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  • Format: Animated, Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, DVD-Video, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 3
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: ANConnect
  • Release Date: Jan. 4 2010
  • Run Time: 360 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • ASIN: B000VKL706
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #72,144 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Underdog - Ultimate Collection

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This package was a great buy. I remember this from when I was a kid and its great to be able to see it again .
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa1386b88) out of 5 stars 27 reviews
72 of 73 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa12211c8) out of 5 stars There's no need to fear; Underdog is here Sept. 29 2007
By Gord Wilson - Published on Amazon.com
I'm convinced there's a patron saint for fools and animators," says Underdog creator Joe Harris in the bonus feature interview on disc one ( Perils of Sweet Polly), also available separately, as are the other two discs in the Ultimate Collection. What surprised me in the interview was Joe holding up a copy of Animato!, a late, great animation magazine I used to write for, and of which the publisher sent me a signed copy of Joe's wonderful Underdog cover. This interview is the number one reason to get this set, but there are plenty more.

Underdog hit the airwaves in 1964 with humble and lovable Shoeshine Boy, AKA Underdog, voiced by kid favorite "Mr. Peepers", Wally Cox. This box set includes three discs, each with six two-part Underdog episodes (three story arcs) and about ten supporting cartoons drawn from various incarnations of King Leonardo and His Short Subjects and Tennessee Tuxedo and His Tales. Those include The Hunter, Klondike Kat, Tooter Turtle, the King and Odie, Tennessee and Chumley, and Commander McBragg. The favorite was probably Go Go Gophers, voiced by NY kids' TV host Sandy Becker, and which spun off as its own show in 1968. These supporting cartoons include titles, but not their original theme music. Although these shows came from Total Television, the whimsical, stylized look was so similar to the Jay Ward shows, both inspired by the modern UPA cartoon style, that reviewers often confuse them with such Ward characters as Rocky and Bullwinkle, Hoppity Hooper, and George of the Jungle. They were known as "cliff-hanger" cartoons because they drop off at the end, so that each Underdog story runs for two two-part episodes (four parts).

The only thing slightly annoying about this set is that the discs open with ads for the Harveytoons Collection and a new CGI Casper movie, Casper's Scare School. The amazing thing, however, is how good the Harvey 'toons from Famous Studios look, and the Casper film, unlike many CGI direct to DVD films, seems to be reaching for the high standard of the Pixar- raised bar. This set comes through Classic Media, now part of Entertainment Rights (although Classic has a lot better logo) and is released through Genius Entertainment. The opening Underdog theme is also the abbreviated one used for syndication. Disc two, however, includes a bonus feature Underdog sing-a-long.

A previous three DVD Underdog set, also released as three individual discs, appeared in 2002 from Classic Media through Golden Books and Sony Wonder. The three discs were called Collector's Edition, The Underdog Chronicles, and Underdog Nemesis, and collected cartoons previously released on VHS. The surprising thing is that these are not the same 'toons as on the Ultimate Collection. Joe Harris says there were 124 segments of Underdog made, meaning 62 episodes. 18 episodes down in this set leaves, amazingly, 44 episodes to go. there's reason to hope they will all be forthcoming, as the new logo for Underdog on this set ties in with the live-action Underdog movie. All in all, this set is a great deal, with 18 Underdog two- part episodes and about 30 other cartoons, not to mention numerous extras and great packaging.

The Underdog cartoons in this set include:
Volume One, Perils of Sweet Polly: the Big Dipper, The Gold Bricks, Fearo the Ferocious
Volume Two, Simon Says Melt: the Great Gold Robbery, The Big Shrink, The Marbleheads
Volume Three, Riff Raff's Greatest Hits: Weathering the Storm, Riffraffville, Round and Round.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1221024) out of 5 stars Very enjoyable Oct. 21 2009
By Norseman81 - Published on Amazon.com
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This DVD set will take you back to Saturday mornings (and/or Sunday mornings) in the late 60s/early 70s. The three-DVD set includes nine complete Underdog programs, presented in the way they originally appeared on TV (minus the commercials, of course). The Underdog episodes (featuring the villains you'll remember, such as Simon Bar Sinister, Riff Raff, etc.) are divided up into four parts. Interspersed between each part are short episodes of other cartoons, including Tennessee Tuxedo, Klondike Kat ("I'll make mincemeat out of that mouse!"), Go Go Gophers, Tooter Turtle ("Mr. Wizaaarrrd!!! Help!"), The World of Commander McBragg, and The Hunter.

Underdog is reminiscent of Rocky and Bullwinkle in style and intelligence, although it doesn't have the same wit. My four-year-old son loves watching it, so its appeal really holds up.

This collection is great for anyone who wants to watch and remember the cartoon as it appeared on TV. If you didn't care for the other cartoons featured on the show, this set may not be the one to buy. There are others, I believe, that include only the Underdog episodes themselves.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa121c654) out of 5 stars Good but........... April 29 2009
By Jbug - Published on Amazon.com
I don't think this doesn't hold up in today's world. Who even cares about comparing this with today's world. The only negative I give this set is that some idiot decided to leave out the original theme music. The fool should be flogged and fired. There's a big gap without the theme songs and music. What a stupid decision.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1226864) out of 5 stars Underdog is awesome March 5 2009
By Steven Bolinger - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a cartoon collection that takes you back to when cartoons for kids
were worth watching. The shorts and the main episodes are entertaining,yet
you get positive behavior and moral reinforcement. Love that Underdog.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa121c57c) out of 5 stars It's AWESOME! Jan. 4 2010
By Vinny - Published on Amazon.com
Eighteen completely whole, totally remastered episodes of Underdog. The picture is cleaner and more beautiful than anything you might have seen on TV. The sound is also clean except I will say that there is often a high pitched buzz in the background of a lot of the cartoons. Some people might not hear it, but I do and I heard it on three different TVs with three different DVD players. The episodes are all intact with the proper opening and closing music.

I bought these to watch with my 4 1/2 year old son. He adored them! On Christmas day, when he received the set, we watched four episodes in a row. He probably would have watched all eighteen in one sitting if I hadn't said, "That's enough". The stories and the animation are so funny that I wanted to keep watching as much as he did.

I highly recommend this set to everyone. I really, really, really hope they release a full set soon.