Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Forgotten Toons: Archie's Weird Mysteries

Much like a Singer at a Piano Bar (those still exist?), I take requests.

Okay, so Archie, Betty, Veronica and Jughead are characters that have been around for a long time.  I don't really care.

Even so, I'll gladly take on their 2000 cartoon that attempts to be like The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo.  Yeah, I watched that show...because Vincent Price was in it.

One last note: there's no official Season release on Netflix.  As such, I'm reviewing the show via the only 4 episodes that I can.

So let's see what the show is all about...
To the show's credit, they do these 'Trailers' of sort at the beginning.  If you think that the audience might be unsure, this could help.
The stories are pretty stock sci-fi.  You have time-travel gone awry...
Invisible people...
...and people being shrunk down to face what wouldn't be ordinary menaces.  That and riding hamsters like they're horses.
There is one episode premise that kind of stands out though.  In it, Veronica makes a wish on a magical stone, which causes people to turn into her whenever they get whiny or complain.
This builds up to her realizing how annoying she can be and doing what she can to stop it.  It would be a neat character moment...if this wasn't the second of four Episodes on the Disc.  Maybe it worked better in a series run, but it seems forced in this small run.

As a whole, the show is kind of interesting.  If I cared anything about these characters, I might have more interest in a show that takes their normal lives & turns it on their head.  It's not a bad show though.  If I had to make a more general complaint, I'd say that the animation seems a little cheap.  There's not one major error to point too- like characters being off-model or the like-, but it just feels lazy.  Who's behind it?
Oh, that explains a lot.  Thanks, DIC!

Got any more suggestions/requests?  Hit me up in the Comments.  I await what weird shit you'll ask me to do next!


  1. Oh my stars. You just made my day -- truly, you are a champion of the people...or just the champion of a certain afro-haired blogger who cares too much about old cartoons and hot dogs.

    Anyway, thank you for this. It was a short but sweet blast from the past.

  2. I live to please. No, seriously- I do. If I make people unhappy, my heart stops beating! HELP ME!!!!

    Ahem. I'd be more than happy to look at more of the series...if I can. Netflix didn't/couldn't order the Season 1 set, I guess. If you know a source for more (i.e. YouTube), let me know.