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on February 19, 2004
Like many of us, I was introduced to this show by a friend. And like many of us, I immediately went out and bought the DVD collection as soon as I could.
This is the show that could have been but wasn't. Billed at the same time as the Superbowl and the first "Survivor" the series met a sad fate of barely three episodes...even though six (including the pilot) existed. However, it now has a huge cult following, and barely any one who sees it isn't afraid to say they have.
What makes this show so funny? How can I explain it...the humor of Kevin Smith is all there, along with plain simple fun. Jay and Silent Bob are still clinging around the stores (the restraining order hasn't been put in place yet) and to introduce conflict rich tycoon Leonardo Leonardo comes in the pilot episode with a "Quicker Stop." He's basically the Mister Burns of the series.
The jokes are mainly centered around the antics of our two heroes as they try to handle such issues as a virus outbreak or a down-and-out baseball team. The most fondly remembered episode is the fourth one with the ending done by Korean animators ("BIG AMERICAN PARTY!!"), but all episodes are hilarious. The extras on the DVD are actually pretty decent. They have two ways of watching the show: as you normally would, or entirely by its storyboards. There is also a commentary by Kevin Smith and the voice cast, and its well worth your time to listen to. It goes into depth on the development of the show and each episode.
So is this worth you money? Should you take a dare and buy an entire series with no experience of it beforehand? If you have a sense of humor...definately yes. Tell them a car full of midgets sent you.
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on January 12, 2004
"Clerks", "Clerks Uncensored", or "Clerks The Animated Series" (what it's widely called), is obviously a take-off from the very popular View Askew film of the same name, only it's animated and lots of things are changed. In some ways, these changes are for the better. In other ways, these changes can be quite annoying or they may not even effect you one bit. I actually watched the "Clerks Uncensored" two-disc DVD set before I even watched the Clerks movie, so I didn't even notice these changes. Anyway, as I've mentioned before in my Clerks the movie review, I just didn't find it to be very funny. The show, on the other hand, was filled with moments that were simply hilarious.
I loved each episode of it and I curse ABC for canceling it after only two episodes. ABC is really the reason why some people didn't like the show. ABC forced the creators to change just about everything that made Clerks what it was. For instance, in the Kevin Smith movies, Jay & Silent Bob are drug dealers, whilst in the show, they are firecracker salesman. Jay & Silent Bob are still pretty funny, but it's weird to see them put in such a ridiculous means of employment.
Overall, I seem to like the show of Clerks better than the movie itself and enjoyed how Charles Barkley was almost in every episode. If you're looking for a show that is just like the movie, you won't find it here. However, if you're looking for a show that is pretty funny and you're open-minded about it, then I'm willing to bet that you'll like this show.
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on October 16, 2003
It seems quite a few people see the humor in Kevin Smith's animated series, "Clerks", as 'stupid' and 'unfunny'. I am sorry to say that I am unable to agree with those few. I have owned this DVD set since its release, and I have yet to become tired of it.
This 2 disc set (containing 6 complete episodes of the ill-fated series), follows the daily lives of Dante and Randal, 2 employees of what is known as "the block of stores". In the first episode, they meet with their rival of the series, Leonardo Leonardo (voiced by Alec Baldwin), and they have to thwart his plans for global domination. Then, throughout the series, Dante and Randal get locked in a freezer, go to the little league world series, and even enter the matrix. All the while, making fun of celebraties and pop culture. The animation is amazing and in a very unique style
Most people, when they see these episodes, expect the same foul-mouthed characters they knew from the original "Clerks" movie. They won't find that here. Some of the humor is right out in the open, while some of it takes a bit a throught. In my opinion, this shows me that Kevin Smith is very capable of writing clean, witty humor (although he doesn't think so in his commentary). If you're a fan of Kevin Smith, you should at least rent this and judge for yourself, because I feel this was a very clever series, even though it never took off because of ABC's lack of caring towards the series.
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on May 13, 2003
Ah, remember the summer of 2000? Reality TV dominated our sets. Whether it be Survivor or Big Brother, there was certainly an abundance of it. And lost in the midst of it all was this treasure. Clerks, the failed animated series based on the Kevin Smith film of the same name, lasted a mere two episodes on the ABC network before having it's plug pulled. But alas, they had more than just two episodes, there were six all together, and all six of them are right here, uncensored, on DVD, for your viewing pleasure. A lot of Smith fans questioned if the transition from an R-rated "potty humor" movie to a nationally syndicated primetime animated series was logical, or even funny. Well, rest assured, it is. The witty writing, the clever pop-culture references, the odd usage of celebrities, it's all here. No Kevin Smith fan will be disappointed. The animation on the series is flawless and all 6 episodes are hilarious and diverse. If this show had been given it's fair chance, we'd still be watching it today. All 6 episodes come with commentary by Smith and friends, where towards the end, Smith vents about his distatse for a certain thin-mustached lawyer. We are also given a few animatics (animated storyboards) and some little "making-of" featurettes. A definite must-buy for any Kevin Smith fan.
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on March 20, 2002
Im not lying. This show is incredible. I can't stand the fact that this show only lasted for two episodes on television. This show is funnier than Simpsons and Family Guy. Now thats saying something.
Episode 1 (B): The great Leonardo Leonardo returns to Leonardo. When he opens up a new shop across from the Quick Stop, Dante and Randal must find a way to save their business. Meanwhile, Jay and Silent Bob sell M-80s.
Episode 2 (A): When Dante installs new locks on the Quick Stop, he and Randal become stuck in small places. Time for cool flashbacks.
Episode 3 (B+): When a new pet store opens up on the Quick Stop's block, Randal starts going nuts over Outbreak. Meanwhile, Jay and Silent Bob train a pet monkey.
Episode 4 (A-): Jay slips on some soda at the Quick Stop and sues Dante for 10 million dollars. Also, special Japanimation ending!
Episode 5 (B+): Dante gets a chance to coach LL's little league team while Randal become an egyptian slave. Also, Jay gets to play on the team.
Episode 6 (A): Dante and Randal must stay up all night while across the street a fair goes on. Jay and Silent Bob act as Dante and Randals eyes to the fair. Loaded with tons of great gags like Brazilian soccer team canibals, vampires, hookers, pinhead freaks, Dante's cheating girlfriend and wild animals. Whats not to like?
Animatics: Pretty good storyboards of the show even if the audio is a little off key.
Audio Commentary: Perfect. These guys aren't afraid to rip on the "network" that held them back. What fun.
Super Bowl TV Spot: Not all that spectacular, but pretty fun to watch.
Film Festival Trailer: Excellent. The trailer gives off quotes making fun of the show like "I could sh*t a better show".
Character Development: Some cool designs of all the characters. Fun to look at.
Clerks Style: Pretty similar to character development. Some good sketches though.
Overall, if you haven't seen this show and you are a big fan of Family Guy or the Simpons, get this now! You won't regret it. Snootch to the nootch!
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on October 5, 2001
This is the backup to the statement..."TV stinks!".
Clerks ran for 2 episodies and then the network canceled it. Just like the Simpsons' 1st season, the Clerks series showed promises and needed to air all the shows because I feel the show had a lot of promise toward the end.
Enough about my thoughts.
As for this DVD you get great 6 episoieds of this brilitly crafted Kevin Smith animatied show. It has great parodies, satire, and sight gags. It also has great cealeberty cameos from: Gywenth Poyltro(?), James Woods, Alec Baldwin, and Gilbert Godfree.
This DVD doesn't slack on the extras ethier...Kevin Smith goes all out to please his fans. The DVD has:
Super Bowl TV spot
Commentary on all episodeds (every one trashing the "Network" who canceled the show)
Aniamaniacs (like a storyboad in a film)
and each epoiosed has a intro from Jay and Silent Bob...but these [are not always good, because] feel like they were added one at the last second.
So I say if you like the Simpsons or Kevin Smith....get this, if you don't the stay away from the otherwise great DVD.
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on September 9, 2001
Oh boy, it's Clerks time again! But this time it looks like they were watching alot of "Superfriends" & "Scooby-Doo" in the process. "Clerks Uncensored" is the doomed ABC animated prime-time series based on the Cannes winning sleeper-hit film of the same name. What is the best thing about this six episode, double-disc set is hard to say. It might be because all four leads from the original film voice the show: Brian O'Halloran & Jeff Anderson as Dante & Randall with Jason Mewes and Clerks creator/overlord Kevin Smith as Jay And Silent Bob (though as usual, Kevin is "Rarely Heard, Often Seen".) Or it could be that these six great shows that they made, only two of them ever actually made it to air! It could be even that the animation is actually pretty top-notch, unlike the countless animated drivel that was on the other networks at the time. I guess it's too bad that there's only these six, it would of being great if the show had more, but the ownership of them is well worth it & it comes with many great DVD extras too. The commentary is once again hilarious, with the "slacker-four" and their producers and director. It's actually a very enlightning "behind-the-scenes" roundtable-like discussion of what to do and not to do when making a cartoon and working with a network at the same time. Also, the DVD comes with two featurettes, two trailers (featuring the Smith beloved "Super Bowl" spot), rough animatics of it's character development, and pretty cool menus to boot. I find myself rewatching it more often than alot of my other DVD's, it has great replay value. So if you're a fan of any of the other View Askew films: Mallrats, Chasing Amy, Dogma, or especially the cool and hilarious recent release, Jay And Silent Bob Strike Back, you gotta add this to your collection. This is one hellava-toon! So check it out and "Snootch To The Noonch!"......whatever that means.
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on September 9, 2001
Oh boy, it's Clerks time again! But this time it looks like they were watching alot of "Superfriends" & "Scooby-Doo" in the process. "Clerks Uncensored" is the doomed ABC animated prime-time series based on the Cannes winning sleeper-hit film of the same name. What is the best thing about this six episode, double-disc set is hard to say. It might be because all four leads from the original film voice the show: Brian O'Halloran & Jeff Anderson as Dante & Randall with Jason Mewes and Clerks creator/overlord Kevin Smith as Jay And Silent Bob (though as usual, Kevin is "Rarely Heard, Often Seen".) Or it could be that these six great shows that they made, only two of them ever actually made it to air! It could be even that the animation is actually pretty top-notch, unlike the countless animated drivel that was on the other networks at the time. I guess it's too bad that there's only these six, it would of being great if the show had more, but the ownership of them is well worth it & it comes with many great DVD extras too. The commentary is once again hilarious, with the "slacker-four" and their producers and director. It's actually a very enlightning "behind-the-scenes" roundtable-like discussion of what to do and not to do when making a cartoon and working with a network at the same time. Also, the DVD comes with two featurettes, two trailers (featuring the Smith beloved "Super Bowl" spot), rough animatics of it's character development, and pretty cool menus to boot. I find myself rewatching it more often than alot of my other DVD's, it has great replay value. So if you're a fan of any of the other View Askew films: Mallrats, Chasing Amy, Dogma, or especially the cool and hilarious recent release, Jay And Silent Bob Strike Back, you gotta add this to your collection. This is one hellava-toon! So check it out and "Snootch To The Noonch!"......whatever that means.
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on August 5, 2001
Kevin Smith once again brings us a fine new chapter to the New Jersey Chronicles. The first time I saw episodes 2 and 4 on ABC, I almost passed out from laughing so much. And only two primetime-network cartoon shows have been able to pull that off for me: The Simpsons and The Family Guy (Which FOX is thankfully bringing back...). This new entry to the Clerks chapter of the New Jersey chronicles once again brings us back to the little town of Leonardo where our favorite store clerks, Dante (Brian O'Halloran) and Randal (Jeff Anderson), are still toiling away at the Quick Stop after all this time. And don't worry, Jay and Silent Bob are still dealing in front of the store, except this time it's fireworks to keep things a little more primetime worthy. The big difference (that really shouldn't matter for TRUE fans) from this and the movie is that a lot of adventures with our beloved characters is not spent inside the Quick Stop. I had no problems with this because if they spent all there time in there things would get boring and repetitive. I really don't see why people had a problem with this. TRUE fans of the Chronicles would accept whatever Kevin Smith gave us and allow themselves to be charmed by the wonderful humor of Clerks: The Animated Series. (But if "Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back" isn't funny there will be hell to pay...)
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on July 25, 2001
Again, Kevin Smith provides a show that is really only meant for one audience, and if you don't belong to that audience, you won't like it so much. His line for the show was that it was "a cartoon about people who watch cartoons." I think it mostly appeals to the male age 12 to 40 audience, but my sister and mother enjoyed it a lot, too.
As was probably said already, NO IT IS NOT LIKE THE MOVIE. But how many episodes could be made like the movie? Maybe one, but then the second one would be boring and repetitive. The reason the movie worked was because it was set in the span of one day, Dante's Horrible Worst Day, and it was a real one-time-only kind of feature. Any kind of sequel (like the series) would NEED to be a lot different in order to be good.
That said, the show is incredibly funny, but is - at times - stupid. [....] Anyway, the good gags make up for it, so there's no real complaints.
There are three parts to the series. In the first part, episodes 1 and 2, you see the series taking baby steps and beginning to evolve. It's funny, but with some flaws. In the middle part, episodes 3 and 4, you see that the animation is a lot smoother, and things seem to be working better. There are much less flaws, and it is a lot funnier. When you get to the final two episodes, you clearly see that everything is moving faster and without any problems, and the episodes are - guess which word I'll use - flawless.
The commentary is great, and is both very funny and informative. It teaches you what to do and what not to do if you ever plan on making a TV show. The documentaries are interesting (Not funny, but hey, they're documentaries), but a little bit too short. One is only about three minutes, the other one is about eleven minutes. The Film Festival Trailer is hilarious, particularly because of the fake critic reviews. So, the extras on the DVD do not disappoint.
Great music, great animation, great acting, good plot ideas. Why did it fail? [....]
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