Bill read; TV review photos:adultswimpr.com (password:byte) Like so much occupying the Adult Swim universe, "Fat Guy Gets Stuck in Internet" takes a great title and fertile premise and goes nowhere with it, unless you happen to be so baked that everything's funny. Derived from a web series, the show boasts more ambitious production values than much of what's created for the web, but content-wise, it's simply a collection of uninspired movie spoofs, beginning with the central "Tron"-like concept. Aside from stealing a potential title for my eventual autobiography, it's more thin gruel for Cartoon Network's latenight, young-guy constituency.

Like so much occupying the Adult Swim universe, “Fat Guy Gets Stuck in Internet” takes a great title and fertile premise and goes nowhere with it, unless you happen to be so baked that everything’s funny. Derived from a web series, the show boasts more ambitious production values than much of what’s created for the web, but content-wise, it’s simply a collection of uninspired movie spoofs, beginning with the central “Tron”-like concept. Aside from stealing a potential title for my eventual autobiography, it’s more thin gruel for Cartoon Network’s latenight, young-guy constituency.

The good news, from a critic’s standpoint, is that the name provides all one needs to know: Hot-shot programmer Gemberling (series co-creator John Gemberling) gets sucked into a computer, where he reluctantly teams with hero-worshipping Bit (Neil Casey) and Byte (Liz Cackowski) against an assortment of tech-support-worthy foes. Meanwhile, a hooded bad guy resembling the Emperor from “Star Wars” dispatches dimwitted Chains (fellow co-creator Curtis Gwinn) to kill Gemberling, providing a semi-serialized thread to the otherwise fairly self-contained adventures.

In the three installments previewed, the objects of spoofery include not just the ahead-of-its-time “Tron” but “The Shining” and various zombie movies. Other than some visual flair, alas, the gags are relentlessly stupid.

“Fat Guy” merits some attention because it’s one of the few web-originated concepts to migrate to the slightly-larger screen (“Quarterlife,” by contrast, began as an ABC pilot before hitting the Internet and then, however briefly, NBC), but its TV incarnation doesn’t mark much of a breakthrough for either medium.

Granted, the goals of such material are understandably modest, but this pales next to, say, “Robot Chicken’s” “Star Wars” send-up. By that measure, even applying the standards of young dudes hungry for broad humor, this is barely a snack, much less a meal.

Fat Guy Gets Stuck in Internet

Adult Swim, Sun. June 15, 12:15 a.m.

Production

Produced by Cowboy & John Prods. and Williams Street. Executive producers, John Gemberling, Curtis Gwinn, David Tochterman; director, Ryan McFaul; writers, Gemberling, Gwinn.

Crew

Line producer, Michael Eder. Running time: 15 MIN.

Cast

Ken Gemberling - John Gemberling Chains - Curtis Gwinn Byte - Liz Cackowski Bit - Neil Casey
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