New MAD Magazine TV show debuts

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The MAD Magazine show set for the dusk period between Cartoon Network/Adult Swim debuted last night, and the LA Times has an interview with the producers and clips and so on:

Really, if you’re going to try and duplicate or capture the flavor of Mad, you’re going to want it to be an animated series, because we have so many great artists from Sergio [Aragonés] to Don Martin, “Spy vs. Spy,” Al Jaffee, all these great artists that you want to bring to life. And the great thing about our show, I think, is that we have the actual guys. Sergio is working on our show, contributing stuff. Mark and I have talked about this before. It’s such a blessing to have these guys on the show. It’s not only a blessing, it’s a validation. I feel that they’re on board, and this truly is Mad. It may have taken a while to get here, but I don’t care how we got here. The point is, we’re here.


We missed the premiere, but this still of puppy bombs makes us sorry we did.

Comments

  1. I saw a few interstitials this weekend, as CN showed a few shorts after regular cartoons.

    The animation is crude, both in craft and content. I suspect it’s aimed at th tween/teen audience.

    I wonder if they used the animation from the 1970s pilot?

  2. It’s on Cartoon Network, and not one of Cartoon Network’s creations. We all know what that means these days. It’s not like it used to be where they’d air other property based shows and do a good job with it. If it gets any good air time and there’s a chance for another network to pick it up, they need to jump asap before they are stuck at a 4am timeslot and finally pulled from the channel.

  3. “It’s on Cartoon Network, and not one of Cartoon Network’s creations. We all know what that means these days. It’s not like it used to be where they’d air other property based shows and do a good job with it.”

    CN hasn’t screwed over the “Total Drama” franchise. It’s consistently one of their biggest shows, but it’s a Canadian import that they have little to no control over. You could also say the same thing about Scooby-Doo, but there’s a new Scooby-Doo show on Cartoon Network that hasn’t been doing badly and which hasn’t suffered.

    MAD is being done by WB Animation, and while there is no guarantee that different WB divisions will play nicely with each other, it seems that CN and WBA are collaborating quite well these days.

  4. PencilSharp says:

    Apparently, I’m one of the few who actually caught the premiere last night. Definitely got a “Robot Chicken” vibe off it, especially from the lead-off “Avatar” parody. While it was spotty (Aragones’ marginal missives has always been hit-or-miss), there were some laugh-out-loud moments. Even The Beloved Wife, who usually cares not for anything toon-related, giggled and squealed at some of the references.
    Overall, I’d give the premiere a B+, and found myself wishing for a 30-minute format…

  5. Gotta agree with PencilSharp. I saw most of it and was very hit or miss. Spy vs. Spy was awesome, and it was cool to see Don Martin stuff come to life (Rapunzel), but the extended sketches didn’t measure up. The Avatar thing was mostly dumb, but saved by Grover.

    I’ll watch it again if it’s on when I am bored, but doubt I’d DVR it without the promise of Spy vs. Spy

  6. MooCow says:

    Frankly, I expected a lot better. This is grade D humor at best.

    Robot Chicken is about 100 times better.

  7. hehehe yeep the one i told you about when we were in plaza sing!!! hehehe ates not telling me though which stall has it she doesnt want me to have sum hehehe well just have to figure it out for ourselves, i guess hush. lets do that this weekend coz theyd be leaving for BKK hehehe

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