i guess i'm just a big dork. i really liked watching this show in high school when i got home from school. i ordered the first season on DVD for $35 from amazon, and it arrived last night. there's a little feature on the first disc about how the series got made in the first place, and there's commentary on the first episode about different artistic and political ideas that they played with: 1. it was the first show with real guns being shot instead of "toy-like" lasers, and guys in parachutes jumping out of planes about to explode. 2. all the backgrounds were painted on black paper instead of white paper to keep everything dark. the darkness of the show is what i really like, besides the obvious, characteristic backgrounds and neo-deco themes. when i watched it back in the day i liked it because it was unlike anything else on tv, especially for a cartoon, and it was very advanced and mature. and i appreciated that, for once, a cartoon wasn't afraid of being anything but wacky and funny for fear of scaring kids. i've always believed kids should be frightened and explore dark, scary themes. most of my favorite characters from childhood (or at least the ones i remember the most) are the freaky ones like the witch in sleeping beauty or large marge. the theme music is really great, too...written by danny elfman. most of the soundtracks are excellent as well. anyway, i haven't watched but the first episode before my wife started making fun of me for being excited about a cartoon. she didn't even like my argument that there's 10 and a half hours of content over four discs in the first season, so for $35, it's a lot less than the average movie. any other fans around here? anyone see the mask of the phantasm full-length animated movie? robb.