The Boondocks - Complete First Season

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Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
From gun-totting kids to liberal use of the "n"-word, there is plenty of shock value in The Boondocks. This Cartoon Network Adult Swim entry, based on Aaron McGruder's controversial comic strip, is tailor-made for DVD, where its prodigious profanity can go un-bleeped. Readers' fears that McGruder's potent and provocative voice would be dulled in the transition to the small screen, as Richard Pryor was with his short-lived 1977 ...
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Audio & video commentary by creator Aaron McGruder and the Boondocks crew; Audio commentaries by Uncle Ruckus; Behind-the-scenes featurette; Deleted scenes; Animatics; Unaired adult swim TV promos; Printable storyboards
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
From gun-totting kids to liberal use of the "n"-word, there is plenty of shock value in The Boondocks. This Cartoon Network Adult Swim entry, based on Aaron McGruder's controversial comic strip, is tailor-made for DVD, where its prodigious profanity can go un-bleeped. Readers' fears that McGruder's potent and provocative voice would be dulled in the transition to the small screen, as Richard Pryor was with his short-lived 1977 variety show, are quickly dispelled. Minutes into the first episode, ten-year-old Huey voiced by Regina King -- a natural born revolutionary recently transplanted to the suburbs with his eight-year-old brother, Riley also King, and straight-talking Granddad John Witherspoon -- addresses a garden party audience. "I have a brief announcement to make," he proclaims. "Jesus was black, Ronald Reagan was the devil, and the government is lying about 9/11." Yes, it's only a dream, but his granddad knows better. "You better not even dream about telling white people the truth," he advises. Among the season's noteworthy episodes is "The Return of the King," in which Martin Luther King emerges from an alternate universe coma and receives a less than welcome reception after voicing his anti-war beliefs. In "Let's Nab Oprah," two hapless white gangstas voiced by Charlie Murphy and Samuel L. Jackson, fail in their attempt to kidnap the queen of daytime television, and decide to snatch Bill Cosby instead. But they return him 15 minutes later because he is so "annoying." "A Huey Freeman Christmas" featuring a school Christmas play titled, The Adventures of Black Jesus will give Charlie Brown fans good grief. The deleted scenes include one containing a less-than-respectful reference to Rosa Parks that the network pulled in the wake of her passing.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/25/2006
  • UPC: 043396146136
  • Rating:

  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Time: 5:23:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 23,383

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Regina King Voice Only
John Witherspoon Voice Only
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Disc #1 -- Boondocks: The Complete First Season, Episodes 1-5
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   Episode Selection
      The Trial of Robert Kelly
      The Garden Party
      Guess Hoe's Coming to Dinner
      Granddad's Fight
      A Date With the Health Inspector
   Subtitles
      French
      Subtitles Off
   Special Features
      Audio & Video Commentaries
         Audio and Video Commentary:Play "The Trial of Robert Kelly" With Crew Commentary
         Audio and Video Commentary: Play "The Garden Party" With Crew Commentary
         Audio Commentary: Play "The Trial of Robert Kelly" With Crew Commentary
         Audio Commentary: Play "The Garden Party" With Crew Commentary
         Audio Commentary: Play "Granddad's Fight" With Crew Commentary
         Audio Commentary: Play Uncle Ruckus' Commentary on "Granddad's Fight"
      Behind the Scenes Featurette
      Deleted Scenes
         Rosa Parks and the Flying Chicken Leg
         Granddad's Daydream
         Scare Nigga
      Animatics
      Unaired Promos
      Printable Storyboards
         Place This DVD in Your PC or Mac to Access Printable Storyboards for 5 Scenes From the Show
      Previews
         Dave Chappelle: For What It's Worth
         The Detonator
         Richard Pryor Stand-up Double Feature
         Underworld Evolution
   Previews
      Dave Chappelle: For What It's Worth
      The Detonator
      Richard Pryor Stand-up Double Feature
      Underworld Evolution
Disc #2 -- Boondocks: The Complete First Season, Episodes 6-10
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   Episode Selection
      The Story of Gangstalicious
      A Huey Freeman Christmas
      The Real
      Return of the King
      The Itis
   Subtitles
      French
      Subtitles Off
   Special Features
      Audio Commentary: Play "Gangstalicious" With Crew Commentary
      Audio Commentary: Play "Return of the King" With Crew Commentary
      Audio Commentary: Play Uncle Ruckus' Commentary on "Return of the King"
Disc #3 -- Boondocks: The Complete First Season, Episodes 11-15
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   Episode Selection
      Let's Nab Oprah
      Riley Wuz Here
      Wingmen
      The Block Is Hot
      The Passion of Reverend Ruckus
   Subtitles
      French
      Subtitles Off
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Very good!!

    This is a fresh show that is very funny, entertaining and thought provoking. It is also very offensive but I enjoyed it. Not for kids younger than 13 or 14 in my opinion.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    "The Boondocks" is hilarious in certain areas. Characters like Grampa and Riley are fun to watch because that's what I really look for in an (adult) animated comedy series. Guest voices like Samuel L. Jackson and Adam West are also great addition to this production. Huey Freeman and his younger brother Riley are two young boys from the South Side of Chicago who go to live with their grandfather Richard (the always hilarious John Witherspoon) in the suburbs. Being thrown into an environment of mixed races doesn't exactly set well with the boys: Huey is a militant-type who wants to shake up the Establishment while Riley is a gangsta-wannabe whom both drives Grandpa up the wall with their antics. This show is American, but drawn in an anime style that is sharp and captivating. Adult Swim first introduce me to these characters because I’d never read the comics book and I read that those who had read the comics had stated the show is more vulgar than the strip. During the opening credits I was amazed to see Regina Kings name for the leading roles and that alone had me anxious to see it. The use of King voice actually works well with them. No such reservations about Witherspoon though, he fits Granddad like a glove and does really well with the character. Everyone seemed to do well in the first episode's supporting cast but really these main three are the ones that matter the most. My personal favorites (for now) are ‘The Itis,’ ‘A Huey Freeman Christmas,’ ‘The trail of R. Kelly,’ ‘Wingman,’ and ‘The Health Inspector.’ The styles of humor and drama do change, sometimes radically, from episode to episode, so it may very well be possible for someone to love certain episodes and be unimpressed with another. Many folks are upset with the usage of the N* word and quite a few other references but Aaron McGruder is writing what he knows - and what many other African Americans know. ‘The Boondocks’ is a successful and entertaining comedy that has obviously embedded a specific style and presentation. Huey and Riley are two cute little kids that are opinionated, intelligent...and growing up with a foot in two worlds-which looks to stay that way. This show isn't for everyone and it’s only meant for entertainment purposes. Looking forward for season two.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Offensive, smart and hilarious

    I've been a fan of the Boondocks strip since the start. I bought the DVD on faith because I don't get Adult Swim. The raw language might take some getting used to, but Huey and Riley don't live in the world of Noel Coward. (Wish I could get Riley's hissy fit in "Riley Wuz Here" as a ringtone!) All of the voices are great, but Gabby Soleil (Jazmine DuBois) is simply amazing. It'll be a shame when she ages out of her role. The only segment that I couldn't sit though was Uncle Ruckus' commentary on "Return of the King." It's vile to show someone getting killed and have the narrator say "that's some good shootin." Most people who watch this DVD will be offended by something in it, so no one should feel singled out. Anyway, there's a lot more to like than to dislike. Don't make my mistake and let a friend "borrow" this DVD because you won't get it back.

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