Written by Adrienne Ambush
If you were to take the movie Kill Bill, mix it with the Karate Kid, and then put it into animation form, the end result would be Chop Socky Chooks.
Featuring 13 of the most wackiest adventures and martial arts mayhem that one has ever seen, volume one of Chop Socky Chooks shows three chickens Chick P, KO Joe and Chuckie Chan “battling virtual villains, karaoke crazies, rogue robots, prehistoric predators and even fast-food fiends” all in hopes to save Wasabi World from the powers that be.
While the outer box makes one who isn’t familiar with the former cartoon network show, wonder if this is a racist cartoon seeing as how the main characters appear to be an African American crime fighter with an afro (and a pick to accompany it), an Asian lady with a black mark on her forehead and a tiny Chinese man—who just happens to specialize in Karate, it is safe to say that this cartoon is anything but. Instead, it’s an action based cartoon that’s meant to make even the oldest of kids minds expand.
Listed below is the episode title list taken from the inside cover.
Episode 1: Game over Chooks! – The Chooks find themselves in a deadly virtual battle
Episode 2: Big Bad Bubba – Bubba becomes possessed by an ancient demon
Episode 3: Kobura Strikes – An enemy from Chuckie’s past returns for revenge
Episode 4: Now you coliseum, now you don’t – The Chooks find themselves in a gladiator-style showdown.
Episode 5: Double Trouble – Robot look-alikes of the Chooks go on a crime spree
Episode 6: If looks could kill – Chick P reunites with an old friend only to discover a family secret
Episode 7: Do you want thighs with that? – The new burger sauce has become addictive, so has the new liposuction clinic
Episode 8: In your dreams – Chuckie Chan becomes a prisoner of Wasabi’s Dream world
Episode 9: Speak now or forever hold your breath – Wedding bells ring for Wasabi much to the dismay of the Chooks
Episode 10: Snake in the class – The Chooks’ secret identities are revealed
Episode 11: His master’s choice – Wasabi’s new must-have toy is not all it’s cracked up to be
Episode 12: Chop Socky Whoops – The secret origin of the Chooks is revealed
Episode 13: The level that time forgot – The Chooks get stranded on a long-forgotten level of Wasabi World.
Chop Socky Chooks Volume 1 features English, Spanish and French subtitles
Shown in a 1.78:1 widescreen video aspect ratio, this 286 minute AC-3 animated series has a clay animation film aspect to it, mixed with Japanese animation. Most of the lines in the show are curvy and round, but the transfer to DVD comes off beautifully. There are no deep darks and no bright spots to be seen.
This disc uses the standard Dolby Digital 5.1 track which is pretty common. Not a lot of music is played in the background, so your speakers will not get a workout while watching this disc, but it has a clean sound to it, so that’s an enjoyment in itself.
This disc does not contain any special features.
At first I really could not get into the series because I was never a fan of anime or Japanese animation, but after a while I left that thought behind me and just concentrated on the storylines and set up of each episode. If you’re into action cartoons, this is a nice choice for you, and if you’re tired of watching Sponge-Bob or any other Nickelodeon show, it’s a nice buy for the kids at home, as well.