"Out There," which premieres Friday on IFC, is a rather lovely coming-of-age cartoon series from Ryan Quincy, who spent 14 years on "South Park." It is nothing like that.
Coming-of-age stories tend to be told by the misfits and weirdos and refuseniks of Normal Life, and this is no different. Our heroes are Chad (voiced by Quincy himself, whose slightly flat, unaffected delivery works well for this) and his strange new pal Chris (Justin Roiland), "the kind of friend who would shove you into the abyss and then jump right in after you."
Invisible to their peers except as occasional targets of mockery, they spend their days "off to the side, riding a wave of obscurity, observing the tableaux of teenage bliss." But as eager as they are to leave their Midwestern small town, Quincy's images make a case for their staying: Much loving interest has been taken in the rendering of trees and fields, streams and ponds, silos and barns and the starry night sky. (Quincy grew up in Nebraska in the 1980s, and his series is set sometime around then and there.) There is much more love than hate in this memory piece.
The art has a hand-drawn, hand-painted, homely quality — the sort of purposely inexpert look you see in a show like "Bob's Burgers," with which it shares an animation studio, Bento Box. Chad's family is rendered differently from the rest of the characters, as if they were descended from Jo-Jo the Dog-Faced Boy, with hairy heads and triangular puppy noses. It's a visual metaphor, not a condition.