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The Completely Mental Misadventures of Ed Grimley: The Complete Series (1988)

Martin Short  |  NR |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Martin Short
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Archive
  • DVD Release Date: January 29, 2013
  • Run Time: 295 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00B1FMS94
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #134,142 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

Martin Short’s immortal creation Ed Grimley, the nicest nerd to ever slick up a top knot, began life during Short’s Second City days and followed him onto Saturday Night Live. As Short’s comedy career took off, so too did the fame of his creation, and Ed eventually “graduated” from late night to early morning. Short provides the voice for Ed, and is joined by a coterie of comedy compatriots including fellow SCTV alums Joe Flaherty, Catherine O’Hara, Andrea Martin, venerated voice vet Frank Welker, and the titanically talented Jonathan Winters. Ed lives with his goldfish - Moby - and a clever rat named Sheldon while sharing screen time with the science-teaching team of the Amazing Gustav Brothers and spooky storytelling time with Count Floyd. This 2-Disc Collection presents all 13 of Ed’s amazing animated antic adventures – Totally Decent! Tuna casserole awaits!

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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This set (probably the most unusual of Hanna-Barbera) has all 13 episodes of Ed Grimley. The animated portions of the episodes are fun for kids, but adults who like (and miss) SCTV may really appreciate the live action segments featuring Count Floyd (Joe Flaherty) and Catherine O' Hara-these portions are a riot. Andrea Martin (also of SCTV) provides various goofy voices reminiscent of Edith Prickley and Edna Boil.

Goofy and earnest-to-a-fault Ed Grimley lives with his goldfish and tries to be of assistance to his neighbors and just about anyone he runs into who needs help. My favorite episode is "Good Neighbor Ed", in which Ed tries getting photos of all his neighbors in the entire neighborhood. His landlord (Jonathan Winters) and his wife (Andrea Martin) bicker hilariously; then there's a live clip where Count Floyd tries to convince us that lounge singer Skippy High (Martin Short) is scary (he has a lisp and bores the children). The humor is goofy, basically SCTV in cartoon form. Martin Short is a riot when he plays multiple characters.

These episodes look (and sound) pretty good on dvd, though they're not in widescreen as they were created for television in the 1980's. There are no extras.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally decent. You can't say it's not. March 18, 2013
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I never thought I'd see this on DVD, but thanks to Warner Archive, and whatever serendipitous happenings, here it is. If there's a drawback to the WA DVD-R sets, it's that Amazon doesn't mark them down, but, amazing as it seems, in this case they have (who knows how long that may last?). The top-notch packaging matches the Hanna-Barbera Golden Collection. Inside, you just get the two, one-sided DVD-R discs snapped into the case. No booklet. You have to slip the disc in your DVD or Blu-Ray player to see the contents, and it's sad there are no extras. But there is art on both discs.

The good news is that here are thirteen great episodes of this quirky show. I might have a bone to pick with some of the writers/ storyboarders (although not nearly as much as on shows like Animaniacs. Why do the villains have to be caricatures of Bob Hope and Bing Crosby? Nevertheless, this show, made in conjunction with Colossal Pictures, which did MTV's Liquid Television, was in every way a breath of fresh air when it first hit the airwaves in 1988. Its enormously clever combination of live action (Count Floyd, and occasionally Martin Short in a cameo), and animation are wonderfully handled.

I have to agree with another reviewer that the episode, "Good Neighbor Ed" is a high point. The writing is about ten times better than most of the episodes, even though most of the show's writing is at least OK (not nearly as uneven as many recent cartoon series, in which episodes vary widely depending who wrote or storyboarded them). This show obviously doesn't take itself too seriously, and it doesn't try too hard. It avoids the strident voice and over-acting that have come to plague modern TV. Ed is nothing if not subtle. And likable. And clever. SCTV's talented cast glides seamlessly into animation. No wonder this is a cult classic. It's truly a high point of late '80s animation. How can you say it's not?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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If you remember the series from the 80s you don't need a review. It is as wacky as I remember, not I am passing on my childhood joy to my kids. They love it.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At LAST!!! April 7, 2013
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I love Ed Grimley. My husband and I have waited for this for almost 2 decades. Finding it released was fantastic.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally! January 31, 2013
I loved this back in the...80's? Whenever it was originally broadcast. Of course I loved a lot of crap that is just painful to watch now...not this show! Been hoping for a video release forever. Hilarious.
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3.0 out of 5 stars I am mexican and the original voices are ok, ... July 5, 2014
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I am mexican and the original voices are ok, but all Latin America originally saw the show with the spanish translation unfortunately they decided not to include it, it's really a pity! I guess it was expensive to include other languages, I hope the release soon a version with other languages (including the spanish one).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Going Completely Mental to finally own this... June 3, 2014
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I'm so happy I finally found and purchased a legitimate complete collection of the Ed Grimley cartoon. It was quite possibly the weirdest thing on Saturday morning at the time. No one understood why I liked it, I just did. Now, I can share it with my future children, as one of daddy's favorite cartoons from when he was a boy.

A word of warning before purchasing, however. If you primarily watch DVDs in an XBOX 360, or similar early-gen console, the DVD-R discs will not work in them. You will need a regular DVD player for your TV, or one in a computer.

The show itself is awesome, and I'm glad to watch it whenever I want, now.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Don't Expect Too Much, I Must Say...
My now mid-30's kids used to HOWL at the live version of EG as portrayed by Martin Short. I've never actually seen the animated version until it arrived from amazon. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Michael Wideski
5.0 out of 5 stars WAITED A LONG TIME FOR THIS, I MUST SAY!
I stumbled on this series and loved it from the beginning -- the lineup of voices from Second City plus the incomparable Jonathan Winters really made this cartoon series enjoyable... Read more
Published 4 months ago by shalindhi perera
1.0 out of 5 stars This is a cartoon series
I accidentally ordered this DVD thinking it would be sketches of Martin Short similar to those on SNL (since SNL was mentioned on the backside). Read more
Published 6 months ago by Kim Villeneuve
4.0 out of 5 stars Hard to Believe it's Hanna Barbera
So much of Hanna Barbera's output in the 70s and 80s was such dreck, that it seems miraculous to come across a show that was so innovative and quirky and genuinely funny. Read more
Published 14 months ago by dorfdarb
5.0 out of 5 stars Memories!!
This was such a great show. I loved watching this on Saturday mornings, for the short time it was on tv. It's so awesome that it's finally available on DVD. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Melissa Clemente
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally!
My childhood memories of my favorite Saturday morning cartoon are finally on dvd. Featuring the voices of Martin Short and the SCTV actors he was preforming with at the time.
Published 16 months ago by jhetherington20
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