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TV Review: Adventure Time, Regular Show

posted Mar 26, 2011, 3:29 PM by Golden Knight

By Alex Sercel and Christian Romo

1/24/2011

Children and pre-teen television programming has developed a couple new faces recently. Recently, there’s been a renaissance of hand-drawn cartoons, most notably on Cartoon Network, aimed at the very generation that created the demand for entire channels of children’s programming. Shows like Animaniacs, Rugrats, and SpongeBob Squarepants brought us into the animated realm; Adventure Time with Finn and Jake and Regular Show are slowly bringing us back.

AS: Cartoon Network’s animated series Adventure Time with Finn and Jake is one of the best shows on television.  Adventure Time chronicles the adventures of its two main characters, Finn the human and Jake the dog, as they explore the Land of Ooo.  Finn is a twelve-year-old boy whose main motivation in life is to slay evil; Jake is a magic dog with the ability to change the size and shape of his body at will. 

What sets Adventure Time apart from all other animated shows on the air today is Finn’s sense of right and wrong.  Finn follows a strict moral code which leads him to defend the innocent and to vanquish wrong-doers.  Besides the morality, the show is surprisingly funny.  The sense of humor is often bizarre to say the least, but Adventure Time is a joy to watch.  Its vibrant animation and quirky writing make it an excellent series which has something everyone will enjoy.  A

CR: On the surface, Regular Show is a typical buddy comedy about a stoic blue jay named Mordecai and an eccentric raccoon named Rigby. The twenty-something bff’s work for and rent from Benson, the ill-tempered gumball machine, and are periodically visited by Skips the yeti, Pops the jolly British lollipop-shaped man, the High Five Ghost, Muscle Man, and Margaret the cardinal, Mordecai’s love interest. It’s a bizarre premise for a TV-PG rated show, but it has also caught our interest.

The interactions between Mordecai and Rigby are a little like that of Dag and Norbert from The Angry Beavers, but other than that it’s hard to find something that isn’t completely unique. In the show’s pilot episode, the two heroes create a choreographed dance routine with the help of a magical keyboard to coerce their friends to give them money. Rigby, however, abuses the power and accidently sends Skips, a bunch of baby ducks, and a soda machine to the Moon. It would take an inordinate amount of space to describe the rest of the plot.

Regular Show is undoubtedly targeted to males 13-24, but it brings me back to Saturday mornings, sugary cereal, and staying in my pajamas until lunchtime. It’s a landmark achievement, and I look forward to continue watching. B+

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