As an adult, the only animation show I truly enjoyed, and, followed through was thanks to Ken. A big fan of animation, he had several shows and features on his frequent watch list. Bojack Horseman, Ken asked me to give it a chance, though he knew I was not a big animation fan, he already had started watching it and guaranteed me that I was going to like. He was right, I did. This was the only animation show that Ken and I enjoyed watching together, the adventures of Bojack. We were unable to catch season three, mostly my fault because I didn’t had time for it and kept asking Ken to not starting it without me, but he was getting to a point where he was indeed going to start it without me. Sometimes at dinner as we were deciding what to watch, Bojack was almost all the time Ken’s answer. Other three shows were very important and part of whom he was: Rick and Morty, Bob’s Burgers and The Simpsons. The Simpsons were special for Ken, since he was a child this was his favorite cartoon. Later I learned also that it brought him back memories of his father, because they used to watch it together. Bob’s Burgers, we were able to watch a few episodes together, and Ken sometimes would watch the same episode twice. Once I made a surprise and secretly ordered a limited vinyl edition of Bob’s Burgers soundtrack. How happy he was when he got it. He never cared much about possessions, so every time I saw him smiling about getting something he loved it is among my most precious memories. He immediately unwrapped it and put it on the turntable and we listened together to the double album. Then there was Rick and Morty, between 2017 and 2018 Rick and Morty became Ken’s number one cartoon. I regret that we were not able to watch it more often together. Whenever I see something about Rick and Morty I remember him talking to me about the show’s plot and what had happened in the latest episode. My mind still tricks me into thinking when I see a Rick and Morty object that I will get it for him. Daria’s minimalist animation and sarcasm was one of the reasons Ken loved it so much. He never really cared too much about elaborated cartoons, he preferred it somehow “messy” and with a sarcastic humor, wit and intelligence. Frequently he also watched Family Guy, American Dad and South Park. Family Guy was one of those weekly shows he would put on just like American Dad or South Park to catch up on it and remain updated. Not exactly a TV cartoon, but the animation film Sausage Party was another animation feature Ken got me into, it was one of the funniest films we ever watched together, and I am glad we did.
Rick and Morty