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  • Actors: Tom & Jerry, Magilla Gorilla, Peter Potamus, The Road Runner Show, Flintstones
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Color, Full Screen, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: English
  • 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: October 27, 2009
  • Run Time: 277 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002GNOLXQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,769 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Saturday Morning Cartoons: 1960s, Volume 2 is pure nostalgia for those who remember rolling out of bed in their pajamas to eat a bowl of cereal in front of the TV. While some of the Hanna-Barbera characters on this disc still feel alive and hilariously goofy, others haven't weathered time so well. But that's what the remote is for; just flip through the long menu of cartoon episodes. It's great fun to pop the DVD in and choose what to watch--maybe even more fun than it was sitting through less funny episodes back in the day, hoping for a classic. Disc 1's highlights alternate between shows starring silly, anthropomorphized animals in displays of physical and verbal comedy, and those that feature humans. They include the well-loved "Bugs Bunny Show," and a sweet segment from "Wally Gator" called "Droopy Dragon." While Wally looks and sounds like the reptilian version of Yogi Bear, he's still the most "swinging navigator" from the swamp, as the title song goes. As for human fantasy, there is a wonderfully obscure episode from "Adventures of Young Gulliver" called "Dangerous Journey." Disc 2 goes back to the jungle with "Quick Draw McGraw," the "Peter Potamus Show," and "Magilla Gorilla." While these shows are rather corny, the "Road Runner Show" still holds up as a genius concept. As in the early "Pink Panther," there's no dialogue as the Road Runner and his hungry antagonist, Coyote, taunt each other. The show's humor unfolds through the visuals of the contest and through the innovative soundtrack, all zoom, screech, and whiz to depict the speed with which the roadrunner outruns his predator. Road Runner's "beep beep" followed by the flash of his little red tongue punctuates the cartoon's sonic composition. While the 1960s episodes of Hanna-Barbera cartoons share character voices and themes--such as animals outsmarting flustered hunters, cops, or zookeepers--the production team milked an amazing variety out of those few simple formulas. The cartoons look oddly two-dimensional today, but Hanna-Barbera were pioneers in the television cartoon arena and brought many of us bliss on those treasured Saturdays. --Trinie Dalton

Customer Reviews

Yes, I said watch, because he's as animated as his cartoon cohort.
Gord Wilson
It will remind you of waking up on Saturday mornings with your favorite cereal and watching one favorite after the next.
James E. Hall
Especially with a set THIS diverse in content, you MUST list the titles somewhere on or inside the packaging!
Joseph Torcivia

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89 of 98 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Hunter on November 3, 2009
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"Saturday Morning Cartoons: 1960's Volume 2" is kind of like that huge "sampler" tin of chocolates your family gets for Christmas every once in a while. There's a lot of variety, plenty for everybody, and the contents range from fantastic to gag-inducing.
This set, like the previous volume, collects a wide variety of cartoon series from the 1960's, and attempts to present them as closely to their original TV presentation as possible. It's a great idea on Warner's part, as it brings together material that may not warrant a complete box-set release by itself (or hasn't yet) in an affordable and enjoyable way.
The bulk of the material included here is of the Hanna-Barbera variety, and it's interesting to compare earlier, better material like "Quick Draw McGraw" to later efforts like "Atom Ant" and "Wally Gator". Towards the end of the 1960's, Hanna-Barbera had been cloning their "funny animal" formula so often that it grew even more stale with every new attempt. H-B eventually began focusing on "action" cartoons, and unfortunately the examples of these included on this set are among the weakest.

The collection opens with an episode from "The Quick Draw McGraw Show", nicely restored with its original opening theme song and supporting segments, "Snooper and Blabber" and "Augie Doggie". The animation on this show is limited and low-budget, but the writing and humor hold up extremely well, thanks in large part to writer Michael Maltese. Quick Draw is a Wild West hero who just happens to be a horse, Snooper and Blabber are a cat and mouse detective team, and Augie Doggie is a brainy sitcom-style kid living with his fater, Doggie Daddy.
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Torcivia on November 16, 2009
Saturday Morning Cartoons 1960s Volume 2

(Released October 27, 2009 by Warner Home Video)
Another Looong DVD Review by Joe Torcivia

Once upon a time, theatrical cartoons came to the infant medium of television. They were so successful that made-for-TV cartoons soon followed, with producers William Hanna and Joseph Barbera leading the way. Most often, they populated afternoon (and sometimes early evening) timeslots.

Then, someone discovered that kids would flock to cartoons run on SATURDAY MORNING, perhaps to celebrate completing a hard week of school! (I know *I* did!) This movement reached its height in the 1960s (...when Saturday morning cartoons would run until as late as 2 PM!) - and so is the premise for Warner Home Video's release Saturday Morning Cartoons 1960s Volume 2.

A set this diverse in content and approach, by definition, can never be "perfect". Personal preferences and differences of opinion will always see to that... but it IS a great set and is, in many ways, improved over its predecessor - Saturday Morning Cartoons 1960s Volume 1.

Disc One in order of Appearance: Quick Draw McGraw, Space Kiddettes, Young Samson and Goliath, The Bugs Bunny Show, The Porky Pig Show, Adventures of Young Gulliver, The Wally Gator Show, and The Jetsons.

Disc Two in order of Appearance: A SECOND Quick Draw McGraw Show (Yes!), Peter Potamus, The Road Runner Show, Atom Ant, The Tom and Jerry Show, and Magilla Gorilla. Pure sixties ecstasy!

As is our custom in these reviews, we'll break it into CONS and PROS.

The CONS:

Content Notes: Just as with Volume One, there is NO CONTENT LISTING anywhere inside the package!
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Gord Wilson VINE VOICE on May 19, 2010
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If you ever saw the "Boomerang Show" on Cartoon Network, you were teased and tantalized by these cartoons, with each show focusing on a different year. Of course, that was an ad for CN's Boomerang channel, which we'd all love to have but it teeters near the top tier of the cable line-up. But here they are on DVD. These Saturday Morning Cartoon DVDs ought to simply be labeled with the Boomerang logo and motto, "It's all coming back to you."

The '50s and '60s were arguably the high point of Hanna Barbera's limited animation TV shows, beginning with The Huckleberry Hound Show, and ending here, with Magilla Gorilla. The next year would inaugurate a new chapter of adventure shows with Jonny Quest. This double disc set, Vol. 2 of the '60s, is nearly perfect. If I could change anything, it would be to drop out all the theatrical Bugs Bunny/ Road Runner/ Porky Pig Show cartoons in favor of more Hanna-Barbera shows. Why? All the Looney Tunes and Tom and Jerry 'toons are available in the Warner Bros. Golden Collection. True, if this is the only set you buy, it might be nice to have those sprinkled in. But give me more H-B.

The only menus are on screen, but this set is ideal for watching cartoons without cable, because you can watch one show (usually three cartoons) at a time, and then return to the menu screen. Thus, kids can watch one show a day, or as they would have aired, one show a week, making the set last a lot longer. Indicative of the time, The Quick Draw McGraw Show includes the original opening with "Kelloggs: The best to you each morning" snapped up by Quick Draw's whip. The themes for both Magilla Gorilla and Peter Potamus shows rhyme with "Ideal", although the references to the toymaker and sponsor have been cut out.
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