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Our review of Regular Show: Party Pack, published March 2nd, 2013, is also available.
Aw snap. Aw snap! Come to the macaroni party and we'll take a nap.
Cartoon Network has gone out of its way to put together the strangest block of cartoons in history. Some are really good (The Amazing World of Gumball), some really aren't (Problem Solverz), but all are truly unique. The headliner is Regular Show, which combines off-the-wall ideas with characters who are easy to like. Even the jerky ones.
Mordecai the blue jay and Rigby the raccoon live and work at city park. Of course, "work" is a relative term, since the duo spends more time goofing off than doing chores. This is a sore spot for their irritable boss Benson, a living gumball machine. These three represent what you might call the "normal" portion of the cast, inasmuch as anything in this show is normal. Their co-workers include: Skips (voiced by Mark Hamill), a giant white immortal ape who knows Death on a first-name basis; the brash and arrogant Muscleman, who lacks muscular definition (so his name is a bit of an oxymoron) and tells the same bad joke in every situation; High-Five Ghost, who just kinda hangs around without a lot of characterization; and Pops, a sweet and innocent old-fashioned gentleman with a huge head, who was once a champion wrestler and considers phonographs to be high-tech.
J.G. Quintel, better known for his writing efforts (The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack), and William Salyers (Moral Orel) voice Mordecai and Rigby with excellent chemistry, giving the duo more depth than one might expect. The other characters don't quite manage to escape their shallow one-note personas, but the performances are solid. It helps that the writing is decent, with scripts that deal feature odd situations and excellent dialogue.
The only real question is, why does Cartoon Network insist on releasing their shows in annoying "theme packs" instead of simply giving us full seasons? Regular Show: Slack Pack is a seemingly random selection of episodes from the first two seasons.
• "The Power"—Rigby "finds" a magic keyboard that can convince anyone to do anything.
• "Just Set Up the Chairs"—Mordecai and Rigby find an old arcade game, while they're supposed to set up chairs for a birthday party, and turning it on leads to disastrous results.
• "Death Punchies"—Tired of constantly losing at "punchies," Rigby begins training in Death Kwon Do. After stealing the secret to the Death Punch, he finds he can defeat anyone with a single blow.
• "Grilled Cheese Deluxe"—While purchasing a grilled cheese sandwich, Mordecai and Rigby tell a group of astronauts that they, too, are astronauts, leading to a series of escalating lies.
• "Mordecai and the Rigbys"—Mordecai and Rigby's boasts about their fake band get them invited to open mic night. Too bad they can't actually play. Maybe their future selves can help.
• "Rage Against the TV"—Mordecai and Rigby are just about to win a video game when the television dies. Their attempts to find a replacement lead to an unexpected real battle with the final boss.
• "This is My Jam"—Rigby finds a tape with the previous year's hit single, and soon the song is stuck in his head. Attempts to remove it result in creating a living manifestation that chases him everywhere.
• "The Night Owl"—Mordecai, Rigby, Muscleman, and High-Five Ghost join forces to win a "stay on top of a billboard" contest, but the Night Owl (the DJ who created the contest) wants to make sure it lasts as long as possible.
• "Over the Top"—Skips is devastated when wimpy Rigby defeats him at arm wrestling, but when Rigby's secret is revealed, Skips doesn't hold back, killing the raccoon with the force of his anger.
• "Brain Eraser"—Mordecai accidentally sees Pops' naked body, and the memory won't go away. Rigby enlists Skips and an employee from The Movie Shack Hut to help erase the memory from Mordecai's mind.
• "A Bunch of Baby Ducks"—While cleaning out the park's fountain, Mordecai and Rigby discover a flock of ducklings. Since the mother is nowhere to be found, they take care of the ducklings in their own unique way.
Presented in standard definition 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen, the transfer is clean with bright primary-heavy colors, though the art is light on detail and has only basic shading and texturing. The Dolby 2.0 Stereo mix is center-heavy but adequate. The only extra is a "rah-ha" ringtone.
Regular Show a show that's entertaining for adults and kids…though not the youngest ones; it is rated TV-PG.
Not Guilty, but Cartoon Network is charged with Facetious Packaging.
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