THE PLOT THUS FAR
The daily surreal adventures of a blue jay and raccoon duo that attempt to deal with their mundane jobs as groundskeepers at the local park.
WHAT WE THOUGHT
Some criticize it for being too random and for having mature themes for a kid’s cartoon, but it is because of this that I think it’s clever and original. The animation is well done, clear, and very colorful, an overall treat for the eyes. The characters have great chemistry with one another and are completely original. The humor in the show is very clever and witty, and the plots are creative.
So each episode starts off normal enough, but ends in some kind of supernatural confrontation. For instance, one episode stars off with Mordecai and Rigby having to set up some chair. When they go into the storage room to grab the chairs, they come across and old arcade system. While playing the game they release a demon, who is out to destroy the world and the only way to defeat him is to beat the game. Essentially every episode starts of with a mundane task and goes into the supernatural. I really like how they don’t spend time asking why. The events happen and they just try to figure it out. We get a lot of extraordinary adventures and the show is very creative. I really like how they pay homage to the 80s whether it be through the outfits characters to the games they play. The world they live in is very modern, but it has a very retro vibe.
I think that is because of the characters, which are way more likable and developed than the typical “trouble-makers” that tend to appear in most of the animated shows from the recent years: Sure, the two main characters, Mordecai and Rigby, aren’t exactly role-models, but they have many positive characteristics that made them more complex, instead of being one-dimensional stereotypes. That’s the greatest virtue from this series and something that makes this show pleasant, despite all the strangeness of it.
The Blu-Ray comes with commentaries, animatics, commercials, the unaired pilot and a ton of related material. JG Quintel really went all out to make sure everything regarding the genesis of the show was available on disc. Plus, you get an actual Dolby TrueHD 5.1 track which blows away the standard HD broadcast. The same goes for that incredible 1080p transfer. It’s pretty amazing and it’s a recommended purchase across the board.
RELEASE DATE: 07/16/2013