Sunday, January 8, 2012

Tales From The Cryptkeeper S1 Ep.02: Nature (1993)

Tales From The Cryptkeeper
Season 1, Episode 02

The Cryptkeeper, dressed like a field scientist, studies a family of ants and introduces today's episode entitled Nature.

Brothers Rick and Teddy, on a picnic in the park with their family, take to torturing ants to keep themselves entertained. A mysterious thunderstorm shrinks them to smaller-than-ant size, and they're captured by the survivors and taken on a less-than-excellent adventure that teaches the boys an important lesson.

This episode is occasionally slow moving, with what seems like a lot of filler material. Too often it tries to be educational, forcing facts down our throat and sacrificing entertainment.

And I'm sorry, but the concept of being shrunk is not frightening in the least, even to children. Maybe it was when The Incredible Shrinking Man was released (though I doubt it), but by this time it had been so Disneyfied that it's hard to believe anyone found this entertaining.


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