Rick Moranis in Gravedale High

Because Rick Moranis was associated with one of the most inventive and intelligent television shows in history, SCTV, one might imagine that he has some sense of dignity and of responsibility toward his audience. Rick Moranis in Gravedale High casts serious doubt on that assumption.

Gravedale High is a pitiful sort of sellout. Moranis has lent his name and voice to an animated character named Max Schneider, a horn-rimmed, bow-tied nerd of a teacher. The school where he works is Gravedale High, and all the students there are monsters. One dumb joke is piled on another, beginning with the names of the students. There’s Cleo-fatra, an obese female mummy; Frank- entyke, a mischievous little green fellow with bolts in his neck; Gill Waterman, a creature-from-the-black-lagoon rip-off who talks like a California Valley Boy, calling Schneider ”teacher-dude.” Had enough yet?

Gravedale High crosses Head of the Class with the Garbage Pail Kids and comes up with a very junky half hour. The animation is stiff, and the plots are almost nonexistent; a typical line of dialogue consists of a male monster-student telling a female monster-student, ”Hey, back off, bimbo!”

The only thing that might interest a viewer of this show is identifying the voices. Jonathan Winters, Tim Curry, Shari Belafonte, Eileen Brennan, and Kimmy Robertson — Lucy on Twin Peaks — are among those who evidently thought Moranis was associating himself with a quality Saturday-morning kids show. They were mistaken. D-

Rick Moranis in Gravedale High
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