Frisky Dingo

Season 1 Episode 1

Meet Killface

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Aired Monday 12:30 AM Oct 16, 2006 on Adult Swim
9.1
out of 10
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35 votes
5

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The maniacal supervillain Killface is eager to share his plans with the world concerning his Annihilatrix doomsday device which will drive their vile planet Earth straight into the Sun, but first he has to get his message out there - and for that he needs a PR team.moreless

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  • Killface introduces himself and his Annihilatrix... but how is he going to spread the news?

    10
    Killface, the diabolical genius has created his masterwork... the Annihilatrix, a rocket engine big enough to propel the Earth into the Sun... A fiendish plot to be sure... but how does a mad scientist of such an immense degree get the word out to humanity of its inevitable DOOM??? That's what he's trying to figure out... He hires (by hires i mean kidnaps) (two of which are voiced by Brendon Small of Metalocalypse and Home Movie Fame) three noted ad executives to "brainstorm" and come up with "synergistic cross promotional" campaigns that will shake humanity to its core...



    on a budget that is.moreless
  • The first episode of the Adult Swim show, Frisky Dingo, introduces the main villain, Killface, and his plan to destroy the world.

    7.9
    From the people behind Sealab 2021, one of my favorite shows, comes Frisky Dingo. Of course, I had high expectations and I was honestly disappointed with the first episode. The episode begins with a monologue by the prime villian, Killface, explaining his plans to destroy humanity. It turns out that he is working with marketing in order to get his message out, but they keep failing him. Finally, Valerie comes up with a postcard mailing campaign within the budget of Killface.



    Like I said, I was really looking forward to this show, because I felt Sealab was really taking off at the end of the series for them, despite the loss of one their main characters. This episode had it's moments, but the second episode had me laughing out loud. Killface is just getting primed here for the hilarious character he becomes. Again, though this episode wasn't great in my eyes, the ones after fully make up for it.moreless
  • The funniest show I have ever seen!

    9.8
    After the first five minutes, I was laughing hysterically and was hooked. This would have to be, by far, the funniest thing I have ever seen.

    I was surprised to find that the villian who so desperately wants to destroy Earth by sending it crashing into the sun is so likable. Well spoken, love the accent dahling, and a hands-on Dad, Killface has become my hero. Who else could get away with naming his weapon of mass detsruction the \'Annihilatrix?

    Simon is also a favourite. Killfaces\' mumbling adolecent son has the most wonderful way of ending an arguement - slowly sliding a bowl of cereal to the edge of the bench and letting it smash to the floor. I\'ll have to try that next time my husband wants the last word!

    Overall, a smashing way to start the series that already has me begging for more.moreless
  • Ok, that's a joke. This is the first episode so they didn't do this one already.

    10
    Meet Killface. (Hello Killface!)



    Killface is funny.



    Killface is a big chalk-white naked demon with no genitalia and a British accent (for apparently no other reason except that British accents are cool.)



    Killface is a supervillain trying to raise enough money to complete the Annihilatrix, a machine that will destroy the world.



    Cue him hiring a publicity team, and by hiring I mean forcing on penalty of death two poor twerps from a PR firm to do his bidding. Right away the tone for the series is set when one of the marketing gurus, who appears to be a main character and given a lot of focus during the episode, is killed by Killface. I told you he was hilarious.



    Another brilliant thing about Frisky Dingo is that the entire first episode is spent introducing the main villain. We don't meet the hero of the series (and I use the term "hero" lightly), Awesome X, until the second episode.



    Honestly, the whole series could just focus on Killface and I would be happy. He steals the show. He's like what Zorak was to Space Ghost.



    Adult Swim has another winner in Frisky Dingo, sure to become one of their cult classics, if the fans will only give it a chance.moreless
  • Very promising.

    9.0
    Alas - an alternative and witty animation comedy, that apparently seems to have been picked up.



    So far I have watched the first two episodes - and, right up until the last minute of episode two, you would not have thought this was a series. However, the link into making it a series shows very promising writing.



    The show is written by Matt Thompson and Alan Reed, who also wrote the series Sealab 2021 and 12 oz. Mouse. Those who have seen these two shows, will know that Frisky Dingo is likely to be a winner.



    My only concern is that because this seems to have been banished to the early hours of the morning (Adult Swim), the viewing audience may unfortunately not be as large as it should be - similar to that of early Robot Chicken.



    I also don't think that it will be a huge hit with the critics - because it isn't slap in the face "stupid" funny. It is very subtle, in places very dark - but very, very funny - and should be watched by all.



    It is nice to see that new, funny animated shows are out there, especially with the new episodes of The Simpsons, Family Guy and American Dad perhaps not living up to previous years.



    Sadly - I don't think it will make onto the TV over here in England (maybe 1am on Bravo further down the line), so my American friends will just have to keep recording it for me!



    Overall - 9/10 for the first two shows.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Killface's Ring tone

      When Killface's cell phone rings during his ventriloquist act with Trent's torso, the ring tone is Dixie, a popular American song that was made famous during the 19th century.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Killface: (imitating a ventriloquist act with Trent's severed torso) So uh.. heard you went to the doctor and uh... he had a bit of bad news for you, is that right?
      Killface: (speaking as Trent) Yeah! Turns out I have termites.

    • Killface: There's your twenty billion, Brent! Drink it in! The fusion chamber alone cost nine billion. The thrusters another four! You think there's just heaps of money left over for - WHAT DID YOU CALL IT?
      Brent: Uh (clears throat) Media Buy.
      Killface: MEDIA BUY!?!
      Valerie: Please don't kill us!
      Killface: Please don't make it so appealing!

    • Killface: ...and here I am reduced to postcards, the dry hump of marketing strategies.

    • Brent: (to Killface) Ya f**kin' kidnap us, right, you drag us up here, ya sh** on every strategy we come up with - and by the way, that web promotion was tiiiiiight, but the bottom line is, you don't have the f**king budget to run with the big dogs! Now, do you! (begins making barking noises).
      Killface: (scoffs) Are you finished?

    • (the intro to the show, Sealab 2021 begins, only to dissolve into static and a large closeup of Killface)
      Killface: Greetings, America. I.. am... Killface. Don't bother flicking your infernal remotes, I've taken over your airwaves. Now, I trust you're all comfy on your tacky sofas from 'rooms to go', lots of nibbles close at hand. Well, tuck in and why not smoke between gobbles. Yes, go for the gusto, America. Live like there's no tomorrow because as far as you squalored lot are concerned there very much isn't. Behold, the instrument of your doom...(scene cuts away to show a massive, ominous looking device and then cuts back) I call it.. the Annihilatrix! and when it is completed, a million gigatons of thrust will propel the Earth directly into the Sun... so look upon my work ye mighty and despair...

  • NOTES (10)

    • Upon later airings of this episode, during the scenes where Taqu'ils' song (as performed by Killer Mike) is playing in the background, the refrain chorus of "All that j!zz. You know how it is..." has now been edited to say "all that T&A".

    • First appearance of Sinn, Killface's sexy female minion with a robotic arm.

    • Killface's reluctant assistant Valerie, referred to as Val, who mostly communicates with shrieks and groans and whom Killface forces to wear a Geisha outfit, had her character design based upon Adult Swim Programming Director Kim Manning.

    • Brendon Small, creator of Home Movies and co-creator of Metalocalypse, has an appearance in this episode as USC Film School alumni twins Trent and Brent. This will not be a recurring role since they both are blasted in half by Killface.

    • Killface has a son named Simon. He is a blonde-haired child version of Killface who is slow, emotionally disturbed, listens to gangsta-rap, and mumbles everything he says.

    • In a memo to Adult Swim (which was flashed briefly as a title card before the episode began), in response to what viewers should be told about the show, one of the things mentioned was that creators Matt and Adam were surprised and disheartened to learn that the Adult Swim show Metalocalypse has a character named Murderface because their main character is named Killface. They wanted to make it clear that they did not steal the name idea.

    • The song "All That J!zz" by Simon's favorite rapper, Taqu'il heard at the end of this episode is performed by actual Dirty South rap artist Killer Mike, signed to Columbia Records through hip hop duo OutKast's Purple Ribbon Records label. The song can be downloaded at Adult Swim's website.

    • Some of Killface's staff members were intentionally designed to resemble actual Williams Street employees.

    • This episode aired with a TV-MA rating.

    • The show's original name was to be "Whiskey Tango", but a band already existed by that name, so the show was renamed to "Whiskey Tango Six" (after a proposed space team actually called Whiskey Tango Six within the show who would battle Killface). However, the new name was not legally distinct and would have merchandising problems, so the creators joked amongst themselves about how Killface would taunt the Whiskey Tango crew by calling them "Frisky Dingo". Cartoon Network considered this an amusing workaround to avoid potential legal issues and the name stuck.

  • ALLUSIONS (5)

    • Killface: It's not too Leno-y?

      Jay Leno, at the time of the episode, was host of The Tonight Show. Killface's comment refers to Leno's background of a New York City skyline. Also, Trent mentions other Leno staples, including Kevin Eubanks, Leno's band leader since 1995.

    • Napoleon Bonaparte

      The painting of Killface and Simon in the house is an homage to Napoleon Bonaparte, former ruler of France. The painting is based on the work In His Study, by Jacques-Louis David.

    • Vlasic Pickles

      Killface: You know who I like is that Pickle stork...that they had...from the pickles...

      When Killface does his rant on storks, he makes a reference to the stork logo of Vlasic Pickles, which was introduced in the early 1970's.

    • Family Guy

      Killface: ...now what the deuce is up with those couplings?

      "What the deuce" is an expression popularized by its usage by Stewie Griffin on the hit animated sitcom Family Guy. As well as still airing on its original network of Fox, the program also is shown on TBS and Cartoon Network's Adult Swim.

    • Cap'n Crunch

      Killface chastises his son, Simon for eating Cap'n Crump cereal. This is an obvious parody of the actual breakfast cereal Cap'n Crunch. The image of the mascot of the Cap'n on the box has been replaced by Simon's favorite rapper Taqu'il.

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