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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.
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?
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?
Fast foward ten years.
The original creators of Ren and Stimpy, John Kricfalusi and Spumco, have decided to come back on TV with a sucessful show after the diasater relationship they had with Nickeldeon a decade ago. Now they are with Fox Kids, with The Ripping Friends. I saw most of the first season, and is it as good as any Spumco product they made from R&S to present?
The animation: Now this is my least favorite part of the show. It really feels flat and two dimentional, almost like a 60s Hanna Barbera show, but slightly cleaner. There are still some good drawings, and based on the budget and the fact that it's a Saturday Morning Cartoon (which normal have limited animation), it's still OK. But check out the designs and the storyboards by Jim Smith, they look excellent, as always. I just wish they'd hire some close-up animators from Ren and Stimpy. ***/*****
The plot: Intresting. According to Kricfalusi, it's supposed to be a spoof on manly men, any type of men before political correctness or the 70s. Their mission: to rip, or destroy anyone or thing that stands in the way of justice. ****/*****
The humor: Hilarious. A couple jokes are a little flat, but you'll forgive those jokes instantly when other jokes come in the line. Ren and Stimpy-ish, and politically satire-ish most of the time. I won't spoil any here. See for yourself. ****1/2/*****.
Bottom line: It's no Ren and Stimpy, and the animation needs a bit of clean-up, but watch it for the humor, and how unusual it is. ****/*****. I will review the DVD when I purchase it.
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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The same passion for silliness that made me love the Mr. Potato Head show, made me a fan of this unexpected Saturday morning oddity. Read morePublished 11 months ago by John L. Niederlehner
Sadly, only has four of the thirteen episodes but worth it for any John K/Spumco fan.Published 12 months ago by Christopher Jay Rigsbee
John K is back with his hilarious and raunchy humor and animation, this time with a super hero show! Read morePublished 16 months ago by Andrew Cardone
I wish there were more episodes on this DVD. This animation is fun to watch. They should release all of them.Published on August 2, 2013 by Treefox
I was disappointed it was only 4 episods on the DVD, and only one of them was my favorite. The other favorites are not even on the DVD. I wish they had all 13 episodes to purshase. Read morePublished on April 18, 2013 by Mike
Anyone who is a huge fan of "Ren and Stimpy" will not be disappointed with this D.V.D.It contains more of John K's entertaining characters. Read morePublished on March 13, 2013 by dorian lazar
This Item is great for children and adults alike. If you are a fan of Ren and Stimpy this is a must own, my only disappointment is the fact that there is only four episodes on... Read morePublished on July 20, 2005 by T. Sutton