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May 17, 2005 2:25 PM   Subscribe

Bugtime Adventures (bypass Flash, sort of). Shades of Bibleman! Another peek into the strange world of Christian kids' shows. And don't worry, one of television's most enduring actors is indeed involved.
posted by sninky-chan (16 comments total)
Episode 1: "Blessing in Disguise"

Joseph was sold into slavery by his very own brothers and then spent years in jail for a crime he didn't commit. Through it all he kept his faith and eventually found himself in a position of authority in Egypt. Joseph now holds power over his brothers and is faced with the choice of seeking revenge or forgiveness!

Meanwhile, at the feet of the giants in the tiny bug-town of Buggelsville, Roderick the cockroach embarrasses Antoni the ant at the bugs' annual picnic. Using one of his new inventions, Antoni seeks his revenge by setting up a slimy surprise attack that doesn't quite unfold as he had planned.
posted by sninky-chan at 2:27 PM on May 17, 2005

I don't get it. What exactly are we supposed to be making fun of and criticizing here... as I'm assuming that's what the point of this post is.
posted by Witty at 2:46 PM on May 17, 2005

Witty, I think we're supposed to be appalled that Buddy from Charles in Charge is still employed. As an actor, even!
posted by gurple at 2:49 PM on May 17, 2005

Heard he is an upcoming Reality TV show, which should be ready for viewing soon. The comedian, Ant, who was a contestant in the last comic standing, is a host/judge on the show. Ant mentioned Willie Aames' name while discussing the fat celebrities it revolves around. Then Ant defended him by saying, Aames had not lost his good looks from the weight gain, fwiw.
posted by thomcatspike at 3:27 PM on May 17, 2005

Episode 26: "Very Expensive Aphids"

Angie the Ant proposes forming a bank in Buggelsville and looks to familiar faces to run it. To test himself, Centingen the Centipede grants audience to a long line of supplicants; talks with Farley the Fly and Miss Ladybughausen prove most illuminating. The arrival of low-priced Chinese whores begins the next phase in Gulliver the Cricket and James the Slug's arrangement. Humiliated by Billy Beetle, an angry claim owner looks to "square the scales." An enchanted Karl the Katydid tours a new schoolteacher about the camp. James the Slug's inner demons test his alliance with Gulliver, and prompt Wanda the Wasp and Charlie the Chigger to covert action.
posted by redteam at 3:34 PM on May 17, 2005

It's much better if kids watch "Family Guy" where he kills people or climbs into bed with his son and starts having sex with him and stuff like that. That show gets kids ready for real life. Or have them watch "Kill Bill." That's more like real life than this stuff. Who ever heard of bugs talking or reading the Bible. Get real.
posted by Faze at 3:38 PM on May 17, 2005

Heh, yeah, Family Guy rocks. Although I feel that the last episode was a bit repetitive. That bit with the two remaining Rice Crispie guys in the bar, though ("to Snap!"), was pure genius.

Faze, we all have our ideas of what it would be bad to expose our kids to. This Bug claptrap, or that Bibleman nonsense, is pretty horrifying to me. Then again, I'm not their target audience.
posted by gurple at 3:51 PM on May 17, 2005

Eight is Enough (1977) - Tommy Bradford
Family (1976) - T.J. Latimer [Seasons 1-2]

Knew there was a reason for me thinking the two shows were related, besides their airing on the same network.
posted by thomcatspike at 4:00 PM on May 17, 2005

Joseph was sold into slavery by his very own brothers and then spent years in jail for a crime he didn't commit.

Was Joseph on the A-Team?

Faze: Empirical evidence has shown that shows and movies with "ultra-violence" are infinitely more enjoyable than shows and movies showcasing bugs talking about the Bible.
posted by Captain_Tenille at 4:03 PM on May 17, 2005

Truth be told, I'm kind of amazed that there isn't more Biblical movies and TV being made. Say what you want about the veracity of the bible or it's followers, but you have to admit some of the stuff in it would be pretty impressive on the silver screen if it was done right. Imagine ILM's take on the Book of Revelations.
posted by jonmc at 4:06 PM on May 17, 2005

>Imagine ILM's take on the Book of Revelations.
There's this beast, see... it's a cute, wisecracking piece of CGI...
posted by Wolfdog at 4:16 PM on May 17, 2005


Y'know what I mean. Just like plenty of athiests and skeptics will gladly admit that there's plenty of wisdom in the Bible when veiwed as a philosophical parable, some of the stuff in the Bible would pretty cool from a purely cinematic standpoint.
posted by jonmc at 4:18 PM on May 17, 2005

Onan the Barbarian, anyone?
posted by gurple at 4:30 PM on May 17, 2005

some of the stuff in the Bible would pretty cool from a purely cinematic standpoint.

Perhaps the story of Moses, or maybe the passion of Jesus's last day!
posted by longsleeves at 4:37 PM on May 17, 2005

Heh, whoops, I meant:

Onan the Barbarian (large .mov file), anyone?

Wow, someone actually did it. That makes me happy.
posted by gurple at 4:41 PM on May 17, 2005

This post seems to me to be merely making fun of the cartoon, and christianity, rather than the focusing on the Buddy connection. Which, in my mind, makes it a pretty weak post, and furthers the 'liberal = anti-christian' stereotype, when one of tolerance for all cultures/religions is an oft stated goal.
posted by Espoo2 at 5:41 PM on May 17, 2005

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