MOVIE REVIEW: Jay And Silent Bob’s Super Groovy Cartoon Movie

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Film: Jay And Silent Bob’s Super Groovy Cartoon Movie
Starring: Jason Mewes, Kevin Smith
Directed by: Steve Stark

Jay and Silent Bob have returned to the big (and eventually small) screen in an all-new and crude animated adventure titled Jay And Silent Bob’s Super Groovy Cartoon Movie. Animated by Steve Stark, the film is currently playing in theaters, clubs, and venues around the country as part of a promotional tour hosted by Kevin Smith and Jay Mewes.

Based on a script by Smith, but brought to life by Stark and Mewes, Jay And Silent Bob’s Super Groovy Cartoon Movie is a story written first and foremost for fans of Kevin Smith’s View Askewniverse. Being a person who considers themselves a fan of his work, this played straight to my interests, but unless you know someone who loves obscene comedy and somehow has never heard of Kevin Smith I find it hard to imagine many outsiders finding initial appeal in the film. Not that it matters, of course, but it’s wont noting on the off chance the title was so appealing someone is reading this now who has never seen Clerks, Mallrats, etc.

In their latest adventure, Jay and Silent Bob find themselves with more money than they literally know what to do with after Bob wins the lottery with a Quick Stop purchased scratch off ticket. Jay, being the quick thinking one of the two, realizes the best use of their money would be to become superhero in the vein of Batman. Bob helps Jay construct all the elements to their new superhero identities, including turning RST Video into the entrance to their lair, but soon our heroes learn that a world with good guys must also have its fair share of evil doers.

The villains Jay and Bob find themselves facing off against have all developed their own, often-hilarious reasons for wanting revenge, but in the end it’s a team effort from all the baddies that put our heroes in a corner. Jay and Bob must band together using their movie knowledge and love of dick jokes, and marijuana to save the world once and for all.

If we are being completely, the existence of Jay And Silent Bob’s Super Groovy Cartoon Movie seems to serve no real purpose other than further offering Smith and Mewes a reason to update their touring efforts and keep fans chomping at the bit for the recently announced Clerks 3. That said, as a marketing effort built to further engage an already rabid fanbase while opening up the possibility of exploring new formats to reach said fans (animation) the film works like gangbusters. As a fan of View Askew and the universe created through Smith’s SmodCo Podcasts, Jay And Silent Bob’s latest turn as cartoon characters was everything I hoped such an effort would be. It’s slightly reminiscent of the beloved Clerks cartoon, but written more directly to Smith’s diehard followers, and it’s in that well-developed relationship that the biggest laughs are born.

If you consider yourself a Kevin Smith fanboy, Jay And Silent Bob’s Super Groovy Cartoon Movie will not disappoint. That said, it’s also one of the least accessible movies to people unfamiliar with Smith’s particular brand of lewd and crude comedy due to its relentlessly use of drugs, profanity, and sex. If the idea of a character with a penis shaped head who defeats his enemies by ejaculating from the top of his dome offends you or repulses you in any way, think twice before checking this out. Otherwise, click here and figure out when it’s screening in a town near you!

SCORE: B


Review written by: James Shotwell

James Shotwell

James Shotwell is the founder of Under The Gun Review. He loves writing about music and movies almost as much as he loves his two fat cats. He's also the co-founder of Antique Records and the Marketing Coordinator for Haulix. You should probably follow him on Twitter.

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