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Making Fiends Season 1 (2 Disc Set)
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(Jun 09, 2009)
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After being a faithful fan of the show, collecting the webshow DVDs, entering an art contest and even talking to Amy Winfrey, the creator, herself, I couldn't be happier that a TV show was being made!
18 episodes of sublime humor, good and unique coloring/animation, and hilarious voice acting are included on these 2 discs. It's labeled as "Season 1" here, and these are all the TV episodes created thus far.
An entire season 2 of 7 episodes has been written, and will be put into production if the show gets popular enough. As the #1 Nicktoons Network show, it's getting there! But we need to write to Nickelodeon and buy the merchandise in order to keep the show going!
Back to the DVD... 2 disc set, not bad at all. Good menus and packaging from what I see.
Two downsides, though:
#1- No bonus features. At least they could've included the 3-minute "Making Making Fiends" documentary that aired on Nickelodeon in 2007 and maybe the webseries.
#2- WAY too expensive. If it had a lot of bonus features, maybe the price would fit. But "The Fairly OddParents!: Season 1" has the same amount of episodes and is a lot cheaper.
Either way, I'll be picking this set up for sure!
Charlotte is a new adorable little girl in Clamburg who moved into a house with her Grandmother. Charlotte is not merely the exact opposite of Vendetta, Charlotte has a love and joy for life and for playing and making friends that goes over the top, capped off with a very simple and childish innocence that blinds her completely to any bad or evil intent from others. This makes her totally fearless of Vendetta and of Vendetta's "fiends". Charlotte meets Vendetta and tries to be friendly to her. Vendetta is outraged at her lack of fear and tries hard to force Charlotte into being like the other citizens of Clamburg who cower in fear of her and obey her every command. But Vendetta fails miserably.Read more ›
The animation has a pleasing simplicity on the surface, which complements beautifully the varied use of background textures. Amy Winfrey ("Charlotte") and Aglaia Mortcheva ("Vendetta") are fabulous as the polar-opposite little girls, as are the other talented people who lend their voices to the show. Ego Plum's music is perfect at capturing both Charlotte's cheeriness and Vendetta's comical malevolence.
Yes, Making Fiends is a little dark in places, but not much more so than an episode of the original "Addams Family". Any real mayhem is mostly only hinted at, and never comes to pass. (The episodes invariably end up with a happy resolution for sunny Charlotte, and a frustrating failure for plotting Vendetta). One of the darkest episodes ends (spoiler ahead!) with teacher Mr. Milk giving up his own potential happiness to keep Charlotte safe.
It is probably best to check out Making Fiends first for yourself - as of this post it is still running on Nickelodeon on the weekends. It might not be appropriate for younger children, but older kids - and their parents - will definitey enjoy it.
Note: This is still plenty safe for kids to enjoy as well. Adults will enjoy it more.
"Making Fiends" exists in a world all of its own. The characters are drawn with strong, simple black lines, and are likewise colored in the simplest possible manner, with only one single hue being used per character. Backgrounds are only marginally less minimalist, but still somehow manage to suggest a delightfully gothic, even noir quality.
Within this strange world there are two principle characters. First, there's Vendetta, a young girl of pure malevolence. Vendetta possesses the power to "make fiends", which she is depicted as doing with a big pot, much stirring, and unidentified ingredients. The monsters so created allow Vendetta to terrorize everyone else in the series. Everyone, that is, except for Charlotte, her nemesis. Charlotte is Vendetta's exact opposite: a creature of pure innocence and Pollyannaish delight. The exact age of Vendetta and Charlotte is never specified, but they are class-mates in what appears to be elementary school.
Vendetta, naturally enough, finds Charlotte's relentless cheerfulness somewhat hard to take. "And" (in the words of the opening theme song) "so she plots her end".
Unfortunately for Vendetta, although Charlotte at all times remains entirely oblivious to Vendetta's evil intent, she somehow manages to thwart Vendetta's every move. Usually she does so either by winning the fiends over with her innate goodness, or alternatively, by horribly devastating them in her attempts to play with them. Indeed, just about every move on Vendetta's side is interpreted as "play" by Charlotte. And... that pretty much covers the plot of every single episode, or very nearly so.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I find Making Fiends hilarious. Been looking for a dvd ever since first watching it on Boomerang. I am very happy with this dvd set, and hope there are more to come.Published 8 months ago by Christopher Adam Davis
Awesome and funny movie. Got to me before Valentines Day(gift)Published 11 months ago by Elizabeth Plymire
This was a truly entertaining series from start to finish, sadly cut down before it could even reach its prime. Read morePublished 12 months ago by RyRodrigo
Excellent shipping great DVD kids love it already watched it a million times !!!Published 13 months ago by Arirose
I used to watch this show and I miss it!
Making Fiends is a great show and I love it! I wish that they made more seasons !
This is a really great series. It tells the tale of two girls, one evil and controlling and the other loving and kind. Read morePublished on March 18, 2013 by Amazon Customer
This show is great. Laugh-out-loud cartoons featuring Vendetta and Charlotte and all of Vendetta's fiends. I wish the creator made more . . .Published on January 28, 2013 by T-Mac
Love this shows. Great fun my kids loved it.. Great fun. My kids watch it over and over. Love Amy's work.Published on December 11, 2012 by HeyCrazyLady