Wednesday, February 5, 2014

On The Air: Regular Show (2010)

One of Cartoon Network's most popular original series is also one of its most surreal. Ever.

Regular Show gathers together a raccoon, a blue jay, a Yeti, a sentient gumball machine, a robin, and a humanoid lollipop, among others, for some absurd comedy that has amassed a huge following in nearly 3 1/2 years on the air. Series creator JG Quintel had developed at least part of the concept while at college, where two of his classmates would also develop series for CN.

Quintel lends his voice to Mordecai, the blue jay mentioned earlier. Mordecai is the show's primary protagonist, and, with his best friend/roommate, Rigby (the raccoon), works as a groundskeeper at a local park, but prefers to goof off. I would guess Quintel was a fan of Mort Walker's comic strip, Beetle Bailey, but we don't know that for sure. What we do know is that Mordecai has a serious crush on Margaret (the robin), a waitress at a coffee shop. They do make such a cute couple, but while Mordecai is interested in them being a full-on couple, Margaret may not be ready for such a commitment just yet.

Of course, given the 15 minute format, CN has played it into the ground over the course of 3+ years. Regular Show has also made its way into comics, as Quintel & CN licensed the series to Boom! Studios last year (same company also adapted Adventure Time into a very popular comic book). Given what CN intends to do with their schedule in the spring, they may be left with no choice but to either push Regular Show into a daily berth for premieres, or loan it out to [adult swim], which is taking over primetime, piece by piece, the latest stupid idea from the current administration.

Right now, Mordecai and the gang are getting ready to play dodgeball. Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn have nothing to fear. We think.

Rating: B.

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