Jackson 5ive Complete Series [Blu-ray]
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As for the content of the show, nostalgia and animation quality aside, its not as bad as some say. "It All Started With" (which had the dubious historical disctinction of airing Sept. 11, 1971, during the Attica riots and 30 years to the day before....) is the legendary PR tale that was widely believed at the time of Diana Ross discovering the J5. This is actually quite comical as the J5 con their way into the studio and the Berry Gordy caricature is amusing. "Cinderjackson" has Mike desiring to go out on a date with a "princess of pop" that eerily presages Whitney Houston (the afro-wearing "hairy godfather"-NOW HOOOOLD IT! is his catchprhase-is hilarious). "The Wizard of Soul" has the J5 in the land of Oz, which also predicts "The Wiz" by some seven years! "Groovatron," a funky soul-dancing robot, appeared some three years before the J5's "Dancing Machine" and the popular "robot" dance! "Rasho Jackson," as noted on another website, predicts the events that led to the actual breakup of the J5 a few decades later! The writers of this show were far more on the ball than anyone realized at the time.
One fascinating episode, "Ray & Charles Superstars" features the J5's pet mice Ray & Charles (clever, eh?Read more ›
I'm happy to say that this 2-DVD set is every bit as good as I remember. The colors are bold and the sound crystal clear. It's actually better than when it appeared on TV because of the improved sound and picture capability of today's technology. Add in the bonus of no TV commercials and you've got a perfect trip down memory lane. All 46 of the remastered songs sound great!
Yes, the story lines are sappy, but they were a product of their times and I like them much better than the TV shows full of sexuality and bad language targeted towards our kids today.
This collection will probably appeal most to children of the 70s or fans of the Jackson 5 and their music, but I'm happy that the old shows have been re-released on DVD format.
The remastered songs and the film have definitely improved the series, but there's still that old laugh track that gives in that nostalgic, retro feel. I played the series on an old surround sound DVD player and the sound was awesome. Not quite like the old stereo sound, but the series is now ready for yet another generation to enjoy. The packaging is quite appealing, especially the discs which resemble 45 rpm records, which most of the songs ended up on in collections. Somehow the bright rainbow colors bring back the over-the-top vibrant feel the Jackson Five used to bring out in people.
If you're anxious to revisit the fictionalized lives of Titom Marlon, Jermaine, Jackie, and Michael Jackson along with a host of other "guest" stars, here are the episodes along with the songs included with each one:
"It All Started With ..."
* Goin' Back to Indiana
"Pinestock, U.S.Read more ›
Most of the plots are timeless. The boys are confronted with a problem or a villain and figure out a way to solve the problem or defeat the nemesis. In each episode two songs are integrated into the plot seamlessly and impressively. The style of the animation at times reminds me of Rocky and Bullwinkle with amplified color or the Beatles' Rubber Submarine movie. Many of the themes are still topical today like destruction of trees and natural environments and kindness to animals.
The 70s styles and expressions were nostalgic for me as were the songs and the language. It's been many a year since I've heard phrases like: I'm hip, Let's slide, Right on, Can you dig it, Cool cats, Funky, Swinging, and Ready to jive. It was also amusing to see one of the characters playing music on a reel to reel tape player. I think even young viewers will get a kick our of the language and the ever present bell bottoms, tie dyed shirts, and puffy Afro hairstyles.
This Potato Head thinks that the Jackson Five Animated Series can be enjoyed by a whole new generation of viewers who haven't heard the music of the Jackson Five and who haven't seen the psychedelic animation style of the 70s. And the music? It's just as enjoyable now as it was in the 70s.
Note - I don't recommend watching an entire DVD's episodes in one sitting back to back to back to back etc. like I did. Each episode begins with the A-B-C theme song that, as much as I like it, eventually grows tiresome with so much repetition.
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I grew up on watching these cartoons so when I saw this listed on Amazon my son was interested in watching this and fell head over hills because he only recently got into listening... Read morePublished 7 days ago by Amazon Customer
I have always loved this show. Now I am sharing it with my child and introducing a new generation to The Jacksons.Published 3 months ago by M Scott