Geek Life: Cartoon Reviews – The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack

Here is a show I was upset but at the same time not surprised when it got cancelled. The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack was incredibly experimental like another cartoon (I should cover sometime in the future) that aired at the same time, Chowder. I happened to enjoy the show for its great ideas. There are so many great characters living their lives in a world I grew very invested in. However, at the same time if you didn’t watch it from the start and peeked at it anytime after the start there are a lot of things that will weird people out because of its experimental style. Unlike many cartoons in the past, this one had a humor that depended on [out of context] saddening situations and grotesque humor (something that was pioneered by the great cartoon marvel Ren and Stimpy).

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The best part of this show is the relationship of Flapjack and his “hero” Capt. K’nuckles. I love the interaction of these two because this is what leads to their many crazy adventures. You see Flapjack is a little boy who wants nothing more than to be an adventurer. He was an orphan who was adopted, raised, and lives in a whale named Bubbie. Flapjack one day meets Capt. K’nuckles, a salty pirate who ended up a failure in his trade. Flapjack saw him with such pride because he was the first adventurer he ever saw (unfortunately). K’nuckles lives with Flapjack and Bubbie, and despite the fact that Bubbie knows K’nuckles is a freeloading failure she lets him live with them provided he teach Flapjack how to be an adventurer. From there they spend day by day exploring town or distant islands, and at the same time they achieve their respect earning dream of finding the legendary Candied Island. Also yes candy is very important to them and the port town they live in, it is also a clear representation of alcohol.

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This show episode by episode had a lot of variety, and because of their situation they get to go to a lot of imaginative places. Each episode also would swap between focuses on Flapjack and K’nuckles. Flapjack’s episodes tend to explore either Flapjack’s place in society as a misfit, or expanding on his helpful and cheery personality. K’nuckles’ episodes I tend to find more interesting. They do at times also look at K’nuckles’ stature in society like Flapjack, but also there are episodes that reveal K’nuckles’ past. K’nuckles is a mysterious figure and the show just dropped him out of nowhere unlike Flapjack who’s origins were established. A great part of the show was learning more about these characters and the world they live in. Also their lives as adventurers was something that not only takes them to many places, but also wasn’t something not every show does. A lot of shows have heroes or other occupations with the same setting, but this show took it to a different step with a couple of lower class people just living day by day on the sea. Of course it was probably that and its experimental style that made its end.

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I like what they did in this show, but I have to admit there were times during its span where I was just weirded out. If you want to see this show I heavily advise you to watch it from the beginning in order to understand its style. Once the show makes sense to someone it becomes very enjoyable and well thought out program. Thank you for reading and your support, I hope you’ll check out my videos on game analyses and more on my youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/NaismithBilly

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