Sunday, December 14, 2014

Too Many Cooks [A Fat Jesus Quick Hit]

Now, normally I review feature films here on my blog. But, I just can't resist one of the most bizarre, one of the most viral and one of the best shorts you'll see all year. Adult Swim is known for it's crude animated shows and downright off the wall live action shows. So when I started watching 'Too Many Cooks' for the first time, I expected an underwhelming Adult Swim production that took off for some reason. What I ended up watching was one of the best shorts you'll watch all year.

'Too Many Cooks' is a parody of 1980s and 1990s family sitcoms. More specifically the opening credits of those shows. The short then transitions into parodying crime shows, soap operas, science fiction and Saturday morning cartoons. Things takes a surreal turn, as the short turns into slasher-like mayhem, as a homicidal maniac begins to terrorize the characters introduced in the openings.

'Too Many Cooks' went viral instantly after it aired on Adult Swim, and rightfully so. It's easily one of the best things they have produced in years. It's catchy, it painfully catchy, it drives catchy into your brain. It drives home "Too Many Cooks" as the catchy song you had to endure watching sitcoms from the 80s and 90s. You got to see every element of those tropes used in the "comedy" in those shows for years and years. Then things take a dark turn when the slasher element kicks in. The kills are as gruesome as you'd expect. It's more than just a slasher flick though. The crazed man could be described a savior. Saving us from the over saturation of generic sitcom humor. You find yourself almost cheering for him as murders occur, all while "Too Many Cooks" continues to be beaten into your brain. You're saved from the generic dribble. But are you really saved, when it's all burned into your mind. The toxic nature of un-funny sitcoms can strike anyone and no one is safe. The murderous rampage set to the "Too Many Cooks" anthem is a joy to watch.

For awhile "Too Many Cooks" alongside the parody of sitcoms is a pleasure. Then it gets annoying, horrendously annoying. It comes full circle as you're brought back into one of the funniest shorts of the year. 'Too Many Cooks' is one of the darkest things you'll watch this year, as it takes this premise to infinitely bizarre places as it wears on. But stick with the short, as you may want to turn it off after a few minutes. If you haven't seen it yet, I've linked it right there below. Adult Swim has produced one of the best shorts of the year. It's a shame it's not going to get an Oscar nomination, because this is honestly, really good. 

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