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Brendon Small, an ambitious eight-year-old filmmaker, shoots movies in his basement with his two best friends, while coming to terms with adolescence, life, and relationships.
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Cast

Series cast summary:
Brendon Small Brendon Small ...  Brendon Small / ... 52 episodes, 1999-2004
H. Jon Benjamin ...  Jason Penopolis / ... 52 episodes, 1999-2004
Melissa Bardin Galsky Melissa Bardin Galsky ...  Melissa Robbins / ... 52 episodes, 1999-2004
Ron Lynch ...  Ronald Lynch 50 episodes, 1999-2004
Janine Ditullio Janine Ditullio ...  Paula Small / ... 47 episodes, 2001-2004
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Storyline

TV series about the life of Brendon Small, an eight-year-old visionary who, using his friends Jason and Melissa as actors, have managed to direct over a thousand homemade films. His parents are divorced, but it doesn't feel strange since so many other kids' parents are divorced. His friend Jason actually feels upset because his parents are still together. At school, he is taught soccer by his coach John McGirk, or as he calls him, "that weird Irish guy". Written by radioactive

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Country:

USA

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English

Release Date:

26 April 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ciné-Maniac See more »

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Boston, Massachusetts, USA See more »

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Runtime:

| (13 episodes) | (52 episodes)

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

In the first season, the show used the animation process called "Squiggle Vision" that debuted in Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist (1995). See more »

Goofs

In the third season episode titled "Broken Dreams", the lifeguard calls Mr. Lynch "Donald Lynch". In the same episode, the name "Ronald Lynch" appears printed on Mr. Lynch's personal check (stolen by McGuirk). See more »

Quotes

Brendon: [discussing his dad's new girlfriend] I dunno, Coach, I just don't like her.
Coach McGuirk: Why, she ugly or something?
Brendon: Oh, no! No, not at all! In fact, she's gorgeous!
Coach McGuirk: Really?
Brendon: Yeah, she could be like in a magazine or something!
Coach McGuirk: [intrigued] What, like a DIRTY mag?
Brendon: Uh, no. More like one of those model magazines.
Coach McGuirk: [disappointed] Oh.
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Grown-up cartoon gets a second chance
1 October 2001 | by sstraderSee all my reviews

"Home Movies" was one of those adult cartoons that unfortunately never survived beyond its first few episodes on UPN (after a hiatus, it was picked up by the Cartoon Network). Within that trend, there were many justifiable cancellations, most of them "edgy" -- quotes required -- and cancelled because they just tried to hard. "Home Movies" had a simple setting (hey, "The Simpsons" is just a sitcom about a family) and everyday stories; the humor resides in the mix of Woody Allen styled dialog and extra-flat animation. It has a low-key zaniness that dryly merges those two styles.

The main character is a young boy whom we should see as precocious, filming and starring in his own home movies, but he has merely traded in Legos and a skateboard for a movie camera and director's hat. Each episode is punctuated by the bizarre fruits of his labor: crime dramas, documentaries, PSAs, all with various friends and unsuspecting teachers in the cast. "Home Movies"' supporting characters, a snotty younger sibling, a supportive love interest, and the neighborhood teen metal band, work out various personality quirks you may have watched "Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist" try to cure on that other squiggle-vision cartoon.

The dialog wanders along very naturally and is one of the charms of the show. Characters will hesitate in mid-thought, abandon what they're saying, accidentally say what they're thinking, and have the classic is-it-my-turn-to-talk battle. The fact the so little gets said successfully says a lot.

Thank God it's back on the Cartoon Network! It's avoided the curse of edgy attention-seeking, maybe a spare survival under the radar will keep it from becoming too self-conscious.


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