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Pale Force DVD Review

“Pale Force” is amusing in small doses.


Content: B-

Picture: B-

Audio: B-

Extras: B-

In case you don’t know, “Pale Force” is a series of 21 animated shorts involving a superhero named Jim Gaffigan (voiced by comedian Jim Gaffigan) and his whiny, wimpy, squeaky voiced sidekick Conan O’Brien (also voiced by Jim Gaffigan). The two are part of The Legion Of Pale, which is a team of heroic pale celebrities such as Elton John, Larry Bird, etc. Gaiffigan and Conan spend most of their time fighting the evil Lady Bronze and getting caught up in strange adventures involving everything from robots to facing off against Philip Seymour Hoffman.

Considering how “Pale Force” is a one joke series, it’s not surprising that the material gets stale after a while (especially if you watch all 21 episodes in a row). After all, there’s only so many jokes you can make about pale people and the girlish Conan O’Brien sidekick character who constantly wets himself. With that said, the show is amusing in small doses. Some of the episodes are clever and downright funny. It’s hard not to chuckle at the mock action figure ad, the Christmas episode which references past X-mas themed films and shows, or the sidekick support group sequence featuring everyone from Chewbacca to Robin. As with any series, there are naturally a few clunkers here such as the Canada centric episode and the Conan coma two parter.

Summary: If you dig Jim Gaffigan or silly superhero spoofs, you might want to check out “Pale Force.”

The animation is obviously rather cheap looking, but it looks decent enough on this DVD. Likewise, the Dolby Digital Stereo isn’t particularly high quality, but the voice work and sound f/x are acceptable.

Extras includes 12 appearances by Jim Gaffigan on “Late Night With Conan O’Brien,” a deleted scene, and rough animations for “Meet Pale Force Part 1 and 2” and “Miss Massachusetts.”

November 30, 2009 - Posted by | 1 | , ,

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