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Moral Orel, Vol. 1, The Unholy Edition
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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!]]>
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
Top Customer Reviews
The show isn't for everyone, but for those with a slightly off sense of humor you will love this show.
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.Read more ›
Vol. 1 includes:
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. After lessons from Coach Stopframe and his father, he sets out with two goals in mind. Orel must stop his own wastefulness, and ensure he doesn't end up the failure his father predicts of him.
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"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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I was a massive fan of this series when it was featured late at night on the Cartoon Channel/Adult Swim, and after purchasing it on DVD, I still love it. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Ada Ardor
Absolute perfection. As an atheist, I don't know which I like more, the baby sandwiches or Moral Orel!Published 8 months ago by brian
This show is very hilarious. I take the show as being an extreme satire of the old "David and Goliath" christian television show that I used to watch as a child.Published 9 months ago by Matthew L.
Probably my favorite non-ultra violent [adult Swim] show!!!! Wish they has season 2-3 to buy on DVD!Published 9 months ago by caleb lawton
I love this show. Wish they would release the rest of the seasons in America.Published 11 months ago by mykol
This almost deserves four stars and maybe I should have given it 4 stars. That has got to be hard work, Good job guys.Published 11 months ago by Todd Hanson
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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|