Before there was Disney Pixar’s Monsters Inc. , there was Nickelodean’s Aaahh!!! Real Monsters from 1994. No matter how many times I type it, I don’t think I will ever remember how to spell Nickelodean off by heart. Actually I’ve never been a very good speller so thankfully I wasn’t forced to participate in spelling bees and– hold on. I’m getting off track.
So yeah . . . Can you believe that this is the actual title of the show? I can’t settle on whether it’s the most simplest or creative title ever for a cartoon. The opening and ending credits of the show is just like the Rugrats but the animation style is more Wild Thornberrys; also created in the 90s. What’s the difference between Rugrats-The Wild Thorberrys and Aaahh!!! Real Monsters (ARM)? The other two got a movie. TWT did not deserve a movie! It wasn’t such a great television program to begin with. At least ARM got their own video game, which I have played. It’s not easy.
The show centers around three best friends; Oblina, Ickis (got that from Icky, I guess), and Krumm. Oblina looks like a candy cane, Ickis looks like a rabit, and Krumm looks like a tubby man without a head and other . . . missing . . . parts . . . The kids go to Monster School where their life’s mission is to scare the living crap out of human beings. The school is lead by The Gromble. This green monster is flamboyant, strict, crazy, wears red heels on each of his feet, and is so entertaining to watch.
The standout episode of the show has to be when Krumble gets a giant pimple on top where his neck should be. The students are mezmerized by its ugliness which is fantastic in monster mind. This is no ordinary pimple, it grows a face and disgusting personality. I couldn’t stand it. As a child it was such a creepy episode to watch to have a ugly living lump on your face! Instead of shrinking back into the skin, the pimple pulls its legs out of Krumble and runs off. Shivers! That thing deserved to be popped!
I must say that ARM is probably Nickelodean’s most underated and forgotten series. I’m older now, but after rewatching the episodes, it can still be enjoyed by older people. I’ve been trying to watch the Might Morphin’ Power Rangers and may I stress on the work ‘trying’. It shocks me sometimes at how much I loved it as a kid.
So Nickelodean . . . where’s my DVD?