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Chowder Vol. 1 DVD Review

26 Oct, 2008 By: Anne Sherber


Street 11/4/08
$14.97 DVD
Not rated.

Cartoons have come a long way since the days of Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck. Many of the most popular current cartoons seem to have an almost trippy quality; they take place in worlds created completely out of whole cloth, not at all grounded in any recognizable reality, designed to hook youngsters of all ages with quirky humor.

“Chowder,” an animated series that airs on Cartoon Network, is firmly lodged in this wacky new cartoon world. In fact, the series, about an apprentice chef of indeterminate species, seems to be the spiritual heir of “SpongeBob SquarePants.”

“Chowder” is unrelentingly silly, tightly packed with farting, vomiting and goofy “Rocky and Bullwinkle”-like non-sequiturs. Little Chowder, who might be a cat, or a rabbit or a bear, is a chef in training, who is remarkable mainly for his love of food and his ability to eat unendingly. His fellow cartoons include a large, Gumby-resembling cook named Schnitzel; Mung Daal, the master chef under whom Chowder is apprenticing; and Panini, who is nursing a monumental and sometimes painful crush on Chowder.

Ten episodes are included on this disc; each involves the preparation of some bizarre food concoction. It is important to note that in Chowder’s world, food is not just for eating anymore.

Those who enjoy off-the-wall animation will certainly have fun with “Chowder.”

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