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Freakazoid! Season 2

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Steven Spielberg Presents Freakazoid!: The Complete Second Season

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.

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The definition of "cult favorite" in TV animation circles, the superhero parody/deconstruction Freakazoid! reached the apex of its creativity (read: lunacy) with its second season, with movie and pop-culture spoofs, offbeat casting, and swan-dives into total surrealism among its many bizarre but hilarious attractions. Though well loved by a small but vocal community of fans, Freakazoid! never caught on with audiences like producer Steven Spielberg’s other animation efforts, such as Tiny Toons, and efforts to streamline the show in its second season by eliminating the two-stories-per-episode approach only allowed for more non sequiturs and offbeat scripting--not exactly the way to bring in viewers. But eclecticism was the key to Freakazoid!’s appeal--how else to describe a long segue into a musical number that pays tribute to villain The Lobe in "Dexter’s First Date," or hinging the truly berserk final episode, "Normandeus," around This Old House host Norm Abrams (who provides his own voice)? Such touches, as well as Lost in Space’s Jonathan Harris as Freakazoid’s butler, Professor Jones, and the increased presence of Ed Asner’s Office Cosgrove, who is elevated here from weird bit player to sidekick without losing his penchant for inviting Freakazoid to the most unusual events at the worst possible time, only solidified the show’s brilliance in the eyes of its followers; unfortunately, their numbers weren’t enough to keep the show going for a third season, so this two-disc set represents both the show’s highwater mark and swan song.

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


Special Features

  • 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

Product Details

  • Actors: Paul Rugg, Joe Leahy, Ed Asner, David Kaufman, Tress MacNeille
  • Producers: Steven Spielberg, Tom Ruegger, Mitch Schauer
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: April 21, 2009
  • Run Time: 242 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001PU8N12
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,314 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Freakazoid! Season 2" on IMDb

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By Gord Wilson VINE VOICE on May 16, 2009
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One of the prizes of the Cartoon Network/ Warner Bros. late '90s merger was that some of the best cartoons from Warner Bros. found a new home and ready audience on Cartoon Network. That round-up brought in a roster of well-known 'toons that began with the masthead, "Steven Spielberg Presents" which, like the Looney Tunes logo, promised unbridled zaniness. The flagship series was Animaniacs, soon eclipsed by the smartest and subtlest segment, Pinky and the Brain. Mix the two and you might get Freakazoid!

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.
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Pros:
- It's Freakazoid!
- bizarre humor.
- fun show to watch.

Cons:
- 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!
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I loved this show when I was little and was super excited about finding it I bought both seasons and have watched them I even got my friends 4 year old into it and am going to try and get my nephews into it next time I watch them. This is the best cartoon ever! And Steven Spielberg was the producer!
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one of the greatest cartoons to ever come out of the 90s. the comedy and stories in the episode are completely ludicrous but so awesome. i will always love this show and im glad i own it. pick this up because it is awesome.
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Bought this for a Christmas gift along with Animaniacs vol 2. My friend who I gave them to liked them both and had no complaints. I personally never watched Freakazoid but I know it's one of those ones from "back in my day". If you're a 90s kid, you should probably see it.
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nothing beats the classics. I was born in 89 so this was a gem for me as a child. Buying it all these years later doesnt feel wrong at all.... only so right. Plus everything was perfect quality. no scratches or wear and tear on it at all
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I loved this cartoon when it first aired. All the gags, non-sequiturs and "inside" jokes really make this series entertaining from start to finish. The audio extras give great insight into the making of some of the episodes. Wish that the audio extras were for all episodes and cartoons featured but the were only on some of them. My kids enjoy it as well.

It's sad there were only 2 seasons. This had potential to run longer than Animaniacs.
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Freakazoid is an interesting show to re-visit. I'm 25 now and when I was all of 9 years old I used to watch this show when it was airing on Saturday mornings. I loved it then. I love the show even more now, but looking back I'm confused as to why I liked it originally. Sure it had animated characters making funny noises, but seeing it now I'm convinced a good 90% of the humor would've gone straight over my 9 year old head.

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).
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