67 of 69 people found the following review helpful
on August 5, 2004
Greg The Bunny.
A show thats sadly remembered for flaming out on Fox TV in the summer of 2002. In reality, it wasn't so much that it wasn't up to par as was the network didn't set it up for success. Fox TV put it after Bernie Mac on Wednesday nights at first. Bernie Mac's demo was not going to stick around and watch GTB. Secondly, only after three weeks of reasonable promotion FOX seemed to write the show off jerking it off for sweeps then finally bringing it back for two weeks to disappear again lastly in "burn off" mode on Sundays at 7:30p for August of 2002.
Its a story of a show that screams it wasn't given a proper shot.
The show itself was brillant in a offkilter way. If you bought into the premise that puppets and people in some strange universe could share the world - it worked. If you couldn't buy into the premise - you hated the show.
Everything revolved around Greg a rabbit handpuppet with button eyes (later creepy glass eyes - FOX exec "suggestion") and his quest to find employment. On a visit to his roomates father's job - a director for fictional kids show "Sweetknuckle Junction" Greg mistakenly ends up auditioning for the program. Insanity and hilariousness ensue. Greg gets the job and the whole premise is set up. The sweetknuckle junction cast is much more jaded and prone to outrageousness than one would've expected.
The show parodied TV itself, TV execs, Childrens TV, actors, puppet love and even dared to spoof some of the sacred cows of our culture - race relations etc.
My personal favorite episode was "Surprise!" Where the cast has to lead a TV Guide reporter around trying to impress her to make Sara Silverman's character happy. Naturally, the cast are being artifical and just plain sucking up to sell the wholesome image they were told to sell. It all leads to Junction Jack's house after its found out it was his birthday and the cast throw a improptu, again to look good for the TV Guide reporter, surprise party at his house. Only it turns out, that Jack the rugged train conductor character prefers a dress and heels occasionally! Jimmy and Greg fighting over who can shmooze the TV Guide reporter thats actually a Lesbian that takes Sarah Silverman home is hilarious too!
In the final analysis, this show wasn't for everyone As a previous reviewer articulated. FOX targeted GTB to teens and to be honest this was not a teen show. There was alot of subtle and adult humor to be had that honestly a teen wouldn't get. It was more matched for its wicked satire to be a heir to the Simpsons throne.
Only if FOX had been smarter in the show's execution and patient they could've had a long running hit. You could've seen stuffed Gregs and Tardys on suction cups looking out car windows.
Alas, though - FOX didn't have the patience for that vision to bare fruit.
42 of 43 people found the following review helpful
on October 27, 2004
The show never got much time in the spotlight, but it's clear its creators and actors savored every moment of it. In addition to all 13 episodes in their intended order, the set has a great selection of special features ranging from multiple commentaries to production stills to a short film featuring everyone's favorite turtle, Tardy.
The episodes are worth the price of admission. I find the show to be a scream. It can be juvenile at times, but hey, it's a puppet show! There are attempts made at social satire where the puppet community subs in for various other minorities, but the core humor comes from witty one-liners, slapstick, and a lot of toilet jokes. 'I made a smelly in my shelly!' - Tardy
Creator Dan Milano is extremely proud of Greg the Bunny and this is evident in the care taken with the extras. Virtually every special feature is introduced by either Greg or Warren and commentary is provided for half the episodes, deleted scenes, and the short Tardy film. Even the menus come with brand new dialogue by the puppet members of the cast. I found the featurette on how the show came into being both informative and fun, including brand new interviews with the creators, puppets, and actors. And don't miss the puppet audition tapes!
This set is a complete package. Sadly, it truly is complete. I salute you Greg the Bunny. We shall never see your likes again.
32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
on July 27, 2004
The Fox Channel is notorious for killing off shows with great potential. Shows such as Family Guy, Futurama, and The Tick never got to live out what should have been a long lifespan. Greg the Bunny is yet another one of these shows. But fans and television buffs should rejoice at this beautiful release. This 2-Disc DVD collection will contain all 13 episodes (including several never broadcast on TV), deleted scences, storyboards, commentaries, documentaries, and everything else you can sink your teeth into. This show was pure brilliance and I shed a tear when it was canceled. Especially after hearing that the god-awful Oliver Beene would run for another season. So whether you were one of the thousands of people signing petitions to keep this show on the air or someone who typed the wrong thing into the search engine and came across this site you should pick up the Greg the Bunny entire series for your colection. And selling for less than $25 you can't go wrong. Check out TVShowsonDVD.com or TVTome.com for more info on this and many other fine Tv shows.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on August 29, 2004
Through the miracles of now-defunct file sharing services, friends and Fox's odd programming schedules, I managed to see most if not all of entire series. THANK YOU Fox for appeasing your core audience and putting out this DVD collection.
"Greg the Bunny" is not for your kids. It's for you - the person that grew up with Sesame Street and graduated to Saturday Night Live and the Muppet Show (the FIRST one).
The series concept is hysterical. The characters are incredibly original (and yet somehow familiar). And the people....this is one of the best assembled casts that's seen hit the airwave.
You have a rabbit puppet that went to school with a human geek (Seth Green) -- yes, HIGH SCHOOL! Eugene Levy is the father of the geek that also happens to direct his own kid's television show. You have Sarah Silverman - a real unused talent - as the show's network producer and Bob Gunton and Dina Waters as the two wonderfully flawed human actors on the show. Sunshine and light one moment - neurosis and addiction in the next.
As for the rest of the puppets - I don't want to spoil all of it. If you've ever been to the zoo, picture the ape reciting Shakespeare and drinking - alot! There you have it! And that's the tip of the iceberg.
I honestly think that this would have been the next "Arrested Development" if Fox hadn't decided to give "The Bernie Mac Show" more marketing dollars that year. (Much love Bernie --- you're on my TiVo every week!!!)
Alas - this is the only DVD in the series unless sales are high and they revive the show. I hear that will happen right after they bring back Cheers, Seinfeld and Friends. :)
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on September 17, 2004
Please please do yourselves a big favour and watch this show. How could you not laugh at this. It's funny, original, excellent humour, enjoyable, plus it has Seth Green in it. You must see it. You won't be disappointed and you'll p_ss yourselves. This is one of the best shows around (thanks Fox for cancelling it :( !!!!) and Eugene Levy is as funny in this as in anything else he's been in. I wish that more people had a chance to watch it, because it would have been more than a cult. It would have been a show that could comedically take on the likes of other half hour comedies like Friends etc. The humour in this is sometimes funnier.
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on September 2, 2004
Fox has a way of killing great shows by placing them in bad time slots. Greg the Bunny got great reviews from critics and fans alike, but was cancelled due to a wednesday night time slot, that for some reason just didnt target the core audience. Same for FUTURAMA, fox put them on before the simpsons at 6pm central time, and I was never able to catch an episode.
But Greg the Bunny is a great watch. Count Blah is by far my favorite character. I dont know how long friends of mine were walking around going "So how was your day, blah?".
It is a great show, one of the more original ideas that has come out of fox in a really long time. Pick this up and enjoy it, you will not regret it.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on December 5, 2004
There are two palpable movements when you watch Greg The Bunny. First is just how creative the cast and crew were. You feel like they always wanted to do more. The other movement is a show in disarray, being pulled in different directions by people with various intentions and interests. Perhaps the former was caused by the latter. Or perhaps the suits at Fox thought that too much creativity is a bad thing (which, admittedly, is somewhat possible when you're doing a network sitcom). The only thing that kept the show together was pure will and sheer talent. Through all the posturing and politicking, the show was still one of the funniest (and definitely quirkiest) on TV. Watching these 13 episodes, you get the feeling the cast and crew could have churned out a two hour movie a week without missing a beat. One thing I garnered from the commentaries and interviews on this DVD that I agreed with is that the creative team wasn't happy with Fox's decision to exploit Oz and "the dad from American Pie." It's true. The Fabricated Americans on the show are just such interesting characters, skillfully brought to life both physically and aurally, that the human cast should have really acted as a complimentary foil for Greg, Warren, Blah and Tardy. That's not to say the human characters weren't all richly written and acted as well. It's just a shame when you watch these episodes because you get the feeling that, once all the parties resolved their differences and the show really hit its stride, it would have been even better. But that would have required a Season 2. I often compare the comedic sensibilities to Family Guy, but warmer in tone and execution. The show really strived to fit the sitcom mold, so cuts aren't lighting fast and the pace is surprisingly organic (considering how each episode was cut and recut numerous times). Network TV wasn't a good fit for GTB (obviously). But, I don't harbor any ill will towards Fox (not their broadcast division at any rate). Many of my favorite shows have been canceled on the channel, from GTB to Firefly to Family Guy. But we have to keep in mind that the other networks wouldn't have given five minutes to any of these shows. Enjoy Greg The Bunny.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on August 22, 2004
I know many people who appreciate funny and well-written shows. It disappointed me that most of those people never gave this show a chance. Perhaps it was the title, network or trailers. Nonetheless it is very very unfortunate that more of the 'masses' didn't 'get' what this show was about. It's a hilarious show involving a world where puppets are 'alive' and the 'kids show' that's revolving this show shows the 'puppets' having all the human foibles (and more) that's found in everyday life - but with creative and very humorous writing. I've been praying that the show would continue since it made myself and my girlfriend laugh out loud many, many times. The humor is all-adult; and that's what leads me to believe that's why this show 'failed'. The title and trailers made it seem like a 'family/kids' show when the reality is it isn't. Couple the title and trailers w/the timing of when the show was on originally equates to adults saying "I'm not watching a 'kids show' in prime-time!". So to those adults out there that enjoy adult humor w/a 'twist' on puppets - GET THESE DVD's.... I know I am and I can not wait to see the 2 episodes never aired. And to the IFC which, I hear, is bringing it back for at least one new episode: cheers - don't let this die, please 're-package' it so that the 'masses' will understand that it's an 'adult' show...
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on October 29, 2005
For personal reasons I prefer not to share at this time, months after 9-11 I was still emotionally reeling. I took up baking for the first time in my life. I read. My friends here in NYC and in London did everything they could to turn me around emotionally. I refused medications. Then one night I turned on the TV and there was Greg the Bunny. I laughed for the first time since September 11th. I also cried. I LIVED for that show. If I had owned a Tivo I would have taped every episode. I was beyond crushed when it was cancelled. I was tempted to call the network and tell them how it had helped me want to live again, but felt they wouldn't care. This is one of the sweetest and craziest shows ever. And at 63, I have seen some doozies. Every time I see Greg and his nutsy friends, I remember how low I was the night I first saw their show, and realize how far I have come since then. When no one could help, Greg did! How strange. I still feel it was heaven-sent just for me. I really do. I'm so glad the DVD came out. Love you, Greg! Thank you for everything.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on February 3, 2005
I notice the average rating for this DVD is five stars. I agree. This show is hilarious and often very meaningful (it even dares to look at two-way racism). This is a perfect example of the fact that a show can be hilarious, well-written, be full of talented actors and puppeteers, and be instantly canceled. Maybe Fox just wanted that time slot open for another reality show or unfunny sitcom.