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The Mighty Book of Boosh
The Mighty Book of Boosh
by Julian Barratt
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £15.99

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3.0 out of 5 stars Definitely one for the fans, 3 Nov. 2009
I am very much a fan of The Mighty Boosh, and am responsible for getting many of my friends into it; there are many who could say the same, as the show is one of the great word of mouth phenomena of the new millennium. As a fan, there are many reasons to enjoy this book, including lots of in-jokes, new stories, and photos of the boys up to various hijinks. Also as a fan, however, it is clear that the uninitiated ought to stay away, as they will simply find it a mish-mash of hysterical nonsense (this is, of course, exactly what it is, but if you've seen the comedy series, you will understand it), and will simply think they've bought a scrapbook created by a rather abnormal personality. Personally, though, I love it.

To sum up, if you've watched The Mighty Boosh (all of it preferably!) you - and the jealous friends you won't be able to resist showing it off to - will love this. If you haven't, buy these DVD's first! The Mighty Boosh - Series 1-3 - Complete [DVD]


Spaced - Definitive Collectors' Edition [DVD]
Spaced - Definitive Collectors' Edition [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jessica Stevenson
Offered by Venture Online
Price: £6.50

5.0 out of 5 stars Truly the greatest fictional TV programme this country has ever produced., 3 Nov. 2009
This comedy, the springboard for Simon Pegg's and Edgar Wright's now meteoric careers (Mark Heap, Jessica Stevenson and Nick Frost haven't exactly done badly since, either) is an absolute tour de force of comic imagination. The true target audience is the cult fan (Pegg's character, the lead male, is a comic book designer, gamer, and Star Wars and X files buff), for whom there are lashings of homages, references, and asides - the very cover of this collector's edition alludes to Star Wars - but honestly this series should appeal to pretty much everyone, even if you have never heard of Hawk the Slayer (or if you just think it's rubbish!). Winning two British Comedy Awards, both for Jessica Stevenson as best TV comedy actress, it lost out in the BAFTA's Best Situation Comedy to The Royle Family and The Office in 2000 and 2002 respectively, in my opinion, and that of anyone else who has seen this, erroneously. There is endless replay value - I find that every time I watch it (sadly in a one- or two-day full series marathon, and generally every few months or so - or when I want to show it off to someone who has never seen it before, of course) I notice an homage I somehow missed before, or perhaps a deadpan, seemingly innocuous remark I just didn't get first off. This collector's edition DVD comes with an excellent set of special features, if that's your cup of tea, including commentary from the stars and director once you learn all the lines by heart, and a very interesting documentary in which it's clear just how aware the stars share the love that the fans have for this true great of comedy.


I Am Not an Animal [DVD][2004]
I Am Not an Animal [DVD][2004]
Dvd ~ Steve Coogan
Offered by adfilms
Price: £24.95

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Imaginative, leftfield, dark and overall high quality comedy from Steve Coogan's stable of comic talent., 1 Nov. 2009
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A bunch of misfit talking animals - from a pompous horse and a sarcastic sparrow (both voiced by Coogan) to a celebrity obsessed pit bull (Bulmore) - have been created by a vivisection laboratory. The laboratory has kept the animals in a pampered, luxurious lifestyle, and when animal rights activists arrive to "liberate" them, they are at a loss as to how to look after themselves.

The humour comes from the interactions as the animals attempts to understand both the world they now inhabit and the emotions that are a part of the personalities they have been given; of course they have never interacted with the general populace, and can only seek this understanding through popular culture, magazines and the news.

I Am Not An Animal is a very clever series, with a number of funny moments in each episode, excellent characterisation and some highly imaginative situations. The animation of the show has a very unique look, with human eyes and mouths given to the animals, however a lack of visual gags suggests this is underutilised. It does suffer a little on second viewing, so it is not recommended to view particularly often, however it is guaranteed to make you chuckle once again if you dig it out after 18 months or so.

The series is a must for anyone with a love of humour outside of the norm, and who tends to quote from such other less predictable comedies as The Mighty Boosh and Monty Python. Its one liners and quickfire retorts are some of its strongest features, as are its arguably dark themes. Memorable quotes include:

"Love is having a boyfriend who hits you, then he cries and promises never to do it again, but he does, and you go to a safe house."
"I'd hit you Claire. And I'd track you down at the safe house."
"You're so sweet"

Describing a laptop: "some sort of futuristic folder... With a wire!!!"

"It appears our old friend calvin has had his head stitched onto the body of an ape and been sent to kill us"
"I knew this would happen"


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