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’12 oz. Mouse: Invictus’ Opens a New Chapter

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Back in June of aught five, Adult Swim opened up the world of 12 oz. Mouse, a low budget high concept show from the mind of Matt Maiellaro.

Poorly drawn on its own scripts and simply animated, with dialogue so fast and seemingly meaningless you might think this another anti-comedy venture rife with quotable lines and not much else. You might think wrong.

12oz Mouse, while on the surface is dumb and brash, there is far more below the surface.

Following Mouse “Fitz” Fitzgerald, an alcoholic, shape-shifting mouse taking on various odd jobs to acquire alcohol, we find a through-line of deception, simulations and family life lost.

The show, while full of intrigue and curiosity moved at a snail’s pace. Bits of plot sussed out over time reveal a clearer picture for anyone invested enough to draw anything from this anomaly of late night cartoons.

AND NOW IT’S BACK.

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On the night of October 14th, Adult Swim revived 12 oz. Mouse with a 22 minute special entitled ‘Invictus’.

Upon his return, we find Fitz demonstrating some newly learned Yo-yo tricks, which come in handy when squaring off with the Rectangular Businessman and Shark (no, I’m not being vague) who have a hand in possibly suppressing his memories of a different and better life.

Old favorites like Peanut Cop, Golden Joe, The New Guy, Man/Woman and more all appear in some capacity adding to the chaos of this new chapter in Fitz’ effort to figure out just what, if anything, is going on.

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As to not bog you down with more specifics, I leave you with great news:

12 oz. Mouse is returning to Adult Swim with 10 new episodes in 2020.

Get outta my way, I’m drunk as hell…

Samurai Jack Returns

Jack returned last night to us via Adult Swim, and in short, Jack is back. This series starts of 50 years after the original series finale, but Jack hasn’t aged at all. Now he’s sporting the very long hair and beard you see in the associated photo. Aku is nowhere to be found, but his league of female assassin followers have been hard at work. They’ve been cultivating a team of seven very talented, very murderous women to kill the samurai. Throughout the episode Jack is dealing with the internal torment of guilt, not being able to return to the family he’s left in the past. This guilt manifested itself in a few very visceral, and surrealist scenes which show that this Jack we’re seeing here is not the same Jack we knew. This Jack is just as skillful, but his resolve is broken, and he’s not nearly as hopeful as the Jack we once knew.

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The guilt of Jack’s past is manifesting itself in very strange ways. Throughout the episode Jack envisions moments of his past, and all of these moments are accompanied by a shadowy figure. Very ominous. Very ominous indeed. Throughout the rest of the series I’m sure we’re going to be treated to hints as to who this shadowy figure is. Is it someone we know? Is it Jack? Possibly a reincarnated Aku? Speculation and hypothesizing aside, the first episode was a gorgeous, instant classic.

The big action sequence of the episode was with the Sammy Davis Jr. wannabe pictured above. A few moments on-screen and he became an instant favorite. Claiming to be Aku’s best assassin, Jack and the Sammy-bot engaged in a very bizarre, very beautiful fight to the death. The most intriguing part of this battle is when the Sammy-bot (not his actual name) pulled out a flute and summoned a rock monster to battle Jack. Not only that, but when Jack destroys his flute the overconfident Sammy-bot he continues to scat which works just as well in controlling the rock creature.

Overall, the return of Samurai Jack was a grand success, and set up plenty of questions to keep us guessing throughout this season. Where is Aku? Who is the strange shadow figure? Will Jack finally get back to the past? I suppose we’ll have to watch and see.


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Mark Hamill WILL Voice The Joker In THE KILLING JOKE Animated Feature

by Joey Pedras (@joeypedras)

After DC announced they would be making an animated version of the classic Batman story, The Killing Joke, Mark Hamill loudly voiced his interest in reprising the role. Collider reports that he wish has come true, and will be playing the role which, after almost twenty years, seems rightfully his. According to the source, Hamill has actually already recorded all his lines for the film which will be released sometime next year. Fantastic news for fans of the original animated series cast. The last time we heard Hamill as the voice was in the Batman Arkham series of games (besides Origins.) We’re glad he’s still as interested today as he ever was to fill the role. Kevin Conroy, who played Batman in the animated series, and Arkham games has also shown interest in reprising his role alongside Hamill.

If the animated films DC has been releasing the past couple of years is any indicator, this film will be spectacular. The cast is surely shaping out to be, and I’m sure will pack with lots of talent the Batman/DC universe is familiar with.

(Source: Collider)

The Return of Rick and Morty

by Anthony Wetmore (@TheMisterPipes, GhostConch)

Last night saw the return of the polarizing Rick and Morty, the warped science fiction themed cartoon from the minds of Justin Roiland (House of Cosbys, Channel 101) and Dan Harmon (Community, Harmontown). Rick and Morty premiered it’s second season on alt. comedy channel Adult Swim with an episode that defies standards and promises an even better second run. 

The strange dynamic we see between Morty Smith and his alcoholic, narcissistic, devil may care scientist Rick Sanchez is challenged once again as chaos ensues in a way only they could manufacture. From the first few minutes, we’re at a standstill. Time has been stopped to clean and fix the house in order to keep peace within the Smith household. Only when time begins again does the problem arise, of course. As time begins to literally fracture and split, creating first two realities, then four, then eight… Rick and Morty along with sister Summer must try to set things right.

I don’t want to give away too much more, as the episode is a true spectacle in terms of animation, concept, and depth. In this return to prime time, we see not only another wacky, crude adventure punctuated by Rick’s belching and Morty’s incessant nervous whining. There is also a redefining of the relationship between the two titular characters through the strangeness. Despite irrefutable mathematical evidence that Morty and Summer are actual, literal shit, Rick finds himself deeply incensed to both, grandfatherly love projected through a broken prism to rain down on Morty.

The clear Doc Brown/Marty McFly parallel is ever present but consistently takes a backseat to deeper, more clearly defined unique characters. Going back to the future is nothing at all for these two, neither is changing the present. Whether or not Rick and Morty becomes the next mammoth adult-oriented cartoon to take television by storm remains to be seen, if it doesn’t,  the outlandish approach to long-standing conventions will remain a legend spoken of in hushed tones in the hallowed halls of cartoon reverence.

Rick and Morty airs on [adult swim] on Sundays at 10 PM 

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