Weird. Surreal. Bizarre. Strange. And I am out of adjectives. Either way, I could not figure this one out.
What They Say
Meet the Fuccons, a typical 2 1/2 person American family inexplicably transported to the land of the rising sun. Okay, maybe they're not perfect - Dad is a bit stiff and wooden, Mom is plastic and empty headed and Mikey's... well, Mike's just a little dummy. But when it comes to standing firm in the face of this new and alien environment, the family that's made together stays together, and it certainly doesn't hurt that the Fuccons are as thick skinned, rigid and inflexible as they come.
Both the English and Japanese tracks are offered in 2.0. The mix is basic, but all of the audio is dialogue, so it really does not matter. It was clean and clear throughout, with no technical problems. Perfectly acceptable for what was required.
Since all of the shots in The Fuccons are essentially stills, this set is free of many of the technical flaws that might otherwise affect an anime release. The colors are bright, and each image is clear. It is a basic presentation, but again, very little is required to give this series full effect.
The three discs are housed in a standard size amaray case. The family and the “Sexy Tutor” are portrayed on the front, with some screens and technical details on the back. The DVDs themselves have black-and-white images of some of the characters, though none of the main character, Mikey, oddly enough. It is a pretty basic package, but it fits well with the series.
The menus for this release feature more of the bright coloring that pervades the show. A shot of some characters is off to the left, with selections for chapters to the right, and language options below. While the main menu is up, a loop of various lines from the show plays in the background. These menus are well designed.
There are no extras on this release.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
The Fuccons is a title that is hard to pigeonhole into any one category. A series of two minute episodes, it is absurdist humor at its most absurd. As such, it is definitely a title that will only have a niche audience. Unfortunately for me, I do not fit in that niche.
The Fuccons are a retro 50s family who have moved to Japan. The series follows the son, Mikey, as he tries to adapt to his new life in a foreign country while adjusting to growing up. He falls in love with Emily; has to deal with the manipulations of his cousin, Laura; gets engaged to Princess Isabella of the Blueberry Kingdom; and learns the secrets of romance from his sexy private tutor, Tracy. All the while, his parents like to provide questionable guidance under the pretext of making fun of 50s sensibilities.
Oh, and did I mention this entire series is done with mannequins? There is no actual movement, except for the occasional swaying swing in the background, and the characters all have the same expression regardless of their mood. Virtually everybody has a huge cheesy grin, and they tend to finish each minisode with some bad joke that sends everybody into convulsions of laughter.
If you could not tell, The Fuccons is a strange series. It plays off of absurdist humor. In a lot of ways, it is similar in style to some of the more popular original series on Adult Swim; what it attempts to do with its comedy is the same sort of thing you might otherwise see The Tim and Eric Awesome Show Great Job! or Aqua Teen Hunger Force. In fact, I might even compare it somewhat closely to Moral Orel, as it takes a supposedly pure environment makes fun of it.
As is the case with those shows, The Fuccons is a title that I think will have a very specific audience, of which I am not personally part. I got the joke within the first 30 seconds of watching The Fuccons, and the rest was like pulling teeth; but then, I am not part of the typical Adult Swim audience. I completely missed the humor here, but I would think there are definitely people that would love The Fuccons.
The Fuccons is a title where you will either understand the genius being displayed, or you will just stare at it and wonder what influences the creators were under when coming up with it. For me, I was part of the latter category. There was very little that actually made me crack a smile. However, if you enjoy the sort of show that Adult Swim typically makes, then you might find a lot to like here. Recommended only for specific people.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
Magnavox 37MF337B 37” LCD HDTV, Memorex MVD2042 Progressive Scan w/ DD/DTS (Component Connection), Durabrand HT3916 5.1 Surround Sound System