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Review: Nickelodeon’s “The Loud House” Halloween Special

Nickelodeon's 'The Loud House' Halloween Special 'Tricked!' aired last Friday. PHOTO/ "Tricked" - YouTube
Nickelodeon’s ‘The Loud House’ Halloween Special ‘Tricked!’ aired last Friday. PHOTO/ “Tricked” – YouTube

By Marcelo R. Bottaro

Published: October 18th, 2017

Nickelodeon’s “The Loud House” continues to, once again, show that it is a clever, funny, beautifully animated, and heartwarming cartoon with its brand new Halloween special, “Tricked!” that premiered Friday night.

“The Loud House” is an animated series that centers on Lincoln Loud, who is the middle child and the only brother of ten sisters. The show itself is based on the childhood of animator and cartoonist Chris Savino, who grew up in a large family. His animation style is largely influenced by newspaper comic strips such as “The Peanuts” created by Charles Schulz, and “Calvin and Hobbs” created by Bill Watters. Savino is also an accomplished animator, writer, producer and director working on various cartoons on Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network and Disney.

The Halloween Special “Tricked!” originally titled “Tricky or Treachery,” serves as the series’ third full length episode, after “11 Louds a Leapin’,” and “The Loudest Mission: Relative Chaos.”

In this Halloween special, Lincoln and his friend Clyde McBride have plans to score the fancy neighborhood to gain full-sized candy bars, while also trying to avoid it from the two bullies Hawk and Hank (who appeared in “The Loudest Yard”). Meanwhile, Lucy Loud (the Goth sister) puts on a haunted maze, and the other younger siblings (Lola, Lana, Lisa and Lily) plan to gain maximum candy.

While Lincoln and Clyde try to gain the most candy from the richest neighborhood in all of Royal Woods, Hank and Hawk ruin Lucy’s whole maze, in which Lincoln and Clyde try to scare them to teach them a lesson, resulting in the bullies giving them their candy.

Much to the episode having references to the style and jokes of “The Peanuts,” they do include the famous Peanuts Halloween Special, “The Great Pumpkin,” while also referencing other popular films and television shows, such as “The Princess and the Frog,” Tim Burton’s “Corpse Bride,” and, of course, the classic horror films “Frankenstein,” “Scream,” and “Mystery Skulls Animated” series.

“The Loud House” has received massive praise, positive reviews and attention, specifically for its animation, voice acting, characterization, and the heartwarming themes of each episode. The series has also received widespread attention for its introduction of Howard and Harold McBride, Clyde’s fathers, two supporting characters who are a same-sex married couple. They are also the first married same-sex couple to be featured in a Nickelodeon cartoon. “The Loud House” also shows Luna Loud to be bisexual in “L is for Love.”

One of the things that keeps you coming back for more with these holiday specials is whenever Luna Loud sings a song. Her songs “That’s What Christmas is All About,” and “Lincoln Loud Best Dang Brother Anywhere Around” are real toe-tappers to the show. Yet, the latest song “You Got Tricked!” will definitely get you into the spirit of Halloween, as we see montages from every Halloween theme and horror film ever made. 

Overall, this new special of “The Loud House Tricked!” is one of the best episodes from “The Loud House” ever made for Halloween, especially seeing how “The Loud House” is one of the best animated kid shows on Nickelodeon to date.

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