Mill Creek Entertainment // 2001 // 254 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge Paul Pritchard (Retired) // August 8th, 2010
"They've got guts! And butts!"
Ok, there's no point even trying to deny it, there's clearly an elephant in the room, so let's call it: Super Duper Sumos is not very good; in fact, it stinks. Appearing to be an attempt at aping the success of the zeitgeist straddling The Ren and Stimpy Show or The Powerpuff Girls, Super Duper Sumos really only amounts to a poor stream of gags about having a fat butt.
Revolving around three grotesquely large sumos, Super Duper Sumos: They've Got Guts! contains 10 episodes, which make up the lion's share of the show's first season. The plots of these episodes are so interchangeable and dull, that watching two or more in one sitting proves more difficult than it would be for one of these sumos to find their junk. Set in the (sarcasm mode enabled) hilariously titled Generic City (sarcasm mode disabled), every single freakin' episode begins with Ms. Mister, the leader of Bad Inc. (named as such just so the dumber amongst us don't get too confused) has evil genius Dr. Stinger conjure up a monster-of-the-week to wreak havoc on the general populace. Learning of this sinister plot, Booma, Kimo and Mamoo, aka The Super Duper Sumos, will step up with their thong-clad keisters and a butt-load of bad puns.
The unimaginative monsters conjured up, which include a Gojira sized teddy bear, reaches the absolute nadir of animated crap in episode 2, "The Seven Sumorai." The episode takes its influence from The Seven Samurai, and sees Bad Inc. build a gaggle of killer buildings that invade a small town, the population of which hire the sumos to drive them out. Akira Kurosawa should be turning in his grave at this sacrilegious lampooning of his masterpiece.
Now, there's nothing wrong with taking a minimalist approach to animation, but Super Duper Sumos is an amazingly ugly cartoon. The characters are alarmingly generic in their design, and appear to have been drawn with the left foot of a mentally deficient chimp. In the same way, the show's rag-tag lineup of villains is so disparate, that it suggests the show was conceived by three strangers who threw random ideas into a hat. I mean, just watch the show and tell me what the point of Genghis Fangus is, please. While I'm on the subject, why was it decided that the sumos trainer should be Jewish? It couldn't possibly be to get a few cheap laughs out of the character's accent, could it? Because there sure as hell doesn't seem to be any other explanation for it. I'm actually getting annoyed that I wasted my time with this set, and have no idea how there are already several DVD's out for this show, let alone why anyone would think we need another. It makes me wonder what kind of a world we live in, when a show like this can get two seasons (26-episodes), and shows like Firefly don't even manage one full season. Perhaps most annoyingly of all, the show actually seems to think it's funny; I pity the fool who agrees with this notion.
I've no idea who the target demographic is for Super Duper Sumos. The humor is too puerile for adults, while the characters lack the necessary charisma to keep kids coming back for more. At $10, and containing over 4-hours of sumo adventures, Super Duper Sumos: They've Got Guts! may look like good value to parents looking for a way to keep their offspring entertained during the summer holidays. But to fall foul of this misapprehension would be to make an egregious error. There are far better DVDs knocking around in the bargain bins of most stores, where your money would be far better spent.
The disc contains a colorful 1.33:1 transfer, and is reasonably sharp. The audio is a little less impressive, with a flat, lifeless 2.0 mix that rarely sparks into life. The only extra is a "bonus" episode of another Mill Creek release, World of Quest.
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Studio: Mill Creek Entertainment
* Full Frame
* Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)
Running Time: 254 Minutes
Release Year: 2001
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
* Bonus Episode
* Official Site