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Moral Orel, Vol. 1, The Unholy Edition (2007)

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  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • 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: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000KWZ1PC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,652 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Moral Orel, Vol. 1, The Unholy Edition" on IMDb

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Moral Orel: Volume One (Uncensored) (DVD)

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

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44 of 50 people found the following review helpful
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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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the funniest shows ever! 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Judge Moral Orel By It's Cover 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Here's a more intelligent review than monseigneur's... 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Out Law All The Eggs, That Come From Between The!!.... 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Moral Of a The Story
Got my product early and as described, no suprises except for the speed of the delivery. I'm completely satisfied with my purchase.
Published 2 months ago by Barnell
5.0 out of 5 stars Now I got some episodes.... Looking for Volume 2
I am a habitual [adult swim] fan. Not too big on the newer stuff, but this is great to have some of the classics handy.
Published 16 months ago by JessicaDaphnesLuvr
5.0 out of 5 stars Had me in tears.
Oh man, this show is SO bad, but so good. If you're easily offended, just avoid this. It is seriously bad. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Heather
Published 17 months ago by GIDDOLEEM
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Show
To those of you who love Adult Swim cartoons this is up there in one of the best. Show is so cleaverly funny I love it. VERY unholy.
Published 17 months ago by Bryan
5.0 out of 5 stars Great show that should've lasted longer
Great show that talks about religion in a humorous way. I can see a lot of people being offended by this show but if that's the case don't watch it, but these of you that finds... Read more
Published 18 months ago by blake
5.0 out of 5 stars Glad to have my copy!
I loved the series after viewing it on Cartoon Network. It was a must have as it plays humor on christianity from a young boy's understanding of it and the adults who are in his... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Derk B.
5.0 out of 5 stars Off color humor
This is ever funnier if you know something about church. Complete mockery of religion but somehow I'm laughing and not offended (raised catholic). Read more
Published 21 months ago by S Stewart
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the series get this!
The episodes are awesome the show is awesome. One of the funniest cartoons ever made :) 1st season was bomb cause it showed orel as main character in almost every episode
Published 21 months ago by jenifer
5.0 out of 5 stars My type of humor
I never got a chance to watch this when it was on adult swim. And I don't really know how I came upon it on Amazon. But once I read the description, and the reviews. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Cornbread Johnson
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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...
Oct 4, 2009 by Anna L. Gonzales |  See all 8 posts
Moral Orel cancelled. =:::( Be the first to reply
Love the show, but the DVD is a bit of a rip-off. Be the first to reply
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