Every few lifetimes, you run into something that is simultaneously absurd and brilliant and perfect. Adult Swim’s “Too Many Cooks” is like nothing you will ever see and like nothing you have seen in the past. It is Oscar and Emmy and Golden Globe and Grammy worthy, and we might as well throw in a Tony because why not? This is the type of surreal comedy that you can only find on a channel like Adult Swim or in your head while you’re high out of your mind.
The first few minutes might bore you. It starts off in the style of ’80s and ’90s sitcom title sequences, but it gradually crescendos into something that will transport you to a distant land (take that, Interstellar).
SMARF IS A CAT. HIS STORYLINE IS SO POIGNANT, ESPECIALLY WHEN HE DIES AND BLEEDS OUT ON THE FLOOR. TRAGEDY ON PAR WITH SHAKESPEARE SPOILER ALERT.
HE’S EVERYWHERE IN THE VIDEO.
DECAPITATED HEAD! RANDOM TOPLESS WOMAN. SPINNING.
THIS IS NOT A COHERENT REVIEW BECAUSE THE VIDEO PRETTY MUCH TAKES THE PATH OF MY REVIEW AND DESCENDS INTO MADNESS.
Best period of my life since conception.
C+ D+ F+ A+ B+
-This is the cast list:
They thought of everything.
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-If the song doesn’t get stuck in your head, you’re not doing it right.
Here’s an analysis by someone from Yahoo Answers (can you believe that?):
1.) Right before the notebook puppet told the other puppets to write “creative colors”, she showed them a board with a wheel of colors; green wasn’t on that board, and when one of the puppets wanted to use green, the notebook puppet IMMEDIATELY said “No, Green is NOT a creative color.”
2.) When the notebook puppet told the others to look out the window and look “creatively,” they couldn’t see anything. THEN, the notebook puppet put some monocles over HER OWN ONE EYE, and everyone could suddenly “see” what the notebook wanted them to see, through the perspective of the notebook and her one eye.
3.) When one of the puppets actually created something really nice and ORIGINAL and creative–the picture of the clown–the notebook puppet had black ink smeared on the picture to obliterate it.
4.) When things truly got scary, the facade melted away, the kitchen with the tables and the puppets were zoomed out and you could see a hollywood movie set encompassing the kitchen, indicating this is all manufactured by hollywood…ie the indoctrinating media.
5.) Then, as you can see, the puppets started eating the brains and the heart, telling you that the children’s creativity and emotions are being taken by the media, “gobbled up.” Basically, the message is supposed to be tragically ironic, because the light-hearted facade hides the sinister plot; on the outside, it looks like they’re encouraging children to be “creative,” so the mood, songs, and atmosphere is innocent and childlike…but the makers of this sketch are trying to tell you that there’s something HIDDEN beneath the friendly facade, a dark, evil purpose, which is why the innocence melts away and all you get is puppets eating brains and hearts and the music turns dark. Even your emotions are manipulated; you feel light-hearted at first, and then you feel fear as the evil is exposed underneath the light. THIS is the nature of children’s cartoons; the dark beneath the light.
Don’t you see? This is the perfect metaphor for how our children are being conditioned by cartoons and children’s shows to think a certain way, view things a certain way, AND EVEN OUR EDUCATION IS INDOCTRINATED IN A CERTAIN WAY. The elite create shows to “teach” children to be creative, but in actuality, they’re teaching our children to be…puppets.
This analysis puts everything I have ever done on this site to shame. To shame, I tell you.
Photo credit: Adult Swim, Too Many Cooks, Dying Cat