The Critical 'I'

Read. React. Repeat.

Saturday, December 14, 2002

hey willie!
The show is long gone, but ALF himself is still zooming across the television airwaves, thanks to collect-calling commercials (quick aside: who the hell even makes collect calls?).

I wasn't a fan of the show when it originally aired, and even watching the odd rerun, it's apparent what a crapfest it was. The puppet is truly the only thing it had going for it.

But I tell ya, there's something about the way they manipulated ALF's movements and facial expressions; pure comedy. And the bullseye was his voice: the cadence and delivery of the lines was just the some of the funniest stuff I've ever heard, and never failed to get a chuckle out of me.

It still works, too: In his latest commercial appearance, when ALF delivers his opinion of Hulk Hogan's poetry with the line, "Me think-eth / That stink-eth!", well sir, I just find myself smiling.