The Tick Vs. Season One (1994)

Genre(s): Adventure / Animation / Comedy / Crime
Buena Vista Home Video || Unrated - 250 minutes - $34.99 || August 29, 2006
Reviewer: Kushmeer Farakhan || Posted On: 2006-09-11


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

A U D I O &
.:: V I D E O ::.

Audio and Video

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: NA
Writer(s): Ben Edlund (created by)
Cast: Townsend Coleman, Micky Dolenz, Cam Clarke, et al


Theatrical Release Date: NA


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:

    None


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Full Screen (1.33)
  • English (Dolby Digital 2.0), French (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: None

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.::THE FILM::.

Guy in restaurant:Ticks suck blood. Do you suck blood?
The Tick: Yeah, I suck blood all the time.

During the early/mid 1990's their were quite a few cartoons that were staples of my saturday mornings. While most kids my age(I was about 12 or 13 at the time) had stopped watching cartoons altogether, I was still getting up early every Saturday for my weekly reality escape. Mostly, I was tooning in to Fox Kids Network who were the biggest cartoon purveyors of that decade. They had hit after hit after hit. "Animaniacs", "Tiny Toons", "X-Men", "Batman", "Bobby's World", the list goes on and on. Most of their shows were either celelbrity lampooning spoofs (like "Tiny Toons") or hard hitting superhero shows (like "X-Men") but amongst them there stood one that was not quite like any other... The Tick!

The Tick was a superhero show but it was very tongue in cheek and humorous. Tick was big blue bumbling idiot who spent his 22 minute adventures fighting goofy Dick Tracy-esque villains like Chairface Chippendale, The old man The Terror, and the unforgettably batsh*t insane, Evil Midnight Bomber what Bombs At midnight. Tick was often assisted by his sidekick, Arther, an former accountant who dresses like a moth as well as other super citizens of The City (ticks' hometown) like American Maid (an tough maid dressed in red, white, and blue), Die Fleaudermaus (a cowardly version of Batman) and Sewer Urchin (a smelly goofball who did a pretty good impersonation of Dustin Hoffman from Rain Main). The show was a huge hit because it managed to pull off great superhero action for kids and biting, snappy humor for adults and well... nerds. This "Vs. season 1" collection includes the entire first season (except for 'Tick vs. The Mole Men' which is held up in some legal right drama or something but may appear on a future collection) and there are some real gems here. My favorite episode is 'Tick vs. the Tick' where some jerk named Barry fights Tick for the right to be called the Tick and The Evil Midnight Bomber (what bombs at midnight) makes his first appearance. The whole set is pretty good. The only reason I'm not giving the show a higher grade is because I've seen season 2 and 3 and season 2, especially is a HUGE improvement. When that comes out, expect an even greater rating from me. As is, season 1 is a very good but not amazing start to a great show.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

BOO NO FEATURES! HOORAY BEER!



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

Looks and sounds good. The show's a little over 10 years old now but the DVD makes it sound like it's brand new.



.::OVERALL::.

The Tick holds up amazingly well even after all these years and it's a great show for the young and old alike. Hopefully, Buena Vista will get wise and include some docs or commentaries on the next set but what we get here (just the episodes) is more than enough for any hardcore fan to warrant a purchase. As the Tick would say...SPOON!! (that's his battle cry, don't ya know?).