Friday, December 5, 2008


I've praised Chowder on my blog before (see my review here), so let me give a shout out to another Cartoon Network show, The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack. Like Chowder, Flapjack began after CN made a big overhaul to their comedy lineup.

It's hard to describe the show, since it's one of those cartoons where you have to actually see to believe, but I'll give it a shot. It's about a little boy (Flapjack) adopted by a motherly, talking whale (Bubbie) who aspires to be a great adventurer. He befriends Capt'n K'Nuckles (The "K" in the name is pronounced), who frequently tells tall tales. K'Nuckles, despite being lazy, does have a goal: To get to candy island.

Anything goes beyond that, including taking a whale out in a flying machine, giving everyone the plague that seriously deforms their face, and having a joke-off. One note of interest is that candy is valued in the world the show takes place. Characters often drink candies like beer (K'Nuckles in particular keeps a jar of maple syrup, drinking it like it's whiskey).

I'll admit that Flapjack takes time to get used to. The show's animation can be really gruesome and creepy. In fact, I think they managed to out-gross "Ren and Stimpy," which began 17 years ago (wow, that long?). But I eventually started appreciating the style. The design of Bubbie the Whale in particular is interesting, since the show's artists seem to just change the way she looks depending on her mood. It's hard to decide which of her many faces is the "correct" one.

The show's creator is Thurop Van Orman. He was previously a writer for "Billy and Mandy" and "Camp Lazlo" and before that was an intern on "The Powerpuff Girls." He has a Deviant Art profile, where he has development arts for the show as well as behind the scene peek at all the crazy stuff that happens during production.

The show airs on Cartoon Network at 8:30PM e/p Thursday. There's a new episode debuting next week, as matter of fact.

1 comment:

PCUnfunny said...

The best animated show on IMO since Courage The Cowardly Dog. The visuals are stunning and the stories are anything but formulaic. My main gripe is the tired dynamic of the Father/Mother figures educating the niave child. I like Captain K'nuckles but Bubby I can do without. Overall, this is definetly the network's comeback show.