Regular Show - The Best DVD in the World
*At this moment in time
Although airing on Cartoon Network proper, Regular Show shares
more in common with the fare aired on CN’s twisted offshoot [Adult Swim]
than the children’s programming such as Ben 10 that dominate the
channel. Focusing on an anthropomorphic Blue Jay named Mordecai and his
flatmate, a Racoon named Rigby, Regular Show is a mishmash of pop
culture references and
Non sequitur plotlines that start off as traditional sitcom
set ups before quickly nosediving into insanity throughout an episode’s
eleven minute running time.
The basic premise of the show follows the pair as they navigate bachelor
life and whittle away their days attempting to avoid working at their
job as groundskeepers for the local park alongside their boss Benson, a
gumball machine, a Yeti named Skips and their rivals Hi-Five Ghost and
Muscle Man, a corpulent and obnoxious green man.
As you’ve probably discerned, surrealism plays a big part in the world
of Regular Show, with many of the bizarre characters reminiscent
of those in the British sitcom The Mighty Boosh; for the most
part this approach works, although at times it can feel like the show is
trying too hard to be offbeat and quirky. Throughout this collection,
comprised of 16 episodes selected from seasons 1 & 2, the slacker duo
find themselves defending their friend Pops, the owner of the park,
after he’s humiliated in a rap battle, square off against Muscle Man in
a basketball game to determine who will get unlimited access to the
shared computer, attain a heightened state of intellect which distorts
their perception of reality and assist Muscle Man in fulfilling his
trucker father’s final wishes.
The animation is unique and accomplished and the short running time of
each episode complements the bizarre nature of the plots by ensuring
that they don’t overstay their welcome. The show is littered with
throwbacks to the 80’s and 90’s, particularly the synth heavy music and
anachronistic gaming devices present throughout the show, and the
characters are likeable and well rounded, particularly for animation.
The only gripe I really have with the show is that some of the voices
can be a tad generic; by this I mean that certain voices are
interchangeable with other programs – For example Skips sounds identical
to Dr. Girlfriend from The Venture Bros, and another character
sounds extremely similar to Billy Quizboy from the same show.
The Best Burger In The World
Rap It Up
Weekend At Benson’s
Camping Can be Cool
Video Game Wizards
Skips VS. Technology
Fists Of Justice
Trucker Hall Of Fame
Aside from some employee profiles this release features no supplemental
extras and the profiles themselves amount to little more than a snippet
of underwhelming text pertaining to the characters.
List of Features:
If you’re a fan of adult oriented animation along the lines of the
[Adult Swim] line up you’ll find a lot of enjoyment by setting foot into
the world of Mordecai and Rigby. Despite ostensibly being aimed at
children, the show is smartly crafted and appeals to the big kid inside
of all of us. The pop culture references and licensed soundtrack
featuring bands like Filter are clearly designed to appeal to a wider
demographic than most of Cartoon Network’s offerings and Regular Show
proves that a cartoon doesn’t have to resort to puerile shock tactics to
attract an adult audience.
It’s anything but.