This has become a personal favourite of mine; maybe it's because I'm just an addict for 'clay-mation,' or maybe I'm just attracted to the type of humour displayed.
'Moral Orel' focuses on a boy called Orel, who lives in 'Moralton,' a protestant town in 'Statesota,' America. You're probably thinking 'yeah, great. A show about Christianity, how wonderful.' The only difference is, 'Moral Orel' doesn't exactly praise Christian values, instead it explores how convenient the faith is, and especially how it can be so easily misunderstood, which more than often leads to hilariously violent and gross unpredictable circumstances.
This is where Orel comes in, a little boy that always tries to do good, but somehow always manages to do something drastically bad; such as getting addicted to crack, or burning down the town. Although he does these things, he always has the reasoning to back it up. More times than most, it's the influence of his elders; Clay (his father), Reverand Putty and his sermons, and all the other Moralton townsfolk who influence Orel with their own bad judgement. He takes there advice too literally and then tries to do good in the eye of God.
Supposedly, the show is seen to be a type of parody of 'Davey and Goliath', and aesthetically, the show does resemble it, although Dino Stamatopoulos, the creator, has said that it really isn't. "'Moral Orel' is based more on the sitcoms of the 50's and early 60's, like 'Leave It To Beaver,' but I wanted to add in the ingredient of the misinterpretation of religion." And this is the concoction that puts the show in a league of its own; it is nothing like anything else on T.V. although the way the childish wonder of Orel is put up against the harsh reality of the world reminds me of the early seasons of 'South Park.'
If you enjoy watching 'South Park' and the early seasons of 'The Simpsons', then you should more than likely be fond of this show. Some fans of 'The Simpsons' may not like it straight away, but if you enjoyed the early seasons, then you should be able to appreciate what the show is doing and where it is headed.
'Moral Orel' doesn't exactly have much of a following at the moment, but I'm sure that will change. Season 2 is already looking excellent, the animation has already gotten a lot better, not to say that it sucked in the 1st season though, and the storylines seem to be getting more exciting; pulling away from the tired season 1 format, and starting to focus more on the townsfolk.
Check out season 1 classics such as 'Charity' and the hilarious 'God's Chef.'