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The Archie Show: The Complete Series (1968)

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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)


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Product Details

  • Actors: Various
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Color, Full Screen, Original recording remastered, NTSC
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • 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: Classic Media
  • DVD Release Date: July 1, 2012
  • Run Time: 374 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B000P6R9O4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #157,109 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

Archie, Veronica, Betty, Reggie, Jughead and of course Hot Dog "The Archie’s" band, never fail to entertain audiences around the world! More than 60 years later Archie and his friends remain a staple of entertainment the world over, with timeless tales of the trials, tribulations and triumphs of teenagers.

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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything's Archie August 10, 2007
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Into the SatAm world of caped crusaders in 1968 came the carrot- topped teen from Riverdale, star of radio and comics, the inimitable Archie. The first SatAm cartoon with a laugh track, from the start Filmation's show was all about music. The Archie Show opened with The Archies in a band. Each episode consisted of two ten minute cartoons, a dance and a song by the Archies. One of the songs, "Sugar Sugar", from a later incarnation of the show (there were eight), hit no. 1 on the Billboard chart in 1969.

Anyone who understands how limited were the budgets for kids' TV cartoons, as compared to the lavish resources for theatrical animation, will enjoy watching shows from this era to study what might be called the art of limited animation. As with Hanna- Barbera, it means characters running by the same shops and barber poles repeatedly to minimize backgrounds. It also meant finding clever ways to reuse footage. Here, one way was to use the dance visuals for the song segment. The musical production was supplied by Don Kirshner, fresh from TV's live action teen hit, The Monkees. Archie comics from this era were published by Archie Music Corporation, so the musical angle is not an accident. Another clever Filmation touch is to sometimes use no backgrounds at all, strobing the background color in time to the music. This burgeoning sense of psychedelia in SatAm cartoons would reach its height in Hanna- Barbera's 1969 Cattanooga Cats.

This set is excellently presented, with two single sided discs that look like 45 RPM records. The Archie Show ran 17 episodes, unusual since a season generally has 13. Bonuses on the discs include character sheets and a Jukebox to play the song segments as videos. But what's worth the price of the set is the interview with Filmation producer Lou Scheimer.
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61 of 69 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sugar, Sugar: Where Are The Kids? April 25, 2007
Format:DVD
One of the best animated children's shows to ever come out of the 60's. This series, which featured a lot of chase songs, which also showed up in the Scooby-Doo TV series, are what made the series a lot more fun and enjoyable and very comical to watch. The following episodes consist of the first show:

1 The Added Distraction

2 Who Is Afraid of Reggie Wolf?

3 Beauty is Only Fur Deep

4 The Disappearing Act

5 Hot Rod Drag

6 Jughead's Double

7 Anchor's Away

8 Snow Business

9 Jughead Simpson Jones

10 The Computer

11 Groovy Ghosts

12 PFC Hot Dog

13 Dilton's Folly

14 Jughead's Girl

15 Hard Day's Knight

16 Cat Next Door

17 Chimp off the Old Block

18 Reggie's Cousin

19 The Circus

20 The Prize Winner

21 Field Trip

22 The Great Marathon

23 Flying Saucers

24 Way Out Like West

25 Kid's Day

26 Par One

27 Rocket Rock

28 The Old Sea Dog

29 Private Eye Jughead

30 Strike Three

31 The Jones' Farm

32 Veronica's Veil

The series, as reported by TV Shows on DVD, goes on sale in July, before the SanDiego Comic Convention begins and if you're a parent who is careful what your children watch, this is wholesome cartoony entertainment that even parents can get into. The series is set to be released on July 31st and if there's only one DVD boxed set on your list for this year and you are looking for something great to give your family, please make this DVD set one of your favourites ...
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Archies Come To DVD May 25, 2008
By J. Rose
Format:DVD
The Archies make their DVD debut in this 2-DVD set from Genius Products, which brings us all 17 original Archie cartoons from 1968.

Archie has a long history, first coming on the scene in 1941 as a character in PEP COMICS and continuing as one of history's most well-known teenagers (six and a half decades later, Archie is STILL 17 years old). This series, created by Filmation in 1968 as a relief from their superhero franchises (Lou Schemier mentions on an interview in this set that "if it had a cape, we did it"), is almost a straight translation from the source material, literally presenting Archie and crew as an animated comic, with the characters themselves speaking directly to the viewer and introducing their own stories. (This would carry over into both the ARCHIE'S FUNHOUSE and SABRINA THE TEENAGE WITCH series, creating a feeling of involvement in the show for the viewer.)

The series recounts the misadventures of one Archie Andrews (voiced by Dal McKennon), who lives in Riverdale and divides his time between classes at Riverdale High and hanging out with friends at Pop's Chok'lit Shop, the local malt shop and teen diner. His friends include fickle rich-girl Veronica Lodge (Jane Webb), stalwart and level-headed Betty Cooper (Webb again), incorrigible prankster Reggie Mantle (John Erwin) and hamburger fiend Jughead Jones (Howard Morris), plus Jughead's dog Hot Dog (McKennon again), who provides running "thought-commentary" on the various goings-on within the Archies. Most of the stories, which have a definite and possibly deliberate 1940s-50s small-town-life feel, begin innocently enough and escalate into chaos, with a resolution for all parties involved at the end.
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