Critics and fans alike have described the third season of Home Movies
as the animated series' finest moments, and now viewers that haven't immersed themselves in the wry and offbeat world of 8-year-old Brendon Small and his friends will get a chance to see for themselves with this three-disc set. Part of the reason for the season's high marks among admirers is the readjustment of its focus to rest squarely on the squiggly shoulders of Brendon (voiced by series co-creator Brendon Small) and his pals Melissa (Melissa Bardin Galsky) and Jason (writer Jon Benjamin) as they navigate the hazards of parents, adults (like the always odd Coach McGuirk), and school itself, and capture it all in their films. The shift allows for more development of these three unique characters, and in turn, their unique perspective sharpens the humor in the bizarre circumstances they often find themselves in, like a berserk Renaissance faire (the much-lauded "Renaissance"), detention hall ("Time to Pay the Price"), and in the path of an oncoming storm ("Storm Warning").
While Home Movies is unquestionably funny and eclectic, the show also has a sweet side, which is best summed up in the season closer, "Coffins and Cradles." That this warm and affectionate aspect never comes across as treacly is both a credit to the show's creators, and another reason why fans have taken the show to their hearts and helped bring it back from a premature demise in its first season. Said followers get an amusing nod in the set's supplemental features; the short featurette "Some Home Movies Fans" sets to music some photos of the fans greeting the creators at a convention, while actor/co-writer Jon Benjamin's "A Featurette for People Who Don't Necessarily Like Home Movies" should charm longtime aficionados with amusing testimony from the likes of David Cross and Todd Barry. Viewers can also have fun with the "Decide Your Own Doom Interactive Game," which allows them to participate in an adventure (of sorts) based on "Renaissance." Finally, there are commentaries by Small and co-creator Loren Bouchard on seven episodes, as well as a lengthy radio interview with Bouchard and Benjamin. Though there's enough in this set to charm the diehard admirer and the first-time visitor to the Home Movies mini-verse, another season (the series' last) followed. --Paul Gaita
"One of the funniest sitcoms anywhere on television." Time
Home Movies is about a family, but Home Movies is not a family show. Its got kids in it, but it is aimed squarely at adults. The series spotlights third grader Brendon Small, a young filmmaker who writes, acts, directs and "co-executive produces" his "groundbreaking early work" along with friends Melissa (age 8) and Jason (age 7). The show also features Coach McGuirk, a youth soccer coach who hates soccer and isnt all that crazy about youths.
The third season of this half-hour cult-hit comedy towers as one of the greatest seasons in the history of television;. It includes the nearly flawless "Shore Leave" (which won an award at some festival), the fan favorite "Guitarmageddon," as well as the episodes "Storm Warning" and "Renaissance," which have some really funny parts.
Season Three represents an already great show truly hitting its stride. If youre a fan of the show, then this season is a "must see." And if youve never seen Home Movies, this is a perfect place to start. Then work your way backwards.
Contains all 13 episodes of Season Three
Episode #301 "Shore Leave"
Episode #302 "Breaking Up Is Hard To Do"
Episode #303 "Bad Influence"
Episode #304 "Improving Your Life Through Improv"
Episode #305 "Fours Company"
Episode #306 "Renaissance"
Episode #307 "My Cheatin Heart"
Episode #308 "Guitarmaggedon"
Episode #309 "Storm Warning"
Episode #310 "Time To Pay The Price"
Episode #311 "Broken Dreams"
Episode #312 "Stowaway"
Episode #313 "Coffins And Cradles"
Plus these Special Features
*DECIDE YOUR DOOM INTERACTIVE GAME: "Revenge Of The Dorks"
*SOME HOME MOVIES FANS A Music Video
*A FEATURETTE FOR PEOPLE WHO DONT NECESSARILY LIKE HOME MOVIES By Jon Benjamin
*RADIO INTERVIEW with Jon Benjamin and Loren Bouchard