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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