Usavich [The Collection]

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Usavich (created by Kanaban Graphics for MTV Asia) is an animated short-film series about two rabbits (Putin and Kirenenko) and their adventures in a Russian Gulag. Tagging alongside the rabbits are a transvestite/hermaphrodite? chick (a chicken that makes the most disturbing noise) and Leningrad the frog who eats and poops things back out.

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Adventure Time: It Came From the Nightosphere

Adventure-TimeAdventure Time is like nothing you have seen before. Yet, it is like MANY things you have seen before. Adventure Time is the chronicle of the misadventures of Finn (The Human) and Jake (The Dog) as they traverse the inexplicable happenings of their homeland of “Ooo”. Comedy ensues at every possible angle. Including 0 and 360 degrees, which means that comedy ensues at one angle twice. Righteous. This is one of those particular achievements in animation that I hold in pretty high regard. Admittedly before getting this set to review I had never heard of the show before. Yes, for shame, for shame on me indeed.

First to describe the series. Well, Adventure Time is a many layered beast. It is one of those shows that appeals across the board. There is a visual and straight forward aspect that appeals to a younger audience, with the upfront comedy being simple (nut not plain). Though I would advise parents to see the show first before passing it onto their young’uns, as I wouldn’t say it was for all ages. Then there is this complete other side that is dry, dark, and slightly creepy that appeals to us older audiences. It’s weird for some to imagine that this show sports a G rating. But it replaces dick and fart jokes and crude humour, with something a bit ‘smarter’ and widely more acceptable to the audience.

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Adventure Time [Complete Second Season]

Adventure-Time-The-Complete-Second-Season-15529902-4Most people have heard of Adventure Time by now, but if you happen to be one of the willfully ignorant it’s a much-hyped animated series that airs on Cartoon Network. Despite being presented as a kids ‘toon, it has quickly gathered a “cult following” of teens & 20-something man-children, inspiring fan-fiction, cosplaying and all the money-grubbing merchandise you can think of.

The central plot revolves around the show’s protagonists Finn, a pre-teen boy, and Jake, a talking shape-shifting dog and their wacky adventures in the magical land of Ooo. On their travels they often come into contact with some of the various recurring characters such as Princess Bubblegum, Ice King, Lumpy Space Princess and Cinnamon Bun. Continue reading

Robot Chicken: DC Comics Special

RobotChickenDCSo, another Robot Chicken special. This one chooses the DC Comics universe as the target for their usual brand of offensive humor. If you’ve seen the show it’s pretty clear the creators are unashamed fan-boys so a loving roast of the DC Comics heroes was clearly in order.

During its brief 23 minute runtime a few running gags come into play, the central one being the relentless bullying of Aquaman by the other members of the Justice League. Eventually the gilled freak get’s fed up and decides to switch sides by joining the Legion of Doom. Fortunately The Riddler has just quit to form his own Punctuation Posse, so there’s a space for the turncoat Aquaman. Typical RC wackiness ensues and many superheroes are torn to comedic shreds.

Other amusing reoccurring jokes are the “That’s Bane!” segments, wherein he constantly appears and breaks Batman’s spine, and a skit where the Justice League are out clubbing trying pick up chicks.

All things considered, this is not a must-see. I much prefer the standard Robot Chicken show than these specials as many of the jokes just fall flat. But despite the short runtime (23 minutes) and unfunny cracks, there’s over 2 hours of special features which will likely make this a mandatory purchase for any RC fan. The most entertaining of which for me was the tour of the DC Entertainment offices as you get to see numerous obscure action figures, their comprehensive comic library, and other cool merchandise.

Extras:

  • The Making Of RCDC Special
  • RCDC’s Aquaman Origin Story
  • Chicken Nuggets
  • Writers’ Commentary
  • Actors’ Commentary
  • DC Entertainment Tour
  • Stoopid Alter Egos
  • Outtakes
  • Cut Sketches
  • 5.2 Questions
Robot Chicken: DC Comics Special is available on DVD and Blu-Ray from Madman Entertainment

Hey Arnold! [Season One]

Hey Arnold! is a kids TV show about a fourth grader who lives in a big city, has a head shaped like a football, and is a bit of a goody-two-shoes. He lives in an apartment building with his unusual grandparents and a whole bunch of eccentric neighbors. The show revolves around his school, home life and a girl called Helga who secretly admires Arnold while bullying the hell out of him. I am sure most of you will already know what the show is about so I’ll spare you any further synopsis or episode play-by-play.

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Assy McGee: The Complete Spread

You’ve heard of Dirty Harry, Bad Lieutenant, Lieutenant Marion ‘Cobra‘ Cobretti, and for some TV cops: McNulty and Detective Vic Mackay, now let me introduce you to the ultra-violent Assy McGee.

Assy’s a gun-toting short tempered alcoholic who doesn’t give a damn about authority, criminals, the criminal process, justice or civilians. Oh yeah and he’s an ass with a pair of legs…I mean literally.

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Xavier: Renegade Angel

XavierWhen it comes to Adult Swim shows most people say that they are for those with a surrealist/absurdist/alternative/black or just plain bizarre sense of humour, and that those who don’t like the humour in Adult Swim shows, well, they simply don’t get it. I will be the first to admit that this is not going to be a show that you can just jump into and love straight away especially if you don’t pick up on the word play and pop culture phenomenons the show is riffing on.

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Moral Orel

Moral-Orel1Deep in the heart of small town Amerikkka, stop motion cartoon boy Orel Puppington just wants to do the right thing by God. But the lord’s lessons don’t always work when applied in the real world. You find that out pretty damn quick when in the first episode little Orel hears that wasting your life is like spitting into the face of God, so being the God fearing Jesus worshipping lad he is, Orel decides to start resurrecting the dead. Finding a handy copy of the Necronimicon in the ‘books to be burnt’ pile at the library, Orel and his buddy soon unleash a town full of brain sucking zombies before Orel is ordered to “The Study” by his dad where he learns that it isn’t the mayhem that has people upset, but the nudity. As the lost 11th commandment says “Thou shalt be ashamed of thy natural anatomy.” Once the zombies are dressed then the blood and carnage can continue! All this in just the first ten minute episode.

Little Orel then takes us on a journey thru masturbation, drug taking, dick piercing, alcoholism, drinking urine and lost commandments… while Dad drinks himself into oblivion and Mum cleans everything – including the cleaning agents. Every episode inevitably ends up with Orel being sent to “The Study” for the strap and a little lesson on life from dad. Whether it’s the fact that protestants are dull or that work sucks or that ‘sperm is for procreation not recreation’ there’s always something new to learn for Orel: 15 episodes of life, learning and family values in fact. Plus your usual bonus tidbits, scraps and episodic commentary.

Ok, that’s the sweet stuff out the way – what sort of madman thought this up?! I mean, an eleven year old that impregnates half the town with a pastry bag, resurrects the dead, sells his own urine as a sports drink, smokes crack, gets a prince Albert, collects religious action figures… this Dino guy has a serious problem. And the Christmas episode! Christ on a crutch that was the bleakest damn thing I’ve seen in ages – little Orel mistakenly thinks his 7 yr old slightly nuts, still being weaned, brother is the second coming of Christ – meanwhile Mum and Dad have split up because the kid isn’t his and Orel is left waiting for a sign from God that it’s all going to be ok, while Dad sits at the bar being felt up by his buddy (who probably is the father of the brat) and the screen just goes blank. OWWW! Don’t know what happened to Dino as a child but he’s got it in for the god fearing protestant folk of middle Amerikkka and I hope he doesn’t stop.

Not laugh out loud funny, not funny peculiar, just plain strange funny like when you first saw that boys and girls were different, that sort of strange inquisitive something here isn’t right kinda funny. And you know that once you found that stuff out… you always went back for more.

Extras:
  • Director’s Cuts
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Episode commentaries
  • Behind-the-scenes featurette
  • The infamous Comic-Con 2006 panel with commentary
  • Network bumpers

Available on R4 DVD from Madman Entertainment.