Regular Show Season 1 and 2 Blu-ray Review
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an animated cartoon series that
was created for the Cartoon Network. It debuted back in September 2010
now making its Blu-ray debut with a set that comprises the first 2
the show. Created from J.G. Quintel, the show is known for having an
sense of humor with a lot of randomness that makes its title both
hilarious. The show is currently airing its fourth season and it's
of the network's most successful shows.
episode revolves around the main characters Mordecai
and Rigby. These are goofy-natured characters (frequently referred to
as "slackers") who are close friends who tend to do a ton of things
together -- pretty much everything they do is done together.
is actually a giant Blue Jay bird and Rigby is some
kind of raccoon. Both are employed as groundskeepers but they spend
most of the
time at their job messing up and making things become more complicated
everyone else. Somehow, comedic hilarity tends to ensue as a result.
most of the episodes they tend to mess up a massively
simply task in some bizarre fashion. In one episode, another character
transported to the moon because of them, in another episode they end up
unleashing a big, menacing video-game with lasers when they were
set up chairs, and in another episode they pretend to be astronauts
essentially almost leads to the destruction of the entire world. This
much how everything happens on the show.
rest of the cast of characters consists of Pops, a
friendly oddball who gives out lollipops as payment, the park manager
walking gum-ball machine, Skips, a yeti-groundskeeper who frequently
save everyone, and Mitch, an oddball who often makes a "My Mom!"
joke, which never makes much sense to anyone. There are several other
supporting characters who appear over the course of the show's seasons,
Margaret, a Red Robin for which Mordecai has a huge crush on.
offbeat humor of the series is the greatest strength of Regular
Show. This isn't a series with
some kind of major continuation in storytelling. It's a classic example
well done animated program which focuses on different comedic scenarios
episode and upon the likability these characters have to bring some
laughs to audiences. It reminds me of
some of the classic cartoons produced by the Cartoon Network as well as
the humor found in a number of old-school Looney
Tunes cartoons. The comedy is based around these characters, which
of the reasons the show works so well. The way in which the show's
crafted these unique goofballs makes for a good animated effort.
of references are made to pop-culture elements, but
most of these moments are actually based in the eighties. It's an
creative direction for the show and it helps to lend it something rare
special as a quality-show that wants to be enjoyed by animation fans of
different age groups, including those in their twenties and thirties.
Network found animated gold with Regular Show, which
is too offbeat and
unique to be called regular. It's anything
but that. This is a jolt of creativity the network greatly needed
something that will hopefully run for several more seasons. This is a
sweet-natured series overall and the characters are the main element of
goofy charming nature which keeps things fun and interesting for the
jubilant fan-base. Regular Show is a
comedic animated gem worthy of being discovered for years to come.
arrives on Blu-ray with a 1.78:1
widescreen 1080p High Definition presentation that is generally quite
and impressive. Colors certainly seem to 'pop' in HD and are a huge
the series success -- the animation is impressive and really helps to
this series and it's offbeat characters, so it's nice that a strong
healthy bit-rates was a factor of the series high definition debut.
sharpness are both notable as well. The presentation shouldn't
of the series.
back of the packaging states that
this release includes Dolby TrueHD lossless 5.1 surround sound audio
episodes. Unfortunately, the only audio option actually included during
main presentation of the show is Dolby Digital 2.0 audio which is
surround sound or something that preserves the show as well as would
possible with a lossless encode.
the 2.0 isn't a total slouch (it
does offer decent dimensionality for a front-channels only mix) the
exactly something that impressive either. It still works for the show
enough but it is a bit of a disappointing element of this release and
continues Warner Bros routine releasing of titles with lossy audio
promoting high-def audio on the packaging. Fans will be annoyed by this
of the release, but the audio is at least in acceptable (if
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on Blu-ray with a surprising amount of supplemental materials. Included
set (as spread across the two separate Blu-ray discs) is the following:
Commentary for all 40 episodes from Season 1 and
Season 2 of Regular Show
Unaired Regular Show Pilot (8
min. HD), which is in the same vein of the show
that would follow its production order. This pilot isn't quite
on par with the quality of the actual show with regards to the
animation quality but the comedy and spirit of the show remains
same and it's something that will be of high interest to big fans. It's
getting another bonus episode of the show.
for the Unaired Pilot (7
min) shows the early sketch-work done outlining
for "The Power" (11
min.) shows the early sketch-work done
outlining the episode.
Pencil Tests from Saerom (38
sec.) is some early test animation for an
episode of the show.
Test for Hodgepodge Monster (4
sec.) is a brief snippet of a test CG animation
for one of Regular Show's monster characters.
Comic-Con Teaser Trailer
(2:35) plays out like a "best of"
clip-show featuring several of Regular
Show's best season one moments. It's a hilarious clip-show that was
presented before this series actually premiered.
Naive Man from Lolliland" Student Short (4
min. 8 sec.) is an amazing
student short film showcasing the Pops character's introduction and his
use of lollipops as payment. This is a surprisingly strong student film
showcases how amazing series creator J.G. Quintel was as an animation
and the character is truly hilarious in this amazingly creative short
Sings Mystery Karaoke (2
min.) is quite bizarre as a supplement.
Basically, it's of one of the main series voice-actors doing karaoke to
unknown song that includes a lot of swear words (which has caused
Network and Warner Bros to bleep out the entire piece -- it's all
bleeped so you have no idea what he's saying or singing to). Weird.
Tonight Music Video (2
min. 6 sec.) is a campy and heartfelt
live-action music video for the "Party Tonight" segment from season
one. It's sort of like a short film version of Regular Show with actual
in the parts of the characters, with cool costumes, and great design.
with JG Quintel (5
min. 6 sec.) is a brief interview with the
creator of Regular Show.
Pitches "The Power" (16
min. 32 sec.) is one of the coolest
supplemental features that has been included on the entire release. In
hilarious and insightful piece, Regular Show series creator JG Quintel does a version of his episode
pitch for Season One's episode "The Power", which became the first
episode of the series. He offers voices for the characters and his
enthusiasm for his illustrations and jokes make this a special blast of
demonstrating immense effort on his part to pitch the show to others.
Regular Show Commercials - With this
selectable extra, there are two short animated pieces that play (of
less than a
minute long each) which are original promotional pieces for the series.
one of Cartoon Network's most
zany and original animated series in years. It's something that harkens
the Cartoon-Cartoon days of the network,
and the greatest years the network had with shows like The
Powerpuff Girls, Dexter's
Laboratory, and Johnny Bravo.
comedy style seems to be a bit of a blend between Adult
Swim productions (with humor that seems aimed at a slightly older
traditional Cartoon Network shows. This is a great series for audiences
age, but it will be most enjoyed by twenty to thirty-something people
love cartoons. This is one truly awesome cartoon with a lot of good
Neil Lumbard is a lifelong fan of cinema, and a student who aspires to make movies. He loves writing, and currently does in Texas.