Tuesday, October 28, 2014

On The Air: Mike Tyson Mysteries (2014)

Well, it's here. Monday saw the debut of Mike Tyson Mysteries, [adult swim]'s latest 15 minute comedy series, and, well, it's about what you'd expect.

The former World boxing champion now fancies himself a comedian, as per turns in the "Hangover" movie series, and parodies the celebrity-driven cartoons of his youth by voicing his own animated likeness. Aided by the ghost of the Marquess (actually Marquis, but factor in Mike's speech impediment, played for laughs) of Queensbury as his new mentor, Tyson has an adopted daughter and a talking pigeon (Norm McDonald, ex-Saturday Night Live) rounding out the team. The script, in typical [as] fashion, is all over the place, such as in the opener.....

Edit: 11/5/14: [adult swim], or, at least the fan channel that posted the episode, has privatized it. In its place, we give you an excerpt from IGN.:

Well, what can you do in 15 minutes? Tyson doubles as a consulting producer, since this was his idea in the first place. How many classic cartoon tropes did you spot in the episode?

Rating: B--.


magicdog said...

First of all - it was pretty funny to satirize all things we all saw in many "mystery adventure" toons from the past.

It's also a good thing this was only a little over 10 minutes long - because if it had been a full half hour, I'd have about kicked the monitor! Something like this is best in small doses.

As someone who knows people who know Mike Tyson, trust me - he didn't do much as "consulting producer". The man's not that bright and is about as punch drunk as one would imagine. He probably suggested in a conversation about how cool it would be to have his own cartoon show and someone thought it would be a good idea. In a way this works, but I hated the obscene language.

Interesting that Norm McDonald is in this - I can't stand him either. Never thought the guy was funny.

hobbyfan said...

Oh, and how to explain Tyson making movies and doing Broadway the last few years? He must be making some headway with the right people, right?

Good thing some of the language is bleeped, though I thought the A-word should've been, used as it was three times in under a minute.

Samuel Wilson said...

"Marquess" is actually the common pronunciation of Queensbury's title in boxing circles. I've heard it pronounced that way by numerous announcers and sports reporters, so don't blame Tyson for that one.

hobbyfan said...

Ok, how was I to know? It's always been spelled as "Marquis" in print, even in reference to boxing, from what I read.