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Rex the Runt - The Complete Collection

4.7 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews

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Discover the Joy of Rex. Join REX THE RUNT and his chums -- the pert-bum-loving Wendy, Chuffy-chomping Bad Bob and our own little Hoover-hankering Vince -- for bizarre Telly adventures with Easter Island stone-head aliens, singing sausages, a Sinister Secret Laboratory, the Go-Back-In-Time-A-Tron? and more!

REX THE RUNT, the cult hit that originally aired on the BBC (from the company that brought you Wallace and Gromit and Chicken Run), is an amazingly stupid and stupendously amusing romp that'll challenge everything you thought you knew about plasticene dogs. Watch the first two seasons now, before Rex becomes a cult and tries to take your life savings.

DVD Features: Photo Gallery; Character Biographies; Rex The Runt Series Creator Biography; Season Two Trailer; Wendy Photo Shoot; Weblink to rextherunt.com; Interactive Menus; Scene Selection

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In a series of brilliant short films that culminated in the Oscar® winners Creature Comforts, The Wrong Trousers, and A Close Shave, the artists at Aardman Animations set new standards for acting and direction in clay animation. The BBC series Rex the Runt was clearly made on a smaller budget that precluded full animation. The program plays like a cross between Gumby and a minor skit from Monty Python's Flying Circus or The Goon Show. The characters are made from flat sheets of clay, and most of the animation is two-dimensional. The main characters are canines: pop-eyed lavender Rex is the most sensible of the four; Wendy is a fussy female with breasts and a bow; Bad Bob sports an eye patch and carries a pistol; dimwitted, snaggletoothed Vince suffers from "Random Pavarotti Disease," which causes him to bellow snatches of opera. They're not an endearing lot, and the writers strain to find things for them to do. The foursome likes to go on adventures, but the stories don't really go anywhere; the verbal patter that should flow effortlessly sounds labored. Even a routine physical gag, like having the characters thrown out of a car and into a snowbank, is so badly timed it has no punch. It's far more entertaining to watch The Wrong Trousers for the 20th time than to sit through Rex the Runt once. (Unrated, suitable for ages 12 and older: gross/toilet humor, minor profanity, cartoon violence) --Charles Solomon

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Product Details

  • Actors: Elisabeth Hadley, Steve Box, Andrew Franks, Colin Rote, Kevin Wrench
  • Format: Animated, Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Unknown
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: A&E Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: September 10, 2002
  • Run Time: 260 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000068QOF
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #115,899 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Rex the Runt - The Complete Collection" on IMDb

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By Laura G. Carter on November 7, 2002
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I discovered "Rex The Runt" on the Aardman Animations webpage about two weeks ago... and was instantly hooked.
The characters (our doggie hero, Rex the Runt, his live-in canine friends Bad Bob and Wendy, and Rex's dog, Vince, who has Random Pavarotti Disease) are clay figures like Nick Park's Wallace & Gromit, but more twisted and ... slightly abstract. Their object during any given episode is to have an adventure, any adventure, and this they do with relish. For instance, in "Holiday In Vince", they take a journey through Vince's brain in a shrunken submarine; in "Easter Island", the gang's helicopter crash-lands on an island inhabited by a group of aliens masquerading as Easter Island Heads who kidnap Rex and take him to the planet Thribb; and in "Stinkey's Search for a Star", the plucky dogs find themselves at the mercy of rock-and-roll fame and fortune as they form the group "Rexy Music" to win money to prevent their gas from being cut off!
Several well-known British folks do the guest voices, including Eddie Izzard's terrific turn as the Easter Island Heads (ALL of them). The duel DVD set includes all episodes from both seasons of "Rex", and includes the trailer for the second season, revealing photos of Wendy during a "glamour shoot" and a DVD-ROM feature.
For some, the humor of "Rex The Runt" may take a second or third viewing to get. However, it's well worth it. The only side effect is ... Random Pavarotti Disease ... but I've learned to live with it ... :)
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make the most of it, folks! cos over here, where it was made, we can't get this for love nor money. a fabulously surreal romp through the most twisted minds at Aardman, this is far for charismatic than most of their work. forget Wallace & Gromit (admit it, you only watched it for Gromit anyway), this programme doffs its hat to every great comedy series. a must see. if at first you don't get it, try a second time. once you're there, you'll never want to leave.
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I highly recommend this DVD. I have seen the DVD, plus watched a ton of episodes on Atomfilms.com. This series is the greatest stop motion animated series ever created!!!! Its far beter and more complex then Wallace and Gromit, or any of the other terrible stop motion shows like Celebrity Deathmatch, PJ's, or Gary and Mike. This show is amazing!!!! It is hilarious dry humor at its best!!! The sets are great, the designs are great, the animation is excellent, the voice acting is incedible...great characters, enjoyabke adventures! What else do you want!! This show should be played in the states for sure. Only Aardmsn animation seem to know the secret formula for producing a show that is adored by youngsters yet still highly appealing to adults! Great stuff!!
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From the British isles comes this clever claymation series. The humor, while still being a bit British, is very clever and your cheeks will hurt after smiling through the whole thing. The characters all have their own eccentricities that play well into the plot and always bring about an unexpected, but delightful ending. If you are a fan of the series from Atomfilm - then you understand the strong desire to own this and watch it non streaming. Buy it - YOU WILL NOT BE DISSAPOINTED!
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You don't have to be on drugs to enjoy these quirky and often bizarre vignettes. An entertaining mixture of British comedy and the warped minds of Aardman animators. These are definitely not for children. It's nice to come home from work and relax in Rex's world, sharing in their adventures. Be careful, though, Random Pavoratti Disease is contagious.
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Well this one will not be everyones taste, but if you like the aardman stuff your like it. its very funny and a little bit raw.
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