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Child genius and his secret laboratory...

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      14.06.2009 19:56
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      Perfect for adults and nothing bad in it for kids- a U rating for this would be accurate!

      ***What is it?***
      A cartoon for children and adults alike! Its all about a little boy called Dexter who loves science. He has a secret laboratory in his room (accessed via a moving bookcase) where he conducts experiments and builds things.

      Dexter's appearance is very amusing- he's a tiny midget with a mop of curly red hair and thick Clark Kent glasses. He's always wearing a lab coat which his mother refers to as his "play clothes".

      Dexter has an annoying older sister called DeeDee who pesters him all the time and ruins his experiments. DeeDee, unlike Dexter's parents, knows that he has a lab and is always getting in there. (This is implausible as Dexter is a genius and surely would be able to keep DeeDee out, but this is something Dexter fails to do and that annoys him.)

      Dexter's parents are both funny and very "normal". The dad is a glasses-wearing, newspaper reading nice family man. The mum is always in rubber gloves and is obsessed with cleaning. Both are very likeable characters.

      We follow Dexter as he has adventures, sometimes with his experiments going wrong (there was the Jekyll and Hyde one-which DeeDee drank...), and sometimes he has to battle his arch-enemy Mandark.

      Mandark is another glasses-wearing geek with a Dark Side. He and Dexter are fiercely competitive and Mandark is always trying to sabotage Dexter. Mandark loves DeeDee however, but she doesn't know he's alive.

      ***When's it on?***
      Cartoon Network show this at various times of the day. Sadly, it's not on as much as it used to be, with the likes of Ben 10 *scoffs* on instead. They always replace the classics with something far less gravy, don't they?

      ***My Opinion***
      I love this little guy! He's so cute and funny. One thing I never got though...why does he have a Russian accent when he's American with two American parents?? Maybe its the science thing...the best scientists once upon a time were Russian and with Dexter's love for robots and space that's the only (barely plausible) reason I could come up with!

      My favourite episode is the Omelette Du Fromage episode. Because I think it's genius I'm going to tell you the plot. (Based on memory from about 7 years ago!!)

      Dexter is so busy in his lab that he fails to study for his French test at school. He gets to the end of the day and realizes that he has run out of time. So he takes the only route he can think of- he puts a Learn French tape into a walkman and puts on the headphones before he goes to sleep. During the night the tape plays while Dexter sleeps. Unfortunately the tape gets stuck and plays the same thing over and over again...the words "omelette du fromage" (cheese omelette in case you don't know).

      In the morning Dexter gets up and goes to school. In the playground some girls approach him and when Dexter opens his mouth to speak the only thing that comes out of his mouth is "omelette du fromage". Dexter is shocked and struggles to say something else- something has gone wrong. He's lost all his vocab and can only say those three little words! Instead of this being a bad thing, the girls swoon at his French accent and Dexter suddenly has got loads of female attention! When bullies approach him to beat him up Dexter is nervous..."omelette du fromage!" he yelps- and suddenly the bullies turn away in fear- "hey man, its cool!".

      Dexter strolls into class feeling good about himself. But now it's time for the French test and the teacher has summed up the entire French curriculum in one question...poor Dexter, what's he going to do?? He can only say one thing! He turns over the exam paper which says "What is 'cheese omelette' in French?" Unbelievable! Of course, when Dexter writes his answer omelette du fromage, he gets an A!

      After this Dexter's life skyrockets as he records a hit single (called, you guessed it omellette du fromage), becomes a big celebrity and life is good. Dexter is in a brilliant mood- he's had the perfect day all thanks to his new- albeit limited- vocab! He goes to his room, moves the book to reveal his secret lab and is faced as usual with his computer asking him for the password (which at the start of the episode we see is "star wars"). "Omelette du fromage" he says confidently. "Access denied" says the computer. "Omelette du fromage!" he tries again, "access denied". The computer speaks again "laboratory will self-destruct in 5...4...3..." Dexter is getting desperate and begins to bang the doors in tears of desperation screaming "omelette du fromage!" . "...2...1" And the lab explodes. Hahahaha! Awful for poor Dex, I know but after having such a brilliant day the last thing you'd expect is that his lab would blow up! Classic.

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        03.08.2001 18:22
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        My little brother is always watching a load of rubbish. Apart from Dexter?s Laboratory. This has to be one of the best cartoons ever created. A genius with a Laboratory the size of New York hidden under his house and the only people that know about it are him, his sister Deedee and his archenemy Mandark. Not even his parents know about it, so unbelievable that it?s quite funny. ============================================= Dexter ============================================= Now Dexter is a small fat boy that always wears his lab clothes. He speaks with an almost German ascent and is the cleverest boy in his class. His parents have no idea about his secret lab and act as if he?s some normal 8-year-old kid. His enemy is another genius, Mandark, which moves to his town and is in Dexter?s class. He is brainier than Dexter and he also has a bigger lab than Dexter, but Mandark fancies Dexter?s sister. Now Dexter knows this and Dexter also knows that Deedee likes to destroy things, so Dexter sends Deedee to Mandarks. Mandark thinks he's in heaven until Deedee starts destroying his lab and he can't do anything to stop her. This demonstrates the size of Dexter?s brain to notice stuff like he did. Dexter also has an idol; this idol is Albert Einstein who he has a picture of on his wall and sometimes prays in front of. ============================================= Deedee ============================================= Dexter?s sister is Deedee, now Deedee is one of the few people that know about Dexter?s lab and she?s always going in there and destroying Dexter?s great work by pressing buttons that she doesn't know what will do. Poor Dexter. She also screams a lot and is always eating her pony puffs, playing with her toy ponies and dreaming about riding a pony. She also likes to try and dress Dexter up like a girl and put makeup on him. ============================================= Overall =================
        ============================ Dexter?s lab has to be one of the greatest and funniest cartoons ever created. The only bad thing about it is that they sometimes repeat them, however, I would still recommend this to anyone because it?s so great.

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          13.07.2001 07:23
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          I have been a massive fan of Dexter's Lab now for a few years. It is without a doubt the best cartoon on TV...aside maybe from The Simpsons...but even that is going downhill now. The show is about Dexter who is into science and making things in his lab, he is a child genius, but all his plans get ruined by his sister Deedee, who is the best character EVER! His mum and dad are just insane and add to the comedy value. Each episode is amazingly funny and amazingly surreal. The humour aswell as catering for kids is also very adult....well I'm 20 I need some excuse.... I cannot really explain it very much more, you need to see it to fully appreciate it, but if you like The Powerpuff girls (which is made by the same people), Cow and Chicken and Johnny Bravo you'll love this cartoon, it really is wicked.

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          12.04.2001 05:54

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          About a year ago, I was flicking through the channels on TV when I came across ‘Dexter’s Laboratory’ on Cartoon network. I was more or less attached straightaway. The cartoon is based on a young boy, Dexter, who has a secret lab behind a bookcase in his bedroom. His lab is a secret to everyone, apart from his older sister Deedee, that it. Dexter is a young scientist who is often working on experiments and coming up with new inventions. He has a cute voice, to which I was instantly drawn (you’ll see what I mean if you watch it). It seems to be Deedee’s aim to destroy Dexter’s inventions and cause chaos in his lab. Deedee is a very bouncy character, who seems to be so sweet and innocent. It’s things like this that make Dexter’s Lab worth watching – it really is rather funny. Primarily it is aimed at children, what with being on Cartoon Network, but I myself love to watch it. It has that certain edge, whereby children watch it and laugh at the chaos caused by Deedee, whereas the older kids (me, for example), watch it because Dexter is just so cute, and Deedee especially is funny. If your ever at a loose end, and come across Dexter’s Lab’, then I highly recommend you watch an episode. I give the cartoon, a personal 8/10.

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          05.03.2001 19:15
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          It has been a particularly grimy day's work in the lab for Dexter. He slips reluctantly into an uber-bubbling bath, until only his ginger mop and geek specs are visible. His eyebrows furrow. "If only there was a way to eliminate this troublesome bathing from my life!" Suddenly, his eye falls onto his laminated lab security card. (Quite why it is on the bathroom floor we will never know - obviously security is quite lax). Cut to laboratory. Dexter is standing in front of a device of his own invention - The Laminatrix. He steps into the pod, flicks a switch and presto! - he has become a fully-laminated child prodigy. An end to washing forever! Of course, by the end of the episode it transpires that it is best for children NOT to be laminated (that slippery surface makes it impossible for Dex to grip his test tubes) so hopefully, the kids won't go trying this at home. To go back a few steps: Dexter's Laboratory is a Cartoon Network toon, shown a couple of times a day. Dexter is a vertically-challenged science whizzkid whose bedroom opens out into an expansive secret lab. Here he invents various gadgets to make his life easier - an Anti-Dee-Dee Machine for example. Dee-Dee is his older sister, tall in height but short on brains. Her eyes have a permanently glazed expression and her world is full of cookies, ponies and new pink shoes; most episodes revolve around Dee-Dee's mindless ruination of her brother's plans. The only other characters in the show are their parents, who appear occasionally as background figures, blissfully unaware of their children's escapades as long as they eat all their peas. (Bizarre indeed that they fail to notice Dexter's lab, which much be a good kilometre square judging by the number of gizmos featured in each episode). There is also a triangular family dog who appears even less frequently, but is worth looking out for. Oh, and Mandark - Dexter's nemesis.
          He is just as smart, has a bigger lab (is this possible?), a head shaped like a hot air balloon and an amorous inclination towards Dee-Dee. The style of the cartoon is very modern and graphic - think Powerpuff Girls rather than Cow and Chicken. All the characters and objects have a thick black outline, colours are blocked rather than shaded, and it is a basically monochrome world with splashes of pink and purple. Proportion and perspective are also done away with altogether. Each 'episode' of Dexter is half an hour long, but within that there are three different adventures. Quite a lot have been made and it is still in production, so if you're a toon junkie you'll probably end up seeing repeats within a couple of weeks, simply because it is shown so often. This is not necessarily a bad thing though - like the Simpsons, it is just as good the second time round. Dexter is primarily made for kids and has no specifically adult references in it (although ‘Laminatrix’ might go over the heads of a few primary-schoolers), but it's very intelligently made and appeals to a wide audience. The humour comes largely from Dexter's precociousness - he has an extensive vocabulary, a mad professor voice and no social skills to speak of - and the comparative dimness of Dee-Dee ("Oooh Dexter, what's this button do?"). If you don't have access to cable, satellite or digital TV you have my deepest sympathy – it’s worth the money for Dexter alone. The web page is very limited sadly - www.cartoonnetwork.com/favorites/dexter - but gives a fair idea of what the programme is like, and there are other homegrown sites that represent it much better. I’m an avid watcher myself, and have already decided that when I grow up, I want to be Dee-Dee.

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