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Greg the Bunny: The Complete Series (review)

Chances are you grew up with Sweetknuckle Junction, the beloved children’s television show, and spent happy times with Junction Jack the train engineer and singing Dottie Sunshine, with Rochester Rabbit and Count Blah. Or maybe not, since the show exists only in the demented, crude, very funny world of Greg the Bunny, which should probably consider itself lucky to have lasted on conformist broadcast TV as long as it did in early to mid 2002. Here are all 13 episodes of the series (two of which never even made it to the airwaves), every one of them a little gem of raunchy, irreverent satire on network television, the manufacturing of kiddie culture, and political correctness. Puppets — excuse me: Fabricated-Americans — are real here, and face all the same issues humans do: annoying roommates, absent love lives, tedious jobs, and the seductions of fame. But somehow, it’s a lot funnier when it’s a sock puppet (a term considered quite derogatory; I use it here from the safety of our parallel universe) complaining she can’t find a good man, or a fluffy stuffed bunny acting like a celebrity jerk. The human cast includes Seth Green (Without a Paddle), in one of the few roles really suited for his unstereotypable quirkiness; one of the episodes was directed by L.A. Confidential‘s Curtis Hanson. Among the numerous bonus features are “Puppet Auditions,” deleted scenes, Easter eggs, and, er, “Puppet Porn.”

MPAA: not rated

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