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Encyclopedia > The Boondocks (TV series)
The Boondocks
Genre Animation
Comedy
Created by Aaron McGruder
Voices of Regina King
John Witherspoon
Cedric Yarbrough
Gary Anthony Williams
Jill Talley
Theme music composer Asheru
Country of origin Flag of the United States United States
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 23 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Aaron McGruder
Reginald Hudlin
Rodney Barnes
Producer(s) Brian J. Cowan
Running time 22 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel Adult Swim
Original run November 6, 2005 – present
External links
Official website
IMDb profile
TV.com summary
Common rating
Australia MA15+
Canada 18+
United States TV-MA

The Boondocks is an American animated television series created by Aaron McGruder for the Adult Swim programming block of Turner Broadcasting's Cartoon Network, based upon McGruder's comic strip of the same name. The Boondocks is a social satire of American culture and race, revolving around the lives of the Freeman family – ten-year-old Huey, his younger brother Riley, and their grandfather, Robert. The series is produced by Rebel Base in association with Sony Pictures Television and is currently airing its second season on Adult Swim. Image File history File links The_Boondocks. ... The bouncing ball animation (below) consists of these 6 frames. ... A comedy is a dramatic performance of a light and amusing character, usually with a happy conclusion to its plot. ... Aaron McGruder (born May 29, 1974 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American cartoonist best known for writing and drawing The Boondocks, a Universal Press Syndicate comic strip about two young African-American brothers from inner-city Chicago now living with their grandfather in a sedate suburb. ... Regina King (born January 15, 1971 in Los Angeles, California) is an American film and television actress. ... John Witherspoon John Witherspoon (born January 27, 1942) is an African-American comedy actor best known for his roles in Boomerang (1992), Friday (1995) and the 1990s WB sitcom The Wayans Bros. ... Cedric Yarbrough (born March 20, 1973) is an American actor. ... Gary Anthony Williams (born April 24, 1966) is an American screen actor. ... Jill Talley is a comedic actress, most well-known as a major cast member of Mr. ... Asheru is a rapper who is very good and does the theme song to the television show The Boondocks. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... The Boondocks title logo. ... Reginald Alan Hudlin (born December 15, 1961) is an American writer and film director. ... Adult Swim is the name for an adult-oriented television programming network. ... is the 310th day of the year (311th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Television content rating systems are a method of giving television viewers an idea of the suitability of a television program for children and/or adults. ... For other uses of terms redirecting here, see US (disambiguation), USA (disambiguation), and United States (disambiguation) Motto In God We Trust(since 1956) (From Many, One; Latin, traditional) Anthem The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington, D.C. Largest city New York City National language English (de facto)1 Demonym American... The TV Parental Guidelines system was introduced on January 1, 1997 in the United States as a ratings system established for television programs to be screened for possibly offensive content. ... “Boondocks” redirects here. ... Boondocks may refer to: Look up boondocks in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... An animated series or cartoon series is a television series produced by means of animation. ... Aaron McGruder (born May 29, 1974 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American cartoonist best known for writing and drawing The Boondocks, a Universal Press Syndicate comic strip about two young African-American brothers from inner-city Chicago now living with their grandfather in a sedate suburb. ... Adult Swim is the name for an adult-oriented television programming network. ... Turner Broadcasting logo Turner Broadcasting System (often abbreviated to Turner), based in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, is the company managing the collection of cable networks and properties started by Robert Edward Ted Turner from the mid-1970s to the late-1990s. ... For Cartoon Network outside of the United States, see Cartoon Network around the world. ... This article is about the comic strip, the sequential art form as published in newspapers and on the Internet. ... “Boondocks” redirects here. ... Huey Freeman is the main character of The Boondocks comic strip as well as the main character and narrator of the animated TV series of the same name. ... Riley Freeman is a fictional character from the TV series, The Boondocks, who also appears in a comic strip by the same name. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... SPT logo Sony Pictures Television, Inc. ... Adult Swim is the name for an adult-oriented television programming network. ...


The Boondocks takes place in the same place and time frame as its comic counterpart. The Freeman family, having recently transplanted themselves from the South Side of Chicago to the peaceful, fictional suburb of Woodcrest, find different ways to cope with this acute change in setting as well as the drastically different suburban cultures and lifestyles to which they are exposed. The perspective offered by this mixture of cultures, lifestyles, and races provides for much of the comedy on which the series plays. The neighborhoods of Chicago are less well-defined than Chicagos seventy-seven community areas. ... Nickname: Motto: Urbs in Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location in the Chicago metro area and Illinois Coordinates: , Country State Counties Cook, DuPage Settled 1770s Incorporated March 4, 1837 Government  - Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Area  - City 234. ...


The TV-MA-rated satire premiered on November 6, 2005. The fifteen-episode first season ended on March 19, 2006. The second season premiered on October 8, 2007 and is expected to consist of twenty episodes. The TV Parental Guidelines system was introduced on January 1, 1997 in the United States as a ratings system established for television programs to be screened for possibly offensive content. ... 1867 edition of Punch, a ground-breaking British magazine of popular humour, including a good deal of satire of the contemporary social and political scene. ... is the 310th day of the year (311th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 78th day of the year (79th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 281st day of the year (282nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ...

Contents

Origins

The Boondocks began its life as a comic strip in The Diamondback, the student newspaper at McGruder's alma mater, University of Maryland, College Park. The strip later found its way into The Source magazine. Following these runs, McGruder began simultaneously pitching The Boondocks both as a syndicated comic strip and as an animated television series. [1] The former goal was met first, and The Boondocks debuted in newspapers in April 1999. // The Diamondback is the independent student newspaper of the University of Maryland, College Park. ... Alma mater is Latin for nourishing mother. It was used in ancient Rome as a title for the mother goddess, and in Medieval Christianity for the Virgin Mary. ... The University of Maryland, College Park (also known as UM, UMD, or UMCP) is a public university located in the city of College Park, in Prince Georges County, Maryland, just outside Washington, D.C., in the United States. ... The Source is a United States-based, monthly full-color magazine covering hip-hop music, politics, and culture, founded in 1988. ...


In the meantime, development on a Boondocks TV series continued. Aaron McGruder and film producer/director Reginald Hudlin created a Boondocks pilot for the Fox Network, but found great difficulty in making the series acceptable for network television. Hudlin left the project after the Fox deal fell through, although McGruder and Sony Television are contractually bound to continue to credit him as an executive producer.[2] Reginald Alan Hudlin (born December 15, 1961) is an American writer and film director. ... The Fox Broadcasting Company is a television network in the United States. ... A television network is a distribution network for television content whereby a central operation provides programming for many television stations. ...


Because of the long turnaround time required for each episode as well as a desire to appeal to a wide audience who might be offended by the comic strip's overt political stance,[citation needed] The Boondocks avoids controversial and topical subject matters for more sitcom-esque tropes, with occasional reference to the running theme black unity regardless of the character, regardless of their flaws.


The series has dramatically changed focus, with Granddad and Riley as the show's main characters and Huey (who was the main character during the comic strip's run) reduced to providing each episode's narration and generally playing the role of the put-upon straight man in contrast towards Granddad and Riley's characters. Also, the show has outright omitted the character of Caesar (Huey's best friend), in favor of introducing a new character Uncle Ruckus, a self-hating black man/jack-of-all-trades who constantly uses racist slurs towards black people while preaching of white superiority.


The series itself has very much loose connection with the continuity of the comic strip, though during the final year of the comic strip McGruder made a point to try and synchronize both via introducing Ruckus into the strip as well as phasing out Riley's comic strip design in favor for the character design from the cartoon, through a month-long storyline involving Riley receiving a make-over, which included cornrows. Cornrows on a male Cornrows are a traditional style of hair grooming of African origin where the hair is tightly braided very close to the scalp, using an underhand, upward motion to produce a continuous, raised row. ...


Since the show premiered, McGruder has halted work on the Boondocks comic strip and declared the cartoon show to be the franchise's official canon.


Animation

Like the comic strip, the show is influenced by McGruder's love of Japanese animation.[3] He cites Cowboy Bebop and Samurai Champloo as sources of inspiration for fight scenes.[4] The second season features segments animated by Japanese animation studio Madhouse.[5] As a result, the second season of the series has more detailed animation as well as minor updates for most of the character designs, but the lip synch remains the same. Animé redirects here. ... Original run April 3, 1998 – April 23, 1999 Episodes 26 Movie: Knockin on Heavens Door (天国の扉) Director Shinichiro Watanabe Writer Keiko Nobumoto Studio Sunrise BONES Bandai Visual[2] Released September 1, 2001 Runtime 115 min. ... Original run May 20, 2004 – March 19, 2005 Episodes 26 (approx. ... Madhouse ) (sometimes credited in English as Madhouse Production, Madhouse Studios or Studio Madhouse. ...


Characters

Huey Freeman is the series' narrator (with rare exceptions). He is a ten-year-old black radical who is portrayed as the voice of reason and a spokesperson for contemporary Afrocentrism. However, he is constantly being verbally browbeaten and generally mocked by his grandfather and his younger brother Riley, neither of whom share his beliefs. The following is a partial list of characters who have appeared in the animated television series The Boondocks. ... Huey Freeman is the main character of The Boondocks comic strip as well as the main character and narrator of the animated TV series of the same name. ... see African studies for the study of African culture and history in Africa. ...


Riley Freeman, Huey's trouble-making eight-year-old brother, is heavily influenced by gangsta rap and is a general representation of misguided black youth. The bulk of the episodes of the series focus on Riley's misadventures (most of which are fueled by his love for gangsta rap and desire to emulate other street characters in the media) or his various wild schemes involving his grandfather. Riley Freeman is a fictional character from the TV series, The Boondocks, who also appears in a comic strip by the same name. ... For the Ice T album, see Gangsta Rap (album). ...


Robert Freeman aka Grandad, is the grandfather and legal guardian of Huey and Riley. While he loves his two grandkids, he sometimes gets bent out of shape in response to the constant schemes, misadventures and commentary the two provide on life. Robert himself is no stranger to weirdness, as he has an affinity for women, but usually ends up biting off more than he can chew in that department. For the photographer, see Robert Freeman (photographer). ...


Reception

The Boondocks series has attracted a great deal of controversy for its routine use of the word "nigga" as well as for its general tone and direction, which is a dramatic departure from the comic strip and has alienated many fans of the comic strip. Nigga is a term used in African American Vernacular English that began as an eye dialect form of the word nigger (which is derived ultimately from the Latin word niger meaning the color black). ...


Aaron McGruder has defended the dramatic change in the tone of the series by stating that the cartoon represented his original vision for the comic strip, before the events of September 11th, 2001 caused him to take the series into a much more political direction with Huey Freeman as the strip's undeniable main character. Furthermore, many have criticized the low-brow nature of the show's plots, pointing out that the cartoon series engages in the same sort of 'lowest common denominator' black-centric television writing that McGruder routinely used the Boondocks comic strip to denounce, as far as criticizing UPN and BET's stables of black comedy programming[citation needed]. Aaron McGruder (born May 29, 1974 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American cartoonist best known for writing and drawing The Boondocks, a Universal Press Syndicate comic strip about two young African-American brothers from inner-city Chicago now living with their grandfather in a sedate suburb. ...


Aaron has also defended the show's heavy and at times gratuitous use of the word "nigga", by arguing that the large-scale usage of the word provides the show with a level of realism, due to the fact that the word is commonly used in the everyday conversations of some African Americans.[6] An African American (also Afro-American, Black American, or simply black) is a member of an ethnic group in the United States whose ancestors, usually in predominant part, were indigenous to Africa. ...


In 2006, Reverend Al Sharpton protested Martin Luther King's use of the word in the episode "Return of the King". Sharpton felt it defaced the name of Martin Luther King, and sought an apology from the series producers. The controversy was later referenced in the cartoon strip five times and in the TV episode "The Block is Hot" in the form of a morning radio announcement. According to an article in The Washington Post, references to Rosa Parks were removed from one of the series' completed episodes within a week of her death.[7] In the second episode, "The Trial of Robert Kelly", Parks was originally outside the courtroom protesting Kelly when she was hit with a large piece of fried chicken. The scene appears as a deleted scene in the season one DVD set. This biographical article needs additional references for verification. ... Return of the King is the ninth episode of the Adult Swim animated television series The Boondocks. ... List of The Boondocks episodes The Block Is Hot was the 14th episode in the animated television series The Boondocks. ... The Washington Post is the largest newspaper in Washington, D.C.. It is also one of the citys oldest papers, having been founded in 1877. ... Rosa Louise McCauley Parks (February 4, 1913 – October 24, 2005) was an African American civil rights activist and seamstress whom the U.S. Congress dubbed the Mother of the Modern-Day Civil Rights Movement. Parks is famous for her refusal on December 1, 1955 to obey bus driver James Blake... The Trial of Robert Kelly is the 2nd episode of The Boondocks. ... KFCs Fried chicken with french fries. ... Deleted scene is a commonly-used term in the entertainment industry, especially the film and television industry, which usually refers specifically to scenes removed from or replaced by another scene in the final cut, or version, of a film (including television serials). ...


In spite of this criticism, the show has garnered praise from critics. Critic Jeffrey M. Anderson of the San Francisco Examiner said "Each episode is beautifully crafted, with an eye on lush, shadowy visuals and a pulsing, jazz-like rhythm... the show is almost consistently funny, consistently brilliant, and, best of all, compulsively watchable." [8] The San Francisco Examiner is a daily newspaper in San Francisco, California, where it has been published continuously since the late 19th Century. ...


On January 2006, The Boondocks was nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series at the 37th NAACP Image Awards, alongside The Bernie Mac Show, winner Everybody Hates Chris, Girlfriends, and Half & Half. The NAACP Image Award is an award presented annually by the NAACP to honor the top African-Americans in film, television, music and literature. ... The Bernie Mac Show was an half-hour American sitcom featuring the comedic antics of comedian Bernie Mac. ... Everybody Hates Chris is an African-American sitcom broadcast on the CW Network, featuring fictional characters and situations broadly based on real people and situations. ... For other uses, see Girlfriend (disambiguation). ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...


As of 18 November 2007, it has a 72% rating on MetaCritic, based on 21 reviews.[9] Metacritic is a website that collates reviews of music albums, games, movies, TV shows, DVDs and books. ...


Future Plans

Aaron McGruder has stated that a Boondocks video game is planned to be made along with a movie. No information on either of the two has been released.[citation needed]


Episodes

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References

  1. ^ Hutchens, Bill ( ). "Aaron McGruder interview: Complete transcript". The News Tribune.
  2. ^ McGruder, Aaron. Interview. The A. V. Club. 2005-11-23.
  3. ^ McGruder, Aaron. Interview with Bill Hutchens. thenewstribune.com. 2005-11-06.
  4. ^ Aaron McGruder - The Boondocks Interview. Troy Rogers. UnderGroundOnline. Retrieved on 2007-10-14.
  5. ^ Madhouse in the Mix for Boondocks Season 2. Anime News Network (2006-07-14). Retrieved on 2006-07-20.
  6. ^ Aaron McGruder defends use of N-word; L. A. community group to launch protest today. EURweb.com (2005-11-07). Retrieved on 2005-11-12.
  7. ^ Tucker, Neely (2005-10-26). Like It or Not, 'Boondocks' Will Finally Hit the Airwaves. The Washington Post. Retrieved on 2005-10-28.
  8. ^ http://www.combustiblecelluloid.com/digitalwatch/boondocks.shtml
  9. ^ MetaCritic - The Boondocks

Aaron McGruder (born May 29, 1974 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American cartoonist best known for writing and drawing The Boondocks, a Universal Press Syndicate comic strip about two young African-American brothers from inner-city Chicago now living with their grandfather in a sedate suburb. ... Aaron McGruder (born May 29, 1974 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American cartoonist best known for writing and drawing The Boondocks, a Universal Press Syndicate comic strip about two young African-American brothers from inner-city Chicago now living with their grandfather in a sedate suburb. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... is the 287th day of the year (288th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 195th day of the year (196th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 201st day of the year (202nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 311th day of the year (312th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 316th day of the year (317th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 299th day of the year (300th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The Washington Post is the largest newspaper in Washington, D.C.. It is also one of the citys oldest papers, having been founded in 1877. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 301st day of the year (302nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...

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