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Under the Radar DVD of the Week: 'The Completely Mental Misadventures of Ed Grimley'

Dennis King Published: January 28, 2013

This week, the oddest DVD on release lists is:

“The Completely Mental Misadventures of Ed Grimley: The Complete Series”

A quirky comic creation that made its way from late-night to Saturday-morning TV, Martin Short’s nattering nerd Ed Grimley enjoyed one short, eccentric season of animated antics in “The Completely Mental Misadventures of Ed Grimley” (due out on DVD Tuesday).

A chattering geek in high-waisted pants and slicked-up top knot, Ed Grimley first came to life as a skit character during Short’s tenure with SCTV and later followed the comic actor onto “Saturday Night Live,” where he became one of Short’s most enduring creations.

While numerous SNL skit characters have been spun off into feature films (for better or worse), Grimley is the only one to become a Saturday-morning cartoon character. The half-hour, Hanna-Barbera animated series ran for 13 episodes in 1988.

Short provides the distinctive, cheerfully chattering voice for Grimley and is joined by a who’s who of comic companions voicing supporting players (including fellow SCTV stars Catherine O’Hara, Joe Flaherty and Andrea Martin, along with celebrated voice veteran Fred Welker and the amazing Jonathan Winters).

True to the skit premise, Ed is a hyperactive man-child who talks non-stop, loves to play the triangle and lives with his goldfish, Moby, and a clever rat named Sheldon. Recurring characters include the Amazing Gustav Brothers, who demonstrate various scientific principles such a gravity by dropping a piano on top of Ed, and Count Floyd, a toothless vampire who hosts a live-action “show within the show,” the not-so-scary “Count Floyd’s Scary Stories.”

“The Completely Mental Misadventures of Ed Grimley: The Complete Series” is not rated and runs 295 minutes on two discs. It’s being released by Warner Archive.

- Dennis King