Mike, Lu & Og
Mike, Lu & Og is an American animated television series created by Mikhail Shindel, Mikhail Aldashin, and Charles Swenson for Cartoon Network and the 7th of the network's Cartoon Cartoons. The series follows a foreign exchange student from Manhattan named Mike, a self-appointed island princess named Lu, and a boy-genius named Og. The trio takes part in various adventures as Mike and the island's natives share their customs.
Mike applies as a foreign exchange student, and on a lark asks to be sent to a tropical island (which briefly sinks and "pop[s] up like a cork" every "few hundred years or so"). She finds herself dumped on a forgotten, scantily mapped island populated by descendants of a British shipwreck. This island is called Albonquetine, named after one of their founders, Wendell Joshua Albonquetine. It may be based on the real-life Pitcairn Islands. The castaways have "gone native" and try to behave like Polynesians, with varying degrees of success.
- Ugly animation, which is almost trying way too hard to imitate Klasky Csupo. It even makes the show feel like more of a Nickelodeon/Klasky Csupo show rather than an actual Cartoon Network show.
- Repetitive scenarios, which makes this show dull.
- Confusing concept, as it contradicts itself. Why does this show take place in the 1990s when it's supposed to take place in the 1950s? How did Mike get herself exchanged on Albonquetine?
- It has a lot of bland or unlikable characters that are sometimes ripped off from one of the first Nicktoons, Rugrats, especially the main characters. Mike (whilst likable) is just your stereotypical city girl who usually gets annoyed by her "best friend Lu, who is a spoiled brat that abuses and torments her pet turtle, Lancelot, and Og is just a typical native inventor.
- Speaking of which, Mike's "best friend", Lu, is such an infuriating, spoiled, abusive, bratty, and written character for almost the entire show.
- Repetitive theme song with nonsensical lyrics.
- The pacing is excruciatingly slow.
- Strange music.
- While the voice acting is good, Lu's voice is ear-piercingly annoying to listen to.
- It features unfunny animal abuse, most notably Lu treating Lancelot like dirt.
- Bad Finale: Sleeping Ugly, has Old Queeks knocking out Miss Hortense unconscious.
- Speaking of the finale, it was an awful way to end the show.
- A few decent episodes like Jujubombs.
- Good voice acting (Except Lu).
- Lu does get her comeuppance in 15 episodes out of 52.
- While the music is strange, it can be passable at times.
- Speaking of which, The theme song, while repetitive, is pretty catchy.
- Mike and Og are at least tolerable characters.
- While the animation is ugly, it does look appealing depending on your view.
- Despite trying too hard to imitate the style of a Klasky Csupo cartoon, the character designs do range from okay to decent.
- Mike deserves a bit of credit for being a tomboy protagonist.
- Some people might find the show average or mediocre at worst.
Episodes with their pages
- Widely regarded as the weakest Cartoon Network original series from the Betty Cohen era, it is often brought up as proof that the eponymous era wasn't flawless.