CORNEIL AND BERNIE (WATCH MY CHOPS) (2004)
an animated series about an intelligent talking dog, Corneil, and his “dog-sitter”, Bernie Barges. The series was produced, written, and animated inFrance, and the English dubbing took place in London at The Sound Company studios. The series was produced by Millimages and aired in the United States on Nicktoons, in the UK on CBBC from 2004-2007 and France on France 3 of December 2003. It starred Keith Wickham, Ben Small, Dian Perry, Dan Russell and Laurence Bouvard and more recently Mark Laidman.
Why was it forgotten?: WE’VE SEEN THIS SAME THING A MILLION TIMES.
Hey here’s an easy plot for a show for ya; you take some kind of animal with above-average or genius level intelligence, you stick him with a slow witted buffoon or age-equivelant and you’ve got yourself one heck of a comedy recipe there!
One that tastes like aged gruel that you add water to and microwave it back to life.
I kind of got lost in that metaphor but that happens to you when you watch a show as devoid of any creative thought as this.
The only way I could try to describe this show is if you made Family Guy about 80% family friendly. I say 80% because the show is filled with a lot of questionable plot lines, morals, characters, and circumstances.
Mainly thanks to the title character, Bernie who is a stupid, stupid kid that makes poor decisions, and makes trouble for other people.
I guess I can’t fault the writers for making a realistic portrayal of a teenage boy but it’s still a pain in the ass to watch, especially when Corneil ends up having to either bail Bernie out of trouble or ends up taking some manner of heat for his crap.
I hate this trope in cartoons. People shouldn’t suffer because another character is a blithering idiot.
Sometimes it can be funny but it takes the right amount of cartoony mayhem and slapstick antics for it to work. And this show doesn’t have that.
It doesn’t have a very good art style either.
Good lord, this show is BUTT UGLY.
- Mill Creek Entertainment released the complete series on DVD in Region 1 on 18 March 2008. This release has been discontinued and is now out of print.
- This show was animated, produced, written and directed in Paris. Then, after every episode, every episode was taken to London to begin the English voice acting.
- Both Wickham and Small, voice artists for the titular characters, would perform various voice roles in the Hit Entertainment CGI series of Thomas & Friends.
What a piece of junk.
I wish I had more to say but unfortunately I don’t.
Let’s leave it be