Butt-Ugly Martians: Boyz to Martians

January 28, 2012 5 Min Read

Review by: Fusion3600

Plot: What’s it about?

An alien race has sent three agents to Earth, with the assignment to do nothing less than take over the planet. The orders were sent down by Emperor Bog, who demands that Earth be overtaken at all costs, though his three agents don’t share that perspective. Instead, Do-Wah, B-Bop, and 2T forge a plan to pretend to take over the world and in the process, have tons of fun, sing like there’s no tomorrow, and dance until dawn. To help keep Emperor Bog pleased, the agents send back fake video clips of chaos, destruction, and other invasion elements, which ensures that no additional troops will be sent in. But Emperor Bog’s right hand man Dr. Damage and a human named Stoat, who thinks he battles aliens often get in the way and complicate matters, though the trio of alien agents are always able to overcome. This disc from Universal sports three episodes, but they’re not in order, which is a let down. I would have rather seen season sets released, but for fans of the show, this is probably all you’re getting. Below is a list of the episodes and a brief synopsis on each.

Alien Games- All the smokescreens, gimmicks, and fake videos have lost their impact on Emperor Bog, who has decided to demolish Earth himself. The method of destruction will be a wave of massive meteors, which should smash the planet to pieces, completing Bog’s wishes for its total ruination. Dr. Damage creates a video game style setup for Bog, but he is unaware that the martians have devised a defense system, powered by the great video game player in the world, or at least in the neighborhood…

This Is…The Butt Uglies- The truth about the martians the invasion is on the brink of being discovered, as Emperor Bog and Dr. Damage gain access to some evidence. But the martians continue to try to win over the humans with their singing & dancing skills, instead of coming up with a plan to keep Emperor Bog’s suspicions deflected. But this time, Bog has decided to take action and he sends in a lethal robot, under the guise of a normal human teen. Can the martians thwart the efforts of this mechanical menace and remain one step ahead of Stoat, all while keeping up on the latest dance movies out there?

Out of Synch- A singing contest seems like a perfect idea for the martians, but once they’ve enrolled, all heck breaks loose. As the martians try to put together a music video to showcase their talents, they also have to keep up appearances with Emperor Bog, so as not to let out the secret about the false invasion. While Stoat would normally be hot on their trail, he’s not this time, though someone else has taken his place…

Video: How does it look?

The episodes are presented in full frame, as intended. The image looks sharper than on television, though I did note some jagged edges, though with this kind of animation, that’s to be expected. The colors look bright and bold, with no signs of errors, while contrast remains well balanced and effective also. The animation is rather crude in some respects, but has a solid, acceptable visual style, so no worries there.

Audio: How does it sound?

The audio here is solid, but sounds much like you’d expect from an animated television show, which is kind of limited. I did hear some moments of creative speaker use, but with all the audio potential this material has, it wasn’t enough. But since it sounds as good as it does on television, I don’t think we can complain too much and fans should be pleased, I think. The musical scenes sound clean and never restrained, while vocals are crisp and always easy to understand. Not as rich and immersive of a track as it could have been, but the audio is still acceptable. This disc also includes subtitles in English, Spanish, and French.

Supplements: What are the extras?

This disc includes a DVD ROM game demo, as well as some character files.

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