'Pelwsick' is permanent chair in new Callahan cartoon Oct. 25 -- Pelswick Eggert is one cool dude. He calls himself "permanently seated." Bully Boyd Scullarzo calls him -- you guessed it -- "a cripple." As in, "you can't hit a cripple."
Of course Boyd and his henchboys have psychological torture in store for Pelswick. In the premiere episode Oct. 24 on Nickelodeon, Boyd nominates Pelwsick for student body president, a job Pelswick has openly derided. Luckily, Pelwsick's guardian angel comes to the rescue with the world's longest shaggy-dog story about an angel with a huge zit on his forehead.... You had to be there, I guess.
Clearly 8th-grade humor, 'Pelswick' was an animation joy to watch. Callahan's first foray into moving cartooning has him creating characters that reminded this old hippie of the wondrous early Monty Python Flying Circus. The animation is beautiful, the characters absurd as only Callahan can do it -- Gram Gram in her walker with her false teeth talking away by themselves after they've dropped out of her mouth (another Monty Python touch) and Goon Gunderson in the cafeteria with the noodle coming out of his noodle. John Callahan is clearly enjoying himself.
And it's no small joy to watch ANYTHING on television that you know will unquestionably, totally, get it right about cripdom.
Who says you can't laugh at quads? Callahan shows how to do it -- the right way.
'Pelswick' airs at 8 p.m. (E.T.) Tuesdays on Nickelodeon.