Saturday, September 18, 2010

Why Didn't Anyone Tell Me Cartoon Network Was So Good?

If you're not watching Cartoon Network, you're missing out on some of the best cartoons ever.

That's not phrase I throw around lightly, their new shows are really fantastic. Like Dexter's Lab, Powerpuff Girls, Samurai Jack fantastic. It might just be me, but I felt like for a while there CN fell into this pit of obscurity with their shows. While shows like Ben10 and The Misadventures of Flapjack got some attention (moreso for Ben10), they seemed like they were solely for kids and not 'all audiences'.

And yes, when I say 'all audiences' I mean late-twenties guys like me.

Now a new batch of shows have popped up and are seriously great. Like add them immediately to your DVRs kind of great. Allow me to elucidate.

My reintroduction to CN started here, with Adventure Time, the story of a dog and his human in the mystical land of Ooo.

I know, I know, it sounds very... childish. Well, it is, but in a great way. There's such unbridled imagination, crazy energy, and the right kind of cartoon-y violence, it's exactly the kind of show you would want a kid to watch and you can totally enjoy as an adult-ish person.

It's got candy eating zombies, a rainbow unicorn, magic powers, crazy dungeons, knife storms, frozen business men, demon cats, wrestling, hipster vampire queens, trolls, wizards, princess rescuing, autotune singing, and MORE! Combine all this with a magic dog (voiced by Bender!) and mathematic exclamations and you got yourself a can't miss show.

Check out this clip:

The Regular Show is anything but. It's one of those that could have been on Adult Swim if the animation was shittier and the jokes were a bit more crude (no offense to Adult Swim, but you know it's true).

The show's about two twenty three year old slackers, Mordecai and Rigby as they deal with the perils of, well, being a slacker.

So far only two episodes have premiered, but they've both been hilarious. Great one liners, fun set pieces, complete absurdity, and loads of fun; it's everything you want from a great cartoon.

It's my new obsession, I suggest it becomes yours too. Here's a link to the first episode:

Man, this show is fucking epic. But it's no surprise considering it's creator: Genndy Tartakovsky. It's totally on the opposite end of the spectrum as the other two shows, it's none-the-less twice as amazing.

The show follows a stranded princess, her bodyguard, and their robot helper as they try to assimilate into Earth culture (read: High School) and fight off any intergalactic invaders (read: Giant Monsters!).

In standard Tartakovsky style, it's packed full of the crazy action anime is known for with a distinctive western tinge. In other words, it's full on giant monster fights without all the hand-wringing that hampers most animes.

If you were a fan of Samurai Jack, Voltron, or even Gundam Wing, you should love this show.

Honestly, I don't have much more to say about it, as there's only been one episode so far, but if things continue at the tempo the first episode established, this one'll become a bonafide classic.

There it is. I don't know about you, but talking about all this got me all excited. I'm gonna go watch these all over and over again.

1 comment:

  1. that looks awesome, need to check hulu for it so i can catch up.