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Freakazoid! Season 2
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The victim of a horrible crash on the information superhighway, Freakazoid is the humorous personification of information overload. His synapses constantly misfire, sending his thoughts and ideas streaking into various comic directions--and confounding villains with quips, non sequiturs and jokes, leaving them completely dumbfounded.]]>
Extras on the Freakazoid! Season 1 set were remarkably plentiful, but here, the key supplement is a lengthy (20 minutes) featurette titled "Liebselied fur Normandeus," which reunites many of the key players to discuss the joys and disappointments of the show’s final season. Commentaries are unfortunately relegated to "A Full Season’s Worth of Commentaries (In Five Minutes or Less)," which is exactly as it sounds: a brief roundtable of producers and writers giving an amiable chat about the season. It’s amusing, but highlights the real need for full commentaries on some of the best episodes contained here. A demo of composer Richard Stone’s brilliant "Bonjour Lobey" rounds out the bonus features. --Paul Gaita
- Liebeslied fur Normadeus: Series creators and crew recall the show's second season and the making of the epic, cameo-crammed final episode
- A Full Season's Worth of Commentaries (in Five Minutes or Less): Favorite moments remembered
- Richard Stone - Original Bonjour Lobey demo tape: archival audio sampling of the Emmy-winning composer at work
Top Customer Reviews
The show only lasted two seasons on WB. Unlike these other Tom Ruegger shows, this one never really hit its stride, from the first peaking higher and crashing harder than most shows on the schedule. Season two might be more even, but that's also a misnomer. There are more stock characters to play off of from season one, the writers have carte blanche to do just about anything they can think of, pop culture references go whizzing by at dizzying speeds, while the shows themselves may seem to drag if you don't get the joke.
The show doesn't take itself seriously, but cartoon fans, movie buffs, and animation afficianados will have a field day pointing out parodies and tracking down tributes. One show starts with a parody of Bob Clampett's '60s series, Beany and Cecil. Another plays off the musical Hello Dolly. The show is constantly referential, as when Freakazoid, the Brain and Wacko all go see Spielberg to ask who has the best show. In the five minute bonus commentary, one of the writers remarks that the storylines are somewhat non-linear, revealing a gift for understatement. One could also say the episodes are metafictional, were one writing a thesis, or one could just enjoy the show.Read more ›
- It's Freakazoid!
- bizarre humor.
- fun show to watch.
- not quite as funny as Season One.
- they aren't making new episodes.
My brother and I used to love Freakazoid back in the day. It's combines the zany slapstick of WB/Amblin with a touch of surrealism.
Originally, the episodes were mostly shorts, like Animaniacs, and this gave the creators lots of space to do their insanity. But with Season Two, the studio opted to dispense with the shorts and focus on full-episode adventures. While Season Two is still great, it lost just a tiny bit of the charm of the first season, along with a number of characters (I would have liked to see another Toby Danger episode, and more Lord Bravery).
If you're a fan of zany slapstick, surreal humor, and weird superheroes, pick it up!
It's sad there were only 2 seasons. This had potential to run longer than Animaniacs.
That said, I watch it now and its a total riot. While shows like Animaniacs were mostly endebted to Looney Tunes and the like, Freakazoid has some of that, but its mixed with equal influences from things like Monty Python, the Marx Brothers, Mel Brooks movies, and plenty of that great so-stupid-yet-so-smartly-timed humor found in movies like "Airplane!" all in a show that was about a superhero, but only sort of.
All this leaves Freakazoid with a more adult sense of humor than the other WB kids shows. I don't mean "adult" in the sense that there's objectionable material in the show, but rather "adult" in the sense that most children won't appreciate references to things like Lawrence Welk, Ed Wood movies, and Paul Harvey.
Whereas the first season had several bits making up a total episode, season two has one main story for the duration of the 21 minutes or so. Some fans didn't like this change, but I thought the results were much more consistantly funny when it was all one big episode as opposed to all the little sketches. Sure, we didn't get any brilliant one-offs like the first seasons "Toby Danger" or the very Monty Python-esque "Lord Bravery" but we also didn't have to suffer through unfunny filler sketches like the Huntsman (so pointless, yet so long) or the Lawn Gnomes (just a bad idea, outright).Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love this show. It's as awesome as I remember from my younger days.Published 5 months ago by Lori Hall
A definite classic of a different time, along with the likes of Animaniacs. Was always rather saddened that it never got a longer run. Read morePublished 13 months ago by quesy
Though this was the last season of Freakazoid, and the lack of episodes shows, if you know the show you're already into and going to buy it. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Chris O'Neill
show that was from my childhood. really it would have been better as an adult swim cartoon. still funnyPublished 18 months ago by handyandqu
"Freaazoid" had great writing, topnotch voice actors, lots of energy--well, the network absolutely HAD to jerk around that show's time slot then terminate it, right? Read morePublished on March 13, 2014 by Michael Bruce Birtchet
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