No, I’m not talking about Family Guy, The Simpsons, or South Park. If you’ve had a pulse for the past ten years, you already watch (or have decided not to watch) one of those shows. They are good (and bad) for their own reasons, and they don’t warrant any further explanation. Especially not here, and not from me.
What I’m talking about is a block of cartoons you can watch every night on Cartoon Network-and I’m not even talking about Adult Swim.
You may have heard the guys talking about Adventure Time and The Regular Show over on the Jawncast. If you’ve never seen these shows (and I can’t imagine why you would have if not by accident, or with your children), check them out. They are equally wacky and entertaining, and if the raunch had been dialed up a little bit more, I’m sure they’d be included in Adult Swim’s block of wackiness.
Adventure Time is about Finn the human, and Jake the magical dog (voiced by John DiMaggio-whom you might recognize as Bender from Futurama), and their best friend adventures in the land of Ooo. Oh yeah, and the land of Ooo? That’s an apocalyptic world, after the bombs have dropped and magic has taken over. Most of the characters are food, or creepy half unicorn/half rainbow weirdos, and the episodes are oddly entertaining. I’m not sure what kids get out of it, but really, I don’t know what I ever got out of the Snorks.
Compared by critics to Ren and Stimpy, The Regular Show is at times a bit mature for its intended audience. Mordecaiand Rigby are 23 year old best friends, who work as groundskeepers and attempt to get by slacking off and having as much fun as possible. Much like adventure time, the characters are rarely human, and are often talking animals or objects. There’s even a character called “Death” who does harvest the souls of the deceased, but he spends his free time as a British punk magician. At least that’s the best description I can come up with. Bottom line, it’s wacky.
So why should you watch these shows? Sure, I’m saying they’re fun to watch, but they were clearly created for children, right?
You can catch these shows weeknights from 6:30-7:30, and new epsiodes from 7:30-8:30 on Monday on the Cartoon Network. (EST)
Oh, and if you haven’t already, start watching Futurama.