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'Cartoon Network: Uncle Grandpa Good Mornin'
(DVD / NR / 2015 / Cartoon Network)

Overview: Uncle Grandpa wants you to have a "Good Mornin'," even though Aunt Grandma, Moon Man, and a Moustache Monster want him to have a "Bad Mornin'." It's a full-time job being everyone's magical uncle and grandpa! Even Uncle G needs a vacation once in a while, but with his friends Belly Bag, Pizza Steve, Mister Gus, and Giant Realistic Flying Tiger along for the tide in 12 magical adventures, every morning is bound to be a "Good Mornin'."

DVD Verdict: For all of those out there that know of, or have heard tales of 'Uncle Grandpa,' well, you kinda know ahead of time that this is one very bizarre, left of center animated show! In short, the main character, Uncle Grandpa, basically helps kids by taking them on adventures to solve their problems. While he does have the ability to replicate himself and conjure up items from thin air, he often makes things harder on himself than necessary!

Good and bad? Well, some of the gags and characters are clever, highly creative and just plain wonderful. Their presence in the same segments are poorly contrived while others fall flat or are telegraphed so badly you can see it coming and just wait for it to be over. Also, it lacks a unifying factor as part of the basic premise or even each episode's plot like Adventure Time or Regular Show. I love Realistic Flying Tiger as a character both conceptually and visually. Pizza Steve is an amazing concept of a character and there is so much upside potential to him, but it goes unrealized.

As for those wishing to dig deeper into this Cartoon Network hit show, for my money, Uncle Grandpa is clearly based on a "character" briefly mentioned in an episode of cult 90's animated hit show Ren & Stimpy. Back then, the "character" was a not-so-blind jab at southern, rural culture, implying inbreeding, basically!

I once heard an expression: "The bird men don't fly." In other words, men look at birds and see them flying. Noticing the feathers, and thinking them to be the source of the birds' flight, they collect feathers and fasten them to their arms, only to be confused when they fall flat. The writers for 'Uncle Grandpa' are bird men, sadly. But, these are only my opinions, and as mentioned above, it does have its genuinely funny moments. So why don't you go watch the show yourself. Or, if you don't have the time right now, why not simply watch one, or two, or all three of these clips below. You're welcome. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.78:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.

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