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Somehow, Greg the Bunny creator Dan Milano was able to retain the
central characters from the canceled FOX series and strike out on his
own on the Independent Film Channel. GtB is a series again now in 15
minutes segments, wedged between animated feature Hopeless Pictures and
The Festival. But if you're expecting to see the old GtB with the
Sweetknuckle Junction and Eugene Levy, you may be a bit disappointed.
This is a different show but no less hilarious. For one thing, only
Greg, Warren and Count Blah appear in this new version now. Seth Green
makes occasional but rare appearances. Obviously, FOX retains the
actual puppets used from the original series, so Greg and company look
quite crude and raggedy. The characters speak of the FOX years in the
past tense as if they were fired actors. Now they're' actors-for-hire.
With an "A Team"-like intro, the premise of the show is spelled out.
Each episode is a parody of a cult movie. "Fargo", "2001: A Space
Odyssey", "Natural Born Killers", "Auto-Focus" are some of the movies
that have been parodied. I'm not sure how long this format will hold
but it works.
The other big difference is that because this is on cable, the humor is much more on the raunchy side. Nothing seems to be off-limits. Sex, crude language, violence. This was my greatest fear for this series. The FOX series worked because the envelope was pushed to the limit. A puppet show with adult themes. Since it was a network show, they had a certain threshold. Since it was the maverick FOX, they had a long leash. Unfortunately, FOX became concerned about ratings and the show was canceled. On IFC, anything goes and I was afraid they'd lean on sex and profanity as a crutch, but Greg is still cute and Warren is even more cynical and sarcastic as ever. The profanity is well placed and not too gratuitous. I think this is how Milano originally intended his show to be. Though I still prefer the FOX series, I think this is a great follow-up. Still hilarious, just not everybody's cup of tea.
I'm really glad IFC is letting this happen. It's good to see Greg,
Warren and Count Blah again (it would be nice to see Tardy, but
apparently he was kidnapped. Listen to the commentary on the DVD). I
was pretty mad when Fox canceled the sitcom. Granted, this isn't the
sitcom (so don't expect it, expect along the lines of the old shorts),
it's just as good (if not better). Thank You! So far so good (even
though the Eraserhead parody was almost as weird and disturbing as the
actual movie)! I'm hoping the DVD of this that comes out in Feb. has
some extra goodies on it rather than just the episodes. I hope to see
more soon! Keep 'em coming
When I first got IFC i watched then first episode i ever saw which was 'Blah' and nearly peed myself it was so funny. I think it is more funny for those who have seen some of the movies they parody like Godpappy (Godfather), Daddyhood (Eraserhead), and Sex, buttons, and a videotape (AutoFocus). I recorded every episode for months until i had to switch cable companies and lost IFC, but i am so glad it is out on DVD, this is a great show! Watch IT!!!!! You will be glad you did. It is funny, it is ridiculous and it is... just forget it. Don't read this anymore, go buy the show on DVD or record the episode NOW, i'm not kidding, do it, watch it, like it!
When FOX picked up Greg the Bunny, a part of the world died. The show
was horrific and dreadful. The restrictions of network television
ruined a classic (Seth Green didn't help either). IFC brought back the
series to restore the glory and wash away the painful memories of that
awful sitcom. The restrictions of the sitcom are gone and back are the
curse words, vulgar humor and adult content. This is the funniest show
on cable! Even better is that The puppets are worn out and messy, not
clean like on FOX. That brings in the element of filth and independence
that the show presents all to well. The parodies are hilarious. You see
parodies like, Dead Puppet Storage (Pulp Fiction), Sleasy Rider (Easy
Rider) Godpappy (The Godfather), and more. We also meet other puppets
such as Warren the ape, Count Blah, and occasionally, The Wumpus. The
arguments between the cast and the puppets, (Espessialy Warren) are
extremely funny too.
The Last Word: IFC did the world justice by bringing this series back to it's true form. Even though it's 12 min. long, it's the funniest show on cable! Better yet, Seth Green is NOT on all of the episodes! YES!! This is Greg's show! Let Greg be the star. Highly recommended!
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