There are plenty of animated DVDs to keep toon heads busy this week as we all wait for the arrival of Fox/Blue Sky’s Epic and Disney/Pixar’s Monsters University in theaters.
First up, if you missed the third season of The Ricky Gervais Show on HBO (yes, we feel your pain! Who wants to pay those big monthly premium cable bills?), all 12 episodes are now available to view on DVD/Blu-ray. The Warner releases ($39.99) is created by Gervais and co-stars Stephen Merchant and Karl Pilkington, based on podcasts and audiobooks by the popular British comedians. The third season of the show aired April thru June of 2012, was directed by Dan Fraga and produced by Wildbrain. Among the trio’s misadventures included in the mix are Karl’s pitching an insane movie idea to Ricky and Steve, his encounters with domestic insects, an experiment with crash helmets, and the trio imagining their future in an old folks home.
Among the other cool new animated choices this week is Tom and Jerry Kids Show: The Complete First Season (Warner Bros., $19.97). The two-disc release features 13 episodes (four hours-worth) of the Hanna-Barbera series which first aired in 1990 and ran for five seasons until 1998. The toon chronicles the childhood adventures of Tom Cat and Jerry Mouse and their friends Droopy and Dripple and Spike and Tyke.
Among the other toons arriving on disc this week are:
Eden of the East: The Complete Series (Funimation, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, $49.98)
Kaijudo: Rise Of The Duel Masters: Dragonstrike (Shout! Factory, DVD, $14.97)
My Little Pony, Friendship is Magic: Princess Twilight Sparkle (Shout! Factory, DVD, $14.97)