Thursday, 5 December 2013

Eyeballs have an unsettlingly hard time staying in their sockets

Well, Uncle Grandpa certainly wears its influences on its sleeve. "Mystery Noise" plays out like a softer take on classic Ren and Stimpy, with a minor irritation driving the characters to the depths of madness and disturbing face takes, ultimately resulting in surreal violence. Uncle Grandpa's gruesome (albeit goreless) faceplant and Pizza Steve's second "stressed" face stood out as especially Kricfalusi-esque. I can't help but think that Ren and Stimpy would have used real blunt objects on each other rather than pillows, though. The "twist" ending - while reminiscent of Spongebob's "Graveyard Shift" - actually came as a surprise, thanks to a (pretty well-pulled-off) fake reveal. Oh, and spoiler alert for the previous sentence.

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