And the cartoons keep coming.
"Breadwinners," which premieres Monday night on
SwaySway (tall and thin, voiced by Robbie Daymond) and Buhdeuce (short and round, voiced by Eric Bauza) are ducks -- acid-green ducks I would more readily identify as fish, but ducks -- whose job and passion it is to deliver bread to the creatures of their world. Mostly to ducks. Other ducks have a painterly look, or are represented photographically, and do not speak but only quack. The bread they deliver is not baked but rather mined -- or rather, it is baked, by a Santa-cum-Chippendale's buff supernatural character called the Breadmaker, and then mined. It comes in flavors like huckleberry spaghetti, bubblegum rye and clammy brioche.
The show, which runs on speed and bad puns, butt jokes, snatches of old-school hip-hop and house and arcade-game conventions, is loud and often gross, but basically genial. It should not drive your children into a life of crime. Apart from those moments when two characters, alarmed or aroused, scream the same words in unison, which hurts daddy's head and has become altogether too much of A Thing, I am inclined to bestow upon it my official critical blessing.
Its aggressive and sometimes disquieting-in-a-good-way mix of visual styles -- though the references may not be intended, I sense notes of Basil Woon, Garbage Pail Kids (Art Spiegelman) and Total Television (animators of "Tennessee Tuxedo" and Cocoa Puffs commercials) and the aesthetic grab-bag that comes from a childhood spent in front of "Sesame Street." (It is, in this way, in the same ballpark as
They have a pet frog. There are monsters.