“Moone Boy” is a six-episode series airing on Hulu that fires on all cylinders, knocks it out of the park, grabs the brass ring and… insert over-the-top hyperbolic praise here. Off the bat, let’s be fair: “Moone Boy” is a glossy, professionally produced, and scripted program originally aired in 2012 on Sky TV (in the UK) featuring a brilliant cast with flawless acting and directing. This memorable piece of video gold is helmed by Chris O’Dowd, a veteran Irish actor/writer/comedian (even though he’s only 33) who has appeared in celebrated comedies on both sides of The Pond. O’Dowd, a star in HBO’s quirky “Family Tree,” is responsible for this year’s single funniest TV moment when he engages in a Skype conversation with his sister’s alter ego, a puppet called Monk. Read on.
When it comes to pure animation domination, I believe a cartoon (I am old school about such things) must have one of the five “C”s to be memorable amongst the growing pack of machine-drawn, digital funnies. If an animated show or clip is cute, crazy, campy, clever, or crude in some combination, we may have a jackpot on your hands. In the case of Hulu’s new original “The Awesomes,” we are well beneath the “Mendoza Line” with an extremely mediocre spoof that lacks any of our basic “C” elements. We could add one more — crummy — then, we are spot on. Read on.