Harvey Birdman can get ridiculous and impulsive, however he sometimes features because the straight man of his sequence. Birdgirl is the wild card of no matter room she’s in and she or he’s given a extra grounded supporting solid to steadiness out her mania, whereas Birdman usually must make sense of the exaggerated personalities in his inside circle. There’s a refined, but excellent, contact throughout the Birdgirl theme track the place the bass line is simply Judy’s nonstop inside monologue of doubt. Even the sequence’ theme is a spot the place Judy’s insecurities combine along with Birdgirl’s brash confidence.
These supporting characters that compose Judy’s “Birdteam” are all entertaining just because all of them are such contrasts from Birdgirl. The weirdest characters of the lot are Dog With Bucket Hat, who isn’t Droopy however brings the Hanna-Barbera character to thoughts, and Meredith the Mind Taker. It’s good to see that Birdgirl doesn’t fill itself with pointless vestiges of the previous. It’d be very straightforward to make Peter Potamus or Peanut some carryover solid member from the outdated guard, however as an alternative Birdgirl confidently strikes ahead. Meredith even features for instance of easy methods to take an idea from Harvey Birdman and replace it in a extra fashionable means. Birdgirl additionally permits its supporting solid to take the lead at instances, whereas Harvey Birdman nonetheless normally needed to have Harvey on the heart of every thing or no less than present an excuse round his absence and why another person must step in.
This path is finally constructive for Birdgirl, however followers of the unique could lament the utter lack of Hanna-Barbera connections when that’s what makes Harvey Birdman such a intelligent sequence within the first place. It serves as a superb deconstruction of each classic Hanna-Barbera cartoons in addition to washed up superheroes. That angle is admittedly much less authentic now, nevertheless it nonetheless has a stronger hook than Birdgirl, which focuses purely on the dichotomy between the 2 sides of Judy’s life, nearly in a Jekyll/Hyde sense. That’s significantly totally different to the unique Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law, so I can perceive the enchantment of this angle relatively than Birdgirl simply retreading the previous sequence’ best hits.
Harvey Birdman: Attorney General is a superb particular that doesn’t depend on a cavalcade of Hanna-Barbera references and does set up a brand new path for the property that works and exhibits that that is doable. It’s simply unlucky timing that Birdgirl arrives at a second the place the market is totally drowning in superhero content material and it’s now tough to discover a standpoint that also feels contemporary.
This does make Birdgirl really feel barely extra disposable, relatively than an aggressive successor to considered one of Adult Swim’s authentic flagship packages, nevertheless it’s nonetheless overflowing with robust, unusual jokes. Birdgirl’s preliminary premise could trigger eyes to roll in a means that Harvey Birdman didn’t, however there’s no less than a stable basis beneath all of it that makes certain that these episodes are all the time entertaining. There’s a larger deal with character that helps Birdgirl join on an emotional stage and never simply operate as a joke machine.
The pacing and vitality to Birdgirl’s comedy is simply as chaotic because it was in Harvey Birdman. Most jokes function with a Rube Goldbergian sensibility the place every gag triggers subsequent punchlines on the excellent moments. Characters from totally different scenes end one another’s ideas and comedy builds by way of the linked visible gags that fill out the background. There’s such a meticulous nature to the development of every joke and the gags are allowed to drive the storytelling ahead. Scenes in Harvey Birdman can nearly really feel overwhelming attributable to how a lot is occurring and the way the present can cram a half hour’s price of comedy into 11 minutes. That’s more durable to not simply maintain for a half-hour program, but additionally to tolerate. Birdgirl reaches the precise tempo the place episodes are full of gags, nevertheless it by no means feels prefer it’s an excessive amount of to course of.