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The Fuccons vol. 1 Oh Mikey! (2006)

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3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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  • Format: Color, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles: 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: February 28, 2006
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BO0LHW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #427,497 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

Get ready America! Japanese filmmakers have captured the American family on video and the picture isn’t pretty. Meet the Fuccons, a typical 2 ½ person family inexplicably transported to the land of the rising sun. Okay, maybe they’re not perfect: Dad is a bit stiff and wooden, Mom is plastic and empty headed and Mikey’s… well, Mike’s just a little dummy. But when it comes to standing firm in the face of this new and alien environment, the family that’s made together stays together, and it certainly doesn’t hurt that the Fuccons are as thick skinned, rigid and inflexible as they come. Go Fuccon crazy as the International Smash Hit that’s taken the world by storm is finally reverse imported to America in THE FUCCON FAMILY!

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Strange (yet good) humor -- ohohohohohoho! March 9, 2006
By M. Thom
Volume one of "The Fuccons" will have a lot of repeat episodes for people who watched the volume #0 release (which contains a scattered few episodes as a preview). However, there are also several new ones which are incredibly good. They have rediculous scenarios throughout the series, although the episodes are just shy of three minutes each.

For people who do not have any knowledge of Japanese culture, some of this will go completely over their heads (in particular, the teacher-visit, the "ghost" episode, the reference to Japanese theme parks and Sunday's being the only free day, etc.). Also, despite the TV14 rating assigned to the disc, there is an episode which, in the English subtitles, uses the 'F' word multiple times (I know this wouldn't bother some people, but others might be showing it to younger children).

You have to go into it expecting stupid humor. Most of the "storylines" are fairly pointless, and a lot of the humor is based on absolutely nutty scenarios involving drowning mannequins, grandparents with absolutely no memory whatsoever (and it's apparently always been this way), failed attempts at elementary-school romance, a cousin with no manners and a borderline bi-polar disorder, and some sexual innuendo between the father and the tutor. If you don't like insane laughing, "The Fuccons" is not for you, as this is the trademark of the show.

If you're unsure as to whether you would like "The Fuccons" or not, I highly recommend you purchase volume #0 first to see what you think about the twisted humor. This show may be construed as offensive to some American audiences, as it basically jabs at Americans in general (as well as their inability to function in Japanese society). This is definitely not for everyone, and requires a certain "taste" to appreciate.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Unique...Odd...Humorous. December 10, 2006
I just got this at bestbuy tonight. Ive never seen any commercials for it, but read that it was a popular hit on japanese tv. And i was looking for anything i could find that had something to do with japanese contemporary life, culture, society, etc; the only things i found were first Lost In Translation and this odd show on dvd.

It was 5.99 so i gave it a try...So far ive seen 9 of the episodes, which are real short. About 5 minutes, more or less, each.

I was dissapointed becouse i realised these "mannequins" were literally that. Motionless dumbies, like something you'd find in a scary department store. I really didnt expect they'd actually use mannequins in this show. And they dont walk around....THEY'RE FROZEN MANNEQUINS ...not to be confused with marrionetts.

I thought this show's characters were done in CGI, all computer generated, but using a real-life backdrop of modern day japan.

The first two episodes or so were just kind of confusing for me, i didnt know if i was annoyed, or if i was still giving this show a chance.

But so far i feel now im glad i kept watching it, cuz i was introduced to

Teacher Bob" and his Mom. LOL.

Thats the suttle simplicistic genuious shining through in this show, and for me, it all starts when Teacher Bob takes a visit to Mikey's house to meet and talk with him and his mother and father....accomanied by Bobs Mom.

To me its not fall-outta-your-seat hilarity....i wouldnt call this show even 'hilarious' to begin with. But its still kinda funny. Its the kind of humor that you laugh a lot on the inside and lough out loud here and there.

If you like japanese pop culture or are fimilar with their 'unique' sense of humor, then i think you'll appreciate it.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A bizarre little show June 3, 2007
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I'll admit, I got a chuckle or two from this odd little Japanese show (and I do mean "little," since each episode is only about five minutes long--"The Fuccons" originated as a recurring skit on a Japanese variety show called "Vermillion Pleasure Night"), as well as the occasional outright laugh. For the most part, though, I found "The Fuccons" to be strangely unfunny considering the amount of hype that it's generated, both in its native Japan and in the US. Don't get me wrong, it's not the stereotypical view of Americans that I object to; on the contrary, I found that to be one of the highlights of the show, and although the humor is meant to poke fun at Americans, it's never mean-spirited, more the sort of ribbing that exists between close friends. Nor do I object to the use of mannequins; some of the funniest jokes were visual ones, like the scene where the kids are at the playground and there's no attempt to hide the fact that the kids are quite obviously lashed to the merry-go-round by the wrists and ankles or standing upright on the seesaw. Rather, I think the show's biggest failing is that, unlike certain other imported Japanese television shows that tend to veer too far from the source material ("Shin-Chan" being a prime example), "The Fuccons" is maybe a little TOO faithful; the jokes are almost always translated word-for-word from the Japanese, and as a result, the jokes more often than not simply fall flat because they involve word choices that are unintuitive to the American ear. This is especially obvious in the episode near the end where the family visits Mikey's grandparents; I don't think I laughed once during that episode. Read more ›
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