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"Robot Chicken" DVD takes on the DC superheroes
Blog, TV
Posted on Jul 18 2013 by Greg

Co-Written, Co-Produced and Directed by Seth Green

With the Voices of: Abraham Benrubi, Alex Bornstein, Breckin Meyer, Nathan Fillion, Megan Fox, Clare Grant, Seth Green, Neil Patrick Harris, Alfred Molina, Aaron Paul, Tom Root, Kevin Shinick, Matthew Senreich, Tara Strong, Paul Reubens, Zeb Wells, Steven Tyler

Robot Chicken, like Saturday Night Live, Lipitor or Cymbalta, is not for everyone. But it's enjoyed significant success. This particular entry in the stop-motion Adult Swim satire series provides quite a notable twist in the ongoing saga of super powers engaged in battle -- not superheroes, but entertainment companies with growing portfolios of characters and franchises.

DC has had some bumps along the big-screen freeway to box office and critical success while Marvel is enjoying a measurable edge. However, Warner can spoof their characters to a searing degree. Disney probably would demur to do the same with its properties. It's ironic that Robot Chicken, which hit big with its Star Wars sendup (before Disney bought Lucasfilm), has allowed satire within its own library, from Space Ghost: Coast to Coast to Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law.

Some may take umbrage at how Warner can produce satires of this kind with their classic characters, but the point is in the irony. Robot Chicken is an unapologetically crude, edgy puppet show that is now a six-season series with over 100 episodes. Big name stars do voices and awards have been won. I'm not making an evaluation here, just observing and tilting my head to the side in wonderment.

Members of Robot Chicken's team are also behind Cartoon Network's animated MAD series, which follows the same rhythm, transitional devices and hit-and-miss satire, albeit for a younger audience. MAD does not come near the expletive level of Robot Chicken.

But it's not the use of language that makes this particular entry in the series funny, it's the silliness and the running gags. Aquaman's lack of respect is the show's "through line," as the writers call it on their commentary. I got a kick out of the nod to Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In in the "That's Bane" gags. It's also nice to see Captain Carrot and His Zoo Crew mentioned - in a sketch reminiscent of the classic "Chuckles Bites the Dust" episode of the Mary Tyler Moore Show. And let's face it, Mister Banjo steals the show. He should have his own big-budget tentpole CG feature film.

Robot Chicken moves at such a breakneck pace that a lesser gag is forgotten when a greater one follows it, also a "Laugh-In" technique and a luxury that the longer format SNL does not have. Having this episode on DVD bears repeat viewings in order to catch the gags - and of course, the more you know the comics, the funnier the jokes. Although it's a half-hour special, there are a lot of bonus features.

As a special note, I have never read a funnier DVD box than the one in which this is packaged. Whoever wrote it deserves props, and those who shepherded it through what is likely a series of corporate approvals is also a superhero. It even has fake prices! I could just imagine someone saying, "If we put a price of 12 cents on the front cover, the public may expect to pay that..."


1.     The Making of the RCDC Special 
Even though specific words are bleeped on the special, they are heard here in voice sessions. Apparently the stop motion animation is all done domestically, at least from the way it looks in this segment.

2.     Writers' Commentary
Nice explanations of the concepts behind the gags and how the show is structured.

3.     Actors' Commentary
It's fun to hear Alfred Molina talk about the British comics he grew up with, as well as his take on doing this show. Guess who Banjo Man is?

5.     DC Entertainment: The Tour
Seth Green and other creatives tour the office lobby, research library, toy graveyard, things in storage, video game room, product room, archives and writers room.

6.     Aquaman: His DC Special Origin Story
7.     Chicken Nuggets (sketch-by-sketch commentary)
8.     Stoopid Alter Egos costume wrap party
9.     Outtakes
10.  Cut sketches: voice sessions and storyboards

How to keep the Fourth going on in Golden style
Blog, Music, Records
Posted on Jul 05 2013 by Greg

Once again, Verse Music has released a pristine reissue of classic Golden Records, this time themed to patriotism.


Those familiar with Golden Records will recognize the boisterous, robust sound of these selections, almost all produced under the direction of Mitch Miller. You’ll also find two songs by “Miss America” TV pageant, parade and game show icon Bert Parks.

If you have never heard these songs before, they were done in the late 1940’s and throughout the 1950’s so they have that “live TV” sound. And they should, since the Sandpiper singing quartet was also the group who donned Texaco uniforms and presented Milton Berle each week on his legendary variety show.

Here is the track list with the artists:

1.  You're A Grand Old Flag / Bert Parks & The Mitch Miller Orchestra

2.  Yankee Doodle / Golden Orchestra & Chorus

3.  The Caissons Go Rolling Along / The Sandpipers, Mitch Miller & Jimmy Carroll Orchestra

4.  America The Beautiful / Golden Orchestra & Chorus

5.  Stars And Stripes Forever / Golden Orchestra & Chorus

6.  Mighty Navy Wings / The Naval Cadet Choir

7.  My Country, 'Tis Of Thee / The Sandpipers, Mitch Miller & Jimmy Carroll Orchestra

8.  The Army Air Corps / The Sandpipers, Mitch Miller & Jimmy Carroll Orchestra

9.  The Flag's Flying High / The Naval Cadet Choir

10.            God Bless America / The Sandpipers, Mitch Miller & Jimmy Carroll Orchestra

11.            Battle Hymn Of The Republic / Golden Orchestra & Chorus

12.            When Johnny Comes Marching Home / Win Stracke

13.            Semper Fidelis (Make Way For The Fife & Drum Corps) / The Naval Cadet Choir

14.            Halls Of Montezuma / The Sandpipers, Mitch Miller & Jimmy Carroll Orchestra

15.            I'm A Yankee Doodle Dandy / Bert Parks & The Mitch Miller Orchestra

16.            Washington Post March / Golden Orchestra

17.            101st Cavalry Gallop / The Naval Cadet Choir

18.            Anchors Aweigh / The Sandpipers, Mitch Miller & Jimmy Carroll Orchestra

19.            I'm Proud Of My Land / The Naval Cadet Choir

20.            The Star Spangled Banner / The Sandpipers, Mitch Miller & Jimmy Carroll Orchestra

DVD Review: Best of Warner Brothers 25 Cartoon Collection: Hanna-Barbera
Blog, Reviews, TV
Posted on Jul 02 2013 by Greg

Warner Home Video just recently released this commemorative anniversary DVD collection, Best of Warner Bros. 25 Cartoon Collection: Hanna-Barbera. Any collection that claims to be the “best of” is just like one of those magazine or Internet “all-time best” lists. Fans have made their opinions about this collection known elsewhere on the net. No one is going to be completely happy with the selections and they will point out what should or should not be included.

Apparently there were cartoons announced for this set that did make it to the final release. Huckleberry Hound and Yakky Doodle appear on the package but are not represented with episodes. The box does not list the cartoons, making me wonder whether the package had to go to press before the final selections were made. (Because I love these cartoons and I’m nice, I have listed them in detail below.)

My guess is that there were lists of cartoons that might have made the final cut but were eliminated for one reason or another. Thanks to Stu’s Show, I know that Capitol and other production music is challenging to license, so you will only see and hear one cartoon with non-HB library music—the first one on the set.

billandjoe200Another consideration is the disparity between what was acceptable in the ‘60s and the social mores of today. This is a mainstream WB release and does not have a “for collectors” disclaimer. Could a young parent sit their kids down to watch this and be assured that there wouldn’t be anything that is considered unacceptable?

Let me quote Tami Horiuchi,’s in-house reviewer, about the first “Saturday Morning Cartoons” DVD set: “While these cartoons are great fun for the adult set, it’s interesting that what was considered kids’ entertainment from 1961 to 1968 is now deemed unsuitable for children due to things like excessive cartoon violence, dishonesty, animal cruelty, and sexist and chauvinistic behavior.”

Thus, this collection includes an early Flintstones episode in which Fred is jealous but not the “caveman” he is in other early shows, Top Cat and the gang at their most warmhearted as they care for a lost baby and so on. There is some violence, gunplay and stereotyping—but you can tell after watching the entire set that a lot of thought went into selecting the cartoons, whether you agree with the choices or not. Which cartoons would appeal to the greatest number of people in 2013, especially those to whom HB cartoons are not as familiar as they are to those of us who grew up adoring them?

Then, there are today’s kids, used to explosive theatrical tent-pole movies and more edgy, rapid-fire cartoons on cable. The choices in this set contain space ships, aliens, funny animals, fairy tale characters, giant monsters and ghosts­—the sort of thing that plays well to kids today as well as yesterday. I’d like to think that the kids who watch this set would come away with a desire to see more of this stuff.

So I’m not being an apologist so much as a realist. There are some Hanna-Barbera landmarks here (the debuts of several characters, premiere episodes, etc.). 11 of the 25 cartoons, as far as I can tell, are new to DVD. It’s not a definitive collection by any means, but I’m glad I bought it.

dynamite_fright1. Quick Draw McGraw in “Dynamite Fright”

Story: Quick Draw offers a dog biscuit to Snuffles to help rid a town of Dynamite Kaboom. (I love Snuffles!)
Voices: Daws Butler, Doug Young

From: The Quick Draw McGraw Show, Episode 41a, Season 3, 1961

2. Snooper & Blabber in “Outer Space Case”
Story: Martians hire the detectives to recover a ruby.
Voices: Daws Butler, Don Messick

From: The Quick Draw McGraw Show, Episode 41b, Season 3, 1961

3. Augie Doggie in “Growing, Growing, Gone”
Story: Augie decides he has to leave home to grow up.

Voices: Daws Butler, Doug Young
From: The Quick Draw McGraw Show, Episode 41c, Season 3, 1961

hokeywolf1504. Hokey Wolf in “Castle Hassle” (NEW TO DVD)

Story: Hokey tries to con Snow White’s stepmother, the queen.

Voices: Daws Butler, Don Messick, Jean Vander Pyl

From: The Huckleberry Hound Show, Episode 47c, Season 3, October 30, 1960

5. Quick Draw McGraw in “The Mark of El Kabong”
Story: Quick Draw, as the avenging figure El Kabong, arrives to bring justice to a small Mexican town. At the introduction of Senorita Rita, listen for the “El Kabong” song in the background, which was sung on the Golden records.

Voices: Daws Butler, Don Messick, Jean Vander Pyl

From: Quick Draw McGraw Show, Episode 44a, Season 3, 1961

augiedoggie1406. Augie Doggie in “Party Pooper Pop” (NEW TO DVD)
Story: Doggie Daddy wants Augie to attend a neighborhood birthday party.

Voices: Daws Butler, Doug Young

From: The Quick Draw McGraw Show, Episode 44b, Season 3, 1961

7. Snooper & Blabber in “Chilly Chiller” (NEW TO DVD)

Story: Spoof of the TV series “Thriller” and “The Addams Family,” with precursors to The Gruesomes from “The Flintstones.”
Voices: Daws Butler, Don Messick, Jean Vander Pyl

From: The Quick Draw McGraw Show, Episode 44c, Season 3, 1961

8. Hokey Wolf in “Tricks and Treats” (Pilot) (NEW TO DVD)
Story: Hokey and Ding-a-Ling threaten a farmer with a bogus animal cruelty lawsuit.

Voices: Daws Butler, Doug Young
From: The Huckleberry Hound Show, Episode 40c, Season 3, September 11, 1960

loopydeloop1409. Loopy De Loop in “Wolf Hounded” (Debut) (NEW TO DVD)
Story: Loopy tells the Red Riding Hood story from his point of view. This story was recorded, with alterations, for the Golden LP, “Songs of Yogi Bear.”

Voices: Daws Butler, June Foray

A Columbia Pictures Theatrical Cartoon, May 11, 1959

10. Flintstones in “Love Letters On the Rocks”
Fred finds his old ‘frying pans’ love letter to and mistakes it for a note from another man. This was a familiar “Honeymooners” premise.
Voices: Alan Reed, Mel Blanc, Jean Vander Pyl, Bea Benaderet, John Stephenson

From: The Flintstones, Episode 21, Season 1, February 17, 1961

11. Snagglepuss in “The Roaring Lion”
Snagglepuss makes his debut, escaping from the circus and playing college football. The football angle was done on an earlier Yogi Bear cartoon.
Voices: Daws Butler, Don Messick

From: The Yogi Bear Show, Episode 8, November 6, 1964

12. Top Cat in “T.C. Minds the Baby”

Story: The gang becomes attached to an abandoned baby.
Voices: Arnold Stang, Leo DeLyon, Marvin Kaplan, Maurice Gosfield, Allen Jenkins, Jean Vander Pyl, John Stephenson
From: Top Cat, Episode 17, January 17, 1962

13. The Jetsons in “Rosie the Robot”

Story: Premiere episode in which Rosie joins the family. This was released on Colpix Records along with “A Date with Jet Screamer.”
Voices: George O’Hanlon, Penny Singleton, Janet Waldo, Daws Butler, Mel Blanc, Jean Vander Pyl
From: The Jetsons, Episode 1, January 17, 1962 September 23, 1962

magilla15014. Magilla Gorilla in “Makin’ with the Magilla”
Story: Magilla joins in a beach party and helps invent a new dance. One of my favorite Magilla episodes; the groovy song by Little Eva (“Locomotion”) is available on iTunes.

Voices: Allan Melvin, Howard Morris, Don Messick
From: The Magilla Gorilla Show, Episode 22a, October 23, 1965

15. Jonny Quest in “The Robot Spy”
Story: This is that neat episode about the giant eyeball spider thing from the flying saucer!

Voices: Tim Matheson, Mike Road, Don Messick, Danny Bravo, Vic Perrin

From: Jonny Quest, Episode 8, November 6, 1964

16. Peter Potamus in “Cleo Trio” (NEW TO DVD)

Story: Pete and So-So try to settle a rift between Caesar and Cleopatra.
Voices: Daws Butler, Don Messick, Julie Bennett

From: The Peter Potamus Show, Episode 3a, Season 1, October 7, 1964

17. Touché Turtle in “Rapid Rabbit” (NEW TO DVD)
Story: A farmer calls on Touché and Dum-Dum to get a rabbit (named Ricochet!) who can outrun bullets.
Voices: Bill Thompson, Alan Reed, Doug Young

From: The Hanna-Barbera New Cartoon Series, Episode 6b, March 6, 1962

yippeeyappy18. Yippee, Yappee & Yahooey in “Black Bart”
Voices: Hal Smith, Daws Butler, Doug Young
Story: To make the King give back their jobs, the goofy guards plan to disguise Yahooey as notorious Black Bartholomew, but the real bandit arrives and confuses everyone.
From: The Peter Potamus Show, Episode 2c, Season 1, September 23, 1964

19. Atom Ant in “The Big Gimmick” (NEW TO DVD)

Story: Professor Von Gimmick’s giant robot threatens a vacation resort.
Voices: Howard Morris, Allan Melvin
From: The Atom Ant Show, Episode 12a, December 18, 1965

20. Secret Squirrel in “Cuckoo Clock Cuckoo” (NEW TO DVD)
Story: A giant clock collector steals Big Ben.
Voices: Mel Blanc, Paul Frees, Henry Corden
From: The Atom Ant / Secret Squirrel Show, Episode 11b, December 11, 1965

21. Hillbilly Bears in “Do the Bear” (NEW TO DVD)
Story: Paw Rugg becomes a pop recording star. A big fave of mine, this cartoon was expanded for the Hanna-Barbera LP record album.

Voices: Henry Corden, Jean Vander Pyl, Janet Waldo, Don Messick
From: The Atom Ant / Secret Squirrel Show, Episode 26e, October 15, 1965

22. Frankenstein Jr. in “The Shocking Electrical Monster”

Story: In the series premiere, Dr. Shock transforms his assistant into a monster that grows as it gains electrical power.
Voices: Paul Frees, Dick Beals, Ted Cassidy, Vic Perrin

From: Frankenstein Jr. & The Impossibles, Episode 1a, September 10, 1966

23. The Impossibles in “The Spinner”
Story: Also the series premiere, the heroes recover a stolen million dollar tiara.
Voices: Paul Frees, Hal Smith, Don Messick, Jean Vander Pyl, The Hanna-Barbera Singers

From: Frankenstein Jr. & The Impossibles, Episode 1b, September 17, 1966

24. Space Ghost in “The Heat Thing”

Story: Space Ghost, Jan and Blip rush to rescue a fiery monster that can throw lava bombs.
Voices: Gary Owens, Ginny Tyler, Tim Matheson
From: Space Ghost & Dino Boy, Episode 1a, September 10, 1966

gadzooka25. Abbott & Costello in “Gadzooka” (NEW TO DVD)

Story: Bud and Lou are policeman who are sent to save the city from a 100-foot creature. I liked that this series had titles much like those in “The Man Called Flintstone.”

Voices: Bud Abbott, Stan Irwin, John Stephenson
From: The Abbott & Costello Cartoon Show, Episode 23b, February 10, 1968

“Here Comes a Star” (1964)
Documentary for TV Stations Premiering “The Magilla Gorilla Show”. Hosted by George Fenneman, with Bill Hanna, Joe Barbera and scenes from Hey There, It’s Yogi Bear and The Magilla Gorilla Show.

DVD/Blu-ray Review: "Adventure Time" Seasons One & Two
Blog, TV
Posted on Jun 24 2013 by Greg

With the voices of: Jeremy Shada, John DiMaggio, Hynden Walch, Pendleton Ward, Tom Kenny, Dee Bradley Baker, Maria Bamford, Olivia Olson

Adventure Time is one of those properties that taps right into what its audience is looking for at just the right time. Though there is undoubtedly an adult crossover - and certainly a college student following – Adventure Time nails what I would surmise is its target: children and adolescents.

At first glance, Adventure Time looks like doodles that kids scrawl in the margins of their notebook paper. To leave it at that does a tremendous disservice to the talented work behind the show, however. If you listen to the commentaries (and season two has one for every episode), it becomes apparent that these are artists capable of the simple and the complex, and that they are expanding upon the concept of the show’s creator, Pendleton Ward.

Every writer, or at least the ones on the commentaries is a storyboard artist as well. Their work is subject to lots of changes. The show moves at a rapid pace with storylines twisting like freeways at rush hour. None of this is by accident or haphazard, even though the series seems like the kind of make believe that you hear when two or more kids are mixing up their action figures and making up wild adventures in their living room rugs.

For the uninitiated, Finn is an adolescent who fashions himself a warrior hero and often finds himself doing just that, but not usually the way he intends to. His best friend is Jake, a magical stretchy dog with the earthy savvy that comes with the voice of John DiMaggio. The stories are largely fantasies, but they weave in quite a bit of relationship issues, especially between sexes and fantasy species. Other stories are more sitcom-like, in which what we know about the characters drives the plot and the twists.

Even though Adventure Time is the product of today’s voice of kid’s TV, the fascination with monsters and witches always attracts kids, from Universal horror movies in the '50s to The Munsters, Dark Shadows and The Addams Family in the '60s, all the way up to the previously-reviewed Beetlejuice. Each covers similar ground but are rooted in different times with different sensibilities.

Its mad stream of consciousness storytelling should delight fans of The Goon Show and Monty Python; the show is a satire of sorts but is mostly free of pop culture references and will likely be cherished by today’s kids when they grow up – then they’ll have to explain it to their kids just as we do with our favorites ("I tell you, this was a really popular thing when I was your age!" "Oh, really, Daddy?")

Yet despite its "wee-wee" humor and imitation curse words, there is a mad morality to many of the stories; some are downright warmhearted. Say what you will about Adventure Time, but its characters have more depth than many found in prime time (also now a haven for wee-wee).

The first season DVD set contains a few behind the scenes segments and commentaries on select episodes emphasizing Ward and several voice cast members. These commentaries are done in a studio and while they have a party atmosphere, they are more conventional than those in the season two DVD.

Season two has a feature in which Ward and eight members of his staff watch something on an office monitor that we do not see and they react to it, sometimes in disgust, embarrassment, knowing nods, laughter, etc. The way they were able to add a commentary to every episode was to bring Ward and some of his team into his bedroom where they watched a literal marathon. Ward strums and hums to fill in the gaps. But what emerges is a lot of insight into their creative process, how they are diverse even though the show has a singular vision and trivia bits about where character names came from and like that.

But of all the commentaries, you can’t forget hearing the unmistakable voice of George Takei (who voices Riccardio). After watching the Riccardio the Heart Guy episode, he says, "This is for kids?"


Guest Voices include: Mark Hamill, Henry Rollins, George Takei, Erik Estrada, Michael Dorn, Lou Ferrigno, Clancy Brown

April 5, 2010
Episode 1
Slumber Party Panic
Finn makes a royal promise to Princess Bubblegum not to tell the Candy People about zombie-baked goods on the rampage and faces consequences when he tells Jake.
Episode 2
Trouble in Lumpy Space
After accidentally biting Jake, Lumpy Space Princess takes Finn and Jake to Lumpy Space, where she has a huge fight with her parents and has to borrow a car from her friend Melissa.

April 12, 2010
Episode 3
Prisoners of Love
Jake and Finn rescue a collection of Princesses that Ice King holds as potential wives (Ice King muses "Why don't people like me?"). This episode sold the series, even though there was an earlier pilot that is not included on this set. Listen for when Tom Kenny does a Spongebob-like giggle in this episode.

Episode 4
Tree Trunks
Gentle, guileless Tree Trunks the elephant joins the heroes on a quest for the Crystal Gem Apple.

April 19, 2010
Episode 5
The Enchiridion!
Finn and Jake battle old-lady threatening gnomes and other illusions to test their heroism on their way to find a legendary book.

Episode 6
The Jiggler
Finn's electronic singing attracts a cute little jiggling creature, but when they take him home and feed him, things get explosive. This is actually a warmhearted episode, and not in an ironic or sarcastic way. Note the character development and depth in what some might see as merely a raucous, loony series.

April 26, 2010
Episode 7
Ricardio the Heart Guy
Guest voice George Takei plays a heart guy who becomes a rival for Princess Bubblegum's attention through his charm and intelligence.

Episode 8
Business Time
Finn and Jake hire the Business Dudes to work for them. They become complacent and the Dudes become a problem.

May 3, 2010
Episode 9
My Two Favorite People
Jake wants to spend time with both Finn and Lady Rainicorn. He uses a universal translator, which allows Finn to understand her and it works so well that Jake becomes jealous.
Episode 10
Memories of Boom Boom Mountain
We find out who brought up the waifish Finn after he admits that he once pooped on a leaf.

May 10, 2010
Episode 11
Finn and Jake get offered free magical powers from a mysterious guy, but discover that nothing is really free.

May 17, 2010
Episode 12
This episode introduces Marceline, a kind of cool but kind of scary vampire who likes to play mind games on Finn. She kicks Finn and Jake out of their house and they have to search for a new place to live.

May 24, 2010
Episode 13
City of Thieves
Finn tries to reform an entire city and recover a stolen basket from the king of thieves while Jake struggles to resist the urge to steal.

June 7, 2010
Episode 14
The Witch's Garden
Finn helps Jake find a mud puddle in order to get his powers back after a vengeful witch takes them (because he stole her donut).

June 14, 2010
Episode 15
What Is Life?
Finn creates NEPTR, the Never Ending Pie Throwing Robot, who is as much a conscience for his mischievous ways as he is a servile subordinate.

June 21, 2010
Episode 16
Ocean of Fear
This inspiring fable finds Finn, who is terrified of the ocean, facing his fears to help another.

June 28, 2010
Episode 17
When Wedding Bells Thaw
The Ice King makes Finn and Jake throw him a “Manlorette” party for his impending wedding; otherwise he will go back to his horrible ways, which seems likely anyway.

July 12, 2010
Episode 18
Finn goes down a hole to the dungeon of the Crystal Eye without Jake to join him to help.

July 19, 2010
Episode 19
The Duke
Finn accidentally causes PB to turn green, bald and ugly (Don’t you believe it -- being bald rocks, kids!), but she blames someone else and Finn is afraid to tell her the truth.

July 26, 2010
Episode 20
Freak City
One of my favorite characters, the singing lunatic Magic Man, carelessly imposes "Monkey's Paw"-like magic on whomever he sees. His main object in life is to be a jerk. None of this is like real life, of course.

August 9, 2010
Episode 21
Finn and Jake successfully reform Donny, but must make him go back to his obnoxious ways in order to restore the proper order of things.

August 23, 2010
Episode 22
Like Belle did for her father in “Beauty and the Beast,” Finn agrees to take the place of another as the Henchman of Marceline, who likes to play head games with him.

September 6, 2010
Episode 23
Rainy Day Daydream
Finn claims to have no use for making believe, which is odd since unbelievable things are always happening to him and his friends (though maybe that explains it right there).

September 13, 2010
Episode 24
What Have You Done?
Bubblegum orders the duo to capture Ice King, who is imprisoned and hurt -- but she doesn't seem to be forthcoming with the reason.

September 20, 2010
Episode 25
His Hero
After meeting Billy, his action hero idol (voice of Lou Ferrigno), Finn decides to turn to nonviolent methods for saving the day.

September 27, 2010
Episode 26
Gut Grinder
The Soft People mistake Jake for the Gut Grinder, a gold-stealing monster. This brings on stress, causing at least one of the Soft People to go wee-wee.


Guest Voices include: Martin Olson, Jeff Bennett, Paul Reubens, Stephen Root, Miguel Ferrer, Andy Samberg, Ron Perlman

Season 2, Episode 1 (Series Episode 27)
October 11, 2010
Loyalty to the King
The Ice King becomes The Nice King when shaving off his beard makes him unrecognizable to the Ooo citizens.

Season 2, Episode 2 (Series Episode 28)
October 18, 2010
Blood Under the Skin
Finn gets a splinter on his finger and has to accomplish tasks to get magic armor to make him indestructible.

Season 2, Episode 3 (Series Episode 29)
October 25, 2010
It Came from the Nightosphere
Marceline and her dad have issues, like so many kids and parents, except she’s a vampire and he’s a lord of evil. The commentary tells you where he got his name, Huntson Aberdeer. Includes the song, “Daddy, Why Did You Eat My Fries?” Listen for Martin Olson’s Merv Griffin-ish pronunciation of “the land of Oooooo.”

Season 2, Episode 4 (Series Episode 30)
November 1, 2010
The Eyes
Again, considering what bizarre things happen to Finn and Jake, it’s ironic that they are too creeped out by a strange horse and cannot sleep.

Season 2, Episode 5 (Series Episode 31)
November 8, 2010
Ailing Jake wants Finn to tell him a real-life story, so the young warrior ventures out into the country, annoying people and messing with their lives.

Season 2, Episode 6 (Series Episode 32)
November 15, 2010
Slow Love
Snorlock the slimy slug destroys the house until Finn and Jake help him find romance ("Lady time!"), but he can't talk to females without something going wrong.

Season 2, Episode 7 (Series Episode 33)
November 22, 2010
Power Animal
The Grand Master of the Gnomes kidnaps Jake to use his energy to power a machine to flip over the world.

Season 2, Episode 8 (Series Episode 34)
November 29, 2010
Crystals Have Power
Jake vows to be soft and not hurt anyone but is tempted when Finn is facing crystallization. I was particularly interested to see how this was resolved because of what its message is about appropriate use of force vs. mind power.

Season 2, Episode 9 (Series Episode 35)
January 3, 2011
Her Parents
Jake fools Lady Rainicorn's parents into thinking he's a Rainicorn, too; the parents want to eat Finn, as they think humans are mighty tasty.

Season 2, Episode 10 (Series Episode 36)
January 10, 2011
To Cut a Woman's Hair
Wanting lovely hair, the Tree Witch threatens our heroes unless she get a lock from a princess. (No kids, you don't die from being—it's looks hot and feels cool)!

Season 2, Episode 11 (Series Episode 37)
January 17, 2011
The Chamber of Frozen Blades
Finn and Jake are told that Ice King is going to kidnap a princess. While waiting for him in his cave, they discover Ninja equipment and become Ninjas to save the day.

Season 2, Episode 12 (Series Episode 38)
January 24, 2011
The Other Tarts
Honestly, I have been to bakeries where it seems just as life threatening to get some delicious pastries. This is like real life. Is it ageist for PB to emphasize that the previous tart-toter “has become mad…AND old”?

Season 2, Episode 13 (Series Episode 39)
January 31, 2011
The Pods
To get to the ice cream marathon, the guys plant beans to get rid of two evil beans, one of which is filled with baby pigs dressed in silly costumes and the other filled with magic wands.

Season 2, Episode 14 (Series Episode 40)
February 7, 2011
The Silent King
It's not easy being king, as Finn learns; he and Jake struggle to save the Goblin kingdom.

Season 2, Episode 15 (Series Episode 41)
February 14, 2011
The Real You
Princess Bubblegum asks Finn to speak at her barbecue. We just read an Archie comic where Veronica has this problem, but of course she didn't go to a college of worms to learn how and she didn't get magic glasses.

Season 2, Episode 16 (Series Episode 42)
February 21, 2011
Guardians of Sunshine
BMO does a “Tron” for the duo and they go inside a video game

Season 2, Episode 17 (Series Episode 43)
February 28, 2011
Death in Bloom
Peppermint Butler helps the duo through a portal to the Underworld so they can bring back Bubblegums’ dead plant.

Season 2, Episode 18 (Series Episode 44)
March 7, 2011
Susan Strong
Finn finds a human female and he and Jake rescue her people from darkness, only to become concerned when they try to eat the candy people.

Season 2, Episode 19 (Series Episode 45)
March 14, 2011
Mystery Train
Jake takes Finn on a train ride for his birthday, when the two encounter a murder mystery that Finn’s aching to solve in a grand manner.

Season 2, Episode 20 (Series Episode 46)
March 28, 2011
Go With Me
Finn wants to take Bubblegum to a movie night for couples, so he asks his friends for advice.

Season 2, Episode 21 (Series Episode 47)
April 4, 2011
Belly of the Beast
The two friends cannot seem to convince a party-crazed group of bears that they’re inside a stomach and risk digestion.

Season 2, Episode 22 (Series Episode 48)
April 11, 2011
The Limit
Jake literally tries to stretch himself to his limits.

Season 2, Episode 23 (Series Episode 49)
April 18, 2011
Video Makers
To avoid violating the warning code on their videos, Jake, Finn and their friends make their own movie. I have not checked, but I can guess that more than a few kids have done Adventure Time videos on You Tube, right?

Season 2, Episode 26 (Series Episode 52)
May 2, 2011
Heat Signature
Marceline changes Finn and Jake into vampires, but it's more of a playful prank to delight her old underworld gang.

Season 2, Episode 24 (Series Episode 50)
May 9, 2011
Mortal Folly
The truly horrible Lich is released from his tree prison and wreaks havoc.

Season 2, Episode 25 (Series Episode 51)
May 9, 2011
Mortal Recoil
PB, under Dr. Donut’s care, is saved from her injuries but has been changed.

Mickey and Minnie off to see the Wizard
Blog, TV
Posted on Jun 20 2013 by Greg
I've posted several DVD reviews of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, so briefly in earlier reviews. The preschool series on Disney Junior is a CG show in which Mickey and his pals have adventures and solve puzzles, asking the home viewers to assist, "Blue's Clues" style.

The centerpiece of the Minnie's "The Wizard of Dizz" collection, of course, a new musical take on "The Wizard of Oz" starring Minnie and the gang. Minnie and Pluto first meet Clarabelle the Good Witch, Bad Witch Pete and Chip 'n Dale the Chipmunchkins. Then she follows the Pink Dotted Path to meet  Scarecrow Goofy, Mickey the Tin Mouse, Donald (the Funny But Not Authoritative) Lion, Coco the Winged Monkey, Daisy the Guardian of the Gate--and as the Wizard is the character that seemed destined to play him: Professor Ludwig Von Drake.

Almost any twist on Oz is fun, and MM Clubhouse is as genial and well-executed as the earlier "Mickey's Adventures in Wonderland." I'd love to see Mickey and company merchandised as Oz characters.

There are even a few touches from the Baum book that are rarely or directly identified in some Oz adaptations, like the Guardian of the Gates and the swift river that threatens to prevent the journey to the City of Handy Helpers.

These are a total of three MM Clubhouse episodes in this collection:

Episode 88, Season 3, September 28, 2012
The Golden Boo-Boo
Ludwig sends Daisy O'Dare on a mission to find the Golden Boo-Boo statue.

Episode 93, Season 3, October 24, 2011
Goofy's Gone
Ludwig sends The Go-Getters (Detective Minnie, Secret Spy Daisy and Captain Clarabelle) to find Goofy.

Episode 104, Season 4, June 7, 2013
The Wizard of Dizz (double-length episode)
New musical version of "The Wizard of Oz"

This is the DVD debut of the Disney Junior interstitial series, "Minnie's Bow Toons," with the first ten 3-minute season 1 episodes:

1. Leaky Pipes (November 14, 2011)

2. The Pom Pom Problem (November 15, 2011)            

4. Figaro's Friend (November 17, 2011)

3. Trouble Times Two (November 16, 2011

5. A Shop in the Dark (November 17, 2011

6. Flower Fix (November 19, 2011)  

7. Dance Lessons (December 2, 2011)      

8. In Plane Sight (December 10, 2011)    

9. Bow-Bot (December 17, 2011)    

10. Fashion Emergency (February 14, 2012

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