Check out last weeks review of the first short, Good Night. And there might be spoilers. Read at your own risk.
Short #2: Watching TV:
Watching TV feels like a very basic concept, even for cartoons. Sibling fights are pretty common. It's intriguing for 1987, a time where cable wasn't 100 plus channels. You might have a couple, but main sources of programs were on the main three if you weren't brave enough to check out Fox. Bart and Lisa have very basic fighting in between commercials and changing the channel with Maggie getting yelled at for changing it. You might get a chuckle out of it.
The final bit will feel a little weird. Homer sounds like a father bonding with his family, talking about what a typical family could do. Being interrupted by Bart that what they are watching is back on and him being sad is worth a chuckle. It's like Good Night. You'll get a couple laughs out of it.
Final Score: 6 out of 10
Short #3: Jumping Bart
The cue that is seen in Jumping Bart is being more cartoon like. Klasky-Csupo did a good job of showcasing Bart's pain when Homer tries to get him to leap into his arms. Not to mention a little improvement in small stuff in the background. This is the first short that will make you laugh in every segment. It's the first we get to see Homer as a dopey father rather than someone intelligent like in the first two shorts. Yet, he's still serious in wanting his son to jump.
Bart's voice feels like a work in progress with showing different emotions.Other than that, this is the first solid short in their short first season on The Tracey Ullman Show
Final Score: 7 out of 10
Next week will be reviews of Maggie shorts, Babysitting Maggie and The Pacifier. Thanks for reading.
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