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The Video Vacuum


Trailers: An animated Flash Gordon adventure called Marooned on Mongo (featuring an extremely whiny Flash Gordon) and This Land is Your Land: The Animated Kids Songs of Woody Guthrie!


Bruce Willis has made a vanity project or two in his time. His recording debut, The Return of Bruno is probably the most famous, but Bruno the Kid might be his strangest. I love Bruce as much as the next guy, but did the world really need an animated kids show featuring Bruce Willis? I guess he already voiced a baby in those Look Who’s Talking movies, so the idea isn’t THAT strange, but still.

Willis stars as the voice of Bruno, a kid spy. In each episode, he has to save the world from a SPECTRE like group of super-villains. True to his stage persona, his secret weapon is a harmonica which he uses to inflict pain on his enemies. Bruno also has a Q-ish partner who invents gadgets too.

If you think it’s weird that Bruno is a James Bond-like spy; then you obviously have never heard The Return of Bruno. Bruce did a cover of "Secret Agent Man" on that LP. So you see, it makes perfect sense.

Bruno the Kid is basically just three episodes of the short lived series strung together, with a couple of flashbacks from other episodes thrown in there for filler. After a while, the flashbacks start repeating themselves and the running gag of Bruno narrowly escaping danger gets old kinda quickly. But overall, Bruno the Kid wasn’t quite as bad as I was expecting. It’s not exactly good, but there’s some amusing and/or odd stuff here. (Like when Bruno gets his head stuck in a clock face that doubles as a guillotine.) The oddest part about the whole thing though is that Bruce also appears in a weird CGI version of himself that looks like test footage from his Apocalypse video game.

The voice talent is more or less distinguished. Tim Curry and Bronson Pinchot provide voices for two of the villains and Mark Hamill plays Bruno’s assistant. Normally, you’d think having Hamill in this would be a good thing, but his faux-Jerry Lewis voice pretty annoying.

Best dialogue exchange:

Bartender: “We don’t have any stinking milk!”

Bruno: “Good… I like mine fresh!”

Next week brings us one of the oddest double features ever.

Tags: .it came from the thrift store, b, kids, tv, willis
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