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Join the unending conflict between hapless villains and a single, stouthearted hero as master of villainy Dick Dastardly and his unfaithful companion, Muttley, lead the notorious Vulture Squadron--a band of flying rascals--in their quest for the destruction of a fearless, patriotic carrier pigeon who delivers messages for "our side" across enemy lines.]]>
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The stars of the series are Dick Dastardly and his snickering canine sidekick Muttley (who always muttered his signature "rassuh-frazza-pazza). The duo was first introduced in 1968 as part of the ensemble cast of Wacky Races (which received a similar dvd treatment from Warner Bros. Home Video last year). Along with the rest of the Vulture Squadron (fellow dimwitted pilots Zilly and Klunk), they use WWI aircraft in an attempt to follow the orders of "The General." Those orders being: STOP THAT PIGEON!
The show is somewhat reminiscent of Road Runner, with the Vulture Squadron filling the Wile E. Coyote role. The outcome is similar too, with Dastardly and co. failing spectacularly in each episode to stop the pigeon.
Dastardly's voice, and that of The General, were done by Paul Winchell, whose other roles include Winnie the Pooh's friend Tigger, Zummi Gummi and Marmaduke. The legendary Don Messick (famous for his work as the voice of Scooby-Doo), did Muttley as well as the other members of The Vulture Squadron.
The half-hour show originally consisted of two Dastardly/Muttley adventures, a brief segment in which Muttley daydreamed about adventures of his own, and a few quick, unrelated gags. All 17 episodes are included in this set.Read more ›
This show began life as STOP THAT PIGEON, a series about a kooky flying squadron whose mission is to stop a carrier pigeon. Dastardly and Muttley were brought into this series due to their popularity from WACKY RACES, and the final product makes it easy to see why this villainous duo command such a loyal fan base. Although Dastardly and Muttley are not particularly nice people, one gets the sense that they are not really evil either: as the designated Bad Guys of WACKY RACES, D&M cheated, plotted, schemed, double-crossed and booby-trapped simply because it was their job.
Dick Dastardly (voiced by Paul Winchell, one of only two voices for every character in this series) is now the commander of a World-War-I-era flying force known as the Vulture Squadron, consisting of Muttley (growled, snickered and cursed by Don Messick), whose job in this series is mainly to rescue Dastardly from crashing to the ground (though not without the promise of a medal), maniacal inventor Klunk, who dreams up and builds various absurd-looking planes and speaks in sound effects, and craven coward Zilly, who translates for Klunk and tries repeatedly to sneak off at crucial points (such as the beginning of a flight). Their mission, ordered by an unseen General, is to catch the fearless patriotic flyer Yankee Doodle Pigeon (who, compared to his colorful enemies, seems rather boring).Read more ›
Maybe I am an old fart , but I think the H-B cartoons are still the best
compared even to today's computer generated shows.
With this as the premise of 'Dastardly and Muttley in their Flying Machines,' Hanna-Barbara continues the simple formula of basic plot (the Vulture Squadron's attempts to stop the pigeon and failing), slapstick gags in self-contained episodes. Added to the mix are side stories and gags in the form of "Wing-dings," self-contained shorts of gags and jokes, and "Magnificent Muttley," a series of companion shorts that focuses on Muttley daydreaming he's a hero, getting the better of Dastardly.
The quality of the episodes are clean and crisp. The dvd menu has a funny little sideshow of the Vulture Squadron chasing the pigeon back and forth. There are are number of bonus features including:
The Vulture Squadron's Greatest Misses: A series of highlight reels of the squadron members in their more hilarious blunders, quips and epic fails to catch Yankee Doodle Pigeon.
Dastardly & Muttley Spinoffs: What Wacky Races Wrought: A retrospective with animation veterans Iwa Takamoto and Jerry Eisenberg(designers for this series) and Scott Jeralds (of Warner Bros. Animation) concerning how the success of Wacky Races soon landed Dastardly and Muttley in their own spin-off series.
Commentaries on 2 episodes: Episodes 11 and 15
Whether you grew up watching this or many of the other Hanna-Barbara cartoons, or are looking for countless laughs, you can't go wrong with Dastardly and Muttley in their Flying Machines. Whoever thought to bring this series to dvd deserves a medal!
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Brought back a lot of good memories from my childhood. When cartoons were cartoons.Published 22 days ago by Amazon Customer
My kids and I laugh so hard at these cartoons. They are just as entertaining now as when I was a kid.Published 1 month ago by Kiter
If you love all the old Hanna-Barbera cartoons of the sixties and seventies, you gotta get this one. It's just good fun and it'll give you a good laugh. Read morePublished 1 month ago by stewart
This was an awesome show back in its day. It's a lot of fun, and you can't help but love Dastardly. Muttley is hilarious and is the perfect companion. My kids love it. I love it. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Buffyisadog
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