The Daily Herald from Arlington Heights, Illinois on April 25, 2008 · Page 6
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COX from page 49 along, it appears. Saturday's premiere starts out instead with "So Happy Together," in which she is equipped with a dog, Happy, a stray she picks up to qualify for an obedience-training badge. (It's also a good omen: Remember that "The Simpsons" launched with a Christmas special in which the family picked up Santa's Little Helper.) That fills out her family to go with her funky diner- owner mom and bratty little brother (Andy Richter) in their hometown of San Francisco. That leads in turn to "Sweet Sixteenth," in which Bessie comes up a fraction of an inch short of being able to take her first ride on a grownup (read: vomit-inducing) roller coaster. Again, there's nothing much new in the style or the stories. Tme's scripts are simple and streamlined and don't even make room for many real jokes. And Wiese's animation is heavily indebted to Nick's "Ren & Stimpy" and the "OddParents" and the Cartoon Network's "Dexter's Lab" and "Poster's Home for Imaginary Friends." (Bessie too has an imaginary friend: her besmirched left ringer.) At the same time, it pays homage to the granddaddy of all animators, Tex Avery. Yet Poehler provides something different, something unique, something of herself. "So Happy Together" might display the show's sweetness and cleverness, but it's when Poehler vamps on Bessie's made-up song about "Who's gonna ride on a roller coaster?" in "Sixteenth" that the show proves its whimsical staying power. Bessie Higgenbottom is a dear, but a determined dear who is going to get whatever it is she wants in spite of the obstacles — and entertain along the way. The eternal question is, however, will boys watch? The problem with female cartoon characters — no matter their moxie — is that boys simply won't identify with them. That was the case with ABC's char- mant "Madeline," and it takes something as aggressive as "The Powerpuff Girls" to make any inroads at all. 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