These days, there’s always the hope of a second life for a canceled TV show. Especially if one has as long a run and as passionate a fanbase as The Venture Bros., which was recently canceled by Adult Swim after 17 years (but just 7 seasons) on the air. And it seems that the #SaveTheVentureBros. campaign has reached the ears of HBO Max head Andy Forssell, who teased that the streaming platform is “working on” ideas to revive the envelope-pushing animated series.
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Posted on Friday, September 11th, 2020 by Jacob Hall
The Series: The Venture Bros.
Where You Can Stream It: Hulu
The Pitch: What if a raunchy parody of Jonny Quest and other old school adventure cartoons grew into one of the richest, funniest, and most human shows on television? What if two pop culture geniuses and their tiny crew spent 17 years and seven seasons crafting a show that quickly grew tired of making fun of its world and instead chose to invest in it with layered mythology, complex characters, and fascinating mysteries? What if the crude animation of the early seasons evolved into quietly beautiful work, showcasing stunning action, brilliant character designs, and a downright cinematic framing? The Venture Bros. was the quiet miracle of Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim line-up, an always-evolving magic trick that was never content to sit still. A silly cartoon that learned to let its characters, and stakes, matter.
Why It’s Essential Viewing: They’ve done it. The bastards did it. The Venture Bros. has been canceled before its eighth season, leaving its cast of dozens and their overlapping narratives dangling. And while we wait to see if someone, anyone, will rescue it and give it more a second life, all we can do is look back on one of the greatest achievements in American animation.
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It’s been 17 years since Adult Swim debuted The Venture Bros., an animated series that began as a send-up of the classic cartoon Jonny Quest but quickly became its own hilarious action adventure series with a deep mythology and roster of characters that would rival that of the biggest fictional universes. Unfortunately, the adventures of The Venture Bros. are coming to an end as the show has been canceled after seven seasons. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, October 20th, 2015 by Jacob Hall
No show on television takes its sweet time quite like The Venture Bros., which frequently makes its fans wait years between seasons. Thankfully, the waits tend to be worth it, as Adult Swim‘s smartest, funniest, and most consistently clever show has only gotten better and stranger with age. The series never wanted to appeal to appeal to a mainstream audience, but the years have seen showrunners Jackson Publick and Doc Hammer burrow so deep into their geeky niche that they are pretty much exclusively catering the faithful at this point. Which means that the rewards of keeping up with the show have only grown.
And now, we are happy to report that the new season of The Venture Bros. actually exists. Really! There’s a trailer and everything. And just in time to keep us from mourning the temporary loss of Rick and Morty, a truly great series that owes a great deal to this one. Seriously, if you watch Rick and Morty but not The Venture Bros., what are you doing?
Watch the Venture Bros season 6 trailer after the jump!
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Winter’s Bone is a tense, dreary affair, consisting almost exclusively of characters devoid of vitality or a sense of humor. It’s a thriller, but not in the traditional sense; the thrill stems more from the grim, desperate atmosphere that pervades every frame than it does any acts of violence or terror. Thrust in the middle of this ordeal is the poor but resilient Ree Dolly, who at only 16, is already tasked with taking care of her two younger siblings and near vegetative mother. Her life gets considerably more complicated when she discovers that her criminal father, who’s nowhere to be found, put up their house as collateral for his bail. So off she goes, facing down the stoic yet threatening glares of her drug-addled rural community in hopes of finding her father and keeping her destitute family intact. Were it not for the film’s penchant for cultural authenticity, the story might not be as engaging as it is, but the neorealist approach allows the film to operate at a slow-burn pace without ever becoming boring. Unlike what you might expect from a more mainstream Hollywood effort, the conflict here isn’t simply solving the mystery of where the father is and why; it’s about hoping you can make it another day without going to bed hungry, if there’s even a bed left to go to at all.
Available on Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: DVD & Blu-ray – Director’s commentary, deleted scenes, and a making-of featurette.
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