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Packing a lot of slacking into ‘Regular Show’ disc

For parents, it can be hard to know how to feel about “Adventure Time” and its recent partner in Cartoon Network hype-itude, “Regular Show.” On one hand, they seem filled with the imagination of study hall doodlers made good. On the other, there’s a cognitive junk food aspect to their glorified amateurishness, and bits of slacker-speak that could pave the way to the principal’s office. Still, the recent compilation “Regular Show: Party Pack” is hard to resist. The series is as shameless as “Scooby-Doo” (in a more hiply ironic way) about being formulaic: The gang is having a wacky good time, and then things turn paranormal. Always. Take the disc’s opener, which follows park worker pals Mordecai and Rigby (a blue jay and a raccoon, for whatever reason) as they hunt for a stick hockey game tossed by their irascible boss, Benson (a gumball machine). No surprise that their quest leads to a superpowered gamer showdown. Then there’s “Adventure Time: Fionna and Cake,” a disc that genuinely inspires — specifically, questions about whether we’re all just watching a show made for stoners. This one’s typically flaunty randomness: gender-bending our two leads, Jake the Dog and Finn the Human. My boys weren’t exactly enthralled — although apparently it’s not a girls-are-icky thing, because we can’t get enough of grape-in-drag diva Lumpy Space Princess. Catch her showcased here in a zombie apocalypse episode. Or, if you’ve had your fill of scattershot collections, catch both series in chronologically ordered Blu-rays due this summer. (Warner, $19.82 each)

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