Butt-Ugly Martians: Hoverboard Heroes

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.

Playback/Payback- The martians have been careful not to let the truth about their mission, sending false reports, fake footage, and whatever else they can think of, to keep Emperor Bog and his forces out of the area. But when a rat reveals the secret to Bog, the cruel Emperor decides to let loose some serious firepower. Now a robot has been sent down to deal with the martians, but this is no normal robot, it has powers like the martians have never seen…

Everybody Loves Angie- When the martians send a fake report detailing some problems while overtaking a city, Emperor Bog decides to send some help to his agents. This help is an alien bounty hunter and while he resists at first, he cannot refuse once he sees Angie in the report, as he has fallen head over heels. The bounty hunter doesn’t reveal his true intentions however, though when he takes Angie with him, he gets more than he bargained for…

Damage’s Little Girl- As time has passed, Dr. Damage has become more and more convinced that the martians are lying to Emperor Bog, but he is never able to garner the proof he needs. That could change soon however, as he sends a robot down to the planet, which happens to be disguised as a beautiful female alien. As controlled by Damage himself, this robot gets inside the martians’ plans and tries to uncover the truth, once and for all…

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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