Good comedy is universal and spans generations. “The Incredibly Spaced Out Adventures of Jupiter Jackson” does one of those things well, but handles the other with less than sufficient care.
A bit of back story about the creator: he is akin to a children’s musical idol like Raffi. Children, in this sense, meaning roughly 7 and under. Based on the cover art, this hybrid song/audio drama production targeted at both kids and adults feels like it wouldn’t suit a grown man or woman’s sense of humor.
Of course, humor is subjective and what makes one person laugh will make someone frown in disgust. The story portion of the content itself is funny, but sprinkled throughout the album are songs which are meant for a quick laugh and nothing more. The PSA’s are the prime example. The first one is somewhat funny. But as each one plays, they become more and more repetitive. The commercials are somewhere in between the PSAs and story content.
The word “story” is used loosely here, because this is more like a sketch show than anything else. In fact there’s no continuity at all throughout the CD (assuming you don’t count the sugary cereal joke). The title track on the CD felt like it used all their best material up front. Once they have you, however, you may feel a sense of boredom as the piece progresses.
The funnest track is “Monster Baseball” which has references to Star Wars and urban myths like the loch ness monster and Sasquatch. It’s filled with something a parent with a young child can enjoy together.
Everything else on the CD is funny, but in a quick chuckle kind of way. It’s not like British sketch show humor which is so often smart in its ideas and execution.
This is really meant for children and possibly adults who have their own. The significant age gap between these two demographics is a crippling blow as it tries to do too much in order to appease both audiences. What you get is something is in the middle: okay.
You can find the album on the iTunes store for $9.99 or buy the physical CD at their website or on Amazon/AmazonMP3 for $8.99. Unfortunately some of the “story” tracks can’t be purchased individually. Depending on where you get, the tracks will differ on what you can purchase as a single audio download. For example “Monster Baseball” can be purchased for 99 cents on Amazon, but not on iTunes. I imagine its because of an iTunes policy where the track is over the allotted time allowed for a single song purchase.
Price is a stopping point for a lot people in the community, but as stated above: if you have children, they’ll probably enjoy this. Nothing is more pleasing than teaching children the wonders of the imagination created with sound. I certainly wish I had this growing up. For what it’s doing, it’s worth the price tag.
3.5-4/5 stars (depending on the age of the listener).