Flying Rhino Junior High is an animated half hour show about Billy O'Toole, the slickest power tool slinger at Flying Rhino Jr. High, Earl P. Sidebottom, the smartest modem manipulator this...
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Flying Rhino Junior High is an animated half hour show about Billy O'Toole, the slickest power tool slinger at Flying Rhino Jr. High, Earl P. Sidebottom, the smartest modem manipulator this side of the international dateline and a diabolical plan to make school the most miserable place on earth. The show is based on the successful "Flying Rhinoceros" book series, currently distributed as curriculum text books in school classrooms and libraries across the United States.
I really thought I'd forgotten this show, since it last was televised when I was six years old, but it's beginning to be rerun on YTV. As well, when I noticed that this show only had one review on IMDb and that it was done by an over-enthusiastic child, I knew I needed to give my opinion.
Flying Rhino Junior High is one of those late nineties "educational" cartoons. As a kid I really had no idea what I was supposed to be learning, since usually the show will have a bit where the teacher with the starfish hair gives her class/you a lesson that The Phantom will eventually base his computer "hijinks" with. And I don't care if The Phantom's computer was magic or whatever...there is no way even in 1999 logic that a computer could do things like cause flesh and bone dinosaurs or enlarge preexisting bugs. The logic in this show is just so flawed that it hurts to think too much about it. And especially in this age of computers, some kid watching it is going to point out something like, "Wait, that's impossible!"
Nearly all of the central characters are intolerable, with the exception of Marcus, the good-hearted nerdy kid whom usually gets pushed around by the rest of the group. There's Billy the cocky and bland leader, Marcus's thoroughly detestable twin sister Ruby, and Lydia, an awkward-looking girl and Lisa Simpson clone. There's also this short ugly kid whom exists just to give off poop jokes, an archetypal dumb big guy who says "duh" a lot, and The Phantom's pet talking rat that I want to punch into the sun. All the character designs are made with geometric shapes, which was a good idea but looks repulsive when mixed in with the animation style.
This show had potential to be good. But jokes are thrown out only to fall with dull thuds, life lessons and educational segments are painfully forced, and the drawing style is painful to look at. I really can't believe Flying Rhino is being rerun again, since there's so many amazing 1990's cartoons that deserve airtime but aren't getting it.
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