Blu Ray Review – Jackson 5ive The Complete Animated Series


(special thanks to the publisher for providing me with a review copy!)

In theory I remember watching The Jackson 5ive. It began airing around the time I was born, so I’m sure that at some point when I was a wee lad, I caught it in syndication. I had to have. But I don’t actually remember seeing it before, so maybe I missed it. The good thing is that lets me approach this set without any nostalgia. The bad thing is that it lets me approach this set without any nostalgia.

In this set, you get, on four discs, both the blu ray and DVD version of the complete series. You get every episode with 46 different songs, and a helpful book that helps you locate exactly where each song is, so if you want to watch a specific one, you know where to go for it. This is a good thing, since the music is definitely the highlight of this series.

I will say that the songs on these discs sound just great, and likely sound better than they did when they were first broadcast. The video quality is also excellent, even if the images themselves…well, look, it was the 1970s, ok? Most of us understand that it wasn’t a great time for certain forms of art, and animation is one of those. The whole thing looks exceptionally psychedelic, and not in a good way. Go to YouTube and look at some clips and you’ll see what I mean.

Beyond the animation, the stories are also really strange. In the first episode, for example, we have the boys trying to keep Michael’s pink snake from terrorizing Dianna Ross. And by “pink snake” I mean a snake that is pink, because of course. Michael Jackson also has a pair of pet mice named Ray and Charles because why not. Oh, and the whole thing has a laugh track, because, you know, that makes sense.

What you don’t get, sadly, is anything in the way of special features. Now I’m sure there weren’t a lot of things they could have done in the way of special features here, but surely a commentary or two would have been nice, or perhaps some interviews. As it stands, this creates a package that’s great for kids and hardcore Jackson 5 fans, but not so much for other people.

And I suppose ultimately, that’s how I’ll describe this. It’s for the hardcore Jackson 5 fans for those people who have kids and want to give them something safe and harmless that has a good soundtrack. If you’re looking for anything deeper than that, you’ll be severely disappointed. But if that’s what you want, I’m sure you’ll be happy!


Enough is Enough

You may not have heard this, but Michael Jackson died the other day. /snark

I woke up not long ago and I usually sit around watching news for a couple hours while checking email, plotting my blog entry, etc. I don’t have that option today. Why?

Because CNN, CNN HLN, MSNBC, Fox News, CBS, ABC and NBC are all showing the fucking Michael Jackson memorial! I don’t think we had this much coverage when Ford died, and he was actually president!

Jesus, this pisses me off! There’s actual, real news happening out there and all the news sources on TV are wasting time covering this stupid memorial! Why?! It can’t be for ad revenue, since they aren’t breaking for ads, and I don’t think it’s going to make any difference to their ratings.

I’m sure they’ll justify it by saying that they’re just giving the audience what they want. Yeah, well, you know what? I’m sure the Roman government were just giving audiences what they want when they gave them bread and circuses. That’s not an excuse.

Yet again the media is ignoring it’s duty. I just hope that once this is done, it’s done, and we can move on and pay attention to real news again.

Sic Transit Michael Jackson (1958 – 2009)

The King (of pop) is dead.

The King (of pop) is dead.

Michael Jackson has died (thus managing to steal the limelight from Farrah Fawcett). The former King of Pop apparently had a massive heart attack and died in a hospital after being briefly revived.

Jackson was, to put it mildly, someone who was the subject of much controversy through his life. He had some very odd personal habits and was accused (and found not guilty), of child molestation. His family has been the subject of much strangeness as well.

I was never really that into Michael Jackson’s music, but it was hard to ignore growing up during the 1980’s and 1990’s. He did sing some really great songs, like the “Thriller” and “Billie Jean”. He was an amazing entertainer.

In the long run, we’ll forget all about his bizarre habits and the possible child molestation. We’ll focus instead on the music he made, and ultimately, that’s what’s most important.