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Tony here. Time for the end-of-the-week Sunday Wrap-Up. It’s here that I look back at the week in animation and say what I thought worked, what I thought failed, and what I thought was the best-of-the-best of week. (I unveiled a new rating system a few days after I did the reviews for a few of these shows, so I’ll be adapting them accordingly from their letter grades.)  Some spoilers below. Let’s get started.

On CN Monday, we had new episodes of:

  • The Amazing World of Gumball — Yet another hilarious outing for the show. Focused a lot on the dynamic of the family and gave equal screentime to storylines involving each of them trying to become more functional. Gumball and Darwin’s plot worked the best, though Richard’s plot had some amazingly hysterical sight gags. 9.8/10 (Best of the night)
  • Regular Show — Felt like a season one episode almost. The jokes worked and I loved the staging of Mordecai and Rigby getting too smart for everyone else. (Though I admit the grid was a bit too much like the one from “Don”). It was pretty clever how they set up what could have been a completely different episode plot–Rigby re-attending high school–and simply brushed it off. 9.3/10
  • MAD — Most of the sketches surprisingly weren’t parodies of anything specific, sans the titular two. Of those two, the first one was good and funny, while the second failed to do anything with me–mostly because of a few minor research errors related to The Office and some generally missaimed jokes.  Also both of the titles were really a stretch. My favorite was “Seattle: Los Angeles”, which was absurd, hilarious, and amazing, and one of my favorite MAD sketches, but the whole thing was more-or-less just solid. 7.9/10.
  • The Problem Solverz — I have no idea what it is–perhaps it was my love of Japanese culture which this episode owes a lot to, or maybe I’ve simply adjusted to this show’s horrid colors and madness–but I actually found this episode totally decent. The surrealism actually sort of felt well-done at points, a lot of it being with Professor Sugar Fish, a wacky Japanese cereal mascot (again, my Japan bias) and nothing really upset me; not even the loud voices or colors. This season’s almost over, and they’ve finally made an episode I didn’t hate. 6.0/10

Then on CN Tuesday:

  • Scooby Doo! Mystery Incorporated — Sadly I missed the opening, but I did hear that there was a brief cameo of Scrappy and Flim-Flam as statues, which is amazing. Rest of the episode was alright but nothing totally notable beside that opening. Still pretty cool to see more development with the overarching series mystery–this time involving Angel Dynamite. 7.0/10
  • The Looney Tunes Show — This episode felt a lot like a classic short. We opened with Bugs and Daffy tunnel-traveling, which offered a huge nostalgic blast. Then the main plot had Bugs and Daffy competing over an attractive Hollywood scarlet (Bugs being the obvious and continuous victor throughout), and accordingly Daffy was sort of refitted from his typical dumbass routine on this show to a much more Chuck Jones-esque Daffy. That’s what made this episode work; not to mention it was pretty damn funny. 9.4/10 (Best of the night)

On Disney Channel’s Saturday Toonin’ block, we had a new episode of:

  • Phineas and Ferb — Both episodes were fantastic. I liked the first–“Candace Disconnected”–better though. Joel McHale guest starred as a deadpan prototype Norm head and served as the episode’s strongest comedic anchor. Plus all three plots managed to entertain, which is always good in my book. The second–“Magic Carpet Ride”–was also good, but the main plot (while rather beautiful) felt sort of weak. Candace’s plot showed us some interesting new locations, while Doof’s showed us a new side of Roger. First: 9.5/10; Second: 9.2/10.

And on The Hub Saturday, we had a new episode of:

  • Dan Vs. — One of my favorite episodes, definitely. Every joke worked perfectly, and the escalation of the entire thing was much more slow-burn and allowed the jokes to be more subtle. Hortense was a funny new character and her voice (provided by Tress MacNeille) was hilarious on its own. Lots of continuity nods, with a reappearance from my favorite recurring character, Crunchy, the hippietastic hippie. Plus I actually felt sorry for Dan. Just a perfect episode. 10/10.

So overall, the Best of the Week were:

  1. Dan Vs. — “Burgerphile”
  2. The Amazing World of Gumball — “The Painting”
  3. Phineas and Ferb — “Candace Disconnected/Magic Carpet Ride”
  4. The Looney Tunes Show — “Casa de Calma”
  5. Regular Show — “More Smarter”

That’s it for me. We’re nearing the end of the season for a lot of shows, so expect some emptiness in Sunday Wrap-Ups in the upcoming weeks. See you next week.

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.

Tony here. Time for the end-of-the-week Sunday Wrap-Up. It’s here that I look back at the week in animation and say what I thought worked, what I thought failed, and what I thought was the best-of-the-best of week. (Note that there was no new Dan Vs. episode this week, so this might feel a bit lopsided, but that’s out of my control unfortunately. Fucking The Hub…) Minor spoilers below. Let’s get started.

On CN Monday, we had new episodes of:

  • The Amazing World of Gumball — Similar to “The Dress”, this episode managed to nail the perfect level of weirdness, inappropriateness, and genuine portrayals of children. Not to mention it was hysterical. Definitely up there with the best episodes of the show so far, and the ending was so messed up it had me in hysterics. CN is now recycling episodes, so there’s only gonna be one segment a week in stead of two, which sucks. Best episode of the night. I give it an A+.
  • Regular Show — Not a particularly bad episode, but not an excellent one either. Sort of in the middle, with perfectly fine and funny jokes and a typically great “irregular” twist ending. It didn’t do much for me, however, so I wouldn’t really call it anything special for this show, but it was funny and entertaining nonetheless. I give it an A-.
  • MAD — Underwhelming. The opening sketch was funny, but it seemed to be stretching to make jokes worked, though the “Yu-Gi-Bear” gag was amusing. The ending sketch (yet ANOTHER Twilight parody) failed for two reasons: 1) it was overall unfunny and 2) MAD has been doing Twilight sketches practically every episode and they’re just straight up running out of fucking material. Some things worked but this show needs to pick it up. I give it a B.
  • The Problem Solverz — This show is becoming depressing. You can see as it tries and tries to improve its flaws, but it just fails so miserably. It creates a followable plot but in doing so it relies on cliches and stereotypes. The fangirl bit has been done so many times before and this show does nothing knew with it. Nothing worked, sans a single funny line, and I just want this show to not be renewed for a second season simply because it honestly needs to be taken out of its misery. I give it an F-.

Then on CN Tuesday we had new episodes of:

  • Scooby Doo! Mystery Incorporated — Fine episode but with a predictable reveal. Nonetheless, it was a fun ride with plenty of funny gags. Vincent Van Ghoul was an entertaining revival of his character, this time being voiced by Maurice LaMarche doing a pitch-perfect Vincent Price impression. The recurring gag with Daphne being super hungry was pretty funny as well. I give it a B+.
  • The Looney Tunes Show — Looks like this show has finally gotten into its groove. It knows what works, it knows what doesn’t, and it knows just who to give all the best lines to–its increasingly amazing incarnation of Daffy. The Batman gag was just one of many hysterical gags this installment had to offer. The storyline (your typical “high school reunion standards” plot) worked because it was written around the characters and not vice versa. The Merrie Melodies short was the best MM so far (though its title–“Cock of the Walk”–is…unfortunate), while the Wile E. Coyote gag was…meh. Still the Best of the Night. I give it an A.

On Comedy Central Wednesdays, we had a new episode of:

  • South Park — An episode that felt honestly important; surprisingly dark, thought-provoking, and self-reflective. Comprised mostly of (actually funny) shit jokes used to represent the poor state of modern popular music and mock cynical hipsters who despise everything, the episode also acted as a commentary on Trey and Matt’s status on the show. The ending–which must be seen as it is is truly effective–could have all been a throw-off thing to get a message across or maybe just a jokingly-serious gag, but this felt important, and was one of South Park‘s finest half hours. I give it an A+.

So overall, the Best of the Week were:

  1. South Park — “You’re Getting Old”
  2. The Amazing World of Gumball — “The Pressure”
  3. The Looney Tunes Show — “Reunion”
  4. Regular Show — “A Bunch of Baby Ducks”
  5. Scooby Doo! Mystery Incorporated — “Nightfright”

That’s it for me. Once again, yeah, this felt empty with no Dan Vs. this week, but hopefully everything will be back on par next week. See you next time.

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. SPOILERS below. Let’s get started.

First on The Amazing World of Gumball: In “The Pressure”, Darwin feels pressured to kiss a girl after incidentally being caught up in a relationship with one of them. Like with “The Dress”, this episode nails Gumball’s absolutely amazing mixture of genuine child characters with absolutely fucked up plots and surrealism. I could not stop laughing this episode, and was absolutely astonished when the series flat out has Darwin and Gumball kiss (albeit they cut away). The things this show is able to get away with, and the way it’s able to handle it so unflinchingly and so well is really a feat all alone. This show is hilarious, and–picking itself up from last week’s slightly below-average installments–stole the night. Unfortunately, they’re rationing episodes now, so they only aired one, which left a rather off half an hour gap in the CN Monday block, but that’s another discussion really. I give it an A+.

Then on Regular Show: In “A Bunch of Baby Ducks”, Mordecai and Rigby find a bunch of baby ducks in a fountain and (not sending them to the moon) try and figure out what to do with them. Now while not as good as last week’s episode, this was still a good episode. The jokes worked, the ducks were entertaining, and the big typical “irregular ending” was insane and hysterical, as always. A sizable installment which I have no complaints about, but no exaggerated praise or more elaborated comments about. Bottom line–a good episode. I give it an A-.

Next on MAD: In “ArThor/The Big Fang Theory”, we have sketches parodying Arthur, Thor, Yu-Gi-Oh, Yogi Bear, and more. This episode was a tad underwhelming. The opening sketch was funny, though the inclusion of Rango was random. While they ended up fitting him into the plot with a joke, he seemed out of place, like they had nothing to do with him until that last gag. “Yu-Gi-Bear” was a clever sketch that I enjoyed, as was “Alvin and the Monks”, the two of which seemed to be the saving graces for this episode. The closing sketch, “The Big Fang Theory”, was a mash-up of The Big Bang Theory and–you guessed it–Twilight. Look, MAD: I know your job is to lampoon popular media. And I know Twilight offers loads of possible jokes and satirical material. But calm the fuck down. They’ve done a Twilight bit practically every week and frankly it’s becoming tiresome and–as in this week’s parody–is downright unfunny at times. Pick it up, MAD, you can do better than this. I give it a B.

Finally on The Problem Solverz: In “Magic Clock”, a Problem Solverz fangirl (lol, like those exist) begins following the team around during their latest mission to retrieve a stolen magical clock, though she is too obsessive–particularly in her romantic fascination with Roba. Okay, time to go all long-winded here. Remember last week when I said that a small positive element in last week’s episode was that the plot was actually followable? Well, here’s the problem–“Magic Clock”‘s plot is indeed very easily followable, but that’s because it is basic, rudimentary, and rooted in stereotypes and archetypes. Once again this show just cannot solve its fucking problems without creating new ones in the process. This was predictable and–as always–dumb throughout. The fangirl was the most basic form of obsessed fangirl and creepy stalker, and while her line “Your shadow is so attractive, Roba” is a funny line, that’s it. A few funny lines here and there is not enough to support this crumbling show. This show admittedly makes me sad. I am embarrassed for this show, because I watch it every week and I see as it tries to improve its problems, but it’s just failing so miserably. It fixes a fault by making it something worse, or it adds in something else to try and cancel out the negative elements without actually taking out the negative elements. I want this show not to get renewed for a second season–not because I hate it, which I do, but because I simply think it needs to be taken out of its misery. I give it an 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 the end-of-the-week Sunday Wrap-Up. It’s here that I look back at the week in animation and say what I thought worked, what I thought failed, and what I thought was the best-of-the-best of week. (You’ve probably noticed a lack of actual reviews this week. I’m hoping to make up with that with this, but next week I’ll try and squeeze in reviews with recaps and perhaps some new stuff, like DVD reviews) Some spoilers follow. Let’s get started.
On CN Monday, we had new episodes of:

  • The Amazing World of Gumball — Two very solid episodes (“The Spoon” being the best of the pair) which were not quite on par with last week’s, but still managed to be fun, funny, and awesomely weird. Hot Dog With a Mustache is the next Chuck Norris. I give it an A-.
  • Regular Show — An absolutely spectacular episode of the show and a massive improvement of the last two week’s slightly underwhelming episodes. Did what Regular Show does best and turns a basic premise into a way-out-in-left-field, bonkers plot in the future which had me cracking up throughout. Best episode of the night. I give it an A+.
  • MAD — Definitely one of MAD‘s more on the ball installments. Great sketches littered throughout, with both of the title sketches being majorly funny. The show does a lot of Twilight parodies, but “TwiSchool Musical” was definitely their best one to date. Also, both the writing and animation of the “Avenger Time” sketch managed to impress me, offering both a good chuckle and sizable technical feats (like the bit with ’60s Avengers). I give it an A.
  • The Problem Solverz — Louder, more hyper, and less containable than any episode of The Problem Solverz so far, this actually managed to somehow show growth for this drab show. With so much going on the show managed to slip in actual moments of comedy, and somehow made a plot that was actually followable for the most part. As the episode eased in, the jokes stopped being funny and plot became the same-old boring crap, but there’s only so much to be expected from this show I guess. I give it a D+.

On CN Tuesday, we had new episodes of:

  • Scooby Doo! Mystery Incorporated — A pretty good episode that had some laughs and a clever twist. I’m not big into shipping but the romance factor of this episode offered a nice development for both Shaggy’s and Velma’s characters. Felt a bit underwhelming at points, but definitely nothing to complain about. I give it a B+.
  • The Looney Tunes Show — Definitely better than last week’s episode, but delivered solely because literally every scene or moment with Daffy was gut-bustingly hysterical. I don’t know how they did it, but they’ve finally found what they want to do with this incarnation of Daffy and they’re making it work in every possible way. From his inevitably-memetic van, his Bob Fosse outfit, him constantly trying to sneak attack Gossamer, Daffy made this episode. Unfortunately, it seemed they were padding for time and had to add a rather weak b-plot with Bugs and Speedy which didn’t really resonate, and there was a rather unnotable Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner skit at the end as opposed to a Merrie Melodies short. When Gossamer finally sung, I wasn’t really sure what they were trying to do, but Daffy alone is enough to like this episode. Best episode of the night. I give it an A-.

On Comedy Central Wednesday, we had a new episode of:

  • South Park — “WHAT A TWEEST!” That’s literally all there is to say about this episode of South Park. Insane, off-the-wall, and legitimately shocking, there wasn’t really any straight satire as it was just a truly original and surprising story. The gags on split personalities, both actual and just Butters’ playtime personas (Porn Star Butters???), and all the jabs at Asian stereotypes were just hysterical. Something the show has been known for since its creation is how unpredictable and shocking it is. This was originally for its vulgar comedy, but now that that’s sort of become commonplace, it’s nice to see that the show can mange to remain as shocking and clever as ever. I give it an A.

On The Hub Saturday, we had a new episode of:

  • Dan Vs. — Definitely not a poor or even underwhelming episode, but it did feel like a minor step down. The jokes were funny, though quite not as laugh-out-loud funny as they should have been. They also pretty much did everything they could with Elise’s parents two weeks ago, so everything with them in this episode just seemed recycled. Nonetheless, I loved how Dan brought Mr. Mumbles with him the entire time, and the bits with the bear were entertaining. Not a bad episode but not really anything of note in the grand scheme of this show. I give it an A-.

So overall, the Best of the Week were:

  1. Regular Show — “The Night Owl”
  2. South Park — “City Sushi”
  3. MAD — “TwiSchool Musical/Avenger Time”
  4. The Looney Tunes Show — “Monster Talent”
  5. Dan Vs. — “The Family Camping Trip”

That’s it for me. Yay for actually doing this on time for the first time, though I still apologize for the lack of reviews this week. Maybe next week we can have it both ways, hm? See you next time.

 

 

 

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 Quest”, Anais’ doll is stole on the bus and taken by Tina the Dinosaur, so Gumball and Darwin go to Tina’s house to try and retrieve it. Note that I actually sort of missed a few brief parts due to not paying attention, but overall this was sort of a weaker episode. I still love these characters and I enjoy the sincerity of them–Gumball and Darwin are not mean-spirited; they are genuinely nice, well-meaning people, and that’s what this show is. Well-meaning. And rather hilarious. Not as funny as last week’s, but still a success. I give it a B+. On “The Spoon”, Gumball and Darwin are caught up in a robbery at a gas station, where they are tricked into thinking the robber is a good guy trying to gather money and items for a charity for bald people. This episode was hysterical, about on par with last week’s. Gumball’s dad as surprisingly grown on me–despite being basically a one-note bumbling dad archetype, he’s very amusing and the show knows what to do with him to get a very well-deserved laugh. Gumball’s and Darwin’s genuine childish nature is also something that I appreciate in this show; these feel like real children, and their honest obliviousness and good intentions make them both likable and hilarious. Also of note: the sausage with a mustache? Absolutely amazing. I give it an A.

Then on Regular Show: In “The Night Owl”, Mordecai, Rigby, Muscle Man, and High Five Ghost compete in a radio contest in order to win a car they all agree to share. But the evil nature of the radio host, The Night Owl, begins coming into play and things go a bit, well, irregular (lol horrible puns). Now this is more like it. I admit to being rather disappointed by the last two weeks episodes of RS; they were good, but they just didn’t do it for me. “The Night Owl”, however, was just perfect. Every joke nailed it, and the whole thing was fun, entertaining, and actually quite exciting. It also did what I think the last two episodes did not due–it led with something regular and dissolved into something completely off-the-wall, unpredictable, and insane. That’s the Regular Show way, and it’s what makes the show so fun and entertaining. I give it an A+.

Next on MAD: In “TwiSchool Musical/Avenger Time”, we have sketches parodying Sonic the Hedgehog, High School Musical, and Disney Channel actress Demi Lovato. This was also a major improvement over last week’s episode. While the filler sketches were fine themselves (especially “X For Demi’s”, a parody of For Dummies books and Demi Lovato), the two leading and closing sketches were absolutely spectacular. MAD has done what must be a dozen Twilight parodies already, but this one was definitely their best. The sight gags worked well and the satire itself was amusing. “Avenger Time”, which combined The Avengers with Adventure Time, really worked for me, and for once MAD‘s animation was actually impressive. It was clever and actually very funny. Definitely a great installment. I give it an A.

Finally, on The Problem Solverz: in “Fauxboro”, the guys stumble onto a problem themselves when they notice everyone in town has become mindless robots who don’t wear pants. I have more to say about this episode than I do most TPSz episodes. First off the bat, this was, for the most part, a slight improvement over the rest of the series. This was more insane, loud, and hyper than any episode before it, and this, well, makes it more annoying, but it also means with so much things going on, certain things are bound to be funny. Alfe actually managed to have some actually funny lines in the beginning. And another I thing I must note is that this episode’s plot was actual followable. The core problem of this show, past the bland characters or in-your-face attitude, is the sheer dullness of the plot. The show is impossible to follow because it is so isolating to the audience that it results in disinterest. But this episode’s plot was actually comprehensible, which I give it credit for. Still, that was about it. Plot was dumb and random nonetheless, and the whole thing seemed louder and more uncontrollable. Despite the surprising improvements, this episode was still a piece of Alfe. I give it a D+.

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 05/23/2011. 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.