Regular Show: The Complete First and Second Seasons (a J!-ENT Blu-ray Disc Review)
July 3, 2013 by Dennis Amith
“Regular Show: The Complete First and Second Seasons” is a magnificent Blu-ray release for the die-hard fans! All 40-episodes from the first two seasons, audio commentary for all episodes, the unaired pilot and more! An awesome release that is highly recommended!
TITLE: Regular Show: The Complete First and Second Seasons
TV SERIES AIR DATE: 2010-2011
DURATION: 40 Episodes (440 Minutes)
BLU-RAY DISC INFORMATION: 1080p High Definition, 16:9 Widescreen, English Dolby TrueHD 5.1, English, French and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1, Subtitles are in English SDH and Spanish
COMPANY: Warner Bros./Cartoon Network
RATED: Not Rated
Release Date: July 16, 2013
Created by Pendleton Ward
Directed by John Infantino, Sean Szeles
Written by J.Q. Quintel, Mike Roth, Calvin Wong, Benton Connor, Sean Szeles, Kat Morris, Matt Price, Shion Takeuchi, Paul Scarlata, Bill Oakley, Ben Adams
Produced by Janet Dimon, Ryan Slater
Supervising Producer: Mike Roth, Chris Reccardi
Executive Produced: J. G. Quintel, Curtis Lelash, Brian A. Miller, Jennifer Pelphrey, Rob Sorcher, Rob Swartz
Music by Mark Mothersbaugh, John Enroth, Albert Fox
Casting by Kris Zimmerman
Art Direction by Paula Spence
J.G. Quintel as Mordecai
William Salyers as Rigby
Sam Marin as Benson
Mark Hamill as Skips
Roger Craig Smith as Thomas
Janie Haddad Tompkins as Margaret
Steve Blum as Barry
Jeff Bennett as Basketball
David Kaye as Head Baby
Robin Atkin Downes as Gary
Cartoon Network will release the much anticipated complete seasons set for it hit animated comedy series Regular Show. Fans of all ages will love the Complete First and Second Seasons set available on Blu-ray (2-discs) and DVD (3-discs). This release will include all 40 episodes from seasons 1 and 2 plus over 2 hours of hilarious bonus content inspired by the creator. The Emmy award-wining hit comedy for Outstanding Animated Program is part of the popular Monday night line-up on Cartoon Network along with the hit show Adventure Time. The series stars two best friends and park groundskeepers, Mordecai and Rigby, who also happen to be a bluebird and a raccoon, whose attempts to escape their everyday boredom take them to fantastical extremes. Complete your Regular Show home video collection with the Complete First and Second Seasons set on Blu-ray and DVD
In 2010, J.Q. Quintel (“The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack”, “Camp Lazlo!”) created “Regular Show”, an adult animated sitcom for the Cartoon Network. Based on characters developed during his years at the California Institute of Arts, Quintel pitched the “Regular Show” to Cartoon Network’s Cartoonstitute project and the show was green-lit.
Quintel recruited a few indie comic book artists as part of staff and “Regular show” became a reality on September 2010 and now is currently on its fifth season. The series have also done quite well in the ratings, a winner of an Emmy and has been nominated for an “Annie” award.
And now “Regular Show: The Complete First and Second Seasons” will be released on Blu-ray and DVD courtesy of Cartoon Network/Warner Bros. in July 2013.
“Regular Show” is an animated series that revolves around two friends, a Blue Jay named Mordecai and a racoon named Rigby, who tend to get themselves into trouble quite often and work as groundskeepers at a park.
The characters of “The Regular Show” are:
- Mordecai – A 23-year-old, 6’3″ tall Blue Jay that works as a groundskeeper and is best friends with a racoons named Rigby. The moral character of the two, he always seems to go along with Rigby’s ideas and antics.
- Rigby – A 23-year-old raccoon who is best friends with Mordecai and works as a groundskeeper. He is immature and tends to get him and Mordecai into trouble quite often.
- Benson – A gumball machine and the manager of the park that Mordecai and Rigby work at. He is often angry at the two because of the trouble they create and has a hot-temper.
- Skips – A yeti groundskeeper who is immortal and must perform a ceremonial dance on his birthday, if he does not perform it, he will die. Often saving Mordecai and Rigby when they are in trouble.
- Pops Maellard – A man with a lollipop shaped head. He is also a parks manager along with Benson but does groundskeeper work. He is always happy and gives people lollipops. His father Mr. Maellard owns the park.
- Mitch “Muscle Man” Sorenstein – A groundskeeper who looks like an overweight Frankenstein. He is a prankster.
- Hi-Five Ghost – A good friend of Mitch and rarely talks.
- Margaret Smith – A red robin that works at the local coffee shop and knows that Mordecai likes her.
- Eileen – A mole who looks human and also works at the local coffee shop with Margaret and has a crush on Rigby.
- Mr. Maellard – Like Pops, he is also a lollipop man and often blames Benson for everything.
Season 1 of “Regular Show” features a total of 12 episodes which are 12 minutes long (all episodes are on one Blu-ray disc). Here is a spoilerless summary of each episode:
- EPISODE 1 – “The Power” – What happens when Rigby steals a magic keyboard from a sorcerer?
- EPISODE 2 – “Just Set Up the Chairs” – What happens when Mordecai and Rigby unleash an 8-bit demon from an arcade game who wants to destroy the world.
- EPISODE 3 – “Caffeinated Concert Tickets” – Mordecai and Rigby work overtime in order to get tickets to a Fist Pump concert.
- EPISODE 4- “Death Punchies” – Rigby tries to learn “Death Kwon Do”.
- EPISODE 5 – “Free Cake” – It’s Skips birthday but why has he secluded himself in the forest?
- EPISODE 6 – “Meat Your Maker” – It’s the annual barbecue at the park but why did things go so wrong?
- EPISODE 7 – “Grilled Cheese Deluxe” – Mordecai and Rigby have a contest on who is the better liar.
- EPISODE 8 – “The Unicorns Have Got to Go” – Mordecai sports new cologne but instead of attracting Margaret, he attracts something else.
- EPISODE 9 – “Prank Callers” – Mordecai and Rigby make prank phone calls but what happens when they try to prank the Master Prank Caller?
- EPISODE 10 – “Don” – The park is being audieted and its property may be confiscated if the taxes are not paid.
- EPISODE 11 – “Rigby’s Body” -What happens when Rigby eats too much junk food.
- EPISODE 12 – “Mordecai and the Rigbys” – What happens when Mordecai and Rigby order t-shirts for their band…which doesn’t exist!
Season 2 of “Regular Show” features a total of 28 episodes which are 12 minutes long (all episodes are on Blu-ray disc 2). Here is a spoilerless summary of each episode:
- EPISODE 13 – “Ello Gov’nor” – What happens when Rigby steals a magic keyboard from a sorcerer?
- EPISODE 14 – “It’s Time” – Rigby tries to make Mordecai jealous when he tells her that he plans to go out on a date with Margaret.
- EPISODE 15 – “Appreciation Day” – Mordecai and Rigby make up statements in Benson’s book of park records.
- EPISODE 16- “Peeps” – Benson has a security system installed in the park to prevent Mordecai and Rigby from slacking off.
- EPISODE 17 – “Dizzy” – Pops prepares a major speech at the park but if it doesn’t go well, Benson will be fired.
- EPISODE 18 – “My Mom” – Mordecai and Rigby are supervised by Muscle Man and Hi-Five Ghost.
- EPISODE 19 – “High Score” – Mordecai and Rigby try to beat the world record for a video game.
- EPISODE 20 – “Rage Against the TV” – Mordecai and Rigby must find a replacement TV after their old one breaks.
- EPISODE 21 – “Party Pete” – Mordecai and Rigby hire a hardcore partying celebrity for their park party.
- EPISODE 22 – “Brain Eraser” – When Mordecai sees Pops naked, he can’t get the image out of his head.
- EPISODE 23 – “Benson Be Gone” -Benson gets demoted and must work alongside Mordecai and Rigby.
- EPISODE 24 – “But I Have a Receipt” – What happens when Mordecai and Rigby try to get a refund from a terrible game night?
- EPISODE 25 – “This is My Jam” – Rigby can’t get a song out of his head.
- EPISODE 26 – “Muscle Woman” – What happens when Mordecai starts dating Muscle Man’s ex-girfriend Starla.
- EPISODE 27 – “Temp Check” – Rigby hires a wanted fugitive as a temp to do his work at the park.
- EPISODE 28- “Jinx” – Rigby becomes a victim of a game of “jinxing”.
- EPISODE 29 – “See You There” – What happens when Hi-Five’s brotehr turns Mordecai and Rigby to ghosts?
- EPISODE 30 – “Do Me A Solid” – Rigby ruins Mordecai’s date with Margaret.
- EPISODE 31 – “Grave Sights” – Mordecai and Rigby awaken the dead during a movie night in the cemetery.
- EPISODE 32 – “Really Real Wrestling” – Mordecai and Rigby sneak into a wrestling event.
- EPISODE 33 – “Over the Top” – What happens when Skip accidentally kills Rigby in arm-wrestling?
- EPISODE 34 – “The Night Owl” – Mordecai, Rigby, Muscle Man and Hi-Five Ghost are frozen in time for thousands of years.
- EPISODE 35 – “A Bunch of Baby Ducks” -What happens when baby ducks are imprinted and think Mordecai and Rigby are its parents.
- EPISODE 36 – “More Smarter” – What happens when Rigby tries to prove to Mordecai that he can get by with a high school diploma.
- EPISODE 37 – “First Day” – A prequel to the original pilot.
- EPISODE 38 – “Go Viral” – Pops is sent into the computer world when shooting a video.
- EPISODE 39 – “Skunked” – Rigby transforms to a Were-Skunk.
- EPISODE 40 – “Karaoke Video” – What happens when Mordecai and Rigby must find an offensive video at the karaoke bar.
“Regular Show: The Complete First and Second Seasons” is presented in 1080p High Definition (presented in 16×9). Colors are vibrant, color palette is colorful and while the character designs may lack incredible detail and shading of other animated series, what makes “Regular Show” work so magnificently are its characters and the predicaments they get themselves into. But picture quality is very good.
During my viewing of the series, I did not see any artifacts, banding, even during scenes with a lot of red or orange. Line detail is very strong and for the most part, fans of the series should be happy with the overall presentation.
“Regular Show: The Complete First and Second Seasons” is presented in English Dolby TrueHD 2.0, Dolby Digital English, French and Spanish 5.1, subtitles are in English SDH and Spanish. Dialogue is crystal clear. Not an immersive soundtrack but the series sounds great! (Note: the back of the package lists the soundtrack to be English Dolby TrueHD 5.1, they are not).
“Regular Show: The Complete First and Second Seasons” comes with the following special features:
- Commentaries for all 40 episodes – Every episode of the “Regular show” features audio commentary with show creator JG Quintel, many writers for each episode, storyboard artists, creative director Mike Roth, supervising director John Infantino and also the voice talent.
- The Unaired Regular Show Pilot – (7:58) Featuring the unaired television pilot, but despite being mentioned as unaired, my ten-year-old said he had seen the episode on television.
- Animatic for the Pilot – (7:32) The sketch animatic for the pilot episode.
- Animatic for “The Power” – (:37) Short sketch animatic from “The Power”.
- Original Pencil Tests from Saerom – (:38) Original pencil animatic/test from Saerom.
- CG Test for Hodgepodge Monster – (:04) Very short CG test for Hodgepodge Monster.
- 2010 Comic Con Teaser Trailer – (2:35) “Regular Show” teaser shown at 2010 SDCC.
- The Naïve Man from Lolliland Student Short – (4:08) The sketch animatic of a Lolliland student.
- Party Tonight Music Video – (2:06) A short music video clip.
- Interview with JG Quintel – (5:06) Series creator JG Quintel discusses the series and its origin.
- Sam Sings Mystery Karaoke – (2:00) Sam singing something…(this feature has no audio)
- JG Pitches “The Power” – (16:30) JG Quintel shows the original board with sketches/notes for “The Power”.
- Original Regular Show Commercials
“Regular Show: The Complete First and Second Seasons” comes with a slipcover. Also, included is an Ultraviolet code which allows you to watch and share on computers, iPhones, iPads, Android devices, game consoles and connected TV’s.
It’s interesting to see how “Regular Show” has become the popular animated series in our household. My son can’t get enough of the series and I have to also say that with series creator J.G. Quintel coming from the same area where I grew up, it’s great to see people inspired by what Quintel accomplished.
The story of a guy from a small town attending the California Institute of the Arts and then learning to create animated short films which led him to an internship at Cartoon Network to work on “Star Wars: Clone Wars” and to later work on “Camp Lazlo”.
In 2008, he pitched “Regular Show” for Cartoon Network’s “Cartoonstitute Project” and now he and a crew of 35 people are working on their fourth season. Suffice to say, J.G. Quintel has become the Hanford, California’s celebrity (after Journey’s Steve Perry) and giving hope to the creatives of agriculture area – Kings County that dreams to have an animated series on television is possible.
So, with the Blu-ray release of “Regular Show: The Complete First and Second Seasons”, what I enjoyed about the series is its characters, the humor but also the series using popular ’80s songs for its soundtrack.
To have a series based on characters that are a raccoon, blue jay, yeti, a lollipop man and a gumball machine is so far out there! It’s hard to believe that there is a series like this but the writers do a great job of creating this fun atmosphere with crazy storylines and it works!
I know the series has been compared to “Ren & Stimpy” and even “Beavis & Butthead” because of the antics of both the characters of Mordecai and Rigby but where “Beavis & Butthead” aimed to be crude and controversial, while “Ren & Stimpy” played on certain themes that people can see on shows like “SpongeBob SquarePants”, “Regular Show” is different in the fact that you have two lazy park employees who love video games and get into trouble.
The antics on the series are fun and crazy for children, while for adults, who grew up in the ’80s, we can find humor in the music, the arcade competitions, video games and 8-bit graphics and such. So, it’s a series that will appeal for people of all ages.
And for this Blu-ray release, the fact that you get 40-episodes, each with its own audio commentary and many other special features is a major plus! Picture quality is very good, colors are vibrant, I saw no banding. Audio is primarily dialogue driven but it’s important to note that the episodes are in Dolby Digital 2.0 not in Dolby TrueHD 5.1 as mentioned on the package.
My ten-year-old absolutely loves this show, my wife and I have watched the series with him and for the most part, there are no antics that he has learned that I consider negative. Aside from saying “Ello Gov’nor” over and over, it’s a series that the whole family can watch and enjoy.
Overall, “Regular Show: The Complete First and Second Seasons” is a magnificent Blu-ray release for the fans. All 40-episodes from the first two seasons, audio commentary for all episodes, the unaired pilot and more! An awesome release that is highly recommended!
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