Post by Sophia Peletier on Jul 19, 2014 21:58:35 GMT -5
I don't know why, but I hated this episode the first time I saw it. I recently gave it another shot, and I gained a new appreciation for it. I really loved Jeannie and the entirety of the episode was fun, interesting and hilarious. I did hate Babu though and I wish he weren't included.
"Sleep, my love. When you've awakened, the new day will bring to you a bright new world."
I didn't "hate" Babu. His addition worked for me, a goof is always needed, but he got boring. Had he been included in the plot as a villain (manipulated, being a genie), I would have enjoyed this episode more.
Jeanne is fine, and I like how they deviated from the formula a bit, especially with the villain not being some man in a costume, but I can't stand Babu's voice, and it's what really brings the episode down for me a bit.
It's so nice to be able to see all of these episodes again after the new "The Lost Episodes"/"Almost Complete Collection" releases. This particular episode I hadn't seen since I was about 5 or 6.
For those unfamiliar, Babu was voiced by Joe Besser. He was a comedian popular mostly in the 1940's and 50's who often appeared as a recurring background character in Abbott and Costello films, and even was one of the Three Stooges for a short time. (Replacing Shemp Howard after his unexpected death) I (and a lot of other Stooge fans) never really found him that funny there, however, he was no doubt hilarious when he was let alone to do his own thing - that annoying fat guy schtick. Babu was simply an animated genie extension of that character.
While I could see how this could be annoying for the unfamiliar (or not), I, myself love the take. His voice really adds a bumbling likability to the character that I find sympathetic and funny. He was one of my favorite characters from Laff-a-lympics, and it's cool to see him here too.
Aside from Babu, I really like Jeannie, too. And I thought the plot was fairly compelling - the bottomless beds being a unique surprise mid story. I really enjoyed how the episode was wrapped up - especially how the villains were captured. It's nice to see the odd episode where the bad guys aren't just hauled off to jail by the local sheriff.
TBH, before I read this thread, I would have easily pegged this episode as one of the series' all time greatest! - But it's interesting to see differing opinions.
Funny how we all love Scooby but can have such different ideas about what makes a good or bad episode.