The video below is a short test film by J.G. Quintel, which went on to be the inspiration for his hit cartoon, Regular Show. This was done on paper, by hand, one frame at a time. Though the animation is somewhat choppy and crude, the film is nonetheless entertaining through the use of strange visual themes, shock gags, and clever, realistic dialogue. What sets it apart from “the norm” is the overall theme; drug use at the workplace. This is clearly not intended for children, though with a few changes to the characters, Quintel was able to transpose his gas station clerks into lovable animal characters for, what would ultimately become, his hugely popular children’s cartoon, Regular Show, which airs Monday evenings on the Cartoon Network.
Though Regular Show is intended for an adolescent audience, it still retains an air of slacker/stoner adult humor, similar to what is seen in 2 in the AM PM. This broadens the audience, and makes for a very successful 2D animated show, which is currently running its third season. Clearly this medium is not as dead as popular opinion (and the NEIA curriculum) would have us believe.