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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

All Hail King Julian!!!

This post is about a Netflix original series starring one of my favorite childhood movies: Madagascar!! Speaking of Madagascar, why is the series called that!? Only the first movie took place in Madagascar!!

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Cinnamon Bread is very delicious and nutritious!!!!! I am eating some while I blog. Anyway, for those of you who never seen any of the Madagascar movies, it's about four zoo animals, who can talk and behave like humans because y.o.l.o., escape from their zoo because one of them, a zebra named Marty (that happened to be the name of one of my grandfather's dogs) decides to run away from home, because that's smart. And literally 20 seconds after escaping all four of the animals get tranquilized and are shipped to Africa (their all African animals by the way).

But they wind up in Madagascar because the crates they were in fell overboard. There they meet arguably my personal favorite character in the entire series: A Ring-Tailed Lemur named King Julian.

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This guy got his own show!!

King Julian is easily the most popular and iconic character in the entire series. Despite the fact that he is a side character and up until the All Hail King Julian TV show exclusive to Netflix he has never been a major character. But his popularity easily surpasses that of all four of the main animals. Plus the very first thing he did when he made his debut was sing the song "I like to Movie It".

King Julian was originally going to play a much smaller role in the movie during development. But the more they worked on him the more Dreamworks liked him as a character. So he gained much more screen time, and eventually he got his own show! Before you know he'll have a full feature length movie! Make it happen Dreamworks!!!

King Julian is a party-loving, self-obsessed, slightly deranged, crown wearing lemur who claims to be Lord of all the Lemurs. Fun fact: King Julian speaks with a Indian accent.

The show takes place long before the first movie. Do they clear anything up? No. The very first episode explained how King Julian became a king in the first place, but other than that the show just follows Julian's wonky antics (trying to bribe his way to becoming the most popular lemur ever, fighting a mechanical gecko, starting a rebellion against himself, etc)

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The show introduces a new character, a
paranoid and surprisingly bloodthirsty
female lemur named Clover (right, orange)

Now I have seen all the episodes available and it's really good. My only gripe with it is the fact that there are SO many scenes where they could play "I like to Move It" yet they only play it once and never use it again. Now I do understand that Dreamworks didn't right the song and they don't own the song but they could just play every now and again.

What I do like about the show is the fact that the show never takes itself seriously. There's never any plot twists or sad moments. All Hail King Julian aims to entertain first, and throw dark and gritty out the window. Which I wish some game developers would do nowadays. Most video games are either "Hyper Violent mega gory with a side of Horror" or "Super Sad story that deals with mature themes". My favorite kinds of games fall into the widely underused category of "Colorful fun good gameplay and memorable characters with a healthy dosage of solid controls and served with a side of a beautiful soundtrack". Now you know what my favorite game types are. And Yooka-Laylee falls perfectly into that list. So yeah! I'm getting Yooka-Laylee when it comes out next year.

But enough about video games! Back to the show. As I was saying, this show is fun. It is funny. King Julian is hilarious in this show. New character Clover delivers plenty of funny moments (she even quoted one of the most iconic Jurassic Park lines in episode 9; "A really big Lie"). Returning character Mort is back to annoy King Julian, only now he is slightly creepy. Scratch that. He is very creepy. Like in episode three, when asked if knows what a secret is he says (and I quote) "Secrets are the things the voices in my head tell me never to tell ANY one until I am certain no one can stop me." L.O.L. what!?!?!

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Mort is evil... Don't trust him!

Anyway, this is a really good show. It gets a solid 10 out of 10. And that's not just personal opinion because this show won a Emmy award!

You can watch the first ten episodes on Netflix (they made this show).

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