Two More Eggs
Times have changed over at the Walt Disney Company since “Steamboat Willie” and the glory days of “Snow White” and “The Mickey Mouse Club.” Web cartoons the likes of “Two More Eggs” proves that despite its buttoned-up image, Disney is not afraid to occasionally push the envelope — just as it did 75 years ago with “Fantasia.” (Yes, it’s been that long).
“Two More Eggs,” which is part of Disney XD’s official channel, is an animated short from the pens (well, more likely the keystrokes) of the Brothers Chaps, Mike and Matt. Creators of the popular series, “Homestar Runner,” their latest effort is a rather curiously odd short that features a new episode every Tuesday. Our hero (well, that may be a stretch) is a creature named Dooble who bops merrily around in a goofy orange hat singing a strangely hypnotic theme song. The short description that accompanies the episode says Dooble’s life is a “jox box.” That may explain why he sounds like he’s either had way too many or taken too many hits to the helmet.
Unlike “Homestar Runner,” which is a satire containing some clever pop culture references, “Two More Eggs” is a bit meandering with little substance. It also makes one scratch the head wondering who the target audience is here. I think kids will be bored or indifferent and parents will walk away bewildered. As it stands, it’s a bright shiny object that reflects the Brothers Chaps charter to push the limits of creativity for the often-staid Disney clain.
What better way to spend a balmy Texas Saturday than sit glued to a movie screen and watch three hours of web shows hand selected by the curators of the second annual Austin WebFest.
Sifting through the baker’s dozen of web shows screened (each show had two episodes to share), we find a mix of laughs (mostly intentional), tears, and even confusion. By and large, while there were no real superstar entries, there were a handful of programs worth noting and adding to your viewing queue.
Starring Robin Dunne and Farrah Aviva, this is a quick-hitting show that depicts (with great visual humor), the subtle issues that face modern couples trying to make a go of it. Dunne, a Canadian-born actor, brings his wealth of on-camera experience by being able to convey great emotion just by a series of visual cues. Aviva makes a perfect partner as she reacts to Dunne’s annoyances (as well as letting loose with a number of her own).
Written It Down
The premise here is original and clever. In one episode, a couple is at a restaurant, and the woman has decided she has had enough of her idiot boyfriend. She has written down the fact that she wants to break up with the boob because he equates everything to the theme of a movie review. In the second, set in an office, a female boss needs to fire one of her male co-workers (which is what she wrote down) but it seems to two are having an affair which might complicate things. Double entendres fly left and right, but it all adds up to some hearty chuckles.
The darling of the recent Vancouver Webfest, this series grabs the horror genre by the throat and squeezes. The plot revolves around a small town in BC where a genetically modified fungus takes hold and turns those infected into ghoulish monsters. And while it sounds like a potentially yawning zombie series, the realism caused me to cover my eyes — something I have not done since I watched “The Exorcist” almost 40 years ago.
Difficult People (First take)
Consider this summary like the former Distant Early Warning system that was built during the Cold War to notify us in case of an attack from the former Soviet Union.
“Difficult People,” set to launch in August on Hulu, is the sort of show FXX would pass on because it’s neither funny nor poignant in any meaningful way. Produced by Amy Poehler and written by and starring Julie Klausner, the goal of this 23-minute tribute to live in New York for people in their 30s, is to see how many marginal social media references can be packed into one program.
Klausner and fan favorite Billy Eichner are comedian friends in search of their big break. Openly gay Eichner works in a coffee shop while Klausner has a blog in which she dissects reality programs and sends out mean, somewhat offensive tweets. As she says, “I am so funny when I write mean tweets about TV shows.” Hmm…not so much.
Wasted are the performances of SCTV and “Greek Wedding” star Andrea Martin as Klausner’s mom, Oscar-nominee Gabourey Sidibe, and indie film star, James Urbaniak.