But I want a Jungle Cruise comic! And an Enchanted Tiki Room comic is most definitely not a Jungle Cruise comic. So I open these pages not even knowing if this is a tropical vacation I want to take!
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Enchanted Tiki Room #1 brings us to the home of the Tiki gods and the famous Tiki Room! Readers meet a number of visitors to this far off land. Agnes is a barely known older actress who has a unhealthy love for her dog. The dog may not be returning that adoration! The Randy family can solve all problems with money. Poor Wally just wants to get over his bad breakup on this island vacation. And Chip the volunteer at the world famous Tiki Room, where the birds sing, just wants to be a star. It seems that the visitors to this island have a lot of problems, but then so do the citizens. Could there be relationship trouble among the famous singing macaws? What lessons will our visitors and readers learn on this vacation?
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Writer Jon Adams gives a plot that will seem familiar to many middle aged readers. Enchanted Tiki Room feels like a spiritual predecessor to Fantasy Island with temporary guests who all seem to need to learn lessons. So it is easy to understand for the older reader. And really if I had to complain it would be I am not sure how the younger reader will react. The plot is a formula I know. And there are plenty of "adult" world situations and even jokes. Honestly, I laughed a ton. I just worry that this is a story that is too adult. Though the Between Kid jumped to have me read it and seemed to stay with it. Artist Horacio Domingues' artwork fits well with the somewhat corny story presented.
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For the hardcore Disney fan there are Easter Eggs to keep you going. The boys of the Enchanted Tiki Room, a 50 year hit, are not the only Disney birds seen in the tale. And along with the birds, a key narrative role is given to a Tiki god. I am a big believer that many of the early Imagineers like Marc Davis would enjoy the current Pacific themed Disney properties, including Moana, and I feel like this story falls into their traditions.
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Enchanted Tiki Room #1 is not a Jungle Cruise story. Though it is really funny! I could easily see a Skipper point out the back side of water to any of the visitors to this far away island. I just wonder who the last mystery visitor is!