Ruby Gloom Review

D8F19124-4D14-41A5-A272-28BAD743A232Aaaaannd here’s another nostalgic kids show, from way back when I was a slightly smaller ball of fluff with a face and an appetite for animation. These days, I’m a slightly larger ball of fluff that after all this time, still loves the adventures of a girl with red hair and stripy socks and her cat that speaks violin.

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Yes, I said speaks violin, that’s not a typo. This show puts an adorable twist on the common theme of using Halloween monsters to make cartoons. There isn’t a whole lot that I don’t like about this show; it’s funny, the writing’s pretty decent and it has a REALLY catchy theme song.

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The episodes are usually but not always centred on Ruby, a girl with bright red hair and massive eyes, who lives in a creepy house with her friends. These friends also look creepy, but that’s about as far as the spooky stuff goes. The rest is pretty innocent, but not in the way that makes adults gag.

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The characters are a lot of fun to watch. There’s two brothers that share a body, a skeleton going through a bit of an identity crisis, and an over enthusiastic athletic cyclops. One of my personal favourites is a girl who I’m sure is a banshee, I think, who’s constant state of glumness makes her character funny and endearing. I think the writers did a good job with that, usually they’re just depressing to watch, or in my case eat, which sounds really bad, now that I’m saying it out loud.

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This toon’s collection of episodes features some rather interesting stories. Because almost all the characters are monsters of some sort, they face quite a few problems that aren’t very common in other shows, so you won’t find a lot of boringness. I’ve also noticed one or two adult jokes that’ve been woken into the seasons, not rude ones, just jokes that kids probably won’t understand.

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The animation is pretty good. It’s not the kind that blows you away, but also not the kind that makes you cringe. You won’t find a lot of bright colours, besides Ruby’s hair, so if that’s what your after, you probably need to look somewhere else. Despite the dark colour pallet however, don’t be fooled, this show is extremely light hearted.

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If you haven’t seen it already, I’d recommend you check it out. There’s a little bit in there for everybody, so adults, kids and teens will probably all enjoy watching it. Maybe. I mean, I was a little disappointed at the lack of dragon characters, but that’s just me. Stay awesome and keep watching cartoons, Toonbiter out!

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