They suddenly (mid-June, 2014) started showing Chowder regularly again, on Boomerang, in 3 one-hour blocks throughout the day, and I had forgotten all about it and was excited to see it again. Don't get me wrong, Looney Toons, Tom and Jerry, the Flinstones, Scooby Doo, all classics and deserve to be on somewhere, but after watching those constantly as a kid in the 80s, I just can't watch that really old stuff anymore. It's classic, I'm not bashing it, but just can't watch it anymore. So this was a breath of fresh air!
It was created at a tumultuous time when Cartoon Network couldn't seem to decide what their audience demographic really was, and what they really wanted it to be, and were messing with terrible, terrible live acting shows instead of all cartoons, and they also had on cartoons aimed directly at little kids and also at older kids and adults, just a mess all over the board. I think a lot of people hate Chowder because it came from that time when everyone hated CN and just didn't give Chowder a chance.
As everyone else has been over, the static, vividly colored patterns they use for their clothing and some scenery is really unique and cool. They use a layer of that colored pattern underneath the character, who has a blank space where the pattern shows through, and as they move across it, it seems to move on their bodies but it's the other way around, neat idea.
The food references are pretty funny, and I'm not a food fanatic or anything or a chef or cook, but stuff like making a Belgian Slobber-Barker Waffle is pretty hilarious. And Schnitzel the Rock Monster with his Rada Rada Rada!! Is hilarious.
Compared to the current crap they're showing, like the total Drama island shows, Chowder is a 10+, but just rating it on it's own merit and not against the rest of the crap, it's like an 8.
I don't see why the fart jokes are so terrible to so many reviewers. It's not like it's in smell-o-vision and actually somehow making your eyes and nose cry. Are they terribly witty? Hell no. Are they old hat? Hell yes. But come on, it's just a cartoon, you never see any poop (which you see in your own toilet most days so it's not like it's completely foreign to anyone). Yeah ok it's not that funny because poop jokes are only funny to drunk frat guys and little kids, but it's not seriously offensive! More like just "meh, saw that coming".
It's too bad it went only 3 seasons, but they did nearly 125 episodes in that short time, enough to keep busy for a while.
Ever since a small boy, I loved this show, and I still love it today. This show was very nostalgic, colorful, and creative. By the way, this show was made by a former writer/director of another great show, SpongeBob SquarePants. So, this was guaranteed to be good. All of the characters are named after food, and was a good idea. The whole show has colorful patterns that never move with the objects/characters, making more tantalizing to look at. Almost everybody in my family happen to enjoy this show, too. I have no clue why CN would take down something this good. Well, they're CN. Whatever happened to Cartoon Planet, I seriously want to know why. I highly recommend this show to children AND adults, of ANY age because this show is amazing.
This show was created by sick minded people. I am sorry, but it is honestly a disgrace to I cannot believe that you people rated it so high? this is not what the cartoon deserves! its awful! Look at other great cartoons! like phineas and ferb! and johnny test! my little pony and more and this show has high ratings? you guys are clearly like the creators of this show if you rate it that high
Why do I say this in my title? I`ll tell you why: The characters all lookstupid, the plots look stupid and everything else is stupid, even the credits. I was overjoyed when they finished the show and pulled it from airing on Cartoon Network, and I`ve never been overjoyed to see a show end.
Ah, chowder, boy haven't you been in a polarized mess with the critics. The minute I saw the pilot I liked the show. You got nice looking visuals, fun loving characters, Tara Strong, good voice actors, Tara Strong, good animation, Tara Strong. But of course Tara Strong can't seem to please the angered children that swarmed the forums asking for attention.
A lot of people didn't seem to enjoy the show because of some of its "Bathroom by that I mean "the poopies". But come on, so many other Cartoon Network shows had toilet jokes, why not let this one slide? I think this question can best be answered with the main character, "Chowder".
A lot of people found him to be utterly annoying, especially when he cries. Don't get me wrong, I think we all wanted to smash his face out of the ballpark the minute he started crying, but still I liked the unusually entertaining surreal-ness of this show, it made it fun.
The show went on for a good three years, until one day I guess the ratings went low or lack of interest started to up-rise, and the show ended. Leaving with a finale of chowder growing up and marrying his most hated "not his girlfriend" Panini, in which they had FIFTY CHILDREN. I guess "fucking like rabbits" is brought to a whole new level now.
To rap it up, this show was pretty fitting for cartoon network, as it should be. Check it out on Cartoon Planet sometime.
If you think this is just another ordinary cartoon the network was thinking about using leftover junk, lack of effort and hired someone to put it all together, or in other words "The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack" then you are definitely wrong because this cartoon is actually worth looking at. It's a show called Chowder that C.H. Greenblatt created after making storyboards for "Billy & Mandy". This show has a nice classic 90's feel. For those of you who are already familiar with what the show is about can see what I think.
Here is what I think of Chowder.
Unique art and character design.
Nice original background music.
Nice voices for most of the characters.
Good stop-motion animation scenes.
End credit puppet segments can't be seen on tv.
Too much fourth wall breaking.
Lost its classic feel near the end of season 2 and forward.
This show is alright and does have a surprising comeback in animation in cartoons of today but does still have points where it seems unfinished C.H. Greenblatt also picked the best voices for the main characters especially Nicky Jones as Chowder. The music is catchy, and original. Forth wall breaking is the biggest thing you will notice in this cartoon. It is funny at times but used a bit too much. This show is good, some episodes may seem like it's going downhill but it's probably the last decent thing you'll see on Cartoon Network, sometimes.
This show tried hard to be funny and random, I think it was effective. I laughed at least 2-3 each episode. I haven't seen it for a while now, but anyway it was hilarious! Definitely would recommend it, Chowder is crazy :)
I can recall watching Chowder quite a bit while it was still airing. It's really a shame that Cartoon Network never shows it any more.
PLOT: Chowder (a rabbit-bear-cat hybrid) is an apprentice of famous Marzipan chef Mung Daal, and has to follow Mung's teachings in order to become a successful cook.
CHARACTERS: Chowder, despite his flaws, is a bundle of sunshine. Sure, a lot of people dislike him because he's "annoying", but then again, aren't ALL little kid characters annoying? It just comes along with the personality; they're almost guaranteed to be pains. Mung Daal is good (along with his wife, Truffles). I really like Schnitzel, though. I know for a fact that C.H. Greenblatt (creator of the cartoon) story-boarded a bunch of classic Spongebob episodes, and that kind of eggs me on to believe that Schnitzel is based off of Squidward. But I think that my favorite characters would be either Ms. Endive or Gazpacho. Gazpacho is a man-child that runs a food stand that Mung and Chowder frequently visit (providing comic relief), and Ms. Endive is a rival of Mung (the show always pokes fun at how fat or how suck up she is). Can I just point out how I freaking LOVE how all of the characters are named after foods? And bizarre foods, for that matter?? I mean, I don't think there's ever been a plain character with the name "Apple". Or "Pizza".
ANIMATION: Very unique! I do rather enjoy it.
HUMOR: It really depends on this one. The humor can range to plain annoying (over-using a gag or gross-out joke), weird, or laugh-out-loud hilarious.
ROMANCE: yeahhhh A girl named Pannini (Endive's apprentice) constantly urges Chowder into a romantic relationship with her. Chowder always denies her, saying "I'M NOT YOUR BOYFRIEND!!" (Mostly a comic relief relationship).
Overall, a great show while it lasted. It will be missed by many, and the witty humor it provided.
CN had one of its bright moments with the show, Chowder. It was about a young bear rabbit creature named Chowder who was a chef's apprentice to Mung Dall. Throughout the series, Chowder had wonderful and random humor that anyone and any age could enjoy. The animation was really great, it had nice set designs, it was colorful, but no too colorful, and the character designs were unique. I also love how in Chowder, they have such unique food and how it looks, there was a lot of great effort put into this show. But why did it have to end so soon? Seriously, it could have gone on for 3 to 4 more years. I personally blame Stuart Snyder and those new CN Real shows like Tower Prep and Unnatural History, thanks CN you certainly know how to run a great network (sarcasm). Good-bye Chowder, you will not be forgotten with your great humor that we still laugh at and you will be missed by many.
I feel sorry for Greenblatt, it seemed he made his show at the wrong time. Even though Chowder wasn't bad, and it wouldn't really look out of place along side any of the cartoon cartoons, 2007 seemed to be the time when everyone on the internet hated CN.
Most of the people who criticize Chowder had no real reason to, they just disliked it simply because they didn't grow up with it. I can promise you that if this show had been released in the late 1990s it would've been a big hit. The stories were okay, it often had quite a few good jokes, none of the characters (bar a floating fart) where annoying, it had an incredibly interesting art style, and it had puppet shorts after each block! What more could you want?
Admittedly the show wasn't the most original ever, and towards the end of its run it went downhill, but unlike what drips said, Greenblatt (thankfully) did not go on to make fish hooks.
I liked it better when the creator of this show, C.H. Greenblatt, was voicing FredFred Burger on Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy. I'm sorry but come on, Chowder?! Sure, like one episode of this show was decent and funny, probably the one with those purple nurples or whatever the heck they were called. I have heard reviewers on this show, especially on the CN forums talk about how this show is just as great as the Cartoon Cartoons and is an "original." (Facepalm) Anyway, as a positive comment for this show, i'd have to say it IS better than Adventure Time in my opinion. Although both of them are weird and have moments that are uncalled for and arent meant for young viewers eyes. Didn't C.H Greenblatt go on to make FishHooks? Yeah...That show, I think I found something else that Chowder is better than.
It's honestly not that bad of a show. Sure, it could have been better, but overall, the show was a good attempt, & one of the very few good shows CN had made before it began to go downhill. If you want to know crap, then watch Johnny Test or the Problem Solverz.
This show, is one of the aces of the toons, but CN cancelled it for some reason. All of it was great, the references from video games, some memes, and randomness. I gotta admit, after watching some more episodes from the 3rd season, it went downhill. Still, something wrong happened. They should have made it better in the 3rd season, and then they canceled their show in the 4th.
Plot: Chowder, lives in a fantasy, strange city named Marizipan City as an cooking apprentice. His mentor is Mung Daal. Mung Daal is Chowder's idol too. There he lives on to be the greatest chef and be like his mentor. But he has a lot of issues and problems to cope on! Now, this show has a lot of explaining to do, why is the city, their world being held by a giant in one episode, then in the other episodes, their world is showed as an planet. Even if this is a fantasy land, they should have explained it a little.
Characters: They are unique and really good. They are always comical. Voice acting can be great, it can be screechy. But great most of the times. Voice dialogue is perfect.
Humor: The "i'm not your boyfriend" and the disturbing disgusting body (like Endive's back) jokes are overused. But it's strangeness, weird, comical humor is great. And most of the events and jokes are fairly funny.
Art: Great art, and nice method of coloring. Instead of painting those characters, they used patterns, using those patterns as a static background for the color of the characters. Animation is perfect.
Overall: 7.5. They went too much in the last season. They should have made it better.
This show was ok,but it was not great. One reason is the jokes were never funny, and some of the characters were really annoying and disturbing,like that women that Mung hated:Endive. Also there were alot of gross parts that I dont wanna mention because i just ate breakfast.Other than that it was an ok show.
Sadly, another new show, has failed for Cartoon Network. Chowder is original, but lacks a good story line and characters you care about. Voices and everything is original, but already seems used. Animation is not the greatest and sort of on the cheap side in some aspects (Using layers that move when character moves.) and the depth of the show....well, there is none. Right now I'd say the show won't last, though CN will say it's a hit for another season. The best way to compare it is to Class of 3000, a jumbled mess of animation that won't go anywhere. Give it a try, it's still a new show though. They need to fix it up badly.
I found this show to be an amazing one that used many comical tactics. I also loved how they mixed animals, and put weird monsters that don't exist in our world in there. Snitzel is my favorite character and he doesn't talk english, the guy is still hilarious. If you love comedy, cats, food, and cartoons, then this is your show.
To all Chowder fans, sorry to disappoint you but I completely dislike this show! Why? Well the animation, ugh it gets me angry while watching it! It's not awful, i'll just say it's alright animation. The characters are bland. Just terrible. The jokes are bad. I haven't laughed more than 5 times while watching this show. Really. There are just a little tiny parts that gave me a laugh. Although I give this a 5.5/10. It's just not as great as any other CN cartoon like "The Amazing World of Gumball", "Adventure Time", "Regular Show", 'Ed, Edd, n' Eddy", and more. As I say again I'm sorry to all Chowder fans. I just don't like this show. Good thing the animation is alright because if it wasn't I'd give it a even worse rating.
Before you thumb this review down, let me explain my reasons.
I will admit that the art style is very good. There's a lot of creativity, such as the moving patterns in the character's clothes. Very cool. The character designs are pretty unique too. The voice acting is good as well, especially Mung Daal's.
But the thing that really brings this show down for me is the humor. At first, I really enjoyed this show during the first couple of episodes. They were very funny, and the plots were executed well. But the more the show progressed, the more it lost it's charm. The humor started becoming boring and stale.(I'm not your boyfriend.... Overused so many times, as well as the constant 4th wall breakage). Plots started becoming more predictable. Characters were becoming boring to watch. At some point I just stopped watching altogether. It overstayed it's welcome in my opinion. However, I did watch the final episode and I enjoyed it, because it reminded me of older episodes.
I wish the show didn't go down the line it did. It had a lot of potential, but it didn't fulfill it for me. Obviously, I don't hate it, but it just wasn't for me. Final Grade: C-
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