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Lancelot Link: Secret Chimp (1970)

Dayton Allen , Joan Gerber  |  NR |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Dayton Allen, Joan Gerber, Bernie Kopell, Malachi Throne, Steven Hoffman
  • Writers: Mike Marmer, Stan Burns
  • Format: Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: June 13, 2006
  • Run Time: 281 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000F4TMI2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #231,504 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Lancelot Link: Secret Chimp" on IMDb

Special Features

  • 12 episodes on 2 discs

Editorial Reviews

Move over, James Bond! Lancelot Link: Secret Chimp swings into action as the greatest super spy ever to foil international evil-doers, charm the ladies and drive a really cool car! In this hilarious all-chimp spy spoof airing from 1970 to 1972, Link and his stunning sidekick Mata Hairi adopt more and more outrageous disguises as they use their considerable wit and cunning to battle the Baron, his chauffeur Creto, the Duchess, Dr. Strangemind, Wang Fu and Ali Assa Seen. When he's not fighting diabolical criminals, Lancelot gets groovy as the leader of the psychedelic pop band Evolution Revolution, which rocks out in these 22 memorable episodes.

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70 of 72 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars NOT the Complete Series but WAY FUN! June 14, 2006
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This is NOT the complete series. This is 11 and a half episodes. (Each Lancelot Link episode is a pair of 10 minute stories with a musical intermission by the Evolution Revolution all chimp band.) If you count each episode half as an episode, there are 22 on this DVD set.
I can't find a complete episode guide online so I don't know how many were made. I can find titles for 14 episodes on the internet but one episode (or pair of episodes) from this DVD is NOT on that list. How many more are missing from that list? Does anybody know?

Here's what you get (with episode numbers courtesy [...])

Disc 1
1.9) The Dreaded Hong Kong Sneeze / The Great Bank Robbery
1.6) The Reluctant Robot / The Royal Foil
1.7) The Great Great Race / The Great Plane Plot
?) The Lone A.P.E. / Missile Beach Party
1.13) The Evolution Revolution / The Great Water Robbery
1.1) There's No Business Like Snow Business parts 1 & 2

Disc 2
1.5) Bonana / The Greatest Chase In The World
1.12A) The Chump Code Caper
1.3) Lance Of Arabia / The Doctor Goes A.P.E.
1.4) The Surfin' Spy / The Missing Link
1.11) The Golden Swwword / The Chilling Clump Chase
1.8) Landlubber Lance / The Temporary Thanksgiving Turkey Truce

The ones we're missing:
1.2) The Great Brain Drain / The Great Double Double Cross
1.10) The Sour Taste Of Success / The Baron's Birthday Ball
1.12B) Weather Or Not
1.14) The Spy Who Went Out In The Cold / Too Many Chumps

I find it strange that they'd leave off a handful of episodes and VERY strange that they chopped episode 12 in half, showing only the first part of it. The Weather Or Not segment is missing. End Credits roll after the musical interlude. Weird.
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49 of 54 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Extremely Disappointing June 14, 2006
By P. Rose
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This was a very confusing DVD selection to try and purchase as different sources made mention that this would be the "complete" series. Well, after viewing the DVD's it's very clear that numerous episodes were ommitted which makes me glad that I still own the "complete" series on videotape. My second complaint is the terrible production quality of these recordings. Could they have put any less effort into these reproductions? Very POOR POOR quality! I'm sorry I wasted my money! Missing episodes include: Chump Secret Code, Weather or Not, The Sour Taste of Success, The Barron's Birthday Ball, The Spy Who Went Out in the Cold, Too Many Chumps, The Mysterious Motorcycle Menace, The Great Beauty Contest, Chump Takes a Holiday, To Tell the Tooth, The Great Brain Drain and The Great Double Double Cross.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Oh, Lancie! May 10, 2008
As I grow older, I become more nostalgic for the things of my youth. That is my excuse for liking this two-disk set, regardless of its faults. "Lancelot Lot Link - Secret Chimp," was simultaneously campy and clever, and the most expensive Saturday morning television show of its time, costing more than one million dollars for the 14 episode season.

"Lancelot Link" was a campy send up of various spy shows of the 1960, particularly "The Man from U.N.C.L.E.," but also "Get Smart," "I Spy," and even the James Bond movies. Lancelot had a beautiful associate, Mata Hairi, a boss who was a lot like M, Commander Darwin, and a host of baddies working for evil agency C.H.U.M.P. What more could you ask for in Saturday morning television?

Each week, Lancelot and Mata Hairi would thwart the evil schemes of C.H.U.M.P., using Mata's cleverness, Lancelot's cluelessness, and miscellaneous gadgets that appeared a lot like ordinary devices. The jokes were frequently corny, the chase scenes were laughable, and the script lines frequently elicited groans, and yet, it was all fascinating. Matching the voices to the movements of the chimpanzee's mouths was excellent. The chimps moved well and their training was phenomenal. Even now, I am amazed at the attention to detail and how well the chimpanzees appeared to perform everyday tasks.

Also included in this collection are a bunch of songs from Lancelot Link and the Evolution Revolution. The music is essentially late 60's pop, mimicking groups like The Archies and Josie and the Pussycats, only with fur; mostly forgettable, but still clever. Both disks permit you to select the music videos independent of the episodes.

I do like this collection, but only because the collection is the only one available.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No Second Banana! June 14, 2006
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This is a funny show that I remember watching on SATURDAY MORNINGS. I have the lunchbox too. Just got my DVD set and they are 16mm prints in the half hour syndicated format BUT still very enjoyable to watch. I always liked the musical segments and LANCE is playing the same FENDER STRATOCASTER I have. The voice cast led by DAYTON ALLEN is worth the price of admission alone. Also, IMAGE did a nicer cover on the actual release (Not the one pictured here). Pure fun!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars CHUMP Change for Lance August 23, 2006
When I was a child of 11(9during 1970), I watched Lancelot Link. It satired the spy genre with chimps playing humans. I enjoyed it then.

It was James Bond/Man from U.N.C.L.E. (when is that series coming to DVD)like show combined with heavy dose of Get Smart (another missing DVD show!) thrown in for good measure, done for kids. the story was simple...Lance (Dayton Allen trying to voice a Don Adams wantabee) worked for A.P.E (Agency to Prevent Evil) again CHUMP, just like UNCLE and Control. He had a Mr Wavely type in the boss Darwin, and Mata Haira, his assistant similar to 99 on Get Smart, always solving before Lance

It also poked fun at all other genres other than the spy format show like Westerns (the Lone A.P.E.), Laugh-in (with their Chimpee), Ed Sullivan and even the cartoon band the Archies (with the ape band-the Evolution Revolution)

I recently recieved this two dvd box set. It said 12 episodes, originally there were 16 showsin the aired series-so four were missing. Then I started to watch this, the episodes were very grainy, scratched dirty copies, when I buy a DVD-I expect a clean, clear copy.

Now the good news, the satire is STILL cute and fun..simple saturday morning fare from 1970. The talent of Daytron Allen, Joan Gerber and Bernie (Siefred from Get Smart) Kopell as the voices of Lance, Mata Haire and the Baron works so well. It Takes a Thief's Malachi Throne as the narrator give this satire an over the top edge. and Mel Blanc did other voices!

I give it 3 stars for the show's biting satire which is still cute and watchable 36 years later and the show's good casting . Be on note, the DVD copies look TERRIBLE! It seems worse than a few Bootleg film copies I have seen over the years and this is a professional company, suppose to put out a profession product

Bennet Pomerantz, AUDIOWORLD
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 2 months ago by Happy
5.0 out of 5 stars The Ultimate Secret Agent
If you remember Lance Link from Saturday mornings back in the 70's you will love this DVD. All the good shows are here for you viewing pleasure. Read more
Published 6 months ago by danny
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved this show
I still have a fondness for the show, but the quality is downright awful. No one cleaned or digitized any part of it, so even though it plays well, the picture quality is poor.
Published 7 months ago by Marsha
1.0 out of 5 stars Purchased for a friend
I had never seen this show but a friend recalled it fondly from his childhood, so I got it for his birthday. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Plainman
1.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed it!
My grandchildren really liked it! I saw it back in the 70s and had looked for it to show my grand kids. So glad to find it!!
Published 14 months ago by Margaret Flanagan
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny
This is such a blast from the past, I hope they were very nice to the chimps that worked on this show.
Published 14 months ago by Dotty Dawson
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a Classic...a really must have
I love these dvds, make me feel young again, they're so funny. I dunno how they did to make monkeys acts so's a really must have dvd series. Read more
Published on September 22, 2011 by Ricardo Carrasco
5.0 out of 5 stars Trip down memory lane!!!
I watched this every Saturday as a kid. I bought this after a friend, who also watched it as a kid, told me where to get it. I bought it to share with my grandson and he loves it!! Read more
Published on March 11, 2011 by yellowrose
5.0 out of 5 stars GOIN' APES
This was a awesome Saturday Morning show. I was only 11 years old when this aired. This is a very unique show.
Very different indeed. Read more
Published on November 23, 2010 by DISCOBOY
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME!
That's it...just an awesome reversion to my childhood (when there were only like 25 channels on cable, if you were lucky enough to have it).
Published on September 18, 2010 by Roguish leggpuller
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