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The Boondocks: Season 1
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The Boondocks is Aaron McGruder’s boundary-busting series based on his provocative comic strip. This breakout hit was nominated for a 2006 NAACP Image Award (Outstanding Comedy Series).
When Robert “Granddad” Freeman becomes legal guardian to his two grandsons, he moves from the tough south side of Chicago to the upscale neighborhood of Woodcrest (aka “The Boondocks”) so he can enjoy his golden years in safety and comfort. But with Huey, a ten-year-old leftist revolutionary, and his eight-year-old misfit brother, Riley, suburbia is about to be shaken up. Race relations, tabloid media, hip-hop culture, Santa Claus – nothing and no one is safe from these boyz 'n tha ‘hood.
Featuring the voices of Regina King (Ray, Miss Congeniality 2), John Witherspoon (Soul Plane, Friday After Next), Mike Epps (Roll Bounce, Guess Who), and Charlie Murphy (Chappelle’s Show), The Boondocks: The Complete First Season presents all fifteen envelope-pushing episodes on three discs, uncut and uncensored with footage never shown on TV!
Based on cartoonist Aaron McGruder's politically charged daily comic strip, The Boondocks brings no-holds-barred social commentary and comedy to the Cartoon Network's Adult Swim programming, and now, all 15 episodes of the 2005-2006 debut season are available in an uncut and uncensored format in this three-disc set. As with McGruder's strip, the animated version of The Boondocks uses a fish-out-of-water format--10-year-old revolutionary-in-training Huey Freeman (voiced by Regina King), his 8-year-old brother Riley (also King), and their salty Granddad (John Witherspoon) relocate to an upscale suburban neighborhood--to take aim at all manner of cultural issues in both the black and white communities. Targets sighted in these episodes include singer R. Kelly's bedroom shenanigans ("The Trial of R. Kelly"); gangsta rap ("The Story of Gangstalicious," which includes a wicked spoof of the documentary Tupac: Resurrection); Oprah Winfrey (who is almost kidnapped by Riley in "Let's Nab Oprah"); and Martin Luther King, who revives from a coma to be branded a terrorist in "Return of the King," which generated plenty of heat from the Rev. Al Sharpton upon its broadcast. All of the above topics are handled in a decidedly less-than-respectful and occasionally offensive manner, though exactly who will find The Boondocks scandalous and who will find its approach fearless and on the money will depend on the viewer. But there's no arguing that the show is frequently as funny as McGruder's comic. Extras include audio and video commentary by McGruder and the production staff (as well as commentaries by the character Uncle Ruckus, Granddad's thoroughly unhinged friend whose fixation on a White Jesus is tackled in the season closer, "The Passion of Ruckus"), as well as deleted scenes, some unaired Adult Swim promo spots, and a behind-the-scenes featurette that addresses the show's conception and production. --Paul Gaita
- Audio and video commentaries by creator Aaron McGruder
- Audio commentaries by Uncle Ruckus
- Deleted scenes
- Unaired "Adult Swim" TV promos
- Printable storyboards
- 15 episodes on 3 discs: Garden Party, The Trial of R. Kelly , Guess Hoe's Coming to Dinner, Grandad's Fight, A Date With A Health Inspector, The Story of Gangstalicious, A Huey Freeman Christmas, Return of the King, The Itis, Let's Nab Oprah, Riley Wuz Here, Wingmen, The Block is Hot, The Passion of Ruckus
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Now Huey and Riley are two very interesting kids, Riley is a big follower but a leader at the same time. He chooses to go the opposite way in life than Huey but at the same time he follows the stereotypes while Huey is trying to destroy that cycle. The amazing characters definitely make this series what it is especially Ruckus who is given a name that fits his demeanor. I have never met a person so racist towards their own people the way Ruckus is and though that might sound crazy to some he is actually hilarious. He really reminds you of Clayton Bigsby from Chappelle's show.
Thank goodness Adult Swim picked up this series because anywhere else it would have been canceled by now. Aaron uses an outstanding set of characters to put across messages and he assigns that power to Huey Freeman. Sometimes no matter how serious Huey tries to be you can't help but laugh at the things he does. He's a strong little man with a much different style than most 10 year olds you know. If you think the scene from the preview at the Garden Party when Huey gets on stage and makes an unforgettable announcement was funny wait till you see what else he's got for you.
A great thing about this series is that it stays true to the comic strip and Mcgruder is allowed to go crazier than he does in the strip. If you ask me this show is exactly what we need, not only to give a few laughs but also to show what is being ignored. I think Mcgruder is absolutely right about R Kelly and somebody needed to say it again. Mcgruder's sketch on Martin Luther King and how he feels about what's going on with the youth is interesting and is probably accurate. Guest appearances kill and give the series that extra something especially Mike Epps when he plays Granddads old buddy that he absolutely hates. The series is unique and hilarious and no lie the more you see it the more you love it and I can't wait for season 2.
Long story short, the show is all about grandpa Freeman and his two grand sons, Huey and Riley, whom move to the surburbs to have a "better" life, but viewers be warned, this shows will push buttons you didn't know you had. The "N" word will thrown through out the show; political, social and everyday issues will be portraited in a manner reflecting what real people would say, and not some staged group of actors/voices.
The BoonDocks had me laughing so hard, I was literally crying, just whatch "The Story Of Gangstalicious" and you'll see what I'm talking about.
All in all. A great show for those with a true sense of humour, those whom can see beyond what's supposed to be politically right and see things as they truly are.
On occasion, the French subtitles (there are no English subtitles, sadly) pop-up... for no reason. At all.
I think this is great for collectors, but if you haven't watched before, then start on season two. It's better animated, and the plots are a bit kookier, and the characters, especially Granddad, seem to liven up a bit. If Soul Plane 2: The Blackjacking had appeared in season one, I would say it was better. But really, the first episode of the second season shows you exactly what season one could have been.
4 1/2 stars.
In the end, Riley's mentor brings out the best in the youth, and as usual, Grandpa Freeman is there to curb his enthusiasm. This was a top-notch episode all around.