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Good Stuff: Familiar Faces

I’m on the internet a lot. More often than I should be, to be quite honest. And out of all the sites I frequent, the one I probably visit the most often, aside from Deviantart and Facebook and the like, is That Guy with the Glasses.

It’s hard to go wrong with the site, considering it has some of the most talented reviewers on the web. Of course I like the Nostalgia Critic and Spoony, and I have to say that Linkara‘s reviews are brilliant for having the perfect balance of being funny as well as insightful (after all, he was so cool I did an interview with him a while back). However, after Linkara and Spoony, I have a favorite reviewer that really doesn’t get as much attention as he deserves. That reviewer is Chad Rocco, better known as CR, the host of Familiar Faces.

Familiar Faces is a show where CR takes a look at minor characters from different television shows, animation, and other mediums (animation being the most prominent) and analyzes what made them unique. This might seem weird at first, and I will admit he might not be quite as hilarious as some of the other TGWTG reviewers, but his character analysis is well-reasoned, intelligent, and very entertaining to listen to. Every time I watch his show I’m reminded of another show, or just a character from a show, that I’ve forgotten entirely.

My favorite episodes thus far are his 12 Forgotten Christmas Specials episode, where he talks about 12 christmas specials that people either haven’t seen or don’t think about much (I remember seeing several of the specials on the list, but had almost forgotten them much until he mentioned them and brought back some nostalgic memories), and the episode where he looks at Baby Doll from the Batman Animated Series. Not only is the character fascinating to look at, but the episode was a crossover with the Nostalgia Critic. It was very well done and very funny. And I just have to say, as someone who prides himself on remembering obscure cartoons and tv shows, I have to give the man props, he knows his stuff. I mean, I swear I thought I was the only person who remembered Duckman, but he had a whole episode about two characters from that show too. And really, when your show is about minor characters from obscure mediums, when you remember something sadly underrated like Duckman, you’re in pretty good shape. (Now if only he would do an episode about somebody from Hey Arnold…)

Honestly, I’m not sure why his show isn’t as popular as some of the others on TGWTG. It has a very interesting premise and it delves into some cool, obscure material. Not only that, but the man is also a very good artist, so almost all of his title cards look really cool. You can see all his title cards, as well as his other art, on his deviantart page.

If you’ve never seen his videos, I urge you to check them out, especially if you’re a fan of animation since a good percentage of his episodes are about animated characters. His videos are great and I think it’s kind of sad they haven’t yet got as much attention as some other shows on the site. Check them out. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

  1. Alastor
    April 17, 2011 at 1:20 pm

    great show gotta say, chad it seems like a nice reviewer and very loyal to his fans and gotta say i hope he continues the great job

  2. JTDrift
    April 17, 2011 at 8:54 pm

    Yep CR is a great Addition to the roster. I loved the Baby Doll episode and my personal fave is Lil’ Orphan Orange, The very first of his vids I ever saw. Another personal favorite episode isn’t really one that he truly created but still filled me with nostailgia joy…. The one where he just let all the old Cartoon Network Groovies play back to back. In fact. I’ll just go back and watch that episode right now! your new fan.

  1. April 18, 2011 at 7:03 pm

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