The Tick

The Tick

DVD - 2006
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Brawny, almost indestructible, and easily distracted by shiny objects, The Tick keeps the streets of The City safe with the help of his trusty sidekick Arthur. Contains the most hilarious adventures from season one.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Buena Vista Home Entertainment, 2006
ISBN: 9780788870415
Branch Call Number: YA TV TIC
Language Note: English or French dialogue; subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (252 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Edlund, Ben Tick


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Mar 10, 2018

The dictionary defines a "tick" as being a bloodsucking parasite that transmits disease.

Now - Never once did I ever see "The Tick" suck any blood or transmit any disease - But - When it came to being a parasite - Yep - He was one of the most obnoxious, irksome, loud-mouthed, in-your-face pests (aka. parasite) ever created as an animated superhero.

And, with that in mind - I found that one of the biggest and most annoying problems with this empty-headed, ill-conceived TV series was that it gave one the clear impression that it was "cool" for "The Tick" to be this way.

Yet. The truth was - "The Tick" was downright despicable and utterly vile with his over-inflated ego, bulging muscles, and constantly flapping gums.

Yes. I do realize that this animated TV series (from 1994) was, indeed, intended to be a parody of superheroism - But, regardless of this - I found that all that it ended up doing was reducing every superhero cliche to the level of being the most hatefully sneering cynicism imaginable.

And, sure enough - After only just a short while "The Tick" (and his annoying schtick) lost its amusement-factor completely.

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