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Hong Kong Phooey - The Complete Series
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Hong Kong Phooey to the rescue! Just who is "America's secret weapon against crime?" As his catchy theme song sets out, he's a "number one super guy, quicker than the human eye!" Disguised as a mild-mannered police station janitor, Penrod transforms himself into the powerful pooch that the girls love to smooch by leaping into his filing cabinet and emerging as Hong Kong Phooey. Collecting most of his criminal tips from Rosemary, the miniskirted New York dispatcher, he leaps into danger – with his Phooeymobile and Kung Phoo dumb luck – to dog, collar and let loose his famous Hong Kong Phooey karate chops on unsuspecting crooks everywhere.]]>
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Now don't get confused with the claim of 31 episodes. There were only 16 half hour long episodes. Each "episode" listed below was half the show except for the final "Cowboy" adventure that was the full 30 minutes. It'll be great to have the complete collection on the shelf in time for the 32 anniversary of Hong Kong Phooey.
The episodes will be presented in Full Frame (1.33:1) video, with an English mono audio track (with subtitles in English, French and Spanish). Here's a look at the episodes:
Iron, Head, The Robot
Cotton Picki' Pocket Picker
Grandma Goody (Cat Burglar)
The Penthouse Burglaries
Batty Bank Mob
The Voltage Villian
The Gumdrop Kid
Professor Presto (The Malevolent Magician)
TV or Not TV
Stop Horsing Around
Mirror, Mirror on the Wall
Great Movie Mystery
Hong Kong Phooey vs. Hong Kong Phooey
The Abominable Snowman
From Bad to Verse (Roten Rhymer)
Kong and the Counterfeiters
The Great Choo Choo Robbery
Patty Cake, Patty Cake, Bakery Man
The Little Crook Who Wasn't There
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HKP was one of the last of the cartoon duo's classics.
First of all, the show was quite imaginative. A Kung Fu fighting dog janitor named Penrod Pooch in a police station who yearns to be a super hero, and his cat friend and sidekick who willingly puts up with his foolishness and resues him every time. Our man (OOPS! I mean dog) frequently refers to his "Hong Kong Book of Kung Fu" filled with bad advice that never works. If that's not creativity, tell me what is?
Secondly, brilliant voice talent. The great Scatman Crothers (who we kids of the time also knew as Louie the Garbage Man from Chico & the Man) was unbeatable as the title character. Joe E. Ross as the police sergeant and Rosemary the "Cuty whose always on the duty" added lively spark to the series.
Finally, it's just plain FUNNY! The humor is character based as opposed to bad puns. The sissy cowboy in the next to the last episode scolds his wild outlaw brothers for "messing up my crescent rolls."
Oh what a HOOT! Trust me, you and your kids will really enjoy this and this is one of those childhood pleasures that will not disappoint your memories when seeing it as an adult.
Voiced by the venerable Scatman Crothers (whose enjoyment of this character shines through in every performance), Hong Kong Phooey was the alter-ego of mild-mannered janitor Penrod "Penry" Pooch, who worked at the local police station with the loud-mouthed, stress-riddled Sergeant Flint (Joe E. Ross, another great character voice) and gorgeous, chatty telephone operator Rosemary (Kathy Gori). When evil threatened, Penry sneaked away to a back room where he leaped into a file cabinet (and repeatedly got stuck) to become the champion crimefighter Hong Kong Phooey. Armed with his loyal but long-suffering cat Spot (who was striped, and thought HKP was a dolt), his trusty but ultimately non-useful Hong Kong Book Of Kung Fu, and his transforming Phooeymobile, Phooey waged a courageous if bumbling one-man war on crime.
This was one of HB's strongest mid-Seventies shows, with an unforgettable theme song (that even included a scat part, courtesy of Crothers) and a wonderful, hilarious title character whose obliviousness to his own ineptitude and complete dumb luck made for some great cartoon television. Part of Phooey's likability is due to the talented Crothers' characterization; his warm voice and good-natured delivery create a character who is sympathetic even at his most egotistical or boneheaded.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Another cartoon favorite brought back to life in this set as the entire series comes to colorful dvd. Read morePublished 20 days ago by T
I loved the series as a kid. The episodes are all here, what few there are. I rewatch it occasionally.Published 2 months ago by Scott Bowyer
Sweet! I love the show and now i have them all plus some cool extras on the second disc.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer