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Tom Goes to the Mayor - The Complete Series

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Tom Goes To The Mayor:The Complete Series (DVD)

Tom Peters, star of the uniquely titled animated series Tom Goes to The Mayor, is a would-be entrepreneur and civic do-gooder in the eccentric small town of Jefferton. Tom's crackpot ideas are invariably endorsed by The Mayor, allowing the series to explore all the comedic possibilities of government machinations, provincial thinking and tragically misguided civic pride. The series is written and produced by Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim, who also provide voices for the two main characters. Guest voices also include Bob Odenkirk, who also serves as executive producer, as well as Dave Foley, Gary Busey, Judd Hirsch, Janeane Garofalo and Garry Shandling.

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Tom (played by series co-creator Tim Heidecker) is Tom Peters, recently moved to the quiet suburb of Jefferton and bursting with ideas on how to improve the town and his own miserable life. The Mayor (co-creator Eric Wareheim) is the infantile head of the town who accepts all of Tom's plans, but "tweaks" them for his own unfathomable purposes, which invariably results in disaster for all (but mostly for Tom). That's the premise behind Adult Swim's animated series Tom Goes to the Mayor, one of the network's most polarizing shows in terms of their audience, and also one of its most oddly fascinating and inventive. Much of the viewership's division came over the program's unusual animation style, which consisted of still photos of the cast that were then Photoshopped to resemble something like mimeographs. But the show's bizarre storylines also attracted--and repelled--those looking for offbeat animation; among the adventures endured by Tom and the Mayor was a plan to save the town's bird sanctuary by replacing the real birds with porcelain statues ("Porcelain Birds"), a hot air-balloon stunt as a means of deflecting attention to a sex scandal ("Boys Meets Mayor"), and the death of countless residents via a spray-on carpet, which results in Tom going to Hell.

Clearly, Tom Goes to the Mayor is an acquired taste, even for diehard Adult Swim/alternative animation fans, but for those whose sense of humor veers towards the surreal, the show is very funny, even hilarious at times. And it doesn't hurt that the guest cast includes such solid comic talent as Jack Black, Sarah Silverman, David Cross, Patton Oswalt, Fred Willard, Paul Reubens, and Jeff Garlin, as well as actors like Jeff Goldblum, Edward Herrmann, and even Dustin Diamond of Saved By The Bell infamy. All 30 episodes of the show's first and second (and by all accounts, final, as the creators have begun another series) seasons are included in this three-disc set; extras include very amusing commentary by Heidecker and Wareheim on every episode, tongue-in-cheek featurettes on how the show is put together, the celebrity guests, and executive producer Bob (Mr. Show) Odenkirk's contributions to the show, deleted scenes, original promo spots, and best of all, the three original web cartoons that inspired the series. -- Paul Gaita


Special Features

Biographies: Bob Zone: A Tribute to Bob Odenkirk Deleted Scenes: Whoops?: Deleted Scenes Documentaries: That's Amazing: How Do They Make That Show? Boiling Point!: Behind The Scenes, Season Two Interviews: The Night of 1,000 Stars: Celebrity Sessions Music Clips: Tiny Tune Town: Music From The Show Other: Original Tom's Tom Goes To the Mayor Tom Goes To the Mayor Returns Photo gallery: An Artist's Touch: Artwork From The ShowBiographies: Bob Zone: A Tribute to Bob Odenkirk Deleted Scenes: Whoops?: Deleted Scenes Documentaries: That's Amazing: How Do They Make That Show? Boiling Point!: Behind The Scenes, Season Two Interviews: The Night of 1,000 Stars: Celebrity Sessions Music Clips: Tiny Tune Town: Music From The Show Other: Original Tom's Tom Goes To the Mayor Tom Goes To the Mayor Returns Photo gallery: An Artist's Touch: Artwork From The ShowBiographies: Bob Zone: A Tribute to Bob Odenkirk Deleted Scenes: Whoops?: Deleted Scenes Documentaries: That's Amazing: How Do They Make That Show? Boiling Point!: Behind The Scenes, Season Two Interviews: The Night of 1,000 Stars: Celebrity Sessions Music Clips: Tiny Tune Town: Music From The Show Other: Original Tom's Tom Goes To the Mayor Tom Goes To the Mayor Returns Photo gallery: An Artist's Touch: Artwork From The ShowBiographies: Bob Zone: A Tribute to Bob Odenkirk Deleted Scenes: Whoops?: Deleted Scenes Documentaries: That's Amazing: How Do They Make That Show? Boiling Point!: Behind The Scenes, Season Two Interviews: The Night of 1,000 Stars: Celebrity Sessions Music Clips: Tiny Tune Town: Music From The Show Other: Original Tom's Tom Goes To the Mayor Tom Goes To the Mayor Returns Photo gallery: An Artist's Touch: Artwork From The ShowBiographies: Bob Zone: A Tribute to Bob Odenkirk Deleted Scenes: Whoops?: Deleted Scenes Documentaries: That's Amazing: How Do They Make That Show? Boiling Point!: Behind The Scenes, Season Two Interviews: The Night of 1,000 Stars: Celebrity Sessions Music Clips: Tiny Tune Town: Music From The Show Other: Original Tom's Tom Goes To the Mayor Tom Goes To the Mayor Returns Photo gallery: An Artist's Touch: Artwork From The ShowBiographies: Bob Zone: A Tribute to Bob Odenkirk Deleted Scenes: Whoops?: Deleted Scenes Documentaries: That's Amazing: How Do They Make That Show? Boiling Point!: Behind The Scenes, Season Two Interviews: The Night of 1,000 Stars: Celebrity Sessions Music Clips: Tiny Tune Town: Music From The Show Other: Original Tom's Tom Goes To the Mayor Tom Goes To the Mayor Returns Photo gallery: An Artist's Touch: Artwork From The ShowBiographies: Bob Zone: A Tribute to Bob Odenkirk Deleted Scenes: Whoops?: Deleted Scenes Documentaries: That's Amazing: How Do They Make That Show? Boiling Point!: Behind The Scenes, Season Two Interviews: The Night of 1,000 Stars: Celebrity Sessions Music Clips: Tiny Tune Town: Music From The Show Other: Original Tom's Tom Goes To the Mayor Tom Goes To the Mayor Returns Photo gallery: An Artist's Touch: Artwork From The Show

Product Details

  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Full Screen, Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated:
    PG-13
    Parents Strongly Cautioned
  • Studio: Turner Home Ent
  • DVD Release Date: April 3, 2007
  • Run Time: 348 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000M341RS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,971 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Tom Goes to the Mayor - The Complete Series" on IMDb

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Tom Goes to the Mayor is pretty much what the plot synopsis says here. Tom goes to the Mayor, and pitches an idea ranging from terrible, to mildly bad, to mediorce. The Mayor takes this idea and makes it worst. Hillarity ensues. It might sound boring, and repetitive on paper, but thanks to the wild, and creepy imaginations of Tim, and Eric, the creators, plus some truly sick writers, the show is great.

It's definitely not a show for everyone, but what TV show is for everyone? If you like surreal humor, and awkward situations that involve a bumbling Mayor, and an incredibly naieve idiot, you'll like this.
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A persistent delusion among ordinary Americans is that they can singlehandedly transform their ideas & pluck into a path to riches, or at least subsistence. Despite being coerced and humiliated daily by a corporate-controlled system of intrusive marketing tactics, state complicity & and a continuous fleecing by all involved, Americans in large measure still accept the preposterous precepts of pop Libertarianism, the clandestine essence of which is merciless social Darwinism. In Tom Goes to the Mayor, these delusions are just as mercilessly autopsied and found nauseatingly necrotic to their core.

The setting is precise: a small city, "Jefferton", located at the interchange of two Interstates, according to the paper placemat at the local "Gulliver's" seen briefly in the opening credits. Its charms are listed in the theme song: Community Spirit! Shopping! Food! What "community spirit" exists in Jefferton, however, is simply there to nourish the tepid commerce comprising the "shopping" and "food". The central character, Tom, is a gutted victim of postmodern social collapse: unemployed, of course; maxed out on his cards; behind in every payment he is responsible for; trapped in the second marriage of a morbidly obese ogress with fat, snarling diabetic brats; his brain infected with self-help & business-press aphorisms that make his utterances sound like hackneyed PowerPoint presentations half the time. The forces he confronts are personified in the twisted lunatic Mayor whom he must petition in each episode.

Tom is compelled by his circumstances to try and lever every lame & insipid entrepreneurial idea he can think of into some sort of cash flow. These attempts fail utterly in every instance, each time surreally illustrating another absurd aspect of postindustrial life in the US.
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By Seth G. Macy on December 29, 2006
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A lot of people don't like this show. A lot of people are stupid.
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2004...

A year that will live on as one that produced some of the most polarized, non-sequiter Television shows to date. A year, that took the phrase "Mayor's Office!" from a unuttered declaration to a one of the most beloved (and hated) phrases known to Adult Swim viewerrs everywhere.

Tom Goes To The Mayor has got to be one of the most intriguing TV shows I've seen in a long long while, if not because it's so different! It's mix of (occasionally) delightfully tasteless, many times alkward, but always funny humor places the phrase "You either love it, or you hate it) to a new tier. The plot of the whole series is pretty much the same throughout. Tom goes to the mayor, pitches and idea, and all hell breaks loose. But, while this may sound like a theme that would get stale by the third episode, TGTTM manages to keep it fresh with their humerously wacky, wonderfully demented, and just plain "What the hell?" elements.

Many people, for those reasons, hate this show. In a world where Aqua Teen Hunger Force is the farthest many people are willing to go for polarized humor, Tom Goes To The Mayor often takes it just a little too far, boarderlining on Monty Python-esque humor. (In one episode, a Monkey jumps out of an Eclair.) For many, seeing a monkey leap out of a giant eclair is just too much for their conformist brains to handle. Even for us that enjoy the series, it does sometimes make our (mine anyway) brains itch. But it's all in good fun! This DVD collection is the ultimate for any Tom fans out there (mainly because it's the whole TGTTM world in a three disc set). For people who don't like the Tom Goes to the Mayor series, then for god's sake, don't get it! Go find an old theme park to rebuild, just to burn to the ground, or solve the issue of child safety by employing bear traps, but if you hate the series, then don't get these DVDs. More for us fans! ;)
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I want to start off this review by saying I love this show, I love tim & Eric and this dvd has tons of special features that fans will love. But the problem is these dvds are somewhat defective, they won't play in my PS3 at all they will only play in my stand alone blu-Ray player and even then each disc has a at least 1 episode that will play at all. I wish I had read these review before I went ahead and bought this, but I do seem to be a bit luckier as only like 4 episodes or so won't play and everyone else seems to have it worse. My guess is these dvds have been sitting in a warehouse for the past 8 years and just haven't aged well. No use sending this back as it was only 8 bucks and I'd probably just recieve another defective set anyways.
Rats off to ya!
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I had to order this series again after someone absconded with my original copy. My first experience with "Tom Goes to the Mayor" was at 3 AM years ago on Adult Swim (Cartoon Network). The confluence of insomnia, weird animation, bizarre characters (really, really) and strange plot lines made it impossible at first glance to determine whether it was funny. I actually said outloud, I can't tell if this is funny. As it turns out, it's FUNNY! Tim and Eric have since gone on to commerical success, I suppose, with tours and more shows like "Awesome Show, Great Job!" as well as more mainstream collaborations. Despite the volume of work and more recent projects, "Tom Goes to the Mayor" still holds a dear spot in my heart, marked with something like a leaky hot dog trophy, or something like that.

The guest characters are never dull or boring. The predicaments and ongoing personal failures of the cast of characters cause them to sink ever-lower throughout the series. By the end, if nothing else, you feel great about yourself, and you're laughing. This show isn't for everyone - I know people who hate it - so it's difficult to applaud and recommend something so subjective to innumerable strangers on amazon.com. But, if you like weird humor, vaguely adult situations, uncomfortable implications, awkward absurdist innuendo, and an every-man, do-it-yourself production quality that screams "made in the basement while we were high" this so is your show. I should know, I bought it twice.
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