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Monday, September 6, 2010: Mad

by Zach Oat September 6, 2010 6:00 am
Monday, September 6, 2010: <i>Mad</i>

Hey, remember MadTV? Remember how, before it turned into pure sketch comedy, it had animated segments that were inspired by Mad magazine? Well, somebody apparently misses them, because they're back. The new Cartoon Network show Mad is a collection of animated shorts, including MadTV alumni "Spy vs. Spy" and vignettes based on the cartoon art of Don Martin, but with the addition of more parody products, movies, TV shows and Mad Moments of general ridiculousness.

Basically, it's a 2-D animated version of Robot Chicken, which explains why RC creative director Kevin Shinick is the show's producer and story editor. But since it's on at 8:30, it's meant for a much younger crowd, which explains such parody titles as "CSiCarly," "Avaturds" and "2012 Dalmatians," which is about flaming Dalmatian puppies hurtling into Earth's atmosphere. It may turn out to be a funny show, but it may be more funny for 13-year-olds, which is the age at which I last enjoyed Mad magazine. ...Although I will admit that I am incredibly curious to see how they handle the sketch titled "The Fantastic Megan Fox."

Mad airs tonight at 8:30 pm on Cartoon Network.

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