Toon: Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends S2
On a scale of one to cute, Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends is a solid nine. The brain child of Craig McCracken (creator of The Powerpuff Girls, and art director for Dexter’s Laboratory) the series is set in an orphanage which takes in the imaginary friends of children who have either out grown them or who’s parents wont allow them to keep them any longer.
Such is the case of eight year old Mac and his imaginary friend Blooregard Q. Kazoo (Bloo, to his friends). Although Mac works out a deal with Madame Foster to allow Bloo to stay at the house (and not be adopted out) providing Mac visits Bloo every day.
The show’s original premise allows for a never ending parade of weird and wonderful creatures, however the core group consists of the home’s staff: Madame Foster (who is a little kooky in her own right), her niece Frankie, Mr Herriman (an imaginary pompous rabbit). And some of the home’s residents: Wilt, Coco, and Eduardo – all of whom defy simple description.
Typically in shows like this the protagonist has many lessons to learn. And, usually that protagonist is some unbearable, precocious child — usually equipped with an alien device or imbued with superpowers, and always with a smart-mouth and poor attitude — but in this case Mac has to take responsibility for his imaginary friend Bloo. Bloo is totally self obsessed and completely oblivious to how his actions affect others. While for the most part this series is good, clean, silly fun, it does attempt to have a moral that younger viewers can learn from. Where it excels though, is not completely ramming that lesson down kid’s throats… not even the kids who deserve it.
Like many cartoons around these days ‘Foster’s’ includes a host of pop-culture references, however unlike others, these references are extremely subtle or almost hidden entirely. While there are some movie nods, most of the references I picked up on were regarding music or bands: Def Leppard, Steely Dan, Beastie Boys, and ZZ top. Don’t be expecting Family Guy style tangents based on these references though, most zip by extremely quickly so you need a sharp ear to catch them.
This two disc set contains all thirteen episodes from season two of Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends, including:
“The Big Lablooski” – Bloo, Mac and the other friends help out Madame Foster by subbing on her bowling team.
“Partying Is Such Sweet Soiree” – While Madame Foster is away Bloo throws a wild rave party for the other friends. Things get a out of control when Mac overdoses on sugar.
“Mac Daddy” – Mac wakes one morning to discover that he’s dreamed up a new imaginary friend, ‘Cheese’. Bloo isn’t at all impressed to find that this yellow simpleton is his younger brother.
“Sight for Sore Eyes” & “Bloo’s Brothers” – One of several ‘double feature’ episodes: (1) Mac and the friends help ‘Ivan’ (a seeing-eye imaginary friend) find his lost owner. And (2) Foster’s is inundated with odd variations of Bloo after Mac takes him to school for ‘Show and Tell’. Rather than adopt from Foster’s, Mac’s class mates dream up their own versions of Bloo… all of which they tire of in less than a day.
Despite some of the references I mentioned earlier, this series isn’t really intended for adults. It’s absolutely a kid’s show, but it’s an extremely smart kid’s show which doesn’t treat the kids who watch it like complete idiots… not even the kids who deserve it.
Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends is an endearing show with cute, likeable characters. It’s whacky, silly and fun and while your mates won’t think you’re cool if they catch you watching this, chances are that if you can get them to watch a few episodes they’ll come around. Of course, they still won’t think you’re cool, but they may watch the show along with you. [source] [source]