Eureka Review: Animation Celebration

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For the second year in a row, Eureka has gone above and beyond in creating a Christmas episode. Here, "Do You See What I See" had the additional enjoyment of being animated, earning its way on the list to be watched every year with my other favorite holiday animated tales.

But it wouldn't be Eureka if they didn’t take this kind of episode up a notch, so they went through several different types of animations, including the holiday classics such as cell drawn and claymation styles.

Disney Style Animation on Eureka

If you didn't catch them, check out our animated Eureka Gallery, which features nods to Scooby Doo, South Park, The Simpsons, Charlie Brown and some pretty cool Japanese Anime! If you have a favorite animation, you would have been hard pressed not to have found it during the episode. 

It might be Freudian in nature, but I’m betting on plain ol’ holiday fun when in their main animation (and claymation) forms Henry ended up have a pull string (Woody from Toy Story), Jo Lupo became “Jo White” (see image above), Carter gained a “Mounty” hat (Dudley Do-Right), and Allison just became adorably cute. 

I found it interesting that they decided to have the Android Deputy Andy in the episode, but both Zane and Grace were not mentions or shown. I know that for last year’s Christmas Episode they were not included because Jamie Paglia said they wanted it to feel like a timeless classic that could fit into any season. But after more than two seasons with Grace and three or more with Zane, leaving them out created more of a void than “timeless” feel, especially when you have the rest of the cast in their new roles from Season 4.

That’s not to say some other old friends weren’t back. Taggart returned (as a Polar Bear), offering up penguin snacks. And of course Dr. Drummond, who we suspected might have a little Christmas magic of his own last year, turned up with a dog sled team whose lead dog was name Rudy. I suspect that Rudy is really short for Rudolph, but I guess only Dr. Drummond knows for sure.

Even with the changing of animation styles and the random attacking Snow-Ninjas (Sninjas), I enjoyed how they worked a softer message in there with Jo. Taggart telling her that it's okay for her to be the Princess and not so tough all the time was touching and heart felt. And who didn't smile when everyone showed up at Jack and Allison's on Christmas morning to exchange gifts. Priceless...

Claymation Group Shot

Overall, it was a fun, light-hearted episode. I hope that Syfy will continue to run it each year like CBS runs How the Grinch Stole Christmas so that we can enjoy it for years to come. 

Have a happy holidays and see you in the summer for the beginning of Season 5! 

Review

Editor Rating: 4.5 / 5.0
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Meh. It was an "okay" episode. I wasn't thrilled with it. Espically whit the stop motion part. I know it's a holiday clasic, but it dragged on way to long. And the whole episode I was saying to my self "They HAVE to do an anime style bit" And that was very cool. But all in all I really didn't care for this episode

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Loved it! But I definitely missed Zane. It was weird to have Allison and Jack together but not have Zane at all. He has been a constant presence for a long time. Oh but I loved Jo's dress at the end! She always looks so pretty with her hair down, I wish they would portray her like that more often.

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I think the design of the bomb in the kickass anime scene was an homage to Wheatley from Portal 2. It's a sphere with a large blue circular light on one side, with handles to either side of the light.

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RealDiehl, well if bumbles bounce, I bet Sninjas do too! Also, I went back and watched and Maggie is correct both Jack and Allison are wearing wedding rings in the opening before the animation starts... makes me wonder.....

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I try never to watch previews if I can avoid them and I'm glad I did't see any for this episode of Eureka. I was totally and pleasantly surprised when the animated parts began. I agree with the review, this would make for a wonderful Holiday episode to be shown every year. I'm left wondering if Sninjas bounce.

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I did notice that they were wearing wedding rings! What was up with that?

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Parsons was great as Carl.

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Your right John, I should have mention Parson and Edward James Almos as Rudy... some great guest voices.

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How about Jim Parsons as Carl?? Amazing. Wish they would have been a tad better about continuity with Henry (I think I saw a couple of lines where he dosen't have to pull his string to talk), but nothing that jarred me right out of the episode.

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Did anyone else notice that Jack and Allison were wearing wedding rings? I enjoyed this very much.