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Saturday Morning Cartoons: 1970s Vol. 1
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
This is the second review of the new Saturday Morning Cartoon collections just released from Warner Bros. This two disc set covers many of the great cartoons of the 1970s. Saturday morning cartoons truly began to grow up in this decade and the shows were very different than those of the 1960s. First off, while most of the 60s shows would run three or four toons during the hour, in the 70s many shows ran just one episode for the entire 30 minute slot. This was confirmation that kids were becoming more sophisticated. They wanted meatier plots and fewer funny animals. The 70s toons were incredibly diversified...there was action, sci-fi, fantasy, horror, musical, mystery, and super hero toons, everything under the sun, frankly.

One toon dominated the decade and became a tremendous incluence and that was "Scooby Doo, Where are You?" Actually debuting in 1969 the adventures of Scooby and the gang were on throughout the 1970s in various incarnations. The tremendous popularity of the Scooby Gang would spawn numerous mystery solving copycat cartoons, largely produced by the Hanna-Barbera studio who created Scooby in the first place.

Goober and the Ghost Chasers was perhaps the most blatant Scooby rip-off. A group of teens and their dog Goober travel about solving ghostly mysteries. Goober, the weird hound dog had the ability to turn invisible when he became frightened. The very first episode "Assignment: The Ahab Apparition" is included and guest stars the Partridge Family with the real voices of Danny Bonaduce and Susan Dey.

Master Asian detective Charlie Chan came to animation in the form of The Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan. The series focused on Chan's many children who solved crimes and also had their own rock band...a common plot device in 60s and 70s cartoons. Charlie Chan was voiced by Key Luke who played Chan's son in some of the old movies of the 1940s and also starred in the TV series "Kung Fu" as Master Po. Here's a bit of trivia...several of the episodes were written by Jamie Farr of M.A.S.H. fame and the Fonz himself, Henry Winkler.

Another Scooby Clone, The Funky Phantom, featured a group of mystery-solving teens who were aided by A Revolutionary War spirit and his cat "Boo". The ghost was voiced by Daws Butler, one of the greatest voice actors ever. Butler was also the voice of Yogi Bear, Quickdraw McGraw, and Huckleberry Hound. One of the teens was voiced by Monkees drummer Mickey Dolenz.

The Scooby Cartoon featured here is from "The New Scooby New Movies" which had a different guest star each week. This one featured the Harlem Globetrotters in "The Ghostly Creep from the Deep".

BUT...the disc isn't all mystery solving...The Batman/Tarzan hour gives us "The Pest" as Batman and Robin track down the Joker. Adam West and Burt Ward reprised their roles from the 1960s live action Batman TV show. And of course there is the "number one super-guy" Hong Kong Phooey also battling crime in "Car Thieves" and "Zoo Story". Other toons star Speed Buggy, Josie and the Pussy Cats, Wheelie and the Chopper Bunch, and Roman Holidays.

This set is not nearly as diversified as the 1960s set. There's too much of the mystery shows and not enough of the Sci-Fi/Adventure/Fantasy shows included. Where is Sealab 2020 or the Godzilla Power Hour? Where is the Robonic Stooges and Addams Family? These were all Hanna-Barbera shows. Hopefully these will show up in future sets. Like the 1960s set, the quality is overall quite good. This one loses just a few points for giving us a bit too much of the Scooby clone shows.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 25, 2009
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This is a good collection of cartoons from the 70's and it is enjoyable. i was not excited about a few of them like Batman, Tarzan or Yogi's Gang but I just skipped these. Now to see Wheelie And The Chopper Bunch again was a joy. With the TV Channel 'Boomerang" they show many of these and I watch them but this disc has a few that is not played much. This is a good disc and the newer part 2 is also great. Hey, it's Hanna-Barbera!!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on August 25, 2009
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My grandsons love these cartoons. They are what cartoons used to be, funny and silly!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on November 6, 2013
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If watching cartoons is a vice then it's one of the pleasant vices to have.
Yeah! When this first came out it was priced at $35. Come on man! Give a guy a break.
I waited until the price went down under $20 to get it. I have Volume 1 and 2 and have to say Volume 1 is my favorite.
Only one problem was posted by another who say The Jetsons was also on 1960's Volume which I agree
they could of replaced it w/ another cartoon from the 70's. Besides that this volume 1 was good included my favorites
Hong Kong Phooey which I know has his own complete series DVD. But this makes me think about purchasing it.
I also enjoyed Josie and the Pussycats and The Amazing Chan And The Chan Clan. I think it's the sugar pop music
that I enjoyed in those days. Speaking of pop music you have Monkees Mickey Dolenz voice on The Funky Phantom which he plays one of the main boy who works w/ Funky Phantom I forget the character's name but it's the dark haired one. I liked the Batman and Tarzan episodes. In Batman I forgot about Batmite who's such an annoy character but this episode he wasn't that bad. I have to agree w/ the others on Roman Holidays being a B rated Flintstones I could of done w/out. Some cartoons w/ same formula like Speed Buggy and Wheelie and The Chopper. Of course everyone was coping Scooby Doo like The Funky Phantom or The Amazing Chan And The Chan Clan. It was interesting and funny hearing in the extras actor Jamie Farr as one of the writers of The Amazing Chan And The Chan Clan.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 19, 2015
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great
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 4, 2010
I really love the shows in this collection, but like another viewer said, They could have put different shows on this dvd set, other then The Jetsons, and Hong Kong Phooey, which have their own sets out now. I wish they would put Wheelie And The Chopper Bunch on dvd, and Speed Buggy.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 18, 2014
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I love showing my daughter and her friends the TV cartoons I grew up watching. There way better then the junk they show now.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 23, 2014
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Love my old cartoons
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