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Lil' Bush - Resident of United States - Season One
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Comedy Central s hit show Lil Bush: Resident of the Unites States, created by Donick Cary (The Simpsons), details the antics of Lil' George and his Lil' White House posse, including Lil' Condi, Lil' Rummy and that unintelligible, foulmouthed Lil' Cheney as they tackle all the major playground issues of the day -- from illegal immigration to evolution to nuclear war. Featuring cameos from the likes of Iggy Pop, Anthony Kiedis, Flea and Dave Grohl, watch as Lil George leads his dream team cabinet to elementary school political glory.
The animated series Lil' Bush isn't the first television comedy to center its gags on the words and deeds on George W. Bush's presidency (that distinction belongs to Trey Parker and Matt Stone's short-lived That's My Bush!), but its premise, which envisions Bush and his cabinet as ill-mannered grade schoolers, enlivens its broad comic approach. Creator Donick Cary (who also voices the unintelligible and bloodthirsty Lil' Cheney) spins his kid-sized Bush staff according to popular opinion about their personalities--Lil' Bush is dense but craft, Lil' Condi pines for Bush, Lil' Rummy (voiced by Iggy Pop, of all people) is the scapegoat for their misadventures, and so on-- and the 30-minute episodes manage to skewer not only the Bush administration but American politics as a whole (the Clintons, Barack Obama, and Al Gore are not immune to Cary's hazing), toss about pop culture references and gross-out jokes and even squeeze in a musical number (by the Lil' Bush band). It's all very fast-paced and over the top and definitely not for the easily offended, but it's also not particularly fresh in its attack on a President who's been the target of pundits and comics since his first days in office. Those who don't mind the soft satire will find Lil' Bush entertaining; all others will do better with South Park or even The Daily Show. The DVD includes cast and crew commentaries on all six episodes, as well as alternate commentaries by real-life politicos and commentators Tucker Carlson, Ralph Nader, and Jerry Springer (none of whom seem to be in on the joke). Interviews with the creators, a table read with the cast, and a bonus episode, the 12-minute "Walter Read," round out the extras. --Paul Gaita
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