I just finished watching the special and... well... umm... Some of this may change after I let the show settle a bit more, but for now here are my first thoughts.
It was okay. Despite a pretty lack luster first impression, it was okay. Nothing special despite it being a special, but it was okay. It was just average, nothing super amazing, but I was worried that they would totally mess it up and they didn't. Maybe they were actually worried about screwing it up so they kept it simple and safe.
I still don't like the animation though. The movement is still a little jerky and not very fun to watch. I feel like these guys don't do a lot of 3D animation so they haven't gotten good at it yet. Or they just decided to do this as a stylistic choice, but not every stylistic choice is a good one. Some can be down right awful.
So yeah, the animation wasn't very interesting, but the gags were alright, nothing very funny, but it wasn't terrible. I've seen better, but I've seen worse. But good lord is it bright, its really, really bright. I think it would have done the show good to cut down on all the shinyness.
As for the girls themselves, their characters were okay to. Bubbles seems a little crazier than she use to be in this one and she seems boarder line out of it. But they did get one thing about her right, how she no longer takes Buttercup's shit and is a bit of a sarcastic brat. I didn't like her more... naive moments in the beginning.
Blossom is basic, just basic. She was kind of like what she was in the beginning of the series.
Buttercup was just about right on though.
The temper tantrum the girls threw was kind of funny, but them overreacting to how the dance game was "tearing them appart" was head scratching to me. So what if Bubbles is into the game, you all just got it she'll play it for a bit, get the high score and she'll be less glued to it after that.
(I'm also not going to nit-pick that ice breath was Blossom's thing and not Bubbles'... Whoops I just did.)
I also kind of liked Mojo's new design. He looked like an old guy.
He was also a lot crazier than he use to be. I guess you can only take so many shots to the head before you go stock raving bonkers.
I vastly prefer the much more methodical and thoughtful Mojo, but this unhinged one isn't that offensive. He's just not as threatening and is more of a joke now. I feel like old Mojo got the shit end of the stick with this. Poor guy, he actually use to be a real threat who just wanted to watch the world burn... or save it... or whatever Mojo wanted.
I could nit-pick the living shit out of it and point out EVERY THING that bothered me with it, but I doubt any of you want to hear that.
Also, I'm sure BeeAre might do that soon if something bothered him and I doubt any of you want to hear that twice.
So, my final verdict.
It was just okay. I don't think there was anything special about this special, but it was okay.
Not bad, not great, just okay which is a lot more than I thought it was going to be. The animation wasn't great and I found it hard to enjoy, but the writing managed to be a little inspired if not as clever as the original show's.
The original show wasn't afraid to be a little adult and surprisingly mature at times (no I don't mean the sex jokes), but I don't know if CN would even let them do that these days.
Other than that the problems I have with it are just stuff that a super fan of me would take issue with.
(Like Bubbles using ice breath, Mojo being a joke, and Bubbles being so out of it I actually questioned her sanity, I always kind of had, but not as much as I did here and I'm comparing six full seasons of random freak outs from Bubbles to a single half hour. Also, Blossom being kind of... whatever she was in this, and I seriously doubt dancing would have ruined the group dynamic Bloss.)
Again though, these are just my first thoughts, after I let the show settle some and think about it I may view it as less meh... or I might end up down right hating it. I'm not sure yet.
My one hope is that it gets some of those youngsters out there to watch the original series.
Now for some replies to our friendly-friend-people-friends:
rac7d wrote:Was it hard to watch for anyone else. The it felt like jerky and stoppish. I'm not sure how else to describe it.
I don't want to say I hated the animation, because hate is such a strong word, but I will say I didn't like it to a very big degree.
I compared it to bad stop motion in one post and I stand by that.
CTCFirebird wrote:Yeah, Buttercup made it all the way to China. That was pretty funny. So far the episode was alright. I do like how they did the house, but that's about it. I wonder what's next.
I liked the house also, it was one of the few things in this that I thought was pretty cool.
Tenshi Nova wrote:Seemed like they tried really hard to be funny.