Aaagh! It's The Mr Hell Show [DVD]
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All 13 episodes of the BBC's adult animated comedy sketch series whose MC is a satanic madman. Meet the sulphurous and sardonic Mr Hell, (voiced by Bob Monkhouse) a satanic superstar who not only stars in his own in his own adventures but also introduces a parade of short, sharp sketches featuring a cavalcade of recurring characters, each imbued with Hell's wickedly cynical sense of humour. Among Hell's cast are Serge the Seal of Death, out for bloody revenge on the fashion industry following the death of his parents at the hands of fur trappers, Victorian Lady Detective, the 19th-century sleuth who may crack the Ripper case so long as she isn't first arrested for showing her ankles in public, and Champion the Wonder Snail, the rescuing mollusc hero who is a bit like Lassie but much, much slower. Then there's a depressive squid, a man who believes in reincarnation, the tart theme park tour guide and... well, you get the picture. In a hail of un-dodged bullets, showers of claret, knives and general gore, Mr Hell rips the Mickey mercilessly out of all cartoon series... well, ever.
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On the down side, there are two highly annoying things about this set that have been neglected by prior reviews.
First of all, the episodes are in the wrong order. This is only a minor irritation as there is very little continuity in the show, but it's still somewhat disorientating for someone who watched it when it aired.
The big gripe, however, is that the episode 'Big Buzznizz' is of a much lower production quality than the other episodes. The frame rate is marginally faster creating a constant blur effect, and the animation is noticeably out of sync with the audio. This was how the episode originally aired on BBC2, but the repeat of the episode a few nights later was in perfect quality - which only adds to the mystery and the stupidity of including the worse version on the DVD. It's not like you can make the argument that they did this to keep in continuity with how the series aired - again, the episodes are out of order anyway, so there is absolutely no excuse for this. It tarnishes an otherwise great package.
Not much to say on the series itself, I loved it when it was televised and I still enjoy its dark and twisted humour now. It's especially enjoyable since Bob Monkhouse's death as one of the raunchier elements of his immense legacy. It's just a shame that the DVD itself has been so horribly butchered in so few, but so significant areas. If these flaws aren't likely to bother you then go ahead and buy the set, it's good value for money and a good laugh, but just be aware that it's far from what it should have been.
Great show, let down badly by a hacked release.
Not so! Here it is, ready to enter my hands in full glory on April 2nd 2007.
This little-known TV series is the funniest cartoon I ever remember seeing, full to the brim with hilarious sketches, including some popular regular contributions from favourite characters, such as Serge the seal, and Mr Hell himself, voiced by Bob Monkhouse no less.
I was bitterly disappointed when the show was shoved later and later in BBC2's schedule. So here it is, and I can finally show the world how good it was.
See for yourself, buy it now---if you're a fan of all things cartoony and adult comedy, you shalln't be disappointed!
Anyway, the show looks good - like something from Cartoon Network. It's fast-paces and irreverent. The jokes are good and the extra features are all interesting and entertaining. A good value-for money ratio.
The animation is a little disppointing in places, through no fault of its own - this was made in a time where Flash was a simpler program, and as a result, it's what Flash animators call 'symbol-based' animation - the final product looks like a cross between cut-out animation like South Park, but it's trying to look like traditional 2D drawn animation.
That said, it is quite nicely done, and after a few sketches, you ignore it and just enjoy the show.
Not for kids, by the way. It's not obscene but there are mild swear-words and some tame sexual references/images. Okay for teenagers who've probably said and done worse!
An excellent collection of rapid-fire skits with an animation style that was ahead of its time. Memorable characters abound, from Josh (who'd love to talk to you about reincarnation), to little Pepito (who'd love to tell you how wonderful the world is, in spite of Mr. Hell's protestations), to Serge the seal cub (who'd like a word with the moguls of the fashion industry, if only he could remember to ask questions first and shoot later), with the titular character voiced to silky-smooth devilish perfection by the late, great Mr. Monkhouse.
This is an animated sketch show. Bob monkhouse voices the main character, a blue suited demon who plays nasty tricks on people, and who introduces lots of linked sketches throughout the course of an episode. There are several regular characters such as serge the seal of death, a seal out to destroy the fashion industry, and..
it's not an easy show to describe! fast, anarchic, utterly black humour that will not be to all tastes. Bob monkhouse is brilliant in the lead, in his typical deadpan fast talking style. There are thirteen episodes spread over two discs, and a few decent extras on the first one such as deleted sketches and a short pilot episode.
A cult show. A great show. and it's great to see it again!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Oh, my lord, but it’s easy to forget quite how funny this show was … !Published 9 months ago by Paul D.
I am all for crude, loud, boarder line childish shows. But this is idiotic, and lacking any real humorous intelligence. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Daren
I placed the dvd in to the player in anticipation. I mean, how could this awesome show have slipped passed me?? What I was met with was sheer dissapointment. Read morePublished on 5 Dec. 2013 by Sharkeisha Reid
Quirky, original, irreverent, and hysterically funny. A Canadian gem that should not be overlooked, and where nothing is sacred. Read morePublished on 23 Feb. 2013 by ARRIUS
I remember seeing this when it was first brought out on tv when I was about 8. Ever since I have been looking for it! Read morePublished on 3 Jun. 2012 by Jason