Hello there this is AmytheRaytendoFan and I'm here to give you my first review, and get ready for something special folks because we are going to an animated pilot based on the most infamous gaming mascot of all, Bubsy Bobcat! Yes, yes, I know he is overhated and is been beaten to death so many time. I just feel the need to say my words on this and give this pilot a new one. For those who don't know who is Bubsy well I'll tell you. Bubsy was made by Accolade way back in 1993 which was a time when Sonic the Hedgehog took the gaming industry by storm and a bunch of other companies trying to cash in on the Blu Blur's popularity by making their own platforming animal mascots. There are some that did pretty good like Earthworm Jim and Crash Bandicoot as well as some that are tragically underappreciated such as Croc, Gex and Aero the Acrobat. While Rayman isn't technically an animal mascot, he held very well on his own and continued on being remembered today. Bubsy did alright even though his games are just awful he got so popular that Accolade tried their attempt at making an animated series, which lasted for one episode. Jontron: I don't like where this is going!. Now before I review this pilot let me get something clear. If you are a fan of Bubsy that's fine just keep in mind this is not going to be a review for the Fanboys or for those who want to hear only good things about it. This reviews is for those who want to listen and to express how I feel, alright. Now to really begin this review, What can Possibly go...... Oh No, I went there, 'sigh' Let's just find out. By the way I'm separating the pilot into different categories.
So what this plot in this Bubsy cartoon? Does Bubsy have to stop an army of Woolies? No. Does someone find a powerful crystal? No. Give Up? Well I'll tell you, the plot is that a scientist name Virgil Reality (ha!) has invented a Helmet that can make anything real and needed someone crazy enough to test the helmet, of course Bubsy volunteers to test the helmet. While that's happening the main villain Ally Cassandra also wanted the helmet and send her henchmen Boswell and Sid to steal the helmet. Once Bubsy tries the helmet a lot and I mean A LOT of crazy mishap ensues from the characters falling out of the sky to the twins stealing Helmet to imagine Pony, Steamboats or what ever to a Roller Coaster and other stuff that keeps on happening and for no reason! This Pilot feels like watching an episode of the Adventure of Sonic the Hedgehog or Animaniacs but be irritating than funny. Speaking of which the pilot is so desperate of using stupid jokes that aren't even funny and they just feel the need to hammer in Bubsy's catchphrase as much. But here's the plot's biggest flaw, it goes absolutely nowhere! It fails miserably on getting the audiences interest, the cartoon antics are one thing but over using jokes and failing to be cool is just crossing the line. I know that 90's Cartoons are meant to be nonsensical but most of them do have a certain element that keeps their audience interest. Here however most of the logic make no senses what so ever. Overall the story is nothing more than a waste of time.
Because of this I'm giving The Story a 1/10.
If there is one positive thing about this pilot is that the Backgrounds are fine, but that is not saying much. I see what they were trying to do but the execution is rather sloppy. The Character animation is fine enough for an animated pilot but there are time where it can be jarring. As for the character design, Bubsy's design his faithful to how he appears in the games while the other characters look like the belong in the same world as either the Looney Tunes or The Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog. Speaking of Sonic, even some of the 90's Sonic cartoons look better animated than this, not to mention some of the characters look flat out ugly, especially the twin. Another problem with the animation is the lip sync, these cases are pretty rare but there is an instance of Boswell talking but only his teeth are showing. Lastly the effects are just unnecessary, I kid you not the stock footage is another reason why the Pilot feels tedious. Not only they are out of place but I feel they are just there to fill in the empty slots. So yeah there not much I can say there. I animators tried but certainly not hard enough, The Animation gets a 3/10
You wanna know what else make this Pilot even more tedious that would be the characters, not only they are forgettable and generic but most of them have no purpose to be in this pilot. First we have Arnold the Armadillo who is possibly the most miserable character in this, He is always traumatized by being run over by trucks an is always by Bubsy and the Twin. If I were Arnold I would quote Globox and say
: I don't deserve this abuse! Next we have the Twin,Terry and Terri... There real names Terrence and Theresa but I don't give a darn, anyways they're just the typical mischievous kids that cause nothing but trouble. As for the other characters I just don't care, Oblivia who I feel is just there to be the bland love interest or whatever, Virgil is just the generic scientist but he does have a unique name, Ally is the main antagonist but spends her time in the pilot doing nothing. Instead her hench men Boswell and Sid take up most of the spotlight, funny enough, they are the only side characters that have a purpose in the pilot, Admittedly Boswell is the only good character here because he almost tried to kill the twins, Sid however is just the dim witted henchman with an unbelievable appetite. Lastly we have Bubsy, the main and also the worst character of the bunch. Now I'm just just gonna say, that BUBSY IS JUST HATE-ABLE IN THIS! All he does is just boast about how 'heroic' he is while in reality he's too stupid to know what could go wrong, not to mention he glorifies his annoyance but refusing to shut up about his cringe worthy catchphrase and he shoves of his friend Arnold, even if it's not on purpose Bubsy would always treat Arnold like trash. How can the writers expect us to like this piece of feline filth if all you want to do is give him a punch in the face, in a way it's near impossible to feel sorry for this character. There are plenty of character that were made before and after and they were made much better because the have something that makes them likable and redeemable, Sonic, Rayman and Mario were gaming icons but they have one thing in common, They have kind hearts. Sonic and Rayman can be snarky and carefree at times but they do know when to be heroic at time. Look I'm not saying that all jerk characters can't be likable, there some characters that use this archetype right such as Eddy from Ed Edd n Eddy, he can be a jerk sometime but he does have a reason why he's that way in the show, he wanted to impress the other kids in the Cul De Sac. But he confessed that his everything he says about his brother way a lie and realizes he doesn't need to keep lying which made the kids starting to like him. Another example is Cross from Pokemon the Movie: I Choose You, at first he was a selfish jerk but when Ash was able to defeat Cross's Incineroar with his newly evolved,Charizard that Cross
abandoned as a Charmander, Cross admitted that he wanted to see Ho Oh and was jealous of Ash for being chosen. By the end of the movie Cross was able to redeem himself and isn't too bad of a character. These characters from their respected media are what the writers were trying to do with Bubsy but done right. But with Bubsy they didn't even TRY to make him likable. Overall side characters are just bland and useless. But the main character is just intolerable! The Characters earn a 2/10!
This may be because I don't play the games but this pilot alone gives me no reason to and for good reason. I'm going to be honest with you The Bubsy Pilot is easily one of the worst cartoons that I have ever seen in my life, I've seen plenty of bad cartoons done none could be this low as this. The Story is random and unengaging along with awful humor, jarring animation and a cast of characters that are both useless or detestable. If I have to recommend, I say skip this pilot entirely just stay with other video game based cartoons that are a lot better than this one. There is nothing to enjoy from this failed pilot, instead you will only loose time that you could have spent and that is why I'm giving this pilot a 2/10 and a thumbs down
That's really a lot out of me, This may not be the best way to start reviews but hey we gotta start somewhere. Anyways I hope you guess liked my review of the Bubsy Pilot and hope some of you guys aren't too offended about what I said, again it's fine if you like Bubsy as a character don't be afraid to speak your opinions. In fact I'm kinda interested in what the Bubsy fans you say in defense just remember that this review is not made for the fans of Bubsy. Well that I'm done with Bubsy and I seriously should be done with "That Idiot Bobcat!"
sorry that's my only favorite line from pilot. I'm telling you Boswell is the best character here. Anyway, If you have a suggestion for either a movie, a TV episode or a video game feel free to leave a comment and your suggestion made be next week's review, This has been AmytheRaytendoFan and I'll see you soon. Here's to hoping next week's review will be more positive.