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Seen for four seasons on Cartoon Network's [adult swim] – Home Movies is now on DVD in a deluxe 3-disc set!

Home Movies Season One features the first 13 episodes of the favorite series seen on Cartoon Network’s [adult swim]. The irreverent animated comedy hit television series chronicles the life of pint-sized, aspiring filmmaker, Brendon Small. Brendon - a jaded third grader who happens to have the brain of a twenty-something - uses his video camera to cope with the trials of his eight-year-old life.

Plus these special features:
-Interviews with Brendon Small, Jon Benjamin and Loren Bouchard
- Real home-made short films by Home Movies stars Brendon Small and Jon Benjamin
-Animated menus from the Soup2Nuts creative team
-Commentaries from the cast and creators
-Closed Captioning
-Animatics (episode storyboards)
-Animation Galleries

Home Movies: Season One is a television treasure that almost wasn't. After five episodes in 1999, the bright and sometimes brilliant animated satire was yanked from UPN's schedule and was rescued by Cartoon Network's late-evening "Adult Swim" programming, where it thrived for a few more seasons. Created by Loren Bouchard and Brendon Small (who provides the autobiographical voice of the show's 8-year-old hero, Brendon Small), Home Movies concerns the angst-ridden adventures of a fatherless boy who can't quite handle typical childhood challenges (school, sports) but, in his stumbling way, is advancing toward his dream of becoming a filmmaker and actor. With a manner and voice suggesting a cross between David Spade and Woody Allen, Brendon struggles--sometimes with sardonic wit, sometimes with heartbreaking candor--to protect his shaky sense of personal security while also trying to be taken seriously as an artist.

Brendon lives with his single mom, Paula (wonderfully played by Paula Poundstone until episode 6, when she was replaced by the equally effective Janine Ditullio), whose own neuroses peak during some very funny moments. Among these is a school meeting that finds her removing her sweater and spouting a string of obscenities, a writing class that ends repeatedly in make-out sessions with a nameless slinger of sexy doggerel, and a disastrous date with Brendon's soccer coach, a hefty bully and all-around loser, John McGuirk (H. Jon Benjamin). McGuirk is Brendon's foil throughout the series, a drunk with rage problems and dubious ethics who often leans on the young hero as a confidante when he isn't making the poor kid run extra laps. The show's dialogue comes fast, biting, and painfully honest, characters frequently talk at the same time, and some of the best material is in the short dramas that Brendon tapes with friends Melissa (Melissa Bardin Galsky) and Jason (also H. Jon Benjamin). Home Movies is not to be missed by anyone who enjoys urbane comedy, animated or otherwise. --Tom Keogh

Special Features

  • Interviews with Brendon Small, Jon Benjamin and Loren Bouchard
  • Real home-made short films by stars Brendon Small and Jon Benjamin
  • Animated menus from the Soup2Nuts creative team
  • Animatics (episode storyboards)
  • Animation galleries

Product Details

  • Actors: Brendon Small, H. Jon Benjamin, Melissa Bardin Galsky, Ron Lynch, Janine Ditullio
  • Directors: Loren Bouchard
  • Writers: Brendon Small, H. Jon Benjamin, Emo Philips, Bill Braudis, Eugene Mirman
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Shout! Factory
  • DVD Release Date: November 16, 2004
  • Run Time: 390 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (120 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002YCVY2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,069 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Home Movies - Season One" on IMDb

Customer Reviews

And great characters!
Henry T
I've always loved the first season as much as the other seasons and would highly recommend this to anyone who loves comedy or animation.
Grateful Jerry
Hands down, this is one of the funniest animated cartoons ever!
Michael Pate

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

65 of 71 people found the following review helpful By MartialWay on November 16, 2004
Format: DVD
My fandom of the Adult Swim block on the Cartoon Network began with the underrated but ingenious "Home Movies" and ended with its departure. It was originally aired on UPN and was cancelled after this first season. The truth is that Home Movies belonged to a special niche and the people in charge of the Adult Swim made the brilliant decision to pick Home Movies up and give the show the chance it deserved... and they haven't made a decision that good since.

Home Movies was one of the few shows on the Adult Swim one can honestly say was smart enough to actually be for adults. The situations, the characters and their backgrounds, and the socially-advanced way these 8 year olds communicate with each other, and the child-like way they approached life is what makes Home Movies the gem it is.

The loose dialogue and seemingly unrehearsed improv the characters perform gives the show a unique feel of maturity, especially in this first season. One could say that in the first season the characters and their conversations are almost too adult (in an intellectual sense). In later seasons the dialogue seems less improvised; more structured and scripted, but still holds its comic edge.

What costs Home Movie Season 1 a star in my review is this little thing known as "Squigglevision". Those of us familiar with shows like Dr. Katz or "Ed, Edd and Eddy" will know what squigglevision is. It is a very annoying method of animation where all the lines "squiggle" to give the art a more hand-drawn look as if each frame was done by hand and then animated. It bothers me, but it doesn't take away from the shows humor which is what makes Home Movies what it is and is not used beyond season 1.
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82 of 97 people found the following review helpful By Blade on October 10, 2004
Format: DVD
Finally, one of the funniest shows (next to "Aqua Teen Hunger Force", "Futurama", & "Family Guy") is getting the DVD treatment it deserves! This is the COMPLETE first season of "Home Movies" and although it only consists of thirteen episodes, it's still enough to leave satisfaction. The humor can also be a little mediocre, but the crude animation and the funny voices make up for that (Jason's voice especially) and it NEVER fails to entertain even the average Adult Swim fan! The episodes are as follows:

STAY AWAY FROM MY MOM: Coach McGurk starts dating Brendon's mom, and Brendon is not too happy about it. OVERALL: 4/5 the first episode that started it all and you can tell because the voices are just developing.

I DON'T DO WELL IN PARENT-TEACHER CONFERENCES: Paula (Brendon's mom) hesitates to attend a parent-teacher conferance for Brendon, considering he hasn't done any homework for the past year. OVERALL: 4/5 Pretty funny! The scene where Brendon shows his school project by communicating with himself on television is just hilarious!

THE ART OF THE SUCKER PUNCH: After Jason is jumped by the school bully, Shannon, Brendon decides to exact revenge by fighting him. One of my favorite episodes! OVERALL: 5/5 One of my favorite episodes. VERY funny!

BRENDON GETS RABIES: Brendon has to watch the neighbor's cat while they're on vacation. But when the cat escapes, Brendon and friends, Jason & Melissa must try and find it. OVERALL: 5/5 Another favorite! I'll never forget Jason's line, "When you lose something, don't go and find it. Because if you do, it has rabies." Priceless!

WE'LL ALWAYS HAVE TUESDAY: The cute girl in school, Lonnie takes a liking to Brendon and the two start dating.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Bolte on October 10, 2004
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Back in 1999, on struggling over-the-air network UPN, a small series from Tom Snyder Productions premiered Tuesdays at 8:30 after Dilbert: The Animated Series as UPN tried to capture some of the "animation craze" that was finding an audience in shows such as The Simpsons, King of the Hill, and Family Guy. This series, featuring animators and voice talent (also including Paula Poundstone in the "lead role" for the series) involved in the cult favorite Dr. Katz: Professional Therapist, played for five episodes on UPN, drawing unremarkable ratings and a subsequent cancellation. If this was the end of the story for Home Movies, it would've been just another failed experiment in the annuls of television lore -- but thanks to Cartoon Network, which picked this show up two years later, we now have a full 13 episodes for season 1 of one of the best animated series you've never heard of.

Anyone who is familiar with Home Movies knows that it was recently "not renewed" by Cartoon Network after 52 episodes of the show were produced and aired -- not a preferable way to end the series, but infinitely better than being limited to 5 episodes of the series where the animators and voice talent were struggling to find their niche. The episodes in season 1 are occasionally hit-and-miss; however, you can see hidden gems in the skewering of pop culture (in particular that found in popular movies and music), and the series really finds its center in episodes 6-13, where Cartoon Network gave Soup2Nuts Productions (formerly Tom Snyder Productions) financial backing and a place to showcase their brilliance.
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