When I was a kid, I watched Pinky and the Brain, but I didn't think much of it. It was entertaining, but it wasn't my favourite. Then, my parents got rid of cable TV, and my Pinky and the Brain days ended. Years later, a friend talked about Pinky and the Brain with me, and I decided to watch it again. As I watched the episodes online, I began to see greatness. I noticed a lot of jokes that I never picked up on when I was younger, and that was when I became a true fan.
Now that my introduction is done, I will review Pinky and the Brain. This show is absolutely amazing. Yes, I said the word "wonderful" twice in my title because that's exactly how I feel about this show. The writing was top notch, and it remained consistent to the very end of the last season. Every episode continued to be fresh, and the humour was always clever and perfect. It just never got old. And the show was also touching and sad at times, which I will talk more about later on.
The show also took the time to develop its lead characters. The characters of Pinky and the Brain are so brilliant that you just have to love them. Both of them had real personalities. At first glance, Pinky was characterized as stupid and crazy, but later development showed that beneath his crazy habits, he actually had intelligence. In many episodes, Pinky said the most true and insightful quotes of the show. Not only did he often point out the flaws in Brain's plans, but he would also say random, insightful comments without realizing it. The Brain, on the other hand, was a genius who dreamed of taking over the world, but his plans always went wrong. Although he kept failing, he never gave up trying. However, the most beautiful part of these characters is their friendship. Although the Brain always insulted and hurt Pinky for acting stupid, Pinky loved Brain like a brother. Beneath Pinky's stupidity was a loyal, caring friend. The only thing that would make PInky sad was not being able to be with Brain. The Brain also loved Pinky. Beneath his seemingly cold character was a sweet, tender side. Even though he acted like he hated Pinky, he also could not stand to part from him. In episodes where they get separated, Brain always missed Pinky and would always try to get him back somehow. Actors Maurice LaMarche and Rob Paulsen, the talented actors behind the voices of Pinky and the Brain, said in an interview that Pinky and the Brain's relationship is the heart of the show, which I fully agree with. A lot of the touching moments came from their relationship.
As I implied before, the acting is stellar. Rob and Maurice each give brilliant performances as Pinky and the Brain. Their friendship off screen really made Pinky and the Brain's friendship come to life. They also did their own singing for all the musical numbers, and their different accents throughout the show are incredible. And let us not forget Tress MacNeille, Frank Welker, and Roddy MacDowell, who brilliantly supported them.
Brilliantly written, touching, and hilarious, Pinky and the Brain is an amazing show. If there is an award for the best cartoon series of all time, I think this would be a front runner, and possibly the winner.
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