There have been very few good things to come out of the new generation of shows from Cartoon Network. One of them is “Regular Show.” It’s a surreal, trippy, funny, and original series that I’ve been a big fan of since it gained acclaim years ago. “Regular Show: The Movie” is basically for the fans that invest a lot in the relationship between Mordecai and Rigby, our two tight knit slacker park workers that can’t be parted, no matter what the future tells them. “Regular Show: The Movie” pays homage to the eighties and nineties in its typical clever and witty fashion, paying nods to classic pop culture of the decades, while unfolding its own very original time traveling tale.
In the future there’s a machine called the Timenado that promises to engulf all of time thanks to an evil volleyball coach named Randall Ross. Mordecai is now an evil pawn in Ross’s plan, while Rigby is a part of a rebellion hell bent on stopping the timenado. In order to cut them off at the pass, Future Rigby travels back in time to warn Modern Rigby about events to come. Now it’s up to Modern Rigby and Mordecai (along with the whole park gang!) to travel six years in to the past to prevent a series of events from unfolding that will create the timenado. Quintel goes all out for this feature adaptation, providing an exciting and hilarious space and time adventure, that also sticks to the core of what makes the series so fantastic. Quintel definitely pumps the series’ scale up a bit, but it’s still about Mordecai and Rigby and how they live and breathe by their friendship.
Along the way there are also some fun sub-plots including Muscle Man’s attempts to stop his past self from destroying their ticket home, and Paps and Benson’s failed efforts to destroy the timenado that ends with utter hilarity. Quintel reaches down to what makes the series so important and provides some laugh out loud moments. Through and through “Regular Show: The Movie” works like the series in that it celebrates nostalgia, offering nods to the eighties and nineties. Along with subtle winks to “Back to the Future,” there are also references to “Star Wars,” “Ferris Bueller,” and even the Sega Game Gear. I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the top notch voice work from folks like Quintel, William Salyers, Mark Hamill, David Koechner, and Jason Mantzoukas, respectively. All in all, “Regular Show: The Movie” is a great treat for devotees of the series; it’s simple, very entertaining, and never loses sight of what makes the show so excellent.
Now available on various Digital Formats, and on DVD October 13th.