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Kefky
08-21-2007, 06:36 AM
Yea, it's a bit old, but I did a search and it hasn't been posted here before, so I thought some of you guys might find it interesting. It's about the more serious themes underlining the show:

http://www.reason.com/news/show/119655.html


The Venture Brothers is a different beast. It flaunts all of the elements of the series on the adult/hipster animated landscape: irony, satire, uncomfortable pauses, outright parody. But as creators Jackson Publick and Doc Hammer frequently explain, the show is about failure. It's about the vision that inspired the science fiction wave of the 1950s and 1960s, the optimism of the space race, and the baby boomers' beloved, indulged idea that they could achieve anything they wanted.

These were ideas that satirized themselves. Awarding its 1966 "Man of the Year" award to the "Young Generation," Time magazine's editors saluted the boomers as the folks "who will land on the moon, cure cancer and the common cold, lay out blight-proof, smog-free cities, enrich the underdeveloped world, and, no doubt, write finis to poverty and war." Forty years later the boomers have disappointed no one as much as they've disappointed themselves, buckling in to watch movies about how great their parents were as they pop pills and build their Dennis Hopper-endorsed "Dream Books."

This explains why Dr. Thaddeus "Rusty" Venture, the failed boy genius and father of the series' eponymous brothers Hank and Dean, is such a screw-up. As we learn in flashbacks across the series 27 episodes (so far), Venture pere was a Jonny Quest figure himself who solved mysteries under the wing of his brilliant father, his friend Hector, and their bodyguard Swifty. The 1960s were an era of superhero teams, super-science, space stations, and helpful robots. And as Rusty grows up, all of that peters out. He drops out of college (after palling around with two other super-scientists and a Doctor Doom analogue named Baron Underbheit), loses portions of the family business, and enters middle-age trading off his family's successes and reluctantly fathering his two boys. When Venture's lab is broken into by The Monarch, his butterfly-fetishizing archfoe can't find anything worth defiling or smashing. "What can I do to this guy that life hasn't already?" he sulks. "I almost feel sorry for him."

Hank and Dean don't know all of this. They believe their father is a genius and the adventures they stumble into are legendary. They think nothing odd of the fact that he wears a one-piece "speed suit" and they dress, respectively, like the Scooby Gang's Freddy and like Buddy Holly. They don't seem to notice that the villains they battle are poseurs or trust-fund kids who usually belong to a hamstrung, bureaucratic supervillain union called the Guild of Calamitous Intent. They're blissfully unaware that nothing important has been invented for a long, long time. But when they inevitably screw something up or get targeted by one of their wannabe archenemies, their heroic, nigh-invulnerable bodyguard Brock Samson steps in to save them with palpable boredom and a heavy sigh.

It's pretty impressive that Pulick and Hammer managed to make such a hilarious show out of horribly depressing stuff like this. They're raping our childhoods, but we enjoy it, and ask for more.

Dark Sasha
08-21-2007, 06:40 AM
It's a brilliant show, probably the best show Adult Swim will ever air.

nihilance
08-21-2007, 06:42 AM
The question is...when does the new season start!?!?

Bill Nolan
08-21-2007, 06:46 AM
I didn't want to read all that. Could you highlight the part where they are blamed for the Utah mining disaster? K'Thx.

SteveFlack
08-21-2007, 06:52 AM
My buddy works on the show as a story board artist. He says season 3 is going to be phenomenal.

I picked up some Venture Bros prints from an animation art gallery at SDCC. When I came back to New York, I brought them over to the studio to get Jackson Publick to sign them. He didn't even know that the gallery actually went through with making them, and was upset that he didn't get a set. "But I'm me!" was his response.

A better person would have given him the set. Currently, they are up on my wall.

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1125/958085979_3e710e4037.jpg
http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1162/958087777_3a04e13bb4.jpg
http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1422/989452650_23be4119b4.jpg

-Steve!

nihilance
08-21-2007, 06:55 AM
My buddy works on the show as a story board artist. He says season 3 is going to be phenomenal.

I picked up some Venture Bros prints from an animation art gallery at SDCC. When I came back to New York, I brought them over to the studio to get Jackson Publick to sign them. He didn't even know that the gallery actually went through with making them, and was upset that he didn't get a set. "But I'm me!" was his response.

A better person would have given him the set. Currently, they are up on my wall.

Awesome! Can you post larger pics of the prints so we can see the details better?

AAlgar
08-21-2007, 06:55 AM
My buddy works on the show as a story board artist. He says season 3 is going to be phenomenal.

I picked up some Venture Bros prints from an animation art gallery at SDCC. When I came back to New York, I brought them over to the studio to get Jackson Publick to sign them. He didn't even know that the gallery actually went through with making them, and was upset that he didn't get a set. "But I'm me!" was his response.

A better person would have given him the set. Currently, they are up on my wall.

:lol:

SteveFlack
08-21-2007, 07:01 AM
Awesome! Can you post larger pics of the prints so we can see the details better?

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1162/958087777_3a76c07fbd_o.jpg
http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1125/958085979_961afa3c9b_o.jpg

-Steve!

Dark Sasha
08-21-2007, 07:03 AM
My buddy works on the show as a story board artist. He says season 3 is going to be phenomenal.

I picked up some Venture Bros prints from an animation art gallery at SDCC. When I came back to New York, I brought them over to the studio to get Jackson Publick to sign them. He didn't even know that the gallery actually went through with making them, and was upset that he didn't get a set. "But I'm me!" was his response.

A better person would have given him the set. Currently, they are up on my wall.

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1125/958085979_3e710e4037.jpg
http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1162/958087777_3a04e13bb4.jpg
http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1422/989452650_23be4119b4.jpg

-Steve!
That's awesome!

nihilance
08-21-2007, 07:04 AM
http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1162/958087777_3a76c07fbd_o.jpg
http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1125/958085979_961afa3c9b_o.jpg

-Steve!

Awesome! The white one has a definite Sienkiewicz feel to it.

Dark Sasha
08-21-2007, 07:07 AM
Awesome! The white one has a definite Sienkiewicz feel to it.

It is Sienkiewicz.

SteveFlack
08-21-2007, 07:07 AM
Awesome! The white one has a definite Sienkiewicz feel to it.

That's because it is Bill Sienkiewicz. They're both art that was used for the DVD releases.

-Steve!

nihilance
08-21-2007, 07:15 AM
It is Sienkiewicz.

Well there you go!

Brian Defferding
08-21-2007, 07:18 AM
A great, well written article. Worth reading!

Jono
08-21-2007, 07:28 AM
fuck the article, where can I get a set of those sweet, sweet prints?

SteveFlack
08-21-2007, 07:35 AM
fuck the article, where can I get a set of those sweet, sweet prints?

eBay, maybe, they only made 100 of each, and I believe both sold out at SDCC. They were $75 each, or both for $125.

-Steve!

SteveFlack
08-21-2007, 07:41 AM
I also bought this from the same company.

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1098/958095273_9583d016b5.jpg

They also organized the signing at the con with Groening, where I got the sketch.

http://i71.photobucket.com/albums/i138/skeetzjackson/l_ce38d3dd8c0c091db4eaa84e38212cc5.jpg

-Steve!

SteveFlack
08-21-2007, 07:53 AM
http://www.acmearchivesdirect.com/

And this is the company that made them.

-Steve!

Jono
08-21-2007, 08:59 AM
http://www.acmearchivesdirect.com/

And this is the company that made them.

-Steve!


thanks bro, they even have them in stock! Now to crack open the piggy bank...