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Dumbland (2003)

David Lynch , David Lynch  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: David Lynch
  • Directors: David Lynch
  • Format: Black & White, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Absurda/David Lynch
  • DVD Release Date: March 28, 2006
  • Run Time: 35 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000EHT5NC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #140,558 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Dumbland" on IMDb

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  • Eight animated episodes

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Dumbland is a crude, stupid, violent and absurd animated series created entirely by master of the macabre David Lynch. If it is funny, it is funny because we see the absurdity of it all.

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38 of 43 people found the following review helpful
This series of Flash-animation shorts originally viewable at is exactly what you might expect... eight brief segments of crudely-drawn characters interacting absurdly, making some sort of commentary about the traditional small-town American values that have led to the existence of these archetype characters in the first place: the overweight fatman with an angry face who guzzles beer, watches football and wrestling, and defecates in the yard; the cowering wife who whines and nags and cries just to hang her laundry or exercise on her treadmill; the hyperactive yapping child who repeats everything ad nauseum. None of the repeated themes here will surprise anyone who has ever seen *anything* Lynch has done, and that's one way that this series disappoints, but that's also part of its brilliance. Lynch takes a new medium--this kind of episode-based Flash series was very trendy a few years back when it was made--and successfully applies all his usual tricks to completely master the form, somehow making it adhere so clearly to his vision that it confirms, once again, why that adjective "Lynchian" has found its way into our language. As usual, he is *that* much of an auteur, with an irrepressible vision.

But the things that make this great are the things that the average consumer likely won't appreciate: Lynch's use of sound design, as usual, is incomparable, and this DVD release (not presented in surround, yet still detailed and full) likely betters the original Flash soundtrack tenfold.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Even geniuses have bad days August 23, 2006
A series of short, crudely animated cartoons from "Eraserhead" auteur David Lynch. Here's how the man himself describes it: "Dumbland is a crude, stupid, violent and absurd series. If it is funny, it is funny because we see the absurdity of it all." If you need more detail, it's main "characters" are a Lynchian version of the typical American family. The dad is a foul-mouthed, violent, flatulent and stupid monster. Mom is a whimpering, cowering and constantly crying mass of trembles. The kid is an annoying stick figure who just inanely repeats things over and over. Actually, repetetivenes seems to be the main theme of the series. These shorts, which clock in at just 33 minutes altogether, are minimalist (and minimally animated) b&w studies in doing the same disgusting things over and over. When, in one episode, a "character" called Uncle Bob shows up, he just launches into an escalating series of gross tics, including retching, farting and vomiting. That makes up most of the episode. The best short here involves dad discovering the hallucinogenic effects of bug spray, with ants performing a Busby Berkely-like dance routine while insulting their would-be killer.

Considering its brief length and throwaway nature, this isn't recommended for everyone. In fact, it's not recommended for 99% of everyone. Even if you're a David Lynch fanatic, you're probably better off renting instead of buying (FYI: it's available on at least one very popular DVD rental web site). Really, it's hard to say who the audience for this is; it's too crude and profane for the art-film crowd, and just too plain weird for Adult Swim crowd. Judging by his comments, even Lynch himself doesn't like it that much.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Senseless Humor, Why Not? October 15, 2006
I love David Lynch, and so far he has yet to really disappoint me. And Dumbland was no exception. I can easily see why most stuck up wanna be film critics would immediately slam this film, some people just can't take this type of humor seriously. But as for me, I adore it. I found myself bellowing in insane laughter, not just at the genius dialogue and inept storyline. But also at how relevant this film is to many morons you see in society. Is it so hard to just enjoy ridiculous and offensive humor from the man who practically invented surreal filmmaking and storytelling?
Lighten up; Lynch wasn't attempting to break any new ground with this cartoon, and judging by many reviews, it seems people had that consensus.
I couldn't get enough of this little treasure and would reccomend it to anyone with a vast and open-minded sense of humor.

Keep going Lynch, your cult has not died yet
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4.0 out of 5 stars if you're not into fart scenes... October 21, 2006
There's one or two things you need to know to appreciate David Lynch's "Dumbland," laden as it is with mindless expletives, domestic violence, and gratuitous fart scenes. First, Lynch has explored this territory in an admittedly less concentrated form through his films. Largely, this is all about an artist exorcising some demons, and those are demons riding the current of lowbrow, uncultured, anti-rationalism that dominates a large part of the world today. (Look, I don't want to use the term "white trash" here--so don't think you can make me do it.) Secondly, this is really the second stab that Lynch has taken at getting to the heart of this issue. The first experiment like this was a comic strip called "The Angriest Dog in the World," and you can get a glimpse of those comics at the City of Absurdity website.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great David Lynch product
Just when you thought David Lynch couldn't get Kookier, heres his cartoon series. I guarantee you see nothing like this. Lots of fun.
Published 13 months ago by A. Gass
4.0 out of 5 stars Longtime David Lynch fan
I am a longtime David Lynch fan and over the years I have enjoyed being terribly disturbed by all of his movies. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Wondertwin
1.0 out of 5 stars Wish I had read reviews first....
I am a fan of David Lynch for his terrifically strange and usually very interesting work, in spite of the content of his films being occasionally too sexually perverse for my... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Lucinda Darlene
4.0 out of 5 stars I think people are letting themselves be too apalled
When I first saw a few clips of this I said what most people's reviews have said that despite it's attempt at a message, it's buried under weak and ill-minded trash. Read more
Published on February 15, 2010 by Said Head
4.0 out of 5 stars WOW
I don't know what these other reviewers are expecting this to be. The animation is non existent, the humor is weird, crude, over the top, surreal and totally Lynch. Read more
Published on December 17, 2009 by HH
1.0 out of 5 stars The Title Says It All
I purchased this product from a third party seller when the price dropped down to around two dollars. Had I paid much more I'd have felt fairly ripped off. Read more
Published on June 3, 2008 by Octoworm
5.0 out of 5 stars ...welcome to the United States of Buttholes
Unless you visited David Lynch's website to view the complimentary trailers, "Dumbland" was one of those hidden treasures only available to the subscribing members of his internet... Read more
Published on January 15, 2008 by olofpalme63
4.0 out of 5 stars Lynch Highlights the gap between reality and TV.
To me Dumbland challenges the viewer to see how banal and mindless a lot of commercial TV has become by it's deliberate crudeness. Read more
Published on October 24, 2007 by Incorrigible Ong
3.0 out of 5 stars DUMBLAND EMPIRE
Directed by David Lynch
approx. 30 minutes

This is a DVD anthology of an internet cartoon that originally appeared on David Lynch's website. Read more
Published on October 12, 2007 by
4.0 out of 5 stars You have to be smart to enjoy Dumbland
Dumbland consists of several simply drawn black and white cartoons that David Lynch created using Flash animation. Read more
Published on August 7, 2007 by Garry Messick
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For hardcore Lynch fans only
True, it's only 30 minutes long (probably less), but it's also one of the funniest things I've ever seen. Well worth the price in my opinion. I hope there's a sequel!
Mar 27, 2006 by stevetrash |  See all 2 posts
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