Created by: Donick Cary
Let’s face it, George W Bush is funny. Whether it’s his speeches, mannerisms, or him just being himself, people like to make fun of him. Lil Bush takes that concept and applies it to a miniature childlike version of the president. Of course, the events are over the top, but with the help of the other Lil Cronies (Condi, Cheney, Rumsfeld, even John McCain) Lil Bush takes on the Lil Democrats with a bit of wit, but sadly with lots of repetition.
Lil Bush Resident of the United States is the story of a child George W Bush and his childish exploits that mirror the actual W’s presidency. Throughout each episode, Lil Bush’s ideas go wildly wrong and his famous ineptitude usually gets him in trouble in a huge way. Inside jokes to Bush’s policies and ideals are peppered in each episode.
While I honestly laughed at some of the jokes in this show, I found myself getting bored with each episode. The jokes seemed to come from easy sources and just mirrored things I have already read about in the news. While the Daily Show and Colbert Report are fresh and new each episode, this show seemed a bit stale. However, there are some funny parts that play off of the whole political meets children idea that I really liked. For example, Jeb Bush is almost like a pet and Lil Bush has to take care of him and “walk” him.
The strengths of this show are the voices and animation. I love how each character looks like their real life counterpart. The voices are well done and really sound like the people they are parodying. Another plus on Lil Bush is that it is not biased toward one political party. Yes, the show is about a tiny George Bush, but all of the political kids are shown with their flaws and hang ups. This series is really nice for people that are interested in a new spin on political humor. For me though, I found it flat in many areas.
The video is presented in 1.33:1 full screen format. The quality of the animation is well done for the most part, but in some sections, the characters hardly move at all. It reminded me of the same animation used for the 1960s Marvel animated shorts, but without the nostalgic flair. The colors are dull and do not reflect the childlike nature of the material. I would have preferred a brighter more ironic look at kiddy Bush.
I was surprised to find that this release is in Dolby Digital. The audio is one of the high points of this DVD set. The music is not overpowering and each character’s dialogue comes through clearly. While the audio is top notch, there isn’t anything phenomenal about it either. The standard Dolby Digital is fine for this DVD.
The Packaging and Bonus Features
The case is standard amaray with some fun artwork playing off of the Presidential seal. I like how all of the supporting characters are featured on the cover to let the buyer know everything about the DVD.
For special features, there is a Lil Bush music video and custom animated shorts. The audio commentary track is nice, but a little standard on most DVD sets. I would have liked a feature on the guest stars and voice acting, but that is a personal preference.
Overall (Not an Average) 6.5/10
The Show 5.5/10
The Video 6/10
The Audio 7/10
The Packaging and Bonus Features 5/10
Overall (Not an Average) 6.5/10