Review: Mr. Pickles ‘Pilot’

Mr. Pickles is the latest animated entry in the Adult Swim pilots, but it doesn’t move unless if we say so. Check out the review after the jump!

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Spoilers Below

So one of this week’s pilots, a show called Greenbench, is live-action, so we won’t be covering it because (durr) it’s not a cartoon. We’re way too cool for that. In light of this situation, I had really hoped the other show didn’t suck.

Spoiler alert: It didn’t! Mr. Pickles has a sweet but kind of off-putting animation feel to it. It also has sweet but kind of off-putting dialogue, story lines, and characters. Take the opening: it begins with what appears to be a couple of young sweethearts on a picnic. When the fella starts prodding his girl to make love to him, she innocently says she isn’t ready because, and I quote: “It’s only been an hour since the abortion.” When a show has the word “abortion” in the first 11 seconds; and then a beer in the first 13 seconds; graphic violence after 24; and death metal after 32 seconds – you know you’re in for a weird ride.

The show is about a boy, his family, and his creepy, violence-prone dog. It continues in a very light & cartooney way, where the most innocent things are at least borderline offensive, and the raunchiest are not just distasteful, but quite disturbing as well. All in good fun though, with sex, drugs, rock’n’roll, and violence sprinkled evenly throughout its 11-minute run-time.

However, unlike King Star King – an extremely gratuitous show that makes Superjail! look like Dora the Explorer – the excessive sexual references and adult humor in this show are still subtle. Where other shows like King Star King just throw everything out there, Mr. Pickles alludes to it, however obvious the message may still be. The amount is still roughly the same, but there’s more of an actual joke each time, rather than sex, drugs, and violence just for the sake of sex, drugs, and violence. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy all three of those things in the right medium, but at least give it a clever delivery.

Mr. Pickles also can likely make it past the censors,since a lot of the sex and drug content would fly over kids’ heads, even if brain matter or a bloody severed limb hits ‘em square in the face. No matter: censors don’t care about violence. Still, the show clearly aims to toe the line of what can or can’t air on basic cable, or perhaps they consider it fucking the line instead.

Regardless, this is a solid show. It’s cooky & weird & maybe it’s because this new beer has a much higher alcohol content than I initially believed, but I like Mr. Pickles. It’s not the best pilot thus far, and I can’t see myself becoming a regular viewer if it becomes a full series, but if I caught it on TV late one night and there was nothing better on, I’d give it another whirl.

One thing that puzzles me though: is Mr. Pickles a good dog or an evil dog? Sure, he maims and murders – but it’s usually someone who had it coming, or someone that just committed some sort of evil deed themselves. I suppose that’s just a question I’ll have to ponder tonight when Mr. Pickles pops up in my dreams speaking in his incredibly terrifying demon voice.

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Read our review for the Adult Swim premier episode entitled ‘Tommy’s Big Job’ here  

Gonzo Green

@Gonzo_Green is a chronic sufferer of Pre-life Crisis Syndrome. He drinks frequently, and wears hats sometimes, with these events occasionally occurring concurrently. Gonzo also likes watching baseball, and putting ketchup on foods that ketchup has no business being on. He enjoys rock’n’roll from the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s, when rock was rock, and meaningless repetitive phrases were frowned upon. But it is what it is.

  • Paul Patriot

    Great excuse to abuse the 1st amendment. This show is demonic in its essence, and I pray
    Those who watch it will repent of their acceptance of things that if celebrated, will play a part of destroying our society from the inside out. Remember, tolerance is acceptance.
    Turn to The Lord Jesus Christ and ask him to forgive you of your godless path that you are on, and turn from the evil
    Of toxic programming like this.
    It is very disturbing, in this age of realative “truth” and political correctness, that any
    Stable minded person would find trash like mr pickles as entertainment.
    By watching and tolerating a cartoon like this, you are accepting violence, abortion, murder, fornication, adultery, satanism, neocremacy, and a host of other things as being ok.
    Most people agree that violence is wrong, yet why would you watch a show that displays unbridled violence as nothing more than a casual interaction???
    The long term physiological and psychological damage that viewing this program
    Will incurr, will be evident when it will be too late.

    • Walter

      Hell has strippers, drugs, rock and roll, and blood rituals. I’ll take the parties.

  • Paul patriot

    STARTING to worry you? Glad you are starting to wake up to the fact that we are in deeeeeeeeeeeeep trouble as a nation and I have an eerie hunch that the republic is close to death and an era of utter lawlessness and godlessness where absolute morals are rejected and relative truth is embraced.

  • Paul patriot

    It is very disturbing, in this age of realative “truth” and political correctness, that any
    Stable minded person would find trash like mr pickles as entertainment.
    By watching and tolerating a cartoon like this, you are accepting violence, abortion, murder, fornication, adultery, satanism, neocremacy, and a host of other things as being ok.
    Most people agree that violence is wrong, yet why would you watch a show that displays unbridled violence as nothing more than a casual interaction???

    • Curt

      Was the short-bus late to the class that teaches you that cartoons are not real life?

    • Walter

      Do you have Fox News on 24/7?

  • Paul patriot

    Troubling that you would find this theme and subject matter entertaining. I hope you do not own firearms.
    It is very disturbing, in this age of realative “truth” and political correctness, that any
    Stable minded person would find trash like mr pickles as entertainment.
    By watching and tolerating a cartoon like this, you are accepting violence, abortion, murder, fornication, adultery, satanism, neocremacy, and a host of other things as being ok.
    Most people agree that violence is wrong, yet why would you watch a show that displays unbridled violence as nothing more than a casual interaction???

    • Walter

      You preach truth, yet you talk about a carpenter being your lord and savior, and then bring in a flying spaghetti monster. Here’s truth for you. It’s all made up. All hail my lord and savior, LORD PICKLES!

  • Paul patriot

    Please never buy a firearm. Please consider if filling your mind with such dung is a good thing. I know as humans we are selfish and only care about satisfying our flesh, but, you will die someday and have to answer to God for your rebellion against his precepts. None of us is capable of pleasing God, only when we acknowledge that we are lawbreakers and have sinned against a Holy God, and turn to The Lord Jesus Christ, the only one who can save you, will we be saved from the wrath of a Holy, righteous God.

    Please consider these things and realize the pyshsiological and spiritual damage you are causing yourself by filling your mind with this cartoon.

    • Walter

      Anyone who turns to Jesus the Carpenter for guidance needs to turn that gun around, shove it in your mouth, and seriously rethink their life.

      I would rather take a show about a fake SATANIC DOG over a book that millions of sheeple pretend is real.

  • Someone

    Looks like shit.