Midterm break is coming to an end and with it is the end of my daily diet of kids TV. Through the murky haze of Doc McStuffins, Show Me Show Me, Sofia the First and Max and Ruby was a shining light of the more teen/adult centric cartoons on the Cartoon Network: Adventure Time and Regular Show.
Adventure Time follows the adventures of Finn, a human boy and his canine companion, adoptive brother and best friend Jake. Finn and Jake live in a post apocalyptic world called Ooo. They interact with the other characters that inhabit Ooo, Princess Bubblegum, The Ice King and Marceline,The Vampire Queen. Since it was launched it has been an audience and critical success, nominated for Prime Time Emmys and Sundance Film Festival awards. Set in the future after the “Great Mushroom War” where magic has returned to the world, the series has its own mythology surrounding the war which is explored in various episodes. The series is heavily influenced by Dungeons and Dragons and has all the ingredients of a good Dungeons and Dragons adventure: litchis, vampires, villages needing saving from destruction, treasure and crazy magic.
Regular Show also revolves around two friends, a blue jay named Mordecai and a racoon called Rigby.They are both employed as groundskeepers in the local park. In their regular attempts to slack off work, they usually get caught up in surreal, extreme and supernatural adventures. During these adventures they interact with the other characters in the show, Benson (a gumball machine),Margaret (a robin), Muscle Man (an overweight green man) , Pops (who has a lolly pop as a head), Hi-Five Ghost and Skips (a yeti). Music composed for the show is written by Mark Mothersbaugh, one of the founding members of Devo. It has also had a very good critical reception nominated for Emmy awards and BAFTA awards. Regular Show draws its influences from The Simpsons, Beavis and Butthead and the surrealism of The Mighty Boosh.
Both shows are shown at regular intervals daily on the Cartoon Network and are both gems of cartoons that will bring enjoyment on discovery for present and future cartoon watchers.