We, the battered masses who love Venture Brothers, lay in wait. We devour each season as if it were a crust of bread on Paris Hilton’s plate. (wait..Paris probably hisses at carbs. Never mind.) We drink deeply from the wine jug of the mirthy Dionysus as each episode plays before us and when that moment is over, we are cast into oblivion, left only with re-runs to relive those treasured times and the promise of DVD extras to come. Perhaps we invite over a friend who has never seen the show and leech off of their gleeful energy as they watch… but the taste is never as sweet. Truly, we are addicts and as a wise man with an awesome voice might say “I got a feva and the only cure is more Venture Brothers.” My brothers and sisters… prepare for that crust of bread.
Sunday on Adult Swim, celebrate the premiere of The Venture Bros.: From The Ladle To The Grave—The Shallow Gravy Story.
Follow the meteoric rise, the equally meteoric fall, and the decidedly un-meteor-like second coming of the most important band Hank Venture, Dermott Fictel and H.E.L.P.eR. robot have ever been in: Shallow Gravy. If you’re hungry for rock, then open wide, because here comes a ladle of heavy metal fire and metaphoric meat drippings.
This mini documentary covers the entire history of the musical juggernaut that is Shallow Gravy (that’s maybe..6 to 8 months? give or take? I’m bad with the maths. We can even it out and call it a year.) Interviews were conducted with the families of Dermott and Hank to get both sides of the story and provide an accurate re-telling of events for future generations. Follow the band from their first meeting to their explosion onto the pulsating music scene and finally, the birth of the greatest song ever to be animated since the punk rock version of “Jabberjaw”… JACKET. Questions will be answered! All epic seriousness aside, the 15 minute episode is hysterical with little snippets from your favorite characters and even some story development relevant to the main show! Yes, this is canon. Of course, the best part of the special is the actual music video for Jacket, which is practically a love song for VB fans worldwide. The lyrics are ridiculous and the song insanely catchy while the video packs in appearances from every ally of Venture Industries Hank could coax to appear. You won’t miss this, so I don’t even need to continue…and I can’t anyway since the damn thing is 15 minutes long. It’s like reviewing a single comic issue. You can only say about 5 things before you get into spoilers. As expected, the episode is awesome and will leaving you wanting more.
Then the wait begins… again.
A marathon of Hank and Dermott episodes will air from 9:30pm – 12:00am (ET, PT) on August 28th followed by this new 15-minute behind-the-music documentary at midnight (ET, PT) on Adult Swim. In anticipation of the premiere, fans can download the five-song Shallow Gravy EP featuring different versions and remixes of “Jacket” plus a music video via digital retailers. Then, on Monday, August 29, just one day after The Venture Bros.: From The Ladle To The Grave—The Shallow Gravy Story airs on the network, fans can check back with digital retailers and download the full uncensored episode to own.
Written by Paul Nomad, Idle Hands[Venture Bros. Blog]