The gummi! It burns! It burns! My eyes may never recover from its inadvertent exposure to this most hideous example of “programming” for children from the 1980s. It’s horrifically crass: it was “inspired by” the candy of the same name, as if there were something profound and mysterious lurking in sugar-bomb jellies and that this wasn’t designed with malicious aforethought to sell junk food to kids. It’s stultifyingly insipid: it’s all enchanted forests and fairy-tale critters with, dear god, superpowers and rainbow-colored watering down of mythological tropes. It’s 47 episodes — feel the pain — of poor, sketchy, cheap animation and magical dragons and magical “gummiberry” juice and magical flutes and the magical village of — *sob* — Gummadoon and magical magic, all without a single drop of anything approaching storytelling magic but with large dollops of, unsurprisingly, saccharine syrup. There are no extras in the set, for which we can be thankful: overexposure may induce diabetic coma.
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