Grownup Swim simply slipped a brand new cartoon brief onto their YouTube channel. Within the spirit of Halloween, they’ve offered us with “Studying With Pibby,” a cutesy sequence from creator Dodge Greenley (Pinky Malinky) the place a blue and purple humanoid blob teaches us letters and numbers. Nicely, that’s the way it begins, anyway, however it’s best to know by now if it’s from Grownup Swim, there’s a twist coming.
What IS surprising is the character of the twist. Barely twenty seconds into Pibby’s present, a darkish black wave begins creeping by means of her world, corrupting the visuals and sucking her finest pal, a speaking bunny, into the void. Pibby barely escapes herself however finds herself in an odd and unfamiliar place…staring immediately at a big Cartoon Community brand.
Pibby has damaged the fourth wall to seek out your complete CN / AS universe affected by the virus. Beloved characters like Fred Flintstone, Finn and Jake, George Jetson, Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup have develop into shambling zombies, smeared with digital artifacting, their faces frozen in huge, unnatural, Momo-sized grins.
We’ve by no means seen something like this accomplished earlier than — fairly an enormous factor to say contemplating how a lot is on the market proper now. Positive, WB allowed The Banana Splits Film a pair years in the past, which reimagined the characters of the 70s costume sequence as murderous animals, however nobody cared in regards to the Banana Splits by that time, so that they had been secure to trash.
Against this, lots of the characters being become creepy monsters in Pibby are nonetheless beneficial IP and in some circumstances nonetheless producing episodes. It took a variety of nards to make a brief like this. We find it irresistible.
Regardless that it’s being offered as a brief, Studying With Pibby feels rather more like a trailer for a sequence….extra of a proof of idea exhibiting us scenes from a bigger story than telling a straight story. And if AS is contemplating making this a sequence, we are saying GO FOR IT. The brief is already successful regardless of having solely been revealed for twenty-four hours, with animation communities abuzz throughout social media.
If Pibby goes wherever, we’ll let you already know.