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part of a small rebellion | by maryann johanson

Moral Orel: The Unholy Version: Volume 1 (review)

Oh my god. Heh. This Cartoon Network series — a late-night Adult Swim entry that absolutely, positively for grownups only — is a spot-on sendup of those self-righteous religious cartoons so many of us couldn’t avoid as kids (I’m looking at you, Davey & Goliath). Here we have Orel, the stop-motion-animated young citizen of the town of Moralton who inevitably gets into hilarious disasters — like raising the zombie dead, impregnating every woman in his neighborhood, and drinking his own urine — that would horrify the priggish mind even though they result from him merely doing his very best to heed the word of God. Particularly those “lost” commandments, like the 11th: “Thou shalt be ashamed of thy natural anatomy.” Every single one of these 15, 15-minute episodes across two discs is an outrageous satire on the absurdity of dogma and the terrifying power of unquestioning faith. Extras include a video of “The Awkward Comic-Con Panel” (and it is), audio commentaries, behind-the-scenes material, and more. [buy at Amazon]

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  • JoshDM

    You know what you would like?


  • Patrick


    Does this set have the one with the lady that likes to ban everything, including eggs? And then they insist on doing cesarian sections on all chickens, and looking at chickens laying eggs becomes a red-light district affair?

    *LOVE* that episode. Brilliant stuff. “MO” is the best cartoon on Adult Swim.

  • MBI

    Guh. I’ve only seen a couple episodes of this, but all the jokes in them seemed painfully obvious to me. It’s irreverent and hostile, get it?

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