It is official. The vault is open again. No, not that vault. Not that warehouse from which the people at Disney pull the same movies over and over again every few years or so either. It’s Nickelodeon’s classic Nicktoons vault. Nickelodeon and Shout! Factory have teamed up once again to release yet another collection of classic Nicktoons cartoons for all of the 90s Nicktoons Nostalgics and their kids. The collection, Out of the Vault Returns is available in stores nationwide today. Just as with previous OOTV (as it will be known from here on out) collections, this single-disc compilation features ten more episodes from some of Nickelodeon’s most beloved Nicktoons series. That is just one important and notable element of this collection. The writing within the episodes is just as important as the episodes themselves. The work of each show’s cast rounds out the compilation’s positives. Each element proves important in its own right to the whole of Shout! Factory and Nickelodeon’s new Nicktoons collection. Altogether they make this set another collection that any Nicktoons Nostalgic will want to add to his or her own home DVD library.
Shout! Factory and Nickelodeon’s latest collection of classic Nicktoons episodes is yet another piece that any Nicktoons Nostalgic will want to add to his or her own home DVD library. The main reason for this is the list of episodes collected for the disc’s presentation. There is a total of nineteen shorts over the course of the DVD’s roughly two hundred twenty minutes. For the most part the episodes are equally divided among the five featured series. Each series is represented with four episodes save for Rocko’s Modern Life. That series is represented by three episodes. Even with that slight discrepancy it still doesn’t take anything away from the DVD’s overall presentation. Audiences will love the inclusion of “You Only Scare Twice” from Aaahh!!! Real Monsters which spoofs the old James Bond spy flicks, and “Harold The Butcher” from Hey Arnold! That episode is one of Hey Arnold!’s best episodes hands down. It sees local bully Harold show his softer side as he discovers his calling. It is one of those episodes that clearly exhibits the heart that made Hey Arnold! so great and still does so today. Just as great is “Fatal Contraption” from Rocko’s Modern Life. This episode is actually one of the series’ more controversial episodes believe it or not. As if that isn’t enough, “Meat Dog’s Friends” will have audiences laughing just as much as Dog discovers where meat comes from. He turns vegetarian but only for a short time. That is because of a dream that he has that unnerves him even more. There are just as many laughs from Dag and Norbert in the featured episodes from The Angry Beavers. Whether for the noted episodes or any of the other included episodes, it can be said that the episodes in whole make for plenty of reason for any Nicktoons Nostalgic to add this new DVD to their own home DVD libraries.
The episodes that are featured in Shout! Factory and Nickelodeon’s new OOTV are in themselves plenty of reason for any Nicktoons Nostalgic to add this latest compilation to his or her own home DVD library. The writing within the episodes is just as important as the episodes themselves. This is especially exemplified in Hey Arnold!’s “Harold The Butcher.” Harold discovers his calling in this episode. But that is just one part of what makes this episode so great. He discovers his calling after having been caught shoplifting a ham, which as his rabbi exclaims (yes, rabbi) is not even kosher for Jews. That brings up another important element of the episode’s writing. That the writers would tackle religion so openly in a popular, mainstream children’s series is brave to say the very least. It isn’t the only time that they did either. What’s more it showed that Hey Arnold! was so strong not just thanks to its episodes centered on Arnold but on the series’ supporting cast, too. That’s rare in television. It’s just one example of what makes the episodes’ writing so impressive. Aaahh!!! Real Monsters spoofs Hollywood’s classic James Bond movies in “You Only Scare Twice.” Right from the title, which spoofs the classic 1967 Bond flick You Only Live Twice the spoof is on. The episode sees Oblena, Ickis, and Krumm chasing a secret agent in an attempt to scare him all while he hunts down an evil villain. The chase comes from the trio being forced to make up a scare that they were supposed to have done previously. Simply put it’s just a fun, turn off your brain episode that adults will enjoy just as much as their kids. “Wacky Delly,” from Rocko’s Modern Life, is another important example of the importance of the episodes’ writing. This episode sees the Fatheads’ son in his attempt to get out of his contract with a major TV network. He employs the help of Rocko and company in order to create a series so bad that he can get out of his contract, hoping that the network execs will hate the creation that badly. Of course the plan backfires on him at least to a point. Those that might not be familiar with Rocko’s Modern Life will be interested to know that this episode is actually linked to series creator Joe Murray and his own frustrations. It is just one more example of the importance of the writing within the episodes featured in this latest collection. It is hardly the last notable example of the episodes’ writing, too. The joking commentary about the fanatical view of some vegetarians in CatDog’s episode “Meat Dog’s Friends” will have any viewer laughing hysterically with its biting commentary. And the full-on zany approach of the writers behind The Angry Beavers provides its own share of entertainment, too. All things considered the writing exhibited in this collection’s featured episodes goes well beyond exhibiting what makes the episodes’ writing just as important as the episodes themselves. Both elements come together to strengthen the collection even more. Even as important as the episodes and their writing is to the overall presentation of this latest OOTV collection, the noted elements are not the collection’s only important elements. The work of the series’ various cast members is just as important as the episodes and their writing.
The episodes presented in Nickelodeon and Shout! Factory’s latest OOTV collection and their writing are both integral in their own way to the collection’s overall presentation. As important as they are to the presentation, the work of the series’ various casts is just as important to the episodes’ collective presentation. Justin Shenkarow (Disney’s Recess, Where On Earth Is Carmen San Diego?, Life With Louie) is wonderful as Harold Berman in Hey Arnold! The same can be said of Francesca Marie Smith (A Bug’s Life, The Prince of Egypt, Disney’s Recess) as Helga Pataki. Her laughing-gas induced call to Arnold in “Helga Blabs It All” will have viewers laughing nonstop as will her attempt to recover the answering machine tape containing her profession to Arnold after her revelation of what she’d done. It’s the kind of reaction that can only be pulled off in a cartoon series, and a timeless classic at that. Jim Cummings (The Lion King, Shrek, The Hunchback of Notre Dame) is just as great as the voice of Cat in CatDog as he realizes here meat comes from and his subsequent reaction in his own twisted dream. On a related note, Tom Kenny (Spongebob Squarepants, WordGirl, Miles From Tomorrowland) is just as great as Cat’s canine counterpart Dog when the duo has a big fish story of its own to tell in “The Old CatDog and the Sea.” Going back to the episodes’ writing for a moment, this episode’s title is another example of the importance of the episodes’ writing. That is because the title is a playful take on the take of author Ernest Hemingway’s novel The Old Man and The Sea. Younger viewers today likely won’t know much of the book or its famed author. But older audiences will. To that extent, it makes the writing once again all the more enjoyable. Getting back on track voice actress Christine Cavanaugh (R.I.P. 2014) proves once again to be just as entertaining as ever as she and Aaahh!!! Real Monsters co-stars Charles Adler (Tiny Toon Adventures, Aladdin, Cow & Chicken) and David Eccles (Rugrats, The Wild Thornberrys, Duckman) have to stop humans from discovering the monster school in the junkyard in “Less Talk, More Monsters.” The trio will keep audiences entertained throughout as Oblina, Ickis, and Krumm try to protect their school from the humans. It’s yet another way in which the work of the different series’ voice actors proves important to the overall presentation of Nickelodeon and Shout! Factory’s new OOTV collection. Together with the episodes and their writing all three elements come together to make this collection one more great addition to any Nicktoons Nostalgic’s home DVD library.
Nickelodeon and Shout! Factory’s new Out of the Vault collection is yet another enjoyable addition to any Nicktoons Nostalgic’s home DVD library. That is thanks in large part to its presented episodes. The episodes represent each of the five presented series in a relatively balanced fashion. And for those that were not able to get their hands on any of the series’ stand alone season sets or full-series runs it is especially great because of its cost effectiveness. The writing behind each of the series’ episodes is just as important to the collection. That is because it runs the gamut from the wildly outrageous (as in the Angry Beavers episodes) to the more substantive such as in the presented Hey Arnold! episodes and everything in between including the spooky and silly in the presented Aaahh!!! Real Monsters episodes. The work of each series’ voice cast is just as important to the collection’s presentation as the episodes and their writing. That is because the casts’ interpretation of each script is the finishing touch to each episode. It is their work that brings the episodes and their scripts to life and in turn makes them entertaining. Each element shows in its own way to be important to the presentation of Out of the Vault Again. Altogether all three elements show clearly why this latest collection of classic Nicktoons episodes is another enjoyable piece for any Nicktoons Nostalgic. It is available now in stores and online. More information on this and other titles from Shout! Factory is available online at:
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