- Jun 24, 2003
- Real Name
- Michael Osadciw
GREG THE BUNNY
THE COMPLETE SERIES
Studio: 20th Century Fox Television
Air Date: 2002
U.S. Rating: NR
Canadian Rating: NR
Total Disc Length: 299 minutes
Aspect Ratio:[*] 1.33:1 full screen
Audio:[*] English Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
Subtitles: English, Spanish
Closed Captioned: Yes
SLP: US $39.98
Release Date: October 19, 2004
Show Rating: :star: :star: :star: :star: / :star: :star: :star: :star: :star:
Starring: Dan Milano (Greg The Bunny), Eugene Levy (Gil Bender), Seth Green (Jimmy Bender), Bob Gunton (Junction Jack), Sarah Silverman (Alison Kaiser), Dina Waters (Dottie Sunshine), Drew Massey (Count Blah), Dan Milano (Warren “Professor Ape” Demontague)
Created by: Dan Milano
I’ve been told by Greg the Bunny to inform you that his short-lived self-titled TV show is now available on DVD. If you’ve heard of his show before, or if you were one of the few who watched it before it was cancelled by the FOX network, you’ve had time already to pick up this 2-disc DVD set. If you haven’t heard of this show before, let me inform you what Greg The Bunny is all about.
Greg The Bunny is one of the 3.2 million puppets, or better known as fabricated Americans who are living alongside with people in society. Despite their high population, they still face a social rejection from people who think they are too different and weird to be living along side with them. Most of them are a fraction of the size of a human, they are a little more bubbly and effervescing than humans, and thus humans are usually more prone to be racist towards them. Greg has a hard time getting a job and would like work more days that just Easter.
One day he convinces roommate Jimmy (Green) to get him a job with his father (Levy) who is a director of a children’s show titled “Sweetknuckle Junction”. While assuming he would be interviewed for an assistant’s position, Greg soon finds himself the star of the show replacing a worn-down old puppet. The show’s episodes include many hilarious puppets on Sweetknuckle Junction such as a drunken and perverted ape Warren and wise and elder vampire Count Blah, blah, who says blah after every sentence. They are accompanied by Junction Jack (who represents the anti-puppet human) and the bubbly and sexy Dottie, who intimately takes the relationships with her human and puppet co-workers to the last step first.
This cast makes for a fantastic show that is funny as a bunny and entertaining for adults who like the odd and off the wall. Greg the Bunny first appeared on a NYC public access show called "Junktape" and his voice was influenced by the Jerky Boys. He was then the star of interstitial short films and features on The Independent Film Channel for two years, under the show title "The Greg The Bunny Show" until FOX allowed it to become a reality on network TV – only to be cancelled rather quickly after thirteen episodes. The show went through some serious turns as far as the direction it was heading. Characters’ personalities were changed as more people meddled with the workings of the show. It was unclear as how FOX would advertise it to the public. It transformed from a show based on fabricated Americans to one of father-son relationship with puppets secondary on the list. Surely, this didn’t sit well with the creators involved with the show until everything got messy behind scenes and ended on a sour note.
Regardless, of what was produced and finalized were these thirteen episodes for your enjoyment:
DISC 1: Episodes
[*]Welcome to Sweet Knuckle Junction[*]Sock Like Me[*]Dottie Heat[*]SK - 2.0[*]Piddler on the Roof[*]Rabbit Redux
DISC 2: Episodes
[*]Father and Son Reunion[*]Jimmy Drives Gil Crazy[*]Greg Gets Puppish[*]Surprise![*]The Jewel Heist[*]The Singing Mailman[*]Blah Bawls
VIDEO QUALITY :star: :star: :star:
Greg The Bunny was one of the several FOX shows in 2002 framed at 16x9 and taped in HD 24p using Sony’s HDW F-900 digital cameras. Most of the world has seen this show only in 4:3 480i so naturally this DVD release is presented this way. The image quality on this disc is alright and not striking in comparison to some other television shows I’ve seen shot in HD. While there is nothing distracting on the source (except Dottie), I was expecting a little more depth and detail fleshed out for this release. The show is a little dimmer in comparison to others (especially after reviewing FOX’s Arrested Development on DVD) with such ‘bright-whites’. There are a few instances of compression artefacts and rare instances of edge enhancement/ghosting during each episode. I think with a little more effort from FOX, a new 16x9 transfer from the HD tape could have made this show (and Dottie) look gorgeous.
AUDIO QUALITY :star: :star:
Keeping consistent with other TV shows, the Dolby Surround audio produced for Greg The Bunny is adequate for the show. It’s really the same old same old: music across the front channels, dialogue anchored in the center speaker and very little directional cues in the main channels. Surround levels provide just enough ambiences with music and bass in the main channels is almost non-existent. Dialogue is very clear and never drowned out by music or effects so you can catch all of the witty humour, blah. What more is there to expect in a world full of fabricated Americans?
SPECIAL FEATURES :star: :star: :star: :star: / :star: :star: :star: :star: :star:
Greg The Bunny comes with commentaries on six episodes that are very informative about the show:
[*]"Welcome to Sweet Knuckle Junction" Commentary by creator Dan Milano, production designer Jim Dultz, music supervisor Howard Paar, and property master Brad Elliot
[*]"Sock Like Me" Commentary by Creator Dan Milano, Seth Green, Bob Gunton, Drew Massey, Victor Yerrid and James Murray
[*]"Piddler on the Roof" Commentary by creator Dan Milano, Seth Green, Sarah Silverman, Dina Waters, Drew Massey, Victor Yerrid and James Massey
[*]"Rabbit Redux" Commentary by creator Dan Milano, director/editor Brent Carpenter, writer Bill Frieberger and James Murray
[*]"Jimmy Drives Gil Crazy" Commentary by Greg the Bunny, Seth Green, Bob Gunton, Warren Demontaque, Tardie the Turtle, count Blah, Rochester Rabbit, Susan the Monster and more;
[*]"The Singing Mailman" Commentary by Greg the Bunny, Seth Green, Bob Gunton, Warren Demontaque, Tardie the Turtle, Count Blah, Rochester Rabbit, Susan the Monster and more.
There are also two featurettes; The Humans Behind the Fabricated Americans (30m) which explores those people behind the scenes from the Greg the Bunny’s history to puppeteer casting, with audition tapes shown on Puppet Auditions (6m14s).
On the two discs combined, there are a total of almost twenty-one minutes of deleted and extended scenes with optional commentary by Dan Milano, some of them are funny, hopefully a future Greg The Bunny HD collection can have some of these inserted back into the show. Disc one also has 32 stills of conceptual artwork and an Easter eggs of Warren's Play – Dailies (2m).
Disc two has these features, but I never received it for screening: Director's storyboard - "Jimmy Drives Gil Crazy" (90 stills), “Tardy Delivery" with optional commentary (8m), Puppet porn (5 stills), IFC Presents: Greg the Bunny Show, Wrap Reel (6m25s), Behind the scenes stills (20 stills), Publicity Gallery: Promos, Publicity Stills (40 stills), Greg and Seth interview (8m), and an Easter Egg (7:02) of Dina Cracks Up Greg, Tries to Exit Door, Cast and Puppeteers singing on set, Warren and Seth, Turkey Dance, Sarah Silverman does stand-up, Dog bites Rochester, Sarah walks by, Seth and Greg do Willy and Alf.
Some of the best moments about these features are that the puppets are presented as if they were really actors. All of the humour is intact and they are as personable as ever in these interviews. This makes the special features refreshing to watch instead of the lame and boring “Hi, my name is…” interviews. Thanks to the guys behind this DVD for making the special features a real bunny treat.
IN THE END…
Sadly missed by many (including myself who wishes I would have seen it when first aired), Greg The Bunny fans can sit back and relax with these fuzzy guys on DVD. I really wish the show could have gone on longer but I guess the rest of society is too normal to like anything different and weird that this show really had going for it. With great talent from Eugene Levy, Seth Green (and Dina Waters as Dottie - I think she really tickles a good nerve with a lot of Greg The Bunny fans!) I’m sad to see this show is no more beyond its first and only season. This show is hilarious and entertaining, with a cute and adorable off the wall affection for fun, Greg The Bunny is special in my books of lost treasures. Recommended.
(As a side note, does anyone know the origin to Count Blah’s “Blah” after almost every sentence? Was there a puppet/Muppet in the past who said this a lot?)