Home Movies - Season One
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Seen for four seasons on Cartoon Network's [adult swim] Home Movies is now on DVD in a deluxe 3-disc set!
Home Movies Season One features the first 13 episodes of the favorite series seen on Cartoon Networks [adult swim]. The irreverent animated comedy hit television series chronicles the life of pint-sized, aspiring filmmaker, Brendon Small. Brendon - a jaded third grader who happens to have the brain of a twenty-something - uses his video camera to cope with the trials of his eight-year-old life.
Plus these special features:
-Interviews with Brendon Small, Jon Benjamin and Loren Bouchard
- Real home-made short films by Home Movies stars Brendon Small and Jon Benjamin
-Animated menus from the Soup2Nuts creative team
-Commentaries from the cast and creators
-Animatics (episode storyboards)
Home Movies: Season One is a television treasure that almost wasn't. After five episodes in 1999, the bright and sometimes brilliant animated satire was yanked from UPN's schedule and was rescued by Cartoon Network's late-evening "Adult Swim" programming, where it thrived for a few more seasons. Created by Loren Bouchard and Brendon Small (who provides the autobiographical voice of the show's 8-year-old hero, Brendon Small), Home Movies concerns the angst-ridden adventures of a fatherless boy who can't quite handle typical childhood challenges (school, sports) but, in his stumbling way, is advancing toward his dream of becoming a filmmaker and actor. With a manner and voice suggesting a cross between David Spade and Woody Allen, Brendon struggles--sometimes with sardonic wit, sometimes with heartbreaking candor--to protect his shaky sense of personal security while also trying to be taken seriously as an artist.
Brendon lives with his single mom, Paula (wonderfully played by Paula Poundstone until episode 6, when she was replaced by the equally effective Janine Ditullio), whose own neuroses peak during some very funny moments. Among these is a school meeting that finds her removing her sweater and spouting a string of obscenities, a writing class that ends repeatedly in make-out sessions with a nameless slinger of sexy doggerel, and a disastrous date with Brendon's soccer coach, a hefty bully and all-around loser, John McGuirk (H. Jon Benjamin). McGuirk is Brendon's foil throughout the series, a drunk with rage problems and dubious ethics who often leans on the young hero as a confidante when he isn't making the poor kid run extra laps. The show's dialogue comes fast, biting, and painfully honest, characters frequently talk at the same time, and some of the best material is in the short dramas that Brendon tapes with friends Melissa (Melissa Bardin Galsky) and Jason (also H. Jon Benjamin). Home Movies is not to be missed by anyone who enjoys urbane comedy, animated or otherwise. --Tom Keogh
- Interviews with Brendon Small, Jon Benjamin and Loren Bouchard
- Real home-made short films by stars Brendon Small and Jon Benjamin
- Animated menus from the Soup2Nuts creative team
- Animatics (episode storyboards)
- Animation galleries
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Coach McGerk has since gone on to transform into Bob of "Bob's Burgers," so he isn't portraying an overblown, pathetic, irritating character anymore, something he was good at in this series.
Brendon Small, who plays the main character of the same name in this series, has since gone on to make "Metalacalypse," which I don't care for at all.
Lots of extras on this and following seasons of "Home Movies". I enjoyed seeing what Brendan looks like in one of the extra featurettes on disc 1 of season on; we get to see him as himself and in an actual home movie (basically a fake ad for TV) he made purportedly demonstrating (in heavy metal drag) how to play heavy metal guitar. There are other featurettes, like an interesting interview with Loren, the producer who created "Dr. Katz" and "Home Movies," and more. Loren provides all you need to know about the history of this series, how the cast came together, and about the laborious making of the show.
It's a classic show, all 4 seasons. It's not wildly hilarious, but the concept and execution are endearing. The cast, even the normally-intolerable (for me) Emo Phillips as a smart-mouthed bully, did a good job for this show. It grows on you!
It's not wildly hilarious, but the show is endearing. The aniIa "Home Movie"
Lucy, the Daughter of the Devil Season 1
Highly underrated and very instructive. Take my word for it. This is 12 years of Catholic School taking here.
There are many classic episodes here, most of which are either centered on a perceived crisis among the kids or on some strange interaction between Brendon and Coach McGuirk. Of the episodes in this set I love "Yoko," "I Don't Do Well In Parent-Teacher Conferences," and "Brendon Gets Rabies" most. The "Rabies" episode is one of my favorite episodes of all time, in fact.
The set comes with a lot of extras and commentaries, all of which are highly recommended. It is really a shame that Cartoon Network elected to cancel this show: it is intelligent, funny, and sly, which is perhaps what ultimately sealed the fate of the show on Adult Swim.
I highly recommend this DVD set to anyone. I have yet to show this series to anyone who hasn't loved it.