Why 'Superjail!' Creators Pack Every Frame

'Superjail!'. Adult Swim

Don't try to binge-watch Superjail! in order to prepare for the cartoon's fourth season premiere. Superjail! is too intense for a binge. You must take nibbles, which is why each episode runs only fifteen minutes. The bright colors, quick dialogue and tumultuous scenes that are jam-packed with sight gags will melt your brain unless you digest only one episode at a time.

The fourth season of Superjail!

, which premieres Sunday, June 15th at 11:45 p.m. (ET/PT) on Adult Swim, will include six episodes. Season three left off in December, 2012, with the jail on fire, Jared missing, and the Warden out and about. In the season premiere, you can expect a resolution to the "Burn Stoolie Burn" story.

In the run-up to the beginning of the fourth season, I spoke with creators and executive producers Christy Karacas and Steve Warbick about the challenges of creating such a vivid and imaginative cartoon. We talked about Superjail!, but we also talked about how cartoons have changed. Kids who watch cartoons today have been conditioned to watch at much faster pace, to absorb more from the scene. I assured them, however, that my children still love Tom and Jerry and Bugs Bunny.

What can we expect to see from the fourth season of Superjail!?

Christy Karacas: "Superjail! picks up right where we left off. We didn't add a lot of recurring characters.

We'll have the same thing, just amp'd up. We've gotten into a really good groove, with the pace and feel of everything."

Do you have a favorite episode from the upcoming season?

Steve Warbrick: "There's one where they all quit smoking because the Warden orders it."

Do you have a process for finding inspiration? So much is happening in every scene.

Christy Karacas: "It's just a really intense, fast-paced cartoon. It's what we want to see. I know I have ADD. We always want to up it. The episodes have gotten really dense."

Steve Warbrick: "Our goal is to cram as much as we can into each frame."

Christy Karacas: "I think about Hieronymus Bosch paintings. I like the episodes that, before you know it, it's over. You want to re-watch it."

Superjail! is so full of amazing artwork, will we ever see a coffee table book or show guide?

Christy Karacas: "A book? We should bring it up with Lazzo." (Mike Lazzo is the executive vice president and creative director at Adult Swim.)

How do you respond to folks who think the cartoon is too bloody, too violent?

Stever Warbrick: "We don't get those questions so much anymore. We got more questions like that when Superjail! first came on."

Christy Karacas: "You're a product of what you're raised on. I remember my dad couldn't watch MTV because of the shaky cuts. Entertainment has changed. It's fast-moving. When Superjail! came out it was weird, but now it seems normal."

Steve Warbrick: "It's very cartoony. The episodes are crazier now than they were. The more you get to know it, the less violent it seems."

What are your favorite cartoons? What do you enjoy watching?

Steve Warbrick: "Looney Tunes."

Christy Karacas: "Looney Tunes, independent stuff like Vince Collins, How to Train Your Dragon, ."


Look for Superjail! on Sunday, June 15th at 11:45 p.m. (ET/PT) on Adult Swim. Plus, visit the Titmouse store for t-shirts and books featuring the artwork of Titmouse cartoons.

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