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Regular Show Seasons 1 and 2 DVD Review

Regular Show Seasons 1 and 2 DVD

The first two seasons of “Regular Show” have finally hit DVD (and Blu-ray).

After Warner Brothers released a random assortment of episodes on individual DVD releases over the past couple of years, the legendary studio has finally decided to give fans what they have been clamoring for- season sets. In a surprising move, however, WB has not only released season 1, but they have packaged season 2 along with it in a 3 disc set loaded with extras. Now, fans can enjoy a variety of wacky misadventures of their favorite slacker park groundskeepers Rigby the Raccoon and Mordecai the Blu Jay.

In the combined 40 episodes from seasons 1 and 2, viewers can expect to see plenty of oddball stories about: A magic keyboard, a video game demon, concert tickets, Rigby learning martial arts, birthday parties, Skips (the Yeti) needing to be rescued (more than once), living hot dogs, antimatter, unicorns, prank calls, Rigby’s brother Don, a disembodied Rigby, the Mordecai and the Rigbys band, Rigby and Margaret’s (a Robin) relationship, a park security system, My Mom jokes, video game world records and boss fights, park celebrations and events, Pops (the overly cheery lollipop man), Benson (the gumball machine park manager), an attempt to get a refund, Rigby becoming possessed by a song, Muscle Man and Starla, a bad temp worker, a demonic Rigby, ghosts, zombies, wrestling (and arm-wretsling), Hi-Five Ghost, baby ducks, a Were-Skunk, bad karaoke and more.

While I’m not the biggest fan of a lot of the “weird for the sake of being weird” hipster animated comedies that aim to appeal to both adults and kids, “Regular Show” is definitely one of the few quirky comedic animated shows that can actually be amusing. Granted, the show can get tiresome if you marathon it, but that can be true of anything really.

While you can argue that the show is at its best with the surreal and oddball humor involving everything from a fictional old horror movie called “Ello Gov’nor” to the hot dogs wanting to eat people, the banter and true to life in-jokes between friends Mordecai and Rigby is the heart of the show in my opinion. If audiences weren’t invested in the friendship between these two characters, the show wouldn’t even watchable. There are a multitude of animated shows past and present that have had interesting premises and storylines that were short-lived because of a lack of strong or memorable characters.

Summary: “Regular Show” may not be a comedy classic, but if you’re looking for a show to watch with your kids, this is definitely one of the better options out there. Besides, you can’t go wrong with a show that features comedian Paul F. Tompkins doing voice work.

Video/Audio:

Presented in widescreen, the 2D animation looks sharp and colorful enough on DVD but I have to imagine the Blu-ray release looks a tad bit better.

With all of the work that has gone into this set, it’s a little disappointing that there is only a Dolby Digital 2.0 audio track. While the 2.0 track does a decent job with the voice acting and sound f/x, a 5.1 track would have been preferable.

Extras:
* Trailers for “Adventure Time,” and “Regular Show.”
* The unaired Regular Show Pilot. A little rough around the edges, but fans will enjoy seeing how it originally looked.
* 2010 Comic-Con teaser trailer and original “Regular Show” commercials.
* Animatics for “The Unaired Pilot,” “The Power,”
* “Party Tonight” music video.
* Original pencil tests from Saerom.
* CG test for the Hodgepodge Monster.
* “The Naïve Man From Lolliland” pencil drawn/animated student short film by JG Quintel. This is essentially the birth of the Pops character.
* JG Pitches “The Power”- JG Quintel pitches the entire episode of “The Power” with thumbnail storyboards.
* “Interview With JG Quintel”- The “Regular Show” creator talks about cartoons and inspirations for the show. He also gives fans a tour of his office and the Cartoon Network studio.
* Commentary on all 40 episodes by a variety of writers, voice actors, directors, artists, colorists involved with the show such as JG Quintel, Sean Szeles, Calvin Wong, John Infantino, Benton Connor, Matt Price, Paula Spence, Ben Adams, Sam Marin, Bill Salyers, Mike Roth, Craig Simmons, Alex Dilts. Most of the commentaries are rather dull as they mostly talk about jokes, point out obvious things, talk about the characters, praise each other’s work, and laugh at their own jokes.
* “Sam Sings Mystery Karaoke”- Voice actor Sam Marin sings but you don’t get to hear it.

July 30, 2013 - Posted by | DVD review | , , , , ,

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