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Saturday Morning Cartoons: 1970's Volume 1

Re-live your childhood with this collection of 12 cartoons featuring some of the following beloved characters: Speed Buggy, Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan, Funky Phantom and many more!

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Saturday mornings in the 1970's found most kids eagerly traveling around the world and solving mysteries from the comfort of their very own couches. In stark contrast to the often violent and sometimes morally questionable cartoons of the 1960's, the 1970's brought significant network restrictions regarding violence and appropriate cartoon character behavior. Hanna-Barbera's response to the restrictions was the development of a new formula for cartoons--one which often featured a group of kids who belonged to a rock band and traveled around the world playing gigs and solving mysteries. Scooby-Doo, Josie and the Pussycats, Goober and the Ghost Chasers, and Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan are all successful examples of this basic cartoon formula. Family dynamics also figured heavily in 1970's cartoons (The Jetsons, Roman Holidays, and Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan) as did anthropomorphic vehicles and animal (The Funky Phantom Kids, Speed Buggy, Wheelie and the Chopper Bunch, Yogi's Gang, Hong Kong Phooey, Tarzan, and Batman). This compilation of 12 shows takes viewers to England, various jungles and seas around the world, Rome, and even outer space; consistently showcases the triumph of good over evil; and features several famous animated guests including the Harlem Globetrotters (The New Scooby-Doo Movies "The Ghostly Creep from the Deep") and The Partridge Kids (Goober and the Ghost's "Assignment Ahab Apparition"). Bonus features include a discussion of how network restrictions shaped Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan and the unexpected success of combining a historical figure with cartoon humor in Funky Phantom. While an overwhelming sense of sameness makes one marathon viewing undesirable, viewing a handful of episodes is bound to bring back fond memories of a time when Saturdays were simpler. --Tami Horiuchi


Special Features

  • 17 cartoons on two discs
  • Solving Crimes the Chan Clan Way: Hear how the Chan Clan came to be from Hanna-Barbera alumni Jamie Farr and Eddie Carroll and why the show was such a challenge to write
  • Heavens to Betsy Ross: The Spirit of Funky Phantom: Hanna-Barbera shuffles the Scooby-Doo deck, adds a dose of American history and a designed dune buggy to the mix and out pops Funky Phantom
  • 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: 314 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001QU880W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,319 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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93 of 99 people found the following review helpful By Paul J. Mular TOP 1000 REVIEWER on January 29, 2009
I give this five stars, as I believe this is the best way to see some of these 1970's shows. Most of these have not yet been released on DVD, and to be honest: one episode is enought in some cases.
Those that have been previously released on DVD are worth the entire sets.
1962's THE JETSONS feels out of place here, but it was still in network re-runs on Saturday Mornings. However I wish another 1970's show would have bene included. As this is "volume 1" I am sure the missing shows will see their way to DVD.

These were all produced by Hanna-Barbera.

Disc #1
THE JETSONS - The Space Car (also on season 1 DVD set)
THE BATMAN TARZAN ADVENTURE HOUR
HONG KONG PHOONEY (also on complete series DVD set)
GOOBER AND THE GHOST CHASERS
SPEED BUGGY
WHEELIE AND THE CHOPPER BUNCH

Disc #2
YOGI'S GANG
AMAZING CHAN AND THE CHAN CLAN
ROMAN HOLIDAYS
JOSIE AND THE PUSSYCATS (also on season 1 DVD set)
THE NEW SCOOBY DOO MOVIES (also on a Best-Of DVD set)
FUNKY PHANTOM

Bonus Documentaries on THE FUNKY PHANTOM, JOSIE AND THE PUSSYCATS and THE CHAN CLAN.
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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Veese on June 7, 2009
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As a kid, I devoured all the Saturday Morning TV in the '70s I could take. Now as an adult, I'm amazed by the fact that a 70's Cartoon collection like this even exists so let's start off with the positive.

This is a great sample of pop culture history. Remember, no home video market in the '70's so the best chance to see the new comedy or adventure animated fare were only on Saturdays. It was an weekly event for kids and a boon for animation houses like Hanna-Barbera and Filmation to name a few. I was very pleased to see some long forgotten favorites such as Filmation's Tarzan and HB's Wheelie and the Chopper Bunch (an early precursor to Pixar's 'Cars'). Speed Buggy is another fun show represented I can't believe isn't on its own series DVD set yet. Of course other classics are represented here as well like The JETSONS and SCOOBY-DOO although the episodes here have already been released on other series DVD sets.

Which leads to where I think this set falls short. Too many episodes here that are already on other Hanna-Barbera series DVD sets. There is already a Scooby-Doo Movies set featuring every episode guest-staring the Harlem Globetrotters. Why not feature an episode from that series not currently on that set? There are plenty of them still missing to select from. And by the way, the opening for the Scooby-Doo Movies has been edited. The scene of the robot cowboy gunfire or other "violent" acts have been removed. I really hate the PC-ification of animation history. Questioning other episode selection choices, why run a Josie & the Pussycats episode already on their DVD set when a better choice would have been Josie & the Pussycats in Outer Space, which isn't out there yet?

And boy the mix of series selected here really don't do the Hanna-Barbera legacy any favors.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Fitzgerald on July 6, 2009
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I wanted my grandchildren to experience an era where cartoons were fun to watch so I bought the Saturday Morning Cartoons:1970s Vol I. for them to watch the cartoons their parents watched when they were growing up. They were a hit!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By nightwing22dg on February 20, 2010
I can't say how excited I was to have this DVD. It is the best selection of 70's cartoons that I could think of. Sure, there were a few left out like JabberJaw & Fat Albert (don't know the copyrights for that one though). The Tom & Jerry Show would have been so welcome here as well (I know it is in volume 2). But first of all, this has Tarzan: Lord of the Jungle. Far and away one the best Saturday Morning Cartoons that I grew up watching. Wish there was a complete series for sale. But to also have Speed Buggy, Josie & the Pussycats, Funky Phantom, Scooby-Doo, The Jetsons, Hong Knog Phooey, Goober and the Ghost Chasers, New Adventures of Batman, and Charlie Chan & the Chan Clan here is really awesome. All very cool shows that I enjoyed watching growing up in the 70's. This disc set is by far my favorite of the Saturday Morning Cartoon releases.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kathy Anderson on June 20, 2009
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I'm never too old to watch cartoons especially when I can find the ones I enjoyed in my younger days (like 20s.) I was glad to add this volune to my gowing collection and am looking forward additional volumns. I still remember when Scooby-Doo first appeared on the Saturday morning cartoons. I especially enjoyed watching the ones that were now shown in Alaska.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By P. Mitchell on November 9, 2009
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I purchased all 4 DVD's and I am very pleased. It has been a long time coming for some of the lesser known HB classics to have their day in the sun. To be honest, I thought many of these cartoons would never see a release. There is enough Flintstones, Jetsons, Yogi, etc. to choke a moose. In my opinion, it is great to see these lesser known characters regardless of plot, writing, character appeal etc. Let us not forget, these shows did not have the budget and personnel the aforementioned bigger titles were afforded. Also, owning an official release DVD is much better than the only previous option-low picture quality home recorded DVD's on the auction sites. Grab this before it is too late. I don't think you'll see these released again any time soon.
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