What happens when you give the Annoying Sidekicks the spotlight.
There's a saying that goes: "First impressions are always the most lasting ones," and that is more than appropriate here.
I remember this as being the first thing that was on my hotel TV when I went on vacation and switched it on.
I briefly remembered the hate that was heaped on this show, but hey, I'm a fair guy, let's give this a shot.
Holy SHIT, I was annoyed. Very, very
Fanboy and Chum Chum were two of the most grating characters I have ever seen in an animated program, and I felt like tossing the TV out of the window.
There is nothing behind these two characters' personalities other than making NOISE, NOISE, NOISE!!!
almost as if they're trying to ram it into your face that they're trying way too hard to be funny. They seem to learn nothing from their experiences other than to be hyper, and don't truly interact with the other characters in any meaningful way. They don't even do anything with that superhero motif they're running about in.
If there is one character that the show SHOULD have been about, it was Kyle. We find out that he was kicked out of a wizarding school and had to transfer to public education after turning his professor into a flan, and that he has powers and a talking Necronomicon. Why wasn't this show about him
? I actually want to find out more about him, especially when his rival comes to show him up. Here's an idea: the show could have easily been retooled so that we follow him on his journey to be a great wizard, with occasional
appearances by Fanboy and Chum Chum to serve as comedic foils. THAT would have been a better idea. Another good idea: Give Fanboy delusions of grandeur that he is
a superhero, with Chum Chum being the sane one and putting up with him because he cares about his friend. See? I already made them a lot deeper than the show actually does with them, and gave a reason as to why they wear costumes 24/7.
The animation is okay, but it's not great. I felt that it was better off as a 2D cartoon, as the third dimension adds some unsettling details to the already grotesque artstyle (particularly the bulging eyes.) It does suit the nature of the show, though, so I will give it that much. There's a DVD release out now, but I am VERY hesitant to get this. It's unwatchable to me, and all because of the main characters.