Son of Zorn begins like the typical Saturday morning adventure cartoon, and ends like the typical dysfunctional family sitcom. The 20 or so minutes in between is heavy on broad visual gags on a par with recent Modern Family, and lacks anything as inventive as the show’s high-concept premise would suggest.
Jason Sudeikis voices Zorn, a powerful warrior in an animated fantasy kingdom who returns to the United States for his estranged son’s birthday.
Before spending time with “Little Alan” (now a perpetually-embarassed teenager), Zorn must deal with his ex-wife (Cheryl Hines) and her new husband (the excellent Tim Meadows, recently seen in PopStar).
Cue live-action/animation hybrid hijinks, endless Absentee Father humour and a giant bird creature parked on the family’s front lawn.
Lacking the fresh energy of the comparably-conceptualised Ted films, there is nonetheless significantly more potential for witty escapades than in other FOX sitcoms.