Wicked! is an Australian animated television series produced by Energee Entertainment and based on the book series of the same title by Paul Jennings and Morris Gleitzman. It aired for 26 episodes and a movie between 2000 and 2001. The series was unable to continue for more episodes because its production company, Energee Entertainment, went bankrupt in 2002.
Two Australian teenagers and junior high students, named Rory and Dawn, are constantly locking horns, and are at odds with each other, and are forced into a blended family once each of their parents marries the other, following each of their first spouses' deaths. Rory receives a doll known as Wicked the Appleman, who has an apple core for a head, from his late, biological father. After a scientist has an experimental mishap, the doll comes to life and always wreaks havoc around their town, unbeknownst to everybody except the step-siblings. Rory and Dawn must put aside their differences and learn to work together to foil Wicked's nefarious deeds.
Why It Rocks
- The intro sets up the tone of an eerie atmosphere and provides a well-defined explanation about the show's titular villain, and how he came to be.
- Concerning the music, this is most notable in the intro, with the composition having just as much of an eerie mood.
- The somewhat rough art is befitting of the show's theme and the animation is well-done.
- The episodes' stories are innovative enough with their writings and each episode has a different theme pertaining to the problem Wicked causes and the step-siblings have to fix. Some of the episodes also combine the aforementioned with some sort of message.
- The episodes' title cards are creative and great to look at to go along with the depictions of the themes, especially the one for "Bad Weather", with its dark sky, storm clouds, thunder, and lightning flash effects.
- Great character development between Rory and Dawn, who gradually grow on each other, get closer, and improve on their relationship.
- Wicked is a well-worthy villain who is true to his namesake.
- Several of the other characters are fine too.
- The bratty bullies, Tori and Tiffany, usually get their comeuppance, which they deserve for being jerks to Dawn.
- The voice acting sounds well-done enough.
- Some hearty and poignant moments, such as the talk Rory and Dawn have with each other near the end of "Face To Face" and the pictures of Rory's late dad, and Dawn's late mom, in "Slobberers".