Tripping the Rift (2004–2007)
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The animations are really good looking, and I don't know how serious they were when they produced it, but it's very profesional.
You should see the original episode where Chode by accident goes back in time and lands his ship on God, killing him. A normal film would show the tragedy in a world without God, but not this series. Without God, there is no Satan, and without satan, people don't know how to be mean, except for Chode who was there when God was killed, and remember how it was before that. Devious as he is, he uses it in the way he find suiting. A great little part is when a reporter for the tv-news reports as he's being raped and don't really understand why, but keeps reporting.
The animators of this series should start animating porn or real erotic animated movies.
The show's comedy revolves mainly around sex. In addition to sex jokes, there are many references to other science-fiction series throughout the show including but not limited to Star Wars, Star Trek, 2001: A Space Odyssey, and Battlestar Galactica. It also has references to many other novels, movies, and television series in other genres. Other humor involves body humor, puns, wordplay, relationship humor, dysfunctional family humor, and insult humor.
Overall, it's a fun 20-minute cartoon that works perfectly for watching right before bed or to have on in the background when doing something else.
Another way of saying this is "'Futurama' without the intellectual content or likable characters." Maybe the characters are not developed yet; I have to admit that I didn't like the characters of Mulder and Scully when I first saw "The X-Files." Still, what's up with the gay robot? I don't find any humor in "Tripping the Rift" as I do in "The X-Files." Again, I didn't see the humor in "The X-Files" when I first saw it.
"Tripping the Rift" makes some references to other science fiction icons like Star Trek, Star Wars and 2001: A Space Odyssey. In the episode I saw, it also made reference to Dune, Jurassic Park and The Attack of the 50-foot Woman.
I love my (translated into German) Star Wars movies that I recorded many beers and years ago.
Especially precious is it whenever somebody dares to make fun of the mostly way too serious Science Fiction movies and series. My congratulations go out to the masters of black (or should I say: colorful?) humor in this series.
Some episodes just found me grinning, but I have also laughed so hard sometimes - tears were running down my cheeks.
Compared to the gazillions of other series that TV stations torture us with on a daily basis this here is heartwarming because it doesn't spare a stereotype that all y'all know from the Big Buck Hollywood creations and makes a nice slapstick of it.
We are not on this planet or in this universe to just sit in the corner and whine. There's a lot of catastrophes happening around us, I know, and thus it might be better to enjoy life as far as possible, and to smile a bit while we are watching TV.
Oh, I almost forgot this: the people who give their voices to the hilarious persons/creatures sure are having fun. You can hear it. May the force be with all of the folks involved for many more episodes.
There's a decided lack of imagination being exhibited here but it doesn't stop it from being entertaining in a sophomoric way. Doesn't move very far outside its orbit on any occasion. They could really do something with this if they stepped outside the box a little, but it stands on its own for entertainment value as it is.
Something very simple can ruin a joke: poor timing; not knowing that the word "porn" is not a punch line to everything and shouldn't be treated as such; that falling off a small ledge isn't funny without proper setup; that simple announcing you're gay isn't funny without some kind of context; and so forth.
Some people don't understand that there is an entire art to comedy. Louis CK can tell a story about getting a hand job and it's hilarious. Dane Cook did the same thing and it's lame. Andy Kaufman ate a bowl of ice cream and it was brilliant. Tom Green ate a bowl of cereal and no one cared.
Tripping the Rift wants to do shock comedy, but it doesn't understand the first thing about comedy. It's the Dane Cook and Tom Green of cg animated shows.