The Weird Al Show: The Complete Series (1997)

Genre(s): Comedy / Family
Shout Factory || NR - 630 minutes - $34.98 || August 15, 2006
Reviewer: Brian Oliver || Posted On: 2006-08-24


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

S P E C I A L
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Special Features

A U D I O &
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Audio and Video

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Peyton Reed
Writer(s): Weird Al Yankovich (creator)
Cast: Weird Al Yankovich, Brian Haley, Gary LeRoi Gray, Judy Tenuta, Paula Jai Parker, Danielle Weeds.


Theatrical Release Date: NA


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • 13 Commentaries with Cast and Crew
  • The Evolution of "Fatman" - Original Concept Art
  • Concept Art Galleries
  • Animated Storyboards
  • Show Theme Karaoke


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Full Screen (1.33)
  • English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: None

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.::THE FILM::.

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Synopsis (from DVD back cover): As an inventor in a secret subterranean workshop, Weird Al’s world includes his pet (Harvey the Wonder Hamster), his superhero neighbor (The Hooded Avenger), the twisted animated “Adventures of Fatman: and a roster of friends and guests.

This short-lived series also features several guest cameos from the likes of Kevin Weisman (“Alias”), John Tesh, Michael McKean, Alex Trebek, Teri Garr, Fabio, Daisy Fuentes, Drew Carey, Fred Willard, Dick Clark (who also executive produced) and Gilbert Gottfried.

Realizing I was 16 when “The Weird Al Show” aired on CBS Saturday mornings, I never watched the show and now that I’m 25 (going on 26), I can’t say I’m sorry. I’ve enjoyed Weird Al’s spoofs of popular songs or bits, but for my taste, I could not get into some of the skits. The only parts I did enjoy, in fact howled at, were Weird Al’s parodying of various commercials and other shows, now THOSE were hilarious! Can’t say I could recommend this just for those, but I laughed harder than I do with most sitcoms.

“The Weird Al Show” is, basically, a sketch show in the vein of “Saturday Night Live” except it’s livened up with elements for the kids and, as mandated by the FCC, must have some educational material, which Weird Al and company just throw in at the beginning as well as mock in certain episodes.

True fans of Weird Al might find this comedy hilarious as even today’s kids probably would, and there is a certain fun charm about it, but overall, I couldn’t get into this kind of comedy... The aforementioned parodies were funny and that theme song is kind of catchy, however.

Disc 1: - Bad Influence
- Promises, Promises
- Mining Accident
- Back to School

Disc 2:
- Time Machine
- One for the Record Books
- Because I Said So
- Talent Show

Disc 3:
- Al Plays Hooky
- He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Hamster
- The Competition
- The Obligatory Holiday Episode
- Al Gets Robbed



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Creator/Actor, Director & Producer Commentary - Weird Al, Peyton Reed (Bring It On) and producer Thomas F. Frank recorded commentaries for each of the 13 episodes and once in a while are joined by other cast members (Judy Tenuta, Emo Philips and Danielle Weeks, dropping in only for a segment). I found these tracks far more entertaining than the show itself and the main trio are a blast to listen mixing trivia and comedy.

Animated “Fatman” Storyboards - Each disc features two storyboards for the “Fatman” cartoons that are featured, in color, in many episodes. Also included are optional commentaries with the animators, production artist and the director. One comment on that front, the animator/director Keith Alcorn begins to tell a story and it ends abruptly when the storyboard ended.

Show Theme Karaoke - Now you can sing along to the hypnotic theme song... Those who cannot sing, please avoid!

For purposes of time and space, I’ve combined this next set:

Art Galleries - There are several galleries filled with concept artwork featuring “The Evolution of ‘Fatman’”, “Set Design”, “Show Logos” and a “Photo Gallery”. I rarely find galleries that fascinating so these might interest people who are into artwork or the show.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

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The show is presented in regular ole’ full screen and looks near perfect given its 9-year age and the fact it wasn’t a primetime show. The set design is bright and colorful.



.::OVERALL::.

“The Weird Al Show” isn’t for everyone and outside of the parodies, it’s not something that I will pull off the shelf very often. It is, however, fine for kids who will enjoy the pranks and other in your face comedy.