First Impressions: Bunnicula (TV Series)

I grew up with all sorts of scary stories for kids, mostly thanks to the Goosebumps series. However, there were a number of other book series I also enjoyed. One such series was Bunnicula, about a dog and cat trying to figure out how to deal with a small vampire rabbit. When I heard there was a TV show being made about the beloved book series, I mostly thought… “Why?” So, how is it? These are my first impressions of the Bunnicula cartoon series.

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This show revolves around Chester the Cat and Harold the Dog as they deal with the spooky shenanigans brought on by the presence of the titular horrifying hare. They do so while trying to keep their owner, a teen named Mina, from finding out.

I have very mixed feelings about this show. For one, it has almost nothing to do with the books. Bunnicula shows many traits and abilities NEVER seen in the books, including flying. He also sounds a lot like Slimer from the Real Ghostbusters, which got really annoying really quickly. Chester is more of the annoyed roommate than the paranoid pet protector in the book. Harold has been turned into a total MORON, which is so far and away from his character type in the book that I hate him. If you’re watching this show expecting to see the books come to life, prepare to be severely disappointed.

However, the show isn’t… bad. I mean, it’s not good, but it’s definitely not bad. The best thing about it, for me, is the design of the characters. The monsters of each segment are pretty unique in style. I especially love the mummy monkey from the first episode. The animation feels a little stiff at times, mostly thanks to the show being, quite obviously, done with Flash animation. Still, the fight scenes are pretty decently done, and it’s really cool to watch these characters move around.

The voice acting is, honestly, standard for a kid’s show, with dishonorable mentions going to Harold’s dumb voice (literally, he is a moron so he has the “dumb” voice) and Bunnicula’s gibber-gabbering Slimer impression. Sean Astin as Chester, though, does a fantastic job. You always believe he’s doing his best. Same goes for Kari Wahlgreen as Mina, who is believable as a kid.

Simply put, this show is just kinda okay. Disappointing for those who grew up with the story, but nothing bad for kids of today to enjoy. Honestly, I would even say it’s above average for shows nowadays. (Looking at YOU, Pickle and Peanut, and Pig Goat Banana Cricket, you horrible abominations of nightmares!) Anyway, if you’re really in the mood, I would suggest checking it out. What it lacks in bite, it makes up for in heart.

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