Do You Remember? #67: Punky Brewster: The Animated Series

All right 2017 is here, we’ve looked at the bizarre Christmas specials last month, let’s look at something simple and easy, an animated series version of Punky Brewster, that’s fine.

If you don’t remember Punky Brewster, it was about a young girl (Soleil Moon Frye) being raised by a foster parent (George Gaynes).Simple premise, so clearly that should make for a simple animated series, let’s go ahead and take a look at the intro:

Oh god, there is so much to digest about this one, this is Punky Brewster: The Animated Series:

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The actual title for the series is It’s Punky Brewster but come on, that intro says simply Punky Brewster so screw it, it’s Punky Brewster: The Animated Series.

The series featured the voices of the original Punky Brewster cast as their respective characters. A new character, Glomer (voiced by Frank Welker), was added as the “leprechaun gopher”. He came from Chaundoon, a city at the end of the rainbow and possesses various magical powers. One such power was the ability to transport Punky and her friends, Margaux, Cherie, and Allen, and at times her dog, Brandon, to any part of the Earth instantly. Some episodes included Glomer having to correct his own mistakes, as when he plays around with magic and transforms Henry into a statue of Julius Caesar. It’s Punky Brewster is the series’ unofficial name; on the title card and in TV listings, it was simply called Punky Brewster.

In season 2, shows 4 through 13 had a first-run episode and a repeat from the first season. The series was canceled in September 1987 but returned in replays in October 1988 after NBC’s live action pre-teen show 2 Hip 4 TV was canceled. Selected episodes were syndicated as a revolving feature of Maxie’s World in 1989.

Yeah, what the hell? Apparently, a simple cartoon series about an orphan girl and her adventures wasn’t crazy enough so they threw in this fantasy element for the hell of it.

And, no shocker, that fantasy element is the worst part of the show solely because it makes no sense. I mean in that intro alone, there are so many questions about Glomer I have, it would take way too long to ask them all. The biggest thing is that Glomer enters our world and then his family just ditches him, that’s fucking cruel. I’ll just leave it at that. But Glomer was essentially the Scrappy Doo of the series, he was just their solely to be The Great Gazoo for this series and that’s it, he serves no purpose except to move the story along with supernatural elements.

As a matter of fact, a lot of this show suffers solely because of Glomer because he’s such a pointless addition to the series, he’s there to do absolutely nothing except use his magic to make the story move forward and that’s it.

But other than that, they try so hard to turn this into an animated series and give it a difference than the live-action series, they try to make Allen the goofy sidekick who has consistent pratfalls and is very clumsy, he was never like that in the original series…I haven’t watched the original series in a long time but he was never this friggin’ clumsy.

The animation is okay, it’s Ruby-Spears, the same guys who did the animation for Alvin & The Chipmunks and Mr. T, so it’s on that level of animation and everybody acts like they do in the live-action series, it’s the same actors playing the voices for the animated versions so, all-in-all, everything else is much like the original series except for the addition of Glomer.

To me, Punky Brewster really didn’t need to be adapted into an animated series, that show never really reached that level of popularity to warrant an animated series like Alf or Happy Days or Laverne & Shirley or even Mr. T of the A-Team did. It just comes off as a waste of time, it’s pointless, nothing about it really stands out, it’s just vapor, I watched one episode and I had already forgotten about it as soon as I watched it. More than likely what you will be doing after watching this series.

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