Brain Candy: Mousse Family Values

Recently I found myself musing about Dragon Ball.

Dragon Ball

Specifically, a small handful of episodes in which our hero Son Goku has a brief meet-and-greet with a friendly farmer dude named Mousse

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“‘Sup, mah peeps!”

…His wife Eclair

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…Who, no offense, looks like she’s had her share of ’em!

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…And their nine children, all of whom are also named after desserts.

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Cocoa&Cookie&Crepe

From eldest to youngest, there’s Crepe, Cookie, Cocoa

Conan O'Brien

No, not him.

Puff

Creme Puff (not the most macho name, but in his first appearance he informs us that his friends just call him ‘Puff’)…

Meh Emoji

“Mmmmmm, that’s not much better, kid.”

Jelly&Jam

…The twins, Jelly & Jam

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I don’t have a joke for this, I just think it’s really cute.

Donuts

Donuts

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Separated at birth??

Cupcake&Pudding

Cupcake and Pudding.

Chowder

“A whole family named after desserts? You’re makin’ me hungry!”

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“Me too!”

I remember being oddly intrigued by these characters and kind of wishing we could’ve gotten a side episode focusing on them or something. The potential was definitely there.

Hotshot Auteur Director

“OK, it’s not perfect. Eleven characters is a pretty big number, and we’re on a budget, I personally would prefer the twins to be the youngest, ’cause that’s my vision, and I wouldn’t have so many boys, as girls are ‘in’ now…but it can be fixed. Have your people contact my people and we’ll discuss it over lunch. Ciao!”

This got me thinking about today’s Brain Candy, which also doubles as an Unpopular Opinion: my favorite moments from shows like Dragon Ball/Z

Dragon Ball Title Card

…Or Dinosaur King

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…Or super sentai shows like Kamen Rider OOO

Kamen Rider OOO

…Or movies like Our Friend Power 5

Our Friend Power 5

…Tend not to be the action/battle/fight scenes, but rather the silly comedy moments where the characters are just doing silly stuff at home with the zany slapstick, bizarro sound effects and musical stings, wild takes and all. In fact, I’d like to see a show like those that’s a pure comedy. In other words, a Dragon Ball/Kamen Rider/Dinosaur King/Hero: 108 type show, set in that kind of universe, but consisting of just the funny parts.

Dragon Ball Title Card

DRAGON BALL LOL. Rock the chuckles!

It would be set in the same type of universe as these shows, with the same literal nomenclature, futuristic architecture…

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…The same mix of unique looking and dressing humans and weird animal creatures…

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Female Pokemon Trainers

Who wears short-shorts?

…And the same kinds of way-out sci-fi tech and crazy powers…

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…But the goofy stuff involving teenage boys obsessed with underwear, kawaii schoolgirls who are freakishly strong for no reason, soda cans that can transform into motorcycles, characters getting stuffed into suitcases and hung up on clotheslines and wives who reprimand their husbands by throwing their shoes at them would be the entire stories, not just filler material between the fight scenes. Why doesn’t some studio make a show like that? I’d watch the heck out of that!

Dr. Slump

Unless it’s been done.

 

Brain Candy: The Universe Is Imploding…Don’t Tell Mom!

Not too long ago, Phelan Porteous (Phelous) presented a video review of Our Friend Power 5 (a South Korean movie made to promote a toy line that unnaturally mashes up Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Voltron, and must be seen to be believed).

This got me thinking about the types of roles that parent characters usually play on shows tailored for kids. I know that this is the type of thing that most people don’t even notice or care about, but I usually notice because I’m a weirdo.

Gonzo

“Nothing wrong with that! Weirdness is a lifestyle choice!”

I’ve noticed that in most Eastern (Japanese, Korean) shows that focus on kids going on amazing adventures, doing science fiction-y stuff and so forth, it will often be the father who has a secondary role in the proceedings, such as the dad being a professor or some type of scientist who will assist the kid protagonists in their adventures, while the mother will usually just be a happy housewife who has no connection to the fantasy side of the show other than being related to and living in the same house as the kid protagonist(s). Some examples include:

Speed Racer Mifune Family

The Mifune family (from Speed Racer):

Mr. Racer – A former wrestler turned owner of the Go! racing team franchise.

Mrs. Racer – Subscribes to Good Housekeeping and Woman’s Day.

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The Taylor Family (from Dinosaur King):

Dr. Spike Taylor – Archaeologist who assist the D-Team and sometimes directs the kids to that mission’s location.

Aki Taylor

Aki Taylor – Artist. Housewife. Makes a mean tuna casserole.

Now, my first thought is that something like this would never fly in an American kids’ show. If us yanks ever tried to have a formula like the one aforementioned, there would the inevitable cries of…

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“THAT’S SEXIST!!”

Most likely American kids show producers would deal with this issue by simply omitting the mother character altogether, which I don’t like. At all.

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Boo on you, you mother hating so-and-sos! Go write for Disney feature films!

Now don’t get me wrong. Generally speaking, I prefer it when mother characters are active characters who do things, such as Phoebe Calisto from Miles From Tomorrowland, who’s not only a crew member of the Stellasphere, but she’s the ship’s captain!

Phoebe Callisto

“That’s Captain Mrs. Calisto if you’re nasty!”

…but even if the mother of the main family is basically Susie Homemaker, I’ll take that over the total absence of a mother from the household.

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Or both parents could be clueless domestics. That works too.

Personally, I haven’t seen any anime or Asian kids where the parents roles are reversed. That is, where the mom is the scientist/adventurer who helps the kids and the dad is just the dad. Mind you, I don’t watch a lot of anime, so if any such examples do indeed exist, feel free to enlighten me.

I know that this character isn’t a mother, but I want to give an honorable mention to Nintendo’s character Pauline.

Pauline

In the course of the character’s history, Pauline went from being Mario’s one time helpless (and blonde) girlfriend who existed solely to be captured by Donkey Kong…

Donkey Kong and Pauline

Stomp in the name of love!

…to the mayor of New Donk City in Super Mario Odyssey. Not the Mayor’s aide or the Mayor’s secretary, but the freakin’ Mayor!

Mayor Pauline

You’ve come a long way, baby!