12 oz. MOUSE: The Movie DVD Review - www.impulsegamer.com -

Feature 8.0
Video 8.0
Audio 9.0
Special Features 8.0
Total 8.3
Distributor: Madman
Classification: MA15+
Running Time: 210 minutes
Reviewer:
Felix Staica

8.3


12 oz. MOUSE: The Movie

Twelve ounces is about 340g. That’s presumably how much one of the weirdest animated TV characters, Mouse Fitzgerald aka Fitz aka Butch, weighs. He is always semi-drunk, anti-social, violent and lazy. Originally broadcast as 11 minute episodes from 2005 to 2007 on [adult swim]—which is what Cartoon Network becomes after dark—creator Matt Maiellaro’s rough, raw, experimental show has here been stitched together into some attempt at a movie.

I was left confounded. Perhaps I was too sober. Perhaps there was too much daylight outside. Perhaps I’m too young or too old. Something didn’t quite gel for me to fully enter the show. But I persisted. The gags start becoming sublimely funny. How can you not be captivated by a giant Eye who emphasise all words with this syllable sound? Or a businessman with no eyes who loves money. Or the megalomaniacal Shark, who is Mouse’s killer (ha!) boss?

The minimalist, anti-realist aesthetic actively rallies against our expectations, making shows like The Simpsons, Family Guy or South Park into tame, passé relics. What I like most is the language play, with puns and double-entendres constricting you until you have no escape.

The video transfer is decidedly and deliberately rough, with weird unfocused pixilation cropping up frequently. Amazingly, sound options are Dolby 2.0 and Dolby 5.1. Special features include production footage, including interviews, additional music tracks, fan art and the 13th web episode, “Auraphull”.

There is some sort of plot but it shouldn’t be what you go in for. If would suggest the adventurous check out this handsome collector’s box, especially with wine or similar in the house.

Felix Staica






 
 



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