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The Clarence thread

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by mr3urious, Apr 5, 2014.

  1. mr3urious

    mr3urious Well-Known Member

    It's that time again! Not to spin the Wheel of Morality, but for me to give my impressions on another new cartoon!

    I recently saw the pilot episode of Clarence, an upcoming CN show from Adventure Time storyboard artist Skyler Page, and I enjoy it. Clarence is this poor but naively optimistic kid who befriends two other boys (they're the only ones who show up) when holding a sleepover: one nerdy and neurotic, and the other a troublemaking party animal. Clarence is the one who holds them together during their adventures.

    The art style is a bit ugly, but it grew on me. I like how Jeff (the nerdy one) has a square head to really hammer in how "uncool" he is.
     
  2. galagr

    galagr Well-Known Member

    I saw the pilot on iTunes. It seems like a good enough show. I have a feeling it'll become pretty popular due to the nostalgia factor that it has. It really reminds you of the stuff you used to do with your friends when they came over.

    It almost has an Ed, Edd, n Eddy feel to it. It probably won't be as good as that show, but the characters feel similar. There's a smart, germaphobic child, and the other two are goof offs who aren't too popular in school.

    I'll give it a chance.
     
  3. mr3urious

    mr3urious Well-Known Member

    Yeah, it does have a feel of EEnE now that I think about it, but it doesn't feel like a complete ripoff.
     
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  4. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    I've seen it and I have mixed, but positive thoughts about it. The opening of the episode where Clarence was trying hard to make friends and everyone ignored his invitations was kinda depressing, and realistically so. But once you realize how absolutely insane Clarence is, then the show perks up and gets much, much better. It's one thing that he's a dorky little kid, but it's quite another (and better) that he's so incredibly off center that he shoves bees in a pinata, thinking that's fun.

    I did like the modest bitter-sweetness at the beginning after it sunk in, but once it became more loud, goofy, and crazy, then it felt like a true CN series. This has potential and I'm really going to enjoy it. I don't want to say more or less than Uncle Grandpa or Steven Universe, since they're both different shows with different feels.
     
  5. mr3urious

    mr3urious Well-Known Member

    I relate so much to the Jeff, the square-headed kid. Real shy and socially awkward, and a lover of game shows. :D

    Loved the epicness of Jeff's pursuit of Clarence through the "Fun Dungeon" playplace in the 1st episode. It is definitely not a good idea to eat (or in this case, take) his fries. :D
     
  6. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    I have to admit, while I did really enjoy the pilot, the series itself is much better, and more defined. But I guess that usually is the case. Maybe it's because this is the first time we get to see Clarence and his friends in a public place with adults nervously reacting to their weird little quirks. I especially enjoyed that touch of awkwardness when Clarance ordered the hip watchers Chicken Salad. I also really enjoyed Sumo going off and doing his own thing during the chase and fight sequences. That bit with him and the girl's toy was priceless.

    This show really has potential.
     
  7. Mister Muppet

    Mister Muppet Well-Known Member

    Watched the pilot and 1st episode on youtube and I gotta say I really enjoy it so far. It has a lot of great potential, also the part in the Fun Dungeon in episode 1 was really fun :)
     
  8. galagr

    galagr Well-Known Member

    They have the first episode for free on iTunes, also. I'd say the Fun Dungeon episode is a lot better than the pilot itself. I'll definitely watch it more. I'm also really diggin' the opening sequence, and it shows the overall attitude of the show. It's kids being kids.

    I'm ashamed on how long it took me to realize that Sumo's voice was Tom Kenny. It really didn't hit me until he started playing with the girl toy.

    I was definitely like Sumo as a kid.
     
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  9. mr3urious

    mr3urious Well-Known Member

    That's the same voice he used when voicing Mitch on The Powerpuff Girls.
     
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  10. galagr

    galagr Well-Known Member


    You're right! Their voices do sound eerily similar.

    Man, that voice can't be easy on his throat. I think they might have to limit the lines he gets with that character to avoid damaging his vocal cords.
     
  11. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member


    It's not just kids being kids. It's weird kids being weird kids. That's always fun.
     
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  12. mr3urious

    mr3urious Well-Known Member

    It was cute seeing Clarence befriend that girl, and her not being totally grossed out by him. I liked seeing the "bullies" try to thwart them (though they're really more bitterly jealous frenemies than outright mean).
     
  13. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Nice to see some variety with this one. It felt a little more grounded with a less quirky companion this time. I really like that guy (his name escapes me) with the cartoon animal nose. Still wonder what his role in the series was. I thought he was Clarence's dad.
     
  14. ToonGeek

    ToonGeek Well-Known Member

    I got done watching the first episode of Clarence on the premiere and I loved Fun Dungeon, but didn't like A Pretty Day With Girl, Sumo's defentently becoming my favorite character of the show, he sounds like a young Popeye, how could you NOT love that, I'm usually like a mix of Jeff & Sumo, being I was hyperactive and can kind of be freaked out by things like spiders, and even people taking my fries :o.
     
  15. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Wizard Money Broom was brilliant! Just the epitome of what they're going for in Clarence's endless optimism. He was down for about 10 seconds in the entire episode.

    That's it. I have a fan theory. Clarence grows up to become Uncle Grandpa. I see parallels at least.

    Anyway, I especially liked the gag about the seal clubbing game. Clearly the lawyer friendly version of that Gator whack game, they knew the use your hands trick,.... even managed to pull out that one that keeps going in too fast (and often is broken, probably by kids who tried to pull that gator out). And I also like how many rules they broke unsupervised with no repercussions... and Jeff playing that stupid token sweeping game like he was counting cards. All around a great episode.
     
  16. mr3urious

    mr3urious Well-Known Member

    Many of those fictitious arcade games looked really fun, if insanely rigged (that crazy game Sumo played that we never fully see him play is worth mentioning). I can imagine Jeff developing a gambling addiction when he grows up, too. :D

    Loved how Clarence was trying to make friends with the bullies, too. Good for him at being the bigger man. :)
     
  17. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    I also liked the brutal stab at those stupid Big Bertha arcade machines. They're offensive and creepy. Who thought kids would enjoy that mess?
     
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  18. CaseytheMuppet

    CaseytheMuppet Well-Known Member

    I really liked the Pilot. I thought it was great. My favorite line, "We can eat pizza poppers, watch the Golden Girls…" :laugh:

    This is my favorite of the newer shows on CN. My all time favorite is Regular Show, though.
     
  19. mr3urious

    mr3urious Well-Known Member

    Looks like they put some social commentary in the supermarket episode with Clarence's mom and later the rest of the shoppers going crazy over coupons, which are unfortunately necessary in this day and age.
     
  20. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    I loved how Clarence was in awe at the huge woman in a motor scooter. And the old woman essentially groping him all over, thinking he was a ham (and the ham in a can label looking a LOT like him).

    I like how the show has a recurring thread, but every episode offers something different in every episode (so far).
     


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