Reviews: Shut Up Cartoons

Krogzilla - A Work-Com with Kaiju

Krogzilla is probably my favourite of the Smosh 'toons. It's funny, relatable, and simple in a good way. The premise of the show is familiar to anyone who's watched a cartoon about a non-human trying to fit in amongst humans and combines it with workplace-type comedy.

The show's writing and humour is totally relatable to anyone who can't find a stable job. It's a good way to laugh at how difficult life can be. Standard problems in minimum wage jobs play a big part in the show's humour with Krog dealing with things like uptight managers and unpleasable customers. The series' Earn Your Happy Ending adds a friendly reminder to us that even when life craps on you, it will turn out better. The jokes themselves are on target almost all the time. Sure they won't make you guffaw, but you will still have a good chuckle.

The characters are entertaining too. Krog is just a mild-mannered former Kaiju trying to survive the life of a young adult who's just entered the workforce without a degree. Marcus is the human best friend who is much like Krog except more familiar with human customs and may have it worse than Krog in some aspects. There's not much otherwise to him though, beyond he's perhaps even more relatable than Krog for some. Jeff is a mutant barnacle who lives on Krog's face and is also a pretty funny Jerkass. Regurgitor is a fellow shrunken Kaiju and old enemy of Krog who got it better off than him. Anyone who's had an asshole roommate or a hated enemy doing better than them can see the similarities to Jeff and Regurgitor.

The animation isn't that great. It seems to be low-budget Adobe Flash, but one should not expect high quality animation from most Internet cartoons. It makes up for it in other ways stated earlier. The theme song is also great.

Overall, I'd give Krogzilla a 4/5. Krogzilla is one of the best that Shut Up! Cartoons has to offer. If you like work comedy or "trying to survive life" cartoons such as Rocko's Modern Life, Regular Show, and Ugly Americans, I recommend this little webtoon. It's pretty short (10 3-minute episodes), so you should get through it quickly.

Pubertina -a diamond in the rough

(I'm not sure what category to put this in.) This cartoon is adorable and funny, and deserves to be on television (or at least not so hard for little kids to find). It's different from the other Smosh cartoons that (usually) rely on swearing, modern references, and/or gross humor to be funny. It's also aimed at tweens, not teenagers (though there are many teen fans.) There's a sad bias that boys are allowed to talk about their puberty experiences with everyone nodding their heads in agreement, but when a woman mentions her period it's suddenly a huge taboo thing to talk about. Pubertina is great for educating kids about puberty and being a funny slice of life comedy in general.

Pubertina is a boy-crazy pizza-faced eleven year old who learns to cope with her growing body. Her friend Debs, a nine year old, helps to guide her through her "entrance into womanhood," but has to overcome her own problems (she grows one nubbie but the other one isn't there yet.) The other characters include X Tina (Pube's sister), Karen (mean popular girl), and Andrew (who Pubertina likes, but he doesn't share the feelings). The show deals with girl puberty (obviously), some boy puberty, homosexuality (some of the kids are gay), and having spirit despite being an outcast. It has songs too, which can range from annoying to adorable, but most of them are short so it's not hard to sit through.

The animation isn't as fluent as your usual cartoon (probably low budget) but even though it's done on a computer it has a hand-drawn style (very refreshing from the modern flash animated cartoons) still fun to look at with some not-that-noticeable animation mistakes (background character holding something and it suddenly disappears.) There are some gross visuals, like Pubertina picking her nose for a brief moment in one scene and tampons appearing in the random musical numbers (and bleeding through her jeans, the most re-occuring theme.) All humor is subjective, so some people may find the jokes to be "boring" but fans find it relatable and funny. Like how people find Adventure Time annoying or funny.

I would recommend this for tween girls/boys or anyone that loves cartoons. I suggest watching the first episode and, if you don't like it, try the latest episode. The show has grown a bit since it started and the animation/timing/voice acting has noticeably improved.
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