What the hell is King Star King? Is it genius or pornography? It's certainly the work of a mad man, its creator J.J. Villard. Adult Swim's latest series may be too hot for broadcast or cable, but its a hallucinatory cartoon acid trip - and the entire first season order of all six episodes will debut (Netflix-style) Sunday on Adult Swim.com.
To some, this series will be quickly dismissed as mindless, scatological junk. Others will be turned on by the unrelenting sex, gore and pop-art references. Think Jack Kirby meets Rory Hayes, Big Daddy Roth, Peter Max, He-man, Yellow Submarine and Ralph Bakshi. Mix them all together and take LSD. That's King Star King.
Having met J.J. several times over the past few years I can attest that this show accurately reflects the id of its creator. He's not trying to be outrageous, Villard IS outrageous. He's not an animation outlaw, he's an animation terrorist.
The show - produced by Titmouse - may be harsh, crude and perverse, but I had a blast watching it. It literally rips apart the conventions of TV animation, unrelentless in new ways to pervert and subvert its main characters. It's not for everyone, certainly not for kids or squeamish adults, but if you're in the right mood - with the right mind-set, taking the right stimulants - you might have as much fun with this as I did. Here's a sample:
Here's a gallery of some of the show's psychedelic graphics.