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The Ripping Friends (Vols. 1 & 2) (2001)

Mike MacDonald , Michael Kerr  |  NR |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Mike MacDonald, Michael Kerr, Merwin Mondesir, Mark Dailey, Kevin Michael Richardson
  • Writers: John Kricfalusi
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: May 7, 2002
  • Run Time: 30 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000648ZG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #227,527 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Ripping Friends (Vols. 1 & 2)" on IMDb

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From the creator of the Emmy-nominated super-hit series, Ren and Stimpy, comes "The Ripping Friends!" Meet the buffest and brawniest crime-fighters of all time. Their mission: to "Rip," or destroy anything that stands in the way of freedom and justice.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Four first are good, can't wait for the others... October 21, 2002
By A Customer
Format:DVD
I was hugely disappointed when Fox decided to replace The Ripping Friends with more Pokemon-esque cartoons. I'm relieved though, that they at least released these episodes on video/dvd. Unfortunately, this collection only has the first four episodes out of thirteen or so (The Ripping Friends were aired for only one season).
Extras on the DVD include a preview and some storyboards with the animation sequence they illustrated. I wish they had an interview with the genius behind the madness, John K., who is also the creator of Ren and Stimpy.
I think kids won't find the show as entertaining as kitsch/nostalga loving teens and adults. Some of the jokes are actually pretty "mature" ... .
Wish I could give the collection 5 stars, but the lack of special features and being only 4 episodes (total of 80 minutes) is a definite minus.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ah Ripping Friends, we hardly knew you. June 5, 2002
Format:DVD
It is one of the great injustices of popular culture that what is good is not always popular. Only about 13 Ripping Friend episodes were made before Fox TV decided to program their entire Saturday morning lineup with generic, derivative, cross-marketed junk. And alas, the Ripping Friends were no more.
What is it like? The 3 Stooges meets the Justice League with lots of fart jokes. It carries a lot of the vibe that went through the Ren and Stimpy cartoons (same creative team) gleefully and unabashedly revelling in excretion and odor based humor while poking fun at cultural and genre cliches. What makes this stuff great is that it manages to do it in a genuinely entertaining and endearing way. Kind of like when a toddler farts, says "toot", and laughs about it.

The DVD has the first 4 aired episodes, my only complaint would be that if this is the only DVD released I would've picked some other episodes. Hopefully, more of the series will be released.
Give it a shot, where else can you find a badguy built out of foot callouses and corns?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Providing a Service to All Mankind... June 12, 2002
By A Customer
Format:DVD
Thank God for Spumco! After stupid Nickelodeon fired the creator of one of the most innovative shows ever made for TV, ( The Ren and Stimpy Show ) and replaced him with corporate yes-monkeys who promptly destroyed everything, John K. and his Spumco Big Shots bring us the wonderful "Ripping Friends." The character designs are incredibly well done. Maybe the best ever for a childrens' television cartoon. This show just got better and better, and I must admit that the later episodes are funnier than these early ones. But second-echelon Spumco is still better than first-rate almost anything else. The best episodes have yet to be released on DVD; but until they do, these will do just fine. Hail, Spumco!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Only four episodes December 13, 2004
Format:DVD
Ripping friends is great but with the only 4 episodes I would have to give it 4 stars. Last week I saw a DVD with all 13 episodes and bought it, but Im not sure whether you can get it in the USA. Worth looking out for though.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Needs more episodes. August 2, 2013
By Treefox
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I wish there were more episodes on this DVD. This animation is fun to watch. They should release all of them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars NEED MORE EPISODES December 22, 2008
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Animation's bad-boy John Kricfalusi has done it again! This show is an electrifying explosion of Kirk Douglas-esque muscle men in skimpy shorts, unbelievably goofy villains, surrealistic storytelling and a lot of gross-me-out-to-the-max body-function humor. I loved it!
Wouldn't it be cool if ALL the shows in this series were available in a really neat-o boxed set, so that those of us who know what's good could buy them?
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Zany but uneven January 27, 2005
Format:DVD
The Ripping Friends are a group of testosterone-poisoned, over-muscled brothers who fight bizarre villains in unconventional ways. In a genre as old and tired as Super-heros, it is a spark of fresh creativity. John K's sophomoric humor (butt shots, flatulence, veiled homoeroticism) comes out in full force. Some of the gags are borrowed from Ren and Stimpy, but there is a new feel to the show, where it pokes fun at the paternalistic attitude of shows like the Superfriends.

Still, I can't help feeling that John K is holding back. The brilliant moments of strangeness are spaced out with long moments of tedious plot set-up, clumsy timing, and boring cliches. It feels rushed, as if John's legendary production values were set aside to meet deadlines. This is not on the same level as Ren and Stimpy, which is probably why the show does not get aired nearly as often. Nevertheless, to the collector of strange animation, it is a requisite purchase.

Another disappointment is the fact that there are only 4 episodes in this DVD. I don't know why they could not include all 13 in a multi-disc set. Some of my favorite episodes, like "Man Man" were not included. I don't know if they will ever be available, which is a big bummer, because I would definitely buy them.
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