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Posted Jan 5, 2004 @ 4:01 PM

Happened to catch this on Adult Swim last night as I actively tried avoiding sleep. I have no idea if this was just a pilot or it's an ongoing series (and if anyone has any info I'm eager to know).

It's kind of a spoof on the old Jonny Quest cartoon, and it's look is very similar. It's about Doc Venture, his two less-than-wordly sons, and the unbalanced Race Bannon-type character of Brock Sampson (voiced by Patrick "Puddy" Warburton).

I really loved it. Has anyone else had a chance to catch it?
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Posted Jan 5, 2004 @ 6:45 PM

Dang, and I was planning on starting this one.

To the best of my knowledge, this was a pilot, and new eps air in March. Yes, it's JQ on crack, but it does show promise. "Quick, Dean! Let's deploy the J-U-D-O!" Cue ineffectual karate chops.

The one potential drawback? Using JQ to spoof might work in the short term...like the pilot for "Harvey Birdman" and the custody battle. Long-term? I don't know...

ETA: "She touched me where I make sissy!" "Super run-away!" Maybe this show's got legs after all.

Edited by Lantern7, Jan 6, 2004 @ 3:17 AM.

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Posted Jan 6, 2004 @ 12:15 PM

I think I'd have to say that my favorite part was when Brock killed the alligator that stowed awy on the plane, and turned to go into the UN building covered in blood when the guards told him he couldn't take a weapon inside. So Brock looks at the guard and says "Take it from me", the first guard looks at another who shakes his head telling him not to do it. BWAH!
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Posted Jan 17, 2004 @ 3:35 AM

Last I remember Venture Bros was slated for February. I loved Puddy (I know it's Wharburton, but he's now and forever Puddy,) as the borderline psycho Race Bannon.

Anyone else notice Dr Venture pitching a tent in the hotel room?
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Posted May 22, 2004 @ 9:23 PM

Adult Swim reaired the pilot and new episodes are scheduled starting Aug 8th (sorry to double, but it's been months)
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Posted Jul 21, 2004 @ 10:26 AM

I saw a commercial last night advertising the series premiere on August 7th. It was 30 seconds of Brock fighting and looked pretty damn cool.
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Posted Jul 21, 2004 @ 10:27 AM

Yay! Brock gets to be..."thorough"!
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Posted Aug 6, 2004 @ 11:34 AM

Zap2It.com article on The Venture Bros.
Dr. Girlfriend? Orange County Liberation Front? Sweet!
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Posted Aug 6, 2004 @ 12:03 PM

Hee! Fun article. I adored the pilot--the Monarch and Dr. Girlfriend were proof that there is more to the show than just the delightful Brock.

It airs this Saturday at 11:30 p.m. and 2:30 a.m., and repeats on Sunday night at 12:30 a.m. I am not missing this series!
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Posted Aug 6, 2004 @ 1:15 PM

It makes use of a lot uncomfortable and politically incorrect humor, but it's funny as hell!

I saw Adult Swim's other new show, Stroker & Hoop, meh. I wasn't that impressed, but Venture Bros, this one is a keeper in my opinion.
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Posted Aug 7, 2004 @ 11:54 PM

Why isn't this on Sunday nights? Must be because it takes the whole 30 minutes.

In brief: adventures in Mexico. Dr. Venture makes an ass out of himself and loses both kidneys. The Monarch (formerly Monarch Butterfly) kidnaps the boys and relates his origin to the husky-voiced Dr. Girlfriend. And Brock (dubbed "the Swedish murder machine" by Monarch) gets to beat and run over various henchmen.

Damn, this whacked-out "Jonny Quest" retread is gonna be around for a long time.
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Posted Aug 8, 2004 @ 12:48 AM

The first scene of the show has got to be the gayest thing I've ever seen on Cartoon Network. God bless this show.
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Posted Aug 8, 2004 @ 12:53 AM

While not as good as the pilot, I definitely enjoyed it a lot. I love Brock (and Patrick Warburton is perfect voice casting for the part).
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Posted Aug 8, 2004 @ 1:12 AM

Only caught the first minutes of this, and switch to the 'O Grady episode I missed. Really, really pretty.

Why isn't this on Sunday nights? Must be because it takes the whole 30 minutes.


A repeat will air 12:30am, in Baby Blues slot. Plus, AS inserted a comedy infusion in the Action Block, GRR.
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Posted Aug 8, 2004 @ 1:27 AM

Tonight's episode was actually #9...CN still dosen't want to air any non-anime show in order.
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Posted Aug 8, 2004 @ 1:52 AM

While this ep was better then the pilot, I still don't find this show very funny. Why couldn't we have gotten more Brak Show's instead?

Edited by VWBug82, Aug 8, 2004 @ 1:52 AM.

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Posted Aug 8, 2004 @ 4:14 AM

Well the Monarch is actually funnier and more interesting than Doctor Venture and his two dumbass sons.

But Brock, he's pretty damn near indestructible. When I see Brock taking all those damn tranq darts and not go down, I'm reminded of a very funny line Cobra Commander said about Sargent Slaughter from the G.I. Joe cartoon...

"That man has the constitution of a Vending Machine!"

As long as the show focuses on Brock's over-the-top violence and the Monarch and Dr. Girlfriend, I'm totally on board with this show.
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Posted Aug 9, 2004 @ 12:49 AM

Did anyone else get a crazy-assed cartoon "Tick" vibe from this show?

(And not just because of Puddy.)

I loved it. My son Tivo'd it, and after we watched the intro I made him stop so we could call in the rest of the family to watch.

What did Dr. Venture call the Day of the Dead? "Your Crazy Christmas Dead People Day"? That really made me laugh, because I work in a school library, and every year I put up a Dia De Los Muertos display and carefully explain its significance. Mebbe this year I'll just go with Dr. Ventura's shorthand.
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Posted Aug 9, 2004 @ 1:21 AM

Ben Edlund, creator of The Tick wrote scripts for VB, hence the "Tick-ish" tone.
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Posted Aug 9, 2004 @ 1:27 AM

I'm guessing the ep was aired first, still Monarch was in there. I'm also guessing continuity isn't gonna be a hang-up with this show.

I'm also guessing that Dr. Venture originally found Brock in the Yellow Pages under "Escorts," but Brock was actually a bodyguard. Doc pays Brock, Brock takes the money and deals instant deal to anybody who harms Hank and/or Dean.

I think "going sickhouse" should be an everyday expression. Ditto with "Walking Swedish murder machine." Is "Samson" a Swedish name?
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Posted Aug 9, 2004 @ 2:57 AM

I always figured it for Jewish.

Edited by Skyblade, Aug 9, 2004 @ 2:57 AM.

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Posted Aug 9, 2004 @ 3:47 PM

That was some funny stuff: Big, fat luchadors at the poker game. That henchman who sounded like Ray Romano ("Man... this suuucks!"). The fact that Dr. Venture had to count the number of kidneys he lost. Hopefully enough people are watching it.
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Posted Aug 10, 2004 @ 8:51 AM

The kidney-affair was apparently the second time it had happened to him--he exclaimed, "Not again!" He needs to be less careless with his (beautiful new) kidneys.

"What was that?!" "El Chupanebre. Those things are all over Mexico. Quit screwing around." Awesome!

I thought the henchmen were great, and I love that they put Speedy out of his misery.

How great was Monarch's flashback? "The Summer of the Monarchs!" It was all so overblown. "New Jersey's famed Pine Barrens." As it's mostly made up of PINE, you can see why the leaves wouldn't be turning orange in the fall. That's just excellent. Oh, and the fact that they were flying out of Newark? It's the little details that made it so priceless. "It was like losing my parents a second time! Only quieter. So I walked to the nearest highway, caught a bus back to New York City, and collected a huge inheritance."

Monarch trying to love the boys ("Which one of my special boys wants fresh, hot cookies?") was awesome, as was his insistence on being Dr. Venture's arch nemesis. "Under-Bite"? Hee!

Helper didn't add much to the episode. I don't think it was in the pilot, so I hope they find a funny way to use it in other episodes.

Edited by cinaea, Aug 10, 2004 @ 9:15 AM.

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Posted Aug 10, 2004 @ 9:43 AM

The first scene of the show has got to be the gayest thing I've ever seen on Cartoon Network.


More like the gayest thing you've ever seen in a cartoon.

This didn't have a lot of jokes, but the jokes that were there were fine. Nothing rolling on the floor worthy, but still good. I loved Doctor Girlfriend (her deep voice cracks me up) saying,"We agreed when we went into this relationship we didn't want kids." Is she Monarch's girlfriend or his wife?
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Posted Aug 10, 2004 @ 6:02 PM

I love this cartoon. Brock as the out-of-control killing machine (who seems to get a great deal of booty in between saving the boys), the brothers as just these “aw shucks” kind of naïve buffoons, and Dr. Venture as this completely unsavory, egotistical freak. I love how tasteless, violent and twisted this show is – especially after having to sit through some rather unfunny cartoons from Adult Swim in the past (Baby Blues, Home Movies and that dreadful Mission Hill). Too cool.
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Posted Aug 10, 2004 @ 8:27 PM

Like VB. Has a fresh take on the much commented upon ho-yay in Johnny Quest. I like that they ape the animation aesthetic of Quest as well as the travel louge style.

I don't know wheter to cringe or laugh at Brock's randy West perm/mullet.

The scene that sold me on the pilot was Brock urinating on the Mummy, just so twisted.

Dr. Venture losing his kidney was a great plot twist.
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Posted Aug 15, 2004 @ 12:46 AM

I think the second episode was a step down from the first. Watching Dr. Venture hallunicate his father does explain quite a lot about him. Brock's as brutal as before. The boys act like dummies, and watch Brock have sex with an ugly woman. Lotsa funny moments, but I can't pinpoint one in particular...and that's not a sign of greatness. There's always next week.
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Posted Aug 15, 2004 @ 1:37 AM

I have to agree. I enjoyed it, but there weren't as many funny moments as last week's ep. I did like: "Her father invented the Mr. Mouth game, so she's an heiress."
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Posted Aug 22, 2004 @ 12:14 AM

Much better. We meet Baron Underbite, see him kill his minions (including Girl Hitler and Manic Eightball), see Brock fuck up Bigfoot, and see the Thaddeus and Dean lactate. Well...Dean did it in his pants, if you know what I mean. Oh, and Underbite's henchmen run into those of the Monarch, and freestyle bonding occurs.

Does it get any better than Lee Majors explaining his love for the female Bigfoot? And for Brock to be repulsed in shaving her hair for a disguise?
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Posted Aug 22, 2004 @ 1:08 AM

Even funnier to find out that Lee Majors bats for the other team.
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