Problem Solvers

2008, 23:28 min, color, sound

Funded by The Heinz Endowment for the Art's Creative Heights residency program, Problem Solvers is Paper Rad's ideal Saturday morning cartoon. The episode adheres to the parameters of a children's TV program—in structure (half-hour format with space for commercial breaks), method (an "economic approach to animation and script writing") and content (a story arc anchored by a "post-hippy new-age message"). While emulative of a classic formula, the cartoon is strangely fresh; earnest and untainted by adult-flavored parody, Problem Solvers exemplifies Paper Rad's post-ironic art.