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Top 20 Cartoon DVDs for 2012


2012 saw the premiere of new cartoons, like Black Dynamite, Brickleberry and Unsupervised. 2012 also welcomed DVD releases from some of our favorite established cartoons from primetime. The DVDs on this list represent a wide range of shows: Action and comedy; kid stuff and grown-up stories. However each DVD is one of this year's best.

1. 'Bob's Burgers' The Complete First Season

Bob's Burgers - The Complete First Season

Bob's Burgers hit a home run in its first season, right off the bat, becoming the first cartoon in a long time that FOX scheduled during Sunday's Animation Domination that wasn't created by Seth Seth MacFarlane.

Favorite Episode: "Art Crawl," the restaurant is taken over by animal anuses!

About the DVD: Extras include audio outtakes with H. Jon Benjamin, Kristen Schaal and the rest of the cast, Louise and the Burger Menu, Bob's Burgers Original Demo with Intro by Loren Bouchard, "Lifting Up the Skirt of the Night" music video and audio commentaries.

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Release Date: April 17, 2012

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2. 'Futurama' Volume 7

Futurama Volume 7
Fox Home Entertainment

Futurama has a storied past: After being cancelled by FOX, and nabbing decent ratings on Adult Swim, Futurama found a new home at Comedy Central, where it premiered in 2010. The Volume 7 DVD is the second season Futurama has aired on Comedy Central.

Favorite Episode: "Free Will Hunting," because any Bender-centric episode is hilarious, but seeing the underbelly of the robot world was highly entertaining.

About the DVD: Audio commentaries are available for all episodes.

Release Date: December 11, 2012

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3. 'Beavis and Butt-Head' Volume 4

Beavis and Butt-Head Vol. 4 DVD

Beavis and Butt-head returned to MTV in 2011 with new episodes after a fourteen-year hiatus. Originally the boys made fun of MTV videos that starred hair bands or grunge rockers. In the most recent season, Beavis and Butt-Head ridiculed MTV's newer fare, such as Teen Mom and Jersey Shore

Favorite Episode: "Crying," especially when a wrinkled Butt-Head is still giving it to Beavis in the old folks' home.

About the DVD: Extras include the 2011 San Diego Comic-Con Panel, "Beavis & Butt-Head Interruptions" with Beavis and Butt-Head cut into Jersey Shore and "Silence Your Cell Phone" which was seen in select movie theaters.

Release Date: February 14, 2012

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4. 'South Park' The Complete Fifteenth Season

South Park - The Complete Fifteenth Season
Paramount Home Entertainment

Incredibly, South Park has lasted for 16 seasons. What began as an experiment in crude collage animation and shock humor has become a Comedy Central staple.

Favorite Episode: "1%," because not only was it timely during Occupy Wall Street, but also Cartman shone as a victim who leans toward high drama.

About the DVD: All fourteen episodes in a three-disc set. Join the boys as they take on revolutionary product development, start new business ventures, cope with the struggles of getting older and join the U.S. Border Patrol.

Release Date: March 27, 2012

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5. 'SpongeBob SquarePants' It's a SpongeBob Christmas!

It's a SpongeBob SquarePants Christmas!

It's a SpongeBob Christmas! is the first stop-motion animation episode of SpongeBob SquarePants, ever, inspired by classic Rankin/Bass Christmas cartoon specials, like Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. The story finds Plankton turning everyone in Bikini Bottom into jerks, putting all residents on Santa's naughty list. Watching the stop-motion animation is fascinating; the episode has typical SpongeBob humor coupled with lots of texture.

Favorite Scene: Pearl's transformation into a jerk, spraying bystanders from her blowhole.

About the DVD: Extras include an animatic, behind-the-scenes footage, an infinite Yule Log and downloadable songs "Santa's Eyes" and "Hot Fruitcake."

Release Date: November 6, 2012

6. 'American Dad' Volume 7

American Dad Volume 7
Fox Home Entertainment

American Dad is FOX's unsung hero, serving up delicous, witty humor every Sunday night. Whether it's examining family dynamics or politics, American Dad is clever, witty and thought-provoking.

Favorite Episode: "Flirting With Disaster," because any fan of The Office will laugh non-stop watching the documentary-style segment showing Stan working at the CIA.

About the DVD: Three discs. Extras include deleted scenes, audio commentary and a delightful featurette titled "I Heart Patrick Stewart."

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Release Date: April 17, 2012

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7. 'The Simpsons' The Complete Fifteenth Season

The Simpsons - The Complete 15th Season
Fox Home Entertainment

The Collector's Edition of The Simpsons: The Complete 15th Season comes boxed in a molded head of Otto, the bus driver. Thankfully, The Simpsons has aired for so many seasons (24 seasons and counting) that recent DVD heads are of secondary characters like Otto, including Comic Book Guy and Ralph Wiggum.

Favorite Episode: "Today I Am A Clown," with Jackie Gleason returning as Krusty's father and Dan Castellaneta winning an Emmy for his portrayals of Homer, Krusty and other hilarious characters.

About the DVD: Plenty of extras, including audio commentaries, sketches, deleted scenes and a featurette about Matt Groening.

Release Date: December 4, 2012

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8. 'The Flintstones' The Complete Series

The Flintstones: The Complete Series

All the episodes of the first primetime cartoon in one clever boxed set? Yes, please. The Flintstones: The Complete Series finally offers folks entering a mid-life crisis the chance to watch all 24 episodes of The Flintstones in all its yabba-dabba-doo-lightfulness. The DVDs are packaged in a case that's shaped like a bright orange prehistoric TV set.

Favorite Episode: Are you kidding? Is it possible to choose? Now Saturday morning can happen any time, all the time!

About the DVD: Doesn't include any extras, but how could it, when it would have occurred to no one in the '60s and '70s that fans might be interested to see how the cartoon was made?

Release Date: November 13, 2012

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9. 'Phineas and Ferb' The Perry Files

Phineas and Ferb: The Perry Files

Phineas and Ferb premiered on the Disney Channel in 2007, telling the story of two stepbrothers who build out-of-this world contraptions and their sister who wants to bust them. Filled with sight gags, double meanings and catchy tunes, the Emmy-winning Phineas and Ferb became a hit with kids and adults alike. Their pet, Perry the Platypus (a.k.a. Agent P) is the breakout star of the show.

Favorite Episode: "Brain Drain," because I cringe every time I watch poor Agent P about to eat off the sidewalk. Plus, Doofenshmirtz's rap is sick.

About the DVD: Bonus features include a recruitment video "Nerves of Teal" and a tour of the Platybus, last year's mobile advertisement.

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Release Date: June 5, 2012

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10. 'Regular Show' Slack Pack

Regular Show Slack Pack
Cartoon Network

After Regular Show premiered in 2012, it quickly became one of the most popular cartoons on the network. The show's slacker vibe is coupled with abstract looking characters, and a soft color palette belies the goofy humor that makes Regular Show a gem.

Favorite Episode: "Prank Callers," because Mordecai and Rigby dressed in neon, shoulder pads and parachute pants from the '80s is hilarious.

About the DVD: Features 12 episodes from the series' first two seasons, including the Emmy-nominated "Mordecai And The Rigbys" episode (Outstanding Short-form Animated Program), as well as a "Rah-ha Ring Tone" video clip bonus feature.

Release Date: April 3, 2012

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