Plot: What’s it about?
As some new owners would like their home to be clean as a whistle, a team of four young, beautiful women are hired to handle the tasks. In between sessions of taking their clothes off, the women clean up the place, wrestle with each other, and soon receive a box of old books. Although you would think girls like this would avoid reading, they become interested in the books, which of course, leads to some real problems. I don’t mean big words either, as the girls read an incantation which re-animates (no pun intended) a horrific spirit and now that this evil force is loose, it seeks to cause some real trouble. This wolfish beasts stalks the ladies and wishes to feed upon their blood, as well as squeeze a breast or two in the process. It even throws a twist into the mix when it assumes a new form, making it that much harder to defeat. Even with the help of a mysterious person (David Carradine), can anyone manage to take down this awful creature, especially inside of an eerie, creepy old haunted house?
This is your typical Fred Olen Ray (Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers, Evil Spawn) movie, complete with a low budget, tons of naked breasts, and bad acting, but it also has some new touches. The main issue is of course, the presence of an animated character and while he isn’t there all the time, his on screen moments are the highlight of Evil Toons, without a doubt. The cartoon is lewd, crude, and downright hilarious, even fondling the girls and making humorous remarks, very entertaining stuff indeed. If the cartoon baddie had stayed through the whole movie, this would have been a cult classic, but as he has limited screen time, it never lives to the potential, nor the promises made by the disc’s case. But you do get some laughable performances from an eclectic cast includes porn star Madison Stone (The Lethal Squirt), David Carradine (Tv’s Kung Fu), Arte Johnson (Tv’s Laugh-In), and the prolific Dick Miller (Truck Turner), as well as some random screaming, talentless workers. So Evil Toons never really supplies the animated goods, but it is a humorous B movie and for fans of bad flicks, this one is well worth a look.
Video: How does it look?
Evil Toons is presented in a 1.85:1 widescreen transfer, which is not enhanced for widescreen televisions. As I prepared for this review, I pulled out my old Evil Toons laserdisc one last time, to make a side-by-side comparison. I was always pleased with the laserdisc, as it was clean and sharp, but it was also full frame and that sucked. But this new DVD transfer is not only widescreen, but it outperforms the prior editions in all respects, this is an immense visual improvement indeed. The low budget origin is still evident, but the grain and white flecks are never serious, which is fantastic news. The colors seem bolder than before, black levels are more refined, and those all important flesh tones look natural at all times. Yes, this presentation still has some flaws, but for what it is, this is a terrific visual effort.
Audio: How does it sound?
As this picture was made on a rail thin budget, I didn’t expect too much from the audio track, but it sounds pretty decent, all things considered. I heard a little fuzz at times, but nothing too serious and on the whole, it all sounds more than decent here. The sound effects are thin here and there, while the music is solid, so it isn’t perfect, but far from bad also. The dialogue seems clean enough and never distorts, while the volume remains properly balanced throughout. Given the nature & budget of the movie, there’s not much else we could demand here.
Supplements: What are the extras?
This disc includes some drive-in antics with Fred & Miss Kim, a selection of still photos, a ten minute interview featurette, and the film’s trailer.