Regular Show: The Movie

Regular Show: The Movie

Theatrical release poster
Directed by J. G. Quintel
Animation Directors: Robert Alvarez
Produced by
  • Ryan Slater
  • Supervising producers: Sean Szeles and Mike Roth
Screenplay by
  • J. G. Quintel
  • Sean Szeles
Story by
  • J. G. Quintel
  • Matt Price
  • John Infantino
  • Mike Roth
  • Michele Cavin
  • Sean Szeles
Based on Regular Show
by J.G. Quintel
Music by Mark Mothersbaugh
John Enroth
Albert Fox
Edited by Bobby Gibis
Distributed by
Release dates
August 14, 2015 (Los Angeles)
Running time
68 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English

Regular Show: The Movie is a 2015 American animated science-fiction buddy-comedy film based on the Cartoon Network original series, Regular Show. It is produced by Cartoon Network Studios and had its television premiere on November 25, 2015 on Cartoon Network.

The movie first screened in August 14, 2015 at The Downtown Independent theater in Los Angeles, where it ran through August 20, 2015.[2]

The film was released digitally on September 1, 2015, and on DVD on October 13, 2015.[3]


In the distant future, Rigby leads Benson, Skips, Hi-Five Ghost, Muscle Man, and Pops against an evil cyborg named Mr. Ross who is erasing time. They find Mr. Ross' weapon is guarded by a cyborg version of Mordecai, who attempts to kill Rigby. Benson sacrifices himself so that Rigby can use a space ship/time-machine to reach the past to stop the chaos. Rigby does so, but not before Mordecai shoots him.

In the present, future Rigby tells Mordecai, Rigby and their co-workers that when Mordecai and Rigby were in high school, they created a time machine that created a "timenado", a tornado with the ability to travel through space and time, which was weaponized by their science teacher and volleyball coach, Mr. Ross, who was held responsible and sent to prison. Before dying, future Rigby also reveals future Mordecai shot him, and says Rigby must "tell the truth" in order to save the universe, even if it costs him his friendship with Mordecai. When questioned for details, Mordecai explains they created the time machine because Rigby got into their dream college, College University, but Mordecai did not. Benson tries to convince everyone the whole thing is a hoax, until Muscle Man finds a plasma shotgun and accidentally destroys Benson's car with it.

After deliberating, the employees use the ship to reach Mordecai and Rigby's high school days, but damage the ship's engines in the process. Skips, Muscle Man and Hi-Five Ghost stay behind to fix the ship while Benson and Pops follow Mordecai and Rigby to the science lab, to find the time machine that past Mordecai and past Rigby were working on with Mr. Ross. They destroy it and return to their own spaceship/time machine only to find the repairs stalled due to an encounter with Muscle Man and Hi-Five Ghost's past selves. Complicating matters further is that temporal ruptures begin appearing just as the repairs are finished. Rigby, who had slipped away earlier, alerts them that past Mordecai and past Rigby are heading to the high school to finish a second time machine Mr. Ross planted. The employees race back to the science lab, but are incapacitated by Mr. Ross and future Mordecai, allowing past Mordecai and past Rigby to botch the time machine and create the timenado. Mr. Ross then forces Rigby to admit the truth: He never got into college, but Mordecai did; he created Mordecai's fake rejection letter and his own fake acceptance letter in order to maintain their friendship. Mr. Ross tries to kill Mordecai in the confusion, but future Mordecai intervenes, taking a heavy wound and forcing Mr. Ross to retreat.

Upset over the duplicity, Mordecai angrily ends his friendship with Rigby, forcing Rigby to run off with the spaceship/time machine. Before dying, future Mordecai gives his present version his timeship and instructs him to patch things up, saying what Rigby did was no excuse to side with Mr. Ross. As the group tries to rebound, a distress call from future Gene the Vending Machine prompts them to help out. Meanwhile, after a failed suicide attempt to drive into the sun, Rigby encounters Father Time, who is falling apart due to the timenado and convinces Rigby to apologize to Mordecai. Rigby heads to the future and races back to the timenado, but gets intercepted along with Mordecai by Mr. Ross at the crystal core. With Techmo's help, the duo manages to decapitate Mr. Ross and, after Rigby and Mordecai restore their friendship, they use plutonium to destroy the timenado. They convince past Rigby to apologize to past Mr. Ross before he's arrested, thus ending the issues between them and altering the future.

In the present, Mordecai and Rigby agree that, despite how cool their future selves turned out, they won't let their friendship degrade into trying to kill each other, thus erasing their future selves from the timeline. The next day, as Benson catches them away from the park, the pair race back in the spaceship/time machine with Rigby saying they'll "never be late again".




The movie was first announced in February 2015 during the Cartoon Network upfront.[4] Creator J.G. Quintel announced on June 11, 2015 via Twitter that production of the movie has been completed.[5] A trailer for the movie was shown at the 2015 Comic Con International event on July 10, 2015[6] and was later released online on July 12, 2015. Despite the movie being announced in February 2015 it began production in 2014.

During production of the fourth season, the network asked the creator if they'd like to do a forty-minute special episode, Quintel turned it down and asked to do a movie instead, the network agreed. The idea was then put into development.[7]

Quintel confirmed that the movie is canon and is set in the middle of season six and season seven.[7]

The sixth season of Regular Show was affected by the movie. It was set to have 40 episodes, but due to the production of the movie, only 31 were produced. Season seven will feature the regular 40 episodes per season.


The soundtrack for the film featured four real-life songs including, "March of the Swivel Heads", "The Future's So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades" and "Pale Blue Eyes".


Theatrical release

The movie first screened at the LA Downtown Independent on August 14, 2015 and continued to screen until August 20, 2015. The movie also screened at select Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas across the United States[2] and it had a select showtime at the SVA Theatre of New York and at the Cinema Montrereal CANADA during October 2015.

Television premiere

Regular Show: The Movie premiered on November 25, 2015 in the United States on Cartoon Network and premiered on Cartoon Network in the United Kingdom and Ireland and Cartoon Network in Australia and New Zealand on November 28, 2015. The film premiered in Asia (including Philippines) on November 30, 2015. The film premiered in Central and Latin America on December 7, 2015. The movie premiered on Cartoon Network in Canada on November 25, 2015.[8]

Home media release

The film was released to digital on platforms such as iTunes and Google Play Movies & TV on September 1, 2015. The movie was later released to DVD by Warner Home Video on October 13, 2015.[3] The movie has grossed $101,840 in domestic DVD sales.[9]



The movie was watched by 2.17 million viewers and received a 0.5 rating in adults 18-49.[10]


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  4. "Cartoon Network Unveils Upfront Slate For 2015-2016". Retrieved August 15, 2015.
  5. Quintel, J.G. "The Regular Show Movie is finished....". J.G. Quintel verified Twitter. Retrieved August 15, 2015.
  6. Peter Paltridge (July 11, 2015). "SDCC2015: Highlights From The Cartoon Network Panel". Retrieved August 15, 2015.
  7. 1 2 "NYCC 2015: 'Regular Show' Press Interviews". Bubbleblabber. Retrieved May 12, 2016.
  8. Gorman, Sean (November 1, 2015). "Can't wait for the #regularshow movie. ...". Sean Gorman Twitter page. Retrieved November 20, 2015.
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  10. Porter, Rick (November 30, 2015). "Wednesday cable ratings: 'Alaskan Bush People' tops Thanksgiving Eve". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved December 2, 2015.
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