Okay, I’ve like written a lot of different articles about things I enjoy/hate and yet I have not written about Regular Show on Cartoon Network.
It’s one of my son’s favorite shows. And one of mine.
Regular Show is written by the guy who wrote The Misadventures of Flapjack. It’s odd, because in reality, it should not be a Cartoon Network type show. It should be aimed at people like me – people who grew up in the 1980’s. I mean, all they ever do is talk about 80’s type stuff and play 80’s like video games and use phrases from the 80’s.
Here’s the gist of the show:
A raccoon named Rigby and a blue jay named Mordecai are friends and roommates who work as errand boys for a gumball machine … guy I guess … named Benson. Now Benson has been put in charge of running a club and park – and his boss is one of the main character’s (Pops) dad. Anyway, Mordecai and Rigby work with Skips (a yeti who skips), High Five Ghost (a ghost with an arm growing out of his head) and Muscle Man (a short green skinned dude who is … not that muscular, I dunno). Pops is an old man who lives in the club house, who is incredibly old, befuddled and lives in the 1930’s (once, he gave Rigby and Mordecai his radio when they asked for a TV because “It makes beautiful pictures. In your head.” lolz)
Don’t be put off by that weird description, because it’s NOTHING like you’d expect it to be. The whole premise is that Mordecai and Rigby are basically 1980’s teenagers – that is, they try to get away with doing the least amount of work possible while freeloading (they live in the club house too). They are always looking for a free buck, a chance to rock out and a hope that they’ll somehow impress everyone. It’s these very antics that get them in constant trouble.
Example: First episode – after pretending to wrestle WWF style in their bedroom with a Hulk Hogan lookalike doll, they knock a hole in the plaster on the wall. They decide they need to hire someone to fix it before Benson notices it. They do a few chores and realize it’s going to take FOREVER to make that kind of money, so Mordecai decides to ask for a raise. Mordecai wants to use a well planned argument, but Rigby counters with “I know! Hamboning right?” Mordecai sighs, and Rigby says, “ONE DAY, HANDBONING WILL SAVE YOUR LIFE!” Undeterred, Rigby – forever coming up with stupid schemes that get them in trouble – produces a magical keyboard he stole from a wizard (who was taking a leak in a nearby bush and wasn’t paying attention). They name the keyboard The Power, which then the stylized words The Power appear on it (with magic)! So they take this keyboard and practice a routine to get their raise on Pops, who gives them his version of money (lollipops). They try it on Benson, and it works (he says he’ll consider their raise and gives them $20 a piece on top of it)! So they run around crazy with power, doing nearly impossible things while playing music on the keyboard.
Skips finds them messing around and tells them they shouldn’t be doing that. To avoid trouble, they pull a rather complicated routine that ends up with Rigby (Mordecai said, “Send him to his room”) sending Skips to the moon (since the words rhyme). They go snag Benson and Pops, and take the golfcart to the moon to save Skips. When they get there, the moon’s litered with tons of random things – because Rigby was bored while waiting for Mordecai to come back with Pops and Benson so he played with the keyboard (“A box of baby kittens, send them to the moon! A broken soda machine, send it to the moon!” ) It turns out that Rigby also invented a monster based on the wrestler that is chasing Skips around. On the moon. Yes – this is the plot. I cannot make this up.
So, while Mordecai and Pops try to turn the golf cart back right side up, Benson and Rigby attempt to use The Power to send the monster away. Except that the batteries are dead (from playing around with it earlier). Unsure what to do, Rigby remembers how he told Mordecai that handboning would one day save someone’s life, so he walks up to the monster slapping his chest and then slapping the monster’s ankle. The monster looks away from Skips to look at Rigby, who is then scooped up by Skips and the others on the golf cart. As they run away, Skips says to use the keyboard to get them away, and when Rigby mentions the batteries are dead, Skips pulls some wires out of the cart and hooks them to The Power. Hastily, they wish to be sent home, and they fly back through space to Rigby and Mordecai’s room. Which causes all the plaster save the spot where the hole is to fall off the walls.
Benson takes The Power from Rigby and gives it to Skips, who deserves it for being sent to the moon. Skips snaps the keyboard in half. He also demands that Mordecai and Rigby give him his $40 back, since he knows he was conned by the keyboard magic. He threatens to fire them (which happens A LOT in this show) if they don’t clean up. Rigby complains that without the money, they can’t fix the hole in the wall. Mordecai takes his 80’s band poster and puts it over the hole, which is what they should have done in the first place! “That fixes it,” Mordecai says, despite the fact that all the plaster on all the walls save that one 5 ft by 5ft spot has fallen off the walls.
But it’s not the plot that makes that episode so funny – their little “spells” are songs they sing while messing with the keyboard, that includes cheerleader like moves. “Don’t look at our crotches while we syncronize our watches. Beep beep boop beep beep beep boop (while pushing the sync buttons on their watches).” Their little montage where they run around playing with the keyboard? It’s a montage to 80’s music videos. XD
Seriously, the show gets crazy with every episode. In one, they summon the 8-bit Destroyer of Worlds (a twenty foot giant devil head that destroys everything) from an arcade game that was hidden away in storage with several other arcade games while looking for more chairs to set up (they didn’t want to set up the chairs in the first place). In fact, the note in the arcade game’s cabinet said, “For the love of all that is holy and good, do not connect the blue wire to the red wire,” which goads Rigby into doing just that. They run to tell Skips, who says, “I’ve seen this before.” In fact, everytime they need Skips’ help, he says that, implying that he’s worked with screwballs like Mordecai and Rigby in the past.
Modecai’s my favorite. He uses the word “Dude” like every three sentences, and seems to be the Ted of the Bill and Ted relationship that Mordecai and Rigby have.
Here’s an image of Rigby handboning. LOLZ