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Super Mansion: Season 1 (2016/Sony DVD Set)

Picture: B Sound: B Extras: D Episodes: C-

Cartoon Network's Adult Swim has had its fair share of hits and misses over the years, with the largely successful Robot Chicken and others. The idea here is to create off-beat satirical animated for the adult crowd for those late to the party. The newest effort is a stop motion puppet show entitled Super Mansion (from the creators of Robot Chicken) that centers around an aging superhero (Bryan Cranston) who is leading a falling-from-grace legion of superheroes that get into antic after antic. But even an all-star voice cast can't save his unfunny show with a tired spin on the superhero genre - but the inclusion of dirty language and adult content makes me question - exactly what audience is this show for?

Some of the impressive celebrity guest voices include Zeb Wells, Keegan-Michael Key, Seth Green, Chris Pine, Ron Perlman, Nick Kroll, Matthew Senreich, and others.

This set includes 13 uncensored episodes which consist of Groaner's Wild, They Shoot Omega Pets, Don't They?, Let's Talk About Rex, Puss in Books, Lex, A Midsummer Night's Ream, Brad Medicine, Unfortunate Son, Babes in the Wood, The Inconceivable Escape of Dr. Devizo, Lexanity, and Lex as a Weapon.

This unrated animate feature has a decent looking standard definition transfer with a 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen aspect ratio that looks and sounds as good as it can for DVD. The colors are vibrant and the overall quality is a close match to a HD streaming service (like Crackle - where the show is also available to watch) or on digital cable. The sound mix is a lossy English 5.1 Dolby Digital track, that sounds fine for this with even levels and a nice mix.

No extras.

I'm a fan of adult animated shows, namely South Park, which has me in stitches laughing even after repeat episode viewing. Being a fan of superheroes and comics and, I feel, the target demographic they are going for here - I found the show to be flat, unfunny, and uninspired. The 'aging' superhero concept has been done to death and hasn't been really explored or improved upon here.

- James Lockhart



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