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I have tried to like Full English, I really have. I love animated comedy - The Simpsons and South Park are two of my all-time favourite TV shows - and appreciate all the time, effort and expertise that goes into making them. But three episodes into Full English's run and I think I've seen enough.
There appears to be an unwritten rule when it comes to animation in the UK that unless it's by Aardman, it'll be rubbish. Full English seems to obey this rule, which may explain why Channel 4 is airing it at 22.50.
If you swallowed the hype, Channel 4 has finally created an animated sitcom about a British family that would rival its American counterparts. Sadly, after sitting through the opening episode of said sitcom I must say it's rather apt that they've called it Full English. Because Family Guy and American Dad would have it for breakfast.
It just seemed a bit of a damp squib, if I'm perfectly honest.
UK TV Reviewer, 16th November 2012
Full English featured a host of largely unoriginal characters that were lifted straight from American adult humour cartoons.
Written by Sarah Deen. Metro, 13th November 2012
Fundamentally, Full English is a poor imitation of Monkey Dust for an audience too young to stay up long enough to watch it, and too old to be conned into persevering with something this mediocre.
Written by Nick Arthur. On the Box, 12th November 2012
Full English (Channel 4), a new family-based animation, lacks the warmth of The Simpsons and the smartness of Family Guy. It's baser, more British, more about arses, and blow jobs, and shagging the Queen, wey hey. If you're puerile, a 13-year-old boy at heart, it may amuse you. I think it's hilarious. It's already series-linked.
This new animated sitcom looks like it's trying to be Britain's answer to American cartoons such as Family Guy. The Johnsons are the central family, made up of Edgar (voiced by IT Crowd star Richard Ayoade), Wendy and their three children. While the animations have charm, the show relies heavily on puerile humour, and lacks the incisiveness about modern life that makes the American shows so amusing. In tonight's episode Eve decides to enter her band, Bloodmonkey, for Britain's Got Talent.
From its chirpy Madness-style theme tune to a nicely judged opening Skins pastiche, this new animated sitcom centred around emo Eve and her family looks promising. However, as with so many full Englishes, looks can be deceiving and leave a rather bad taste. Here, bad taste is to the fore with jokes about anal sex, blowjobs and porking the Queen, and skits in which Simon Cowell says things like 'find me a ventriloquist with full-blown Aids or a stroke victim who does magic tricks'. It's a parallel universe in which Ant & Dec are gay, Welsh sheep have muddy handprints on their rears, and grandad has a hidden Nazi past. It's all a bit lame and puerile: if you're 14 you might like it, though nowhere near as much as Family Guy or The Simpsons. That Welsh sheep is pretty funny though.
Yolanda Zappaterra, Time Out, 12th November 2012
This new cartoon series is Britain's answer to ]Family Guy.But if it looks slickly American that's because, although it was created by brothers Jack and Harry Williams and Alex Scarfe - son of cartoonist Gerald Scarfe and Jane Asher - the animation was done in LA at the studio responsible for Futurama, and The Simpsons Movie.
From The Simpsons to Family Guy, America has got it nailed when it comes to satirical animations - so how does this home-grown British effort stack up? It's rough around the edges but it does have the requisite dysfunctional family at its filthy heart: Edgar and Wendy Johnson, their three children plus Wendy's dad, Ken. The humour is wilfully offensive, with Britain's Got Talent getting it in its chubby neck, and dad Edgar is voiced by The IT Crowd's Richard Ayoade.
Full English is an animated sitcom, a UK answer to the likes of Family Guy, and this first episode is a genuinely hilarious Britain's Got Talent spoof. ... Oh, and it's not for the easily offended, by the way - nor for anyone who has a problem with shamelessly puerile but seriously funny gags.
Comparisons to Family Guy will be inevitable with Full English, a new cartoon comedy series designed by Alex Scarfe (son of political cartoonist Gerald) and animated by Rough Draft, the California studio behind Seth MacFarlane's Emmy-winning hit. It even apes the signature cutaway gags. There's a decent voice cast, including Richard Ayoade and Kayvan Novak, but precious few laughs. The cultural references in this opener - the family's emo daughter Eve decides to enter Britain's Got Talent - are leaden, so if these are the big guns to draw people in, God help it.
New sitcom Full English takes on the US animation heavyweights.
Written by Gerard Gilbert. The Independent, 7th November 2012
The son of the renowned political caricaturist is part of the creative team behind a new Channel 4 cartoon series.
Written by Vanessa Thorpe. The Guardian, 27th October 2012
Channel 4 has commissioned a standalone, web game to launch and extend the upcoming animated comedy Full English.
Channel 4 Press, 18th October 2012