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Lil' Bush -- An early look

by Adam Finley, posted Jun 12th 2007 8:27PM

lil bushLil' Bush debuts on Comedy Central tomorrow night, June 13, at 10:30 p.m. This is an early review.

I've mentioned before that, outside of South Park and the occasional rerun of Duckman and The Critic at 4:00 a.m., Comedy Central hasn't offered much in the way of animated programs. No offense to fans of Drawn Together, but I've always found it cloying and grating. Freak Show, which I cut a bit more slack because it was made by comedic folks I admired, was still not as good as it should have been.

So now comes Lil' Bush, a half-hour animated series made up of two ten-minute shorts (you have to figure in commercials, of course). The series takes place in an America where George H.W. Bush is president, but his sons are teeny little kids, as are their pals Lil' Rummy, Lil' Cheney and Lil' Condi, among others.

Lil' Bush began as a series of shorts created for Amp'd Mobile, making it the first such series to make the transition to television. The trouble is, while watching it on TV, I felt like I was watching something that belonged on a mobile phone screen. I'm not one to get too worked up over bad animation (though I will praise the hell out of good animation), but the characters in Lil' Bush move as if they were created with the first version of Flash ever, and sometimes their mouths don't even move when they're speaking*.

I could get past the sub par animation if the jokes weren't just refurbished versions of gags we've been hearing for the last several years. At one point, Lil' Rummy, voiced by Iggy Pop, actually tells Lil' Bush to "stay the course" and not "cut and run" while the gang are on a trip to Iraq to find Bush's father a Father's Day present. The episode I saw was filled with non-jokes like that, gags you're supposed to laugh at simply because they're familiar.

In the second part of the episode I saw, Lil' Cheney winds up inside of Barbara Bush's womb after a wild bout of something too weird to really be described as love making. That sort of gross irreverence has become a cliche of "mature" cartoons by this point, but at least it was something different tossed into a plot that was little more than every quip about Bush ever uttered slightly reworked and filtered through the mouths of these tiny doppelgangers. A series like Lil' Bush could pretty much write itself, and the mistake the creators of this series made was allowing it to do just that.

NOTE: The pic above is from the Amp'd Mobile version. Comedy Central's site was not working when I wrote this so I wasn't able to get any real pictures. Maybe the site somehow knew I was giving the show a bad review.

*What I saw was an early press copy, so perhaps such mistakes will be fixed by the time it airs.

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TAD PENNIPACKER

LIL BUSH IS GARBAGE, TO THINK ALL THE TIMES THE PRESIDENT HAS BEEN CAUGHT ON CAMERA WITH HIS PANTS DOWN, AND ALL THEY COULD COME UP WITH IS A TASTELESS CARTOON THAT PULLS ONE LAUGH PER SHOW. THE SHOW IS A CLEAR EXAMPLE OF LACK OF EFFORT. NO WHERE NEAR AS FUNNY AS SOUTH PARK, FAMILY GUY OR AQUATEEN.LIL BUSH=FAILURE

July 25 2007 at 12:24 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Anchorage

Unfortunately, hard hitting satire isnt obvious or understood by all. There's not enough of it.

Even as a token effort I give props to Lil Bush, as statement of disapproval to how he is running this country into the ground. Do you think history is going to be so kind to this man? This cartoon will be found in a museum to remind us of the WORST president this country has ever experienced. I stand behind it.

June 26 2007 at 2:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
SeanTubbs

I am trying to watch this I type, and it is awful. Awful. Awful. Awful. Awful. Awful. Awful. I could keep going, but just one more time. Awful.

I'm not a supporter of Bush, but this is awful. The jokes are so obvious. Who are they going for here?

How did this get green-lighted? Did the producers pay to be on television?

June 14 2007 at 12:04 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Adam Finley

I stand corrected.

June 13 2007 at 9:46 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
OClvl3

Adam, actually it was Jason Publick that worked on the Tick not Doc Hammer.
Oh and this show looks horrible just from seeing the tv spot for it.

June 13 2007 at 3:05 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Matt

Damn Firefox. I'd get Safari if it weren't so plagued at the moment.

I meant to say, it seems like everyone forgot about Undergrads, one of the best animated shows in the past ten years. I miss that show, and the fact it never got a second season is tragic. Comedy Central should've had a second season after MTV stupidly dropped the show for more reality bullshit.

June 13 2007 at 12:34 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Matt

Oh, and

June 13 2007 at 12:32 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Matt

This show looks awful. As mentioned above, it's literally a regurgitation of every bad joke we've heard repeated in every possible way over the last five years. YAWN.

I can't believe great shows like Stella and Drawn Together were canceled so shit like Halfway House and Lil' Bush can have airtime. At least That's My Bush was fresh and with the current times. Lil' Bush is like traveling back to 2002, when jokes about the President were actually new and relevant.

June 13 2007 at 12:31 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Scott

Ugh. I cringe every time I see a commercial for this show. 1, because every line looks like warmed-over sub-Leno material that isn't anywhere near funny. 2, because who the hell wants to hear any more from that guy? Bad enough he's on the news as our "president" every day--why would I be amused listening to a bad impression of him saying stupid stuff? Who really wants MORE George W. Bush in their lives? Don't something like 70% of Americans wish his presidency was over NOW?

June 12 2007 at 10:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Adam Finley

I'll give you Dr. Katz, that was a great show.

I've been a Tick fan since the original comics, and I enjoyed the cartoon, but it was an adult comic turned into a kid's cartoon, and I think it lost something in the translation. But as you pointed out, those were just reruns and not a Comedy Central original. If only Adult Swim had been around. At least Edlund and Doc Hammer wound up working alongside one another on the Venture Bros. (Hammer worked on The Tick, too).

In regards to the comment about "That's My Bush," I think that show was smarter than it seemed. It was a satire of bad sitcoms and old sitcom cliches.

June 12 2007 at 10:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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