Predictably, "Regular Show" Remains Unpredictably a Good Way Review

Cartoon Network has had a new renaissance as of late thanks in large part to its wildly popular shows Adventure Time and Regular Show. And while the former easily gets more attention, it’s the latter that’s far more fascinating from a demographic perspective thanks to a tone, character dynamic, and episodic pattern (like the inevitable encounter with some supernatural force of absurd silliness) that makes it easy to question whether its intended audience really is children or their parents. The best answer, for any animated product, is always ‘both’. If an animated property can simultaneously engage kids and adults, then it’s achieving something that many of its peers aren’t even attempting. And Regular Show does that with each episode. J.G. Quintel’s series about a raccoon and a blue jay has long since transcended its roots as an ambitiously creative show for kids and has become something that both children and adults should try, even if only once, to experience its rather accurate depiction of modern day friendship spiced up with some comedy and weirdness.

The third season of Regular Show continues the program’s trend of loosely connected adventures working along a continuous narrative, with the relationship of co-lead character Mordecai and Margaret providing most of the link from one episode to the next. Outside of that, the consistent anchor is the very true to modern times friendship of Mordecai and Rigby, his raccoon comrade, which runs the gamut from diehard brotherhood to petty competitiveness to playful ribbing. It’s one of the most mature, realistic, and non-sugar-coated portrayals of friendship to be found in a cartoon, and the series plays their interactions perfectly as they face off against a zone of no rules, a time travel plot to score a flawless first kiss, a man-deer hybrid, their potential replacements, a computer virus, the rage of Muscle Man, a gigantic baby monster that Skips is pledged to destroy, a rap crew, a donut-induced time-bending sugar rush, and so much more.

While their otherworldly foe varies, the show consistently dives into some supernatural aspect in each 10-minute episode’s third act with almost no exceptions. It can make the episodes feel slightly repetitive, but there’s enough fun packed into each episode to make it all enjoyable. There’s also something to be said for the fact that the writers tend to pack quite a bit of story and action into the very short timeframe they have. The lack of commercial interruption really helps to keep each story rolling, and consequently you can burn through episodes incredibly fast without realizing it.

The third season maintains the standards set by the first two seasons, and for fans and non-fans alike, it’s worth picking up. This is a great show for kids, and, again, the adults in the room will likely find something charming in it as well.

My only gripe about the set is that it isn’t available on Blu-ray like seasons 1 & 2 were (albeit lumped together as one big megaset), and you can definitely notice a lack of vibrancy in the colors due to its being in standard definition on a high-definition screen. The colors are very subdued and it it’s enough to make you want to watch it on a smaller screen so you don’t notice the degradation nearly as much.

DVD Bonus Features

Two featurettes on J.G. Quintel and audio commentaries are the only extras. I’m kind of bummed we didn’t get a digital copy of the season like we did of the first two.

"Regular Show: The Complete Third Season" is on sale June 17, 2014 and is not rated. Adventure, Animation, Children & Family, Fantasy. Directed by John Infantino. Written by J.G. Quintel, Mike Roth, John Infantino. Starring JG Quintel, Mark Hamill, Sam Marin, William Salyers.

Lex Walker • Editor

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