's are in blue.
  • Previously On: Adam and Ifi admit they usually skip the first couple of pages because of the recaps.
  • Robo Sexual: Apropos to nothing:
    Ifi: So how do you think the Chee have sex?
    Adam: *snorts milk out of nose*
    Adam: They are robots.
    • Ifi jokes about being robosexual quite a bit throughout the blog.
  • Running Gag: From Review 4 onward, JESUS WHALE pops up a lot.
    • Visser Three spending weekends acquiring new morphs. And eating everything.
    • The Controller with a shotgun.
  • Sarcastic Clapping: Written as "-slow clap-" but this is Ifi's reaction whenever the Animorphs do something really stupid.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: After finding out that The Unknown's plot revolves around an Andalite toilet; see Aborted Arc above.
  • Shaped Like Itself: In the second-to-last book review, Ifi comments that the end is looming on the horizon, "Like a...looming thing."
  • Shout-Out: There are a lot of Captain Planet villians running around the 'verse, apparently.
  • Significant Birth Date: Accidental example, but Adam has the same birth day as Tobias. (May 25.)
  • Skewed Priorities: Adam jokes that Ifi's lack of $400 worth of Animorphs merchandise shows her lack of priorities.
  • Take That: They deliver quite a few to Home Improvement in the review of The Reaction.
    • Adam mentioned a hatred of the movie Avatar, although it's zigzagged in that Ifi didn't understand his hatred.
    • Also to YouTube commenters; see Insult to Rocks above.
  • Tender Tears: The ending to The Solution leaves Adam a sobbing wreck.
    • And then Ifi get a turn when she reads about how Jake wants nothing more then a normal life.
  • Tsundere: Adam briefly acts like a stereotypical Tsundere when Ifi starts acting "kawaii".
  • Unscientific Science: At the beginning of the review for the first Megamorphs book, Adam tells Ifi that she can turn into a spaceship 'through science'. much to Ifi's annoyance, Adam then proceeds to leave.
  • Watsonian Versus Doylist: Oftentimes an attempt to make up an in-universe explanation where none is provided will occur. That line of thought will be followed with something along the lines of "Applegate forgot about it."
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: In-universe, they wonder if the characters are on drugs.
    Adam: Jake, what are you on this book?
    Ifi: LSD
    Adam: That's your answer to everything.
  • What the Hell, Hero??: Too many examples to count. Some highlights:
    • In The Capture, Ifi and Adam wonder why Jake is boiling yeerks, when he just said not to kill human hosts because each one is someone's father or brother or son.
    • In The Ultimate, when Rachel's mom keeps trying to escape the Hork-Bajir camp.
  • Xenofiction: Adam and Ifi are not only fond of this in general, they basically agree that this was K.A. Applegate's underused strength, with the Chronicles and other-planet stories being some of the best books.

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