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Freakazoid: Season 1 (2008)

Paul Rugg  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Paul Rugg
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Box set, Color, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: July 29, 2008
  • Run Time: 258 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0017INRG8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,594 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Freakazoid: Season 1" on IMDb

Special Features

  • 14 episodes on two discs (one is two-sided)
  • Freakazoid: The Original Freak: How what started as a straightforward animated action hero evolved into a chaotically comic cartoon phenom
  • Freakazoid-less Freakazoid Promos: Cruise-ship parodies that promoted the series launch
  • Commentary on three episodes by series producer Tom Ruegger, voice of Freakazoid Paul Rugg, and writer John McCann

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Conceived by the same team that created Tiny Toons and Animaniacs and executive produced by Steven Spielberg, the animated series Freakazoid! was ostensibly about a mild-mannered teen who transformed courtesy a computer virus into a raving lunatic who battled a bizarre gallery of criminals. But as anyone who watched Freakazoid! during its brief network run in the mid-'90s will tell you, that's not what the series was about; in fact, Freakazoid! really wasn't about anything at all. The adventures of Freakazoid were just one element in a rapid-fire barrage of pop culture references, visual and verbal non sequiters (plugs for non-existent toys, stock footage of Bavarian folk dances), and parodies of then-current movies and television series, including other Spielberg-produced cartoons. First-time visitors to Mondo Freakazoid! via this two-disc set will be treated to the sight of the title hero imitating the Emergency Broadcast System signal (before passing out), lessons on how to say obnoxious statements in French, and whole segments devoted to peripheral characters like The Huntsman, who is constantly thwarted in his crime-fighting pursuits, and the Jonny Quest spoof Toby Danger. Suffice it to say that few cartoons are as polarizing as Freakazoid!; viewers will either eat it up or find the whole thing bewildering, as many kid TV viewers during its brief network run. Those ready to take the trip with Freakazoid and pals will find all 13 episodes of its debut season in this set (in what can only be seen as a Freakazoid-like movie, the episodes "Candle Jack" and "The Cloud" are included twice). Three of the episodes feature commentary by producer Tom Ruegger, story editor John McCann and writer Paul Rugg, who also provided Freakazoid's voice. All three are also showcased in an amusing making-of featurette; even funnier is a collection of the show's promotional spots, which mercilessly lampoon a series of artsy cruise ship commercials while providing no actual information about the show itself. --Paul Gaita

Product Description

Cyber nerd Dexter Douglas surfs the web one fateful night, gets swept into a digital techno-electro smash-up that bites him in the gigabytes and – ZAP! — goes from geek to freak. To Freakazoid!, that is, a smart- mouthing, butt-kicking, mega-voltage superhero with things to do (unless there’s something really good on TV). It’s Freaka-Me, Freaka-You fun!

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4.6 out of 5 stars
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally! A welcome addition to the DVD collection April 12, 2008
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If you're a fan of the spontaneous humor of the Animaniacs, then you'll love this show. Dexter Douglas uses the power of cyberspace to become the superhero Freakazoid (this was in the early days of the internet, so it seemed like a mysterious thing at the time). Unfortunately, Freakazoid isn't your normal superhero. Yes, he has superpowers (the funniest being when he flies by stretching his arms out and making wind noises as he runs around). Yes, he has supervillains. But he's not Batman by any means! He's fun and frantic and full of humor.

Each episode usually had one skit running throughout the show, with tiny sketches built into it like little commercial breaks. One of the best was "Frenching with Freakazoid", in which he would teach a French phrase. Most of them wouldn't be something you'd use in a normal conversation however ("Who cut the cheese?"). The frenetic pace of the show keeps it from being boring, and I'm so glad to see it finally make it to disc.

Superman has Lex Luthor, Batman has the Joker, and Freakazoid has Mo-Ron (yep, just like it sounds). Like I said earlier, if you're a fan of Animaniacs and Pinky & The Brain, this show will be a perfect fit for you. Never boring!
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars F! - The Complete First Season! July 28, 2008
Format:DVD
Check out nerd computer ace Dexter Douglas and his strong and super-quick lunatic alter-ego The Freakazoid in Freakazoid! - Season One. Not at all the straightforward superhero program Bruce Timm ("Batman: The Animated Series") had in mind when he conceived the show which was inspired by Mike Allred's Madman comic but Freakazoid! went on to become a cult, comedic hit just the same for its zany wit and humor. This 2-disc set contains all 14 uncut Season One episodes as originally aired (including repeats); 5.1 and 2.0 English audio; English subtitles; plus extras. Here are the episodes and how the discs will be configured.

Disc 1:
1. Five Day Forecast / Dance of Doom / Hand Man
2. Candle Jack / Toby Danger in Doomsday Bet / The Lobe
3. Mo-Ron / The Sewer Rescue / The Big Question / The Legends Who Lunch
4. And Fan Boy Is His Name / Lawn Gnomes: Ch. IV - Fun in the Sun / Freak's French Lesson
5. Foamy the Freakadog / Office Visit / Ode to Leonard Nimoy / Emergency Broadcast System
6. The Cloud / Candle Jack (repeat)

Disc 2, Side A:
7. The Chip (Acts I-III)
8. The Chip (Act IV) / Freakazoid is History
9. Hot Rods From Heck / A Time for Evil
10. Relax-O-Vision / Fatman and Boy Blubber/ Limbo Lock-up / Terror Palace
11. In Arms Way / The Cloud (repeat)
12. Next Time, Phone Ahead / Nerdator

Disc 2, Side B:
13. House of Freakazoid / Sewer or Later
14. The Wrath of Guitierrez

Special Features:
* Freakazoid: The Original Freak featurette
* Freakazoid-less Freakazoid Promos
* Commentary on 3 Key episodes by Tom Ruegger (Senior Producer), Paul Rugg (Voice of Freakazoid) and John McCann (Writer)
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars YES!!! April 14, 2008
Format:DVD
IT'S ABOUT FREAKIN' TIME!!!

I can't even begin to tell you how excited I am that this is FINALLY being released on DVD. I never missed this show when it was on the WB. In fact, I woke up early to watch it ... and I'm definitely not known for waking up much before 11 on the weekends!

If I had one more wish, though, it would be that this set would've contained the complete series because the show didn't even last that long. Oh boy, oh boy ... I get to watch Fanboy to my little heart's content. "Sulu! I'm walkin' with Sulu!"

Think I'll go get a snowcone with Cosgrove. K, bye!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A must-buy, but a little overpriced May 22, 2008
Format:DVD
When Warner Bros. started up their own Saturday morning programming block in the form of the now-retired Kids' WB!, new shows were needed to fill up its schedule. One of those shows was "Freakazoid!", named for its zany titlular superhero. An example of this guy's wackiness is that, in the first episode, he draws a face on his right hand and calls it his new sidekick, then has it engage in a romantic relationship with his other hand. In a piece of irony, given the huge fandom it's gathered, fans of this show were reportedly hard to come by back when the show was originally airing. The show would eventually gain its cult status through its Cartoon Network reruns, but unfortunately for the fans, production on the series was now cancelled. "Freakazoid!" briefly reappeared on In2TV, during which Warner Home Video hinted that it was being considered for the DVD format, and now, about two years later, we're getting that in the form of this.

As with Tom Ruegger's other productions for WB Animation, I'm a big fan of the show, so you're probably wondering why I gave it four stars instead of five. Well, the answer lies in a problem I have that has suspiciously not been mentioned in any of the other reviews posted thus far. "Freakazoid!" only ran for 24 episodes, and as we've seen with some of their other DVD sets, Warner Home Video is clearly capable of putting that many episodes on one four-disc set. But for whatever reason, they decided to split this up over two seasonal sets. That doesn't make much sense to me, and it kinda puts the kibosh on a theory I'd been going with last year (that a "Freakazoid!" Complete Series set would be released alongside "Animaniacs"' final volume).
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4.0 out of 5 stars Squishy Meats
Freakazoid has some of the most unapologetic humor I have ever seen and it is easily it's greatest strength! Read more
Published 2 months ago by Stray Felix
5.0 out of 5 stars Even better as an adult!
This show is hilarious and watching it now I sometimes wonder how I found it interesting as a kid! I don't often watch things with the commentary (I usually have too little time... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Betty V.
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny Show That Holds Up to This Day
If you're looking at this DVD you probably need no critiques from me on this series.
Freakazoid is a satire on the comic book and cartoon heroes from the mid 90's. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Odie
3.0 out of 5 stars Another animated TV show that had such a memorable song!
Like Captain Planet, Freakazoid has what I think is the second most memorable song to an animated show (Captain Planet being the first). Read more
Published 5 months ago by Supercalafragilisticexpealadocious
4.0 out of 5 stars And now for someone completely different
Was there ever any cartoon superhero more self-conscious of his own cartoony-ness than Freakazoid? While so many other comedians and cartoon characters spoof superheroes (usually... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Michael Bruce Birtchet
5.0 out of 5 stars Freakazoid -Season 1
I do have many complete dvd box set of this kind at home and this dvd box set is a very good fun tv series to have for any comics fan.
Published 6 months ago by JJ 99
5.0 out of 5 stars Super Teen Extraordinaire!
Pros:
- It's Freakazoid!
- Zany slapstick in the tradition of WB/Amblin.
- a surreal weirdness. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Richard T. Wright
5.0 out of 5 stars A Blast from My Past
This was one of my favorite shows when I was younger. I was so excited to revisit this comedic goldmine that I was too distracted to remember not to say Candlejack's name outloud. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Danielle Cioffi
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
I just love this era of cartoons. So many memories of childhood. I don't want to go down there. It smells like poo gas.
Published 7 months ago by Lord Huxley
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny because its silly
I remember watching this show when i was a teenager. I think it did not caught up because it was maybe it was too much ahead of its time.... could be. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Alejandro
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Portuguese Audio?
Rodrigo, the info on Amazon is definitely wrong. Just got my DVD package and it is English audioonly. Shame on Amazon for bad publicity.
Aug 8, 2008 by M. Valenca |  See all 4 posts
Shouldn't it be complete series?
Thanks for bringing up this topic; I thought I was the only one with this concern. I agree that it seems rather weird that Warner Home Video would release the entirety of "Top Cat" (which had 30 episodes) in one set, but they can't seem to do the same for this show. I suppose maybe C.... Read More
Apr 24, 2008 by S. Shelley |  See all 6 posts
Problem with Disc 2
I hope you found a solution to this already but one avenue to possibly explore would be contacting Warner Home Video directly about this and see if they can accommodate you with a replacement disc. I went through a similar problem with a concert DVD set I bought and contacted their customer... Read More
Jun 26, 2013 by J. Grimm |  See all 2 posts
Freakazoid: The Complete First Season in Spanish?
I don't know this, but I'm glad I'll have the portuguese dub - one of the best jobs I've seen - the characters are actually funnier in portuguese, in my opinion! Well, if you speak spanish, you might want to try the portuguese dub - sometimes I watch DBZ episodes in the spanish dub, for instance!... Read More
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