#8: How Kids View “Regular Show,” How Adults View “Adventure Time”

Regular Show is a show about a bluejay named Mordecai and a raccoon named Rigby. They are 23 year old groundskeepers at a local park and interact with their coworkers Benson, Pops, Skips, Muscle Man and Hi-Five Ghost. Each episode essentially follows the similar structure of Mordecai and Rigby slacking off during work and then accidentally causing some extreme and often supernatural form of chaos to erupt from their immaturity.

Adventure Time also follows two best friends: Finn the human boy and Jake the dog (who’s magical). They live in a post-apocalyptic world called Land of Ooo and go on adventures with Princess Bubblegum, the Ice King and Marceline the Vampire Queen. Finn is the only surviving human and his adventures take him to destinations of the magical and cosmic variety.

From an animation standpoint, why have the main character in the fantasy show be human, but have two animals lead a more realistic show about the utter minutia of life? Continue reading

#5: FOX’s Animation Domination Crossovers

Animation Domination is a block of time on FOX television network on Sunday nights that shows adult cartoons. It was first aired during sweeps week in May 2005 with the introduction of American Dad and the three-year revival of Family Guy, supported by the comedic anchors of The Simpsons and King of the Hill. Since these properties are all owned by FOX, the possibilities for crossovers in a shared universe are unlimited. Animation makes the crossover potential more appealing and feasible due to the low-level of commitment from the stars of the other shows. Continue reading

#1: “Archer” Breathes New Life With a New Genre

Archer on FX

Archer on FX

Austin Powers and the popular French film series OSS 117 have already sufficiently covered the spoofing/parodying of the spy genre, with plenty of well deserved homages made specifically to the suavest of all spies, James Bond. But, in 2010, an up-and-coming cable channel proved that there is still plenty of room for secret agent laughs with the debut of Archer.
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