IR TV Review: JJ VILLARD’S FAIRY TALES – EPISODE 2 (“The Goldilox Massacre”) [Adult Swim]

“JJ Villard’s Fairy Tales” takes on the aspect of the Goldilocks fairy tale. But the darkness, like those of Hansel & Gretel, almost combine in an almost body horror approach much like “The Thing” on acid or perhaps a more diametric vision in luridity of the style of “The Boy” from “Twilight Zone”. In the episode “The Goldilox Massacre” it is wolves, not bears with their sharp teeth and their chicanerous ways that seek to inflict harm on Goldilox. Goldliox roams through the hills as if lost in some world she knows no part of it (much like the original fairy tale). The metaphor of sorts here is the porridge and its representation as small little stick trolls are ground up for dinner. Whether it is the hyper active younger wolf or the gimp induced older brother, the almost Tom & Jerry extremeness to the nth degree of the animation takes it completely over the top. The creatures come apart and then back together again in gory fashion. When Goldilox shows up the progression of the beds, bathrooms, etc in the three levels of definition, how they act are undeniable but metaphorical in their meanings. Even the return home to Goldliox’s abode, which plays at the dynamics of a nuclear family against darkness, turns into a bloodbath. Yet in many ways no one is ever hurt. It is simply what is going on inside their head that manifests itself literally. This is many ways is perhaps the strangest perception of all.


By Tim Wassberg

IR TV Review: JJ VILLARD’S FAIRY TALES – EPISODE 1 (“Boypunzel”) [Adult Swim]

“JJ Villard’s Fairy Tales”, like many of Adult Swim’s late night offerings, has a degree of stream of consciousness and lurid obsessive trajectory while balanced with a bamboozled perception of the world. In this case it is fairy tales moved to the infinite degree of taste to find where the images can progress to on the realm of good taste per se. The first episode “Boypunzel” of course angles on the Rapunzel myth but with an Exorcist vibe. The beginnings are based in a Misery/Exorcist connotation but then thrown into a Children Of The Corn motif. The calming of the demon is through simple vegetables which a paranormal twist which helps with the creation of a child with the sadly unfocused parents. But said raspions are only in exchange for a first born (the child) who becomes Boypunzel. The child is then locked in a tower until a young disabled girl shows up to show him the light. The light is not all it is cracked up to be and is just a parallax on perception. The images can be lurid, especially the essence of blackheads, which don’t bear repeating here. Even “The Naked Gun” style carousing through parks and cemeteries with Boypunzel and his girlfriend has that ode as does obvious “Shining” score cues that really don’t come to bear.


By Tim Wassberg