Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Bad TV: Action League Now! (1996)

Nickelodeon must've thought they had something special with the stop-motion series, Action League Now!, which was originally used on All That for 2 weeks before moving over to KaBlam! and finally being spun off into its own series. Unfortunately, as with Cartoon Network's I Am Weasel, which was spun from Cow & Chicken, Action League didn't have any new episodes when it was off on its own.

As a parody of superhero shows, Action League was about as funny as watching paint dry. Put together by a group of Pittsburgh radio station employees, the series looked and was performed as if it was budgeted by a box of shoestrings. CN's [adult swim] division would perfect the stop-motion format with the current Robot Chicken a few years later.

Scope out "Hey! Who Stole My Face?".

There was enough word of mouth spread that enabled some celebrities, including actor-singer Harry Connick, Jr., to be brought on board as guest stars. What were they thinking?

Rating: D.


Steven Dolce said...

Robot Chicken for kids.

hobbyfan said...

It actually pre-dated Robot Chicken by a few years, but wasn't totally polished, and it showed.

Lionel Braithwaite said...

It wasn't meant to do so.

hobbyfan said...

The idea of a parody is to make people laugh, Lionel. Action League didn't do that. It was el-cringe-o.