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Cartoon Network: Chowder: Volume 1
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Cartoon Network: Chowder: Volume 1 (DVD)
In the colorful town of Marzipan City, the Mung Daal Catering Company cooks up the strangest food you've ever seen. And that's where you'll find Chowder! Cartoon Network's fan favorite show is back on DVD, releasing with over 100 minutes of culinary craziness plus an awesome special feature, all at an amazing value! The one disc DVD features fan-favorite episodes from the series first season. Watch as Chowder works for the eccentric owner Mung Dall, his flighty wife Truffles, and the monstrous chef Schnitzel. Together, they put Chowder's kitchen skills to the test with wild recipes.]]>
An odd but sweet and frequently funny animated series, Chowder is the brainchild of writer and artist C.H. Greenblatt, whose previous credits, SpongeBob SquarePants and The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy (among others), are echoed by the surreal goings-on in this program. Set in the bustling metropolis of Marzipan City, Chowder follows the adventures of its eponymous hero (voiced by Nicky Jones), an excitable young creature whose impulsive nature often gets in the way of his abiding dream: to learn the art of cooking from his employer, master chef Mung Daal (Dwight Schultz). Episodes generally follow Chowder's sincere attempts to please Mung, which range from thumb-wrestling a complicated dish into submission ("The Froggy Apple Crumple Thumpkin") to staying up all night to complete a recipe ("The Sing Beans"); others focus on his equally odd friends and fellow employees, like his gaseous pet Kimchi, who falls in love with a odiferous meal in "Stinky Love," or the rabbit-like Panini, who harbors a crush on Chowder in "Chowder's Girlfriend." More often than not, the show veers into genuinely dream-like territory, as in "The Thrice Cream Man," where Chowder becomes obsessed with a creature made from a sweet dessert. As novel premises and execution goes, Chowder compares favorably to Greenblatt's other animation credits, though one wonders if he'll be able to maintain the off-kilter charm of the ten episodes included in this disc over the course of multiple seasons; the engaging weirdness of the characters and stories certainly makes one hope he can. All of the episodes mentioned here are included in the single disc, along with five other stories (not shown in their original broadcast order), which makes for only half of the first season's episodes; given their short running time (about 10 minutes), one wonders why the entire season couldn't have been packaged in this set. Also, a glimpse into the Greenblatt's creative process would have been welcomed by fans and first-time viewers alike, but the sole extra is a storyboard comparision. -- Paul Gaita
- Includes: The Thrice Cream Man and the Flibber Flabber Diet, The Froggy Apple Crumple Thumpkin and Chowder's Girlfriend, Mahjongg Night and Stinky Love, The Sing Beans and Certifrycation Class, Grubble Gum and the Cinnamini Monster
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Top Customer Reviews
It seems trivial but the full widescreen picture, which the show is originally made for, makes quite a difference even from the intro and you get to see all the beautiful lighting on the inner sides of the oven that you couldnt see before. Also, the picture quality itself is improved drastically over digital downloads, no more digital artifacts blurring up the screen during Chowders many random food transitions or fast sequences. The dvd looks amazing and crisp even on my 1080p TV being played off an xbox360. My only gripe is that you only get a few episodes per DVD, and the next installment isn't even due for another few months yet cruddy shows like Bakkugan are already on their 3rd dvd. Come on, CN don't hold out on us!
Chowder is definately one of the most creative cartoons I've ever watched. The creators are truly talented. The stories are actually original!! The anamation styles used vary in an interesting blend. The fantasy element of the show is catchy; there's so many crazy people and foods that exist in their world. The humor is everything you could want from a cartoon, its sophisticated and childish at the same time.
I appreciate some of the vulgar cartoons out there, don't get me wrong. But Chowder is like a breath of fresh air. It's clean, wholesome comedy that parents could watch with their kids, and actually enjoy watching it. My sister and I are both in our twenties and we both love the show. At the same time there are so many things about Chowder that would captivate kids; its very imaginative.
I haven't met anyone who's watched this show and not liked it, so to anyone considering buying this DVD, I fully recommend it. It is well worth the $10.