DoodleBob Returns in Latest SpongeBob Episode ‘Doodle Dimension’ (Review)

This post contains spoilers for those of you who haven’t seen the episode yet. Continue at your own risk.

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It can be really exciting when a show that has been running for so long brings back some of their original material. With the constant nagging debate that the SpongeBob Squarepants series is just not how is used to be or that it “changed for the worst”, it’s really good timing that we get to see a classic character from on of the earlier seasons. And I honestly, from the bottom of my heart, have to disagree with those statements and the people who are against the newer SpongeBob episodes. I respect your opinions 100%, but try to look at it from this perspective. SpongeBob Squarepants has been running for 19 long and successful years, from episode one to now. When a series has been running for as long as SpongeBob, you just can’t expect it to stay the same. Team members such as writers and artists on the set may have come and gone. Things are bound to change and that is totally normal. A part of life actually, so get used to it kiddos.

With all that being said, SpongeBob Squarepants is still doing quite well as a long running series and it has my respect. Especially when it brings back such iconic characters such as the one and only… DoodleBob. We haven’t seen SpongeBob’s evil self portrait that came to life since his debut episode “Frankendoodle” which aired back in 2002. Sixteen years later, DoodleBob is back and causing an even bigger war in the latest SpongeBob episode “Doodle Dimension” that aired last Friday on March 9. Doodle Dimension was a highly anticipated episode because of DoodleBob’s popularity amongst those who have been watching the series since it started. DoodleBob is basically SpongeBob’s poorly drawn evil twin who wants to wreak havoc, and though SpongeBob defeated him last time, of course Patrick would be the one to draw him yet again when they enter themselves through a strange, blank dimension where you have to doodle the world around you, using a portal that Sandy built.

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Now I would say “Really? Haven’t they learned from the last time?” but this is SpongeBob and Patrick we’re dealing with. I can’t help but feel as if they had totally forgotten about DoodleBob, on account of them calling him cute and wanting a hug from him when he was drawn again. I guess all of the antics that SpongeBob and Patrick go through on a day to day basis is just too much to keep up with. So of course chaos ensues and DoodleBob definitely wants revenge for his defeat the last time, but this time he has an army of mini DoodleBobs to back him up. Patrick even ends up getting tied up & taken into the doodled castle of DoodleBob. Thus, the battle to defeat the evil doodle part two really begun. Like I stated before, I don’t agree with those individuals who are saying that the series “changed for the worst”, but I can admit that the episode plots are getting even more outrageous, and this isn’t even necessarily a bad thing.

I’m going to give this episode a fair rating of 4.5/5. I appreciate the writers bringing back a classic character because it shows me that the team behind the series obviously hasn’t forgot about their roots. I mean even though DoodleBob is a villain to SpongeBob and Patrick, you got to admit that his characteristics are funny. On the other hand, I’m a not a huge fan of the direction they took with the episode. Yes, it was expected of Patrick to do something silly and idiotic like draw their enemy who who wrecked havoc. But it was strange of the two not to remember DoodleBob at first and coddling him, as if he totally didn’t try to kill them in the past. I’ll just disregard it as an honest hiccup for now. I also wish they would have gone in the direction of making this episode a special, that maybe could’ve have been an hour long. I hate that the episode was only eleven minutes long because I was really into it, and it felt like it was over before it even started. Sorry if I come off as an ungrateful savage, but when you’re bringing back the epic battle of DoodleBob, you have got to come a bit stronger. But I’m definitely not complaining about SpongeBob with a doodled knight costume on.

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Apple & Onion Gives a Familiar yet Uplifting Theme

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Just a budding friendship comedy coming through. Cartoon Network has released quite a few slice-of-life series in its day, but I have to say Apple & Onion is something fresh. It’s definitely not the usual series that is filled with animated humans or animals. I think creator George Gendi really thought outside of the box with this one. Think of those cliche yet funny dancing anthropomorphic food characters that you used to see in the movie theater previews, but think bigger, vibrant and more modern. I have to say the series is so well organized and put together following the theme of every character being a type of food.

Though the overall character theme of the series is pretty unique, the main moral of the story is no stranger to television. Apple & Onion takes place in the big city where food comes to life and so do lessons. Main characters Apple and Onion are off to live in the real world without their parents and must take on the challenge of being an adult. Too bad they can’t seem to let go of their childhood most of the time. Though Onion seems to be a bit more mature, as in the first episode he got to his destination and job right away, Apple is more on the goofball side. Onion also serves as they cliche dorky character who wears glasses, so he has to be the more mature one right?

A duo with contrasting yet similar personalities definitely gives a familiar tune, but I can’t knock this series at all. Apple & Onion is uplifting with a side comedy and it’s one of those shows that sort of has the ability to make you feel good while watching it. Although, I can’t kick the fact that there’s a strange yet very funny theme happening on the show and it’s a dilemma of mine and maybe for some other viewers as well. This series consists of characters that are all types of foods – meat, vegetables, desserts & drinks. So excuse me if I can’t help but find it rather strange that they eat meat, vegetables, desserts & drinks. Another case of Carnivore Confusion! Of course, what else are they suppose to eat right?

Apple & Onion is reportedly a limited-series, only planning to consist of ten episodes that will be running for five weeks. I guess like the pilot episode, the series is still be on the testing stage. I wouldn’t mind if Apple & Onion ended up becoming a full time series in the future, but it is smart of Cartoon Network to see how it would do.  Apple & Onion is bubbly, humorous & gives off a nice “moral of the story” lesson of being yourself and taking things one step at a time. Especially if it seems like your parents are sort of fed up with your childlike antics and throw you on a bus to fend for yourself in a big city because I think that is the most important theme of all in this show – growing up.

4.5/5

‘Final Space’ Is the Epic Adventure of Battling Evil

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I find myself getting emotionally invested in the animated Sci-Fi genre more and more. The Herculean adventures and battles that the characters find themselves getting into is just getting far too entertaining. You will definitely find your eyes glued to whatever screen you’re watching on and your attention will been occupied. Think of a futuristic space where creatures who possess powers strong enough to destroy entire planets. How about an evil ruler with an army of bounty hunters who may be below 3 ft. Yeah, this show is pretty much going there. Final Space is sure enough a comedy, but definitely an epic one. How epic is this show? Besides the actual story line, the show itself has sort of already made history by being streamed live on Reddit’s front page. It’s really good to know that TBS is going in the right direction with this new series, and we already have a clear vision of where this series wants to take its viewers.

The show is focused around Gary, a very harmlessly eccentric guy who often goofs off, especially when things get serious and his life may be at stake. He’s serving a five-year prison sentence on The Galaxy One after foolishly trying to impress a woman named Quinn, his love interest who’s brilliant and badass. Quinn is headstrong and exceptionally focused on her job. Like investigating a possible gravitational disturbance. If anyone looks out for her the most it would be Tribore. Tribore is described as the “lovable but highly annoying fashionista who goes from Quinn’s assistant to the heroic leader of the resistance.” While Gary is serving his sentence, he’s frequently recording video messages for Quinn of what he oddball things he has done throughout the day. Gary often shows his unfortunate loneliness due to his prison sentence, especially when he resorts to interacting with inanimate objects and is desperate to play cards with anyone. Well, except for Kvn (pronounced as Kevin) of course, his “Insanity Avoidance Companion” who he shows a bitter disgust and even a hatred towards. Ironically, Kvn seems very nice and even shares sort of the same foolish and playful personality as him. Of course, Gary’s foolishness are often put to end an by The Galaxy One’s AI, Hue. Hue often serves as “the voice of reason to Gary’s non-reason”, and I can’t agree more. Though he is always scolding him when he’s doing something that is against his prison sentence, Hue really comes through as a guidance to Gary and helps him when he needs it the most.

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Gary’s need for companionship unquestionably came to an end when he comes across a round, green, adorable creature called E-351. Gary ends up naming this mysterious creature “Mooncake”, after an unlikely childhood companion that was a green caterpillar. This followed a flashback scenes, which included showing the fate of his parents, that you just can’t help feel the emotions that come with it. At this point, you can definitely tell that it’s one of those moments where someone feels like they have known someone (or something) forever, even if they just met. From that moment, Gary and Mooncake became pretty inseparable, and unfortunately it was the start of the ultimate battle against evil for Gary and rest of The Galaxy One squad.

By now, it is already known that Mooncake possesses these extraordinary powers that are strong enough to destroy planets. For that reason, it has a target on its back by Lord Commander, the most evil and dangerous being in the galaxy. Funny, because he might also be the shortest being in the galaxy. Well played. An evil ruler comes with evil intentions, and if Mooncake is kidnapped by Turk the bounty hunter, his planet-destroying powers will be used for evil and destruction. Gary is going to need some backup, if he wants to protect Mooncake and The Galaxy One. Avocato, (Yes, his name sounds very tasty and pun-ny) who was once a bounty hunter like Turk, ends up teaming up with Gary to stop Turk in his tracks. Avocato’s son Little Cato has been captured and held prisoner by Lord Commander. Separated from his father for years, Little Cato is determined to reunite with him once again.

The amazing backstory that this show offers throughout its episodes is just outstanding. How everything is lined up is just so well played and it’ll leave you at the edge of your seat at the end of each episode. The more you watch, the more you will learn a little more about each of the characters and that just gives us as the viewers a chance to really a closer bond between ourselves and the series. Main protagonist Gary clearly has a lot on his plate. Being a prisoner for five years where he wasn’t able to really bond or interact with anyone he wanted to, and when he finally meets someone he seems to have became inseparable from (Mooncake), he has to literally partake in a battle to keep them in his life. It’s a never ending battle for both Gary and The Galaxy One squad. From viewing the first couple of episodes of Final Space, I am almost speechless at how well the series juggles the seriousness of living in a sci-fi galaxy and battling a vile and corrupt leader to unleashing some comedic gold as well. This series started out as a YouTube pilot by creator Olan Rogers, that was just as stunning as the final product.

I’m more than ready to see even more episodes of Final Space. The series premieres February 26 on TBS!

We Bare Bears Just Got Weird in the Episode “I Am Ice Bear”

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That very moment when you expect a certain thing to eventually happen, but when it does you’re still shocked. Out of the We Bare Bears trio, I think the bear that stands out the most would have to be Ice Bear. Mainly because of his soft spoken one-liners that are all said in third person. That’s what we know him and that is what makes him likable and at most times relatable. His character presence is just plain cute, funny and makes us warm inside. Ironically, though Ice Bear’s speech may not show much emotion, the actual words that he speaks are often loving and he’s able to show support and compassion for his brothers. He’s always cooking and going along for the many adventures with his older brothers Grizzly and Panda. Along with Ice Bear being the youngest of the three, his unique characterization blends well with his other brothers.

So get this, the latest We Bare Bears episode “I Am Ice Bear” totally threw me off and I know it did for many viewers out there. This is the certain inevitable yet still shocking thing I was talking about regarding this series. The seventh episode of the fourth season aired on Friday, February 9, 2018, with a sneak peek from Cartoon Network that was uploaded prior to the airing date and time. Watching this show, there’s one major thing that I often thought about. What if Ice Bear broke character and talked in a normal, non-monotone, first person voice like the rest of his siblings? Well that’s just what went down as the brothers were celebrating Sibling Day. As they were preparing to take an epic Sibling Day photo to add to the trending hashtag, their usual bear stack ends in a disaster, and Ice Bear is out cold. Concerned for their little brother, Grizzly and Panda hover over Ice Bear until he is conscious again, only to witness  what is probably the most bizarre moment of their life. Ice Bear suffers from amnesia and no longer expresses the usual monotone, third person sentences, but rather a normal speaking voice like everyone else. What’s even more bizarre is that Ice Bear gains a high social status online and offline that has turned him into a complete monster and has even led him to abandon his brothers and move in with his popular friends. Grizz and Panda are willing to do anything to get their little bro back to the way he was, even if that means giving him an even further head injury to undo the amnesia.

A funny display at the usual “knock them on the head again so they’ll be back to normal” amnesia story line plot a lot TV shows have used, but it was nice to see it work so well on the usually introverted character on We Bare Bears. As a lover of Ice Bear, this episode was one big roller coaster of emotions. I think Ice Bear’s popularity could be used as a sort of ironic message for his real life popularity with among viewers of We Bare Bears. Though Ice Bear is seen as a fan favorite, he is the quiet, humble and caring one of the bears. It’s funny because it’s usually the total opposite of how most real life individuals deal with being popular or famous.

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What really cut deep for me in this episode was when the social-status obsessed monster version of Ice Bear or “Ice B”, insisted that Grizz and Panda weren’t his real brothers because they are three different types of bears. Attempting to chop down their family tree? He gets a pass for that one because the amnesia caused him to not even remember helping his brothers with it. But insisting that they aren’t brothers? Not only was that kind of true, but as a fan I didn’t appreciate hearing that hurtful truth. What I love about this series is that we don’t really question the biological mumbo jumbo or if there’s a chance that they are really siblings. Who cares when their bond says it all. Yes, it just got kind of sentimental in here. And besides, we can just use the magical cartoon logic, and that proves that they are biological brothers. Overall, loving the episode and the approach that the team behind it took to really shock the viewers. For a show on its fourth season, We Bare Bears is going in the right direction.

 

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.

‘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.

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!”

Maya Rudolph as Connie the Hormone Monstress

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.