27 April 2014 | brand-onjames78
The Nostalgia Is Strong With This One
Now, just to be honest, I'd actually rank this show about an 8.75 out of 10, but I feel like a 6.7 rating is drastically too low, so I feel the need to supplement with my ranking as a 10.
This show reminds me so much of my childhood, with moments that we'd all remember. Whether it's going in the McDonald's playground, Chuck E Cheese, The Grocery Store, our out with friends, you can see yourself in all of these episodes. The animation turned out to look a lot better than I thought it would, and the voice acting is amazing. Sometimes things that aren't funny at all end up cracking me up just based off of delivery.
At first I was concerned that this show would overdue the gross-out humor like some shows have done on both Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon (Sanjay and Craig, Super Mountain Fort Awesome), but it turns out that Clarence is relatively subtle about it for the most part.
I love that Sumo and Jeff serve as foils to each other, but are never really in conflict on the show. They have a mutual and unlikely friendship that has blossomed because of their open minds.
And now Clarence specifically. THANK THE HEAVENS that Clarence isn't annoying. Seems like shows are finally realizing that main characters can be silly and jovial without being overly annoying buffoons.
Going on to Clarence's mom and her boyfriend: I do love it. And I also love the fact that while the boyfriend isn't the "parenting type" he's not a deadbeat, and actually does care enough to emotionally support Clarence, while not coming off as someone trying to be his dad either.
The show handles concepts like divorce as well, something that I find a breath of fresh air.
I do hope that they choose to do plot development on this show like they have done with Adventure Time, because otherwise the show might get old soon (There's only so many you can do with a "slice of life" cartoon).
This show seems like a sillier version of As Told By Ginger with a lot of potential for greatness in the future. You've got me hooked on Clarence.