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Hiya Kids! A 50's Saturday Morning Box

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Some dreamed of a chance to be in the Peanut Gallery of Howdy Doody. Some begged their parents for a dog just like Lassie. Many wore cowboy hats to watch The Roy Rogers Show. In the 1950s, television was new and thrilling. Looking back, these shows had a significant impact on the children of the first television generation and helped to shape the medium as it increasingly became a part of our culture. Hiya Kids!! A '50s Saturday Morning is a collection of the best kids' shows from the infancy of the genre. 4-DVD Box Set including 21 classic shows: Kukla, Fran And Ollie, Howdy Doody, Flash Gordon, Lassie, Annie Oakley, Ding Dong School, Time For Beany, The Paul Winchell Show, The Roy Rogers Show, Captain Z-RO, The Rootie Kazootie Club, Winky Dink And You, Super Circus, Andy s Gang, The Cisco Kid, Sky King, The Magic Clown, Kids And Company, Juvenile Jury, The Pinky Lee Show & Sheena, Queen Of The Jungle.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Hiya Kids
  • Directors: Hi Ya Kids
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Shout! Factory
  • DVD Release Date: May 6, 2008
  • Run Time: 570 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00153ZS30
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,076 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By calvinnme HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on March 20, 2008
The Shout Factory, maker of this DVD set, has been the author of quite a few offbeat DVD and CD collections lately, often in partnership with PBS. This time Shout Factory has compiled a collection of typical Saturday morning shows from the 1950's. The set mimics what TV of that era did and starts out with the simplest shows for the smallest kids, then progresses to shows for older kids, assuming that the older kids get up later on Saturday. The following is the press release about the contents of the set:

DISC 1:

Episode from Kukla, Fran And Ollie 1948 - 1957
Kukla, Fran And Ollie debuted as a local Chicago show entitled Junior Jamboree and was renamed in 1948 when the installation of a coaxial cable linking the East Coast to the Midwest expanded its broadcast range. Established radio star Fran Allison played herself on the show as the perfect counterbalance to the antics of the puppets, and her uncanny ability to ad-lib allowed the show to run completely unscripted and unrehearsed.

Kukla, Fran And Ollie featured the creations of Burr Tillstrom, considered one of the greats in puppet history. He voiced and performed all of the puppet characters on the show and is credited with creating the puppeteering technique of watching the action on a small monitor while performing the characters, a practice still in use today.

Episode from Howdy Doody 1947 - 1960
Howdy Doody evolved from The Triple B Ranch, a radio program that featured the voice of "Buffalo" Bob Smith as himself and a character named Elmer who opened the show by saying "Howdy Doody.
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I think it is commendable that Shout Factory puts out DVD box sets of obscure old shows that don't have a studio home. But if they're going to do "rare," they should go all the way with it. Case in point: the Kukla, Fran and Ollie show included with this set has been around and available for many years from other companies. It isn't even the best of the black and white shows available. I can understand the company wanted to use the earliest KFO available (this one is from early 1949), but another, available episode from Feb. 1953 is much more entertaining and shows off the talents of Burr Tillstrom and Fran Allison much better than the one included in this set.
I also had a problem with the information that the box "mimics what TV of that era did and starts out with the simplest shows for the smallest kids, then progresses to shows for older kids." Kukla, Fran and Ollie was a "prime time" show for much of its run, appearing 5 days a week at 7 pm eastern. It's contemporary Howdy Doody ran in the afternoon. Yet Shout Factory includes it first on Disc 1 as a show for young children, followed by Howdy Doody. Kids enjoyed the puppetry of KFO, but it also included among its fans people like Tallulah Bankhead, Adlai Stevenson and Lillian Gish. None of whom could be called a child. One only has to look at the show itself to see that it has a much more sophisticated premise than other "kid" shows like Howdy or Rootie Kazootie. How many children (or adults, for that matter) in the 20th or 21st century could tell you what "high brow" or "low brow" meant (hint: it has nothing to do with hairstyle or plastic surgery!)? Yet the background of this episode of this "kid show" is Kukla and Fran trying to figure out the meaning of a Life magazine article on cultural classifications.
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If your a baby boomer this is the DVD for you it features 21 great children's shows from the Golden Age of television. The funny thing was I remembered the exact episodes of shows I had long since forgotten. I bought another DVD at the times called Andys Gang but don't buy that it is only one show and that show is already on Hey Kids. Hey Kids is a wonderful journey back to when the world was much more simple and a lot more fun.
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We didn't have a lot of money when I was a kid, so we didn't have a TV at all for quite a while. When we finally did get one, I'd get up before dawn on Saturdays, and sit in front of the box wrapped in a blanket, staring at the Indian on the test pattern until the programming began.

This is a fairly good selection of that programming. The quality is perfectly watchable, and my only regret if they they didn't produce a whole series of .these .
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i love old tv. i was telling my 13 year old nephew of Roy Rogers, Paul Winchell and others. with this DVD, i can share these old shows with him.

In this collection , there are episodes are included from such shows as
Kukla, Fran & Ollie..Howdy Doody..Lassie..Annie Oakley..Flash Gordon..
Ding Dong School..Time For Beany (Puppet version of the cartoon Beany and Cecil)..The Paul Winchell Show..The Roy Rogers Show (with Dale Evens too)..Captain Z-RO..The Rootie Kazootie Club..Winky Dink & You..Super Circus..Andy's (Andy Devine) Gang..The Cisco Kid..Sky King..The Magic Clown..Kids & Company..Juvenile Jury...The Pinky Lee Show..Sheena, Queen of the Jungle.(Other critics have given details on the episodes) This saturday morning fare that i used to love. Why cant they do that these days..or at least rerun them.

Remember these shows were from the late 1950's -early 1960's, they are remastered the best they could be.

So is it worth it, GAWD YES!!!!!!It is great old tv which is good stuff to watch

Bennet Pomerantz AUDIOWORLD
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