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Adult Swim Streams J.J. Villard's 'King Star King'

Television
by Jerry Beck
June 14, 2014 3:00 PM
11 Comments
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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.

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11 Comments

  • Amir Avni | June 17, 2014 12:36 AMReply

    Thanks for the great review of KSK, Jerry!
    The show was a blast to work on, JJ is a great boss, Mike Carlo is a terrific animation director and the animation crew was stellar! My favorite episodes are 5 and 6, I watched the animatics over and over when they became available to us!

    JJ's level of imagination is unreal, My favourite moment is in episode 6 is when KSK's head turns into a Rubik's Cube as he grasps a mind-bending reality: "SO ALL THIS IS TAKING PLACE INSIDE PINCHY LAROUX'S HEAD?!?!?!?!" it takes a special kind of mind to come up with that!

  • Zach | June 15, 2014 11:23 PMReply

    OMFG ! I just watched all 6 episodes ! ALL HEIL KING STAR KING !!!
    adultswim

  • Nic Kramer | June 15, 2014 6:59 PMReply

    Being someone with weak constitutions, I'm going to go ahead and pass it.

  • Rafael | June 14, 2014 8:09 PMReply

    Big boobs, blah blah, we get it. Not impressed.

  • Mkvns | June 29, 2014 2:21 AM

    I just watched all 666 episodes on acid. I have came to the final conclusion that this is the creators/ artists' depiction of hell. This is a junkies hell.

  • Lee | June 14, 2014 6:33 PMReply

    I now know what I'm put on the tube when I have to babysit my nephews!

  • George | June 14, 2014 5:18 PMReply

    Jerry , did I ever tell you the time I saw J.J. Piss in his own mouth. Classy guy...

  • Jerry Beck | June 14, 2014 5:33 PM

    No, I hadn't heard that - but I don't doubt you!

  • Scott | June 14, 2014 3:51 PMReply

    This looks intense!!!

  • Jussi | June 14, 2014 3:43 PMReply

    King Star King vs How To Train your Dragon 2 on the same weekend! Haha I'm rooting for KING STAR KING! Adult Swim RULES!

  • Randy | June 14, 2014 3:40 PMReply

    This show is bullshit. I've met JJ too, he's an arrogant prick !

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