If you had an imaginary friend when you were a kid, what would you do when it was time to let it go?
That's the question posed by Craig McCracken (The Powerpuff Girls) in his 2004 Cartoon Network series, Foster's Home For Imaginary Friends, which was in production for 4-5 years, usually airing at night, as it does now on Boomerang.
In the opinion of his mother, 8-year-old Mac has outgrown his imaginary friend, Bloo, a living security blanket. So, Mac takes Bloo to Foster's, but ends up having plenty of adventures there, not just with Bloo, but with the rest of the house's tenants. In this writer's opinion, Mac & Bloo might be McCracken's homage to Linus Van Pelt (Peanuts) and his security blanket, which was the source of many gags, usually involving Snoopy or Linus' sister, Lucy, over the years. Much like Genndy Tartatovsky's Samurai Jack, some of the character designs look like they were inspired by author Maurice Sendak's seminal work, Where the Wild Things Are.
These days, McCracken has taken his tack to Disney, where he's developed a new series, Wander Over Yonder, which we'll review another time. Meantime, scope out the open to Foster's Home: