"THE TICK" is one of those rare, off-beat animated series, that successfully satirizes the superhero genre while still remaining true to its best aspects at the same time. The short-lived, unsuccessful, but daring and creative live-action series has already been made available on dvd from SONY. The animated series, that ran for two yeas in the mid-90s, threw out some of the more "adult" humor to the narratives, but remains captivating and often hilarious.
It's hard to be original in a super-hero series, but "THE TICK" managed to find new characters and make them seem totally original. The voice talents are great as well, although we'd have still preferred if the 2nd season kept former Monkee Micky Dolenz on board as "Arthur." The animated style is wholly imaginative and certain to win many new fans.
BUENA VISTA has provided 12 episodes from Season 2 over 2 discs. For some reason, episode #15 "Alone Together" has not been included.
Little Wooden Boy and the Belly of Love" (originally aired
September 9th, 1995)
16. "Armless But Not Harmless" (September 23rd, 1995)
17. "Leonardo da Vinci and His Fightin' Genius Time Commandos" (September 30th,1995)
18. "Coach Fussell's Lament" (October 7th, 1995)
19. "Bloomsday" (October 21st, 1995)
20. "Evil Sits Down For A Moment" (November 4th, 1995)
21. "Heroes" (November 11th, 1995)
22. "Ants in Pants!" (November 18th, 1995)
Tick Loves Santa" (November 25th, 1995)
24. "The Tick vs. The Big Nothing" (February 3rd, 1996)
25. "The Tick vs. Reno, Nevada" (February 10th, 1996)
26. "Grandpa Wore Tights" (February 17th, 1996)
As with the first season, made available on dvd from BUENA VISTA, "SEASON 2" offers a consistently solid image, occasionally marred by edge enhancement. Detail is generally impressive.
BUENA VISTA has provided a Dolby Digital Surround mix, with rare use of surround/separation effects. Dynamic range is solid and some separation effects manage to make this a generally pleasant, if unremarkable mix. Dialogue is always intelligible and free from distortion.