Halloween’s almost here. And just in time to count down the days, Shout! Factory and Nickelodeon have released the penultimate season of Aaahh!!! Real Monsters. Krumm, Ickis, Oblina, The Grumble and all the other monsters at the Monster Academy are back for thirteen more episodes of scares and screams. In this second to last season, all the monsters learn about the Festival of the Festering Moon. And monster hunter Simon is back again, trying his best to capture proof that monsters really exist. Also in Season Three, Oblina has to face her overbearing mother and make her realize that scaring is her life, whether she likes it or not. These episodes and more make Season three another fun one for all the Nicktoons Nostalgics out there.
Season Three opens with the episode, “Festival of the Festering Moon.” In this episode, all the students at the monster academy are undergoing a new stage in their lives. They’re all quivering. The only one who knows why is The Gromble. He explains that the quivering is part of the annual shedding that all young monsters go through. He also explains that the last monster to shed leaves the academy, never to return. What he doesn’t explain at first is that the last to shed also is the first to grow up. So being the only one not quivering, Ickis is scared that he’ll be cast out of the academy. He goes to every length possible to kick start his shedding process. It isn’t until the Festival of the Festering Moon that he finally sheds. And when he finally does, the Gromble finally explains the why the last to shed leaves the academy. It turns out to actually be a good thing. So while Ickis isn’t the last to shed, he realizes he was making a big deal over nothing.
After they face the hurdle of a new stage in growing up, Ickis, Krumm, and Oblina also have to face an old foe in Simon The Monster Hunter. Simon (voiced by James Belushi) returns in “Simon’s Big Score.” When the trio gets into Simon’s apartment to scare him, Krumm eats some roaches off of a pizza in his kitchen. What none of the trio knows is that Simon had planted a fake cockroach on the pizza that is actually a microphone/homing device. So having taken the bait, Krumm inadvertently leads Simon to every one of the trio’s scares. Suddenly everyone at the monster academy is suspected of intentionally leading Simon to the monsters. That is until Krumm almost gets into a fight with Ickis. As he’s getting ready to fight, he’s holding his eyes in his mouth. Oblina hits Krumm on the back, trying to calm him down. That causes him to accidentally swallow his eyes (again). But thanks to her doing that, Krumm discovers the homing device. Having discovered it, Krumm and the others set up a trap for Simon. They lead him to a wrestling match and cause him to get involved in the match, in which he is soundly beaten by the wrestler.
Simon The Monster Hunter isn’t the only trouble that the monsters face in Season Three. In “Lifestyles of the Rich and Scary”, Oblina gets a letter from her mother asking her to come visit. Her mother’s secret intention is to get her to leave the scare school. At first, Krumm and Ickis think it’s a great idea for Oblina to visit her mother. So she obliges and visits her. Things go south real fast, as Oblina’s mother turns out to be anything but supportive of her. Things reach a head when Oblina’s mother basically forces her to stay there, rather than return to the monster academy. Luckily for her, the family’s butler steps in and along with Krumm and Ickis, they convince her that her mother is wrong. When they scare off two robbers from the pedicure shop above their home, Oblina comes to her senses and realizes scaring is her life. She stands up to her mother at this point. And with her father’s help, Oblina convinces her mother that she needs to return to the academy. Her mother agrees, and all ends happily.
Season Three of Aaahh!!! Real Monsters has so many laughs, scares, and screams. What’s mentioned here is just a tiny portion of that enjoyment. The double disc set will have any Nicktoons Nostalgic happy from beginning to end, both from the stories and the wonderfully hand drawn animation. In a time when real cartoons seem increasingly rare, this penultimate season to another classic Nicktoon is another welcome blast from the past. Add in the continued pack leading packaging for this double disc set, and audiences get another great release from both Shout! Factory and Nickelodeon. Aaahh!!! Real Monsters Season Three is available now on in stores and online. It can be orderd online at http://www.shoutfactorystore.com
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