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Roger Ramjet - Hero of Our Nation (Deluxe Collector's Edition)

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Editorial Reviews

For the first time ever, 120 of the greatest Roger Ramjet cartoons ever are collected on DVD. It's all here: Roger Ramjet and His American Eagle Squad - Yank, Doodle, Dan, and Dee -- taking orders from the Pentagon's General Brassbottom and fighting the unpatriotic Noodles Romanoff and the National Association of Spies, Traitors, and Yahoos (N.A.S.T.Y.). Combining the straight-faced patriotism of 1920s radio serials with the political commentary that came with the escalation of the Vietnam War, Roger Ramjet brought television cartoons to a new level. "Come back after the commercial," Roger warns in perfect deadpan, "or I'll make sure all you little kids are drafted." Simultaneously subtle, subversive, and good natured, Roger Ramjet is a lost classic of American satire.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Roger Ramjet
  • Format: Box set, Collector's Edition, Color, NTSC, Original recording remastered, Special Edition
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Classic Media
  • DVD Release Date: May 3, 2016
  • Run Time: 600 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
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  • ASIN: B0006TPEAQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #128,965 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Jonathan Cohen on April 29, 2005
"Roger Ramjet" just might have been the quirkiest cartoon of the '60s. A homegrown Hollywood product, created and executed by UPA artist Fred Crippen and a gaggle of top L.A. comedy writers and radio pros, this is truly a 'toon like no other. Where else could you find the simplest sort of animation, an old-time radio feel, soap-opera organ music, and some clever MAD magazine-level scripts? Roger, that "All-American Good Guy and Devil-May-Care Flying Fool", is a scatterbrained superhero who's put into all kinds of places: period movie/TV landmarks (the Blunderosa Ranch), outer-space places (a space ship that steals beauty queens), a tennis match against a kangaroo ("Pancho Pouch")...you get the idea. I know I'd have loved this back in the day, but I don't believe it even aired here in New England.

It's never too late to discover a lost cartoon, however, and "Roger Ramjet"- whose likably-crude animation, cleaned up nicely here, made the work of Hanna-Barbera and Jay Ward look like Looney Tunes technicolor (check out the misspelled dialogue cards!)- is very enjoyable primarily due to the writing, all of which was done by a prolific comedy writer and L.A. kiddie-show host named Gene Moss, and one of the best groups of voice talent I've ever heard in the medium. First among them, of course, is one of my lifelong idols, the incomparable Gary Owens. In the mid-'60s, Gary was just making his name as a very witty drive-time deejay on local radio. His million-dollar voice and patented delivery of silly sayings with same really makes it.
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I've been anxiously awaiting this title for months - having already purchased the 2 individual DVD's of RR that have been out for a few years. I honestly thought this would be the be all to end all for our Devil-may-care-flying-fool. What we do get is 120 episodes when there are a total of 156 5 minute shorts produced. Having a little bonus foam glider in the package is nice, but why not give us 4 discs and ALL the episodes. This set does have nice packaging-and a quick glance through the episides-they seem to be cleaned up reasonably well-though certainly not to the same quality as the Warner Bros or Hanna Barbera sets.

Still a must have for any Roger fan, but I really wish when companies think to do a package of this sort that they'd go all the way with it and give us a complete set.
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So from what I've been able to figure out of the 156 Roger Ramjet cartoons, 120 are featured on this set, 30 of them are on the Image collection of 2 DVDs and the remaining 6 are either lost or too damaged to put out. Judging from the quality of some of these shorts, i buy that story. This is not to be confused with the restoration job done on the Looney Tunes.

I really get a kick out of these cartoons. Gary Owens has the perfect voice for the pill popping Patriot. And I enjoy seeing the various ways they cut corners to make the limited animation work.

The only bad thing is that unlike Image, the Wonder folks didn't come up with a way to play all without the theme song. So we're talking 240 plays of the Roger Ramjet theme in a complete viewing. Kinda frightening to think I have 150 of these adventures on my shelf.
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I'm delighted to see this extremely funny show from the mid-60s back in circulation again. It's very much in the vein of the Jay Ward shows (topical references, limited [not to say sloppy] animation, mock-dramatic voice work), but I happen to think that it's even better than most of those. The fact that each cartoon is a self-contained entity imposed a certain amount of discipline on the creators, and they responded by packing as many gags as possible into each and every square inch of footage. Roger's constant use of the Proton Energy Pill to augment his physical abilities (while, it must be admitted, not improving his limited mental processes one iota) is, of course, the reason this show fell out of favor with syndicators and children's show producers not long after it was originally released in 1965, but to condemn the show for somehow promoting drug use is to preach the same sermon that has rendered so many modern "children's TV spokespeople" ridiculous. You might as well condemn The Powerpuff Girls for encouraging kids to search for a "Chemical X" that will turn them into preschool superheroes. Parents could always explain to their kids that it's just a cartoon (and, for good measure, keep the pills in the medicine cabinet out of children's reach). The pill-taking and villain-bopping was always the least interesting thing about the show, anyway (well, that and the relentlessly chipper theme song). I'd rather dwell on the droll use of Yiddish phrases, the frequent references to old-time TV and radio series, and the heroically silly figure of Roger himself.

The packaging is cute and amusing, but the set has absolutely no behind-the-scenes material or commentaries, and mine was unaccountably missing the promised "Official Log Book" and "Roger Ramjet foam glider" (personally, I hold Noodles Romanoff and his band of No-Goods responsible). Also, be aware that the set does not contain all the episodes. You may have to obtain the missing eps from other sources.
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