Sometimes i forget Camp Camp is technically an adult cartoon
And honestly? That’s, oddly enough, one of the main reasons i love this show so much. This is gonna be kind of a long one, so buckle up.
Let’s be real: We’re living in the golden age of animation. When you compare the amount of hard work, love and passion that’s put into modern day cartoons, to how it was just about 20 years ago, you can clearly see a big difference in quality.
Some of the best and most popular tv shows of this era have been cartoons aimed at kids. That’s pretty amazing, and i feel like we take it for granted because we’re so used to it by now. At this point, “kids’ shows” barely have a target audience anymore. A few examples would be gigantic worldwide hits like Gravity Falls, Adventure Time, and so many more. Both of these shows are well-known among kids AND adults for their incredible writing and animation (i’m personally a big fan of both, but trust me, i’m trying to be as unbiased as possible lmao).
Adult entertainment is…different. You have a lot more options when it comes to a show aimed at an older audience, which means it’s also a lot easier to screw up completely.
For a long time, kids’ shows were quick and easy to produce, because of the idea that kids are so easily entertained that you didn’t have to put any effort into making a high-quality product. Breaking this ideology was the main goal that big animation companies like Disney strived for, which is why most of their movies are of such high quality, while still appealing to people of all ages.
But when it comes to a show that’s strictly meant to appeal to a mature audience, ESPECIALLY animated ones, a similar ideology has been tossed around for AGES. I think a lot of you know what i’m talking about: Lazy, crude humor. Writing without substance. As many adult topics as possible, to make sure it’s nothing like a kids’ show.
The idea that “mature” ONLY means “haha sex and profanity”, is really just as bad as what i talked about earlier. Sure, there are quite a few really good adult cartoons out there (Bojack Horseman, Rick & Morty, The Simpsons) who have a clear understanding of how to handle mature topics in, well, a mature way. But i think Camp Camp really stands out, and here’s why.
Please look at this official artwork of the show:
If you were like me and you didn’t know any better, you’d definitely assume this was a show for kids. Then you’d watch it, and almost flinch the first time you hear Max say the word “fuck”. But you know what’s funny?
Even WHEN you’re watching this show, it’s not just the cutesy art style that messes with you. Because Camp Camp plays out and feels like a show for kids.
If you were to take out all the sex jokes and swearing, this would be your average kids’ cartoon. Like…..literally. I’m not even sure if it’s intentional or not, but i refuse to believe that this is just me. The way the characters interact, the way the jokes are build up, the way the stories are told. Even when one of the characters are on fire and the kids outside are screaming and throwing bombs around, it somehow manages to give off those cozy and goofy vibes of a typical Cartoon Network show.
Camp Camp is chaotic, bloody and filled with jokes that would never get past CN censors. But at the same time, it just feels…genuinely “fun”. Not even in a jokingly funny way, but it just has this very pure and innocent sense of childish fun. Like, come on. If it wasn’t for the furry orgy at the end, “Journey to Spooky Island” was pretty much just a casual Scooby Doo adventure.
I would go further in-depth about how good the writing of this show is, but that’s not really the point of this post. The main thing i’m trying to say, is that Camp Camp is one of the only adult oriented cartoons i have ever watched in my entire life, that actually feels like a modern cartoon for kids. And hey, maybe that’s why it actually has a fair amount of young fans!