This month's cartoon DVD releases includes a couple of comedies for grown-ups, plus a few series that kids and adults can enjoy. For more DVD suggestions, see my picks for the Top 20 DVDs of 2012.
Archer Sterling and the ISIS team return for a third season of espionage. Although their work of espionage, reconnaissance missions, wiretapping and undercover surveillance is daunting and dangerous, every covert operation and global crisis is actually just another excuse for the ISIS staff to undermine, sabotage and betray each other for personal gain. Special Features on the Archer DVD and Blu-Ray include audio commentaries, "Heart of Archness" Extended Version, Answering Machine Messages and a "Cooking with Archer" featurette. Fun!
The Goode Family was a great series from Executive Producers Mike Judge (King of the Hill) that wasn't given enough time by ABC to find an audience. The animated comedy is about Gerald and Helen Goode, a couple of zealous vegans who drive a hybrid and recycle everything possible, who are trying to raise a family without leaving a big carbon footprint. But despite their best efforts, something always goes haywire with their plans. Bonus features include Commentaries and Interviews with Cast and Crew, Unaired Scripts (so sad) and Original Promos. I hope the interview with Mike Judge is nice and long, because that dude is smart and hilarious.
12 episodes for this The Amazing World of Gumball DVD, including "The Mystery," "The Responsible," "The Spoon," "The Genius," "The Car," "The Microwave," "The Sock," "The Club," "The Ape," "The Dress," "The Helmet" and "The Pressure." Extras include Behind-the-Scenes featurette, which would be fascinating considering the various styles of animation the cartoon uses; Animatics; and Episode Commentary.
Eight new episodes of action-filled SpongeBob SquarePants debut on DVD with SpongeBob SquarePants: Extreme Kah-Rah-Tay!. This brand-new DVD includes episodes from 2011 and 2012: "Squid Defense," After getting his groceries stolen, Squidward convinces SpongeBob and Sandy to teach him karate; "The Way of the Sponge," SpongeBob wants to earn his belt from karate master Fuzzy Acorns, with Sandy's help; "House Sittin' for Sandy," SpongeBob house-sits for Sandy, and all is quiet until Patrick shows up; "The Krabby Patty That Ate Bikini Bottom," Mr. Krabs uses Sandy's experimental growth formula on Krabby Patty with disastrous results; "Extreme Spots," SpongeBob and Patrick try to join the extreme sports team The Drasticals; "Squirrel Record," Sandy finds a book of world's records and tries to break them all with SpongeBob's help; "Face Freeze," SpongeBob and Patrick bet who can hold a funny face the longest, until their faces freeze that way; "Demolition Doofus," Mrs. Puff enters SpongeBob into the Demolition Derby, where his bad driving makes him a star.
The last episodes of season 2 of The Wild Thornberrys in a 2-disc set. Episode highlights include a visit to a cattle ranch in Argentina, travel to the Philippines in search of the angler fish, dealing with an oil spill off of the Russian coast that threatens the lives of a family of otters and more.
Iron Man: Armored Adventures airs on Nicktoons. The animated series follows a teenage Tony Stark after a tragic accident robbed him of his father and would have cost him his own life if he wasn't wearing his newest invention - an experimental suit of invincible armor. To honor his father's memory, he now uses his awesome armor and technical know-how to protect those who would also fall prey to tragedy and corruption. By constantly upgrading his armored suit, Iron Man can fend off a variety of villains, engage in epic battles and thwart diabolical conspiracies. He is a new hero for the digital age, a mechanized knight in ever-evolving, adaptable armor. Now dependent on his own impressive technology for survival and dedicated to battling corruption, he must balance the pressure of teenage life with the duties of a super hero.The episodes in this volume continue to weave in iconic Marvel characters, such as Nick Fury, Whiplash, Dr. Doom and Magneto, and will feature the epic resolution of the Makluan Ring saga.
3 discs of 13 episodes, including my favorite, "Mud Bowl/Gerald Moves Out," when Arnold and the rest of his fourth grade friends play the seemingly unbeatable fifth graders in touch football. Then, Gerald, the middle child in his family, is feeling so neglected that he moves into Arnold's boarding house.