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Tony here. Time for your weekly Recap of Cartoon Network’s Monday Night Line-up on the date 06/13/2011. This week the line-up consists of new episodes of The Amazing World of Gumball, Regular Show, MAD, and The Problem Solverz. Note that this blog defines “Recap” as a short summary of the episode and a brief review/opinion of it, as opposed to the “Bit-By-Bit” recapping style of sites like TelevisionWithoutPity.com. Some spoilers below. Let’s get started.

First up on The Amazing World of Gumball: In “The Painting”, the school’s principal sees a drawing Anais did, which demonstrates the insanely chaotic and dysfunctional nature of her family. The principal decides to try and sort all of them out–telling Richard to get a job, Nicole to become a stay-at-home mom, and Gumball and Darwin to take a course on taming their rambunctiousness. Another hilarious episode; each storyline was given equal screen-time and all managed to be amazing. I’ve heard a lot of complaints about how unoriginal Richard’s dumb dad personality is, but I don’t care–he’s personally my favorite character on the show, because (as is demonstrated in this episode) practically everything he does is hysterical and well-timed. Gumball and Darwin’s plot featured a new character, Mr. Smalls, a new age teacher whose methods were side-splitting, and Nicole’s simple scenes had her being extremely bored being able to do nothing but clean. The jokes worked, these characters are funny–Gumball is just fucking amazing. I give it an A+.

Then on Regular Show: In “More Smarter”, Rigby is mocked for not having a high school diploma. He tries but fails attending an actual high school, and finds an online test impossible, so he orders a brain enhancing juice which makes him “more smarter”. This episode was on the ball the whole time. Rigby being stupid–while some of the jokes were a tad on the nose–was played out nice and his dumb lines were funny. The irregular ending was as big and weird as I like it, with the boys taking so much of the brain juice that they think at a higher level then everybody and view the world as more-or-less the grid from Tron. Two favorite moments: Benson coming into the kitchen and asking the guys a real life stereotypical math word problem to Rigby’s utter bemusement, and the cleverly quick way the show brushed off Rigby’s attempt at re-attending high school which could have been an episode all its own. I give it an A.

Next on MAD: In “Ribbitless/The Clawfice”, the show took on Limitless, The Office, The Muppets, and X-Men, and packed a solid punch. In fact, most of the sketches (excluding the titular two) did not actually directly parody anything, and it allowed for more diversity in the comedy. That being said, the parodies themselves were a bit of a stretch (I actually had no clue what they’d be parodying until I saw the episode despite seeing the titles beforehand) but once that subsided they both offered their laughs. “Ribbitless” was hilarious, with lots of funny gags with the Muppets–there was even some surprise continuity with a callback to a bit in “Clifforfield”– though “The Clawfice” didn’t do much for me despite my love of both The Office and X-Men. I just felt like the satire itself just wasn’t good enough; like they hadn’t really done much research on the show, so the whole thing just fell apart for me. The best sketch was “Seattle: Los Angeles”, which was just absurd, ridiculous, hilarious, and amazing. One my favorite MAD sketches so far, though the episode overall was just solid. I give it a B+.

Finally, on The Problem Solverz: In “Breakfast Wars”, a child runs out of cereal, and The Problem Solverz mission to solve the problem leads to them going on a wild chase as they get embroiled in the schemes of the evil cereal mascot Professor Sugar Fish. I’m not entirely sure how I came to get the feelings I did about this episode–maybe I’m just totally adjusted to the horrific colors and annoying voices and in-your-face attitude of this show and just don’t care anymore; maybe it was the fact that this whole episode acted as an homage to insane Japanese culture with Prof. Sugar Fish’s cereal commercials and I absolutely adore everything about Japan; maybe it was that the surrealism was actually done sort of right for once. But for whatever reason, this episode of The Problem Solverz was borderline decent, and I….did not hate it. And once again, I’m not sure why, but for whatever reason, I laughed more at the absurdity, and I was not utterly repulsed. Again, it might be because I’m adjusted, or because I’m bias for Japanese culture, but I still could not find much to hate about this episode. Oh sure, the colors were brighter and fiercer then ever and the plot was more chaotic, random, and dumber, which are the elements this show increases on weekly. I hate all of the characters (except for Tux Dog, but even he was in the episode and had a pretty funny scene) and I hate the animation. But as this season comes to a close (season finale’s next week) I’ve finally found at least one episode of this horrible show that can actually be called “decent”. I give it a C-.

Overall I give this week’s CN Monday a B+. Be sure to check the line-up next week, starting at 7:30p.m. on Cartoon Network. And be sure to read more of Toons with Tony with new posts daily.

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Tony here. Time for your weekly Recap of Cartoon Network’s Monday Night Line-up on the date 05/23/2011. This week the line-up consists of new episodes of  The Amazing World of Gumball, Regular Show, MAD, and The Problem Solverz. Note that this blog defines “Recap” as a short summary of the episode and a brief review/opinion of it, as opposed to the “Bit-By-Bit” recapping style of sites like TelevisionWithoutPity.com. Minor spoilers below. Let’s get started.

First on The Amazing World of Gumball: In “The End”, Gumball and Darwin believe the world is about to end and try to spread the word. While their rational mother and sister laugh it off, their bumbling father believes them and they all take hasty action. This episode was just hysterical throughout. Unlike the dreadfully forced The Problem Solverz, Gumball perfectly nails the straight-up weird randomness style of humor in a manner similar to the painfully underrated My Gym Partner’s a Monkey. The very plot of the episode was very timely, as the hysteria over the faux Rapture occurred just a few days before this episode aired. Loved all of Gumball’s chaotic attempts to make his last day on Earth worthwhile. I give it an A. In “The Dress”, Gumball…well, Gumball runs out of clean clothes and is forced to go to school wearing his mother’s dress…and is mistaken for a new girl…who Darwin subsequently…FALLS IN LOVE FOR.  Jesus. Maurice. Christ. This episode was so fucked up. It was beyond Getting Crap Past the Radar. It was Tyler Durden splicing dog porn into a fucking children’s movie. From the very beginning, we get a blurred-out Gumball schlong walking around and hiding in his father’s shirt, Darwin falling in love with his own brother–and the whole thing is TV-Y7. But oh my God was it so amazingly and hilariously disturbing. I could not stop laughing throughout any of this episode. It was just so mind-boggling insane and messed up…I don’t know how Gumball keeps doing it, but in a short half-hour it is able to outshine nearly every animated show on TV right now. I give it an A+ .

Then on Regular Show: In “Over the Top”, Skips is shocked to find out Rigby is able to defeat him in arm wrestling, surpassing him as reigning arm wrestling champ. But Skips’ attempt to find out how Rigby is beating him goes a bit, well–over the top.  This was a fun episode, and a nice return to lunacy from last week’s “regular” episode. Skips is an interesting character to have as the focus of an episode, and his immortality is brought up once more–this time, with his grappling with death himself (who has one arm much larger than the other, a very dirty joke I hope was intentional and not just my mind being in the gutter) in an arm wrestling match. Also, I loved the title of this episode, a reference to Sylvester Stalone’s arm wrestling movie Over the Top. I give it an A-.

Next, on MAD: In “The Social Netjerk / Smallville: Turn Off the Clark“, sketches include a parody of Thor entitled Jersey Thor, snakes playing a parody of Scrabble, and a spoof of The Social Network that, unlike most of MAD‘s “leading” sketches is just a straight up satire, not combining it with any other media. Despite the potential of that sketch and a few well-adjusted jokes, it was a tad disappointing, as was the rest of the episode, which–starting with a very bland and unfunny opening MAD News announcement–felt weak. Two sketches stood out for me: “Airbender Technical Institute”, a funny mash-up of Avatar: The Last Airbender and ITT Tech, and Smallville: Turn Off the Clark, where Smallville gets revamped by Julie Taymor as a Spider Man: Turn Off the Dark-type musical. I give this sketch special credit for doing its research, and for summing up the disappointing nature of the series as a whole. Still, a weak episode. I give it a B-.

Finally, on The Problematic Seizurez The Problem Solverz: In “Badcat”, Horace, Roba, and Alfe enlist the help of Tux Dog in order to fight a new supervillain, the titular Badcat. I find it difficult to review The Problem Solverz week after week because the show never improves the problems it has–the delirious animation, the ugly character designs, the obnoxious characters, bland voice acting, etc.–but just tries and adds new things to improve it that do not cancel out the negative elements. Tux Dog, for example, is actually an alright character, and scenes with him are actually rather good. But this show is just so nauseating and, frankly, boring. I find it nearly impossible to enjoy this show despite any bright spots in the plot, like the Tux Dog character. I don’t dislike the plot, and I don’t have any plotholes on it, but I just do not care at all what happens. A few jokes land, but The Problem Solverz continues to be uninteresting and ugly. I give it a F+.

Overall I give this week’s CN Monday line-up an A-. Be sure to check the line-up next week, starting at 7:30p.m. on Cartoon Network. And be sure to read more of Toons with Tony with new posts daily.


Tony here. Time for your weekly Recap of Cartoon Network’s Monday Night Line-up on the date 05/16/2011. This week the line-up consists of The Amazing World of Gumball, Adventure Time (repeat), Regular Show, MAD, and The Problem Solverz. Note that this blog defines “Recap” as a short summary of the episode and a brief review/opinion of it, as opposed to the “Bit-By-Bit” recapping style of sites like TelevisionWithoutPity.com.

First on The Amazing World of Gumball: In “The Third”, Gumball believes he and Darwin need to add a third person to their group. After sifting through their choices, they end up adding Tobias, a rich kid who charges the two $20 to be their friend and ends up hogging all of Darwin’s time. There was some nice character development with Darwin and Gumball’s brotherly friendship, and a lot of great gags involving Adrien the balloon. I give it an A. In “The Debt”, Gumball thinks Mr. Robinson has saved his life, and is determined to pay back to him. Set up as a cliched, run-0f-the-mill ’70s sitcom plot, this actually turns into a much more entertaining set-up as we see a lot of focus on Mr. Robinson’s attempt to but on his final stage performance. This episode really delivers due to the show’s simply astonishing animation. Though the character designs are basic, the show is crazy ambitious, mixing traditional animation with stop-motion and CGI on live-action backdrops. The CGI is possibly the most impressive–the animators do an astonishing job capturing the feel of puppetry in the animation of Robinson and his family. Lots of good jokes in here, too. I give it an A-.

Adventure Time was a repeat this week.

Then on Regular Show: In “Really Real Wrestling”, Mordecai and Rigby discover Pops has a ticket to go see Really Real Wrestling, which is basically  just WWE with mutants. Unfortunately, while: performing their own wrestling moves, they end up hurting Pops’ back and forcing him to stay in bed. But naturally, Mordecai and Rigby (and Pops unknown to them) sneak out to see the show anyways. The plot isn’t as extreme as most RS episodes, and actually borders on predictable, but the jokes are clever. I was, however, sort of disappointed, considering Pops is the show’s most consistently funny character, and this episode failed to deliver on some much-desired Pops lines. I give it a B.

Next, MAD: In “Pooh Grit / Not-a-Fan-a-Montana”, sketches include a parody of True Grit with Winnie the Pooh characters cast as characters, a talk show with Cobra the Commander from G.I. Joe, amongst others. This episode featured a surprising amount of strong sketches. In a faux commercial, a combination of Big League Chew gum and Pokemon, entitled “Big League PikaChew”, is advertised; combining a funny pun with some genuine shock humor, this was an admittedly disturbing segway. My favorite of the night was likely the Bob the Builder/Handy Mandy “clash”, where Bob the Builder calls out Mandy for ripping off his show. “Oooh, you just got built!” “Not-a-Fan-a-Montana” was also spectacular; though a Hannah Montana is not a particularly timely subject, but the idea of Miley Cyrus being overshadowed by the rise of Justin Bieber certainly is. Lots of nice ridiculous twists in this one. MAD‘s not about structure or cleverness, but with a lot of pop-culture references zooming along every second, lots of stuff are bound to stick, like in this episode. I give it an A-.

Finally, we have The Problem Solverz: in “Mayan Ice Cream Caper”, the Problem Solverz are called upon to stop the destruction of an ice cream factory by the hands of the owner. Horace falls in love with the owner’s daughter, which mixes things up as the true purpose of the destruction attempt is questioned. Coming to no surprise, I despise this show. Flashing colors and hollow surrealism make this show just impossible to follow and desperately intolerable. This episode delivers the same old same old, as the annoying characters scream their lines in their grating voices and the plots run into the ground with predictability and pointlessness. Granted some lines stick (such as Alfe’s, who is 99% of the time completely intolerable, “SQUIRREL CHEEKS!” gag), but it only amounts to a chuckle. I give it a D-.

Overall I give this week’s CN Monday line-up a B+. Be sure to check the line-up next week, starting at 7:30p.m. on Cartoon Network. And be sure to read more of Toons with Tony with new posts each week.