The Bottom Line
- Cute style of animation.
- Topical. (How could it not be?)
- Two shorts in each episode.
- Plays to politically informed audience, but not too heady.
- Longevity is limited.
- If you're a Bush fan, you're not a fan of this show.
- Lil' George, Lil' Condi, Lil' Rummy and the unintelligible, foulmouthed wisecracker, Lil' Cheney sort things out.
- Dad George Sr., mom Bar, and dumb as paint brother Jeb fill out the cast.
- Creator Donick Cary has been a writer for The Simpsons, Just Shoot Me and David Letterman.
Guide Review - Lil' Bush Review
At first glance, Lil' Bush seemed to me to be yet another animated series riding the coattails of successful animated shows like The Simpsons and the Adult Swim block. A tiny mobile series trying to be more than it should. But with a veteran Simpsons writer, Donick Cary, at the helm, I should have known better. Lil' Bush turns out to be a pretty funny and topical cartoon.
Each episode includes two shorts, just like Spongebob Sqarepants. In the premiere, the shorts are about a trip to Iraq to find a "feel good" something for George Sr.'s Father's Day, and a contest to see who can kiss a girl first. Each short produced plenty of laughs by harpooning the war in Iraq, as well as current political figures, Bill Clinton included.
Lil' Cheney was by far my favorite part of the show for two reasons: 1) I can't stand Dick Cheney. He's the Iago to Bush's Othello and his blood runs green, the color of money. 2) Lil' Cheny, like Kenny on South Park, doesn't speak but makes a lot of noise (like real life). He's more like an out of control pet than a person, and the parody is spot on, as far as I'm concerned.
I also enjoyed the animation style. It was soft and cute, just as the children are supposed to be. The art was refreshing after watching so many edgy and gross cartoons on Adult Swim.
Lil' Bush began as a mobile series, download to cell phones. Now it's earned its timeslot on Comedy Central, Wednesday nights. I couldn't happier.