Gen 13 Reviews
I see Grunge kick some ass - as always, the character is best when he stops being a doofus and actually uses his head (and powers) to help out his friends. Roxy's power manifestation was downright gorgeous and impressive. And Fairchild... well, she was about as spot-on as any appearance in the comic. Go, girl!
If the opening sequence of a man vomiting blood and being shot to death isn't indication that this toon isn't made for little kids, then the first shot of a cartoon high school student in her underwear should it it home for you. You'll get both in the first 5 minutes of the show. The remaining hour or so of film is laced with more bloody violence (e.g. exploding heads) partial teen nudity, sex talk, and cursing. It does what it can to be a PG-13 film. In the world of '90s comics, many fanboys would love this. As for me, I wasn't too impressed.
When the content of a show is ramped up for teen audiences, I expect the story writing and other aspects to do the same. The story was a lame origin story that played out like the pilot to a show that had too much swearing, blood, and underwear to ever see the light of day. The voice acting was horrible, despite the well-known vocal cast. If you're casting someone as the voice of a teenager, get someone who sounds like one. Also, Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers may have been a big deal back in the '90s, but his portrayal of the big dumb Grunge is far too stereotypical of dumb surfer voices. His voice sounded as though it was geared toward making little kids laugh (like Michelangelo from the old Ninja Turtles cartoon). Why put in such a dumb kiddie element if the film is made for an older audience?
In the end, I think it was the kiddie elements that really kill this show for me. It had kiddie writing with grown-up content. They could have taken one from the pages of many children's shows that have superior writing without all the blood and boobies.