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Hiya Kids! A 50's Saturday Morning Box (2008)

Hiya Kids , Hi Ya Kids  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Hiya Kids
  • Directors: Hi Ya Kids
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Shout! Factory
  • DVD Release Date: May 6, 2008
  • Run Time: 570 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00153ZS30
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #106,226 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Some dreamed of a chance to be in the Peanut Gallery of Howdy Doody. Some begged their parents for a dog just like Lassie. Many wore cowboy hats to watch The Roy Rogers Show. In the 1950s, television was new and thrilling. Looking back, these shows had a significant impact on the children of the first television generation and helped to shape the medium as it increasingly became a part of our culture. Hiya Kids!! A '50s Saturday Morning is a collection of the best kids' shows from the infancy of the genre. 4-DVD Box Set including 21 classic shows: Kukla, Fran And Ollie, Howdy Doody, Flash Gordon, Lassie, Annie Oakley, Ding Dong School, Time For Beany, The Paul Winchell Show, The Roy Rogers Show, Captain Z-RO, The Rootie Kazootie Club, Winky Dink And You, Super Circus, Andy s Gang, The Cisco Kid, Sky King, The Magic Clown, Kids And Company, Juvenile Jury, The Pinky Lee Show & Sheena, Queen Of The Jungle.

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143 of 150 people found the following review helpful
The Shout Factory, maker of this DVD set, has been the author of quite a few offbeat DVD and CD collections lately, often in partnership with PBS. This time Shout Factory has compiled a collection of typical Saturday morning shows from the 1950's. The set mimics what TV of that era did and starts out with the simplest shows for the smallest kids, then progresses to shows for older kids, assuming that the older kids get up later on Saturday. The following is the press release about the contents of the set:


Episode from Kukla, Fran And Ollie 1948 - 1957
Kukla, Fran And Ollie debuted as a local Chicago show entitled Junior Jamboree and was renamed in 1948 when the installation of a coaxial cable linking the East Coast to the Midwest expanded its broadcast range. Established radio star Fran Allison played herself on the show as the perfect counterbalance to the antics of the puppets, and her uncanny ability to ad-lib allowed the show to run completely unscripted and unrehearsed.

Kukla, Fran And Ollie featured the creations of Burr Tillstrom, considered one of the greats in puppet history. He voiced and performed all of the puppet characters on the show and is credited with creating the puppeteering technique of watching the action on a small monitor while performing the characters, a practice still in use today.

Episode from Howdy Doody 1947 - 1960
Howdy Doody evolved from The Triple B Ranch, a radio program that featured the voice of "Buffalo" Bob Smith as himself and a character named Elmer who opened the show by saying "Howdy Doody.
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Kukla, Fran and Ollie-still misunderstood! June 1, 2008
I think it is commendable that Shout Factory puts out DVD box sets of obscure old shows that don't have a studio home. But if they're going to do "rare," they should go all the way with it. Case in point: the Kukla, Fran and Ollie show included with this set has been around and available for many years from other companies. It isn't even the best of the black and white shows available. I can understand the company wanted to use the earliest KFO available (this one is from early 1949), but another, available episode from Feb. 1953 is much more entertaining and shows off the talents of Burr Tillstrom and Fran Allison much better than the one included in this set.
I also had a problem with the information that the box "mimics what TV of that era did and starts out with the simplest shows for the smallest kids, then progresses to shows for older kids." Kukla, Fran and Ollie was a "prime time" show for much of its run, appearing 5 days a week at 7 pm eastern. It's contemporary Howdy Doody ran in the afternoon. Yet Shout Factory includes it first on Disc 1 as a show for young children, followed by Howdy Doody. Kids enjoyed the puppetry of KFO, but it also included among its fans people like Tallulah Bankhead, Adlai Stevenson and Lillian Gish. None of whom could be called a child. One only has to look at the show itself to see that it has a much more sophisticated premise than other "kid" shows like Howdy or Rootie Kazootie. How many children (or adults, for that matter) in the 20th or 21st century could tell you what "high brow" or "low brow" meant (hint: it has nothing to do with hairstyle or plastic surgery!)? Yet the background of this episode of this "kid show" is Kukla and Fran trying to figure out the meaning of a Life magazine article on cultural classifications.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Children Shows of Yesteryear August 3, 2008
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If your a baby boomer this is the DVD for you it features 21 great children's shows from the Golden Age of television. The funny thing was I remembered the exact episodes of shows I had long since forgotten. I bought another DVD at the times called Andys Gang but don't buy that it is only one show and that show is already on Hey Kids. Hey Kids is a wonderful journey back to when the world was much more simple and a lot more fun.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Saturday Morning the way it was June 3, 2008
i love old tv. i was telling my 13 year old nephew of Roy Rogers, Paul Winchell and others. with this DVD, i can share these old shows with him.

In this collection , there are episodes are included from such shows as
Kukla, Fran & Ollie..Howdy Doody..Lassie..Annie Oakley..Flash Gordon..
Ding Dong School..Time For Beany (Puppet version of the cartoon Beany and Cecil)..The Paul Winchell Show..The Roy Rogers Show (with Dale Evens too)..Captain Z-RO..The Rootie Kazootie Club..Winky Dink & You..Super Circus..Andy's (Andy Devine) Gang..The Cisco Kid..Sky King..The Magic Clown..Kids & Company..Juvenile Jury...The Pinky Lee Show..Sheena, Queen of the Jungle.(Other critics have given details on the episodes) This saturday morning fare that i used to love. Why cant they do that these days..or at least rerun them.

Remember these shows were from the late 1950's -early 1960's, they are remastered the best they could be.

So is it worth it, GAWD YES!!!!!!It is great old tv which is good stuff to watch

Bennet Pomerantz AUDIOWORLD
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25 of 37 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars It isn't quite like you remember... June 19, 2008
We live in an age where everything is new, new, new, fast, fast, fast...faster, and we forget what it was really like when we were (well me, anyway) younger. I was a child when these programs were originally on. I watched them then and couldn't wait to see them on these DVDs. TEDIOUS doesn't even begin to cover it. The program of Miss Frances of Ding Dong School shows l-o-n-g minutes (!!!) of closeups of her blowing bubbles from a clay pipe. That's it...minutes watching her slowly blow bubbles, and we're not talking big bubbles, fun bubbles or anything with some variety...just ordinary soap bubbles. It seems like it goes on forever.

Kukla, Fran and Ollie begins with Kukla attempting to turn the pages of a Life Magazine without much success, mind you as he is a very primitive puppet without working fingers. This goes on for long minutes while I waited for something else to happen...finally he gets into a long conversation with Ollie about if it's his magazine or Ollie's. It get's worse after that. I didn't like Kukla, Fran and Ollie when I was a child, probably because the program (as I see it now) was full of adult themes and ideas. Discussing the merits of classifying people by their likes and dislikes: art, music, literature. If someone was hi-brow or low-brow. Other puppets were questioned about their preferences, and one rather stupid looking one mentioned that he liked Alexander Calder's mobiles...which obviously was not meant for a 5 year old's understanding.

The point is, I'm not sure if that these programs have lost something in the 50-odd years since they've been on the air... or we, as a product of the move, move, move, fast, fast, fast era since Sesame Street started the "commercial like" TV programming we have become used to...are just too sophisticated to enjoy them anymore.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! A lot of memories here!
Wow! A lot of memories here!
Published 15 days ago by Richard E. Simon
5.0 out of 5 stars Not bad
Stars tell the story... AS advertised and described in listing. Color is correct. Size is appropriate. Easy to handle. Smells great. Delivered to me close to what I needed.
Published 1 month ago by Loverboy33333
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
good stuff and a waste too.
Published 1 month ago by fodraks
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Item arrived on time and works great.
Published 3 months ago by jeff M
5.0 out of 5 stars Revisit those days of wonder!
We didn't have a lot of money when I was a kid, so we didn't have a TV at all for quite a while. When we finally did get one, I'd get up before dawn on Saturdays, and sit in front... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Donald E. Halley
5.0 out of 5 stars 1950 TV -The good the bad and the strange.
Feel the mood of the era. My sisters watched this stuff. I bought it in honor of my older sis who is now gone too soon.
Published 11 months ago by Ms thang
5.0 out of 5 stars HIYA KIDS DVD
Have not watched this DVD yet but i know i will like it as my brother has the same DVD and loves it. It arrived in 2 days and i hope i have time to watch it soon.
Published 12 months ago by Anne Tankersley
5.0 out of 5 stars Great shows, at a really great price!
Unlike the Andy's Gang video, this dvd is filled with many of those early '50's morning shows I remember so well. A great find!
Published 14 months ago by dorothy burns
5.0 out of 5 stars Hiya Kids!
Oh my goodness, this brought back so many wonderful childhood memories. Truly enjoyed watching it and for those kids of the 50's, buy it. You won't regret it
Published 20 months ago by Mary L.
5.0 out of 5 stars Brought back memories!!
Great... Brought back a lot of memories as a kid...
Worth the wait and the price.... Thanks again....
Would recommend...
Published 20 months ago by Holly L.
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