Why J.G. Quintel Loves Using '80s Technology in Cartoon Network's Hit Regular Show

By Liz Ohanesian in Cartoons, Tech
Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 11:01 am

Similarly, in "Eggscellent," which won this year's Emmy for Best Short-Format Animated Program, is more true-to-life than what one might expect. In the episode, Mordecai and Rigby take stabs at eating a massive omelette.

"There's a restaurant in San Diego, where, if you eat a 12-egg omelette, you win a shirt or something," says Quintel. "I tried to eat it and I couldn't even get close. I think I made it an eighth of the way through."

Now in its fourth season, Regular Show has amassed a large following of kids, their parents and lots of young adults. While the show didn't struggle long to actually get on the air -- Quintel was already working for Cartoon Network, on The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack, when he pitched the series -- it did take time to build a following.

Quintel remembers his first Regular Show trip to San Diego Comic-Con, where he was on a joint panel with the team from the pop culture phenomenon Adventure Time. "There were pretty much no questions for us," he recalls.

A year later, things had changed. These days, people show up to panels in Regular Show cosplay. Quintel has even spotted a family wearing the Eggscellent hats from the episode of the same name. The fans are also asking the kind of minutia-based questions that only come after watching a 15-minute installment of Regular Show dozens of times.

In some ways, this year's Emmy win was validation for what animation addicts have known for a few years. Regular Show is one of the smartest, funniest, weirdest series on the small screen. "It's a little hard in this medium, when you want everybody to watch it," says Quintel. "I think adults automatically assume, oh, it's a cartoon, it's for kids." That's certainly not the case for Regular Show. "We're definitely making it for ourselves," says Quintel, "trying to make each other laugh." So far, that tactic seems to be working remarkably well.

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This piece originally appeared in LA Weekly. While we look for a new editor for Topless Robot, we'll occasionally be publishing stories from Voice Media Group sites.

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