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Clutch Cargo Cartoon Collection, Vol. 1 (1959)

Richard Cotting , Hal Smith , Phil Booth  |  NR |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)


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  • Actors: Richard Cotting, Hal Smith, Margaret Kerry
  • Directors: Phil Booth
  • Writers: Clark Haas
  • Producers: Dick Brown
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: VCI Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: March 29, 2005
  • Run Time: 180 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B0007NMJE0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #428,275 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Clutch Cargo Cartoon Collection, Vol. 1" on IMDb

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Clutch Cargo was a globe-trotting adventurer, writer and pilot. He would fly from one problem to another along with his apprentice Spinner, dachshund Paddlefoot, and his pal Swampy. Cambria pioneered its patented Synchro-Vox system (developed by Edwin Gillette for "talking animal" commercials in the 1950s) with this cartoon. The Synchro-Vox systems combined still animation cels of the characters and live actors' lips superimposed over the characters heads to make the animation. Producer Clark Haas referred to Cambria's process of limited animation as "motorized movement." Cardboard cutouts of the character sometimes would be moved by hand past the background. To produce Synchro-Vox, the voice actor would be filmed in closeup, with a mask hiding everything but the actor's lips. Heavy makeup was used to ensure that the actors' skin color matched that of the cartoon characters. When in action, rather than animate the character, the cels were shaken, or the camera zoomed to simulate the motion. There were a total of 52 Clutch Cargo adventures produced. Each adventure or complete story arc was made up of five, five-minute chapters. The first four chapters ended in cliffhangers, with the fifth chapter wrapping up the adventure. VCI's first collection contains a total of 9 adventure episodes on 1 dual-layer DVD. Bonus Features: Episode Selection Menu| VCI Animation Promo. Specs: DVD9; Dolby Digital Mono; 180 minutes; Color; 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio; MPAA - NR; Year - 1959; SRP - $14.99.

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They certainly don't make cartoons like this today! "Clutch Cargo" was a television series about a professional adventurer that first aired in 1959. It was the pioneer of a system called "Syncro-Vox," in which an animation cel was combined with the live action lip movements of an actor who was wearing a mask to hide all but the mouth. The effect is very primitive by today's standards, but allowed the series to be made extremely inexpensively by the filmmakers. Often cardboard cutouts of the characters would be simply be moved past the animated backgrounds to indicate motion, though traditional animation was also used.

Each episode was in a series of five five-minute segments with the first four featuring a "cliffhanger" at the end (How will Clutch escape?!) with a final resolution at the end of the fifth. This disc has nine episodes.

Syncro-Vox was very innovative, but ridiculous looking. Because of that the effect has been frequently appropriated for comedic purposes, most notably by Conan O'Brien. These cartoons are throwback to a simpler and more innocent time. While children who have been raised on ultra-realism, slick animation, and CGI may scoff at these cartoons, adults will find them to be endearing classics.
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