Cartoons on DVD: C.O.P.S.

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Cartoons on DVD: C.O.P.S.

C.O.P.S. is a cartoon I’d never heard about until a couple years ago. Maybe I watched it as a kid and totally forgot, but I’d hope I’d remember a show as cool as this. Featuring the often-bizarre character designs of Peter Chung (of Aeon Flux), C.O.P.S. is an animated series about a team of police officers, many of which have special equipment of some kind; Bowser has a robot dog named Blitz, “Bulletproof” Vess is a cyborg, and Longarm has an extendable handcuff which shoots off from a wrist-mounted device. The villains are where you’ll see the Chung influences, with truly hideous baddies like Ms. Demeanor and Rock Krusher.

The show is your standard late ’80s fare with some cool action, moral lessons, and bad jokes. It’s the characters that really make it stand out, from the smooth and always-excited baritone of Bulletproof to the unrestrained idiocy of Berserko and his own voice which sounds like Bobcat Goldthwait after getting a knee to the crotch. The big boss of the crime syndicate, who goes by, well, Big Boss, struggles to deal with his bumbling criminals (and also channels Edward G. Robinson in his voice acting, y’see? Myah.)

2/3 of the series is out on DVD, and you can pick up the first two volumes for yourself (22 episodes on volume 1, 21 on volume 2). I imagine the release of volume 3 will depend on sales of the first two, so if you enjoyed this show as a kid or simply want to check it out because you can, indulge in the first and/or second volume of this awesome animated series.

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