Real quick, remember Greg the Bunny on Fox a few years back? Good, now did you know that it started on the IFC channel first? Okay now is anyone surprised that the original show was better? Don't get me wrong now the Fox show wasn't bad with Eugene Levy and Bob Gunton among others being paired alongside the puppets but in the IFC show with it's quaint $5 budgets and 10 minute run times were smart enough to know that the puppets were why you watched and very rarely were the humans featured or have their faces shown. Sure Seth Green made an appearance among others but the Puppets were the stars. The show has since gone back to it's humbler and cheaper roots and the show remains just as good if not better.
This DVD chronicles as the label suggests, the best of the film parodies which will normally feature dim but loveable Greg the Bunny in a lead role with the snarking, alcoholic Sir Warren The Ape as his foil in most cases and others like the infamous Count Blah, a puppet who often is used to parellel Bela Lugosi (ie a grade Z star with a loyal following due to his monster movies) and Wumpus who is just plain bizarre. Films can include Down By Law (The Blues She is my Friend), Pulp Fiction (Dead Puppet Storage) The Godpappy (The Godfather) and Martian Serum 7 from Mars (Plan 9 From Outer Space) among a whole episode with numerous references to Coen Brothers movies. Some of the take offs like Annie Hall (Bunny Hall) aren't quite as funny or profane for that matter and lack the bizarre punch that some of the parodies need and thats especially true in the Eraserhead parody called Daddyhood which is just plain bizzare for other reasons. Martian Serum 7 from Mars is probably the best of the bunch which showcases a cheaply made movie with the own studios own cheap effects.
Maybe the Fox show was fun in it's own right, but after taking a look at this show's sampling of the past and post Fox era will make you think twice about which version was better. It's not perfect and in a maket of pop culture and film parody genre galore it could get lost but novelty and a whole lot of heart is on it's side. A big stitched on heart.
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