Sunday, November 09, 2008

My Pet Monster DVD Look

Yeah, I broke down and picked up a copy of the Canadian release of Nelvana's My Pet Monster: The Complete Series by kaBOOM! Entertainment.This animated series is your typical 80's cartoon based on a popular toy. Unfortunately the cartoon did not become as popular as the stuffed toy, so it only lasted for 1 season from 1986 - 1987.
This 2 disc DVD set includes 13 episodes with 16 cartoons in total.The series revolves around a boy and his stuffed toy who magically comes to life when his handcuffs are removed.Max, along with his sister Jill and best bud Chuckie, try to hide the garbage-eating Monster from the snooping eyes of their nosy neighbor Mr. Hinkle and his pet poodle, Princess and protect Monster from Beastur who wants to take Monster back to Monsterland.In one episode, Beastur kidnaps Jill which forces Monster, Max and Chuckie to enter Monsterland through one of Beastur's dimensional doorways. Once there, they meet a trio of friendly characters called the Monster Pets. (which were currently available at the local toy store)Personally I think Those Characters From Cleveland Inc. missed an opportunity by not producing toys based on Beastur and his Scare Squad.Other adventures had Monster becoming a rock star, champion surfer, most popular kid at school and even a superhero.All in all, My Pet Monster wasn't a terrible 80's cartoon. It was based on a toy, but the stories were imaginative and the animation wasn't limited. It had it's cliches but it was a better example of most other cartoons being produced at the time.

5 comments:

Nic Kramer said...

At least it had some Tex Avery-ish takes.

James E. Daniels said...

The animators really tried their best to add a fair amount of cartoony-ness in some of the exaggerated action.
There is one episode of Care Bears, that Nelvana also worked on, where some of the characters exploded into wild takes. Must have been the same animator.

John Pannozzi said...

That Beastur guy looks quite a bit like Dizzy Devil from Tiny Toons.

johnny said...

i liked the one where the gang goes into monsterland! i haven't seen that cartoon in years but i do recall that was my favorite episode just because of the ghoulishness of monsterland, and it's one of the only times they've ever been there. im trying to think of what happened. let me see if i got this right...
beastur kidnapped jill while the gang was competing in a floating bike race, (ingenious), and he took her back to monsterland and stuck her in a birdcage, right? then the rest of the gang went in to rescue her, but monster separated from max and chuckie to try and find jill alone right? and isn't it true that max and chuckie met some friendly monsters? anyway...heh heh. sorry for the long post! let me know if my description of that episode was correct. its been a long time. i LOVED that show as a kid.

Charles said...

I was lucky to snag a 50 cel pack from series...Not sure what all episode are in there, but I do know the "Rock Star" one is in there from the gallery view.