My kids (and I) really enjoyed The Archie Show Complete Series (S1) DVD, and since I read that The Archie Show was the top-rated cartoon for the 1968-69 season, we were anxiously awaiting the Season 2 set and more stories from Riverdale.
Unfortunately, someone got the bright idea to fiddle with the "top-rated kid's cartoon", and in quite bizarre fashion, switched it from a cartoon segment format into a Laugh-In clone - with no stories at all, just stupid one-liners and sight gags that even pre-schoolers would find lame. My kids were incredibly disappointed in the retooled show, and have not touched the Archie's Funhouse DVD set since (while watching The Archie Show S1 until the DVD case fell apart). The *only* good thing about this entire "Funhouse" set is that it includes the Sabrina intro TV movie, which the kids and I enjoyed - as it is an actual story with dialogue and a plot.
Why the hugely-successful Archie Show switched to a Laugh-In format for Season 2 is a question that will plague me forever, and it is no surprise that this lame-duck series dropped off the ratings chart and was quickly cancelled afterwards. No series in my memory has fallen off so drastically in so short a time - Archie went from #1 to cancelled in just one year!
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Features SABRINA The Teenage Witch!!!March 4 2008
R. M. Page
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I got the new Archie's Funhouse dvds in the mail today from Amazon (I had them sent overnight)...and they do feature the first appearance of Sabrina The Teenage Witch on TV as she has her first day at Riverdale! The first appearance of Sabrina is on the bonus TV special "Archie & His New Pals" which is on the third dvd in the set. Also included on the third disc are bonus Funhouse epsodes which were originally on "The Archie Comedy Hour" and they also feature a few guest appearances by Sabrina & her aunts & Salem The Cat!! The other two dvds in the set feature the regular Funhouse episodes which were basically comical silliness with Archie & the gang but lots of FUN!!They also include Jukebox which is a selection of music videos by The Archies including the music video of the Archies hit "Sugar Sugar" which ALSO featured Sabrina in the music video running a kissing booth and performing all sorts of neat magic on the guys as the song "Sugar Sugar" plays!I love this set and I cant wait until they release "Sabrina The Teenage Witch" next month on DVD!! Its something I have been waiting a long time for.The picture quality on this set as it was on the last Archie set released last year is really good. Im very happy with it. Also there is a documentry with the voice of The Archies included on the third dvd in the set as well....Pick it up!! If you loved Archie cartoons in the 70's or Sabrina The Teenage Witch cartoons in the 70's I think you will love these!!!
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Not what I expectedDec 26 2008
The Carrot Dude
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What I failed to remember was that each year "The Archies" shows changed a lot. I was hoping to get some cartoons that maintained a story. Or even I enjoyed the year when Archie had Dick Tracy, Broom Hilda and other cartoons on. This particular season had neither. It was basically Laugh-In with the Archie characters. While these little skits that appear may of been funny at the time...today they appear as a bunch of dated short gags. I played the first episode for my daughter and even she lost interest before one episode was done. I wish I would picked the volume with Archie on the cover or even the Sabrina edition. Previous reviewers give the 5 stars and I write this review to give you a different view point. What you get here that may be a plus to some is you get more music from the Archies....myself I wanted the cartoons. This was a purchase I regret making even at less that $20.
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Yes, it Is a Fun HouseMarch 5 2008
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Archie's version of "Laugh-in" is a whole series of episodes with rapid-fire one-liners. All tastefully done by the way, no dirt humor here. The video is sharp and clear and so is the audio.
The Archies perform three songs per episode which honestly don't have the high production quality of their earlier songs, but they're not bad at all. "Love Vibrations" however is a classic. I think one thing missing from this set is an audio CD of the show's songs. You know this collector will snap it up.
The bonus feature featuring Ron Dante is worth the price. He leaves no question unanswered about how he became "Archie" for Don Kirshner's music machine. The Archies' music was just as good as anyone's during this time of the late 60's and early 70's. They had top-notch session musicians, singers, and producers. Jeff Barry was their main songwriter and producer and yes, ladies & gentlemen, a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame. One mistake I noticed was the transpositioning of the names Jeff Barry and Andy Kim when they were superimposed over their images. Jeff is on the screen's left, Andy is on the right.
If you like good, tasteful, entertaining cartoons get this family-friendly 3-DVD set today.The Archie Show: The Complete SeriesJosie and the Pussycats - The Complete SeriesSabrina the Teenage Witch - The Complete Animated Series
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Archies Funhouse DVDMarch 15 2011
Ray M. Roberts
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I mainly got this DVD for the "lost" songs that are on the bonus tracks of 2 of the 3 dvd's. I already own the 5 main albums of the Archies, but many of these songs did not make it to vinyl at the time. I guess I've always enjoyed the positive and very talented music of the Archies as long as I remember seeing them on Saturday morning cartoons. I remember as a young boy my first experience listening to an Archies' song was when I begged Mom to buy a box of Super Sugar Crisp because it had an Archies record on the back that you had to cut out. If memory serves me correct, it was the size of a 45 rpm single but had to be played at 33 1/3 rpm. Because it was on cardboard stock my parents wouldn't let me play it on the new stereo so I took the cardboard record over to a teenager's house who was a bit older than me. I'll never forget as we sat there the sound of a lead guitar started cranking out the tune "Hide and Seek". It hit me with an electricity I will never forget and basically introduced me the world of Rock and Roll. We were both awestruck at the energy coming from this little cardboard cutout. From that point on I was sold on The Archies. I had Mom buy me my first album of theirs "The Archies". Although it contained some really great songs (including 'Hide and Seek') it was missing the song 'Sugar, Sugar'. I had to have the album that contained that song too so I ended up buying The Archies' "Everything's Archie". I later collected "Jingle Jangle". I was well into my 30's before I realized there were two more albums by the Archies I had never heard. So, thanks to the internet I was able to aquire "Sunshine" and "This is Love". One of them was still sealed! All in all, this collection of 34 songs makes my collection pretty much complete as far as I know. A few of the songs are on some of the albums but most have been "lost" which is a shame because there are at least 12 or more I feel would have made another really great album. I guess deep down inside no matter how old I get I still believe 'everythings' Archie!
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Come On In! It's Archie and his Friends.July 6 2011
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Archie's Funhouse (1970) is actually "The Archie Comedy Hour" (1969) on CBS, but what has been added as it was broadcast in 1970 is the Giant Jukebox of music and the "Side Show" with funny one-liner jokes. Sabrina might even show you a magic trick. Moose and Mr. Weatherbee also join in the fun. "The Archie Show" was a cool, animated cartoon tv series on Saturday morning television for children. . It was based upon the teenagers who went to Riverdale High School. Archie is the nice red-head guy. Jughead is the tall, skinny best friend of Archie's who wears a hat made into a crown. Jughead loves to eat. Veronica is the brunette with a southern accent. Betty is the blond. She is in love with Archie and writes tall-tales in her diary.
Archie comes out on stage in the theater and welcomes the excited children in the seats. Reggie is up to his practical jokes on Archie. Jughead is trying to keep his cool, but, here comes Big Ethel. Actually Ethel is skinny and a farm girl. She loves Jughead and chases after him.
After Archie and his friends entertain you and make you laugh, they will treat you to 3 songs. In the first episode, "Love Vibrations" "Falling in Love is Fun", "Im Just Your Puppet on a String". Each episode is full of jokes and fun and you always get 3 songs. All 23 episodes are wholesome and pre-teens love the show. If you are an adult, you might catch herself singing some of the songs to yourself in the kitchen.
Voices of Dallas McKennon (Archie), Howard Morris, Jane Webb, John Erwin.
The biggest hit from "The Archies" is "Sugar Sugar" and it was at the top of the charts on the radio.
Disc One and Disc Two contain as a "Bonus Feature" the Giant Jukebox. All 28 songs are on the Giant Jukebox and you can chose any selection you want. The songs are digitally-remastered.
Disc One has the "Sugar Sugar" music video. Disc Two has the "Jingle Jangle" music video.
Disc Three: Contains 7 bonus episodes. Featurette: "Ron Dante: The Voice of "The Archies" (26 mins), "Archie and his New Pals Special", broadcast September 14, 1969.
Option of audio: English, Spanish.
Spin-offs: Sabrina and the Groovie Goolies (1970) Sabrina, the Teenage Witch (1971-74). The Groovie Goolies (1971).Groovie Goolies
The Archie Show (1968-69). Archie and His Pals (1969). The Archie Comedy Hour (1969). Archie's Funhouse (1970). Archies TV Funnies (1971). The U.S. of Archie (1974). The New Archie and Sabrina Hour (1977). Archie's Weird Mysteries (1999-2000). Archie Returns to Riverdale (1990-tvm). The Archie in Jughead (2003).