June 22, 2010 |
Aaron McGruder of "The Boondocks" and Tyler Perry of "Meet the Browns" and TBS' "House of Payne" are unlikely allies, but they have a common link. Both are the key creative forces behind some of Turner Broadcasting's popular hits. Still, executives for the broadcaster, which owns both TBS and the Cartoon Network (home to "Boondocks"), might be wise not to sit the two men together at the same table during the next company picnic. The latest episode of "The Boondocks," the satirical animated TV series that airs on the Cartoon Network's Adult Swim slate, takes brutal aim at Perry and his brand, which blends melodrama, raucous comedy and religious themes.
May 13, 2010 |
Like libertarians, Chicago Cubs loyalists and believers in the impending 2012 apocalypse, fans of "The Boondocks" are masochists. Self-righteous ones at that. It's not sufficient to enjoy the show on its own creative merits. Rather, it must be subscribed to with a fervor. Long gaps between seasons are to be tolerated with a smile. The show, they'll tell you, is one of the most reliable critiques of contemporary culture and politics on television. And yet, it is not. Or at least, not as much as it should or could be. Now in its third season, "The Boondocks" (Adult Swim at 11:30 p.m. Sundays)
September 30, 2007 |
Aaron McGruder, the Artist Formerly Known as the Angriest Black Man in America, can't stop smiling. In fact, he's busting up, bobbing and weaving as he reacts to the animation unfolding on his living room wall big screen.
February 28, 2006 |
Aaron McGruder, creator of "The Boondocks" newspaper strip, will take a six-month sabbatical from the politically charged cartoon beginning March 27. No official reason for the break was given by Universal Press Syndicate, which distributes the strip to 300 newspapers, including the Los Angeles Times. McGruder could not be reached for comment. McGruder for more than a year has been juggling the strip and the animated series it spawned on the Cartoon Network.
May 23, 2004
I have just returned from Uzbekistan, having served a deployment as flight surgeon with the 746th Expeditionary Air Squadron, and flying combat and combat support missions in Afghanistan. I read the article on Aaron McGruder last night ("He's Gotta Fight the Powers That Be," by Greg Braxton, April 25). Like his protagonist, the humorless, hostile, arrogant Huey, McGruder is angry, but not as a result of actual experience. Huey's pronouncements, like McGruder's, are rooted in the vicarious worlds of media and entertainment.
May 16, 2004
I just finished reading the article about cartoonist Aaron McGruder ("He's Gotta Fight the Powers That Be," by Greg Braxton, April 25). I'm an older white guy, and I like his strip and admire his guts--as well as many of his stances regarding the current Bush administration. However, I'm sorry that his concern for the failure of systems designed to protect this country does not extend to the many out-of-work American animators who would have loved working on his upcoming animated TV series.