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Saturday Morning Cartoons V1 1

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  • Format: Animated, Color, DVD-Video, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Portuguese
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • Release Date: May 19 2009
  • Run Time: 352 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001QU880W
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #18,160 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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Saturday mornings in the 1970's found most kids eagerly traveling around the world and solving mysteries from the comfort of their very own couches. In stark contrast to the often violent and sometimes morally questionable cartoons of the 1960's, the 1970's brought significant network restrictions regarding violence and appropriate cartoon character behavior. Hanna-Barbera's response to the restrictions was the development of a new formula for cartoons--one which often featured a group of kids who belonged to a rock band and traveled around the world playing gigs and solving mysteries. Scooby-Doo, Josie and the Pussycats, Goober and the Ghost Chasers, and Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan are all successful examples of this basic cartoon formula. Family dynamics also figured heavily in 1970's cartoons (The Jetsons, Roman Holidays, and Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan) as did anthropomorphic vehicles and animal (The Funky Phantom Kids, Speed Buggy, Wheelie and the Chopper Bunch, Yogi's Gang, Hong Kong Phooey, Tarzan, and Batman). This compilation of 12 shows takes viewers to England, various jungles and seas around the world, Rome, and even outer space; consistently showcases the triumph of good over evil; and features several famous animated guests including the Harlem Globetrotters (The New Scooby-Doo Movies "The Ghostly Creep from the Deep") and The Partridge Kids (Goober and the Ghost's "Assignment Ahab Apparition"). Bonus features include a discussion of how network restrictions shaped Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan and the unexpected success of combining a historical figure with cartoon humor in Funky Phantom. While an overwhelming sense of sameness makes one marathon viewing undesirable, viewing a handful of episodes is bound to bring back fond memories of a time when Saturdays were simpler. --Tami Horiuchi


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Picked this up to relive that Saturday morning feeling, and while it's a fun compilation and totally worth picking up if you're from this era and have a nostalgic side, it makes you realize how much the toy commercials were a part of the experience. Still good for the price and I had some fun watching it.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Saturday Morning Cartoons 1970's , Vol. 1 Nov. 22 2009
Being in my 40's, I loved all these old cartoons and their simple humor and absolutely no violence. My 9 and 11 year old girls couldn't appreciate them at all!! But, suprisingly, my 6 year old son and 3 year old daughter loved them! So, it's the three of us watching these great old cartoons on Saturday morning and loving every one of them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A trip back to Saturday Mornings, but the 1970's were not as good as the 1960's Jan. 29 2009
By Paul J. Mular - Published on Amazon.com
I give this five stars, as I believe this is the best way to see some of these 1970's shows. Most of these have not yet been released on DVD, and to be honest: one episode is enought in some cases.
Those that have been previously released on DVD are worth the entire sets.
1962's THE JETSONS feels out of place here, but it was still in network re-runs on Saturday Mornings. However I wish another 1970's show would have bene included. As this is "volume 1" I am sure the missing shows will see their way to DVD.

These were all produced by Hanna-Barbera.

Disc #1
THE JETSONS - The Space Car (also on season 1 DVD set)
THE BATMAN TARZAN ADVENTURE HOUR
HONG KONG PHOONEY (also on complete series DVD set)
GOOBER AND THE GHOST CHASERS
SPEED BUGGY
WHEELIE AND THE CHOPPER BUNCH

Disc #2
YOGI'S GANG
AMAZING CHAN AND THE CHAN CLAN
ROMAN HOLIDAYS
JOSIE AND THE PUSSYCATS (also on season 1 DVD set)
THE NEW SCOOBY DOO MOVIES (also on a Best-Of DVD set)
FUNKY PHANTOM

Bonus Documentaries on THE FUNKY PHANTOM, JOSIE AND THE PUSSYCATS and THE CHAN CLAN.
36 of 39 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 'A' for effort but a mixed bag in execution June 7 2009
By Veese - Published on Amazon.com
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As a kid, I devoured all the Saturday Morning TV in the '70s I could take. Now as an adult, I'm amazed by the fact that a 70's Cartoon collection like this even exists so let's start off with the positive.

This is a great sample of pop culture history. Remember, no home video market in the '70's so the best chance to see the new comedy or adventure animated fare were only on Saturdays. It was an weekly event for kids and a boon for animation houses like Hanna-Barbera and Filmation to name a few. I was very pleased to see some long forgotten favorites such as Filmation's Tarzan and HB's Wheelie and the Chopper Bunch (an early precursor to Pixar's 'Cars'). Speed Buggy is another fun show represented I can't believe isn't on its own series DVD set yet. Of course other classics are represented here as well like The JETSONS and SCOOBY-DOO although the episodes here have already been released on other series DVD sets.

Which leads to where I think this set falls short. Too many episodes here that are already on other Hanna-Barbera series DVD sets. There is already a Scooby-Doo Movies set featuring every episode guest-staring the Harlem Globetrotters. Why not feature an episode from that series not currently on that set? There are plenty of them still missing to select from. And by the way, the opening for the Scooby-Doo Movies has been edited. The scene of the robot cowboy gunfire or other "violent" acts have been removed. I really hate the PC-ification of animation history. Questioning other episode selection choices, why run a Josie & the Pussycats episode already on their DVD set when a better choice would have been Josie & the Pussycats in Outer Space, which isn't out there yet?

And boy the mix of series selected here really don't do the Hanna-Barbera legacy any favors. When you can watch all the shows here in a row you really come to realize how sloppy and lazy the studio became as the years went by. Most of the series here became cookie-cutter clones of the Scooby-Doo model. Even admitted to by some of the creators featured in the Docs on this set. Teen-age kids and their talking pet (or car, or whatever) solving mysteries. When you've seen one, you've seen them all and the animation gets worse and worse as time goes by. Shows like The Funky Phantom and Goober & the Ghost Chasers are dreadful in every way. These are the bottom of the HB barrel in character design, story and animation and it's no wonder why these shows don't have their own dvd sets. As an animation history buff, it's almost disheartening to see right before your eyes how fast HB declines from its hey-day of Yogi Bear, The Flintstones, The Jetsons even the earliest Scooby-Doo shows into some of the most forgettable '70s cartoon series ever.

And the worst show on this set? Hands, down, The Roman Holidays. A cheap (and I mean cheaply produced!) attempt to clone the Flintstones model. Awful in every conceivable way.

Buyers should also know some of the quality of various shows on this disk are not as great as one would come to expect. A fact that is properly called out on the disks before you even get to the main menu. Obviously some of the original footage from the animation vaults was in rough shape. Tarzan and The Funky Phantom are prime examples. Which is disappointing because of all of the shows here deserving of its own DVD collection, it's Tarzan. For Filmation, one of its finest examples from its library. For those of you at the WB reading these reviews on these sets, I would still take a low quality DVD set of the Tarzan series any day over most of the other shows represented here.

At best, this disk a trippy reflection of a transitional time in animation history. Especially for the Hanna-Barbera studio. An interesting experiment for Warner Bros. I hope they try again. Only this time, here's hoping they think longer and harder about what will go into a volume two for this series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Saturday Morning Cartoons July 6 2009
By Barbara Fitzgerald - Published on Amazon.com
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I wanted my grandchildren to experience an era where cartoons were fun to watch so I bought the Saturday Morning Cartoons:1970s Vol I. for them to watch the cartoons their parents watched when they were growing up. They were a hit!
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4.0 out of 5 stars the funky 1970s! March 30 2010
By Tim Janson - Published on Amazon.com
This is the second review of the new Saturday Morning Cartoon collections just released from Warner Bros. This two disc set covers many of the great cartoons of the 1970s. Saturday morning cartoons truly began to grow up in this decade and the shows were very different than those of the 1960s. First off, while most of the 60s shows would run three or four toons during the hour, in the 70s many shows ran just one episode for the entire 30 minute slot. This was confirmation that kids were becoming more sophisticated. They wanted meatier plots and fewer funny animals. The 70s toons were incredibly diversified...there was action, sci-fi, fantasy, horror, musical, mystery, and super hero toons, everything under the sun, frankly.

One toon dominated the decade and became a tremendous incluence and that was "Scooby Doo, Where are You?" Actually debuting in 1969 the adventures of Scooby and the gang were on throughout the 1970s in various incarnations. The tremendous popularity of the Scooby Gang would spawn numerous mystery solving copycat cartoons, largely produced by the Hanna-Barbera studio who created Scooby in the first place.

Goober and the Ghost Chasers was perhaps the most blatant Scooby rip-off. A group of teens and their dog Goober travel about solving ghostly mysteries. Goober, the weird hound dog had the ability to turn invisible when he became frightened. The very first episode "Assignment: The Ahab Apparition" is included and guest stars the Partridge Family with the real voices of Danny Bonaduce and Susan Dey.

Master Asian detective Charlie Chan came to animation in the form of The Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan. The series focused on Chan's many children who solved crimes and also had their own rock band...a common plot device in 60s and 70s cartoons. Charlie Chan was voiced by Key Luke who played Chan's son in some of the old movies of the 1940s and also starred in the TV series "Kung Fu" as Master Po. Here's a bit of trivia...several of the episodes were written by Jamie Farr of M.A.S.H. fame and the Fonz himself, Henry Winkler.

Another Scooby Clone, The Funky Phantom, featured a group of mystery-solving teens who were aided by A Revolutionary War spirit and his cat "Boo". The ghost was voiced by Daws Butler, one of the greatest voice actors ever. Butler was also the voice of Yogi Bear, Quickdraw McGraw, and Huckleberry Hound. One of the teens was voiced by Monkees drummer Mickey Dolenz.

The Scooby Cartoon featured here is from "The New Scooby New Movies" which had a different guest star each week. This one featured the Harlem Globetrotters in "The Ghostly Creep from the Deep".

BUT...the disc isn't all mystery solving...The Batman/Tarzan hour gives us "The Pest" as Batman and Robin track down the Joker. Adam West and Burt Ward reprised their roles from the 1960s live action Batman TV show. And of course there is the "number one super-guy" Hong Kong Phooey also battling crime in "Car Thieves" and "Zoo Story". Other toons star Speed Buggy, Josie and the Pussy Cats, Wheelie and the Chopper Bunch, and Roman Holidays.

This set is not nearly as diversified as the 1960s set. There's too much of the mystery shows and not enough of the Sci-Fi/Adventure/Fantasy shows included. Where is Sealab 2020 or the Godzilla Power Hour? Where is the Robonic Stooges and Addams Family? These were all Hanna-Barbera shows. Hopefully these will show up in future sets. Like the 1960s set, the quality is overall quite good. This one loses just a few points for giving us a bit too much of the Scooby clone shows.
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5.0 out of 5 stars CHILD HOOD MEMORIES!!!!! Sept. 1 2013
By Stephen Elliott - Published on Amazon.com
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Relive those Saturdays when we were young again, when life was so much simpler! Your childrenor grand childern will be glued to the tv! so much better than the crap they have to watch today!
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