Warner Bros. // 2011 // 146 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge David Johnson // February 24th, 2012
Almost as funny as blood blisters.
Mad Magazine was a critical element in my pre-adolescent formative years and I'll always be grateful to Al Jaffee, Mort Drucker, and Dick DeBartolo for showing me the joys of low-budget black-and-white two-dimensional comedy. But between the sporadically painful Mad TV and now this colon blockage of an animated series, I have no more good feelings remaining for the brand.
Mad is so terrible it makes its lame live-action counterpart look like whatever awesome comedy show God watches in His holy rumpus room. I thought Seth Macfarlane's stuff was the nadir for painful, gag-happy animation. Uh uh. This crap will melt your brain.
The humor is so base and juvenile I thought the target audience was ten-year-olds, like this was a kids show Cartoon Network was producing. Nope, it's built for grown-ups or at least teenagers (and that's giving them the benefit of the doubt). Regardless, I don't care what age group you may fall into -- babies included! -- there is nothing but godawful misery awaiting you here.
Episodes run just over 10 minutes and the skits are essentially a steady stream of pop culture references bolstered with occasional attempts at humor, emphasis on attempt -- lots of Justin Bieber, a handful of Glee, and an overwhelming amount of Twilight.
You know what Mad is? The animated version of a Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer movie. (I should have just written that in the beginning.)
If you're still intent on wasting your time, the DVD proves to be perfectly mediocre: full frame, 2.0 surround and no extras.
Guilty. William Gaines is spinning in his grave like a lathe.
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Scales of Justice
Studio: Warner Bros.
* Full Frame
* Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)
* English (SDH)
Running Time: 146 Minutes
Release Year: 2011
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
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