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Angry Dad: The Movie

Couch gag: The Simpsons are ice hockey players sent to the penalty box for fighting.

Director: Matthew Nastuk

Guest voices:
Ricky Gervais as himself
Russell Brand as himself
Halle Berry as herself
Nick Park as himself
JB Smoove as DJ Kwanzaa

Synopsis: Bart’s web comic, Angry Dad, is made into a movie, garnering every award in Hollywood but Bart becomes jealous when Homer steals all the credit.

Discussion: Wow. What a load of steaming yellow crap. We first saw Angry Dad in ‘I am Furious (Yellow)‘, in which Bart creates a comic based on Homer’s tantrums. That was a very good episode. This sequel sucks monkey balls. It’s hard to isolate exactly why it sucks so badly though. Maybe it’s because we see approximately three seconds of Angry Dad. Maybe it’s the try-hard guest stars who seem embarrassed to be there. Maybe it’s the lame parodies of animation greats. It’s hard to choose.

I was expecting more from this episode. At the very heart of the episode is Bart’s anger at Homer taking all the credit and not allowing Bart to accept any awards, but this is lost underneath the theme from Jurassic Park (what?) and a bunch of parodies of famous works of animation. Normally I am a big fan of taking a risk, doing something different, but this ep tries too hard to push stuff together and it just doesn’t work. The plot, or what passes for a plot, is far too rushed and there’s nothing to hold the episode together apart from these claymation parodies and some guest stars.

I’m not a fan of Ricky Gervais, particularly in his “performance” here. His rambling speech to the bartender almost drove me to insanity. It’s completely unnecessary and embarrassing. Not amusing in the slightest. And don’t even get me started on the rambling rubbish over the credits! What a pile of poo! Halle Berry seemed glad when her part was over and Russell Brand probably only did it to pay off a debt. The voice talents, although appropriate, were completely wasted.

Nothing about this worked for me. The animation parodies were far too long, taking away from the main point that is Angry Dad. There’s no connection between Bart and Homer, not even in inevitable reconciliation. The plot is buried underneath animators trying to be clever. It’s just a rubbish episode, trying far too hard to be what it’s not. Did this originally air during sweeps week? It feels like someone’s shoved a bunch of popular stuff together to reach an audience whom, by now, really couldn’t care less and are probably only still watching the show because they’re high.

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