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Bluntman & Chronic, the alter egos of Jay & Silent Bob.
Bluntman & Chronic, the alter egos of Jay & Silent Bob.
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Jay & Silent Bob's Super Groovy Cartoon Movie


The first thing you may notice about "Jay & Silent Bob's Super Groovy Cartoon Movie" is that the animation is rather crude. Soon enough you will see that this is fitting as the jokes in the movie match that crude tone. The movie is filled with jokes that feel like they might have originated in a high school hallway. Most of the humor is related to sex. We are not talking sexual innuendo here. There are no double entendres. This is plain and simple, just putting it all out there, sexual comedy. If you would get uncomfortable watching a movie filled with almost non-stop sex jokes then this might not be the movie for you.

Seriously though, this is a Jay & Silent Bob movie so what did you expect? Jay & Silent Bob are two stoners who spend their days mostly standing outside stores, inside malls, and around fast food restaurants. Jay is the human vessel to a never-ending stream of sexual propositions and every kind of swear word you can think of, be it four-lettered or not. Most of the time, he may not seem to be the brightest of bulbs, but even he has his moments. Silent Bob is his total opposite. Silent Bob lives up to his name by restricting himself to only one moment of speech in every movie he has appeared in and seems to be of a higher intelligence than that of his heterosexual lifemate. Opposites really do attract, don't they?

"Jay & Silent Bob's Super Groovy Cartoon Movie" takes these two characters and places them in a storyline ripped straight from a comic book. No, really, the movie is based on a comic called "Bluntman & Chronic" that was written by Kevin Smith, the creator of Jay & Silent Bob. The story involves every comic book superhero cliche in the book, but unlike every other superhero movie, this one did it unquestionably on purpose. You see, Bluntman and Chronic, the superhero alter egos of Jay & Silent Bob, are not so much here to save the world from any kind of typical villain as they are here to save the world from the ever-increasing stream of over-used superhero movie plots and characters.

The plot of "Jay & Silent Bob's Super Groovy Cartoon Movie" touches upon so many of the typical superhero plots that are being re-used over and over again in all the various new superhero movies. Sometimes the only difference between two superheroes or, especially, the supervillains, in two different superhero movies seems to be the type of mask they are wearing. This movie exposes that with the bright beacon of light that is the signal of Bluntman and Chronic. The highlight of the movie, for me, came in a discussion not between the heroes of the movie, but the villains. This movie truly shows how thin and repetitive the storylines and character traits of superhero movie villains can be.

I suppose it should be said that Jay & Silent Bob aren't the most complex characters either. They can be a little repetitive too and the humor in this movie does, for the most part, stick to one level of comedy. It can feel like a stretch at times for this movie to really be movie length, but the laughs come along well enough that it masks some of the flaws of the movie.

Now, I did say in the beginning of the review that the animation is crude and, to be fair, it is far from the polished animation of big budget studios or even some of the impressive animated shorts being made independently every day. It can make the movie a little hard to watch at times. However, it should be noted that this movie was animated by one person. Yes, literally one person, by himself, animated this entire movie. That's no easy feat. The animation may not look like anything amazing, but it works well enough and always seems to get the point across that it is trying to make. So, really, the animation does its job.

As for the voice talent, well, any Kevin Smith fan will recognize a lot of the voices here. Of course, Kevin Smith plays Silent Bob and Jason Mewes plays Jay. They both are precisely as one has come to expect with these characters. There is not really any new ground here from any kind of acting standpoint from these two, but there is no drop in quality in their performances either. Kevin Smith's friends, such as those from the TV show "Comic Book Men" and the various podcasts under Kevin Smith's SModcast banner appear here and sometimes in multiple roles.

There are also some famous people from outisde of the Kevin Smith world featured here as well. Author Neil Gaiman is perfectly cast here as a British butler because, you know, he's British and such. The butler, as usual in superhero movies, gets a lot of great lines. Of course, a comic book superhero movie would not be complete without the king of cameos, Stan Lee. This movie absolutely does not disappoint in that regard. It features one of the best Stan Lee cameos to date. There is at least one celebrity who is notably missing from this movie, but good use is made out of this fact when the movie openly acknowledges it and offers a really humorous replacement for the famous voice.

Overall, "Jay & Silent Bob's Super Groovy Cartoon Movie" may be crude in some respects, but part of that is just being true to the characters of this story. If you don't mind getting a little dirty then "Jay & Silent Bob's Super Groovy Cartoon Movie" can be a worthwhile experience. It's actually kind of refreshing to see a movie that doesn't even try to mix in some kind of serious message or anything like that. This movie just fully embraces the Jay and Silent Bob characters like never before. This is Jay & Silent Bob completely unleashed and uncensored.

Hopefully this is the first step to someday having movies like this not be shunned to a strictly independent and internet only release. This deserved just as big a budget and high profile release as any other Kevin Smith movie. Superhero movies are huge right now and this movie gives us the lampooning of their many plot and character retreads that is much needed. If you are looking for a refreshing change of pace from the seriousness of superhero movies then this movie gets the job done well enough to make it worth the time.