"The Boondocks" is an animated series (which airs on the Cartoon Networks' "Adult Swim") based upon creator Aaron McGruder's syndicated comic strip of the same name, which has gained both popularity and controversy (some outlets have stopped running it) since it made its national debut in 1999. The series focuses on Riley and Huey Freeman (voiced by Regina King), two African-American kids who are moved out of their Chicago neighborhood into upper class suburbia by their grandfather (voiced by John Witherspoon), who used the kids' inheritance in order to buy the house, despite the fact that they weren't exactly thrilled with the idea.
The series focuses on the adventures of the two very different children (Riley is a fan of the gangsta rap culture, while Huey is more militant) as they comment on their neighborhood, current events and culture in general. As for pop culture, one of the episodes - "The Uncle Ruckus Reality Show" - was a savage enough spoof that BET (the subject of the episode) protested to the point where the episode was not aired (however, it does end up on the DVD.)
While the voice work is stellar and the writing is terrific, what also makes "The Boondocks" stand out is the animation. Looking as if it was somewhat inspired by anime (especially the occasional fight scene), the show's character designs are unique and the backgrounds have a richness and beauty that draws the eye. The compositions are also often imaginative, as well. There have certainly been more eye-catching animated films, but "The Boondocks" looks exceptionally good for a TV animated series.
Overall, I thought "Boondocks" was entertaining and enjoyable. While the series mostly goes for comedy, it also has the occasional sad or dramatic moment, which keeps it from becoming over-the-top. The show's commentary isn't P.C. and it's going to make some uncomfortable, but it's often sharp, smart and pushes debate and discussion on issues - racial and otherwise.
The episodes in this set are uncut/uncensored - no bleeps.
16. 2- 1 8 Oct 07 … Or Die Trying
17. 2- 2 15 Oct 07 Tom, Sarah and Usher
18. 2- 3 22 Oct 07 Thank You for Not Snitching
19. 2- 4 29 Oct 07 Stinkmeaner Strikes Back
20. 2- 5 5 Nov 07 The Story of Thugnificent
21. 2- 6 19 Nov 07 Attack of the Killer Kung-Fu Wolf Bitch
22. 2- 7 26 Nov 07 Shinin'
23. 2- 8 3 Dec 07 Ballin'
24. 2- 9 10 Dec 07 Invasion of the Katrinians
25. 2-10 17 Dec 07 Home Alone
26. 2-11 21 Jan 08 The S Word
27. 2-12 28 Jan 08 The Story of Catcher Freeman
28. 2-13 4 Feb 08 The Story of Gangstalicious, Part 2
29. 2-14 The Hunger Strike
30. 2-15 The Uncle Ruckus Reality Show
VIDEO: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment presents "The Boondocks" in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen. The picture quality is marvelous, as the picture quality certainly does justice to the show's animation. Sharpness and detail are consistently excellent, as the picture appeared crisp and well-defined at all times. No pixelation or edge enhancement were seen and the only concern was some light shimmering. Colors remained very nicely saturated and bold, with no smearing or other concerns.
SOUND: The show's stereo soundtrack delivered clear music and dialogue, with no distortion or other issues.
EXTRAS: Creator Aaron McGruder is joined by members of the production staff for commentary on: "Stinkmeaner Strikes Back", "The Uncle Ruckus Reality Show", "The Story of Gangstalicious: Part 2" and "The Hunger Strike". We also get introductions for the two episodes that were not aired on TV: "The Hunger Strike" and "Uncle Ruckus Reality Show". As with the show itself, the commentaries are honest and funny. They also offer a good deal of information about the production - development of the story, changes and any obstacles that were encountered.
We also get: "Behind the Boondocks" featurette, "Trouble in Woodcrest?", "The Cast" featurette and a minisode (a few minutes of an episode) from the 2003 "Spider Man" animated series and minisode of "Married...With Children".
Final Thoughts: "Boondocks" gets the deluxe treatment on DVD, with fantastic audio/video quality and a very nice selection of supplements. Recommended.