Get in on the secret

There are so many cartoons for kids nowadays, I’ll confess it takes quite a bit to get me interested in something new. But I perked right up when I came across this bit about The Secret Show over at Cartoon Brew yesterday:

As animated features currently dwell in a CG rut of fairy tale spoofs and talking animal adventures, television animation has become the place to see a more refreshing diversity of cartoon styles. [...] I just recieved a preview video for a new [cartoon] called THE SECRET SHOW, and this one’s pretty good. Keeping in mind that it’s aimed at the kids in the 9 to 14 year old demographic, it’s quite entertaining. Produced in flash, with nicely stylized art direction and clever scripts by Britian’s Collingwood O’Hare Entertainment, the show will begin regular weekly airing on Nicktoons in January.

Each episode starts off with an old Granny welcoming us to The Fluffy Bunny Show, after which secret operatives take over the scene and the real cartoon begins. It’s yet-another spy spoof, with shades of Get Smart, Austin Powers and a bit of Monty Python, but it never takes itself too seriously, and the plots are witty and fun.

Say what you will; he had me at “bit of Monty Python.” And when I wandered over to the Collingwood O’Hare page for the show I was only drawn in further:

Secret agents Victor Volt and Anita Knight work for a secret organisation called U.Z.Z. saving the world from notorious baddies like, Doctor Doctor and The Imposters, who work for them. They are helped on their madcap missions by a crazy scientist, called Professor Professor, and their boss is a man so secret that his name is ‘changed daily’ for reasons of security.

It sounds deliciously campy. I may not be in the target 9-14 demographic, but I suspect I’m going to love this one. Unfortunately, I’ll have to be patient until the American premiere, slated for January 20th, 8:30 pm, on Nicktoons Network. The word is that Nicktoons has licensed 26 episodes, so we’re all have plenty of time to get acquainted with the members of U.Z.Z. and T.H.E.M.

I can’t wait.

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