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The Aquabats! Super Show! Season One! 2012


Ritalin! Not! Necessary! But! It! Won't! Hurt!

Rod Lott May 15th, 2013

For those Ritalin-chompin’ children who find Nickelodeon’s Yo Gabba Gabba! too slow-paced, The Hub’s The Aquabats! Super Show! should satiate them. After all, its title has double the exclamation points.

A surf-rock band I recall running across in the mid-1990s, The Aquabats have been reborn as superheroes in these utterly insane adventures, drawing more influence from ’70s-era Asian monster matinees à la Infra-Man than anything else.

In each half-hour, our costumed quintet fights some rubber-suited creature (Manant and the Floating Eye of Death among them), stumbles upon a cartoon short (starring themselves, natch) and rocks out.

Lather, rinse, repeat. Wallowing playfully in absurdity, it has all the depth of an Internet meme, yet all its viral infection.

Shout! Factory’s two-disc set rounds up all 13 episodes of the inaugural season, adding up to a cathode-ray experience so colorful and energetic, kids won’t appreciate it properly.

They just don’t know how good they have it; I would’ve sold off one of my younger sibs to see this show in 1979. —Rod Lott

Hey! Read This:
Yo Gabba Gabba!: Party in a Box! DVD review  


 
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