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Studio: Turner Hm Entertainm Release Date: 05/30/2006 Rating: Nr
If Jonny, Haji, Race Bannon, and the rest of the Jonny Quest gang were idiots, their animated adventures might play out like The Venture Bros., a consistently funny spoof on '60s adventure cartoons from the Cartoon Network's Adult Swim programming. The premise should be immediately familiar and nostalgic for any Saturday morning TV aficionado who grew up in the '60s and '70s: Dr. Venture (James Urbaniak from Henry Fool) is an inventor, while sons Hank and Dean's insatiably curiosity lands them in hot water with supervillains, robots, magicians, and the like. Brock Sampson (voiced by the very funny Patrick Warburton of The Tick) is the good doctor's right-hand man, who rescues the boys with good old-fashioned manpower. The twist in The Venture Bros. is that every single character, down to the supervillains' henchmen, are complete and utter dolts, and their adventures are inspired more by foolishness, personal obsessions (for Brock, it's sex and violence, and for Dr. V, it's diet pills and a daddy fixation), or just plain cosmic weirdness than any sense of post-Kennedy-era adventure and derring-do. The result is subversive and occasionally shocking insanity (Dr. V loses his kidneys in the series opener "Dia de Los Dangerous"; Dean suffers an unmentionable personal injury in "Are You There, God? It's Me, Dean"; the boys believe that Dr. Venture's stomach tumor is actually a pregnancy in "Return to Spider Island"), but with enough flashes of surreal brilliance to make this a must-have for modern animation fans. The Season One two-disc set contains all 13 episodes, as well as two bonus episodes--the show's original pilot, "The Terrible Secret of Turtle Bay" (for Hank and Dean, the secret is something decidedly salacious), and "A Very Venture Christmas," as well as a handful of deleted scenes. Commentary by the show's creators and cast can be heard on five episodes, including "Turtle Bay," and the extras are rounded out by "Behind the Scenes of the Live-Action Movie," a 20-minute mockumentary that features much of the voice-over talent dressed in some ridiculous costumes. --Paul Gaita
- If you like Johnny Quest you'll love this!
I don't really have the time to figure out the adult swim programming schedule. I stumbled across this series on You tube and am now hopelessly addicted. I was a Johnny Quest fan (original series) I loved the style of the animation and the movie-like quality of the show (I was 8 to years old at the time). The Venture Brothers takes that Johnny Quest 60s mindset and transports it into todays world and then twists it just enough to make it hilarious. Brock Samson is my favorite character, he is my hero.
The only thing that is a bit weak is the commentary attached to some of the episodes. Lots of inside jokes and inane banter do not make the commentary a feature. However, I am ready to get Season 2. Loved it!...more info
- Sick and twisted funny.
If you have the right sense of humor, the Venture Brothers is an incredibly funny show.
It has to be a sick, slightly warped sense of humor, but it's funny. The arch villian has a right-hand woman and sweetie by the name of Doctor Girlfriend. She looks like Jackie Kennedy, always glamours and attractive, and has a deep gravelly voice more suited to a truck driver than any woman, much less a pretty one. The conversation where she starts, "When we got together, we decided we were two people who weren't interested in children..." just broke me up.
Theoretically about two young men, Hank and Dirk Venture, the show also includes their fatuer Thaddeus "Rusty" Venture, and their body guard Brock Samson. If this combination sounds familiar, and you recall Johnny Quest, you will apparently get more out of the show. (They even kill Race Bannon in one episode.) It's funny even if you don't have the references, though.
The reason this isn't a five star review is that the DVD extras are extra-cheesy. For one of the extras, the voice actors dressed up as the characters for some "interviews". In another, they give a silly tour of the animation process. These were mildly amusing.
Some of the episodes have commentary tracks, which are terrible. The two creators rambling on about things mostly unrelated to the show and and asking each other which of the characters they'd have sex with was a complete waste of time.
I'm looking forward to Season Two on DVD.
- Makes for an excellent viewing
The product was inexpensive and came in a very nice box. As well as coming with all of season 1 (in order, not like AS), it also has very interesting special features that are also very enjoyable.
A must-have for any Venture fan....more info
- I'd Venture to say...
Quite possibly the most brilliant cartoon spoof EVER created (and this coming from a foaming at the mouth fan of Aqua Teen Hunger Force) and unquestionably the BEST send-up of all the `60s and early `70s Hanna-Barbara "serious" cartoons.
If you liked Johnny Quest as a kid, you'll LOVE the Venture Bros.
If you watched ANY of Hanna-Barbara's slap-dash piss-poorly animated abominations like the Herculoids or Space Ghost (the original series not Cartoon Network's Space Ghost Coast to Coast) you'll roar yourself horse with laughter at the misadventures of the Venture Bros.
One name, Patrick Warburton (Seinfeld's Puddy) as Race Bannon knock-off Brock Samson.
Brock Samson is the ultimate spy/secret agent clich¨¦. He mocks not only cartoon characters such as the aforementioned Bannon but James Bond, Matt Helm, John Steed and every other spy/secret agent character ever imagined.
Samson's only "official" weapon is his oversized hunting knife but he can be seen wielding as weapons everything from his 1969 Dodge Charger to a lawn mower.
And don't get me started on the villains.
First is the Monarch a rich, obsessive-compulsive, emotional wreck whose only purpose in life seems to be "arching" (as in arch enemy) Dr. Venture, though no one knows exactly why.
Baron Underbheit "a dimestore Dr. Doom" (so says the Monarch anyway) whose jaw was somehow (its unexplained thus far) removed due to the action or inaction of Dr. Venture.
And finally the Phantom Limb, a sophisticated, power-mad floating torso (actually his limbs are invisible, again though how this happened has yet to be revealed) Englishman who doesn't "professionally" hate Dr. Venture but who "really" hates him personally. These and other "villians" transcend inspired.
Hell even the infrequently recurring characters like Master Billy Quizboy and Pete White the albino scientists are comic gold.
As to plots and adventures, just recall the kinds of plots and adventures of Johnny Quest. If you haven't seen or are unfamiliar with Johnny Quest a good bit of the show will be lost on you. Sorry.
In a departure from the more serious fare I've been reviewing of late I've taken a hiatus from the historical and wanted to pen a review of a show who's episodes I can watch over and over again.
This review applies equally to both seasons of the Venture Bros.
- You're my arch-enemy! That's what I do! That's my THING!
The Cartoon Network is known for its kooky Adult Swim programming, with everything from "Robot Chicken" to winged superhero lawyers.
But few cartoon shows can match the level of comic brilliance of "The Venture Brothers," which unabashedly spoofs "Jonny Quest" and other kiddie adventure fare. It's loaded down with hilarious writing, aspiring supervillains, adolescent humor and the most dysfunctional family ever to fly a superjet.
It's about the adventures of Thaddeus "Rusty" Venture, a has-been child genius who is still overshadowed by his adventurous dad's legacy. And he now has two dim teenage sons of his own, Dean and Hank ("Go Team VENTURE!"), as well as the nurturing robot H.E.L.P.eR. And finally there's his knife-wielding, lusty mullet-haired Swedish bodyguard Brock.
In the first episode, the brothers are kidnapped by the Monarch, a second-rate villain who desperately wants to be Dr. Venture's nemesis. Meanwhile, Dr. Venture has had both kidneys stolen, and Brock is apparently dead -- but he won't let a little thing like that (or the chupacabras) keep him from rescuing Hank and Dean.
In the episodes that follow, the Venture Brothers bravely (and stupidly) deal with the minions of the Monarch and steel-jawed Baron ¨¹nderbheit, a crazed Walt Disneyesque mogul, their friendly neighbor necromancer, a broken space station, ghost pirates (both real and fake), testicular torsion, secret twins, yard sales, murderous robots, and a date gone wrong -- Dr. Venture ends up turning into a giant caterpillar.
There's also two extra episodes: the pilot, where thw twins get lost in NYC while a ninja tries to steal Venture's latest invention. And then there's the Christmas special, in which the Monarch riddles the Venture compound with explosives -- and a nasty Christmas spirit crashes the Christmas party to punish the wicked.
A series like "Jonny Quest" is just asking for a spoof, and "Venture Brothers" happily obliges. But in fact, it also mocks the Fantastic Four, Sean Connery, Christmas specials, and Germanic villains -- basically all unrealistic action-adventure. Where else can you find a villain's henchman arguing who would win in a "crazy fantasy fight-fight between Anne Frank and Lizzie Borden"?
It's full of adolescent gross-out humor (porta-potties), gory action (wrestling mummies and alligators), and the odd sex scene for Brock. But the genius is in the scripting, which is often crazy and unabashedly sarcastic: "With every fiber of my being I stab at thee, as long as blood flows through this heart I will hunt you down. I will be the stuff of your children's nightmares!" "What's he doing now?" "He's making his dramatic exit."
Patrick Warburton and James Urbaniak are simply brilliant as the indestructible Brock and the embittered Venture, with Michael Sinterniklaas as the naive Dean, and Christopher McCulloch doing many roles, most prominently Hank and the whiny-voiced Monarch. And Steven Rattazzi gets a special mention as the melodramatic necromancer/single dad Dr. Orpheus.
"The Venture Brothers" have exactly the kind of adventures that kids dream of NOT having, but for the grown-ups, it's a hilarious animated comedy. GO TEAM VENTURE!...more info
venture brothers is adult swim finest step in original animation. Sure aquateen is hilarious, but venture brothers is hilarious and full of action and beautiful... and has brock samson. Like jonny quest on acid...more info
- best. ever.
These episodes don't get old. In fact, you'll notice more and more detail every time you watch it. Many jokes you missed the first time hit you in the face like a frying pan the second, third time.
Buy it....more info
- Johnny Quest for grown-ups
This spoof is a parody of the old Johnny Quest series. In the Venture Brothers, the bodyguard actually kills people, the boys are idiots and the good doctor is hooked on diet pills. Very funny, but definitely not for children. ...more info
- Very Funny
This is the best show on Adult Swim, very funny and very inappropriate most of the time... ...more info
- Awesome Show
Adult Swim has to be the greatest thing to happen to Television in history. Venture Brothers doesn't disappoint. I got this for my dad and have been watching it with him, the first season has some rough edges and the first few episodes can drag a little, but they're still very entertaining even when they're not humourous, and the series has only gotten better (I don't know of any many other shows I can say that for). The Major Tom episode demands to be one of the top 10 moments in Television history....more info
- Best Adult Swim Show
Venture Brothers is hands down the best show on Adult Swim....more info
- Glad I caught it at a friend's house...
We were at a friend's house one day and the Venture Bros. came on. So he had things to do and said we should watch it because it was a good show. So my brother and I watched an episode (which happened to be the Mexico/Monarch one). This show was soooo hilarious and entertaining! So I just rented the 1st season and it keeps coming episode after episode. Just funny, SMART writing and great performances. Brillaint show. Where my favorite cartoon, the simpsons, crashed and burned years ago; the Venture brothers delivers. I'm not going to rent season 2, I'm just going to buy it along with 1. Just a warning note; I think guys may get this show more than chicks because the brothers act like "brothers". There's a lot of typical "brother gags" you get when you've grown up with a brother close in age. And Hank & Dean really aren't the main characters which is funny. The doc, Brock & the Monarch steal the show. To the Monarch mobile!!!...more info
- A good comedy/adventure cartoon.
The Venture Bros. is not the same laugh per second as many Adult Swim cartoons, but it has some quality moments and great characters. The Venture Bros. has the lowest budget of all Adult Swim cartoons, but does the best with what it has and one rarely notices it. This is an enjoyable show based off the premise of the Quest family gone wrong, but it takes that premise and always takes it a step past where you think they are going to go. ...more info
- I heart Dean Venture
Since I bought this dvd, I've watched it beginning to end fourteen times. The creator commentary is delightful, but I wish there were more episodes included. The extra material, though interesting, also left a smidgeon to be desired. Get this dvd, love this dvd, and don't forget about Season 2!...more info
- Nearly perfect
This is quite possibly the funniest thing I have ever seen. It is certainly the best thing to come out of the whole Adult Swim crowd. Even better than "Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law." To appreciate the Venture Brothers, you probably need to be a male who grew up in the 60's. This show satirizes and parodies nearly everything I grew up with. There's a hard edge to the humor, and yet underneath it all is a sort of indulgence, too. You get the feeling that these guys love the things they're mocking; they remember the 60's fondly instead of bitterly.
The first episode, one of the funniest, brilliantly sets up the series and the characters. Just seeing the sign, "Community College of Mexico at Tijuana" was enough to tell me that I'd better sit up and pay attention because this was going to be good. Somebody with my sense of humor was at work.
When I first saw the episode about Michael Sorayama I nearly choked to death from laughing. Man, they were really firing on all cylinders. But all of the episodes are terrific...every single one. Another favorite is the one that starts with Brock tearing into some kind of ancient pyramid guard, a stone giant who delivers the unforgettable lines, "My arm came off. I can't believe that happened!" As Brock uses this unfortunate creature's own arm to hammer its groin, the Venture brothers gleefully call out with each stroke, "Stop hitting yourself! Stop hitting yourself!" The creature begs for mercy: "Ohh! I am *so* sorry!" I have to avoid thinking about this kind of stuff during business meetings because I always burst out laughing.
Everything here is top-notch. The story ideas, the scripts, the animation, the voices. This stuff is so good that I don't think I can finger more than maybe three or four very brief segments in the entire season that seemed...not bad...but maybe not up to par with everything else.
PS the second season is every bit as funny as the first....more info
- Well worth the money.
I was already going to get this at the normal list price, which was around 20-30 dollars, but I saw it on amazon for 8.99, and it was a complete steal (Especially with no tax or shipping fees).
The Venture Bros. is an amazing series, which is somehow random/bizzare, laugh out loud funny, and yet serious with a flowing plot.
The action in the show is great, the storylines are spectacular, and I can't get enough of it. I haven't seen a television series this entertaining in AGES.
After every episode, these thoughts run through my head:
"Awww it's over already? That fast?? I gotta watch the next episode!"
I sat down for 3 hours watching them with my girlfriend before I had to go to work, and the show is simply genius.
Brock (the bodygaurd) makes some hilarious face gestures, too. I can't help but laugh at them.
It's hard to find words to really describe the greatness of The Venture Bros., but I strongly reccomend anyone that can find humor in the dirty things of life (Viewers of South Park, Family Guy, Aqua Teen Hunger Force), to pick this up ASAP.
I can't wait for Season 2....more info
- Great satire
I was always a fan of Johnny Quest as a child (the original cartoon, not the awful remake). The Venture Brothers series is funny enough on its own, but if you have any knowledge of Johnny Quest or are a follower of comic book heroes, you'll enjoy this show.
The bad guys are all colorful characters with strange quirks, yet they are often put into "average Joe" situations. For instance, Dr. Venture's neighbor has a skull for a phone answering machine, which he uses to leave a message for his daughter to tell her she can help herself to pudding that's in the refrigerator. It's so far out there it is hilarious.
Other regular villains include The Monarch, Dr. Girlfriend, and the Phantom Limb. The Limb has invisible arms and legs, which engenders some predictable jokes -- yet they're still funny.
A caveat is in order: the episodes tend to deal with adult content (i.e., sexual innuendos and occasional language), so this is not a cartoon for children....more info
- Funniest show on television
You have to see it to believe it. It's a parody of Johnny Quest, and some of the humor is pretty tongue/cheek but it's still a riot. Season 2 drops in April (I think) but this season was a fantastic start for the show. Too bad season 3 won't be around until Spring 2008. Fortunately, though, the 26 or so episode which have been released so far demand repeat viewings, over and over and over again....more info
- A must for GenX'ers
This is an incredible series that spoofs many of the cartoons and shows that were popular when GenX'ers were kids. Scooby Doo, Superfriends, Johny Quest, James Bond, Fantastic Four, He-Man, and more. Some are obvious and some are just a one line reference, but loads of fun all the same. They have great replay-ability. You can watch a couple of times for the show, a couple times to figure out all the things they parody/satire, and a couple more times just for kicks when you have a full appreciation. This isn't a watch once and forget set like some TV series DVD sets....more info
- bought for the teenagers...
My young adults all love this cartoon from late night tv. They were hyped when they saw this dvd!...more info
- Awesome show, great job Doc and Jackson!
This season, being he first, begins the adventures and insanity of the Venture brothers. The episodes start off a little shaky, but it makes up for that easily by the third episode. If you like the show, you already know, but if you're new, you will easily fall in love with this show. ...more info
- venture 1
A must have! Goes well with season 2! Action, adventure, comedy. What els could you ask for? ...more info
- Venture Brothers Season One
An extremely sarcastic and dark sense of humor, I really enjoyed the first season of this show! Each episode is about 21 minutes or so long and are for the most part, stand alone. These are not cartoons I would suggest for children as they have a distinctly vulgar and adult sense of humor to them. The last episode had a bit of a surprise to it, however things were explained in the second season. Patric Warburton does the voice acting for "Brock Samson" and does it extremely well. Every character in the series is done over the top and voice acted perfectly for the show! If you see one Venture Brothers episode and enjoy it, you should enjoy all of them! A must buy for anyone with the sense of humor to enjoy it!...more info
- extremely satisfied
my item arrived in brand new condition and i was very happy with my purchase...more info
- highly recommended
Simply a hilarious, cool, action cartoon, Season 1 is worth the purchase for "Trial of the Monarch" alone....more info
- Didn't know what I was getting in to
We bought this for our 13 yr old son for Christmas. I was upset when it arrived and noticed it was from MTV's "Adult Swim" as I figured I couldn't let him have it. After previewing it, I found the humour to be similar to that on Cartoon Network, which I don't like either, but I doubt it's going to corrupt him in any major way.
Besides that, he LOVES this set and so do all of his buddies. They've watched it over and over....more info
- Great Season 1
Best cartoon since Johnny Quest, which it definitely extracts it's roots from. ...more info
- As Good As the Show
The condition of the DVD's was as stated, new, and the order arrived in the specified time period. Very Satisfied....more info
When I first heard of the Venture Bros. I avoided them at any cost. Then one day, I happened to leave it on and wow, was I wrong about this show. I am now a huge fan. Each season is better than the last and this show is just always funny....more info
- infinite awesomeness
this is one of my favorite shows ever. It has everything you could ask for; action and adventure like no other, super science, supervillians , awkward teenagers, a sweedish murder macine... in short buy this and you won't be disappointed ...more info
- Animation & Satire doesn't get much better than this!
Absolutely clever and hilarious takeoff of lots of cartoon series we watched as young teens in the early 1960s. Plus lots of TV and alternative music references from the '80s. I love cartoons (even at my age!) but rarely consider buying any for fear of tiring of them quickly. That has yet to happen with this and/or the second season of "The Venture Brothers." It's simply brilliant satire and great fun. The extras of the creators and cast dressed as some of the characters they to whom they give voice is fun (no sign of Patrick/Brock, unfortunately, anywhere except in the episodes themselves), the deleted "scenes" are just draft storyboard images and are thus not very interesting. The only negative I have to report concerns the episode commentaries (not every episode has a commentary, but you won't mind --trust me on this!). They suck. The guys (the creators) are obviously not into it, are bored, and are making the best of a chore-like situation. I have yet to make it through all the commentaries as I really don't find the guys' personal interchanges to be of any interest. Occasionally, one reminds the other they are supposed to be talking about the show, of which they do very, very little. Nonetheless, I do love the show in spite of the disappointing commentaries; I'm glad to have this and season two (and three when available)in my collection, regardless of any commentary....more info
I honestly don't know where to begin. Everything about this show is amazing. And what average guy wouldn't love this show? It's "superheros" and villians are mixed and protrayed so well its as fine tuned as a broken and bent saxaphone. And that's a good thing. I dare you to watch the first few episodes and not get hooked. Viva la Venture Bros....more info
This is an extremely well written series. Every episode is packed with laughs. Loved Johnny Quest; love this more....more info
- ROCK ON.......Venture Brothers
This DVD has to be one of the best purchases you could make. The replay value is incredible. This is certainly a must have.
ROCK ON!!...more info
- The venture bros. season1 is lots of fun!
The V Bros.kick but. Even the introduction song is awesome. Patrick Warburton is a great talent as Brock Samson. Jason Publick and Doc Hammer deliver an original comedy/action story that is, well, fun and funny as hell.
When is season 2 coming out on dvd?...more info
- Extras Rock
First off, hats off to the product designer because the watercolor "paintings" of the characters in the inner dvd folds are fantastic. Great packaging is important for people who are willing to buy a series like this because the episodes are so readily available over the internet, even on Cartoon Network's own website. But besides that, the dvd extras really make the purchase worthwhile. It includes extensive commentary for the episodes, the bonus Christmas episode, the original pilot and a whole slew of random extras in which the creators dress up like the characters they voice. Since the series in itself is a parody of Johnny Quest and other 70's pop culture icons, the idea of "parody" continues in the extras. They make parodies of "dvd extras" in regular movies such as "behind the scenes" interviews with the actors and long overblown explanations on how CG works like with movies such as the Matrix or Lord of the Rings. These features honestly can only be appreciated by people who really take the time to watch extensive dvd extras and are able to identify aspects of it that the Venture creators where poking fun at. Overall, an awesome collection for the diehard Venture Bros. fan. Oh, and yes, the live action Dr. Girlfriend is a dude. ...more info
- amazing Shows Exclent commentary
O man this is pure cartooning prefection
don;t forget to watch the creators commentary hilarious and insightful...more info
- Just Excellant
Another great show from Adult Swim. If you are even a slight fan of Venture Brothers you should buy this dvd, or even if you are a fan of the other Adult Swim shows.
I started watching Venture Brothers later in season 1 so I was used to the more evolved and developed art and voices, and you can tell this is the first season (but that is to be expected with any tv show, especially animation) Other than that the dvd and show is great.
If anyone hopped on board this awesome tv show train, this dvd is definitely recommended as story elements were introduced early on that played out later in the season and in season 2. ...more info
- A brilliant classic... nuff said
Next to my Robotech DVD I have this lovely collection of pure hilarity. I recall watching the series with my classmates at our college and whenever we'd end up in a mindless minutiae we'd go for a laugh or two watching this show. It's very satirical and adult humour ensues throughout the whole series. Brilliant I say! Brilliant...more info
- Go Team
I don't want this to be a long and drawn out review (but it will probably end up that way) so I will give you the bottom-line up front: If you like things that are awesome, buy this DVD now. I guarantee (barring large-scale stupidity of course) that you will enjoy this, and it's only $8.99, come on, you can afford that. This is probably the fourth best animated comedy show I've seen on television in the last ten years (behind South Park, The Simspsons, and King of the Hill). And given that this is the golden age of animated satire that's one heck of an endorsment. Also given the current state of the Simspons, and certain less-inspired South Park episodes, Venture Bros. just might be the most consistently funny show on-air as well. That may sound like an overstatement but in an age where Family Guy rules the hearts, and dare I say minds?, of idiots everywhere it's nice to see an animated series that actually focuses on a specific cartoon genre (instead of pop culture in general). And what genre deserves spoofing more than animated 60s action shows? But be warned, this is a surreal adventure, they kill the actual Race Bannon in the third episode for godsake, and that's just a taste of the weirdness to come. The scripting is good on whole, and it is truly inspired in some cases. The animation is so much better than the normal Cartoon Network fare that is is almost hard to compare Venture Bros. to anything else without feeling like it's wrong, it's simply out of everything else's league (just watch the opening-sequence and you will know what I mean). But what really holds the series together is the voicing. James Urbaniak and Patrick Warburton are absolutely superb as Dr. Venture and his six-foot Swedish murder-machine/bodyguard Brock Samson. But the true find among the voice actors on the show is creator Jackson Publick (the alias of Christopher McCulloch). Publick's fantastic work as the villainous Monarch (Dr. Venture's arch-enemy) and as the more masculine Venture twin Hank is simply astounding. Most of the time when creators lend their voicing talents to their shows the results are fair bordering on poor. In South Park and in Family Guy (sorry to group those two) you can always tell who Trey Parker or Matt Stone or Seth McFarlane are voicing (but it's okay in South Park because that's part of the joke). Conversely I had no idea until after I had already finished the first season that Jackson Publick was both the Monarch, Hank Venture, and a myriad of other characters, he's just that good. Thank you Jackson Publick and thank you Doc Hammer (the show's other creative half) for providing us with some fantastic work. I hope to god that Cartoon Network realizes what they have on their hands.
p.s. Colbert Report fans should know that the man himself makes an appearance as the famed Professor Impossible (a hilarious Reed Richards knock-off). Get out there and support your leader and BUY THIS NOW!...more info
- Jonny Quest Parody!!
If you have any fond memories of watching Jonny Quest on Saturday mornings (way back when), and have a sense of humor, the Venture Bros. is a must viewing!! With all the crap on TV nowadays, Adult Swim seems to be on the cutting edge of innovation and creativity. I'll admit there are many of their shows I don't personally find funny, but when they hit the mark they hit is well. As you watch these shows and get to know all the characters better, the laughs really start to pick up. The animation is excellent, but the script and voices are where the genius comes in. The characters subtle and outrageous lines at rapid pace with their completely distinctive voices makes this show a classic. Hopefully Adult Swim will keep up the good work. Harvey Birdman Attorney at Law is another high recommendation as it parodies a multitude of Hanna-Barbera cartoon characters. ...more info
- Really goofy Action-hero type show...but good
Yopu have to be in a silly mood, but when you are, this is a great series to watch. Some really off-beat humor, right from the first scene of the first show...and then it keeps on going.
Obvious althought this is a cartoon, it is NOT for young children...but at some age (when they can understand it all), even kids (teens) would really get a major kick out of it. It has some vulgarity, so if you are one of those people who live in a "bubble" and cannot handle curse words (even on occassion) then I would pass. But for those that live in the real world, and accept that cursing can add emphasis to comedic timing (even if you don't curse yourself) then you will enjoy this series well (assuming it is your type of humor....sort of a Mad-magazine meets Justice League meets South Park sort of thing (not nearly as much swearing as South Park though).
It's a perfect way to decompress and lighten your mood....more info
- Pretty Lame
What a dissappointment! Previous reviews had me believe this was brilliant - it's not. Great packaging - fantastic packaging - but the cartoon stlye and the jokes are pretty average. Did not laugh out loud once....more info
- quick delivery
The Venture Bros. - Season One
I bought this as a Christmas gift for my young adult son. It arrived quickly in great shape. My son was delighted with it.
- I LOVE buying direct from Amazon!
This item came within a week. Nearly brand new. True to posted condition, maybe even better. I wouldn't hesitate to purchase from this seller again....more info
- Best AS production
My only comments are about the commentaries: a waste of time. It would have been much cooler if they had included audio only tracks of the theme music and some of the other music from the series by J.G. Thirlwell....more info
- A sidesplitting ode to failure
While there are many characters out there who are models of failure, Jason Alexander's character from Seinfeld being a prime example, I don't know that I've ever seen an entire program based around the theme.
In the tall shadows of the rocket age, Dr. Venture and company still figure out a way to keep on chugging down the bumpy road of life, even if it includes hosting yard sales to make a few extra bucks....more info
- The best comedy show on TV Today
Unlike some of the other stuff that turns up on Adult Swim, this show could literally stand on its own on any major network. Its not an amateur effort, its not Flash animation with funny-the-first-time-you-heard-it diologue, this is an honest to goodness real 1/2 hour "adventure" show that just happens to be slathered in absurd situations, commentary, and dialogue. This show deserves awards on a whole lot of levels.
20 years from now this show will be on an awful lot of "best of" lists, its a shame more people aren't aware of it today. Its not generic redubbed Japanese Anime, its not stickfigures or drowning in tired SouthPark-esque toilet humor......its good stuff.
Keep an eye out for the "impersonated celebrity voices" too.....
It is brilliantly written. Let me say that again, it is BRILLIANTLY WRITTEN. The gags aren't thrown in your face, you might miss a few if you're not paying attention. If you ever watched Johnny Quest, if you ever collected Comic Books, if you are in your mid 30's right now (so you'll get all the pop culture references from the 70's and 80's)....and if you like your humor on the TWISTED side, this show is for you.
The voice acting is fantastic, and the show actually has continuity going for it. Watch the shows in order, especially if you start watching season 2 currently airing (And expected on DVD in early 2007) which picks up on events from Season I....more info
- Cartoons for Adults
Give this show a few episodes and you will be hooked. I didn't enjoy the first two episodes until I watched the entire season once. This show is loosely based on Johnny Quest, and it's a hilarious take. Highly reccomended for anyone who watches the Adult Swim lineup....more info
- Must not miss this...
This series gets better as it goes along. The DVDs are well put together with some decent extras, but it's really about the show, and the show is mostly fantastic. A few episodes aren't as strong, but the series was new and the creators didn't know what people would respond to. They learned quickly though, as they focused more on the Monarch, Dr. Girlfriend and the exciting world of "professional henching."
This show both mocks and pays tribute to everything about superheros, comic books, and crime solving cartoon teens. It's all in good fun, but unlike a slapstick romp, the storylines are complex and layered and the characters well drawn and realistic. Well, as real as a human butterfly or a man with invisible limbs can be.
So put on your speed suit, comb out that mullet and enjoy the ride baby. Go Team VENTURE!!!...more info
- The Most Intelligent Show (Animated or Otherwise) Released In A Long Time
Review of "The Venture Brothers--Season 1:"
Without a doubt the most intelligent show (animated or otherwise) that has been released in awhile.
The Venture Brothers is a witty and sarcastic parody mix of (but not limited to) Scooby Doo; Johnny Quest; Mission Impossible; all of the cartoons and culture of the 1960's and 1970's; G.I. Joe; James Bond; NASA Space Programs; references to the 1980's; contemporary social culture; Marvel and DC Superheroes; etc., etc.
If you grew up in the 1970's and 1980's you will absolutely relate. Without sounding obtuse, you will either "get it" or you will not. My opinion is that if you do, you will love it.
This single show makes me remember and relive many fond memories of my childhood and yet is still relevant for today. Super at five stars.
- Side splitting
If you want something mind blowing and different that totally appeals to a cartoon watching gen-xer, this is it! ...more info
- Kids have Johnny Quest adults have Venture Brothers
This is the show that in a kinder universe would reinvigorate the American animation market or course that would never happen because we have already lost the war. For all that the series is named "The Venture Brothers" the two adults Dr. Thaddeus S. "Rusty" Venture and Brock Samson are far more interesting characters.
The first season does I think get off to a slow start but it builds slowly and if you stick with this season (and two and three) it you will be entertained. If you don't like Brock, you'll like Hank if not Hank then Dean and if you can't laugh at Dr. Byron T. Orphus I don't know if there is any hope for you.
Overall-I love this show and as often happens I instead just say to you reader give this show a shot if you don't know about it weather you like comedy or like parody there is something for everyone here Race Bannon from the Johnny Quest series even makes an appearance.
- Go team venture
I'm enjoying my disks a lot and will be holding on to these for years, the only drawback was that all the bleeps and blurs are still part of the show. I had assumed that the words and content were blocked for broadcasting purposes but I was wrong. Still I am very happy with my purchase and can hardly wait for season three to become available. If you're a venture fan this is well worth getting....more info
- A MUST HAVE !!!!
Don't doubt this one - even if you havn't ever seen it. The scripts are well written and it amazes me every time I watch it. The humor is outstanding. You will laugh until it hurts. My favorite characters are Dean Venture, The Monarch, Molotave Cocktease and of course Brock Samson. Buy it. Right Now. (go ahead and get Harvey Birdman while you're here - it ranks right up there with this, but the humor is a little more adult)....more info
- Its GRREEEAAT!!
My boyfriend actually turned me to the Venture Brothers...its great...its basically a spoof of Johnny Quest...for those that used to watch it......more info
- Adult Swim does it again
This is a fabulous spoof of Johnny Quest. Brock Sampson is like Race on steroids, and Dr. Venture is a much nerdier, much more incompetent version of Dr. Quest. The Venture brothers believe themselves to be "adventurers," and run around trying to "solve" quests. The show is also extremely funny for its own particular quirks and its own ineffective villains, like The Monarch. A word of warning - although this is a cartoon, it is NOT meant for kids....more info
- "There are 4 puddings in the fridge, you may partake of 1 of them..."
I wasn't sure about the Venture Bros. at first. The old "boy-adventurer", Johnny Quest cartoons of the '70s were not my favorites... but then I realized this is why I would LOVE Venture Bros. This series seems like it is based on the distant cousins of The Tick. The Tick got me out of bed at 9am on Saturdays in the '90s... and Venture Bros. would do the same, had I not had the DVDs at my disposal. I don't know who I like the best, the deep-throated Dr. Girlfriend, or the Necromancer next door... this series is a must-see for anyone who likes Ren and Stimpy, The Tick, Family Guy, Cartoons, has a soul, a voice to laugh with and eyes... actually, you'd laugh without eyes too. ...more info
- Go Team Venture!
Just a fan of show. The sleeve and cover art jumps you right into the Venture Bros. universe....more info
- Best Show on TV
This (along with Home Movies) is easily the best original show that Cartoon Network has ever produced, and it is easily one of the best, weirdest, funniest, most creative and inventive shows on television right now. A mash-up of Lee & Kirby era Marvel Comics, Johnny Quest, Doc Savage, dysfunctional relationships, and black comedy, "The Venture Bros" wears its influences like a badge of honor and gleefuly warps them all in a refreshingly skewed direction. Kudos to Jackson Publick and Doc Hammer for this brilliant show, to Patrick Warburton for his born-to-the-role portrayal of Brock Samson, and to J.G. Thirlwell for the best theme music on television. ...more info
- My boyfriend was very happy!
I bought this DVD for my boyfriend as one of his Christmas presents. I have never seen the show before until now. It is very funny, and very witty. It also has some sassyness to it. My boyfriend was very pleased :)...more info
- Great show!
This is a great show! Every episode is funny. The Monarch is hilarious! For the price you can't go wrong....more info
- Go team Venture!
The Venture Bros is one of the best shows on Adult Swim, nay TV altogether. Taking inspiration from (as well as making reference to) Johnny Quest and Scooby Doo, amongst others, it's a great show. But you already know that.
This DVD has all the episodes from Season 1, and you can pick & play your choice, or simply hit the glorious "Play All" button. For the price, what a glorious choice you will be making in this purchase.
Do yourself a favor and buy it now....more info
- Can't say enough good things.
Much more than just humor. I find the show funny, but am more often stimulated by the plot lines and the clever, insightful writing. Each voice actor is highly talented which makes the characters not only believable, but also likable. Dr. Venture's intonations and off the cuff crass witticisms rarely miss the mark. The boys really are just boys. I want to be Brock Sampson. There is not a character on this show I dislike. I'm excited to see new ones introduced because they have allowed so much room for the stories to grow and develop. I haven't followed a stupid sitcom in years and am only marginally entertained by what passes for 'good' television, but this show has consistently blown me away. 'Guild of Calamitous Intent' !!? C'mon, just flat out brilliant! ...more info
- Hilarious series, well worth the money
Venture Bros. is one of the funniest, most entertaining cartoons out right now. Definitely not a cartoon for little kids, but most older people can appreciate the humor. I've watched it several times so far and still don't get tired of it....more info
It's crazy that ever episode had me and my family laughing non stop. Very impress by the people behind the scenes. Oh yea, brand new, great product, prompt shipping! Thank you!
Stay Strong Venture Bros!...more info
- Best show ever
Thats right, its the best show ever. Hands down. The christmas special that was included was a nice touch....more info
- a must-have for any collection
If you prize the funny and brilliant, you will want this set. Incredible replay potential as well, as I never get tired of this season or season two for that matter....more info
Great quality, funny episodes, awesome extras and attractive packaging.
GO TEAM VENTURE!...more info
- A dark and edgy gem of a show!
Of all the Adult Swim shows I'm familiar with, this is the most satisfying. In some ways, Harvey Birdman is funnier. But it's mostly a collection of pop culture references and off-color gags.
The Venture Brothers is an extremely edgy adult comedy. The characters are fleshed out to a greater degree than in most live action dramas. The level of caricature is on par with early Mad Magazine. The writing is similar to some of the more extreme post-underground comics put out by Fantagraphics. The cinematography and cutting are highly cinematic.
The scene in the pilot where Brock mows down the henchmen in his car reminds me of something out of a Jack Hill Pam Grier vehicle or even a Russ Meyer movie! In fact, I think they should get Charles Napier to play his estranged father.
In general, at it's best, TVB takes the Johnny Quest formula of a movie a week, and turns them in to 60s/70s drive-in movies. This, to me, is pure gold.
Season two has gotten more hit and miss, with Brock going soft, too many animated pseudo-celebrity cameos, and many episodes degenerating to actionless soap operas. But even those episodes are pretty good. And some of my favorite episodes are from the second season. It's just more hit-and-miss.
I commend Adult Swim in green lighting something as subtle, dark and edgy as TVB often is. The main sources of comedy tend to be themes like failure, insanity and death! Even if you don't get all of the references, it's a good show. I will buy the third box set the second it hits the shelf!...more info
- Love This Show
I really hope that Adult Swim comes out with the rest of the seasons on DVD, I will definitely buy them all....more info
- even god has been waiting fr a show this good
jesus died on that cross so that i could enjoy every second of this amazing season. i wanna go kill people after watching this, just because brock sampson did....more info