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Actors: James Urbaniak, Michael Sinterniklaas, Patrick Warburton, Christopher McCulloch, Steven Rattazzi Director: Christopher McCulloch Rating: Features: Animated, Closed-captioned, Color, DVD, Full Screen, NTSC Running Time: 291 minutes Release Date: May 30, 2006 Theatrical Release Date: August 7, 2004 Studio: Cartoon Network
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Once a child prodigy, Dr. Venture now fails as both a scientist and father. Luckily, his twins, Hank and Dean are too stupid to care. And they've got their vicious, macho bodyguard, Brock, looking out for them. Together they'll get in all sorts of situations involving wild alligators, street ruffians, and booby traps. Brock really likes the booby traps.
DVD Features: Audio Commentary:On 3 episodes: "EENEY, MEENEY, MINEY...MAGIC!", "TAG SALE--YOU'RE IT!" and "GHOSTS OF THE SARGASSO". Audio Commentary:On "RETURN TO SPIDER-SKULL ISLAND" and bonus pilot episode, "THE TERRIBLE SECRET OF TURTLE BAY". Deleted Scenes Documentary:Behind the scenes of the Venture Bros. live-action movie a Mockumentary. TV Special:Bonus Episode - "A VERY VENTURE CHRISTMAS" and the pilot episode "THE TERRIBLE SECRET OF TURLE BAY".
If Jonny, Haji, Race Bannon, and the rest of the Jonny Quest gang were idiots, their animated adventures might play out like The Venture Bros., a consistently funny spoof on '60s adventure cartoons from the Cartoon Network's Adult Swim programming. The premise should be immediately familiar and nostalgic for any Saturday morning TV aficionado who grew up in the '60s and '70s: Dr. Venture James Urbaniak from Henry Fool is an inventor, while sons Hank and Dean's insatiably curiosity lands them in hot water with supervillains, robots, magicians, and the like. Brock Sampson voiced by the very funny Patrick Warburton of The Tick is the good doctor's right-hand man, who rescues the boys with good old-fashioned manpower. The twist in The Venture Bros. is that every single character, down to the supervillains' henchmen, are complete and utter dolts, and their adventures are inspired more by foolishness, personal obsessions for Brock, it's sex and violence, and for Dr. V, it's diet pills and a daddy fixation, or just plain cosmic weirdness than any sense of post-Kennedy-era adventure and derring-do. The result is subversive and occasionally shocking insanity Dr. V loses his kidneys in the series opener "Dia de Los Dangerous"; Dean suffers an unmentionable personal injury in "Are You There, God? It's Me, Dean"; the boys believe that Dr. Venture's stomach tumor is actually a pregnancy in "Return to Spider Island", but with enough flashes of surreal brilliance to make this a must-have for modern animation fans. The Season One two-disc set contains all 13 episodes, as well as two bonus episodes--the show's original pilot, "The Terrible Secret of Turtle Bay" for Hank and Dean, the secret is something decidedly salacious, and "A Very Venture Christmas," as well as a handful of deleted scenes. Commentary by the show's creators and cast can be heard on five episodes, including "Turtle Bay," and the extras are rounded out by "Behind the Scenes of the Live-Action Movie," a 20-minute mockumentary that features much of the voice-over talent dressed in some ridiculous costumes. --Paul Gaita