What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this animated series is pretty edgy for non-Adult Swim Cartoon Network fare. It includes a fair amount of fantasy violence (kicking, punching, throwing, etc.) and some crude humor that isn't age-appropriate for younger tweens. There's also some salty language (“pissed,” “screwed,” “crap”), and characters are seen drinking beer, sometimes to the point where they act drunk and/or get sick. Occasional secondary characters are based on racial/ethnic stereotypes.
What's the story?
REGULAR SHOW is an animated series about a six-foot-tall blue jay named Mordecai (voiced by J.G. Quintel) and a hyperactive raccoon named Rigby (William Salyers). The two friends are groundskeepers at a local park owned by Pops (Sam Marin), who's an eccentric, life-sized lollipop. Moredecai and Rigby try to keep themselves entertained while on the job, often at the expense of co-workers like High Five Ghost (also voiced by Quintel) and a Yeti named Skips (Mark Hamill). As a result, they usually find themselves in some strange situations ... and they always manage to annoy their boss, Benson, a walking, talking gumball machine.
Is it any good?
This easygoing series is the brainchild of J.G. Quintel, who based its unique cast of characters on a series of independent short films that he produced while in art school. It’s definitely creative, but some of the fantasy violence and mildly crude humor aren’t appropriate for younger viewers -- and neither is the characters' drinking. But older viewers who are into creative animation will definitely appreciate the wit featured here.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about the real-life consequences of some of the behavior shown in this series -- such as the drinking.
What audience do you think this show is aimed at? The Cartoon Network's younger viewers or its Adult Swim fans? Why?
If you were to create an animated series, what kinds of characters would it have? How can you create animated characters without relying on stereotypes to tell their stories?