Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Call me 'A Pimp Named Slick Back'

Play it: The Boondocks Ep 1.02

Finally had a chance to catch up on some Tivo'd (well...technically DVR'd) programs, one of which is Aaron McGruder's The Boondocks (on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim,) adapted from his excellent comic strip. I have to confess I'm a bit let down based on first impressions... this past weekends' episode ("Guess Hoe's Coming to Dinner", ep. 1.02) exemplified why the series doesn't come near the excellence of the strip. When you have only three panels (or so) to get your point (and laugh) across, it's challenging... and McGruder's work in the field is pure genius. As I see it, the series currently suffers from a timing issue. The scenes are set up and McGruder's point of view is made well enough, but the comic timing just isn't there yet, and perhaps it's a learning process.

That being said, I sure hope it sticks around so McGruder can catch his stride with this series, because it has a lot of promise. The fact that Bill Cosby has already come out against the show also has me rooting for it. Lou Grant, Adam West and Charlie Murphy have already done voice-overs for it, and hopefully there will be more to come.

Kanye West's "Gold Digger" and Curt Mayfield's "Freddie's Dead" made there way into this past week's episode, which was, you can imagine from the title and the songs, about a prostitute who's eyeing Grandad's riches, but in the end goes running back to her purple-clad pimp (hysterically named "A Pimp Named Slickback")

Also of note, MFDoom does the voice-overs for The Boondocks' promos on Adult Swim. He sure luvs his Adult Swim.

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7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Yo mother-fucker! You don't like the comical satire found in the BoonDocks then you can go and fornicate your rectum cavity with a rusty spooon for all I care.

Leave Adult Swim's work alone. Why don't you go bash on Toonami for having the greatest Japanese Anime [NARUTO] reduced to Americanized Crap. For god sakes it's pronounced [na'-rew'-toe].

Anywho mother-fucker Ol' Slick-Back Here has to get to work. Hoe's don't work without a Pimp.

drake leLane said...

This is a joke, right?

I've stated I love The Boondocks (the comic strip) and think Aaron McGruder's work is genius, so you obvs can't (won't?) read. And... if you've checked my blog at all, you'd know I'm a huge Adult Swim fan (my Fantasy Basketball team name is Meatwad and my baby has been known to wear homemade Aqua Teen Hungerforce and Space Ghost onesies.)

I'm just disappointed in the how the strip translated to the animated series... and I'm certainly not alone in that thought.

That being said, it's still better then most satire that's out there... just not as good as it's previous (and currently still running) form (comic strip.)

So I hope that illuminates the shortcomings of your misguided comment, Mr... what's your name again? Oh, right... anonymous.

Anonymous said...

boondocks run it bitch

drake leLane said...

word (to the strip)

Anonymous said...

Drake Lelane!? Sounds more like Louis Layne really.

Anywho man you gotta stop buggin' and frontin' on the niggas here. Seriously. Us blacks run this shit, and your crazy white ass is nothing but butt butter for the inmates at 303.

Bonndock's run this shit? Fuck dat homie. We run this shit!

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The scenes are set up and McGruder's point of view is made well enough, but the comic timing just isn't there yet, and perhaps it's a learning process.