Get ready for Flapjack

Animation Insider brought us this summary last month:

Cartoon Network has announced their plans to premiere The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack in Summer 2008.

Raised by Bubbie the talking whale in the bubbling splendor of the sea, Flapjack’s life was once a world of peace and tranquility. That all ended the day he and Bubbie rescued an old pirate from a shipwreck, Captain K’nuckles, whose tall tales tangle up Flapjack’s head, consuming him with an unquenchable desire for adventure.

Although Bubbie struggles to protect him, Flapjack would do anything to win the approval of Captain K’nuckles, even if it means getting himself into a lot of trouble. The trouble Flapjack finds himself in results from his naive, overenthusiastic quest for adventure. The best things are what happened instead — the misadventures.

The sea community in which the three friends live, Stormalong Harbor, is pretty much home to them. Here Flapjack and Cap’n K’nuckles work at the dock to earn candy money, acquire supplies, and get into mischief, all in support of acquiring the most coveted title of all´┐Ż Adventurer!

I’d seen the summary a few weeks back and promptly forgotten about it (hey, I can only retain so much information at one time, and the lyrics to all of the songs I used to listen to on my coveted cassette tape player in junior high are tough to oust once they’ve had decades to sink in, you know?), but then today I ran across a sneak peek episode. Go ahead and watch it. I’ll wait.

So—what’d you think? I watched it with my kids, who are now appropriately jazzed for the June 5th premiere, but I couldn’t help feeling just a little deja vu while I was watching it. Then I remembered the first time I’d seen an episode of My Gym Partner’s a Monkey and how I really wanted to hate it, but actually it was… well… sort of funny. Flapjack was also sort of funny. And sort of like what I imagine would happy if you put My Gym Partner’s a Monkey and SpongeBob SquarePants into a blender together. Which is to say, it’s entertaining, but also has a bit of “been there” feel to it.

It’s interesting, too, that it’s premiering in an 8:30 p.m. time slot. What, no Saturday morning love? Is the content too mature for little kids? (Funny, I saw a lot of candy and a head in a toilet bowl. I foolishly assumed that little kids were the target demographic….)

I’ll be curious to see how it does.

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