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Plastic Man: The Complete Collection

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Plastic Man: The Complete Collection

Supple super hero PLASTIC MAN bends criminals to justice in these 19 episodes packed with 35 exciting animated adventures from the vintage TV series. Jet setting around the world in the PLASTIC JET with girlfriend Penny and sidekick Hula Hula, the cool, confident Plas wraps up evil villains like Solex, Weed, Half-Ape, The Clam, Computerhead, and Disco Mummy. With the power to conform to any shape or size, Plas can grow, shrink or flex his way out of any situation – except Penny's jealous grip. Never yielding under pressure, the only cracks in his super hero style are the quips he throws at his nemeses while turning the tables on them.


The limb-stretching, wisecracking Plastic Man, one of the most offbeat superheroes in the DC Comics stable, got his own Saturday morning cartoon series between 1979 and 1981, which is compiled here in all its lighthearted, slapstick-driven glory. The Ruby/Spears-produced series did away with the darker origins of the character from the comic (in short: smalltime hood Eel O'Brien is doused by a mysterious chemical that gives him his powers of elasticity, which he uses to fight crime after his former partners abandon him) and focuses on broad situations that allow Plas to riff wildly while saving gal pal Penny and sidekick Hula Hula from various villains (three of which--Carrot-Man, Doctor Dome, and Doctor Honctoff--are carried over from the comics). The tone is very much in line with the cartoons of the period--laughs and wackiness are emphasized over story--but Michael Bell gives an amusing vocal performance as Plastic Man, and some of the episodes ("Wham-Bam! Beware of the Clam!") have a manic surrealism that brings to mind the Tick's brief animated tenure. Fans should note that the 35 episodes compiled here are only the Plastic Man episodes featured as part of the multi-segment Plastic Man Comedy/Adventure Show; the second-season debut of Baby Plas, who earned his own segments, and the Plastic Family (Plas, long-suffering girlfriend-turned-wife Penny, and their son, Baby Plas, take on somewhat lesser challenges) are not included here. Extras include an unaired Plastic Man pilot from 2006 with Tom Kenny (SpongeBob SquarePants) lending the rocket fuel to this new version of the character developed by Batman: The Brave and the Bold's Andy Suriano. There's also a 14-minute featurette, "PLAS-tastic: A Brief History of Plastic Man," which brings together several of the original show's writers with Suriano and Kenny to discuss both animated takes on Plastic Man, as well as his appearances in the comics and more recent guest shots on Brave and the Bold. --Paul Gaita

Special Features

PLAS-tastic: A Brief History of Plastic Man It's not hard to find a stretchy crime-fighter… but the original elastic wonder first appeared in Police Comics #1 in August 1941. Plastic Man's distinctive physical presence and tongue-in-cheek nature has made him a favorite of many modern day comic book writers and animation industry icons. DC Comics' writer MARK EVANIER, famed cartoon voice actor TOM KENNY, and revered animation producer JAMES TUCKER are just a few of PLASTIC MAN'S most ardent supporters. The 67 year journey of PLASTIC MAN takes center stage as an informative and entertaining historical featurette with something for the uninitiated bystander and the hard-core PLASTIC fan. Puddle Trouble Never before aired (and rarely seen) pilot for what might have been a Plastic Man animated series on Cartoon Network. {Watch as our elastic hero captures the crooks, confounds the cops, and learn of his secret origin and history as a hood himself!"}

Product Details

  • Actors: Michael Bell
  • Producers: Joe Ruby, Ken Spears
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Box set, Color, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • 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: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: October 20, 2009
  • Run Time: 583 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0029WGIDK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,429 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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25 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Hanna-Barberian on October 20, 2009
Format: DVD
Dang! Why are some of these reviews so damned bitter? We are talking about a cartoon, right? A cartoon that entertained millions of viewers every week on ABC? We're not talking about someone that just bombed an abortion clinic are we?

First, to correct some of the information, this series was produced by Ruby-Spears Enterprises, not Hanna-Barbera. If the back of the box states Hanna-Barbera, it's simply because the Ruby-Spears library of programming was absorbed into TimeWarner and for legalities, it's under the Hanna-Barbera umbrella.

I remember watching this cartoon, and while I never thought it was up to the superior standards of an HB product, it did have its moments and is worth purchasing if for no other reason, than to relive your childhood memories. People just love to trash Hanna-Barbera, and Ruby-Spears but I dare any of you to compare their product with anything that Filmation or DIC put out.

My only complaint about this set, is that it isolates the "Plasticman" segments and does not include the other cartoons that were a part of "The Plasticman Comedy Adventure Hour": "Rickety Rockey," "Mightyman and Yukk" and "Fangface." I would have loved to see the entire block included. As it stands now, it probably won't happen. Oh well, that's why God invented Boomerang.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By robby17_e on August 6, 2009
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There aren't too many cartoons I'd commit to buying a whole season of, but Plastic Man is the exception! If you were a child of the 70s or 80s then you'll hopefully remember this. Nostalgia at it's best! There's Plastic Man with his wit, Hula-Hula with his distinct voice, Penny, the no-nonsense Chief and a whole host of villains. Can't wait to relive my youth - I've been waiting for this cartoon for ages!
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I've waited forever for this to hit DVD. A h. school grad of 79, my first 2 years were loaded w/ Partying Friday nites, followed by coffee drenched hungover Saturday mornings watching cartoons till I reawoke. No Saturday morning was complete w/o "Looney Tunes/Bugs Bunny" and "Plasticman." You couldn't have 2 more contrasting cartoons, their humor and approach are completely different, but got gut busting laughs from me just the same. For me, it was a show canceled long before it could pick up steam, and a following. But, this DVD is not complete w/o the Adventures of Baby Plas. As much as I've waited for this to hit DVD, I won't buy until those segments are included. To exclude them is a travesty. While Hanna Barbara comparisons aren't totally inaccurate, the spin on this cartoon's super hero routine is more a tongue in cheek wink at the serious super hero cartoons that preceded it, HB's last quality output.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. M. H. on May 30, 2012
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The first time I've heard this series was coming to DVD was back in 2009. Let's say it was a good thing I've waited for the price to drop. I don't like the episodes being on PAL format (meaning the pitch was high, and the quality of the picture varied). That's why I gave this review three stars, because of the quality.

I give the series five stars. I enjoyed Plastic Man as a kid through reruns (The Plastic Man Comedy/Adventure Show live action version via syndication) and later, Cartoon Network. All of the first season eps (excluding the preview episode from the '79 ABC Satam preview special) are present. Three second season eps (with "The Plastic Man/Baby Plas Super Comedy Show" titles, minus the supporting segments) are present. It's great to add these to my Hanna-Barbera collection (Yes, this series was produced by Ruby-Spears, NOT Hanna-Barbera).

Either way, enjoy the DVD's.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By H. Bala TOP 500 REVIEWER on December 13, 2010
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A long time ago the voice over guy used to say this to open the episodes: "From out of the pages of DC Comics comes the world's newest and greatest super-hero: Plastic Man! He can spring. He can stretch. He can fly. He can bounce. He can change his shape. And... he can even dance..."

Because of that sense of silly so inherent in Plastic Man, not many people realize just how friggin' powerful the guy is. He's just about invulnerable and his ridiculously malleable rubbery form can shape shift into anything. That is serious, serious mojo. Imagine if petty crook "Eel" O'Brien hadn't decided to switch sides and become a crimefighter? The Elongated Man and Mr. Fantastic have got nothing, compared to Plastic Man's tool box. Really, other than the most powerful of supers and supernaturals out there, who can take Plas down?

Of course, creator Jack Cole set the tone from jump, establishing Plastic Man as a humorous character, and this perfectly transitioned him into Saturday morning cartoons. I used to love watching him on Saturday mornings so long ago. His world was topsy-turvied some to make him even more accessible to kids. Plastic Man, in his cartoon, is a fully deputized government agent, receiving his assignments from the smoking hot Chief. He flies around in a plane that resembles his costume. Plas also has his two friends to help him/get underfoot in his various missions. Southern blonde bombshell Penny has a thing for Plas (although, early on, Plas seems oblivious to this). Penny is there probably mostly to offset certain assumptions. I mean, our guy strolls around in a red leotard, know what I mean? But Plas and Penny eventually do get married and have a kid, Baby Plas.
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