Like most Americans, I watch way too much TV. It’s not all I do, but the pandemic has provided a convenient excuse. I could tell you about the number of push ups I did this week to make myself feel better, but that’s not what this blog entry is about. The question is….do we watch TV as a time filler or to be truly entertained? Maybe after we’ve watched X number of shows, movies, etc. your entertainment threshold gets higher…or is really great entertainment hard to find?
I’ve been trying to think of a way to gauge this, but I will just say the animated film “Reveangance” is probably the funniest thing I’ve seen in years. (Just to clarify, it is not a Disney production aimed at kids. ) I have to credit the free streaming network Tubi for carrying this one. As the title of this blog entry implies, the story’s protagonist is a bounty hunter named Rod Rosse, The One Man Posse. Rosse looks more like an accountant than Dog the Bounty Hunter, but the dude who hires him actually looks a little like Dog now that I think about it. Without getting too much into the plot, I will just say it involves a biker gang, a rock concert, several other colorful bounty hunters, a young lady with a bow and arrow, a senator, professional wrestling, and a weird cult in the desert. Directions, storyboards, animation are credited to Bill Plympton while Jim Lujan is credited with story, design, voices, and music.
You’ll know in the first five minutes if you’ll get into this film. What’s interesting to me about animated satire is the ability to exaggerate characters’ looks, voices, mannerisms while letting viewers say, “I’ve seen that guy or girl.” Not only that, but there is definitely a clever, dry humor about the film. Rod, for example, runs his bounty hunter business with the help of his mother and her cat, Mr. Butterkisses. Here’s another paraphrased example of dialogue from the film:
Rod Rosse: What do you want?
Rod Rosse: I’m pretty sure that’s not a word.
By the way, “Reveangance” has won a couple of awards if you care about those types of things. Personally, I don’t, but I will give it my inaugural Pandemic Couch Potato Award for being the funniest film I’ve seen in a long time.
Till next time, keep your Mojo on the Horizon.