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The Fuccons: Meet the Fuccons Vol. 0 (2005)

Yoshimasa Ishibashi  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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  • Directors: Yoshimasa Ishibashi
  • Writers: Yoshimasa Ishibashi
  • Producers: Masataka Izumi, Shohei Izawa
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Color, Dubbed, NTSC
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Section 23
  • DVD Release Date: December 20, 2005
  • Run Time: 50 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #178,276 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Fuccons: Meet the Fuccons Vol. 0" on IMDb

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Welcome to the bizarre world of an American mannequin family who has recently moved to Japan, and causes quite an uproar. First debuting on the late-night Japanese television program Vernillion Pleasure Night, this show has spawned a complete following of its own. Fashionably hip and gut-splitting funny, the Fuccon Family and their circle of friends and acquaintances won't fail to entertain. Once you see The Fuccons, you'll love them!

The Fuccons began as a series of comic sketches on the Japanese TV program Vermillion Pleasure Night: A family of Americans, James and Barbara and their son Mikey, move to Japan "to live as Japanese." The brief skits consist of still photographs of window store dummies in Kennedy-era outfits juxtaposed with over-the-top vocal performances and lots of forced laughter. The humor is labored and inane; the dummies--obviously a Japanese take on Caucasians--recall the American cartoons of the 1930s that trafficked in ethnic stereotypes. Graduate students in sociology may someday write theses about what The Fuccons reveals about Japanese attitudes towards Americans; connoisseurs of outré cultural phenomena may revel in the series' we're-so-dumb-we're-hip charms. Wiser viewers will dismiss The Fuccons as the pointless waste of time that it is. (Unrated, suitable for ages 12 and older: mild profanity, risqué humor) --Charles Solomon

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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Regarding the japanese DVD December 24, 2005
This review is for the Japanese DVD, and not this American release.

The Fuccon Family, otherwise known as "Oh Mikey!" is a show about an American family living in Japan. In no way do they seem interested in Japanese culture, and all of Mikey's friends are European (or that bizarre clock/robot boy.)

The show is incredibly fast paced, and is very silly, even subtitled the jokes work. "Soi yu ko to!" At the end of every short episode Mikey and his family learn a lesson. They all state what they've learned and have a good hearty laugh-80's cartoon style.

Oh, and it's all acted out by mannequins with voice overs. There is nothing better than watching mannequins swing on swings, and ride down slides. Other than those rare sequences, action is usually implied and when they talk their faces are frozen in those over the top looks of joy.

There are a variety of characters and a storyline that really builds on previous episodes. Tracy, his sexy tutor, Bob the teacher and Bob-Mama, Laura his self-centered hipster cousin, and of course his love interest Emily.

I'd recommend this to anyone with a quirky sense of humour who doesn't get creeped out by mannequins.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Something is lost in the translation May 29, 2008
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The humor in this series is subtle, to say the least, and probably does not work in the English translation. The show ridicules Americans and makes them look really dense. In fact, the characters are literally mannequins of Westerners (hakujin) with a Japanese voice over, which really creates the dense effect. The dialogues are superficial, and they always end with insipid laughter from all the characters. The only humor I can see comes from the ridicule.

For students of Japanese language, however, there is a benefit to this series. The dialogue in the Japanese language version is simple. It is a little fast with no pauses, but there is a lot that even a beginning to intermediate level Japanese speaker can understand. You may also find some of it funny. I laughed out loud on many occasions even though I'm not sure why. If you can appreciate humor where you're the butt of the joke, it can be funny, although its right on the border between off-the-wall funny and just plain stupid. It can go either way.

Buy this lower priced Volume 0 to see what you think.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quite intriguing! September 3, 2008
In a very surprising move by ADV Films, the popular OH! Mikey shown on the Tokyo TV's Vermillion Pleasure Night (known for the surreal works by Ishibashi Yoshimasa) will be coming out in the US as THE FUCCONS on December 20th with an introduction DVD and on February 22nd as a first full release (52 minutes).

It all about a mannequin family that moves from the U.S. to Japan. The series is absolutely crazy, it's fun!

The series has generated a fan following in Japan, a fan blog and even OH! Mikey merchandise.).

The episodes are about 2-3 minutes long but it's quite surreal to see a show like this. Wow! Try it! It's unbelievably funny!
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Decent intro but could be better March 10, 2006
I need to start this by saying I love the Fuccons, I watched the Japanese series before ADV licensed it here. It was called Oh, Mikey! If you like the more ridiculous or bizzare stuff on Adult Swim like 12 oz mouse, tom goes to the mayor, etc, and you like some of the stranger anime, you may very well like this. If you don't like the idea of space ghost-type dry delivery by mannequins that don't (or barely) even move, don't bother. But this $4 intro disk is awesome, has 8 episodes, and if anything you can pass it around to annoy your coworkers and friends. Someone you know is gonna love it.

This show follows an american family living in Japan, trying to fit in, and failing miserably. Just buy this, for crying out loud, and make sure you watch the episode where Mikey has to go to the store for his mom. Amazing.

My only complaint (but it warrants an entire star being knocked off) is the HORRIBLE DUB JOB BY ADV. PLEASE, ADV! Find some NEW VOICE ACTORS! The dad is horrible and I suspect without looking it up he's the same dude that (horribly) dubbed Ilpallazzo in Excel Saga. The guy sounds like a 3rd-rate actor playing comedy, and Mikey's dad (and Ilpalazzo) were played deadpan. Why this guy can't figure that crap out is WAY beyond me. The director of the american dub needs to get his crap together, or find a new job.

After the rant, I still love it. Watch it, buy it, but mail ADV and send that guy packing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars September 28, 2014
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Great series
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny as hell! December 3, 2011
A previous reviewer didn't like this DVD, and typed out some excerpts from it to show how "unfunny" it was. I was laughing just reading the exchanges, and they're so much funnier to watch! Really, the mannequins are so creepy and stupid that they add to the enjoyment. Personally, I don't need the mannequins to be moving for them to be funny, and my family loves the Fuccons as much as I do.

If you're silly and like stupid jokes poking fun at American sitcoms, then this is for you!
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