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FOX_ADHD_promotional_logo.svgWill Fox’s late night animation programming impress, or will it come off as a cheap Adult Swim ripoff?

Animation Domination High-Def

Saturday Night Programming Block (FOX)
Premieres: July 27th

For those who check into Fox for the newest episodes of Bob’s BurgersThe Simpsons, or any of the Seth MacFarlane animated programs that have been slowly pushing them off the air, the name Animation Domination should should already sound familiar to you. Fox has been using this name to advertise their Sunday prime time lineup every since Family Guy‘s return to the network.

Animation Domination High-Def (or ADHD as it’s commonly advertised), despite its name, is not the Animation Domination block in High Definition. Those shows have been in HD for quite some time already. ADHD instead is a brand new block on the network, set to air at around 11pm on Saturday nights. Sure, it’s a blatant attempt to draw in the Adult Swim audience, but it’s quite the safe one, since Saturdays on the network are reserved for Fox show reruns and the Toonami anime block.

I managed to catch a sneak preview of the featured ADHD programming by chance on television, but these episodes can also be found on the official ADHD website. Since the current lineup consists of shows that are only 11 minutes long (sensing a pattern here?), I will try and keep the previews as free of spoilers as possible.axe

Axe Cop

This show kicked ass. Then again, would you expect it not to with the premise it has? The show, like the webcomic before it, is the brainchild of Malachai Nicolle, a 9-year-old (5 when his older brother Ethan started the webcomic) with an overactive imagination. To voice the titular crimefighter, they perfectly cast Nick Offerman, better known as “all the bacon and eggs you have” Ron Swanson on Parks and Recreation. Playing his sidekick, Flute Cop, is The State and Childrens Hospital‘s Ken Marino.

If you can only check out one show on ADHD don’t miss Axe Cop.

247570_303255456474937_1364532735_nHigh School USA

High School USA might look like an animated Archie comic, but this couldn’t be any farther than the truth. Gone is the saccharine morality and small-town pureness, replaced with modern day insecurity and mixed messages. At the writing helm of High School USA is the creator of Moral Orel and Frankenhole (as well as playing Starburns on Community), Dino Stamatopoulos, so you know that you’re in good hands. The first episode, “Bullies”, is a return to form for Stamatopoulos turning the common sense message that “bullying is wrong” and putting his own modern day spin on it.

High School USA doesn’t do a whole lot to set itself apart from other “morality turned raunchy” shows on the air, but it’s worth checking out.

Animation Domination High-Def brings some much needed competition to the adult animation dominating Adult Swim lineup, even if the material still teeters in the Family Guy safe zone. The programming block isn’t quite a must watch yet, so DVR or watch online at your own leisure.

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