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Saturday Morning Cartoons: 1960s Vol. 1

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Saturday Morning Cartoons: 1960's Volume 1

Re-live your childhood with this collection of 14 cartoons featuring some of the following beloved characters: Top Cat, Peter Potamus, Porky Pig, Quick Draw McGraw and many more!


Yearning for simpler times? Pour yourself a big bowl of sugary cereal (preferably while you're still wearing your pajamas), then plop yourself in front of the TV and let yourself be transported to a time when Saturday morning meant cartoon time. The smooth-talking Top Cat opens this 33-cartoon, 1960's compilation with the classic episode in which Top Cat becomes the beneficiary of a one million dollar donation, but unknowingly tears up the check. Fred Flintstone goes through the roof when Wilma takes a job outside the home in The Flintstones: The Happy Household--who remembers that that Wilma actually sang in that episode? The Porky Pig Show showcases episodes "Often an Orphan" with Charlie the dog, "Mice Follies," and private eye Daffy Duck in "Super Snooper." The clueless hero Quick Draw McGraw, his alter-ego El Kabong, and his Mexican burro sidekick Baba Looey save the West from an assortment of villains despite a multitude of gunshots to the face and there are also episodes featuring their friends Snooper and Blabber, and Augie Doggie. The futuristic Jetsons acquire a new robot maid named Rosey, Marine Boy saves the world, The Impossibles foil the evil Spinner, and McGilla Gorilla gets adopted and learns a thing or two about playing football. Also included are classic episodes of Atom Ant, Secret Squirrel, Winsome Witch, Precious Pup, The Peter Potamus Show, Hillbilly Bears, and Squiddly Diddly. While these cartoons are great fun for the adult set, it's interesting that what was considered kids' entertainment in the 1960's is now deemed unsuitable for children due to things like excessive cartoon violence, dishonesty, animal cruelty, and sexist and chauvinistic behavior. Bonus features include previews of each disc (little more than plot summaries), additional Quick Draw McGraw and Augie Doggie episodes, and three interesting featurettes with animators and producers about how Hanna-Barbera pioneered made-for-television cartoons as a response to the decline of theatrical cartoons; the rise of superheroes, action, and fantasy in cartoons sparked in part by the art of Alex Toth in The Herculoids; and the influence of pop culture on cartoons as exemplified by The Impossibles. --Tami Horiuchi

Special Features

  • 33 cartoons on two discs
  • The Good, the Bad, and the El Kabong: Cartoon historians and former Hanna-Barbera staffers document how Quick Draw McGraw helped launch a new industry
  • The Herculoids: First Family of Planet Quasar: See how this cartoon married the past and present and landed ahead of its time
  • Monster Rock: The Adventures of Frankenstein Jr. and the Impossibles: Find out what happened when the world of monsters and '60s rock bands collided
  • Intended for the adult collector and not suitable for children

Product Details

  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Color, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0), Portuguese (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: English, Portuguese
  • 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: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: May 26, 2009
  • Run Time: 308 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (130 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001QU880M
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,296 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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This is a good cross-section of 1960's TV cartoons (& a few theatricals shown on TV) that are owned by Warner Brothers. Some of these are new to DVD, and this could be their only appearance on DVD. TV animation collectors will wonder why the double dip of TOP CAT, THE FLINTSTONES & THE JETSONS, but hey with the low price I am willing to jump past them (or just watch them again).
Where else are we going to see Peter Potomas, Breezly & Sneezy, Yippie & Yappie & Yahooie?

Disc #1
TOP CAT - The Tycoon (Also on the Complete series DVD set)
ATOM ANT SHOW with PRECIOUS PUP & HILLBILLY BEARS - Up & Atom / Precious Jewels / Woodpecked
THE PETER POTAMUS SHOW with BREEZLY and SNEEZLY & YIPPEE, YAPPEE and YAHOOEY - Fe-Fi-Fo Fun / All Riot on the Northern front / The Volunteers
SECRET SQUIRREL SHOW with SQUIDDLEY DIDDLY & WINSOME WITCH - Sub Swiper / Way Out Squiddly / Prince of a Pup
THE FLINTSTONES - The Happy Household (Also on the seasonal DVD sets)
THE PORKY PIG SHOW - Often An Orphan/Mice Follies/The Super Snooper (Daffy Duck)
THE QUICK DRAW McGRAW SHOW with SNOOPER AND BLABBER & AUGIE DOGIE - Dynamite Fright/Outer Space Case/Growing Growing Gone

Disc #2
THE JETSONS - Rosey The Robot (Also on the season 1 DVD set)
MARINE BOY - Battle To Save The World {Anime}
SPACE GHOST/DINO BOY SHOW - The Heat Thing / The Worm / Zorak (also on the complete series DVD set)
HERCULOIDS - The Beaked People / The Raider Apes
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169 of 177 people found the following review helpful By John W. Yocum on June 3, 2009
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OK, I've had enough with Warner deciding whether cartoons from the past are good for us or not. First they edited the Tom and Jerry releases and kept several shorts from being released at all, then they started labeling cartoon collections with this: "This collection is intended for the Adult Collector and MAY not be suitable for children." This collection and the others in the series says this: Saturday Morning Cartoons - the 1960s is intended for the Adult Collector and is NOT suitable for children." What? Seeing a pig without pants is bad for kids? Atom Ant may make them think they have super powers and they could die jumping off a building? Give me a break, Warners. I'd much rather my children watch this than the stuff that's on TV today.
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Torcivia on May 26, 2009
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Got my sixties set today, and watched most of the non-double-dip material - excluding Marine Boy, which I still feel seems out of place in this package.

The package has its faults with print quality (but a disclaimer is offered to mitigate that), some double-dipping, and no complete content listing outside of the individual disc menus - but, overall, IT IS WORTH IT!

The Porky Pig Show has opening and closing credits AND INTERSTITALS! The Magilla Gorilla Show has opening and closing credits - making it not a "true" double dip, as the Magilla "Complete Series" did not have these credits included anywhere in the set.

It features other shows I never thought I'd see on DVD like Peter Potamus, Atom, Ant, Secret Squirrel, and Frankenstein Jr. and The Impossibles!

Brief (average about 5 minutes each) but informative and entertaining features on Quick Draw McGraw, Frankenstein Jr. and The Impossibles, and The Herculoids with various animation figures including Paul Dini, Mark Evanier, and Earl Kress.

A true Who's Who of voicing, headlined by Mel Blanc, Daws Butler, Don Messick, Paul Frees, and all the top talents of the day!

And, it sure made me long for complete sets of Quick Draw McGraw and The Herculoids!

...Maybe this'll help pave the way!
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By B. D. Sampson on July 31, 2009
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I'm a big animation fan - especially of vintage TV animation - so seeing Warners releasing these packages looked to be a real treat, since it seemed unlikely that we'd get full sets of most of these characters. I applaud the fact that they're making these available at all. My problem is with the amount of effort put into finding decent masters or cleaning up what they have. We've seen what they can do with 50+ year old Looney Tune shorts. I'm at a loss why they can't take more time to clean up some of the scratches off some of the weaker films in these packages. One of the 2 Quick Draw shorts is so dark it's almost painful to watch. Do I think they could havve found better masters of done a better job cleaning things up, yes, but that would have taken time and money-and I don't think they want to put that kind of effort into a set like this. The short of Ricochet Rabbit has audio that speeds up and slows down-it's downright painful to listen to. The other major nitpick about these is that many of these shows had short transitional bumpers in between the cartoons(Secret Squirrel, Frankenstein Jr. & The Impossibles, Space Ghost, Etc.) that have been omitted. There are Volume 2 sets planned for the 60s & 70s that include both the Bugs Bunny Show, Road Runner Show & The Bugs Bunny Road Runner Hour. These transitional bumpers were an integral part of these shows and NEED to be included. This is what made those programs unique. I so hope Warners gets it right with the next volumes.
Now, this is not to say I'm not recommending this set-it's enjoyable. If you 'loved the shows-you still will, but if you're a completest - and want to see the shows as they originally aired, you won't find them here.
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