Steven Spielberg Presents Freakazoid!

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While logged on to the information superhighway, mild-mannered teen Dexter Douglas crashes, becoming overloaded with entirely useless information that transforms him into Freakazoid!
Starring
Paul RuggJoe LeahyEd Asner
Genres
ComedyAnimation
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English
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  1. 1. Five Day Forecast / Dance of Doom / Hand Man
    September 8, 1995
    21min
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    Freakazoid does the weather, rescues a hostage at a high-school dance, and loses a sidekick to marriage.
  2. 2. Candle Jack / Toby Danger in Doomsday Bet / The Lobe
    September 15, 1995
    21min
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    Freakazoid rescues campers from a monster and narrowly escapes a lobotom y. Toby Danger must stop Dr. Sin.
  3. 3. Mo-Ron / The Sewer Rescue / The Big Question / The Legends Who Lunch
    September 22, 1995
    21min
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    A forgetful alien tries to recall his message for mankind. Lord Bravery's first act as a superhero hopeful turns out to be a problem.
  4. 4. And Fan Boy Is His Name / Lawn Gnomes: Chapter IV - Fun in the Sun / Freak's French Lesson
    September 29, 1995
    21min
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    Fan boy sucks up to Freakazoid in order to get the sidekick position; th e Lawn Gnomes relate the origins of their crusade against evil; Freak teaches French.
  5. 5. Foamy the Freakadog / Office Visit / Ode to Leonard Nimoy / Emergency Broadcast System
    October 6, 1995
    21min
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    A rabid dog-like creature becomes Freak's new sidekick; Lord Bravery fig hts bureaucracy over his name; Fan Boy rhapsodizes over his quest for Spock's autograph; Freak teaches Norwegian.
  6. 6. The Chip (Acts I - III)
    November 3, 1995
    22min
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    The story of Freak's origins.
  7. 7. The Chip (Act IV) / Freakazoid is History
    November 10, 1995
    21min
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    The conclusion to the story of Freak's origins. A vortex sucks Freak into the past.
  8. 8. Hot Rods from Heck / A Time for Evil
    November 17, 1995
    21min
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    Freak foils a plot to use robotic cars to steal nuclear weapons. The Hu ntsman goes in search of crime.
  9. 9. Relax-O-Vision / Fatman and Boy Blubber / Limbo Lock-Up / Terror Palace
    November 24, 1995
    21min
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    The Lobe kidnaps Steff, two big superheroes rescue a big victim and Frea k's arrested by cyberspace police.
  10. 10. In Arms Way / The Cloud
    December 15, 1995
    21min
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    Freak goes Christmas shopping and seaches for the answer to a mysterious cloud which seems to be turning people into zombies.
  11. 11. Next Time, Phone Ahead / Nerdator
    February 2, 1996
    22min
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    Dexter encounters a mislaid alien and a villain kidnaps all the nerds in the world.
  12. 12. House of Freakazoid / Sewer or Later
    February 9, 1996
    22min
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    Freak must rescue a werewolf from his cursed state and delve into the sewers after a pack of jewel thieves led by the Cobra Queen.
  13. 13. The Wrath of Guitierrez
    February 16, 1996
    21min
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    Evil computer genius Armondo Guitierrez finds a way into the Internet an d Freak must defeat his powerful enemy.

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Supporting actors
David KaufmanTress MacNeilleJohn McCannRicardo Montalban
Producers
Tom RueggerMitch Schauer
Season year
1996
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Nick D'AmicoReviewed in the United States on July 25, 2008
5.0 out of 5 stars
Man, that was SOME mint!
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I have been waiting for YEARS for WB to release this show on DVD! The first time I became aware of it was when I was watching the TOMORROW show with Tom Snyder and they showed a clip from an episode (it was, as I recall, THE NERDINATOR or something, I don't recall - nerds all over the country were being electronically kidnapped by an alien that looked like the Predator) and Tom Snyder himself was one of the nerds kidnapped. In the cartoon, Snyder had the Pope as a guest and was prattling on about the nerds being kidnapped and went off into this left-field rant about his days as a DJ ("playing the hits and smackin' 'em down"). Snyder loved it, and so did I. ANY cartoon that would throw something like that into the plotline was one I absolutely HAD to see, and it didn't disappoint me. I became a faithful viewer from that moment on and taped as many of them as I could (this was before the days of recordable DVDs, mind). It was absolutely my favorite WB show and I loved it for all the reasons I love the old WB Looney Tunes - they appealed to both adults and kids and were not only funny, but intelligent. It was the first cartoon I'd seen EVER that actually included an Ed Wood reference! Along with that, the voice talent they got for the show - Ed Asner as Cosgrove, the Chief of Police, David Warner as The Lobe, Ricardo Montalban as Gutierrez ("I am NOT a weenie! YOUUUU are the weenie!") Jonathan Harris as Professor Jones, Clive Revill, Stan Freberg... Man, I LOVED it!!! This is a day-of-issue purchase if ever there was one!
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Betty V.Reviewed in the United States on May 29, 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
Even better as an adult!
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This show is hilarious and watching it now I sometimes wonder how I found it interesting as a kid! I don't often watch things with the commentary (I usually have too little time and too many movies and shows on my list to justify re-watching) but after being convinced by my boyfriend to listen to a little commentary we wound up watching a lot of the commentary episodes because they were actually funny for their own content and really illuminating on the show development, character design, and creative process. You can tell the writers/actors/animators really enjoyed working on this show and cared about it.
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ZTT FanReviewed in the United States on August 5, 2008
5.0 out of 5 stars
Completely amazing fall off the chair entertainment that stands the test of time
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Though this set dates from 1995, most every joke is as hilarious now as it was when the series first aired.

The only downside is this is only season one, and I really wish they would have included the 11 series two episodes and had made it a "complete series" set, as Freakazoid! was moved around so much not only were the S2 episodes hard to catch, WB never reran them after they canned the show.

Anyone who enjoyed the "Hello, Dolly!" references in Wall-E will not be able to contain themselves should the season two episode "Dexter's Date" ever be released.

In the mean time, be sure to pick up this set; not only will you be laughing hysterically throughout the 13 season one episodes, good sales will convince WB there are enough fans to release season two.
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R. CoxReviewed in the United States on November 2, 2008
4.0 out of 5 stars
Perhaps best for young teens
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Freakazoid was part of the animation revival of the mid 90's. It was animation targeted to a slightly older audience, utilizing more complex animation techniques including many visual and textual homages to the entertainment that preceded it. The one thing that Freakazoid does not have, in general, is a plot. It is almost entirely a vehicle for interesting ideas, jokes, and parodies, with no attempt to weave them into a cohesive whole.

In many ways this is a good thing, unless the target audience are young children. I believe that young children require a beginning, middle, and end. Small children also emjoy simple themes and repetition. Which is to say that Freakazaoid, like much of the animation of the mid 90's, is targeted more for what we now call tweens and older, and in this way it was far ahead of it's time. There is nothing in the content inappropriate for small children, but I think that most simply will not get it. This is a departure from much of what Amblin created at the time, so it is an interesting tidbit.

To the DVD itself. The fourteen episodes are on one single sided dvd and one double sided DVD, so when the second DVD ends, flip it over. There is some commentary, most of it very good, and nothing I heard should be objectionable to most parents. The transfer seems to be of good quality. The only issue is that the subtitles do not seem to run during the comentary.

Two minor negatives. The first DVD starts with an anti-piracy advertisement which includes footage from the Wizard of Oz. It begins with a shot of the Wizard, which was disconcerting to me. I can't imagine what young kids would think of it. Second, the packaging is made of a plastic does not seem to as tough as the regular DVD case. Mine broke during shipment, and at some point small pieces of plastic broke off, so keep it away from the very young children.
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Aviator77Reviewed in the United States on December 6, 2010
4.0 out of 5 stars
Freak in!
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I remember watching Freakazoid as a teenager, looking forward to every episode. The reason being, it truly has the touch of the original Looney Tunes. The music, the gags, everything feels just as silly as when I was a child, able to understand how Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies alike reached out to the mature audiences as well. Worthy of remaining in my collection. My only beef with the art directors is it was unfortunate they could not always utilize the best talents and inkers in all the episodes--the same crews that drew and inked not only the title intro for Freakazoid; but many of the episodes that followed. I understand it's budget-related; but cheapens the experience as well.
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Michael Bruce BirtchetReviewed in the United States on March 13, 2014
4.0 out of 5 stars
And now for someone completely different
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Was there ever any cartoon superhero more self-conscious of his own cartoony-ness than Freakazoid? While so many other comedians and cartoon characters spoof superheroes (usually portrayed as pathetic and incompetent), this brilliant series explodes the genre from within. There is a certain level of sophistication integrated into the comedy that keeps it from growing stale after multiple viewings. The only flaw in the first season is that there were two half episodes that were repeated in later shows- the creators probably just didn't have enough material ready at the time. But the two segments starring Lord Bravery (imagine Basil Fawlty as a superhero) are priceless. And watch out for Fan Boy!
M. UdellReviewed in the United States on October 13, 2008
4.0 out of 5 stars
Hilarious show... subpar DVD
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I'm finding it challenging to accurately "star" this review because I am frankly overjoyed to be able to own this gem of a show on DVD.

THE SHOW: First the good news: The show is hilarious. Rating the DVD on the episodes alone I'd give it a 5 of 5. Some of the humor is decidedly childish, and alot of it relies on a knowledge of the events and culture of the mid-1990s, but when it hits it can be side-splittingly funny. The extended lament on the loss of the aerial tram at Disneyland has made me laugh for over a decade.

The quality of the shows voice acting is consistently excellent, with inspiring performances by Ed Asner, Ricardo Montleban, David Warner, Paul Rugg and others.

The animation quality is on a par with quality Warner TV animation at the time. It comes off as a hypbrid of the styles of Batman: The Animated Series and Animaniacs.

THE DVDs: Now the bad news. This is not a lovingly restored animated show. In fact, compared to a number of other 2-D animated features I own on DVD the show looks downright awful. Noise and artifacting are rampant throughout the discs. It looks worse than a standard def television broadcast of the same material, which is truly a shame.

On a more positive note, the commentary on 3 episodes is very entertaining and the original promotional spots (which I don't remember ever seeing on TV at the time of the shows airing) are a hoot.

SUMMARY: Great show, poor transfer, average special features. I hope it says alot about the quality of the show itself that I will definitely still purchase Season 2 (a meager but rewarding 11 episodes) if/when it is released.

Emmitt Nervend appeared one time in this review
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on November 1, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Freakazoid made deadpool who he is today
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You need some freakazoid in your life, trust this review i took time to rate it so you know you can trust my judgement
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