Regular Show: The Movie
|Regular Show: The Movie|
The Downtown Independent release poster
|Directed by||J. G. Quintel|
Animation Directors: Robert Alvarez
|Music by||Mark Mothersbaugh|
|Edited by||Bobby Gibis|
|Distributed by||Cartoon Network|
Regular Show: The Movie is a 2015 American animated film based on animated series, Regular Show. It was produced by Cartoon Network Studios. The film features the voices of William Salyers, J. G. Quintel, Sam Marin, and Mark Hamill reprising their respective roles from the series, while Jason Mantzoukas joined the cast.
The film premiered on August 14, 2015 at The Downtown Independent theater in Los Angeles, where it was shown until August 20, 2015. The film was released digitally on September 1, 2015, on DVD on October 13, 2015, and ultimately had its television premiere on November 25, 2015 on Cartoon Network. The events of the film take place during the seventh season of the show.
In the distant future, Rigby leads Benson, Skips, Hi-Five Ghost, Muscle Man, and Pops against an evil man named Mr. Ross, who is erasing time. They find Mr. Ross' weapon is guarded by a cyborg version of Mordecai, who attempts to kill Rigby for a transgression he did in the past. When the entire team is killed, Benson sacrifices himself so that Rigby can use a timeship to reach the past and stop the chaos. Rigby does so, but not before Mordecai shoots him with a plasma shotgun.
In the present, Mordecai and Rigby barely convince Benson not to fire them after running late due to Rigby's idea to get breakfast burritos. When the timeship crash lands in the park, future Rigby appears to tell Mordecai, Rigby and their co-workers that when Mordecai and Rigby were in high school, they created a time machine that backfired and created a "Time-nado", a tornado with the ability to travel through space and time, which was harnessed and weaponized by their former science teacher and volleyball coach, Mr. Ross, who was held responsible for the incident and sent to prison. Future Mr. Ross now intends to use the weaponized Time-nado to erase all of time. Before dying, future Rigby also reveals future Mordecai shot him (to the shock of the group as they don't believe it's possible) and says Rigby must soon reveal a secret from his past in order to save the universe, even if it costs him his friendship with Mordecai. When questioned for details, Mordecai explains they created the time machine because Rigby got into their dream college, College University, but Mordecai did not. Benson tries to convince everyone the whole thing is a hoax until Muscle Man finds future Rigby's plasma shotgun and blows up Benson's car with it.
After preparing for the mission, the employees use the timeship to travel back in time to Mordecai and Rigby's high school days, but damage the ship's engines in the process. Skips, Muscle Man and Hi-Five Ghost stay behind to repair the ship's engines while Benson and Pops follow Mordecai and Rigby to the science lab to find the time machine that Mordecai and Rigby's past selves were working on with past Mr. Ross, who is angry at Rigby for costing the volleyball team the championship, but was forced to let him do an extra credit assignment to pass his class. However, the volleyball team attack Benson and Pops, thinking they were spies from their rival school, Riverdale, forcing Mordecai and Rigby to get help from their past selves.
After convincing past Rigby to make a model volcano instead, the group destroy the time machine and return to the timeship only to find the repairs stalled due to an encounter with Muscle Man and Hi-Five Ghost's past selves. Complicating matters further is that temporal ruptures begin appearing just as the repairs are finished. Rigby, who had slipped away earlier, alerts them that past Mordecai and past Rigby are heading to the high school to finish a second time machine future Mr. Ross planted. The employees race back to the science lab but are held up by future Mr. Ross and future Mordecai, allowing past Mordecai and past Rigby to botch the second time machine and create the Time-nado. Future Mr. Ross then forces Rigby to admit the truth while holding Mordecai hostage: he never got into College U, but Mordecai did and he created Mordecai's fake rejection letter in order to maintain their friendship. Future Mr. Ross tries to kill Mordecai with a volleyball bomb in the confusion, but future Mordecai, having a change of heart, jumps into the bomb's path, taking a heavy wound and forcing future Mr. Ross to retreat.
Enraged over the duplicity that has affected his life, Mordecai ends his friendship with Rigby completely, blaming him for holding him back the entire time. This prompts a heartbroken Rigby to run off with the timeship, leaving the group behind. Before dying, future Mordecai gives his present version his timeship and instructs him to patch things up, saying what Rigby did was no excuse to side with future Mr. Ross. As the group tries to rebound, a distress call from future Gene the Vending Machine prompts them to help out. Meanwhile, after a failed suicide attempt to fly into the Sun, Rigby encounters Father Time, who is falling apart due to the Time-nado, and convinces Rigby to apologize to Mordecai. Rigby heads to the future and races back to the Time-nado space station, but gets intercepted along with Mordecai by Mr. Ross at the temporal crystal power core. With help from Techmo, they manage to kill Ross and restore their friendship before using the plutonium from Mordecai's timeship to destroy the Time-nado. They later return to the past and convince past Rigby to apologize to past Mr. Ross before he's taken to jail for life, thus ending the feud between them.
In the present, Mordecai and Rigby agree that, despite how cool their future selves turned out, they won't let their friendship degrade into trying to kill each other, which alters the future and erases their dead future selves from the timeline. The next day, as Benson catches them out of the park, the pair race back in the timeship from a fast food place with Rigby saying they'll "never be late again" before using the timeship to travel back in time to the point before Benson catches them.
- William Salyers as Rigby
- J. G. Quintel as Mordecai, Hi-Five Ghost
- Sam Marin as Pops, Benson, Muscle Man
- Mark Hamill as Skips
- Jason Mantzoukas as Mr. Ross
- David Koechner as Principal Dean
- Minty Lewis as Eileen
- Roger Craig Smith as Francis Jablonski, Frank Smith, Fast Food Guy
- Ali Hillis as Ship Computer, Rigby's Mom
- Kurtwood Smith as Gene
- Eddie Pepitone as Sherm
- Paul F. Tompkins as Gino
- Fred Tatasciore as Father Time, Security Guard, Timenado Mechanic, Willy, News Reporter
- Steve Blum as Techmo, Brit, Commander, TV Game
- Janie Haddad as Margaret
The film was first announced in February 2015 during the Cartoon Network upfront. Series creator J.G. Quintel announced on June 11, 2015 via Twitter that the production of the film had been completed. A trailer for the film was shown at the 2015 Comic Con International event on July 10, 2015 and was later released online on July 12, 2015. Despite the film being announced in February 2015, the film began production in 2014.
During production of the fourth season, the network asked the creator if he would like to do a forty-minute special episode. Quintel turned down the offer and asked to do a film instead. The network agreed. The idea was then put into development.
Quintel confirmed that the film is canon and is set in the middle of season six and season seven.
The film first screened at the L.A. Downtown Independent on August 14, 2015 and continued to screen until August 20, 2015. The film also screened at select Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas across the United States and it had a select showtime at the SVA Theatre of New York and at the Cinema Montrereal CANADA during October 2015.
Regular Show: The Movie premiered on Cartoon Network United States and Cartoon Network Canada on November 25, 2015. It premiered on Cartoon Network in the United Kingdom and Ireland and Cartoon Network in Australia and New Zealand on November 28, 2015. The film premiered in Asia (including Philippines) on November 30, 2015 and in Central and Latin America on December 7, 2015.
The film was premiered in France on November 22, 2015 on Cartoon Network.
Home media release
The film was released on digital platforms such as iTunes and Google Play Movies & TV on September 1, 2015. The movie was later released to DVD by Warner Home Video on October 13, 2015. The movie is estimated to have grossed $146,573 in domestic DVD sales.
The film was watched by 2.17 million viewers and received a 4.5 rating in adults 18-49.
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