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Moral Orel 

A parody of past religious-geared animated shows starring Orel, an optimistic God-fearing young boy in a world of cynicism.
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Won 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Series cast summary:
Carolyn Lawrence ...  Orel Puppington / ... 39 episodes, 2005-2008
Scott Adsit ...  Clay Puppington / ... 38 episodes, 2005-2008
Britta Phillips ...  Bloberta Puppington / ... 38 episodes, 2005-2008
Tigger Stamatopoulos Tigger Stamatopoulos ...  Shapey Puppington / ... 31 episodes, 2005-2008
Jay Johnston ...  Coach Stopframe / ... 30 episodes, 2005-2008
William Salyers ...  Reverend Putty / ... 28 episodes, 2005-2008
Dino Stamatopoulos ...  Billy Figurelli / ... 15 episodes, 2006-2008
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Storyline

Orel Puppington is an optimistic, well-intentioned, and devoutly religious 11-year-old whose Christian devotion, enthusiastic church attendance, and general naiveté leads him to grossly misinterpret Bible lessons, often with morbid and ghastly consequences. In doing so, he unintentionally exposes the hypocrisy and duplicity of his family (particularly his father Clay), the members of his community, and ultimately, organized religion itself. Set in the fictional American state of Statesoda, which is located in the middle of the lower 48 states, "Moral Orel" has a stop-motion animation style similar to "Davey & Goliath", and appears to parody the religious undertones of the latter show. However, creator Dino Stamatopoulos intended for the show to be more of a parody of whole 1950's sitcoms such as "Leave It To Beaver" and "Father Knows Best". Written by D_Burke

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He just wants to do good.


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Official Sites:

Adult Swim [UK]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 December 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Моральный Орел See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

According to Scott Adsit, Adult Swim executive Mike Lazzo cancelled the show because he felt it was getting "depressing". See more »

Quotes

Clay: Orel, love gets in the way of the important things in life. Like going to sleep or being left alone.
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Crazy Credits

During the closing credits of each episode, Orel is seen animating a different stop-motion movie, each starring Jesus or God. See more »

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Dark Animated Comedy
23 January 2011 | by TheExpatriate700See all my reviews

A juvenile religious fanatic. His alcoholic, closeted homosexual father. A sexually and emotionally repressed mother. The father's gay, satanist lover. Scenes of gay bashing, molestation, and underage drinking. All the things that make a comedy great.

Moral Orel is an Adult Swim comedy with an extremely dark heart, even crossing over into dramatic territory in its last season. It focuses on the family of Orel, a young evangelical Christian living in the Midwestern town of Moralton. Due to his often literalistic interpretations of his parents' and other adults' advice, Orel's actions frequently culminate in distinctly immoral results.

This is a show that gets better as it goes along. The first season and a half were characterized by an extremely formulaic approach as each episode followed Orel's screw ups. (The episode "Loyalty," for instance, is a masterpiece of dark humor.) Although many of the individual episodes were funny, watching more than one or two at a time could grow very tiresome, very quickly.

However, the third season is arguably a masterpiece of adult animation. It marked a dramatic shift in tone for the series, with much more emphasis on the development of individual characters aside from Orel. For example, the episode "NUMB" focuses on Orel's repressed mother Bloberta, and often crosses between the darkly comic and the genuinely disturbing.

Moral Orel will clearly not appeal to all people, and is best enjoyed by those whose sense of humor leans toward the warped. Nevertheless, with those who are up to it, it is a great, under-appreciated series.


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