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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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.
Now yes, I would say that the show is hard on white people, but Ed Wuncler ("Mr. I Own Everything") does exist, and his heartlessness yet desire to identify with the Grandad is true, a lot of top white executives, politicians, white men of powerful means, love the blues, the struggle of the black man, yet are directly responsible for many of the conditions that oppress African Americans. But at the end of the day, they feel their pain, they just don't care. The episode where Ed Wuncler teaches Jazmine the meaning of "hard work" by exploiting her lemonade stand and her dream of owning a pony is real. We're all chasing that pony, and some of us will never get it, and the person who sees that desire exploits us for it. And yes. Ed Wuncler III is what the children of rich white people have become/are now. They love "nigga" culture, as there fathers loved the blues, but the difference is that they may one move on to inherit their father's wealth, while the people they emulate may eventually float away in a natural disaster to be abandoned, or however that goes.
So you should by this DVD collection and watch it, and laugh, and think, and realize that some of the best humor is derived from pain and anger. Lenny Bruce, Richard Pryor, Martin Lawrence in his heyday, George Carlin, the list goes on and on. But also note that if the show offends you, I mean outright offends you, one, its just a cartoon, and two, maybe it offends you because in some way it is true, maybe it insults you, maybe one of the characters hits too close to home, and in that case, maybe the problem is not the cartoon.