Thursday, 2 June 2011

Brotown.

We travel to the other side of the globe now, where men are men and sheep are scared.


Brotown is pretty much the best cartoon to come from New Zealand since Footrot Flats. It follows a self-proclaimed gang of five adolescent boys (four Samoan Pacific-islanders and one indigenous Maori) and their adventures in Morningside, a town in Auckland known for its huge polynesian population. Auckland in general is quite a popular destination for immigrants from surrounding island countries. Due to this, the show has a LOT of references to cultural differences and lower-class-specific humour. About the bubbling controversy surrounding this show when it first aired in 2004, the creators said "we aren't being racist, we're making fun of everybody." Which is awesome. I will never forget the first time i watched this show and one of the boys visits a white persons house for the first time. He's walking up the driveway and two poodles run up to greet him. "What th-... These dogs have been fed!" *shock*

I laughed a lot.


Also, these guys are cameo whores. The cameo list includes but is not limited to:

  • Helen Clark, former Prime minister of New Zealand.
  • Scribe, a rapper, also from New Zealand.
  • Lucy Lawless, formerly Xena Warrior Princess, from, you guessed it, New Zealand.
  • Ol' Charles, Prince of Wales, has also made a cameo appearance on the show, no shit.
  • Rove McManus, Australian TV Host.
  • Fat Freddy's Drop, an NZ band whose music ranges from dub, reggae to soul and techno.
Actually here's a song by them. It's pretty good. 





But back to Brotown. The show is probably aimed at the young adult demographic and wonderfully combines meaningful topics, like racism, sport or girls, with poop jokes and pop culture. Here's one scene where the two brothers Vale and Valea are being investigated by child protection services because of complaints about their drunk father (who is hilarious i might add).


And here's another scene, Pepelo Pepelo, father to Vale and Valea, is driving them to a school on his forklift. They are going on a field trip to a Maori village in the country to learn about Maori culture. On the way, Pepelo decides to give his boys a lesson on Maori culture because he learned all about it in prison. How handy! Thanks Dad!


So, im trying to think of a show to compare this to and i guess Boondocks comes to mind if you've seen it. But saying that, i didn't really like Boondocks, i felt it was a bit cliquey. It has a local feel to it. Not being from the America's and all. But this show couldn't be any more New Zealand if it tried. One side of my family is from New Zealand, so i can appreciate most of the jokes in this show. And (most of the time, unfortunately) i can relate to far too much of the show's content. So i realize that some people will not see its appeal or just plain think it's shit.


It should be noted that the creators of brotown are a live comic group, The Naked Samoans. Personally, i think their juvenile-style humour is far better portrayed in cartoon form but you can see more of them here if you like.



If you can appreciate the lighter side of racial stereotypes, this is a good show. The show is 4 seasons in length so far with a 5th in production. With all the progress the show has made, it has also changed a lot and i have to admit, i like their old stuff better than their new stuff. So i really must stress, start watching from the first season onwards if you're a new viewer. By the third season, they're starting to edit in a lot of mainstream music that doesn't fit the show and it gives it a weird vibe. But the animation, voice acting, (sometimes) plots get better over the course of the 4 seasons and it's fun watch the show find its legs.

If you already know you will hate it, you probably will. But if you still think you might dig it, check it out. It's a pretty fun, harmless show.

Here's one more clip for the road if you're still on the fence about it.. It's drunk Pepelo sputtering nonsense about Australian culture and Aussie beers. Thanks and stay tuned for more recommendations :)


53 comments:

  1. I definitely like it, I'll check it out. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Brotown? I want to check this show out just based on its name.

    Also, everybody loves a little racist humor

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  3. My friend Ray Cyst will love this. I'll forward it to him.

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  4. I can't really get into this sort of stuff. Don't know why.

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  5. AS the Top Bro I can only approve of such a show. Sounds pretty wild for a kids show, but then again so is MLP.

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  6. never watch it before

    look like something I could watch

    kok

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  7. It's got a funny name, looks interesting!

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  8. This show is fantastic. I might have to track down some box sets

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  9. I think this is kinda racist. But thats just me..

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  10. this sounds really damn fun. thanks for sharing. i didn't know lucy lawless was from new zealand ;p

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  11. Cool show, I'll have to check it out.

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  12. hahaha, seems funny... hope it doesn't have bro-rape

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  13. Damn dude, New Zealand is becoming a big influence in western culture!
    Great Post! Keep it up!

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  14. Eh I can;t say I'm going to watch this but It looks funny

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  15. good blog :) I love the theme, it really CLICKS, ya know? :)

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  16. Lucy Lawlees, Warrior Princess, yum. Also, love cartoons and down for any foreign ones I haven't seen! Thx :D

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  17. That last clips is hilarious

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  18. im loving these animations.

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  19. ahh steroetypes, back in the days when TV shows could get away with it :P

    thanks for the follow

    +following
    benf199105.blogspot.com

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  20. awesome read didn't think they could get away with that.

    +follow http://ellectrics.blogspot.com/

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  21. What's that dolly?

    Mommy's a bitch.

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  22. Haha, I love this show. I'm from New Zealand too. :D

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  23. heh..Thought there was some pretty clever satire goin' on in those clips.

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  24. i've seen this shown before on tv in australia!!

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  25. This show looks great. It reminds me of arrested development for some reason.

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  26. "we aren't being racist, we're making fun of everybody." Anyone who talks about there show this way must be making a solid show.

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  27. Brotown - town of bros. Nice, i like it, follow your blog

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  28. Lol cool show bro "). +follow

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