Who knew that a simple flash cartoon with a superimposed human face on it could become a successful TV franchise? Apparently, Cartoon Network did when they took a chance and greenlit the “Annoying Orange” into his own cartoon show. Alongside his fruity friends and a shopkeep, the fruits get into all sorts of adventures (that more often or not turn into loose movie parodies) that end with Orange laughing himself silly and amusing little children while infuriating adults. Truly there was never a fruit more annoying that this one voiced by Dane Boedigheimer.
Vivendi Entertainment has released their third volume in their series of “Annoying Orange” DVDs, and I got my grubby mitts on them to take a look at it. Episodes in this DVD include “The Fast & Fruitious”, “Trans.Fruit.Bot.”, “Fruit Loose”, and “Meet the Oranges”. My personal favorite on this disc would be “My name is Orange”, where Orange discovers he has mold and will ultimately meet his demise. Seeing these outrageous cartoon characters deal with their concept of death is wacky enough as is, and has a few chuckles in there.
There are no special features on this DVD at all, and there is basically nothing here except for the ten 11-minute episodes and a single menu that loops the first 15 seconds of his theme song to the point where you will want to slice your ears off with a buzzsaw.
I tried to find more to say about this item, but unfortunately, it is a very niche product for a very specific market, and that would be fans of the “Annoying Orange”. There are plenty of times where I review products where I am either unfamiliar with, or not a fan of, a certain show and I can get through it and appreciate it for what it is. However, this DVD is really for kids who are fans of the show and want to watch the toon whenever they feel like it, instead of waiting for Cartoon Network to re-air the same episode in the morning and then again in the afternoon. If you are a fan, this is for you – if not, stay far away from this. That’s not to say it’s a bad show, which it is not (I admit that even as a non-fan, it has its moments), but it’s a show people either love or hate, and I am not the right market for this particular product.
You can order The High Fructose Adventures of Annoying Orange: Volume 3 from Amazon.com for under $14, and is a bit steep considering that you are getting just under 90 uninterrupted minutes of a show that is on nearly nightly on Cartoon Network. But, if you have a serious fan of this toon in your house, you may want to consider buying it for them, just get them a pair of headphones to go with it so you do not have to needlessly suffer through that theme song or that insidious citrus laugh…