It is always interesting when the mythical worlds we all enjoy cross over into our real-world experiences. One of the most tickling I recall is when Futurama bashed Fox over the head for canceling their show. It’s interesting seeing the art and development side of a show fighting against another aspect, which in this case is business.
“Bwwwwwuuh”, The uninspired, uncreative businessmen drone. In this episode, Finn and Jake rescued a group of businessmen, who scarcely know how to speak and only desire was to work in business, whatever that means. Jake shows more of his manipulative and sloth-like side in this episode, half-pushing half-convening Finn to let the businessmen work for them.
In the process, Finn and Jake start becoming more and more lethargic and the businessmen take care of all of their needs. At first it is simply convenient, but quickly the businessmen become corrupted and try to force the population into a ‘safety sphere’, saying that their protection is mandatory, but they’re happiness ‘is not of priority’.
It is intriguing seeing the subtle thumb-bite at the business side of art. Business is necessary for art to thrive, and business needs something to produce, which art fulfills. Both sides are almost polar opposite; business wanting maximum profits, while art simply wants expression. In theory with a partnership, however, both sides can get a part of what they desire. It is fascinating seeing the complexities of such a relationship perceived so simply in a cartoon, and in a way that is both amusing and enjoyable in a classic Pendleton way.