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New TV DVDs for Dec. 15: 'Robot Chicken,' 'The Tudors' and More

by Scott Harris, posted Dec 15th 2009 9:48AM
One of the best parts of the holiday season is the return of some of television's most beloved animated classics. Shows like, for instance, 'A Charlie Brown Christmas,' 'Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer' and, of course, 'Robot Chicken.'

Okay, so maybe 'Robot Chicken' isn't quite your father's stop-motion show, but retailers around the nation are about to find out how today's brand of animation stacks up against favorites of the past as several offbeat animated series get the DVD treatment. But don't worry, if cartoons aren't your thing, we've also dug up some releases from other genres that will make some of the best gifts this side of the Island of Misfit Toys.One of the best parts of the holiday season is the return of some of television's most beloved animated classics. Shows like, for instance, 'A Charlie Brown Christmas,' 'Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer' and, of course, 'Robot Chicken.'

Okay, so maybe 'Robot Chicken' isn't quite your father's stop-motion show, but retailers around the nation are about to find out how today's brand of animation stacks up against favorites of the past as several offbeat animated series get the DVD treatment. But don't worry, if cartoons aren't your thing, we've also dug up some releases from other genres that will make some of the best gifts this side of the Island of Misfit Toys.

Seth Green and his band of subversive sculptors over at 'Robot Chicken' have cooked up another batch of inappropriate action-figure action with 'Robot Chicken: Season Four.' Plus, if you missed out on the first three seasons, you're in luck, as you can get the whole kit and kaboodle with the 'Robot Chicken: Seasons 1-4' box set.

'Robot Chicken' isn't the only offering from Cartoon Network this week, as the anachronistic action series 'Samurai Champloo' is finally gathered for Blu-ray viewers with 'Samurai Champloo: The Complete Series.'

Back before the creation of Adult Swim it was MTV -- of all places -- that was pioneering offbeat animation. One of their most acclaimed efforts, 'The Maxx,' is out this week with 'The Maxx: The Complete Series.'

No matter how weird 'The Maxx' seems, though, it has nothing on MTV's other release this week, 'The Head.' Check out the whole saga of a man who has a blue demon living inside his huge melon with 'The Head: The Complete Series.'

These days, of course, all the wackiness of the cartoon world has been trumped by the even more unrealistic antics of reality TV stars. 'The City' is pretty much more of the same; if you like that sort of thing, though, you can now get 'The City: The Complete First Season.' So ... there's that.

A slightly less odiferous reality series is 'Ice Road Truckers,' which follows the adventures of people who drive big rigs across frozen expanses of water. 'Ice Road Truckers: The Complete Season Three' pretty much proves that you can make a show about anything, except maybe baking cakes.

Oh wait. 'Cake Boss' also hits the shelves this week with their elegantly titled effort 'Cake Boss.' Hey, why complicate a simple concept like cake?

For people who aren't interested in either cartoons or cartoony reality villains, try some historical villainy instead with 'The Tudors.' 'The Tudors: The Complete Third Season' brings us the latest misadventures and romantic boondoggles of Britain's Henry VIII. Peter Noone was so right.

Finally, rounding out our week of animation, reality shows and period pieces is 'Wagon Train,' which releases 'Wagon Train -- The Complete First Season Special Limited Edition.' And as a bonus, Blu-ray fans can grab 'Star Trek: The Original Series -- Season Three' as well, which is fitting since creator Gene Roddenberry often described 'Star Trek' as "Wagon Train' in space." It all ties together.

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