Thursday, 24 December 2015

Wakko's Wish: How much is a half penny worth anyway?

Tis the season to be merry, to sit around the fire and tell christmas stories... Unless you live where I do where fires have a strong chance of becoming bushfires, it is summer after all. But, on this christmas eve, let us return to 1999, travel to ACME Falls, for Wakko's Wish.

Unlike the Animaniacs show, Wakko's wish is just one plot, like a standard movie, and like a standard Christmas movie, you can insert all the standard tropes including

  • Starting to become generic Christmas themed songs
  • Villains with a sense of greed to help ring in the "greed is bad" theme for christmas
  • All the heroes get a happy ending at the end
"Be Cool, Be Wild, Be Groovy"

Does it have overly Christmas themes? No, but you can tell that this is what it's doing. ACME falls is on the brink of financial collapse. The king's taxman has taxed everyone in the town so much there's no income left. That is until Wakko returns with a years worth of income... a half penny, which after a musical number, gets claimed by the tax collector. Saddned by this, Wakko calls upon the wishing star, which then crashes to earth and thanks to a convenient bit of exposition by the fairy... I mean the "desire fulfillment facilitator" or "Pip", Wakko, Yakko and Dot learn of how the wishing star works, and then can't keep their mouth shut meaning every single character, who is also all the characters from the show along with the villainous king. So yes, the rest of the movie is basically the animaniacs cast trying to get to the star. The plot is very basic and predictable, but it still works thanks to the writing, this is a comedy movie after all. The characters are the same as they are in the show and the material they have to work with is absolutely hilarious, predictable, but hilarious. A personal favorite of mine is the "How to wish for it", I like that literal sense of comedy. The music is about on par with other Animaniacs songs, most of them being average, but I do like the version of the opening theme and the song "Never give up hope".

Like with a lot of movies based on TV shows, this is basically an extended version of an episode, however, if you enjoy the Animaniacs, you'll probably like this movie, even if it's just to see more of your favorite characters. I hope you enjoyed the last individual review of this year, and that you enjoyed Keybug's review of Undertale the other day, which was the 200th post to go live here. I'll see you next week for the year's summary. Until then

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