Why didn't it get the same popularity and critical acclaim as Regular Show or Adventure Time?

Why didn't it get the same popularity and critical acclaim as Regular Show or Adventure Time?

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  1. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Came too early.
    It's like the Yardbirds. Needed Flapjack to crawl so the beanmouth shows to come could crash and burn like lead zeppelins.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      You got a proof from your theory?

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      I get that beaouth and cal arts style are both memes mostly popularized here

      But even at its worst, I never understood why adventure time always gets grouped into em, AT's art is mostly mob faces onto simple humanoids

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Do not question the culture war. Only my enemies do that.

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        I remember before the culture warriors here pushed "calart styles", a term that was stolen from John K's blog which used it for the Iron Giant, "noodle arms" was used.
        Beanmouth it's still a stupid name but less about attacking a boogeyman who didn't even produce all these artists who would later popularize this style.

  2. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I dunno, I personally love this show. I imagine a lot of people just wrote it off as another mediocre show from 'that era', and moved on.

  3. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    For some reason they dont air them as much as those two you mentioned.

  4. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    The later episodes just felt weird.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Even the early episodes were pretty weird, but funny.
      The whole show felt bleak for some reason. Maybe the artstyle but even the setting felt like some kind of Edwardian age dystopia or something.

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        It was a show about about addiction. They tried to make it cute by having the addiction be candy, but Kunuckle's life was ruined by candy and he couldn't stop eating it. His teeth were rotten, he was out of shape, he never felt good, and his only friend was a boy he looked up to him, and Kanuckle was just leading that boy into the same exact lifestyle that destroyed Kanuckle.

        Bubbs was always trying to get Flapjack to do anything else at all with his life, but she was just him dumb whale mom grating on him about his next fix. She didn't have answers or a better life to offer, she just didn't approve of the one they had.

        Of course the show felt fricking bleak.

  5. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Chowder and Flapjack came right as CN gave up, so everyone compared them to the glory days 5 years earlier. Then when CN picked itself up, people regarded them as lesser versions of what was to come 5 years later, but bright spots during the dark age.
    So they don't really fit in late Millennial nostalgia with Ed Edd n Eddy and Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends and Dexter's Lab, but they don't fit in Zoomer nostalgia with Adventure Time, Regular Show, Uncle Grandpa, or Teen Titans Go.
    Total Drama Island only survived because it got sequel series that extended its life. Once Flapjack ended, I don't recall it rerunning too often.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Not to mention they did that fricking live action push.

  6. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    at least it gave birth to a good chunk of 2010's cartoons

  7. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Flapjack and Chowder could have turned into hits if they kept running them when TAWOG and the other shows from that time got huge.
    I don't get why they're so scared of the idea of rerunning their older series instead of just spamming the same shit every day.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >I don't get why they're so scared of the idea of rerunning their older series instead of just spamming the same shit every day.
      They probably got it with Nick pushing Spongebob to death. There were a few shows that did reruns around ten years ago, like KND in I think 2014-ish? Right in the afternoon

  8. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I remember even thinking at the time how weird the artstyle and tone of the show was. I didn't hate it but I can bet it turned off others.

  9. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Niche appeal, either way great show

  10. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Because it was too good for filthy normies to understand, so they passed it by. That's a good thing by the way, this show had a nice comfy run, and ended just when it needed to.

  11. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    The sea frightens people. Doesn't really play for the Hot Topic crowd.

  12. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    This was probably the last cartoon I was actively following on cartoon network as I was getting older. It felt like a breath of fresh air at the time with CN sliding into irrelevancy and all the live action shit.

    As others have said I suspect it was just a touch too early to really capitalize on online fandoms like shows do today. Though of course, better to be short and sweet, and it seems like everyone who worked on this show eventually started their own series.

  13. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    The Summoning short totally stole its humor and aesthetic from this

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous
    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      This is stuff that Spongebob already did and stems from Ren and Stimpy

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Come on, the sea style was not done by spongebob or ren and stimpy. And they didn't combine it with those close up shots, which was definitely Flapjack's own unique style.

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          I meant specifically the relatively realistic style change close ups, not the sea stuff

          • 4 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            Nah, spongebob didn't really do the the detailed close ups early on, that was much later after the movie, and ren and stimpy is different from flapjack in that it tried more to be more gross than creepy like flapjack.

  14. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I liked him, but K'nuckles was an unbearable prick sometimes

  15. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Adventure Time shed its more avant garde weirdness as a meta element of its story telling, something that appealed heavily to fart-huffing, fun-hating weirdos that felt it tied quite well into their ideas regarding cartoons taking themselves more maturely. Plus the show got taken over by shipping weirdos, which teenagers can identify with.

    Regular Time had very rote weirdness that played out in a very select few formulas for each episode, so what worked was kept pretty safe and most people got their fill of it before shit got bad in the later seasons. It was the kind of explosive and random wackiness that kids could enjoy, teens found the characters relatable, and Gen Xers could find familiarity in its aesthetics.

    Flapjack is just aggressively fricking weird from beginning to end, and is dedicated to nothing else but being strange. It's pure and undistilled, to the point that it's more off-putting than bonkers shock humor like Billy & Mandy or the horror intentions of Courage.

  16. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I wish there was more Cinemaphile media with this kind of setting and/or style, something about it is timeless

  17. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    It was too weird for most people and came out dead in the middle of CN's dark age with all of that live action shit going on. A lot of people just thought the whole channel went to shit and didn't bother giving it a chance. Funnily enough it was extremely popular on Cinemaphile while it was airing.

  18. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Flapjack himself was kind of a crappy main character, I think that held back the broad appeal. Flapjack was very big among critics and animation industry people

  19. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >released in 2008
    >le Cartoon Network dead because live action block mentality is super Common with everyone
    >b tier cartoon not really strong enough to carry a network on its own even with chowder

  20. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    reminder that thurop van orman favorited every piece of flapjack/knuckles slash on deviantart back in the day. and coincidentally he transed his son during quaranitine and his name is blossom now. it's like there's a pattern or something.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      I just don't give a shit

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      I had no idea his voice was the voice of flapjack.
      Like, his normal speaking voice and not hamming it up.

  21. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous
  22. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Regular Show is a show about relatively normal people thrown into weird situations. Adventure Time is fairy tale tier levels of weird and strange. Flapjack, though, that shit was essentially something that regularly tried to push how goddamn creepy everything was, from the character designs to the more washed out colors to even the stories being slightly more grotesque. I loved it when it was airing, but I was also in my teens, so I had an appreciation for the more macabre looking shit going on. Like, seriously, that one exchange with the mermaids pretty much summed up the show's general atmosphere:

    >"...So never stop wishing, Flapjack, and all your dreams will come true!"
    >"Even the scary ones?"
    >"ahahahahaha...[YES]"

    Also, frick Dr. Barber, dude just got downright evil as time went on, I know it.

  23. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    too early for the AT babies and too late for the 90s Cartoon Cartoons kids.

  24. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    ?t=6

  25. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Always felt this show tried to hard tbh, I'm not surprised it didn't catch on.
    Like I can appreciate the nautical and Victorian theme but it felt like it was trying too hard to creep you out and there were other cartoons that captured that dreary atmosphere, especially unintentionally

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >it felt like it was trying too hard to creep you out
      Not sure what this means at all or what about that it negative. Like, that stuff is just comedy and it was funny most of the time.

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        You're right, it just wasn't my thing, I remember thinking it was too cutesy too.
        I was more a Chowder man myself. That felt more in line with other CN cartoons for me

  26. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    It looked ugly and looked dingy as hell , that's literally it. I didn't like it when I was a child

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