Frisky Dingo

January 15th, 2009 DVD Reviews, Film, Xpress

Taking pot shots at everything from arty design and filmmaker types to the vacuousness of variety TV, Frisky Dingo is the funniest, most bizarre premise for an animated show you’ve seen in years.

Killface is a monstrous demon-like creature who’s devised a doomsday machine that — when activated — will send the Earth plunging into the sun. He has a loyal assistant, a doltish son Simon who has Killface wrapped around his finger and has a propensity for tipping cereal bowls onto the floor to taunt his father and an arch-nemesis in Awesome X, in reality billionaire playboy Xander Crews.

But Killface has a problem with the device – publicity. He’s already engaged the astute Valerie and USC filmmaking graduates Brent and Trent to get his message out, but everything goes wrong. The media buy isn’t enough for more than a few hundred direct mail postcards, and they go out with a spelling error. Even worse, when Killface is booked on a morning talk show he can’t get a word in edgeways over the advertorial about a new car.

The premise gets more bizarre involving Xander’s reporter girlfriend Grace, his crew of autobot-like minions in their orbiting spaceship considering forming a union and the Lord of the Rings nerds.

You’d expect the creator Adam Reed just wrote down whatever left-field idea came into his head, but the scripting is as tight as a drum. From the one offs to the running gags, no joke overstays its welcome and aside from a few core characters, you have no idea where the story’s going to go next. Subversive, underground, razor sharp and hilarious.


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