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Freakazoid! Season 2

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Steven Spielberg Presents Freakazoid!: The Complete Second Season

The victim of a horrible crash on the information superhighway, Freakazoid is the humorous personification of information overload. His synapses constantly misfire, sending his thoughts and ideas streaking into various comic directions--and confounding villains with quips, non sequiturs and jokes, leaving them completely dumbfounded.



The definition of "cult favorite" in TV animation circles, the superhero parody/deconstruction Freakazoid! reached the apex of its creativity (read: lunacy) with its second season, with movie and pop-culture spoofs, offbeat casting, and swan-dives into total surrealism among its many bizarre but hilarious attractions. Though well loved by a small but vocal community of fans, Freakazoid! never caught on with audiences like producer Steven Spielberg’s other animation efforts, such as Tiny Toons, and efforts to streamline the show in its second season by eliminating the two-stories-per-episode approach only allowed for more non sequiturs and offbeat scripting--not exactly the way to bring in viewers. But eclecticism was the key to Freakazoid!’s appeal--how else to describe a long segue into a musical number that pays tribute to villain The Lobe in "Dexter’s First Date," or hinging the truly berserk final episode, "Normandeus," around This Old House host Norm Abrams (who provides his own voice)? Such touches, as well as Lost in Space’s Jonathan Harris as Freakazoid’s butler, Professor Jones, and the increased presence of Ed Asner’s Office Cosgrove, who is elevated here from weird bit player to sidekick without losing his penchant for inviting Freakazoid to the most unusual events at the worst possible time, only solidified the show’s brilliance in the eyes of its followers; unfortunately, their numbers weren’t enough to keep the show going for a third season, so this two-disc set represents both the show’s highwater mark and swan song.

Extras on the Freakazoid! Season 1 set were remarkably plentiful, but here, the key supplement is a lengthy (20 minutes) featurette titled "Liebselied fur Normandeus," which reunites many of the key players to discuss the joys and disappointments of the show’s final season. Commentaries are unfortunately relegated to "A Full Season’s Worth of Commentaries (In Five Minutes or Less)," which is exactly as it sounds: a brief roundtable of producers and writers giving an amiable chat about the season. It’s amusing, but highlights the real need for full commentaries on some of the best episodes contained here. A demo of composer Richard Stone’s brilliant "Bonjour Lobey" rounds out the bonus features. --Paul Gaita

Special Features

  • Liebeslied fur Normadeus: Series creators and crew recall the show's second season and the making of the epic, cameo-crammed final episode
  • A Full Season's Worth of Commentaries (in Five Minutes or Less): Favorite moments remembered
  • Richard Stone - Original Bonjour Lobey demo tape: archival audio sampling of the Emmy-winning composer at work

Product Details

  • Actors: Paul Rugg, Joe Leahy, Ed Asner, David Kaufman, Tress MacNeille
  • Producers: Steven Spielberg, Tom Ruegger, Mitch Schauer
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), 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: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: April 21, 2009
  • Run Time: 242 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001PU8N12
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,810 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Freakazoid! Season 2" on IMDb

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One of the prizes of the Cartoon Network/ Warner Bros. late '90s merger was that some of the best cartoons from Warner Bros. found a new home and ready audience on Cartoon Network. That round-up brought in a roster of well-known 'toons that began with the masthead, "Steven Spielberg Presents" which, like the Looney Tunes logo, promised unbridled zaniness. The flagship series was Animaniacs, soon eclipsed by the smartest and subtlest segment, Pinky and the Brain. Mix the two and you might get Freakazoid!

The show only lasted two seasons on WB. Unlike these other Tom Ruegger shows, this one never really hit its stride, from the first peaking higher and crashing harder than most shows on the schedule. Season two might be more even, but that's also a misnomer. There are more stock characters to play off of from season one, the writers have carte blanche to do just about anything they can think of, pop culture references go whizzing by at dizzying speeds, while the shows themselves may seem to drag if you don't get the joke.

The show doesn't take itself seriously, but cartoon fans, movie buffs, and animation afficianados will have a field day pointing out parodies and tracking down tributes. One show starts with a parody of Bob Clampett's '60s series, Beany and Cecil. Another plays off the musical Hello Dolly. The show is constantly referential, as when Freakazoid, the Brain and Wacko all go see Spielberg to ask who has the best show. In the five minute bonus commentary, one of the writers remarks that the storylines are somewhat non-linear, revealing a gift for understatement. One could also say the episodes are metafictional, were one writing a thesis, or one could just enjoy the show.
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Back to save the nation by driving the villains crazy in the final 11 episodes of the cult animated series is lunatic super teen, The Freakazoid in Freakazoid! - Season Two. Freakazoid! was one of those shows of such an acquired taste that it seemed highly unlikely of ever getting released on DVD, let alone released with special features and yet here we are, with both seasons of the series available to own on DVD. As with the Season 1 set, Freakazoid! - Season Two is a 2-disc set which features Full Frame (1.33:1) video; 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. Dexter's Date
2. The Freakazoid
3. Mission: Freakazoid
4. Virtual Freak
5. Hero Boy
6. A Matter of Love

Disc 2:
7. Statuesque
8. Island of Dr. Mystico
9 Two Against Freak
10. Freak-A-Panel / Tomb of Invisibo
11. Normadeus

Special Features:
* A Full Season's Worth of Commentaries (In Five Minutes or Less)
* Richard Stone (Composer) - Original Bonjour Lobey Demo Tape
* Liebeslied Für Normadeus Featurette
* Saturday Morning Cartoons Trailer
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I remember Freakazoid from the Kids WB network. Freakazoid never failed to make me laugh when I was a kid and he never fails to make me laugh now that I,m an adult. Freakazoid is a superhero but mainly a parody of a superhero. His alter ego is a computer nerd who accidently transformed himself into the wacky superhero known as Freakazoid. When he is not fighting crime, Freakazoid is often dating his girlfriend Steff or goign out to fun places with police Sergent Mike Crosgrove, his best friend.

Freakazoid is a show that's made in very good taste. It has absolutely no dirty or vulgar material and as opposed to many of the modern cartoons, movies, animated films, and TV shows that try to be funny by being nasty and dirty, Freakazoid is funny in a good clean way.

The humor in Freakazoid relied heavily on slapstick, parody, and pop cultural references. It often has parodies of celebrities, other superheroes(such as Batman), movies, TV shows, or other works of fiction and forms of popular culture. A typically strange running gag involves a repeated credit for "Weena Mercator as the Hopping Woman", though no such character appears in any episode. Her credit is usually preceded by a number of other fictional names and followed by a fictional director.

If you like good humor, superheroes, parodies or just plain silliness, don't miss Freakazoid. Kids will appreciate the wackyness while teens and adults will enjoy the humor due to because most little kids would'nt really understand a majority of the humor and everyone enjoy the nicely drawn characters, each containing his/her own personality. People who watched Freakazoid would want this.

Oh Freak out!

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I first heard of FREAKAZOID when a clip featuring Tom Synder was shown on THE TOMORROW SHOW, and as soon as I saw that, I knew I had to watch it. I tried to record them to VHS but since it was thrown all over the schedule, it was impossible to get them all. I snapped up the first season when it was released and waited impatiently for this one, but it's finally out and even better than the first. The writing on this show was absolutely brilliant, and Paul Rugg as the voice of Freakazoid was hilarious. Of course, the guest voices provided by Ed Asner (as Cosgrove), David Warner (as The Lobe) and Ricardo Montalban (as Gutierrez) are just as funny - hearing Montalban yelling "I AM NOT A WEENIE! YOOOUUU ARE THE WEENIE!" among other things is hysterical, and you can tell they're having a great time. My favorites on the second set are THE ISLAND OF DR. MYSTICO (with Tim Curry as Mystico and Leonard Maltin as himself) and STATUESQUE where the cast visit Venice Beach.

It's really unfortunate that this show was only on for two seasons. These guys were completely out of their minds and carried on the Warner Brother's tradition of excellent, hilarious animation. A real treasure.
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