WarningMight contain spoilers.

It would be fair to say this is a well-made, feature-length episode of the show, and that’s perfectly fine by me. It exercises restraint by focusing on only a few characters out of the many possibilities, and compensates by capitalizing on the increased budget to incorporate a good deal of gratuitous movement into the opening and the carnies’ song and dance routine. (It’s too bad Bill Hader couldn’t come back to voice Mickey.)

Tina finally kisses Jimmy Jr. after 12 seasons! That’s a major development. I wonder how it’ll affect the show going forward. I’m extremely uncomfortable with the underwear antics, though. It would be completely unacceptable if the film featured a 12-year-old boy fantasizing about a 12-year-old girl in her underwear. Swapping the genders doesn’t make it better.

My favourite bits are the kids’ bad dreams, particularly Louise’s conversation with the Kuchi Kopis as well as Gene’s conversation with the killer (but not in a murderous way) robot. Mr. Fischoeder remains a delight in any format.

It’s convenient that, by having Louise remove her ears off-camera, the show can have its cake and eat it too.