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The Milton The Monster Show - The Complete Series

4.4 out of 5 stars 29 customer reviews

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In a secret laboratory on top of Old Horror Hill, Professor Weirdo and Count Kook created the most loveable creature known to mankind, Milton the Monster, using only the finest of ingredients: Essence of Terror, Sinister Sauce, and of course a full Tincture of Tenderness!

During the 1965-1966 season, Saturday morning audiences young and old tuned into ABC to watch Hal Seeger s new frighteningly funny creation and his misfit family of ghouls. In addition, the series also included cartoons featuring equally unforgettable characters Stuffy Durma, Flukey Luke, Penny the Penguin, and the most memorable of all, Fearless Fly.

Seeger s distinctive animation style, clever writing and a terrific voice cast make all 26 episodes of The Milton The Monster Show a pop culture treasure for the ages.

Bonus Features:

* Hal Seeger Home Movies: Milton & Fearless Fly At The N.Y.C. Toy Fair

* Sheriff For A Day A Live-Action Short Starring Flukey Luke

* Test Footage For The Live-Action Short Sheriff For A Day

* Bonus Cartoon: Wilbur The Wanted

One of the least heralded but most enjoyable series that arose during the TV monster boom of the mid-'60s (which included The Addams Family and The Munsters), The Milton the Monster Show was the brainchild of Hal Seeger, a former Fleischer Studios animator and comic book illustrator who also created the Batfink cartoon. The program, which ran on Saturday mornings from 1965-66, offered a rotating series of short cartoons, with the adventures of mild-mannered, Frankenstein-like creature Milton and his friends serving as the hub of the show. The other segments concerned "Fearless Fly," a costumed superhero adventure about a mild-mannered pest and his mighty alter-ego; "Flukey Luke," a timid cowpoke who ran a detective agency; "Stuffy Durma," a hobo who refuses to give up his wandering ways, despite having inherited a fortune; "Muggy Doo," a fast-talking fox (who, like Stuffy, first saw life in Seeger's comics); and "Penny Penguin," a cute girl penguin with abominable manners. What set Milton apart from most of the kid-TV fare of the period was the quality of the production; scripts were clever, the animation bright and expressive, and the voice talent (which included veterans Bob McFadden, Dayton Allen, and Seeger's own spouse, Beverly Arnold) top-notch. And if some of the premises seem dated by today's standards ("Muggy Doo" and "Penny Penguin," in particular, have not aged well), new viewers should still be able to appreciate the gusto with which the stories are delivered. Shout! Factory's four-disc set includes Milton's entire network run, as well as some terrific archival supplements that should delight longtime fans. The never-aired segment "Wilbur the Wanted" (a sort of Fugitive for kids, with a falsely accused dog in pursuit of a scurrilous rabbit) is chief among the extras, as is an unusual live-action version of "Flukey Luke" shot by Seeger that utilized actors in oversized costumes a la Sid and Marty Krofft. Test footage for the live-action "Luke" is also included, as is a short, silent bit of footage featuring actors in Milton and Fearless Fly costume accompanying Seeger himself to the 1965 Toy Fair in New York. The sight of the life-size Milton waving to downtown crowds from the wagon of a horse-drawn hearse as it makes its way through the Big Apple streets should be, for many, worth the price of the set alone. -- Paul Gaita

Special Features

  • Hal Seeger home movies - Milton & Fearless Fly at the NYC Toy Fair
  • Sheriff For A Day - A live action short
  • Test footage
  • Bonus cartoon - Wilbur the Wanted
  • All 26 episodes from the 1965-66 season

Product Details

  • Actors: Bob McFadden, Dayton Allen, Larry Best, Herb Duncan, Beverly Arnold
  • Directors: Hal Seeger
  • Format: Animated, Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Shout! Factory
  • DVD Release Date: March 20, 2007
  • Run Time: 570 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
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  • ASIN: B000M8N41M
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #148,215 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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By Michael C. Walters on April 7, 2007
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I hadn't seen this show since it's original '65 release when I was about 5 or 6 years old. I ordered it more out of nostalgia than anything else, but was pleasently surprised to find the MILTON episodes remarkably entertaining, amusing, and having plenty of appeal for an adult viewer. I think many of the jokes, puns and situations would most likely be over the head of a 6 year old. Also, in this era of Political Correctness, with so many self-proclaimed child advocacy groups, Hell-Bent on protect ing children from life, reality, and FUN... it was GREAT to see/hear so many casual jokes about death, dismemberment, and threats of violence. I actually found myself laughing out loud at some of these comments. Ah, the Good Old

Days, of Saturday Morning Cartoons!

Perhaps I JUST have an afinity for monsters, but I found the MILTON cartoons to be far and away the best segment of the MTMS collection.

It was interesting to see vintage'60s TV animation where the cells were still hand inked and NOT transfered to cells with a Xerox process, which shortly would become the norm for TV animation. I was also pleased to see just how much original ANIMATION was done for each episode. Limited TV-style Animation, of course, but compared to what the MASTERS of LIMITED ANIMATION at FILMATION would be passing off in the coming years, MILTON looks more like theatrical cartoon quality in comparison. In addition, I found the background art, if at times, somewhat simplistic, to be very well executed and stylish. The shows are beautifully restored and of excellent visual quality.

Unfortunatly, on the downside most of the OTHER segements that were part of the MTMS, Fearless Fly, Stuffy Durma, Muggy Doo, Flukey Luke, Penny Penguin, etc. were much more formulaic and derivitive.
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This cartoon series, produced by Hal Seeger Productions for ABC-TV, was a childhood classic for those who grew up in the 1960's. Although only 26 episodes were produced, ABC ran the show for three years on its Saturday and Sunday morning lineups. The animation (by some of Seeger's Fleischer Studios cohorts) is pedestrian, but the voice work and stories help put this series over. Some of the other characters are retreads of some of the characters Seeger created for his Stanhall Comics imprint in the 1950's, but re-realized as other species (Muggy-Doo, Boy Cat becomes a fox; the pig Stuffy Derma becomes a human). I'm pleased that Shout! Factory is getting this released, but I'm a little sad that they couldn't do it while Hal Seeger (who died in 1995) was still around to enjoy it. And I give this a very high recommendation because of its fun factor. Now, Shout! Factory, how about "Batfink" for your next project?
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Simplistic stories, best viewed by kids, but if you watched it when you were one, you can't help but order this anymore than I did. Produced by Hal Seeger a year before his popular Batfink (which is also well worth preordering), this show has three segments: Fearless Fly (a super hero satire, not unlike Atom Ant), Milton the Monster (a satire of Frankenstein etc), and a rotating middle segment of short lived characters like Flukey Luke, which is replaced in later episodes by a second Milton Story.

Watch three or four a day and relive your childhood in stages. I still am.

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Hal Seeger Productions has always been the odd man out. Since this show didn't come through a major production company known for other cartoons, it's been very late making it to DVD. A favorite when it ran on ABC Saturday Mornings in 1965, this show has a great theme, good character design, and in veteran Shamus Culhane, an excellent director. The show also didn't take itself too seriously. "Now for a tincture of tenderness," says Professor Weirdo in the show's opening theme, "but I must use only a drop." "Oops, too much!" he exclaims, and instead of turning out scary, Milton, based on Gomer Pyle, USMC, turns out friendly.
Fearless Fly is an imaginative supporting feature in which timid Hiram, putting on his special glasses, becomes a superhero crime- fighter. The other supporting feature rotated between Muggy-Doo, Boy Fox; Stuffy Durma, a millionaire who longs to return to his hobo lifestyle; Penny Penguin; and cowboy Flukey Luke, with his Irish-Indian assistant. Eventually this third segment was replaced by a second Milton cartoon.
By the mid '60s, there had been a handful of truly amazing, unique cartoon shows, from Rocky and Bullwinkle to Beany and Cecil and Underdog, not to mention Hanna-Barbera's numerous hits, including Huckleberry Hound, Quick Draw McGraw, and Magilla Gorilla. But throw your mind back to 1965, and you'll see why audiences were riveted on Milton. The Addams Family and The Munsters were already making a sort of light-hearted gallows humor the biggest hit of the day; "limited" TV animation had managed to captivate kids with unforgettable characters and imaginative scripts. But the writing on Milton, and the one-liners, especially on "Fearless Fly" take it to a whole new level.
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