Saturday Night Live - The Best of Saturday TV Funhouse
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THE BEST OF SATURDAY TV FUNHOUSE was a special that aired on SNL in spring of 2006. The special was a collection of some of the best Saturday TV Funhouse cartoons ever. From the Award-winning (I think it was even nominated for an Emmy) "Saddam and Osama" to the Ambiguously Gay Due and X-Presidents cartoon, THE BEST OF SATURDAY TV FUNHOUSE DVD is filled with hilarious, short snippets of satirical animation that both critique and comment on our society and culture. Some of the cartoons are nothing more than teasing nostalgia, such as the "Globetrotters Christmas" episode (found on the special features) or "The New Adventures of Mr. T." Others are clearly aimed at ridiculing powerful corporations in attempt to awaken public awareness, such as the many Disney parodies found on the disc--"Inside the Disney Vault" and "Titey" are the best of these--and the Schoolhouse Rock spoof, "Conspiracy Theory Rock" that shows the corruption of powerful media companies such as NBC. Other gems on the disc include "Smurfette" and "The Narrator That Ruined Christmas" and the delightful "Santa and the States" found on the special features.Read more ›
This disc features a "Best Of" special that aired on television last season that runs for about an hour and a half, as well as about another hour of "bonus" cartoons. Highlights include the Ambiguously Gay Duo, X-Presidents, and Fun with Real Audio shorts as a whole, as well as the "Saddam and Osama" and "Inside the Disney Vault" segments. Also of note is the commentary by Smigel who is accompanied by guests pertaining to which short is being aired, ranging from Steve Carell and Stephen Colbert (the Ambiguously Gay Duo) to Al Franken and Mr. T. This runs throughout the entire feature segment and--to my surprise and delight--many of the "bonus" cartoons are also accompanied by commentary.
Some shorts are funnier than others, and some of the "extra" cartoons were better than ones included in the featured program, but all in all you are paying $15 for over two and a half hours of hilarious content PLUS a good two hours of commentary. I wish a little more had been included regarding the production process of the cartoons themselves, but I'm a film buff and that kind of thing interests me.
Not a perfect set by any means, but apart from buying a full season of the better television comedies (South Park, Arrested Development, Seinfeld, The Simpsons) you're not likely to find more laughs or variety of jokes in a single purchase. For the price of the latest lame "rom-com" that's been dumped on the public this year, you can have a truly worthwhile collection of comedy.
Very highly recommended.
The bonus materials really upgrades this collection, with additional episodes of AGD (3), FRA (3), and The X-Presidents (6). There are also uncut versions of some of the cartoons that appear in the main feature, as well as nearly a dozen other assorted TV Funhouse cartoons. Commentary is provided for almost everything, by Robert Smigel and those who worked on the cartoon or sketch. The comments range from somewhat informative, to slightly amusing, to completely inane.
Any 'best of' compilation of SNL material is typically open to debate. Robert Smigel, is a creative man, with a biting, irreverent sense of humor. Focusing on political, pop culture, and social satire, few will find everything he does funny, or even tasteful. The enjoyment of this collection may be hit and miss, but Smigel's work, for good or bad, has probably been an influence on contemporary animation. This is a pretty good representation of his various works, through those seeking more of Ace and Gary may be disappointed.
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OUTSTANDING ! My partner IS 'Gary' and I AM 'Ace' !Published 8 days ago by Malcolm G. Maginnis, Jr.
Wanted to like it, just not enough of the Ace & Gary...some of the skits were very funny, most really tried too hard. Anyway, okay for $5 to $8, but not much more than that.Published 7 months ago by Steve Reno the Engineer
A nice collection but there were some cartoons missing that I had hoped would be on this DVD and some of the ones that were on this collection just weren't that funny.Published 7 months ago by T.S.
Funny as always. I love old Saturday Night Live cartoon skits. My only complaint is Ace and Gary only host the show, only seen periodically throughout the video. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Dunjudy
I wanted more Ace and Gary, which was the reason I bought it, and I really like SNL. So I cant really complain. It was still goodPublished 11 months ago by the heat
I was disappointed in this DVD, I do LOVE the cartoons, they ARE funny, but the DVD feels incomplete. Read morePublished 15 months ago by HandbagJunkie
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i also need this badly!!!! much like the anipals needed christmas cheer! were you successful? i wish they would come out on dvd but i would even buy someone's vhs tapings of it if i could find them.
Jun 26, 2007 by Jen Rose | See all 3 posts
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