Review of Harvey Birdman, Attorney At Law
Filed Under: Music & Film | Posted: 10/07/2007 at 2:15PM
Comments | Region: United States
At first I didn’t know what to think a few years back when I saw previews for "Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law". It was one of the fifteen minute cartoon series that would be put on the Sunday night Adult Swim block on Cartoon Network. After watching enough episodes, I couldn’t help but laugh at the top of my lungs. I have to admit that Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law was very funny stuff.
I liked how the creators poked fun at those old Hanna-Barbera cartoons such as Yogi Bear, Jetsons, Flintstones, and so forth. It was a very interesting take on the superhero Birdman who became retired. Then Birdman becomes a lawyer named Harvey Birdman who’s a defense attorney and civil litigator. He made the interesting transition from superhero to mild-mannered lawyer.
He still wears his Birdman outfit. At the same time, he wears a suit and tie over that outfit. The look alone was pretty humorous. This show has done a good job of parodying and poking fun at all these different cartoons. His arch-nemesis Reducto ended up becoming a very paranoid attorney who usually serves as a prosecutor. During trials, Reducto is so paranoid that he threatens to shrink people.
Avenger is Birdman’s secretary which I found funny. A falcon that was his old sidekick got reduced to a mere secretary. That had me laughing. Then there’s a person that looked like Birdboy named Peanut. Birdman’s boss is still his boss at the lawfirm.
Asides from Reducto, the rest of Birdman’s former villains: Vulturo, Throckmorton, and Freezoid become rival lawyers. In a sense they’re still archenemies but not in combat but in the courtroom. That was some pretty funny stuff right there with former heroes and villains being reduced to mere lawyers.
Former heroes and villains have become judges. Mentok the Mindtaker happens to be my favorite character in the series as he threatens to "mindtake" people while making all sorts of weird sounds. They basically made Mentok sound all fruity. But it pays off. Mightor a former hero also becomes a judge.
The show has a funny diversity of characters. Their clients are just as funny.
My favorite one was when Harvey Birdman had to represent the Jetsons. The Jetsons talk about the future and say they’re from the year 2002. Harvey Birdman looks at the calendar and sees that the year is currently 2004. The Jetsons are talking about how futuristic they are.
What was funnier was that they can’t walk which was poking fun at the Jetsons cartoons in the past. Anybody familiar with the Jetsons should know how people got from one place through another through some escalator.
Overall, it’s great to watch. One should definitely get the DVD collection.