Frisky Dingo Season One Review
The SeriesCartoons are for kids, right? Or if they are not, they please that part of us adults which is forever wetting the bed and looking up swear words in the dictionary. The presence of animated series and whole cartoon channels for adults I believe is a symbol of our adolescences extending through our working lives back into second nappy time. Like the Rolling Stones gigging well past their evening cocoa, cartoons for adults perpetuate the notion that we are still young at heart.
Paradoxically, things like South Park and Family Guy allow us to be older selves at the same time. We get to enjoy swearing, intimations of perversity and a large satellite dish appearing out of Cartman's ass. Compare this with real kids who only get pooping noises from the likes of Pingu. Frisky Dingo gives immature grown-ups lots of swearing(mostly bleeped), violence and dismemberment too. Like South Park, it enjoys being a little bit ropey in the animation stakes, and it approaches the adult viewer by taking the childhood staples of superheroes and making them crappy adults with mundane problems just like the spectator.
Well say what you like about fighting for truth, apple pie and the American way of life, but it is at least a focus and the thirteen eleven minute long episodes here could learn a lot from this as they meander off in countless directions. The lack of a consistent satirical position means that the gags come from all angles, but often the circuitousness of the set-ups left me longing for the brevity and consistency that would be offered by a stronger narrative backbone or a fixed purpose.
Because everyone is some kind of dick, a lot relies on the story to hold it all together, and if that doesn't come off then the gags have to do the job of entertainment glue. Sadly, the gags fail in this role because they are frequently silly and reliant only on the fact that everyone is some kind of dick.
This first season is a mixed bag and often seems like a one-off viral that has been stretched to fill nearly two and a half hours. Viewed in one sitting, this stretched quality is hammered home and perhaps the ideal way to experience the series is to dip in and out. It is quite adolescent and perhaps comic book fans will appreciate the parodies, but Frisky Dingo is more patchy mutt than Crufts winner.
Transfer and SoundBearing the same running time as the R1 disc and boasting more combing and motion shake that a St Vitus dance sufferers convention on a pedalo in the middle of the Atlantic, this looks very weak indeed. Black levels are greyer than they should be, and for a series which has very little in the way of rapid movement the amount of artefacts and eye ache is best shown in the screen shot below. You are advised to not stare at the image for too long.
Discs and Special FeaturesThis is a dual layer region 2 disc with no extras of any nature. The menu is static character art from the series with basic options available.
SummaryFrisky Dingo is very occasionally inspired, but far too infrequently. This HMV exclusive disk has a poor transfer and the region one disc is likely to be a better option for those who enjoy the series more than myself
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