Hanna-Barbara is flipped on it's head
Shaz | Naples, FL USA | 04/15/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Harvey Birdman is an old HB character that Adult Swim (late nights on Cartoon Network)decided to give a face-lift to. Harvey didn't quite hack it as a superhero, but he knows enough about the law to be dangerous! Harvey tries cases of former/current HB characters including Fred Flintstone, Shaggy and Scooby, Dynomutt, and Speed Buggy. The episodes include:
BANNON CUSTODY BATTLE: Remember Jonny Quest? It seems his dad, Dr. Quest and his "partner" Race Bannon are involved in a grueling custody battle over Jonny and little Hadji. Prosecuting attorney Vulturo seems to be winning until Harvey discovers some evidence that may put him over the top.
VERY PERSONAL INJURY: Apache Chief has an embarassing incident with a large cup of very hot coffee from a local coffee chain . He hires Harvey as his attorney to sue Javalux, as he no longer can "grow large at will" after the accident. Prosecuting attorney Reducto has a scheme up his sleeve to help Chief get his teepee back and win the case.
SHAGGY BUSTED: In one of the funniest episodes, we see the Mystery Machine being pulled over via a camera from a cop car (much like "COPS"). Shaggy and Scooby need a good lawyer to beat the charges of smoking pot (always implied, never stated)and Harvey takes the case. Ex-Thespian Prosecuter Spyro not only tries the case, but performs in a stirring rendition of the events of the night in question.
DEATH BY CHOCOLATE: Yogi and Boo-Boo find themselves in a heap of trouble when the ATF swarm their cave and arrest Boo-Boo on charges that he is the terrorist known as "The Unabooboo". Obviously, they need a good lawyer, but Harvey Birdman will do.
SHOYU WEENIE: Jabberjaw and the Neptunes are being sued by a Japanese pop band called Shoyu Weenie for stealing their hit song. Harvey's paralegal Peanut takes the opportunity to hit on the band's female member and finds a way to save the day.
THE DABBA DON: This is my all-time favorite episode. Opening with the theme from "The Sopranos", Fred Flinstone seeks Harvey's advice to expand "a few small businesses". Everything seems to be on the up and up until a few details tie Fred in with the Mob. The episode features my favorite judge Mentok the Mind Taker.
DEADOMUTT, PARTS I and II: Blue Falcon joins the firm as a hot new attorney with his pal DynoMutt in tow. Harvey, crushed that Falcon swooped in and stole the open position of 'partner' from under him, doesn't even try to hide his jealousy and dislike for Falcon, and figures he'd be nothing without DynoMutt to do all his work for him. Now Harvey has a lot of explaining to do when DynoMutt is found mangled up in the copy machine. Harvey is arrested, tried and sentenced to be electrocuted. It's up to Peanut to come to the rescue armed with evidence and heavy sarcasm.
X, THE EXTERMINATOR: X the Eliminator has his memory jarred when he sees and ad with Harvey and his new law firm. Apparently, he was supposed to kill Harvey years ago but never finished him off. Now, he poses as X the Exterminator to get into Harvey's building and finish the job- if he can get over the fact that Harvey barely remembers him and keeps blowing him off for a coffee date.
SPF: After years of gaining power from the sun's rays, Harvey finds a suspicious "spot" on his skin (that oddly resembles Frida Kahlo). The dermatologist insists he stay out of the sun and use a strong SPF. But Harvey becomes listless and tired, not to mention pasty as the underside of a fish. Peanut introduces him to self-tanning cream, and Harvey quickly becomes addicted to the stuff. Peanut uses the opportunity to be his SPF "Candyman", demanding more and more valuables from Harvey in exchange for the goods. It's up to the rest of the firm to throw Harvey an "intervention party".
THE DEVLIN MADE ME DO IT: Daredevil Ernie Devlin is being sued by a kid that injured himself trying one of his famous jumps. Harvey decides the kid is faking it and attacks him- in the courtroom- in his wheelchair. When that severely backfires, Harvey has to do some fancy dancing to win the case.
TRIO'S COMPANY: Harvey represents Inch-High Private Eye when the tiny detective insists he's been fired because of his smaller stature. Meanwhile, Harvey has become smitten with the trainer at his healthclub. But everyone seems to be her "friend", except him.
HIGH SPEED BUGGY CHASE: In an O.J. inspired opener, Speed Buggy gets arrested for leading the cops on a high speed chase. Harvey is hired as defender, but loses a jealous Avenger (his legal eagle assistant) to rival attorney Vulturo. Harvey is forced to downsize to a legal finch.
The DVD also features a ficticious 'movie' trailer and a lot of behind the scenes stuff. There are also auditions for Harvey with Todd Barry and Stephen Colbert (the voice of Reducto). The "Tab" soda scene from "Shaggy Busted" is shown as a video, including lyrics. And finally, deleted scenes from the 2 part episode "DeadoMutt" are here. Of all the Adult Swim cartoons, "Harvey Birdman" is definitely may favorite ("Sealab 2021" and "Aqua Teen Hunger Force" are 2nd and 3rd, repsectively). Get a taste of delicious insanity today!
yister159 | Wallingford, CT USA | 02/16/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"this show is very original and entertaining. Here are the specs from Adultswim.com
* Bannon Custody Battle
* Very Personal Injury
* Shaggy Busted
* Death by Chocolate
* Shoyu Weenie
* The Dabba Don
* Deadomutt Part 1
* Deadomutt Part 2
* X, The Eliminator
* The Devlin Made Me Do It
* Trio's Company
* High Speed Buggy Chase
* Deleted Scenes: Deadomutt, Trio's Company
* Live Action Open
* Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law Movie Trailer
* Casting What If's: Stephen Colbert as Harvey; Todd Barry as Harvey
* Pencil Test and Final Animation: Shaggy Busted
* Tab Can Redux, with Lyrics
* The Wind Beneath His Wings (Birdman Crew Pictures)
* Commentaries: Very Personal Injury; The Dabba Don; SPF; The Devlin Made Me Do It (Producers Commentary; S&P/Legal Commentary); Trio's Company
I'LL TAKE THE CASE!...and the dvd
Del Keyes | In the middle of the Sunshine | 12/03/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
When I think of lawsuits and the justice system, I think of "Boston Legal." When I think of random no-nonsense insanties, I think of "Adult_Swim." But when I think of two of those thoughts combined...I think of "Fox News"...but afterwards I think of "Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law", probably the best Adult_Swim comedy show that doesn't have a talking milkshake, french fries, or a meatball in it. If FOX had a Judical show like this, they would've gotten a big hit on their hands...which they did on "Head Cases" and failed. Tough crap, FOX, there's always syndicated "Judge Joe Brown."
What does the law firm, a former superhero, a psychic judge, a peanut, a perverted hippo, and a bear have in common? NOTHING! But they all work in the pratice system...and whatever the pratice system is, it has to do with Hanna-Barbera characters doing something criminal, and is up to the attorney, Harvey Birdman, to take the case and prove their innocence...if they are. Throughout 13 episodes, he'll go on cases as bizarre as the Flinstone Mafia, drug smuggling by the Scooby-Doo gang (which, btw, got me to love Scooby-Doo for the first time), discrimination by a inch-high detective, and road rage from a dune buggy. Will he succeed in those cases? CAN he succeed? When will Warner Bros release "Vol. 2" of this show?
Every single one of these 12-minute episodes are hilarious, expect for the first two, but I'm busting a gut on each of every one of them. I just have a weakness for random, out-of-context humor that happens just suddenly...I laugh at the quick stuff. The characters are the best thing about this show, because each and every one of them are uniquely insane. Besides spic-and-shine Birdman, there's his boss, Ken Sebben, who controls his every whim as confusing as possible. There's also Birdman's rival, Reducto, who has a fixation to shrink things...and fear things that are smaller than him, and then there's the judge, MENTOK THE MINDTAKER, who can predicts what people are thinking just because he can. I could talk about Peanut, The Hippo, X the eliminator and the rest, but why spoil the surprise.
When it comes to my personal best episodes, I chose 'em by categories, 'cause some are the best in their own way. The funniest episode has to be 'TRIO'S COMPANY' , just because I gauk everytime Reducto run and screams like a girl. The best in story has to be 'DEADOMUTT PTS. 1+2', because of how the consequences between Birdman and the new employee build up so well. The best in theme has to be 'THE DABBA DON', because who doesn't like a glorified series of mafia movies spoofs in a comedy? Whatever episode I like, it doesn't hurt for each to have brillant writing and star-quality cast such as Gary "Office Space" Cole and Stephen Colbert. Sadly, Stephen Colbert is currenly doing his own "REPORT" on Comedy Central, so he might not have the time to play "Ken Sebben" in future HB episodes...sad preminition, really. (;_;)
The extras included on this DVD are good (the live-action movie trailer is awesome), but if you're gonna buying the volume set, buy it for the laughs, the quick fixes, and for justice...in the name of the proud American consumers who waste their lives on products they don't really need, but should for the heck of it. If by any chance you weren't covinced to buy "Harvey Birdman" on the last 15 reviews, let's face it, you're NEVER gonna be interested in a show as crazy as this. But for those who love their law shows law-less, and their serious shows too bizarre for any network, then FEEL THE POWER OF THE---ahh, too easy. "
"Mentok wills it so!!!"
N. Durham | Philadelphia, PA | 09/13/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Anyone remember Birdman? Back in the late 60's/early 70's, Birdman was a lame Hanna Barberra produced cartoon, much like Space Ghost. And like Space Ghost before him, Birdman has been re-imagined under the Cartoon Network's Adult Swim lineup as Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law. Birdman (voiced by the great Gary Cole) is a poor schmuck of a lawyer, working for his psychotic yet hilarious one eyed boss (voiced by the Daily Show's Stephen Colbert) and assisted by his winged assistant Peanut. In the course of these episodes, Birdman defends a host of assorted Hanna Barberra cartoon characters, including the Scooby Doo gang, and takes part in the custody battle of Johnny Quest. The most hilarious episode however, is entitled "The Dabba Don"; a Sopranos-style take on the Flintstones as Harvey defends Bedrock mob boss Fred Flintstone. With guest voices from Michael McKean, Peter MacNicol, and John Michael Higgins (as the hilarious Judge Mentok), Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law is off the wall hilarity at it's very best, and the sheer irreverance will leave you rolling on the floor."