Friday, November 21, 2014

From Comics to Toons: Mad (2010)

We previously covered our next subject over in The Land of Whatever a ways back, but now it's time to revisit Mad.

Following in the footsteps of the [adult swim] line of original series, Mad was set up as a 15 minute series, chock full of rapid fire sketches, some of which were familiar to readers of the long running magazine. In some respects, it's a more kid-friendly companion to Robot Chicken, but the only other common link between the two is that Chicken co-creator Seth Green contributed voice work to both shows. There were the occasional guest stars, including Gilbert Gottfried (ex-Aladdin, Saturday Night Live, Cyberchase) and Mark-Paul Gosselaar (Franklin & Bash, Saved by the Bell, etc.).

Mad always poked fun at DC Comics heroes, moreso in recent years since the publisher is handling distribution for the series, and as such, there were some DC parody skits, including positing Batman on Family Feud. Sooner or later, we'll get around to posting that and other DC bits. For now, scope out a sample episode.

The mix of animation styles, coupled with the breakneck speed of the skits, would've worked better had Mad been posited as a 30 minute show, instead of 15 minutes. Production ended last year, likely due to declining ratings.

Rating: C.

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