Rating: Not Rated
Townsend Coleman as The Tick
Rob Paulsen as Arthur
Cam Clarke as Die Fledermaus
Pat Fraley as Australopithecine
Maurice LaMarche as Hotel Manager
Kay Lenz as American Maid
Roger Rose as Four Legged Man
Jim Cummings as Leonardo da Vinci
Micky Dolenz as Arthur
Jennifer Hale as Carmelita
Susan Silo as Jungle Janet
Brian Peck as Baron Violent
Roddy McDowall as The Breadmaster
Dan Castellaneta as Mole King
Ron Feinberg as Omnipotus
Jeff Bennett as Thomas Edison
Paul Williams as Mother of Invention
Hamilton Camp as Johann Gutenberg
Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround Sound
Running Time: 1036 Minutes
The first season of “The Tick” originally aired in 1994-1995. The following is from the DVD cover:
“Attention evil-doers! The Tick is here, and he’s wearing the blue tights of justice! Together with his trusty moth-costumed sidekick Arthur, The Tick keeps the streets of The City safe from a rogue’s gallery of hilariously malevolent villains. So grab a snack, put your feet up, and get ready to laugh and cheer as everyone’s favorite brawny hero swats evil on the snout with the rolled-up newspaper of goodness!”
“The Tick vs. Season One” is not rated.
I have a long history with “The Tick.” I used to order comics from New England Comics who first published “The Tick.” When I was in college, I also used to watch the cartoon on Saturday mornings with my roommates. So now when it appears again here on DVD, I find myself watching it with my family.
What made “The Tick” so much fun back in college is what still makes it unique today the fantastic dialogue. Some of the lines are just so off the wall and funny that they are true classics. Here’s a small sampling:
“Everybody was a baby once, Arthur. Oh, sure, maybe not today, or even yesterday. But once. Babies, chum: tiny, dimpled, fleshy mirrors of our us-ness, that we parents hurl into the future, like leathery footballs of hope. And you’ve got to get a good spiral on that baby, or evil will make an interception.”
“I don’t know the meaning of the word ‘surrender’. I mean, I know it, I’m not dumb… just not in this context.”
Anyway, you get the idea.
Now that comic book movies are all the rage, there’s no better time than now for “The Tick” to return and parody them. For example, the characters on the show were perfect parodies of established comic characters. The Wonder Woman-like “American Maid” was a great cross between Captain American and the Amazonian, just dressed as a maid. Then there was the Batman parody “Die Fledermaus”. The villains were equally hilarious. Characters like The Proto-Clown, Dinosaur Neil, and The Midnight Bomber What Bombs At Midnight were fantastic. I also loved how Chairface Chippendale started carving his name into the moon only to be foiled by The Tick. For the rest of the series, “CHA” appeared on the moon in the background. Brilliant!
If you’re a fan of comics or of “The Tick” himself, then this DVD is a required addition to your collection. Unfortunately, there are no bonus features on the DVD. You’d think there could have been interviews with the voice actors or something. It’s also worth nothing that not all of Season One is included on this DVD set. Episode 11 is missing and possibly more.