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The Boondocks – The Complete Third Season (2010/Sony DVD Set)


Picture: B     Sound: B     Extras: B     Episodes: B



The Boondocks: The Complete Third Season is promoted as the most crazy and controversial season yet and it is certainly true.  Whereas the two previous seasons of The Boondocks pushed the limits, this Third Season has raised the bar and explicitly added layers of controversy.  The series is unpredictable and has only gotten better with time.  Often times (surprisingly) I have found myself caught off guard by some of the dialogue and storylines the series embraces, to the point I wish there was a better word than controversial to describe the work of Aaron McGruder.


The Boondocks started as a conflict-ridden comic series with critics all over the spectrum.  Over the years as it grew in popularity it managed to gain a new format in animation on Cartoon Networks Adult Swim.  The animated series gave McGruder the chance to expand his slick and comedic wit beyond the 3 panels that the comic strip had confined him to.  What audiences got was a brilliant series that didn’t hold back with no topic being too taboo.  Discussions of race, sex and religion were not off limit and managed to deliver the topics in a much different light than its competitors.


The Third Season is supposedly the final, sad to say, but the series went out with a bang.  The series continued to emphasize its views on culture and race through the Freeman boys (Granddad, Huey and Riley) taking social satire to a whole new level.  The Third Season gets things started (belatedly) with the election of President Obama and examines society’s reaction to the change of power.  McGruder (who uses Huey as his voice on the series) addresses the topic in a brilliant manner as some see Obama as the second coming and others think it is the apocalypse; Huey on the other hand sees it as business as usual, just a new face.  That is only the beginning for The Boondocks as the rest of the season delves into gang violence, self limitation, terrorism, domestic abuse, foreign policy and even cookie pushing.  As usual a variety of topics are discussed in a comical, yet enlightening manner.  If nothing else the show is well balanced, just as something controversial, taboo or cringe inducing is spouted from a characters mouth the show pulls back to emphasize what was said isn’t so bad or let it slide by with a little comic relief.


McGruder’s work is admirable and even as I don’t agree with some of his points of view it is refreshing to see things from a different perspective.


The technical features on this Third Season release are well done and reminiscent of the Second Season.  The picture is once again presented in 1.78 X 1 Anamorphically Enhanced Widescreen that is heavy on color, with splashes of reds and yellow well balanced among the brown and often tattered backdrop.  The picture remains crisp and clear throughout, presenting an image that many animated series have yet to achieve on DVD.  There are some mild compression issues and artifacting, but it is minor at that.  As always this reviewer looks forward to Blu-ray transfers.  The sound has been mildly upgraded to a Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound that is not perfect, but more immersive than the previous two releases.  Most of the sound comes from the front in the form of crisp, clean dialogue, but the rears are used for the series’ musical scores.


The extras include the following:

  • Every Episode Hosted by Cedric Yarbrough and Gary Anthony Williams
    • Essentially the comedy duo give brief intros and concluding remarks on every Third Season episode
  • Four Audio Commentaries with John Witherspoon, Cedric Yarbrough and Gary Anthony Williams
    • I would have preferred to have McGruder present for the Audio Commentaries, but they are informative and hilarious nevertheless.
  • Slink on the Street: Who is Your Favorite Character?
    • Short, with nothing to worth while as the casual interviews fly by
  • Animatic to Screen Comparisons
  • Seung Eun Kim Photo Gallery (Sketches)


A great series that I am sorry to see end.



-   Michael P. Dougherty II


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