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  • Actors: Carolyn Lawrence, Scott Adsit, Britta Phillips, Tigger Stamatopoulos, Jay Johnston
  • Writers: Dino Stamatopoulos
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Special Edition, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Turner Home Ent
  • DVD Release Date: April 24, 2007
  • Run Time: 173 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000KWZ1PC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #101,875 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Moral Orel, Vol. 1, The Unholy Edition" on IMDb

Special Features

  • 15 episodes on two discs
  • The Awkward Comic-Con Panel
  • Promos/bumps
  • Behind the scenes
  • Original open
  • Odds and ends
  • Episode commentaries

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What exactly makes this double disc of Moral Orel's first season just so "unholy"? Well, for starters, it's uncensored, but that label is really just an amusing ruse, because if anything, the original episodes, which ran as part of Adult Swim's programming, are more offensive than anything you're likely to see on network or cable television. The brainchild of TV writer Dino Stamatopolous (Mr. Show, The Ben Stiller Show), the animated series Moral Orel skewers both conservative viewpoints and children's shows like Davey and Goliath, from which Orel borrows its animated style and naïve world view. The series follows the thoroughly misguided adventures of Orel, a very impressionable young resident of the small town of Moralton. The citizens of said burg live by a very strict interpretation of Christian beliefs, and this rigid interpretation tends to land Orel in very hot water when he attempts to apply them to the less-than-black-and-white world around him. Over the course of the first season's ten episodes (which are all included here, as well as five episodes from the second season), Orel accidentally unleashes a plague of zombies on his townsfolk ("The Lord's Greatest Gift"), develops a horrific crack addiction ("Charity"), gets pierced in an unmentionable place ("The Blessed Union"), and in the series' most jaw-dropping episode to date, "God's Chef," turns a wrong-headed interpretation of sex into a town-wide rash of unexpected pregnancies.

If you're no longer shocked by South Park, chances are that Moral Orel will fill that void, but it's important to note that like South Park, Orel isn't just about breaking taboos. There's a lot of very clever dialogue here, and the "lessons" taught to Orel by his dad, Clay, and the miserable Reverend Putty, do much to skewer the double-talk that permeates zealous types on both sides of the religious and social fences. Supplemental features on The Unholy Edition include eight commentaries by Stamatopoulous and his production team (which includes fellow Mr. Show alum Jay Johnston, who also provides many voices for the series), which cover the trials and tribulations involved in the show's productions, as well as the many headaches incurred by the network over content and thematic issues. Several featurettes are also included, and the most entertaining of these is "The Awkward Comic-Con Panel," in which a seemingly deranged Stamatopolous gets into an argument with Venture Bros. creators Jackson Publick and Doc Hammer; commentaries by both sides of the fracas are also included. The extras are rounded out by deleted scenes, network bumpers, and footage of Stamatopolous recording the voice of Reverend Putty (he was replaced by William Saylers). --Paul Gaita

Product Description

In Moral Orel, a 15-minute stop-motion, animated series created by Dino Stamatopoulos, Orel, an 11-year-old boy who loves church, just wants to do God's work. His unbridled enthusiasm for piousness and his misinterpretations of religious morals, however, often lead to disastrous results - including self-mutilation and crack addiction. But no matter how much trouble he gets into, his reverence and faith keep him cheery to the bitter end. The DVD contains 15 uncensored episodes from the first and second seasons, along with all-new uncensored bonus materials!

DVD Features:
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Featurette:Behind-the-scenes Featurette
Other:God's Chef - Director's Cut Unedited Version Original Opening Credit animation End Credit Animation

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44 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Norm de Plume on February 16, 2007
Yes, there are jokes about crack addiction and zombies, but the real gems in this show are the clever wordplay, the well thought out characterizations, and hidden details. Moral Orel is not a show with pop-culture references, cheap cartoon violence, or stoner non-sequiters. It is a refreshingly honest and relevent satire - not to mention some incredible character animation!
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Allen Chapman VINE VOICE on June 14, 2007
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This show is one of the funniest shows ever made. I first stumbled upon this show on Adult Swim on the Cartoon Network, I thought it was an episode of Robot Chicken poking fun at Davey & Goliath. Turns out it was Moral Orel! Orel is a young boy who wants nothing more than do right in the eyes of God. However despite his best efforts no matter how hard he tries, he always screws up in the end. What makes the show funny is as the viewer you can see the trainwreck that is about to happen and just sit there and wait for it to happen.
The show isn't for everyone, but for those with a slightly off sense of humor you will love this show.
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45 of 56 people found the following review helpful By konstantine on February 14, 2007
It's from Common Sense Media:

"Created by Dino Stamatopoulos, a writer known for his regular contributions to adult comedy shows like Late Night with Conan O'Brien and TV Funhouse, this sinfully clever stop-motion series packs a wallop of a message in a short amount of time -- and, in essence, that's part of the problem. In fact, so much controversial humor peppers the show's 15-minute run that the shock value of the humor could overshadow the program's subtle message.

So while adults are more likely to see MORAL OREL for what it is -- a biting social satire mocking religious fundamentalism and hypocrisy within the Christian church -- kids (even some older teens) probably won't be able to appreciate the true sophistication of the humor. (And in case you were wondering, young children definitely won't get the joke.)

Borrowing its distinctive animation style from classic Rankin-Bass shows like Davey and Goliath, Moral Orel follows the often-shocking misadventures of 11-year-old Orel Puppington (voiced by Carolyn Lawrence), a devoutly Christian boy who tries his best to live life by "the book" but often misinterprets God's teachings. Week after week, Orel's good intentions lead to disaster.

But instead of learning from his mistakes, Orel is usually led astray by his pseudo-reflective father, Clay (Scott Adsit), whose advice is rarely helpful and always misses the mark. For example, at the end of an episode chronicling Orel's brief addiction to crack cocaine, Mr. Puppington cautions Orel that crack "is a gateway to slang," prompting the boy to solemnly vow: "When I do drugs, I'm going to speak properly." Parents should be aware that those are the types of "lessons" kids could inadvertently learn from watching this show.
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30 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Tenchi Masaki on January 18, 2007
Moral Orel is a stop motion animated show on Cartoon Network's "Adult Swim" segment, which centers around the life of Orel Puppington, a young boy who consistently fails in his attempts to understand and abide by Protestant Christian values. Orel takes his cues from the authority figures around him--his parents Clay and Bloberta, school coach Stopframe, Rev. Putty, and others. Unfortunately for Orel, he always misunderstands the actions of his mentors, who are mostly shown as bitter, jaded, and merely paying lip service to their religious beliefs. These misunderstandings lead to the comedy in the show, with young Orel believing that he's following the Lord's wishes by smoking crack, reanimating the bodies of dead townsfolk, or practicing euthanasia. At the end of each show, Orel's misbehaviour is discovered and he's taken to his father's study. The lessons his father explains to him aren't what one might expect, however... Moral Orel is at once a parody on classic values-based programming such as the 1960s series "Davey and Goliath," and a commentary on the lip service paid to religion by society at large in a modern world.

Season one episodes include:
1. The Best Christmas Ever - After Rev. Putty teaches Orel that Jesus will one day return to the earth, he believes that his younger brother, Shapey, is the second coming of Christ. Orel's parents plan for their divorce, and Christmas looks to be an unhappy one.

2. The Lord's Greatest Gift - After learning that God's greatest gift is life, Orel recruits his friend Doughy to help protect that gift. A library book, a graveyard full of dead townsfolk, and Orel's convictions spell trouble for the population of Moralton.

3. Waste - Orel learns that God doesn't look kindly on the wasteful.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Critical Grad on July 16, 2009
Many attempt to categorize this series in preexisting genre, but the simple fact is that Moral Orel surpasses anything already in existence. For those who say that it is an open mockery of Christianity, I am willing to bet that they either: A. Did not watch a single episode, or B. Did not watch the whole series through. In reality, Moral Orel serves as a humorous, evolving, and meaningful series that no one should miss the opportunity to see.

The thing you need to know about Moral Orel is that it combines humor and meaningful depth. The most attractive thing about the series is how it evolves and seems to grow over time. There is a distinctively different feel as the show progresses and we see a clear evolution in each character as their history is revealed. While other adult comedy shows like South Park, Family Guy, and King of the Hill take on situational episodes, Moral Orel makes its clay based characters seem more realistic and takes on a humanistic approach.

There are those that criticize the series as an open mockery of the Christian religion. While the show does appear to make Christianity appear silly at times, what the viewers actually fail to realize is the mockery is actually directed towards the human character. Those who claim to be self-righteous or even above others all suffer inherent flaws and dissatisfaction with a certain aspect of life. On the other side of the spectrum, those who say that this is an example of how Christianity is bad would be mistaken as well. While Orel does receive some bad advice many times, some of the lessons can be very good too. One of my favorite moments is when Rev. Putty is speaking in church to a crowd of people who are all feeling malcontent about their lives and he speaks about how "Nothing can be good.
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Season 2 or 3 on DVD?
WTF... I hate when companies do that... they only release one season and then completely stop... it seems to happen with good shows...
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Moral Orel cancelled. =:::( Be the first to reply
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