The Passion of Greg the Bunny: Best of the Film Parodies Volume Two

The Passion of Greg the Bunny: Best of the Film Parodies Volume Two
It’s been six years since Fox pulled the plug on what could have been one of television’s most imaginative sitcoms, Greg the Bunny. Set in a world where plush creatures co-exist with humans (ahem, not unlike The Muppet Show) and co-starring the likes of Eugene Levy, Seth Green and Sarah Silverman, among others, the sweet, and somewhat daft titular character and the furry cast of misfits were perfect sitcom fodder. Too bad nobody watched it. Previously existing as a cable access show, Greg the Bunny has continued to prove it has legs, as it re-launched on the IFC network in 2005 (sans network censorship), with Greg and most of the gang returning to life parodying films. The second season proved a short one compared to the first but it’s no less sidesplitting in its wacky lampooning of less than obvious classics. Joining him again are the shameless Warren "the Ape” Demontague, in a sizeable role, and Count Blah, in a diminished one, along with new characters the Wumpus (a Cookie Monster clone) and bumbling agent/lawyer Pal Friendlies. The crew put spins on everything from Monster and Dogville to Blue Velvet (featuring a hilarious Warren tackling Dennis Hopper’s oxygen huffing Frank Booth) and Freaky Friday, featuring an unforgettable Gilbert Gottfried returning his drowned pet mogwai. The standout episode, however is Greg’s The Passion of the Christ spoof, which is executed à la American Movie, to the extent of hiring Mark Borchardt and Tom Schimmels as consultants. A Behind the Music special about their super-group Plush rounds out the season. In addition to the episodes are a number of worthwhile extras, most notably Fur on the Asphalt, a reunion show where Greg and Warren desperately try to get back on air and end up in Vegas, where they’re arrested for murdering a prostitute. With cameos by Green, Silverman and Bob "Junction Jack” Gunton reprising his Shawshank warden role, it’s easily the DVD’s rowdiest moment. Also included is an intriguing behind-the-scenes look called "Loose Stitching,” giving you a bird’s eye view of the puppetry involved, and "Dirty Socks 2: Electric Boogaloo,” which shows no puppet show can exist without giving in and making them take part in raunchy sex acts. Plus: never-before-seen public access clips, photo gallery. (Shout! Factory)