Freakazoid!: Season 1 (1995)

Genre(s): Animation / Comedy
Warner Brothers || NR - 300 minutes - $26.98 || July 29, 2008
Reviewer: Kushmeer Farakhan || Posted On: 2008-07-21


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

A U D I O &
.:: V I D E O ::.

Audio and Video

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: NA
Writer(s): NA
Cast: NA


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Freakazoid: The Original Freak
  • Freakazoid-less Freakazoid Promos
  • Select Episode Commentary


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Full Screen (1.33)
  • English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: English

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.::THE FILM::.

When “Freakazoid” first appeared on the now defunct Kids WB network back in the fall of 95', I had little to no interest. It was always on when something else I wanted to see was on. It was a goofy blue guy in red tights. Meh. Weekday afternoons it was on the same time as Disney’s “Gargoyles” (which is an excellent show in its own right) and on Saturday morning they moved it around so much, who knew when it was on. Then the following year, during its 2nd season, Gargoyles aired a rerun and I channel surfed and decided to give the show a shot. I was glad I did.

Freakazoid is about "Dexter Douglas, the nerd computer ace who went surfing on the internet and got zapped to cyberspace. He turned into a Freakazoid..." and I'm not gonna go on with the theme song but you get the idea. “Freakazoid” in its own way is kind of like Fox's “The Tick”. It was a superhero comedy. While “Tick” was a little more focused on plots and such, “Freakazoid” was a bit more non-seneschal and slap-sticky and for whatever reason, it works. This DVD set is full of fantastic episodes. House of Freakazoid is a favorite (in which Freakazoid meets werewolf Lon Chaney), and my favorite episode Candle Jack (in which an floating Scarecrow-esque villain kidnaps children with a rope whenever they say his name and Freakazoid must outwit him. Candle Jack's best line (looking at the camera) "I'm going to need more rope". HAH.

“Freakazoid” features a dazzling array of eclectic characters both hero and villain. Freakazoid's friend Cosgrove is a hoot (who is a cop voiced by Ed Asner) as are villains like the Lobe (David Warner) and Khan himself, Ricardo Montelbon as Armando Guiterrez. The show also had little mini cartoons that were a hoot like The Huntsman (about a hunter guy who loved fighting crime...when there wasn't any) and Lord Bravery (about a British superhero whose mother in law complains all the time and constantly berates him).

The animation (like most early 90's WB shows) is reasonably great (not “Batman the Animated Series” level but then again what is right?) and the voice acting is great as well.

“Freakazoid”'s plots sometimes get an little non-seneschal for their own good which is it's only real weakness but it's an good show and if you're an fan of lighthearted but intelligent superhero comedy, you can't go wrong.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Freakazoid-Less Promos aren't that cool but they're forgivable because as the creators admit, they had zero footage done for WB when they had to get commercials going. So they just had random footage of cruise ships in black and white with voice actress Tress Macneil giving funny narration.

Freakazoid the Original Freak is a 17 minute long doc about how the show was put together. it covers everything, casting, ideas, concepts everything. I had no idea Bruce Timm was ever involved. Great especially since it's so short.

Commentaries are funny. I love the fact that these guys were so into their own stuff. They reveal that an amazing amount of stuff was improvised (which is nuts for a cartoon) and they reveal odd things they threw in because they just saw a movie. For example, they all went to see Ed Wood so they had Freakazoid say, "Pull the Strings!" in an episode (ala Martin Landau in the movie) or there's an extended sequence where Freakazoid and some buddies are watching the early 90's monkey flick, Congo. Great stuff.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

Nothing amazing but good enough. My only quibble is that when the title of the episode card comes up, you can see a little distortion there but it's only noticeable if you're kind of focusing on it.



.::OVERALL::.

“Freakazoid” is a cartoon that's fun for all ages but honestly, probably more of an teen/adult show as some of the jokes will fly over an child and it tends to be more witty then fun for kids. Any show that has Jack Valenti guest star for an entire episode and make it funny deserves kudos. I'm a fan.