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Cartridge Family: The Battle For Employment (Film Review)

Welcome to your new favorite web series: The Cartridge Family.

The Cartridge Family asks a simple question, ‘what would happen if your three favorite video game characters were suddenly transported to the real world?’ Simple. They’d have to get jobs. In this quick moving comedic short director William Rot and writer Jackson Stewart throw you head first into world where Twink, Roboman, and Sergio are struggling to find jobs. If you like the first episode be sure to back their Indiegogo campaign to make more episodes.


Now that you’ve watched the short, let’s talk about it for a moment. Cartridge Family moves at a rapid speed. That’s one of its biggest strengths, that also means a few of the jokes done sink in as well as they could. The writing by Jackson Stewart is quick, smart, and really sells the characters from the word go. The direction from William Rot is impressive because of the budgetary constraints of the piece. The film has so much breadth and elasticity, much of which is due to Rot’s direction.

The cast of the piece is also extremely impressive. AJ Bowen (The Signal, You’re Next), Graham Skipper (Almost Human, Re-Animator: The Musical), and Jesse Merlin ( Jackass, Sex Boss).

The Cartridge Family is one of those rare web series pilots that makes you crave for more. The show is hilarious, rapid firing, and extremely well timed. If you’re into video games, comic books, or poop jokes, you’ll be sure to love this show.

3.5 / 5 stars     

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About the Author


Dave Baker, originally from the drug-infested wasteland that is Arizona, lives in Los Angeles. He has a degree in Visual Communications with an emphasis in Illustration. Logically, he makes a living as a writer. Dave has written comic books and the moving pictures. Dave also enjoys talking about himself in the third person, not cooking, and taking long walks around his apartment. If you'd like to read more of his writing or comics they can be found at

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