Regular Show: The Complete First and Second Seasons – Review
By Hervé St-Louis
June 24, 2013 - 12:00
Studios: Cartoon Network
$39.98 (Blu-Ray), $36.94 (DVD)
Running Time: 7 hours and 20 minutes
Release Date: July 16, 2013
Rating: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Distributors: Warner Bros.
Before receiving this review copy, I had never heard of Regular Show. The series seems to have a cult following of adult viewers who enjoy the antics of the two best friends and their entourage. If you’ve never watched this series, imagine Wayne’s World’s having a kid with Bill and Ted and Beavis and Butt-head with better animation than Family Guy but safe for kids aged six and more.
Mordecai and Rigby are both 23 and almost penny-less. Mordecai is the most mature of the two, although that doesn’t make much of a difference as mischievous always manages to trick him into one of his crazy plots. Inevitably, something super natural occurs and it takes the help of fellow groundskeeper Skips who skips instead of walking to save the day, or not.
What regular Show proves is that it’s possible to create a smart cartoon series that doesn’t feature obscenities like Family Guy or American Dad. In fact, this series feels to me like a modern day Wile E. Coyote and The Road Runner where the racoon befriends the bird, instead of constantly trying to eat him. As a series, coming from the vaults of Cartoon Network, the successor to Hanna Barbera and Warner Brothers cartoons of a past era. One can feel the Animaniacs’ influence throughout this series. Regular Show displays cues from the 2010s world’s with a high dose of influence from the 1980s, without succumbing to bad taste, like other “adult cartoon shows.”
Speaking of 1980s, one of the cool features released at the time on Cartoon Network’s YouTube channel was an exclusive video based on a song by Mordecai and Rigby. This video was styled like one of those popular dance videos from the 1980s with cheesy costumes and decor. It is reproduced in whole in the Blu-Ray edition of the collected edition as well as the original unaired pilot. The pilot was modified later into a regular episode in season two. There are a few interviews and a lot of commentaries from the show’s creators. The commentaries are not really insightful though.
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