"Regular Show" Lives Up To Its Ambitious Title Review

There once was a student at CalArts who, it would seem, liked the louder, grating Nickelodeon shows of his ‘90s youth, favoring the hyperactive soundscape of the likes of Rocko’s Modern Life and Angry Beavers over more plot-driven, dare we say, “serious” fare for the age group like WB’s Batman and Superman cartoons. Applying to Cartoon Network’s Cartoonstitute, he won a production deal and launched Regular Show, now in its sixth season with some 180-episodes. And the show is…loud. For all the kids who stayed up late throwing Halo parties in their parents’ basements, watching Aqua Teen Hunger Force, this is another entry into the late-night, delirium cartoon, just smart enough to make adults think they’re not watching addle-minded idiocy, and definitely dumb enough to make teens think they’re not learning anything.

Mordecai the blue jay and Rigby the raccoon live together in their early-20s, doing what transitioning slackers their age do. Helped by some incredible voices, including Mark-Luke-Skywalker-and-also-the-awesome-Joker-voice-Hamill, each episode is commendably hand drawn and apparently takes quite a while to complete. The use of hand drawn animation is worth respecting, keeping artists employed in an age where anything creative that can be done by a computer pretty much is. That said, Disney was hand drawn and it masterfully executed emotional through lines and nuanced characters.

At the end of the day, different personalities seek out different forms of entertainment. Regular Show, while certainly not nearly its equal, is in the same camp as The Simpsons, and certainly Beavis and Butthead. Both had their diehard fans and contributed to a varied artistic landscape. But, for every kid who loved Aqua Teen Hungry Force at those basement Xbox parties, there were three who just didn’t get it. It was juvenile in a lackluster way and cheap. Not everything needs to be Nietzsche, and it would be flawed to say this is just what “kids these days” are watching, because they always did in one form or another. What it adds, however, is for someone altogether more interested to determine.



"Regular Show (Mordecai Pack)" is on sale January 27, 2015 and is rated tv-pg. Animation. Written by J.G. Quintel. Starring JG Quintel, Mark Hamill, William Salyers.

Kyle North • Staff Writer


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