4 Stars
Year Released: 2008
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 4 minutes
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It was once said that there’s one concept a guy can never get enough of, and that concept is a man and his monkey. Writer/director Bob Ray obviously believes that as he’s launched an internet cartoon called “Ape Shit” in which mellow college guy Bruce has struck up a friendship with one f-ed up monkey named Albert. Bruce is the straight man to Albert’s drug induced, alcohol swigging, poop throwing primate and if you like Cartoon Network’s “Adult Swim,” you’ll probably love “Ape Shit.” In fact, upon further inspection the show is part of “Super Deluxe” which was just bought up by Cartoon Network so, there you go. That being said, “Ape Shit” is definitely not for kids nor is it particularly safe for work. You’ve been warned.

While the episode I saw, entitled “Wa-Hoo” was a good taste (so to speak) of what the cartoon is all about, I think the “Ape Shit” crew would have been better served waiting until there was five or more episodes available to watch before dropping their tiny load onto the already animation over-saturated internets. As it stands now their site boasts a few teasers and one funny (but so short it seems broken) episode called “Butterface” in which Albert, Bruce, a peg legged bunny and their Matthew-McConaughey-as-Wooderson-channeling pal McKoonahoon explain to one another what a chick who is a “Butterface” is…incorrectly explaining I should say.

But the one full episode I saw bodes well for the series as the computer animation is simple yet clever and the voice work is funny. Plus there were 5-6 solid one-liners I’ll be using in the mere four minutes and change of “Wa-Hoo.” Given time, “Ape Shit” will definitely have a nice fan base but I wish there were more to dig into today.

Posted on June 9, 2008 in Reviews by

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