ABCs popular Sunday night comedy series Americas Funniest Home Videos is now in its 16th season. Candid kiddy capers and outrageous animal antics beg big laughs on this 3-DVD box set, sure to appeal to entertainment consumers of all kinds.
This second issue from a series of AFV DVD releases features episode specials from the original and much-loved host, Bob Saget, and from todays successful Emmy award-winning host, Tom Bergeron.
DISC 1-AFV LOOKS AT KIDS AND ANIMALS: There is no greater entertainment than watching the uninhibited behavior of members of the animal kingdom. Blend together with clips of candid kiddie capers. Add a generous amount of Bob Saget, and youve got the recipe for a thousand guaranteed laughs.
BONUS EPISODE: 1997 $100,000 Season Finale: Bob Saget shows us the funniest clips of the year.
DISC 2-ALL ANIMAL EXTRAVAGANZA This AFV special is side-splittingly hilarious. Host Tom Bergeron takes us through years worth of the very funniest videos featuring our fabulous furry four-legged friends, with segments like, "Youve Got A Bad Dog When
," "Cats Running Into Walls," "Why Dogs Are Better Than Cats" and "Cat Talk." Also getting into the comedy act are birds, giraffes, rhinos and even funny bugs. So curl up on the couch with your own menagerie. Even your pets will laugh.
BONUS EPISODE: 2004 $100,000 Season Finale: Tom Bergeron guides us through the selection of the funniest clip of the season.
DISC 3 BATTLE OF THE BEST - Two-Hour Special Join celebrity panelists Coolio, Kathy Griffin, Martin Mull and Picabo Street as they pick their favorite videos from the first 12 years of Americas Funniest Home Videos. What clip would you select as the Best of the Best? The Booger Boy? The beer keg explosion? The dog with the barking butt? The falling nun? The bucket-headed woman? No matter who you choose, youre sure to grin, giggle and guffaw all the way through this two-hour special.
This three-disk compilation includes as many home videos of kids and animals as you could ask for, including baboons breaking into a car, a frog climbing on a baby's head, a dog peeing on a bride's gown, several videos of kangaroos and wallabies kicking people in the groin (there's a whole subgenre of people being hit or bitten in the groin by balls, goats, geese, etc.), an orangutan trying to tongue-kiss a giggling girl, a bicyclist being pursued by a giraffe, and so much more. And let's face it, lowbrow though it may be, a lot of these videos are funny; when a cat leaps out of the bushes like an attack commando and lands smack on a toddler's face, it's just funny. It's also worth noting that America's Funniest Home Videos is the most racially integrated show on television, thanks to the democracy of home-video technology.
Aside from the sheer volume of video clips, The Best of Kids & Animals contrasts the styles of former host Bob Saget and current host Tom Bergeron. Saget was a deeply conflicted man: In his eyes lurks a mixture of self-loathing that he'd stooped so low and glee that he was being paid to do something so completely effortless. Bergeron, on the other hand, is at one with his job; it's as if he can't imagine a more worthy task than introducing a video in which his head has been superimposed over that of a man bitten on the hindparts by a camel. On the Battle of the Best, in which the best videos of the past 12 years (though there are some excellent ones from the 2004 finale, included on the All Animal Extravaganza disk, that somehow didn't make the cut--oh, the injustice of the world), Bergeron moderates a panel of D-list celebrities with Buddha-like serenity, introducing a dog with a barking butt as if it were a presidential address. Inner peace or amoral cynicism? Decide for yourself. --Bret Fetzer