Lil' Judge Erich Asperschlager wouldn't lil' vote for this lil' guy.
"Zing! You've just been Lil' Bush-ed!"
Two seasons in and about four years too late, the Comedy Central animated series Lil' Bush takes on the current administration by reimagining the world as one in which George and his gang of "cronies" (Lil' Cheney, Lil' Rummy, and Lil' Condi) are kids running around George H. and Barbara Bush's White House. They go to Beltway Elementary, where they tangle with the Lil' Dems, a group that includes Lil' Hillary, Lil' Kerry, Lil' Al Gore, Lil' Obama (voiced by Tim Meadows), and Tiny Kucinich. Get it? Now if you'll excuse me, I'm about to lose my lil' lunch.
Lil' Bush, Resident of the United States: Season Two has all 10 episodes, uncensored, and spread across two discs:
• "Big Pharma"
• "Crony Break-Up"
• "Three Dates"
The past decade has been a boom for left-leaning comedians who've had their way with President Bush on stage, on TV, in books, and in movies. Heck, Jon Stewart could probably build himself a mansion financed entirely with Bush bash cash. But the presidential election is less than a month away, and the Bush administration is about to become history. Love him or hate him, George W. is on the way out and jokes at his expense are going out with him—which makes Lil' Bush's second-term timing all the more puzzling.
Had this show come out back in '04, it might have hit a nerve. It might have seemed fresh. In 2008, though, the concept feels dated. I guess there are people who still find Bush jokes funny. I'm not one of them. They're just too easy—too predictable. "Oh, look. He mispronounced a word!" "Oh, look. He sent us into a costly foreign war without pretext!" Bo-ring. And, unfortunately, Lil' Bush relies heavily on these modern political chestnuts.
Lil' George (voiced by Chris Parson) is the Lil' Cronies' ringleader—an elementary frat boy (if that's even possible) surrounded by yes men…er, yes "people": Lil' Rummy (Iggy Pop…yes that Iggy Pop), who not only falls in line, he often takes the fall; Lil' Condi (Kari Wahlgren), who dreams of the day she and George will be more than "just friends"; and Lil' Cheney (series creator Donick Cary), who drinks the blood of live animals and peppers his nearly unintelligible speech with plenty of "ruh ruh ruh"s. In that way, he's kind of like the group's Kenny. You know, from South Park—the show Lil' Bush is in no way ripping off. Yeah, right.
Besides missing the boat on cultural relevance, Lil' Bush is most guilty of blatantly aping Comedy Central's long-running animated cash cow. But where this Muppet Babies-meets-Oval Office concept would be at most a subplot to Trey Parker and Matt Stone, Bush creator Donick Cary has tried to stretch a one-note political parody into an entire series. Sure, Lil' Bush isn't the only post-Park cartoon to leech off of the Colorado kids' success, but it's easier to complain when both crudely drawn series air on the same network. Don't worry, though. It's easy to tell them apart. South Park is the funny one.
That's not to say Lil' Bush is entirely awful. The occasional laugh slips through. With a few exceptions—like Beltway Elementary's "9th Ward Under the Sea Dance"—most of the legitimate humor is only tangentially related to politics. For example, while seeing Lil' Guiliani wearing a dress or Lil' Brownie holed up in a New Orleans FEMA office filled with cash isn't funny, slapping a pair of sunglasses on the disinterred corpse of Saddam Hussein ala Weekend at Bernie's, or watching two sleeper agents argue over whether "Sawyer" is a good fake American name because he's such a great character on Lost, is.
Unfortunately, those moments of semi-inspired hilarity are few and far between. Mostly, the show relies on grade-school humor about farting, pooping, and vomiting—or on depicting Jeb Bush as retarded, Dick Cheney Sr. as Darth Vader, and Barbara Bush as a crazed sex addict.
The extras on the set include audio commentaries for the episodes "Big Pharma," "Weekend at Saddamy's," "Afghanistan," "Wedding," "Pooty-Poot," and "Anthem/China"; a "Lil' Bush Girl" viral video; and a series of making-of and parody segment web clips.
I'm sure Lil' Bush has its fans, and if you still find Bush jokes and bodily fluids funny, I guess this set is for you. Everyone else should steer clear of this animated mess. Lil' Bush has not been picked up for a third season. Neither has the real President Bush. In both cases, I'm relieved.
This show puts the "lil' lame" in "lil' lame duck."
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