Post by Briar Rose's Dark Knight on Jul 11, 2014 20:10:14 GMT -5
The 7D is a Disney animated television program airing on Disney XD. The stars of the show are the seven dwarfs from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Though they bear little physical similarity to the originals, the names and personalities are the same.
The story is that they live in the kingdom of Jollywood, watched over by Queen Delightful. She is assisted by Lord Starchbottom and has a pet dog named Sir Yipsalot. The kingdom is periodically menaced by teenage troublemakers Grim and Hildy, who may be in love with each other. When something goes wrong (not necessarily because of the actions of Grim and Hildy), the 7D are called into help. Thus far, the show follows the format of Phineas and Ferb. Two brief shorts air in a single episode.
Honestly, when I first heard of this show, I thought it was a terrible idea. But then I found out a little bit more about the show. The talent behind Animaniacs are heavily involved with the show. And there is some tremendous voice talent on this show, including Bill Farmer (Goofy) as the voice of Doc. Maurice LaMarche voices Grumpy and channels George Costanza from Seinfeld.
So, I gave the show a chance. And I found it surprisingly and happily amusing. There's a wackiness and silliness to the show that makes it work. It is not a hip reinvention of the seven dwarfs from the animated classic that I feared.
This sounds like an adult show. Very original. Too bad we don't get this station here.
I wouldn't describe it as an adult show. I think it's more like a well written kids show that appeals to adults.
In some ways, Phineas and Ferb is almost written for adults with a wink and a nod to the sheer insanity of it all. It frequently makes pop culture references that only adults who are very familiar with the reference would understand. And what is Perry, but an animal version of James Bond? I just watched a recent episode where the show made constant references to either Jaws or Moby Dick. I don't think many kids are very familiar with those two stories, whereas most adult viewers would be.
The 7D isn't like that. It's more slapstick. I've seen a few more episodes since my initial post. While some characters are beginning to show a tendency to grate on me, I remain very amused by the 7D themselves.