Star vs. The Forces of Evil Is Powerful and Progressive

What can we expect from a show that features a female lead from another dimension with powers, characters with strong personalities and constant development, and also the inclusion of characters with different backgrounds? Well this show just may have been the powerful gold ticket to bring Disney back to the A-game. A for animated that is. Not to mention a truly entertaining plot and characters that you just can’t help becoming attached to. Star vs The Forces of Evil is just as powerful as the main character herself.

As it may have been too obvious to point out at the time, I do feel like both Disney networks (Disney Channel and Disney XD) have went through a dry-spell period regarding cartoons. Most new cartoons that did premiere were often given the cancelled treatment far too soon. A majority of acquired programming were quickly pulled from Disney XD in 2017. I was worried for the future of the channel. Let’s not forget that Disney XD was the replacement for “Toon Disney” back in the day. Toon Disney was a place for the cartoons of Disney to have a center stage. I didn’t expect the new channel to live up to the expectations of those who watched Toon Disney, but I did not want to see animated series being abandoned or looked as an afterthought. But in the past three years or so, I saw a positive shift in the network towards creating more original animated series, and I feel that it truly started with Star vs. The Forces of Evil.

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Premiering in 2015 and created by Daron Leah Nefcy, Star vs The Forces of Evil began with a Star Butterfly, a princess from another dimension who found herself in a major whoopsie when she accidentally sets fire to her family’s castle. Star is sent to Earth by her parents to complete her magic training as a foreign exchange student. She then meets Marco Diaz, who becomes a guidance in her life and a sort of voice of reason. Marco is always protective over Star, and vice versa. It kind of pushes the predictions that the two may end up together in the series one day. For now, Marco will just have to deal with Star’s current boyfriend Tom Lucitor, a demon prince from the underworld with anger issues he tries to control. Princess Star possess powers strong enough to fight off, well, evil of course. She always finds herself fighting off her number one enemy Ludo and his army, though sometimes she is willing to cooperate with him. Star is always accompanied by her Mewni best friend Pony Head, who’s so possessive of their friendship she often treats Marco poorly in the process.

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After Star vs. The Forces of Evil’s premiere it became Disney XD’s #1 animated series ever with 1.2 million viewers. The series has average-to-high ratings and quite positive reviews for it, as it should. As a series, Star vs. The Forces of Evil is powerful and gives off a strong message. It features characters of different ethnicities, personalities, and even sexualities. Early 2017, the show featured Disney’s first ever same-sex kiss(es) on any series, during the 39th episode “Just Friends” in the second season.

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It was very brave and awesome of the creator to provide representation for young people a part of the LGBTQ+ community. It’s also worth mentioning that the creator Daron Leah Nefcy is the second woman ever to create an animated Disney series. The progressive content of this series didn’t stop there of course.

 

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More recently in November 2017, Star vs. The Forces of Evil premiered an episode that featured Marco in disguise as a princess. Later when he is outed as a boy, that didn’t stop other princesses from continuing to defend him.

“That doesn’t prove anything! Princesses can be hairy!”

“Why does it matter if he’s a boy?”

“He can be a princess if he wants to”

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BRAVO! Score 1000 for Disney and the SVTFOE team. This series is doing a brilliant job of representation and being groundbreaking. It was renewed for a fourth season in 2017 so we will get to see more of Star, Marco, Tom & the others hopefully very soon.

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‘Apple & Onion’ Pilot Review

In early 2017 it was reported that a new show was greenlit and set to emerge on Cartoon Network sometime in 2018. It’s finally a new year and that means a new opportunity to see what will take place in the cartoon world. Apple & Onion takes place in a world of anthropomorphic food with human emotions and struggles. Though the synopsis seems humorous enough, there are some lessons to be learned from this community of food. A literal food for thought.

In a New York or Chicago-esque big city setting, there’s a pair of produce pals who have a lot to learn about growing up. Though they seem to have everything set by having their own place and all, Apple & Onion are two kids at heart and are often failing at attempts to do adult things. The pilot begins with ‘Wake Up Time’, a song made by Apple that apparently helps the two get into the swing of things in the morning. “♫ Wake up time. 5:49. Feeling fine ’cause it’s wake up time. ♫” It was a funny bit that turned into a slight dilemma for the two when they realize they could’ve woke up at a more realistic 8:49, because it fit with the song as well, and the two ended up oversleeping into the afternoon. When Apple & Onion were awaken by the blaring sound of a notification from their computer, they find out that they were invited to a party by Hotdog and Burger. Not realizing that they were invited on accident, Apple & Onion are thrilled and immediately prints out the information to the party. Onion is even more stoked when he notices his crush French Fry on the guest list. As they practice their dance moves on the sidewalk while wearing a number of flashy toy items, they run into Burger and French Fry. Burger, almost pointing out that Apple & Onion were invited to the party on accident, backtracks and tells them the party is a simple, grown-up dinner party. Apple & Onion are slightly discouraged and realize that they have to grow up. The two go on a crazy journey of adulthood that may take them places where they didn’t expect to go.

Apple & Onion was created by George Gendi, who was a former storyboard artist for The Amazing World of Gumball and Sanjay and Craig. Gendi is also the voice of 1/2 of the main characters, Apple. This pilot was originally screened at the Annecy Festival in 2015. It was eventually uploaded online in May 2016. I applaud Cartoon Network for keeping their mini-sodes releases going, as it shows the evergrowing creativity in the animation industry and gives creators solid platforms where their work could possibly be greenlit onto the big network. It’s great that Apple & Onion is getting a chance to premiere as a full series and there’s no doubt that this show is bound to be some sort of success for the network. It’s slice-of-life humor and unique characterizations is already drawing in a positive impression. I’m working up an appetite for these characters. I mean, the appetite of learning more about their backgrounds and development of course. Also, I have a little prediction about some events that may take place in the series. So French Fry is Onion’s crush, but she was seen walking from the store with Burger when they ran into Apple & Onion. They could be just friends… or something more. What usually goes good with a Burger? That’s right. Now we know things went well for Onion and French Fry at the end of the pilot, but if he goofs off and messes things up, Burger and French Fry just might become the pair that they’re expected to be. Looks like we have the first fan theory.

Interesting fact: Eugene Mirman is the voice of Gene Belcher from Bob’s Burgers. Now he’s voicing the character Burger in Apple & Onion.

The Major Problem with Family Guy’s 300th Episode

Just a head’s up, this post contains SPOILERS from Episode 300 (S16E11) of Family Guy. Please continue at your own risk.

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Not every episode of a TV show is going to be peachy keen. You could be the biggest fan of a show and still find its flaws and loopholes. It’s normal. Even great shows like Family Guy are going to have episodes where you are going to find yourself questioning certain aspects of it. I mean of course Family Guy is not intended for the easily offended, but that’s not what I mean. I mean regarding the content and flow of things, there are some things that you just wish the writers did differently. Unfortunately, this is the case with episode 300. This past weekend FOX premiered Family Guy’s 300th episode. The show will turn 19 years old in two weeks and still going pretty strong 16 seasons later. Though the series hasn’t had its major theatrical movie yet, it has had much success that lead to video games & book adaptions. With such great work that the team behind Family Guy puts together, you just can’t slam it as a whole. However, I have to be completely honest. Episode 300 was pretty emotional because it represented losing something that is near and dear to you. Oh and Peter is literally every teenage girl when they meet their idol.

Episode 300 started out smooth and easygoing, with no reference that it is the 300th episode. Starting off with Peter’s gag of having to have the grocery list items separately pinned to him by Lois, you would think this would be just an ordinary episode where Peter just goofs off… which is was. The main story line actually surrounded Stewie, Brian and Rupert. Brian planned on binge-watching all of the Fast & Furious movies with Stewie and Rupert. Growing tired and annoyed by Stewie’s constant “conversation” with his plush bear, Brian decides to go out and drink instead. Stewie’s “conversation” with Rupert later turns into an “argument” and Stewie storms upstairs. Stewie later comes back and finds Rupert in pieces and Brian sleeping on the couch after a night of drinking. While in hysterics over Rupert’s “death”, Stewie attacks Brian. Brian admits to mistaking Rupert as a chew toy. In this moment, I was questioning Brian’s explanation. Later on in the episode I come to find out that I was right. Brian confesses that he intentionally “killed” Rupert, because he’s tired of always coming second in Stewie’s eyes.

The episode ends with Stewie and Brian coming to some sort of resolution as they scatter Rupert’s ashes on the mountains, followed by It’s So Hard To Say Goodbye To Yesterday playing with Rupert and Paul Walker driving away, a parody of the scene from The Fast and the Furious. Oh and not to mention the big mistake that the writers made: Brian ends up buying Stewie a new Rupert. The last five minutes or so made the entire episode pretty pointless. For them to go through all the trouble of making viewers sad with that musical montage, just for Brian to buy him another bear wasn’t necessary. We all know it isn’t the original Rupert, come on Family Guy writers!

Cartoon Network’s Unikitty Is ‘Cute but Deadly’

It looks like Cartoon Network may have a good thing going with their newest series Unikitty. Based on The Lego Movie, developed by Ed Skudder and Lynn Wang, this Unicorn-Kitty hybrid character just sticks to the brain with her cheery optimism and uplifting personality. She was as cute as can be, with a occasional dash of rage in The Lego Movie – directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, and it’s lead to her having her very own series.

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The adventures start in Princess Unikitty’s kingdom, where she has a posse of sorts. Her brother Prince Puppycorn, a Dog-Unicorn hybrid, is just as enthusiastic and full of energy as she is. Dr. Fox is the kingdom’s scientist, who works in a lab underneath Unikitty’s castle. I like to think of Dr. Fox being obviously the most logical member of the squad, and sort of being the voice of reason when she sees the rest of the characters getting into something that could lead to trouble. Hawkodile is – you guessed it. A hawk-crocodile hybrid who just happens to be Unikitty’s bodyguard. He’s the muscle of the group, but his crush on Dr. Fox makes him appear soft. The character who’s the most interesting but just happens to have a dull monotone voice at the same time is Richard. He is Unikitty’s royal advisor and the caretaker of the castle. Unlike all of the rest of the characters, Richard has a normal name and is not a hybrid of any animals. He is just a plain grey Lego brick, which could be a nudge at his personality. Richard is very dedicated to keeping the castle in order and doing his job.

Unikitty has just officially premiered this year on January 1, 2018. Lately there has been emotions of mistrust that happens when a new cartoon comes to light, but I think it could be different with Unikitty. This series features characters will unlikely animal hybrids and names, and it could give some the impression of being silly or even ridiculous. So much that they could forget to actually give the show a chance. Unikitty is not just some pretty, colorful fantasy. Like every fantasy series with a castle full of protagonists, there are bound to be evil antagonists as well. Master Frown is the villain who stirs up trouble with Unikitty and the gang, along with his sidekick Brock. Princess Unikitty has a dark side when people cross her, and it’s pretty hilarious. As seen in The Lego Movie, she turns bright red and full of rage. I think that when it comes to running gags and humorous one-liners, Unikitty is pretty much killing it.

The voices behind the characters are the work of many great and memorable stars. The voice cast is led by Tara Strong (Teen Titans Go!) and Grey Griffin (Be Cool Scooby-Doo!) along with Kate Micucci (Be Cool Scooby-Doo!), Roger Craig Smith (Regular Show), Eric Bauza (The Adventures of Puss in Boots) and H. Michael Croner. (press)

Unikitty has been stamped with the seal of approval here at Cartoon Buzz. I think it gives off a humorous message of a “cute but deadly” princess and her friends who have her back when it’s time to kick some villainous butt.

Another Show Cartoon Network Should Greenlit: AJ’s Infinite Summer

Cartoon Network has released a number of pilot episodes in the past, and most of them have gotten praise from the fans in hopes of them becoming full-time shows. AJ’s Infinite Summer is definitely a story of a spontaneous Summer that we want to be continued.

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Released on May 16, 2014, on Cartoon Network’s website, AJ’s Infinite Summer was created by Toby Jones, who’s a former writer and storyboard artist for The Regular Show. The pilot is loosely based on Jones’ 2006 film AJ Goes to France. AJ and his friends reside in the city of Downer, which is inspired by Jones’ hometown of Fargo, North Dakota. In fact, after the pilot was released, residents of Fargo noticed some humorous similarities in their hometown and Downer. It’s touching to know when a creator finds inspiration from their own lives and what they’re used to. It makes the story much more human and realistic, and there’s most likely a lot of viewers that can relate to Jones’ serene hometown.

School is out and AJ, Danny, and Morgan are planning to have the best Summer vacation ever. An upbeat AJ decides that he wants to spend the Summer spontaneously, by getting a job. His friends are confused, as it doesn’t sound like fun for a teenager to get a job in the Summer. Eventually, they go along with it and helps AJ on his job hunt. AJ decides to go for a job in the tallest building in their city, but he must get prepared first. He heads to his dad, who he refers to as “the most employed guy I know”. AJ’s dad gives him an old suit, which is way oversized. When they’re on their way to the job, Danny and Morgan try to talk AJ out of it in fear that it might ruin their Summer, but AJ insists that they should all follow the spirit of spontaneity together. When they arrive at the building and AJ hands the employer his unprofessional resume, he is instantly hired and introduced to a room full of employees who are all wearing oversized suits. AJ announces Morgan as his secretary and Danny as his towel boy, suggesting that just go along with it. AJ is constantly promoted to higher roles in the company and he experiences a power drive. Danny and Morgan confront him about how he’s ruining Summer, but AJ’s ego is much too large for him to listen and he fires them. AJ soon regrets it when he learns the dark side of running the company and goes to apologize to his friends. Danny and Morgan forgive him and the three head out into the sunset to spend the rest of the Summer together.

AJ’s Infinite Summer is a breath of fresh air and nothing like most of the shows on Cartoon Network today. The majority of the network’s series is often based on action, but this series would bring simplicity and balance out the network. AJ’s Infinite Summer is often compared to Disney’s Phineas and Ferb due to both of the shows connecting with the adventures of Summer themes. Hopefully, Cartoon Network will open their eyes and see the potential that this pilot episode has. And no, it wouldn’t be impossible for a pilot episode from 2014 to be resurrected 4 years later, on account of AJ’s Infinite Summer’s main character was based on a film that came 8 years before it did. Will we be seeing AJ, Danny, and Morgan again in the future? That would be pretty noice.

Hey Arnold! The Jungle Movie Answers All of Your Burning Questions

It’s here. The highly anticipated revival film of Hey Arnold, Nickelodeon’s classic series. Hey Arnold!: The Jungle Movie aired tonight on Nickelodeon and it answered the ultimate question: What happened to Arnold’s parents?

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What a brilliant way to spend Thanksgiving weekend than to watch the conclusion to a show that ended 10+ years ago. Arnold and the gang headed off to San Lorenzo to unfold the mysteries of his parent’s whereabouts. First off, bravo to creators and writers behind Hey Arnold. It was exciting, hilarious, mindblowing, and emotional to a lot of us who grew up watching Hey Arnold as kids. As someone in their twenties, this movie definitely brought my childhood self back out of me. It was a breath of fresh air to finally receive some kind of closure and conclude the cliffhanger once and for all. There was so much that happened in this movie that words can barely express it. Beware, this article contains spoilers. If you haven’t watched The Jungle Movie yet, it will be playing on Nickelodeon & TeenNick’s NickSplat block all weekend and possibly into next week. Also, prepare to have your mind blown.

1) Turns out Arnold’s last name was a revelation to a lot of people.

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The name’s Shortman, Arnold Shortman. This piece of information has been on the internet for some time now but I guess some weren’t convinced. Who knew Grandpa Phil was calling him by his last name all along?

2) We finally figure out Mr. Simmons’ plus one?

We’re rooting for Mr. Simmons and Peter.

3) SHORTAKI LIVES.

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We’ve waited over a decade for this. HELGA FINALLY GOT HER MAN.

4) Love is in the air for Gerald & Phoebe as well!

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Gerald and Phoebe are an item! We’ve always known this was going to happen. Our nostalgic hearts can’t take it.

It’s the moment of truth. Are you ready for this one?

5) YES, Arnold found his parents!

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Miles and Stella Shortman were found, and they were reunited with Arnold and the rest of the boarding house family. The sight of Arnold’s pupils growing as he realizes that he no longer has to dream about finding his parents because they are right in front of him was almost too emotional to handle.

6) Brainy is the hero of the entire movie

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Brainy’s obsession with Helga finally paid off. He managed to be the reason that Arnold and Helga are a thing, and that Arnold found his parents. Plus, he got a kiss from Helga. Brainy has officially won the game of life.

Thank you to Craig Bartlett, the Hey Arnold team, and Nickelodeon. You’ve let many relive their childhood tonight. Now, about a season 6…

 

Bee and PuppyCat: A Cartoon with an Adorable Aesthetic

It’s not every day that you see a cartoon with such characteristics of calmness and relaxation. Watching Bee and PuppyCat is much like the experience of going on a carefree mental vacation.

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Created by Natasha Allegri and directed by Larry Leichliter, is another interesting, must-see cartoon that is produced by Frederator Studios. It was first introduced to the internet on July 11, 2013, as a five-minute episode. No, none of the main characters is a buzzing insect that makes gives us honey. Instead, Bee is a young girl in her twenties who’s always on the hunt for numerous temp jobs in order to pay rent. One day, she came in contact with a mysterious creature called PuppyCat, and the two have been inseparable ever since.

Some notable episodes include “Food” and “Beach”, as they both have interesting plots and helps highlight some of the characters personalities. Along with the adorable aesthetic, a lot can relate to Bee as a person. Adulthood in your twenties can often be a struggle of finding jobs, paying rent, making sure you have enough to eat, and just having to deal with life’s problems on your own. I’d say that Bee and PuppyCat is the perfect cartoon for Millennials.

“Too bad I can’t make a career out of getting fired, right? I’d be like, a CEO or a manager. Which one’s more impressive? …President?” – Bee

The Bee and PuppyCat series is with no doubt doing great, as it has many admirers behind it, merchandise, and BOOM! Studios released a comic book version of the series in 2014. Some say it belongs on TV but I’d say it’s made a comfortable spot right here on the internet. The first four episodes were released in 2014, followed by the rest released in 2016. It’s reported that production wrapped up in March 2016, and at the moment it’s impossible to say whether there will be anymore episodes of Bee and PuppyCat in the future. I for one, fully supports keeping this show going, as it brings good vibes and has a unique synopsis.

Fun fact: PuppyCat is voiced by a Vocaloid software called Oliver.

The Jellies: Taking a Look at Adult Swim’s Newest Animated Comedy

the jellies star ratings A vulgar & erratic family of Jelly Fish, with one adopted human son. This show is definitely fit for Adult Swim.

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A new show emerged on Adult Swim on October 22, 2017, with a few notable creators. Tyler, The Creator that is, and Lionel Boyce teamed up for this wild cartoon with a pretty unique animation style. The main character Cornell Jelly is a 16-year-old who’s just learned he was adopted- by Jelly Fish, who are clearly round and blue while Cornell is a human. I can totally see why he would be so shocked after all those years. Don’t you just love how comedy works? Cornell’s family includes a giddy father with a habit of spending money on random things, a mother with a drinking habit that’s more than obvious, and a bookworm sister with a personality that I personally think resembles MTV character, Daria. Did I mention her name is KY Jelly? Once again, this show is wild. If you like inappropriate humor and pop culture parodies and references, then you should most definitely give this show a watch for yourself. A memorable moment of S01E01 “Gangsta’s Paradise” was Cornell entering a room full of washed up 90’s characters in order to find a music star that would possibly rekindle his parent’s relationship. The series was originally apart of an app created by Tyler called Golf media but was revamped with only the major change of Cornell’s race.

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Along with creators, The Jellies seems to have a notable cast with Phil LaMarr voicing Cornell, who has also worked as Hermes Conrad from Futurama and Carver from The Weekenders. Blake Anderson, who’s done voices on shows such as The Simpsons, Voltron, and Uncle Grandpa voices Barry Jelly. Adrienne-Joi Johnson, who’s been on a number of TV shows and movies plays Debbie Jelly. Musician Kilo Kish plays KY Jelly. If this show isn’t renewed for a second season then it’ll really be a shame, but for now, tune in on Sundays at 12:15 am for new episodes.

Netflix’s ‘Big Mouth’ Shows How Big of a Monster Puberty Is

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Netflix has really outdone themselves with this one. If you really wanna know how deeply humiliating, awkward & frustrating the phase of puberty truly is, then I’d have to say Big Mouth has it down packed, with a touch of comedy of course. The series is based on a couple of the creators – Nick Kroll and Andrew Goldberg’s pre-teen years. Geez, if these guys really experienced the wrath of what is known as “The Hormone Monster”, then I wish them nothing but luck with this series. I don’t know if it’s possible to simply sum up such an insane story of tweenage troubles, but I’m willing to attempt.

First off, talking genitalia?! What about monsters named Maurice who pressures you to participate in hormonal urges like masturbation – even if you’re having a sleepover with your friend and they’re laying like.. RIGHT THERE. Can’t forget about the Hormone Monstress who’s preying on the female characters and encouraging their hormonal rage.

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“Listen to me. You wanna shoplift lipstick. You wanna listen to Lana Del Rey on repeat while you cut up all your T-shirts. You wanna scream at your mother then laugh at her tears!”

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These are definitely things that are out of the ordinary and is shock value material. Well, Big Mouth premiered on Netflix on September 29, 2017, and there’s no doubt that it caused some shock, along with other emotions. The show surrounds the lives of Nick Birch and Andrew Glouberman, two best pals who are just trying to figure out just what the heck is happening to their bodies. While pushing through their awkward puberty years, they are accompanied by other friends Jessi, Jay, and Missy – who are dealing with “the changes” as well. Season one introduced us to Andrew’s conflict with the Hormone Monster and Nick not knowing how to deal with the fact that his best friend Andrew has grown “bigger” than him in certain places. This causes conflict between the two. The season went on to tackle other topics such as menstruation, sexuality, hormonal rage, y’know… the usual stuff that can be a huge pain to deal with starting in your tweenage years.

There has been some mixed reviews & unfavorable opinions about the show’s animation, but overall Big Mouth is doing outstanding. It currently has a 100% score on Rotten Tomatoes and Common Sense Media gave it a 4/5. The show is entertaining and has a great cast on their hands, some notable ones including (but not limited to) Jenny Slate (as Missy), Jordan Peele (as The Ghost of Duke Ellington, Freddie Mercury, etc.), Maya Rudolph (as Diane Birch, Connie the Hormone Monstress, etc.), Fred Armisen (as Elliot Birch, Bus Driver, etc.), and Kristen Bell (as Jay’s pillow). Netflix gets a lot of hype for their live-action original series, so it’ll be exciting to see Big Mouth dominate the streaming service in the animation department. If you’re done with season one and ready to see more Big Mouth in the future, you’re in luck because the series was just renewed for a second season that will air in 2018.

How ‘Rick and Morty’ Is Dominating Television & Sending Their Fans into a Frenzy

The time has come for a truly outstanding cartoon to really mold a positive impression on the masses. It all started with a draft that was written in only six hours, which then became the TV phenomenon that is shaping pop culture, along with a fandom that is too powerful for words. In the midst of the Szechuan sauce-frenzy, we’re looking into the show that has the fans acting so erratic in the first place.

Created by Justin Roiland & Dan Harmon, Rick and Morty had set forth onto our screens on December 2, 2013, and animated television was never the same.

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Picture yourself as a 14-year old going on bizarre and impractical adventures with your erratic grandfather who’s a mad scientist with a drinking habit. Rick and Morty is just as bizarre as it sounds and that’s why it’s loved by so many. Each episode embarks on another insane journey that usually ends in an extremely mindblowing way. You would probably expect an episode to end in a certain way, but then you’re left contemplating the world around you as you know it. Your expectations can be due to the fact that many adult cartoons subsume the exact same rundown. A family that runs into wacky situations or experiences personal issues along the way. Same scenarios can be tedious and will leave a series uninteresting after a while, which can be a drag for show creators and ratings. With Rick and Morty, it’s more than just the usual family adventures & interpersonal relationship troubles that are resolved that the end. Throughout the series, we see Morty’s parents, Beth and Jerry Smith, continuously have marriage troubles, which led to an inevitable split in season 3. It really shows how marvelous continuity can be and how it can mold a quality show while attaching an emotional conflict to each character. The chilling end of the episode, Rick Potion No. 9, will leave you speechless. The scene of Morty’s thousand yard stare deserves awards alone.

Definitely not going to pass up the opportunity to mention the method of improv that is used in this show. In the episode “Rixty Minutes” you can see the improvisation come into play.

Just how much of this natural, improvisational method is used in Rick and Morty? In an interview with io9, Justin Roiland explains how the team behind this show doesn’t use the script exactly how it’s written, but instead as a guideline for their free-flowing creativity.

“When doing the dialogue I have to toss the script aside. Even if I’m sticking to a very specific line of dialogue that is required for a very specific joke set up or punchline, I find that if I allow myself to adjust the wording and let it come out more naturally to how I would actually say it, it helps make the characters feel more real/alive/natural. I also LOVE using out takes as in takes. Our dialogue editor Tommy Meehan also always surprises me with stuff he’ll pick from the record to cut in. He and I are very much in sync on what we find funny.”

“[I improvise on] some episodes more than others. I usually have moments in each episode that weren’t in the script. One big example is the cold open in the pilot. That whole sequence in Rick’s ship was improv based on a scene suggestion from Dan. Other stuff when Rick acts strange or fucks around… that’s usually improv. The scene where he plays with Morty in the Alien Scammer’s ship was improv.”

I guess when it comes to improv vs. the script? Just throw out the script because improv nails it every time.

A groundbreaking show like Rick and Morty was bound to have success, but I’m not sure if success is even the word to describe the impact that this show is having on viewers, the media, corporations & pop culture altogether. Try a phenomenon. Just early this month it was reported that Rick and Morty actually broke Adult Swim’s viewership record. Season 3 was the network’s most-watched comedy show in its history of programming. More than 11 million people alone watched the live-streamed premiere of the season. These are incredible numbers for a show with only three seasons.

The success of the first episode of season 3 alone inspired a hysteria involving a certain fast food chain. I’m talking McDonald’s and their Szechuan sauce. Who knew Rick Sanchez telling Cornvelious Daniel how much he loves a promotional McNuggets sauce from 1998 could led to a literal uproar?

McDonald’s actually ended up gifting the Rick and Morty team a four-pound bottle of this rare sauce, and the hype eventually led up to the franchise re-releasing the sauce for one day only on October 7, 2017. This didn’t sit right with fans due to the fact that the sauce was quickly sold out and it led to several public disturbances and an outcry across social media.

I don’t think I’ve ever seen an animated television show have this much of an influence on the general public. It makes me wonder if the next season of Rick and Morty will be an even bigger deal. There isn’t any news on season 4 at the moment but we’ll keep you posted!

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