|House of Bloo's The Movie|
|Episode name pun on: Restaurant/nightclub chain|
The House of Blues
|Airdate:||August 13, 2004|
"House of Bloo's" is the pilot of the award-winning animated series Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends. It is a 66-minute TV movie that aired on Cartoon Network on August 13, 2004.
SPOILER: Plot details follow.
Eight-year-old boy, Mac and his imaginary friend Blooregard Q. Kazoo (or "Bloo" for short) often get into fights with his 13-year-old brother Terrence. When Mac's mother tires of this behavior, she tells him that he has outgrown his age to have an imaginary friend and must get rid of him. Crushed by overhearing their argument, except for Terrence, who is rather pleased, Bloo later comes across a TV commercial for "Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends"--"where good ideas are not forgotten," according to the motto.
The next day, Mac and Bloo stop in at the sprawling mansion and are met by Mr. Herriman, the strict business manager. After Bloo explains the situation in comically exaggerated detail, they are given a tour of the house. Frankie, the caregiver, is about to show Mac and Bloo around; however, she is soon called away by the ill-tempered, high-maintenance resident Duchess. Basketball-loving Wilt takes over the tour and introduces Mac and Bloo to the wide variety of imaginary friends that live in the house. Along the way, they meet Coco, who lays plastic eggs when she gets excited and only says "Coco" when she speaks, and the fearsome-looking but soft-hearted Eduardo. Mac and Bloo both think Foster's will be a good place for Bloo to live. However, Frankie tells them that if he stays there, he will be eligible for adoption whenever Mac is not around. Mac promises to stop by after school and departs, taking Coco's eggs with him and leaving Bloo alone with his new housemates and showing him that he will be sleeping in their bedroom, when Wilt sees Bloo about sleep on the floor, he lets Bloo take his bunk and he sleeps on the floor and they all fall asleep for the night.
The next day, a wealthy rich couple stops by Foster's to find a friend for their spoiled daughter. They only want the best for her, and Frankie sees a perfect chance to get Duchess out of the house for good. The married couple agrees. Just as Mr. Herriman is getting ready to do the paperwork for the adoption, though, their daughter catches sight of Bloo and starts chasing him. Eduardo, Wilt and Coco race all over the house to keep Bloo out of reach, but the married couple's daughter finally snatches him up and shows him to her mother and father. They agree, but only Mac's last-minute arrival saves him. The millionaires leave empty-handed, while Duchess becomes even angrier at not being able to leave Foster's (which she refers to as a dump) due to Bloo's interference. Frankie is amazed that Mac refuses to abandon Bloo. But Mr. Herriman assumes that Mac will do so in time, only to have Frankie remind him that his creator never abandoned him either
Terrence, meanwhile, has been watching from behind the bushes across the street and realizes that Mac has not gotten rid of Bloo. He and Duchess join forces to do away with their common enemy. As Mac is on his way to Foster's the next day, Terrence stops him from reaching Foster's, carries him back home and locks him in the bedroom closet. Terrence then pays a visit of his own, dressed to make a good impression. Duchess creates a diversion by provoking one of the Extremeasauruses (dangerous monster friends created by teenagers), leaving Bloo alone with Terrence.
Mac finds Coco's eggs in the closet and gets from them the tools needed to make his escape. He is too late to stop the adoption from going through and Frankie, Eduardo, Wilt and Coco calls him out for it, but despite his insistence that he never abandon Bloo and knowledge about the consequences of this action. Mac informs them about Terence's true appearance, but Mr. Herriman objects this claim, stating that he was good boy and that Mac must accept the consequence. Frankie reminds Mr. Herriman about the consequence during their conversation and knowing Mac's intelligence. Despite the appreciation, Mac interrupts and explains about Terrence locking him in the closet, impersonating as good boy to adopt Bloo, but he is working with someone that plans to kill Bloo. Learning from Mac's suspicions, Frankie and the others soon realize that Terrence and Duchess are working together after they found the Extremeasaurus' cell empty. That night, Terrence takes Bloo to a junkyard and meets Duchess, who plans to feed Bloo to an Extremeasaurus she freed earlier to extract her revenge for ruining her adoption with the millionaire family. The Extremeasaurus begins to chase Bloo around the junkyard while Terence and Duchess watches from the distance as the Extremeasaurus then corners him. Just as the Extremeasurus is about to eat Bloo, Mac and company arrived with the unicorns which makes Bloo dodge the Extremeasaurus. Terrence mocks Mac and the unicorn by calling them ladies. The unicorns angrily points their horns at Terrence and he ducks from their attack.
Mac and company confronts Terrence and Duchess while he saying "Bloo this", much to everyone's bewilderment. Naturally, the Extremeasurus quickly appears to bypass them (expect Mac who evasively avoid from it) and proceed to chase after them once more, as Terrence and Duchess that their plans work. Mac orders Wilt, Coco and Eduardo to help Bloo, but they're terrified to facing against the Extremeasurus. Mac gets an idea where he runs up to the Extremeasaurus to get capture and swung around. Bloo questions sarcastically about Mac's rescue attempt at first. However, Eduardo witnesses, charges towards the Extremeasaurus, ripping off the tentacle apart to save Mac. Suddenly, many of the Extremeasurus' tentacle parts turned out to be a bombs that approaches and corners Mac and Eduardo that explodes on impact. Terrence and Duchess are impressed by it. Eduardo lands on the pile of tires and Mac also lands on the pile of Coco's eggs that she was laying out, but they both are remain unharmed from the explosions. Miraculously, Mac formulates his plans by having Eduardo's strength to strip off all of the Extremeasurus' tentacles, Wilt's basketball techniques to throw all of the bombs and Coco layout many eggs to close-up all of the bombs before Mac irritatingly saying "do this" instead as Terrence still poke fun about it. Mac's plans turns to be successful as several of the Extremeasaurus' tentacles are stripped out and the bombs closed-up inside Coco's eggs. Duchess complains about Mac and the others are ruining her plans while Terrence is amazed about their actions, much to her annoyance. After Mac's plans completed, Eduardo, Wilt and Coco cheer happily at their success before Frankie and Mr. Herriman's arrival as they're impressed and compliment about Mac and his plans. Mac shouts at everyone and reminds them about the Extremeasaurus still chasing after Bloo again with no tentacles. Frankie demands Mac to solve this problem, which he looks around before notices Terrence and Duchess laughing evilly at Extremeasaurus chasing Bloo.
Thinking quickly, Mac spitballs at Terrence, who then chases him. Mac meets up with Bloo and advises him about the beginning of the event, before Terrence appears and chase them, anticipating the inevitable. Mac tells Bloo to split away, who obviously assumes that he's abandoning him, but Mac have him to make a their turns on separate path, tricking Terrence by turning the monster on the masters that proceed to chase him instead. Duchess loses her patience about awaiting of someone's scream until she heard Terrence's scream and finds the Extremeasaurus chasing him as he begs her to stop the Extremeasaurus after he hid behind her back for protection, where she does so. Before Duchess attempts to stop the Extremeasarurus, Mac and the others drops the vases on their heads (the same one from the beginning), knocking them both out before eaten by the monster, much to Bloo's shock. Mac is worried about explaining to his mother of Terrence's somewhat death, but Wilt settles Mac and shows him that the Extremeasarusus is revolted with Duchess and Terrence and spits both of them out of the monster's mouth right near the hands of Frankie and Mr. Herriman.
Once everyone is back at Foster's, Mr. Herriman apologizes to Mac for his misjudgment and wholeheartedly agrees about Terrence. Frankie informs Mac that she, Wilt, Eduardo and Coco have already decided to taken care of Terrence. It reveals that Frankie, Wilt, Eduardo and Coco lock Terrence in the unicorn stables as punishment for his duplicity, much to Terrence's shock and horror. Terrence is find himself at mercy being surrounded with the angry unicorns where one of them whom hold grudges at him that he had taunted them about the female comment during the junkyard fight before they point their horns at him. As for Duchess, Mr. Herriman gives her punishment is to be forced to stay at Foster's because she hates living there so much since he can't think some of the other ways are too torturous (while Mac and Bloo taunts her), much to her and Frankie's dismay. Mac and Bloo are then surprised by the arrival of Madame Foster herself. She announces that Bloo can live there permanently and never be put up for adoption, as long as Mac visits him every day, much to his and Bloo's delight.
Spoilers end here.
- There are several references to Craig McCracken's earlier hit, The Powerpuff Girls, in this movie.
- Frankie has pictures of the girls on her shirt.
- Mojo Jojo appears as an "unimaginative friend;" the kid who created him just copied what he or she saw on TV.
- In the credits for part one, Bloo is changing the channel and starts watching the show.
- In the credits for part two, Mojo Jojo appeared during the run scene, replacing Jackie Khones.
- Mac has an Eduardo stuffed animal on the dresser in his room.
- A Game Boy Advance can be seen in Mac's room when Bloo is switching the channels on TV in Mac's bed.
- In the original airing of the episode on August 13, 2004, it originally included a season one preview clip.
- When the Extremeasaur loses its arms and starts chasing Bloo through a maze, it looks something like Pac-Man (The credits for part three also contain this scene).
- When this episode appeared on digital cable via on-demand services, the PlayStation Network, the Season 1 DVD set, the Cartoon Network video website, and Hulu Plus, it was divided into three parts.
- Goof: During the junkyard chase, as Mac tricks Terrence, he tells Bloo to go left and Mac says he'll go right, but they do the opposite.
- The Extremeasaur's head looks similar to the Pokémon, Trapinch. It also resembles the Chain Chomp from the Super Mario series.
- This episode (as well as the series) premiered on the exact same date Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie premiered in theatres in the United States.
- The opening of this show might have been a reference to the opening of Fantasia 2000.
- There are 2 games playable on CartoonNetwork.com that are based on this movie, which are "A Friend in Need", and "Teamwork"
- In one instance, Bloo says that Wilt should play basketball because of his height. During the chase when Eduardo, Wilt and Coco are trying to keep Bloo out of reach from the little girl, during a chase scene, probably to Bloo's dismay, Wilt turns Bloo into a ball and then handles/dribbles him down the hallways like a basketball ironically after Bloo mentions that Wilt should play basketball probably never expecting that he'd be used as the ball.
- Mac and Bloo are the first two characters to speak in this movie, making them the first two characters to speak in the whole series. They are also the first characters to appear and begin the show.
- The unicorns at the near end of part 3 look like the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic ponies, but as unicorns.
- A clip on Vimeo shows some prototype shots and deleted shots from the pilot, and also has a line from Sloppy Moe that was cut, but was still credited in the final cut as “funky”.
APM Music Identification
- "House of Bloo's" The Movie
- Terrence Chase Scene Composed By James L Venabe - Terrence chases Mac and Bloo
- Cops Gets Eaten - BLOO YELLS THEN MONSTER YELLS