Picks and Pans Review: The Mighty Monstromurk Menace
The second installment of the Rainbow Brite videos pits that walking paint store, R.B., against her archenemy, Murky Dismal. Murky, whose goal is to turn the universe into a black-and-white production, has a more refined wit than the standard cartoon villain. When the genie-like behemoth Monstromurk escapes from the bottle where he has been imprisoned for 700 years, he growls that Murky will pay for that incarceration. "Can't you take a joke?" asks Murky. Rainbow Brite is efficient and unpreachy, and the human boy, Brian, who helps her and her friends fight Murky, is a pleasantly flawed sort. While the pace is lively, there is nothing close to real violence. And yes, thank badness, Murky survives to scowl another day. (Children's Video Library, $29.95)
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