Thursday, September 27, 2012

Triptych: Three Amazing Shows

"Fallin' For Gravity" by Jeffrey Cruz

"Super High 5!!!!!" by Dirk Erik Schulz

"OOOOOOH" by Cotton-Gravy

Gravity Falls is currently my favorite cartoon on TV. This is just a genuinely high-quality show. Everything from the animation to the writing to the voice work goes above and beyond typical Saturday Morning Cartoon fare. It's also extremely funny: just about everything that Mabel says and does cracks me up. The show also boasts a remarkable voice cast: Jason Ritter and Kirsten Schaal play the two main kids, Dipper and Mabel, with Linda Cardinelli, John DiMaggio and Will Forte amongst the supporting cast. Guests have included Coolio, Larry King, John Oliver, Alfred Molina, Stephen Root, Horatio Sanz and Chris Parnell.

The Amazing World of Gumball is an odd, collage-like little show that I happened to stumble across recently. Nominally written for kids, I would say the big selling point of Gumball is the art style - it's a mash-up of two dozen different types of traditional animation, stop-motion animation, CGI, real-world photography and puppetry. Literally every character on this show (the Watterson family excluded) is presented in a different artistic style. It's a very unique premise for a cartoon, and one that creator ben Bocquelet and his team pull off with aplomb.

Regular Show, which I've posted about here before, is just fine television. That is all.

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