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Getting Animated: “Archer” & the Art of the Adult Cartoon

Cartoons. We must have all watched them as a kid on Saturday mornings. Whether it was Bugs Bunny or Mickey Mouse, we all know how entertaining an animated series can be. When it comes to cartoons geared towards a more mature audience, the American public is probably familiar with shows like The Simpsons and Family Guy the most.  However, there are a slew of shows that appeal to an adult audience. Cartoon Network even has an entire section of programing from 9:00p.m. to 6:00a.m. specifically for adults. Other networks have followed suit with programing that appears juvenile, and is anything but.

FX, which is owned by Fox Entertainment Group, focuses more on programming that would be seen on premium paid channels such as HBO or Showtime. This innovation has led to such successful series as Rescue Me, Sons of Anarchy, Justified and American Horror Story. It is also the home network of the popular adult animated series, Archer.

Archer, from creator Adam Reed, deals with Sterling Archer, a secret agent with ISIS (International Secret Intelligence Service) run by none other than his own mother, Malory. “The show’s time setting is comically anachronistic, deliberately mixing technologies, clothing styles and historical backdrops of different decades.”-Wikipedia. It’s crass, sarcastic, mildly insulting at times, and yet it’s one of the funniest shows I have ever seen. And it’s a cartoon. Fans of Arrested Development will notice that the voice of Malory Archer is voiced by Jessica Walter.  SNL fans will appreciate the voice of Cyril is Chris Parnell. The series is available on Netflix on Instant and is worth checking out. I’d also love to do a voice on the show someday. Hysterical.

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