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Home Movies – Season Three


Picture: B-     Sound: C+     Extras: C+     Episdoes: B



When the animated series Home Movies debuted years ago on Cartoon Network, I only paid so much attention to it.  When I did catch it, it was amusing, but I had never considered if it could keep going and stay funny.  The squiggly line look had been banished, but Season Three is funnier and wittier throughout than anyone besides fans would expect.


The writers know how to comment on the things people are thinking about, complaining about or observing interesting things that the rest of the media is missing.  It is always unexpected and funny, with the characters not knowing what to think about anything sometimes, while others being passively focused on the self (very healthy) and having half given up on life.


The center of this are the kids in the show who want to shoot and edit their videotaped home movies, which is not overly focused on throughout the series, but does lead to so many other funny and wacky situations that it gives the writers all kinds of directions to take the series in.  No wonder they remain a favorite on Cartoon Network’s “Adult Swim” broadcast block.  The episodes are as follows:


1)     Shore Leave #*

2)     Breaking Up Is Hard To Do

3)     Bad Influences *

4)     Improving Your Life Through Improv

5)     Four’s Company

6)     Renaissance *

7)     My Cheatin’ Heart

8)     Guitarmageddon #*

9)     Storm Warning *

10)  Time To Pay The Price *

11)  Broken Dreams

12)  Stowaway

13)  Coffins & Cradles #*



The 1.33 x 1 image is often colorful and despite its simple animation, is vivid and consistent throughout.  There are few problems with the transfer and is a pleasure to view throughout.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo does not have any serious Pro Logic surrounds, but is very clean and clear, which is good because so many of the jokes are so good and have such good timing, but are also funny because of the way they are delivered by the voice actors.  Extras include animatics for one episode per each of the three discs as marked above by an #, commentaries on shows marked with an * above, an interactive game on DVD 1, a featurette on DVD 2 for those who might not like the show and radio interview with the creators on DVD 3.  All offer lots of laughs and the great thing about the series is that you can start with any of the show’s seasons from Shout! Factory.  We look forward to more.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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