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The Tick: Complete Box Set (6 Discs)

Released on 10 November 2008

Format: DVD | Rating: PG

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Attention all Evil-Doers! And I do mean All of you - because everyone's favourite blue, tight-wearing, square-jawed superhero is here for The Tick vs. The Complete Collection!

Hugging the City with his big blue arms of goodness, The Tick and long suffering sidekick Arthur are ready to splatter Evil in the ultimate paint ball game of justice. So duck, dive and shout "Go Get 'Em" as truth, justice and our big blue, wheat-loving hero swing into the fray for the ultimate villain-busting extravaganza!

Includes All 36 Evil-busting Episodes!

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 "What's this? Postal fraud?!"

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Like a mighty blue salmon of justice, The Tick swims onto DVD to remind us all of the fun we've been missing. Die-hard fans will already know exactly what's on offer here, as will anybody who had nothing better to do on a Saturday morning between 94-96. For those of you who weren't lucky enough to catch it all those years ago, here's all you need to know. The animated series was the second incarnation of The Tick (the first being the comics). He's a superhero sworn to protect The City (yes, it's called The City) & nigh invulnerable (he has a little trouble with knocks to the head & his antenna are a little sensitive, aside from that). He's also a little slow on the up & fond of morals that don't really make an awful lot of sense. One prime example: "So may Evil beware & may Good dress warmly & eat plenty of fresh vegetables". This makes him one of the most quotable characters in history. Plus the sheer fact that he's a superhero who has to catch a taxi to stop crime is hysterical.

Townsend Coleman (better known for his voice work as Michaelangelo in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) was an inspired choice to breathe life into The Tick. He brilliantly sells every line with a juxtaposition of righteous gravitas and downright silliness. The Tick was a perfect & loving mock of superheroism (faced with the current flood of superhero movie fare, there was never a better time to relive this classic gem) & his cast of supporting players are no exception. The Tick's trusty sidekick Arthur (no powers of which to speak, his battle cry is "Not in the face, not in the face" but he's definitely the brains of the operation) & his fellow supers, Die Fledermaus (literally translates as 'The Bat', again, his battle cry is "I think I'm gonna sit this one out"), American Maid (definitely the most useful aside from The Tick), The Human Bullet ("Fire me, boy!"), Bi-polar Bear (my personal favourite) & of course Sewer Urchin (protecting parts of The City most dare not tread sounding suspiciously like Rain Man) to name but a few.

But nothing can top the villains of The City, Chairface Chippendale (his head's a chair, that's pretty much it), Mr. Mental, The Brainchild, The Deadly Bulb (aka Pig-leg), El Seed & probably the greatest evil that ever lived, The Terror (the only thing being that he's somewhat passed his prime). Episode highlights (& it's not an easy choice let me tell ya with hardly a weak moment to be found over its 3 short seasons) include The Tick vs. The Uncommon Cold, The Tick vs. Arthur's Bank Account, Alone Together, Grandpa Wore Tights, The Tick vs. Filth (in which we see what Sewer Urchin can really do) & what turned out to be the final episode The Tick vs. Education.

Like most great shows, The Tick never got a chance to outlive its welcome. There were many (mouth watering) plans for a fourth season before word came that Fox had cancelled it. This was definitely a show made with kids in mind, hence why The Tick's origin between comic and cartoon changed somewhat. In the comic he escaped from a mental institution because he was bored. Personally I think it's funnier & would explain a lot, but it's not as kiddie friendly as the pop-idol cartoon version. Also the humour of the show is a lot more innocent & a lot less edgy compared to the current cartoon standard set by the likes of 'Family Guy', 'American Dad', 'South Park' or anything connected with 'Adult Swim', but that only stands to further set The Tick apart from anything else. However, The Tick does contains countless high-art & literary references. That said, the only really important thing to take from all this is that The Tick was, in its day, a cult phenomena, one that's lost none of its childish delight. A must have.

 Spooooooooooooon!

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The Tick was the best superhero to burst onto the '90s Saturday morning cartoon scene. With his companion Arthur (usually mistaken for a bunny due to the moth costume) and the help of fellow superheros American Maid, Sewer Urchin and Die Fledermaus (who is more interested in hanging out at the diner and looking at fashion magazines), the Tick fights to save The City from the hands of such evildoers as Chairface Chippendale and The Breadmaster, amongst others. Notable mention goes to the Man-Eating Cow for eating violent criminals.

While waiting years for this to come out on DVD, I have told everyone I know about the sheer brilliance of The Tick. It was refreshing to have a superhero without a clue, one who had his heart in the right place while accidently destroying The City he's saving. It was worth setting the alarm clock for.

 " I am mighty "!

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I could never miss this when it was on telly,a brilliant satirycal swipe at everyday superheroism ! still 100 ! yeah right ! I'll just live with the memories thanks

 " I am mighty "!

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I could never miss this when it was on telly,a brilliant satirycal swipe at everyday superheroism ! still 100 ! yeah right ! I'll just live with the memories thanks

 Unique! But Brilliant

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" I am mighty. I have a glow you cannot see. I have a heart as big as the moon. As warm as bathwater. We are superheroes, men, we don't have time to be charming. The boots of evil were made for walkin'. We're watching the big picture, friend. We know the score. We are a public service, not glamour boys. Not captains of industry. Keep your vulgar moneys. We are a justice sandwich. No toppings necessary. Living rooms of America, do you catch my drift? Do you dig?", What more do you need to know?

CertificatePG
Year1994
LanguagesEnglish
Duration3 hours 20 minutes (approx)
RegionRegion 2 - Will only play on European Region 2 or multi-region DVD players.