Oh, Now #BearStack Makes Sense

Cartoon Network has been airing a promo of sorts that shows three bears (white, brown, and Panda) accompanied by a catchy tune, stacked on each other traveling through various universes of the CN lineup and concludes with #BearStack.

While amusing, because I love the silly scenes and the art style of the bears, I didn’t quite get what they were going for. Was a new game coming? A new app? Some special summer event?
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From ‘Bad Seeds’ to Harvey Beaks!

A new animated series of unlikely friendship is coming to Nickelodeon March 29, and I am both curious and excited because the creator is none other than Cartoon Network’s Chowder fame, C.H. Greenblatt.

Twice I encountered promos for Harvey Beaks. After seeing characters Fee and Foo, I was reminded of Panini from Chowder. I quickly Googled to discover if Greenblatt was in fact behind it. Much to my relief that is the case. The name Harvey Beaks was a little foreign because in the past it was plugged under the name Bad Seeds, trademark issues led to this change.
I wrote a post last year bemoaning the fact that Nickelodeon had been lacking in having quality series as part of their regular programming. It seems they may have been waiting until 2015 to start changing. Being a longtime fan of Chowder, I have reasonable expectations, but will keep my mind open since it looks like the tone and desired audience is that of a younger age group than, arguably, Chowder was. I hope this show will be a catalyst in bringing something fresh to Nick’ and getting them to reconnect with their 90s selves as both innovators and promoters of animation.

For a glimpse of 24 beautiful Harvey Beaks’ backgrounds, and more info on the art department, check out the Cartoon Brew link.

Don’t forget to tune in or set your DVRs to meet Harvey Beaks 3/29 at 7 p.m. (ET/PT) (6 p.m. CT)

Man Seeking Woman: Like a Traib Wreck or Is a Traib Wreck?

All over the Internet praise has been sung about one of FXX’s latest comedies Man Seeking Woman. A comedy that has set itself apart from other notable FX programs like Married or You’re the Worst because of its, often amusing, use of surrealist elements.

I started watching as soon as it premiered because I kept seeing teasers and Eric André (Mike) blew up Twitter about it. I admit I have a soft spot for both him and Jay Baruchel (Josh Greenberg), thus, the idea of the two together in a new series was appealing regardless of its content. I watched the first episode and thought okay, that was kind of weird, but let me see where this show goes. By the second, I had to ask myself is this like a train wreck…in that I’m in shock it happened and just can’t bring myself to look away…Or is it actually a train wreck of a show, trying to do too much too soon? No one else seems to have any doubts, it’s almost as if some conspiracy is going on pushing this show to every possible person that would watch it, but maybe other comedians genuinely like it (or MSW has a really great PR team, also probably true). I’ve read it referred to as brilliant, witty, original, amazing, hilarious, pure genius etc.

Now, seven episodes in and a couple of rewatches I think I have established my thoughts on it. It’s at least some of those things. The synopsis on IMDb describes it as the following: “A naive romantic goes on a desperate quest for love when his longtime girlfriend dumps him.”
Which does little in preparing the viewer for what they’re going to find themselves getting into. Man Seeking Woman finds absurd ways to illustrate the mundane experiences of millennials while conveying truths many of us are already or would be thinking in similar situations. Like insecurity when dating someone you think is “out of your league” expressed by his new girlfriend having a close friend that’s a Japanese penis monster. Or having to attend a destination wedding that you know your ex significant other will also be attending, in Hell.

If life operated even a little like it does in Josh and Mike’s world, then maybe some of us would be able to navigate the social aspects of it a little better or have rational fears of being insane. This comedy definitely aims to give its audience something fresh and entertaining. And I sure get a kick out of watching it. The show has already been given the green light for a second season, since viewers are clearly tuning in, and people are rejoicing. So, if you want something humorous and downright weird, give Man Seeking Woman a watch and see what all the hubbub is about. Otherwise, don’t. My IMDb rating? 6.5-7/10

*Traib is the title of Episode 2 and probably one of the simplest things that made me laugh the hardest.  

Will You Peek Over the Garden Wall?

A new five night animated mystery series by Patrick McHale, Over the Garden Wall, is coming to Cartoon Network on November 3.
I discovered a behind the scenes teaser before promos started appearing on CN shared via Ben Bocquelet (creator of The Amazing World of Gumball) on Twitter. I was unaware it would be a mini series, but was, and still am, very intrigued.
This is one of the first times I can recall Cartoon Network offering a series that is of the artistic quality and feel of animated film. And it seems like the team behind it has every intention of telling an engaging story.

Not only does it look fantastic, it brings to mind a classic cartoon vibe like any number of Nickelodeon’s cartoons directed at young children of the late 80s early 90s, while offering a story with more depth and a wider reach. A vibe that lately, seems reserved only for animated films or shorts (that may struggle to find an audience if independent), as cartoon centric networks evolved in relation to the artists coming through. I have no real qualms with a network’s evolution, it’s easy to see I enjoy cartoons from essentially every decade and the styles they utilized. It’s just refreshing to see there is a chance of bringing a style that incorporates more artistic range back or reinventing it for a different generation of viewers and making it readily digestible. A six minute sneak peek snippet can be viewed here.
I hope the series succeeds in viewership, and that this opens the floor to seeing more of this kind of animation mixed in with the Adventure Times and Clarences of today. Or even a showcase like Cartoon Network used to do with such programming as O’ Canada. I love cartoons, but the reality is I love animation more, and when it looks like there’s a homogeneous system of cartoons dominating, I can become disappointed because I know there are brilliant artists/creators out  there. That could make wonderful series and tell all sorts of stories, if their art style didn’t “threaten” the reigning parties.
So, if you enjoy animation and cartoons, I hope you’ll join me in taking a peek Over the Garden Wall this November.


Enjoying In Living Color, a skit about government cheese comes on.
An epiphany.
You’ve eaten government cheese, but not because you were on welfare, you went with a generic brand that happened to be covered by Women, Infants, and Children, and well…it wasn’t bad.
Another skit features a woman from the 30 or 40s who appears in black and white while being in the 90s.
You’re reminded of when you were four years old and you used to think that the world before a certain time existed in gray-scale, but quickly realized that was silly. Then again, having not lived in the past, you couldn’t be absolutely sure.

Tim & Eric’s Bedtime Stories

So far, Tim & Eric’s Bedtime Stories makes me think of a condensed comedy version of Masters of Horror, with notably less gore.
“Hole” went in the direction I expected, but I enjoyed its execution.
“Toes” made me cringe ever so slightly at the beginning, but laugh hard at the end (whether this was intended or not). Its overall content went up a peg on the disturbing meter in comparison to “Hole.”
Next week doesn’t strike me as a particularly creepy/disturbing episode, but there’s no telling how the fellas might spin it. Needless to say (but say it I will), I dig their latest project.

Brief Look at Deep Breath

The premiere episode of Doctor Who Season 8 provided the closure many fans needed, while getting us pumped for the rest of this year’s run. Deep Breath served as the transitional panel of a family quilt passed off to its succeeding generation. Strong, complementary, but distinctly representing its own place amongst history. Peter Capaldi is bringing a persona to the role that has an inkling of classic Doctors, but fans have yet experienced. I am both pleased and prepared to take a deep breath, and dive into the travels of the 12th Doctor and Clara.