I’m going to talk about a few cartoons that were my favorite this year as well as some old ones. Today, I picked out the first three.
1) Adventure Time by Pendleton Ward
This cartoon features Fin, the human and his adoptive brother and best friend Jake, the dog. They live in the land of Ooh where they constantly are battling ominous monsters and having both fun and dangerous adventures with their friends Marceline the Vampire Queen and Princess Bubblegum, ruler of the Candy Kingdom. Throughout the plot, they also have constant fights with the extremely annoying and disturbing Ice King.
Based on the game of dungeons and dragons, this show originally started as a short on Random! Cartoons and is created by Pendleton Ward. As soon as it was released, it went viral on the web which encouraged the production of an ongoing series. Ward and those who were supporting this had settled on Cartoon Network due to the multiple passes on the idea by Nickelodeon. The idea they had for the first episode was to have two of the characters have a spaghetti dinner, but the network didn’t like this idea and decided to elongate the story of ‘The Enchiridian’ which was the premise of the short shown on Random! Cartoons. This was accepted by the network and the first episode shown to the public.
2) Regular Show by J.G. Quintel
This a show about two friends named Mordecai and Rigby that get stuck in very weird and unexplainable situations on a regular basis.
This particular cartoon is based off of J.G. Quintel, the creator’s, life. Some of the plot is based off of the short films he made with friends while at the California Institute of Art. He started out with a cartoon called Camp Lazlo on Cartoon Network, and was also the creative director of The Misadventures of FlapJack, later creating Regular Show. One of the main characters, Mordecai, is based off of J.G. Quintel when he was in college. Rigby, the racoon, was developed off of a drawing he had done of a raccoon hula-hooping. There was difficulty along the way creating characters. To create an original story board, he recruited independent comic book artists and also based a lot of the humorous aspects on other popular cartoons (e.a The Simpsons, Beavis and Butthead, etc.). Some of the style was taken from Rocko’s Modern Life and Quintel’s Camp Lazlo.
3) Bob’s Burgers
Bob’s Burger’s features a family of five attempting to keep their burg restaurant in business.
This series was another animated creation pooped out by the FOX network created by Loren Bouchard, also the creator of the lovely and not-so-well-known series that came out in the 90’s called Home Movies. This cartoon series in particular went through many changes. In the original, the animation was slower due to budget cuts, the language was cruder, the drawings of the character’s were slightly cleaner with features less exaggerated, and one male character was removed and a female character took his place.
This is the original pilot:
The next cartoon from this year that I loved will be written about tomorrow, as well as some old ones I still enjoy.
Sources: Wikipedia. . .always. . .it’s a fast source. . .