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Greg the Bunny - The Complete Series


TITLE: GREG THE BUNNY - THE COMPLETE SERIES


Info:

DVD Release Date: October 19, 2004 (20th Century FOX)
Color
MSRP: $26.98
Number of Discs: 2
Number of Episodes: 13
Running time: Approx. 299 Minutes
Total Duration of Special Features: 228 Minutes (Not Including Easter Eggs)
Audio Tracks: English Stereo, English w/ Commentary
Subtitles: English, Spanish
Closed Captioned
Special Features Include:
Multiple Easter Eggs
Deleted & Extended Scenes
Wrap Reel
200+ Still Images (Publicity, Episode Shots, Concept Art, etc)
iFC Greg the Bunny interstitial
FOX Greg the Bunny promos
Puppet Auditions
The Humans Behind the Fabricated Americans - Behind the Scenes feature.


Introduction:

"We can sing and dance, and we don't wear pants...see, we're just like you." The first line of the theme song probably says best the overall feel of the series. In the world of Greg the Bunny, humans and puppets (They preferred to be called Fabricated Americans) live alongside each other. Greg dreams of living the high-life, and it just so happens that his best friend Jimmy (Seth Green)'s father (played by Eugene Levy) is the producer of Greg's favorite show...Sweetknuckle Junction. Life at Sweetknuckle Junction could probably best be described as Sesame Street meets Mr. Rogers, with a little Muppet Show and booze thrown in for good measure. Mixed into the goings-on of the show are the various people working on Sweetknuckle Junction, with human co-stars Junction Jack (Bob Gunton) and Dottie Sunshine (Dina Waters), as well as Fabricated Americans Count Blah (voiced by Drew Massey), Warren "The Ape" Demontague (Dan Milano). Also running around backstage are puppets Tardy Turtle (Victor Yerrid), who happens to be a little bit slow in more than one way, Susan the Monster, and network executive and the person Jimmy has a crush on, Alison (Sarah Silverman). Nutty place, huh?


Memorable Episodes / Notable Guest Stars:

It's kind of hard to pinpoint a few key memorable episodes in the series, partially because there are only 13 episodes in the entire run. Also, most episodes are on an equal footing, quality wise, so it's hard to choose. There are really five notable guest stars in the 13 episode run of the series...In the series premiere is David Spade as himself. Episode 8, Father & Son Reunion finds us with an appearance by Charles Rocket. For those of you who may not recognize the name, he's the SNL Weekend Update who was fired in the early 80s for saying the f-word on-air, one of only a handful to ever do so. (He's also had various guest spots since then). Episode 10, Blah Bawls has guest voice work by Marilu Henner, while the final episode, Jimmy Drives Gil Crazy has a guest spot by Corey Feldman.


Packaging:

Packaging is a two-disc keep case. Front cover has Seth Green and Greg in the front of the shot, with Eugene Levy standing in the back and to the right. On the bottom there is a little label saying "TV Wasn't Ready for Him, Are You". On the back cover is Seth coming through a large door, with Greg coming through a built-in smaller door, with 3 still-images from the show (Sarah Silverman, Greg & Seth using the urinal, Poker Night). Disc 1 features Greg holding clapboard, while Disc 2 has Alison (Sarah Silverman), Count Blah, and [whoever the fuck the 3rd character is].


Menu Design and Navigation:

The menus are rather nice. They start with the curtain down. The main theme kicks in, the curtain opens, and the menus start. Main theme plays over the menu, while a character (Greg on Disc 1, Warren Demontague) talks over. The menu narration, present on both menus, and the main options menus, is funny, and shows more agitation the longer you wait to choose an option.


Video and Audio Quality:

Episodes are 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio, Dolby Surround sound. Video Compression artifacts are minimal, but they are there. FOX, thank goodness, spread the episodes *and* special features* evenly over both Discs, preventing a situation where there was so much stuff on one disc the compression would be horrible. Luckily, that's far from the case here. The Episodes are arranged on-disc based on original production order. Episodes one through six are on Disc one, and seven through thirteen are on Disc Two.


Special Features:

As for special features...oh Boy...lets start with Easter Eggs. I'm not going to tell what they are, or where they are. Just keep an eye out for them. Obviously, then, the total special features time will be off. FOX did something rather nice that most sets don't do, in that they've split the extras across both discs. There is a commentary track on five of the episodes. Nice stuff. Not only that...the deleted scenes even have commentary tracks.

As for the rest...Starting with Disc 1's special features, you have a total of a whopping 158 minutes of Special Features on Disc 1 NOT counting Easter Eggs. The 158 minutes consists of the following: Deleted Scenes from EACH episode. Overall, the deleted scenes on disc one total, 15:45 in duration, and it is double that if you want to go back through and re-watch with commentary. Next is a feature called "The Humans Behind the Fabricated Americans" which is a behind-the-scenes feature with the (human) crew of Greg the Bunny. It runs 32:06! Next is the Puppet Auditions, essentially video of the initial run-through of each puppet that would be used on the show. It runs 6:22. Finally on Disc 1 are 21 pages of Conceptual Artwork for the show. Various things like character drawings and scene sketches. You simply can browse these at your own pace, no running time. And of course, there's the commentary...And is there commentary or WHAT? Each of the episodes has it. That's 22 Minutes Per Episode, and 6 Episodes on the Disc. 88 minutes of show commentary!

But wait, there's more! Disc two has MORE special features and extras. Easter Eggs aside there is another 70 minutes of material, in addition to the dozens of still images. Again, there are commentary tracks, but this time only on two episodes. That's still 44 minutes more though. There are also more deleted and extended scenes - again with optional commentary track. However, there's only 1:05 in deleted scenes, 2:10 after 2nd playing with Commentary. Next is a real treat, one of the iFC Greg episodes, "Reality". Although it would have been better if they'd included them all, to even have one of the old interstitial spots on DVD is great. It runs just over six minutes. Next is a little show based on the Tardy Turtle character, Tardy Delivery, is has a run time of eight minutes. It comes with a commentary track, for ANOTHER eight minutes of material.

There are 22 Behind the Scenes still photos. Again, like the concept sketches, you browse these at your own pace. After that is a third browse-at-your-own-pace Gallery containing director Peter Lauer's original storyboards for Gil Drives Jimmy Crazy with 83 images. Then there's the publicity. First is a 4:44 interview with Jimmy (Seth Green) and Greg. After that the set has every last promo FOX used in the brief lifespan of the show. Yes, all 6 of them. Total just over 2 minutes. There's also 30 Publicity Stills. Finally there is the wrap reel. It is some hilarious stuff and runs 6:43. There is a grand total of 228 minutes of special features. That's just 71 minutes short of the total running time of the entire series, to give you an indication of the content.


Final Comments:

What I think of the set can best be summed up in one word: Wow. I'm absolutely amazed that they came up with 228 minutes of content for a show that only aired a total of 299 minutes. And the features are actually NICE. There's a couple hundred still images, plus commentary on five episodes AND some special features, deleted scenes, and one of the original iFC interstitials. This is how ALL sets should be done. Since this is a complete series set, there can't be any wishes for future releases, but, that's ok, because this set really is good enough on its own. I admit I'd love to see all the iFC interstitials released, but this is still quite good.

I'd forgotten how good the actual show itself is. Quite funny on multiple levels, and I'd recommend the show to ANY fan of comedy.


Final Numbers (out of 5 stars):

Video Quality: 4/5
Audio Quality: 5/5
Special Features: 5/5
Menu Design/Navigation: 4.5/5
Overall: 4.5/5

--Reviewed by Seth Thrasher on 10/24/04

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