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do you agree regular show has gone downhill?
I’ve seen posts saying RS is going downhill since as early as season 2. I don’t think any particular chunk of the show has gone permanently or consistently downhill. Personally, I feel season 5 might have been the best one so far. Not every episode can work 100%, but we all try our best and I think all of them have at least something funny or interesting.
That doesn’t mean I think it’s “wrong” if you dislike an episode. It’s actually quite normal, and people tend to make too big a deal out of it when it happens. People get nervous when they dislike an episode and start to worry it reflects some larger “downhill” turn. The fact is, Regular Show has been going on for years now. It’s always changing, we’re always changing, and YOU are always changing. For all these things to be in perfect alignment all the time would be incredible. For an episode to sometimes not hit with you is completely mundane.
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How do you try to balance characters like Muscle Man, Rigby, etc, proactive, flexible, and quotable characters who walk the tightrope of being beloved for their behavior and being absolutely hated for said behavior?
This is a really hard question cause I don’t really know how to answer it. Maybe tobyjones would be able to help on this too. I’ll just ramble on this topic without a cohesive structure or thread for a moment:
I’ll buy into this tightrope thing for a moment and say I think all good characters in all media walk a tightrope of being beloved and hated. It’s that tension that makes people keep coming back for more. You want to see the characters succeed, but they make bad decisions because that’s what makes a good story, therefore you get pissed at them.
When we’re writing, we know the characters extremely well. We might get stuck and some spot and be like “Well who hasn’t said anything in awhile? Pops!” and we’ll figure out something he can say. Sometimes it’ll be like “Rigby’s been talking this whole time, lets have someone else butt in” or something.
Sometimes it will be more like finding which character would say the funniest thing in that particular moment. So if you have a group of them standing there when something crazy happens, what’s a line we could say? Would it be funnier if Skips said that? Could we rephrase it in a way that Pops would say it? Would Muscle Man sound better saying that? What about Rigby?
I mean in general I don’t think any of the characters are annoying or unlikeable, but you can ask most regular watchers of the show and they’ll have a character they just hate. There are some characters we sometimes have trouble writing because we don’t know what direction to go in. For example, everyone really seemed to like You hi but when we were writing him we didn’t really know what to do with him. Pretty much every time we had a joke were just like “Well I guess he could say that?” Then eventually thought it would be funny if he said he hated himself and it was all basically a front.
A lot of it also comes from the structure. If the structure is focused on a character but their intentions don’t feel real or emotionally connected to that character, the episode will falter. That’s why the outline writers spend a lot of time working on the through lines of each episode and making sure the goals are understandable.
It just takes practice really. You start noticing that an episode is too much from one character’s perspective and you start trying to get it a little more balanced. You do that back and forth for awhile and hopefully it all works out!
Mordecai love Margaret not Godzilla!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! >:( STUPID QUUUUUEEEEEEERRR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! >:(
No, no, no, he totally loves Godzilla. You’re getting your timelines mixed up and I bet I know why: I remember a story about you! I remember before Mordecai even met Godzilla in Japan he met someone else at Thomas’s pool party. Someone with the codename: Margaretrs112.
It was right before the pool party started. Margaret, Mordecai, Thomas, and you were all there. You started hitting on Margaret. You always felt some peer pressure to hit on girls from your friends and brothers, even though you didn’t particularly want to. Margaret was laughing and having a great time with you, much to the anger of Mordecai. Even though you weren’t really into her, you were glad it was making Mordecai jealous. She and Thomas left to go get some extra soda for the party leaving you and Mordecai alone in your swim trunks.
Mordecai confronted you. He even tried to fight you! He ran over to you, pushed you a little and you guys would start grappling, falling onto the grass. He’d be pushing on your chest and trying to jab you with his elbows! You hate it but… you kind of like it? These emotions are so confusing.
You keep pushing him away but you can’t help but feel it’s futile. You guys aren’t even fighting anymore, you’re both just kind of… together. You realize what’s happening and try to push him away even more but now your hand.. it’s not acting like you want it to act. Or is it? It’s moving downward, slowly making its way down to- oops! Elastic waist band! Mordecai takes his hand and grabs yours.
Your faces are pressed together from the fight, forehead to forehead, but the feeling has changed. It’s not anger you feel anymore, but your heart is beating in a way you’ve never felt before. The tension is real, like a thousand rubber bands cocked and ready to fly at a substitute teacher. Did I say cocked? I meant it. Cause that’s where your hand is now. Your lips touch his beak like a fairy dancing on water droplets. It’s not him you fear, it’s yourself. More passion now. Your tongues press and massage each other, clashing together as though battling for Helm’s Deep.
Half an hour later the fireworks have had their grande finale. Neither of you speak. You write down your name and phone number on a piece of paper and hand it to Mordecai. You then make your way home, skipping the pool party because what sort of fun and happiness could be greater than what you just experienced? As Thomas and Margaret return they ask where Margaretrs112 went. Mordecai looked at the piece of paper, crumpled it, and threw it away.
“I don’t know” he murmured.
What would you say was the worst episode of RS so far that you have seen, and the worst episode you have yourself worked on? As a counterpart: what was the best episode in general you have seen, and the best you have personally worked on?
I can say my least favorite of mine that I’ve made is probably Party Re-Pete. It was my second episode and I didn’t really know what I was doing. There were a lot of things that, if I had the skills I have now, I would have caught back then.
There was a section in the outline that said something like “in a flashback, Party Pete is shown getting thrown into the cloning machines by Tommy and Vince”. I made it so the flashback showed Party Pete’s entire history with Tommy and Vince, including meeting them at college and starting a party starting business together. Also painting Part Pete as a more sympathetic character with occasional desires other than partying (such as playing sudoku). It got changed after I handed it in to just be about Benson saying what happened to him. This makes more sense as the story is supposed to be about Benson, and it really should have stuck with him the whole time, but I wasn’t able to catch that back when it was given to me.
So now every time I see that episode I have this cringy feeling as bits of dialogue that I originally wrote got shifted around and changed to be from Benson’s perspective. It’s not that it’s bad, I just wish I had known better and I could have written something that satisfied myself and the goal of the episode more.
As far as favorite episodes of mine go (from the ones that have aired) I would have to choose Portable Toilet. I really feel like that episode just fit together really well. It felt like it sort of fell into place. It has a bunch of sci-fi in it, which I’m always really into. It was fun coming up with satellites, even though apparently most of the ones I originally drew looked like dicks. I also liked doing all kinds of military jokes based on the countless amount of action movies I’ve seen.
It was also fun to do something with CJ and make her more into just a person instead of a romantic figure. I even got to research portable toilets to make sure someone couldn’t suffocate in there for that one throwaway Eileen line about them being well ventilated. I emailed a bunch of portable toilet manufacturers and they were utterly confused about what I could possibly be trying to teach about portable toilets to kids on some TV show.
I like most of my episodes. I really liked “I Like You Hi” because of Mordecai getting real at the end and how it was just my actual feelings coming out of his mouth. I also liked Bad Portrait for the art school jokes we got to make.
How limited are you about the things you can talk about to the fans when it comes to regular show? I've always wanted to know.
Kinda limited. I can’t talk about story points, which seems to be what everyone wants me to talk about. It’s pretty silly to ask about those things because why one earth would you wanna learn about it by asking someone instead of watching the story itself? That’s the worst way to find out about anything.
I can talk about process however. If someone wants to ask the technical details of how we work or what we were thinking about in a particular episode (that already aired) then I can answer that. I can’t answer on behalf of other storyboard teams though. Sometimes people will ask me about someone else’s episode and what something is supposed to mean, but I don’t know because I’m not them.
The trick question version of that is no good as well. Like the one where it’s actually a spoiler question sandwiched in a non-spoiler question. Like “what were you thinking about while you boarded that section with CJ and Margaret fighting in that fever dream?” You’re not tricking me. I know what you’re trying to get me to actually say by asking me something else somewhat tangentially related. Also I didn’t board that, so all around its a question that doesn’t work for me.
But really, I love questions. I just can’t answer a lot of them or I’ve already answered a bunch that were very similar. I tend to try and answer intriguing questions or questions I think could help a lot of people.
Do you suppose there is a reason why RS has been taken off the schedule completely? They are not even airing reruns. Possibly to push other shows?
I dunno. I don’t really know why or how scheduling works on stuff. However, we will have a terror tales episode, so there’s no reason to worry! It’ll come back full force and everything will be back to normal. Believe me, I want them to be airing as well so I can hear reactions to our work. It’s hard working on stuff and then not being able to talk about it for a year. :-/
¿When will be ready the 6th season of RS? I can't wait
I assume it’ll be sometime in october? I don’t know, I never know this stuff. We have a halloween special, so it has start at least within the couple weeks before halloween.
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