That's among the challenges facing the makers of Lil' Bush, an animated series that portrays George and his pals as children in the dubious tradition of The Flintstone Kids and A Pup Named Scooby-Doo and unfortunately, the second season's initial episode, which debuts tonight, only reinforces the notion that Bush-related humor has passed its sell-by date. Supporting characters in the episode include the Lil' Dems, but timely appearances by Clinton and Obama are undercut by a supporting cast peopled by the likes of John Kerry, who's about as relevant these days as Michael Dukakis. Likewise, Bush's sidekicks include the Iggy Pop-voiced Lil' Rummy, a miniaturized version of Donald Rumsfeld, who resigned as Secretary of Defense in late 2006, and Karl Rove, now ensconced as a blabby election analyst on Fox News. Rove's mouthpiece is Kevin Federline an idea that seems funnier than it proves to be in execution. But that's typical of a show fated to win approval ratings every bit as low as those currently being earned by its namesake.
Lil' Bush airs at 11:30 p.m. on Comedy Central.
Thu., March 13, 2008