Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Summertainment: Mike, Lu, & Og (1999)

A 11 year old girl from NYC lands on an island whose inhabitants are trying to pass themselves off as Polynesian, yet have British cultures. An odd mix, wot?

Of course it is, and it's the premise of Mike, Lu, & Og, which bowed with a pilot on Cartoon Network's What a Cartoon Show in 1998, then was spun into its own series 1 year later. Despite intermittent runs on CN and Boomerang, there isn't much demand for it this time of year.

The animation resembles the works of Klasky-Csupo, but it isn't from their studio. With a voice cast that includes Nancy Cartwright (The Simpsons), Charlie Adler, Kath Soucie, and Greg Proops (Whose Line is it Anyway?), among others, you'd think this would be a big hit with the kiddos. Nope. Didn't last very long.

Here's the intro:

Rating: B-.


Goldstar said...

The main problem that I had with "Mike, Lu & Og" (and I mentioned this on my site Twin Factor) was that ML&O was a graduate of the "Scooby-Doo" and "Inspector Gadget" School of Repetition. Nearly every episode adhered to the same formula: Mike would mention some luxury that didn't exist on the island. Og would then invent said luxury. The natives would misuse said invention. Things would go comically awry. Cast decides that the island is better off without the aforementioned luxury. Wash, rinse, repeat.

While I like the tropical island as a potentially interesting setting, "Mike, Lu & Og" just didn't do it for me.

hobbyfan said...

Hmmmm. Sounds like they were trying to cross the Scooby/Gadget format with Gilligan's Island.