The lights are on
One of the most rewarding things about having children is sitting with them and watching a bunch of dumb cartoons. Sometimes, these shows almost barely have something to do with video games. Barely. Case in point: Busytown Mysteries' "The Crazy Clock Mix-Up Mystery." Will Huckle and his crew determine the link between his handheld game system and a terrifying local phenomenon? We watched the episode so you don't have to.
Here's the title card for this episode. I wasn't lying when I said that's what it was called. You can trust me.
The episode starts with our pal Huckle Cat tooling around the streets of Busytown in his little car. He's supposed to be meeting his sister, Sally, so he checks his pocket watch. Huckle is a notoriously distracted driver.
You can't really tell from this angle, but in addition to being able to drive a little car, Huckle also wears lederhosen. He's a pretty talented cat.
Get a load of this monkey! He is driving a car that is shaped like a shoe. The video game part is coming up. Remember when I said you could trust me? That still applies.
It's Sally! Her interests include scooters and tailgating. Why are they meeting up? Funny you should ask!
Huckle's video game is acting up! The buttons don't work! That worm dude is Lowly Worm. He wears a funny hat, and if you were to combine his outfit with Huckle's you'd have a complete Bavarian. Let's take a closer look at that game.
Try as he might, Huckle can't get his video game to respond. It's a shame, because that rabbit game looks super fun. Is that a tambourine?
Suddenly, all the nearby clocks go completely crazy! Even the one in town hall!
Busytown is immediately plunged into Lord of the Flies style anarchy. Pigs suddenly forget when it's time to eat. Cars inexplicably screech out of control. Zebras wear suits.
You can't tell from this image, but that clock is totally out of control.
Uh oh. Looks like Huckle and pals have an old-fashioned mystery on their hands! Huckle taps his head and everything!
Suddenly, Goldbug appears out of nowhere. He's a reporter for Busytown Action Bug News. As you can guess from the show's name, there are a lot of mysteries goin' down in Busytown, which keeps Goldbug super busy. He's like Beetlejuice though, only you just say the word "mystery" once instead of "Beetlejuice" three times. OK, he's not at all like Beetlejuice.
Now that we've established that we are in the midst of a mystery, it's time to sing the mystery song. I think those footprints are a callback to the episode where everyone thought a ghost was stealing pies or cookies or something and it was actually an ostrich who fell into some flour. I may be misremembering that episode, and I'm also probably giving the show a bit too much credit.
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This is amazing :D
I MUST READ. BUT I DON'T KNOW WHY.
Non gamer run anythings are horrible at proper depictions of Video Games.
These two articles sum up most TV depictions of Video Games.
What did I just read?
lol, nice!!! GREATEST MYSTERY EVER!!!
keep it up Cork, you're hilarious.
and who knew childrens shows these days had so much anger and violence. not to mention sentient animals eating each others flesh.
I like Jeff's versions of kids shows better than the actual shows.
This is the best thing ever.