Billy & Mandy's Big Boogey Adventure



7 p.m. Friday, March 30
Cartoon Network

There are a couple of ways to look at Cartoon Network's first two-hour original movie. On the one hand, "Billy & Mandy's Big Boogey Adventure," with its fast pace, colorful villain, offbeat heroes, occasional sly humor and plentiful cartoon combat, is a fair representation of what one might expect from a longform version of a Cartoon Network series.

At the same time, though, there isn't much evidence here that supersizing the show raises it to a level it couldn't or didn't attain in its regular half-hour format. In other words, this creation of Maxwell Atoms has more of everything, but it isn't qualitatively superior to the shorter version. It does, however, open a new marketing door. The cartoon movie will debut on DVD from Warner Home Video and Cartoon Network on Tuesday, just four days after the telecast.

The film features sharp-tongued Mandy and happy-but-slow-witted Billy, along with the Grim Reaper (won by the kids in a limbo contest), in a race with the villainous Boogey Man to capture the Hand of Horror. The emphasis is on action and humor, but every now and again a pro-social message pops up. The occasional comment, be it about friendship or love, doesn't intrude on the wacky story but might assuage parental concerns about letting kids watch two hours of cartoon mayhem and merriment.