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'Squidbillies, Vol. 1'
(Animation / 2-Disc DVD / NR / (2005) 2007 / Turner Home Ent.)

Overview: 'The Squidbillies - Volume One' is now on DVD. The adult swim television series about back-woods redneck squids and their misadventures spans two discs and 20 episodes and contains bonus materials and extra features.

DVD Verdict: From one of the creative minds behind Adult Swim's smash Aqua Teen Hunger Force, 'Squidbillies' pushes the limits for offensiveness compared to some of the other shows on the Adult Swim line-up, and in some cases, even goes over it. It's all good however, considering that 'Squidbillies' is mostly pure comic glee.

The show revolves around an ex-con, hillbilly, talking squid named Early, who is re-united with his illegitamite son in backwoods redneck country. In between the series of mis-adventures that the two embark on, they deal with crack-pot family members, and a sheriff that has his share of problems.

There's plenty of gross out gags and cliche' hillbilly behavior, and for the most part it's all frequently hilarious throughout. The animation style may not be everyone's cup of tea to be sure, but it suits the environment and the setting. In the very first episode we learn the back story of Early, Rusty, Grandma, and the sheriff. In "Take This Job and Love It" Early seeks employment in a difficult job market.

In "School Days, Fool Days" Early takes Rusty to a soccer game so he can learn how to play. But it turns out to be a cock fight. Early puts a party hat on Rusty so he can pass as a chicken, but he gets badly bruised. When the Sheriff sees this he demands that Early homeschool Rusty. Early refuses, but when he finds out that money is involved, he changes his mind. Then in "Chalky Trouble" Early asks Rusty what he thinks of "whites." He then takes Rusty to an anti-white ritual. The ritual is about burning things they think has to do with white people. When they are in are in the middle of the bonfie, however, the Sheriff shows up. When he finds out what the ritual is about, he shows Early he is white, and then tells them how many famous people are white. The episode ends when Rusty finds out his mom was white. Meanwhile, Lil is putting pictures of her butt on the Internet.

In "Family Trouble" revelations regarding Rusty's maternity lead to questions regarding Rusty's paternity. Wherewas in "Office Politics Trouble" Early concocts a popular new beverage.

As said before, 'Squidbillies' is definitely not for everyone, but it keeps on supplying the laughs, and in that department alone, is worth checking out. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:

Original Pilots
Deleted Scenes
"How I Make The Damn Show" Featurette
And more!