"Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing. " -Helen Keller

Saturday, September 10, 2011

The Not So Regular World of the Cartoon Network

I am deeply, deeply disturbed.  My kids have discovered two shows on the Cartoon Network that are going to make it very hard for me to argue that drugs don't pay. My youngest two have turned into major fans of The Regular Show and The Amazing World of Gumball.

In The Regular Show, the main characters are a 6 ft tall, bipedal, talking bluejay, Mordecai, and 2 ft tall, bipedal, talking raccoon, Rigby. The cast is round out with a ridiculously muscle bound MuscleMan; a yeti-like creature; a bipedal, talking Gumball machine (yes, in this show, not in The Amazing World of Gumball), and High-5 Ghost.
The two main characters are total slackers whose one aim in life is to entertain themselves by any means necessary.

And, then there's The Amazing World of Gumball (please note there are no gumballs or gumball machines in this cartoon). This cartoon focuses on Gumball Watterson (a young cat) whose mom is a cat, dad is a rabbit, sister is a rabbit, and brother/best friend is the former family pet who grew legs and became a member of the family. The cast is rounded out by the cloudlike school counselor, the school heartthrob who happens to be a balloon, Carmen the cactus who leads the girls, a female peanut with antlers and empty eye holes, the t-rex school bully, an eight bit spider, and too many other odd characters to be mentioned.
The show follows 12 yr old gumball through his series of misadventures.

Honestly, I don't see any  way an adult could have come up with these shows without doing seriously heavy drugs, probably hallucinogenics. And, these adults are making a living producing these cartoons. It makes it hard to argue that drugs (at least hallucinogenics) don't pat.

What kids show has you firmly convinced the creators must be on drugs?