Saturday Morning Cartoons: 1970s Vol. 2
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Saturday Morning Cartoons: 1970's Volume 2
Re-live your childhood with this collection of 12 cartoons featuring some of the following beloved characters: Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan, Shazzan, Yogi's Gang, Banana Splits and many more!]]>
While the animation style of the episodes collected here somehow manages to be stiffer than in Hanna-Barbera's previous decade of cartoons, the characters featured in Saturday Morning Cartoons: 1970s, Volume 2 have more depth and energy than some of their 1960s slapstick counterparts. In the 1970s more people continued to examine race, gender, and class questions, and Hanna-Barbera explored those issues through some of their cartoons. Disc 1 opens with "Help! It's the Hair Bear Bunch," starring some bears with a wide enough variety of hair that they could have inspired the musical. In "New Adventures of Gilligan" (with Gilligan's new pet monkey Snubby a lame change from the live-action show), Gilligan and his pals gang up against the Howells when they try to build an elitist resort on the castaways' island. "Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan" stars a Chinese family who sleuth almost as well as Scooby-Doo's crew. "Sea Lab 2020" is a science-oriented educational cartoon about an underwater commune. Disc 2 offers some flops, like "Valley of the Dinosaurs," which paved the way for Jurassic Park (though Sid and Marty Krofft did much better with Land of the Lost). And "Grape Ape" features one of the most idiotic cartoon characters out there. But spliced between episodes of the still-classic "Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Show," the bad cartoons can be forgotten. Bugs Bunny and his sometimes-accomplice, sometimes-antagonist duck pal, Daffy, are a wonderfully clever pair. The real highlight in Hanna-Barbera's 1970s dossier, though, is "Shazzan," in which two kids, Chuck and Nancy, discover a magic ring that harnesses a genie. The kids navigate Persian fantasy worlds illustrated with as much mystical imagination as the animated scenes in The Thief of Baghdad. With such variety, and the dynamism Hanna-Barbera achieved with scripts that tapped into then-current social and political issues, a lighthearted "Yogi's Gang" or "Tom and Jerry" episode mixed in here and there doesn't feel too weak. --Trinie DaltonSee all Editorial Reviews
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I do know there was a person who put them up on youtube which was fun to watch I just like to have a clean version of these episodes. Of course The Bugs Bunny Road Runner Hour was a joy to view again. A number of shows from the Banana Splits as well. The New Adventures of Batman w/ voices by Adam West and Burt Ward I relished but again as I said in Vol 1 I could do w/out Batmite. It reminds me of the time when I purchased Aquaman DVD and Tusky the Walrus popped up then it all came back to me. I don't think Tusky is a bad as Batmite. I'm still up in the air of purchasing the complete New Adventures of Batman DVD since that annoying pest is in it. I have to say there were a few cartoons I didn't enjoy then & still not of interest to me. Although I could sit through one episode no problem.
Many of the cartoons in this and the '60s collections were on Cartoon Network perioically during its heyday of airing actual classics and can now occassionally be seen on Boomerang by a much more limited audience, so this collection provides a great trip into the past for these cartoons; some of which have seen DVD releases (Batman), some who have earned DVD releases (Bannana Splits, Shazzan, Sealab 2020, etc.) and some which, quite frankly, might never be heard from again for obvious reasons (Gilligan, HB T&J, etc.)
Again, Warner Brothers gets an A for effort in this compilation. Unfortunately, before some of these 'toons get their individually packaged DVD releases, some clean up must be done. The Gilligan episode is almost watchable save for a very brief clip where the soundtrack is sped up, putting Gilligan on par, verbally, with the Chipmunks (I think he says "YouknowthatnewalarmsystemwebuiltforMr.Howelltokeepouttheundesirables?" but I'm not positive). Later, the "Arabian Knights" and "3 Musketeers" segments of the Bannana Splits Adventure Hour are, regrettably, barely watchable beneath the tracking lines. This is unfortunate as the Bannana Splits have stood the test of time to earn their own DVD if the studios would find suitable production material (these shows are still aired on Boomerang quite often, so I know that, with additional effort, Warners could have found episodes in better condition). Also, Shazaan is missing its classic opening though the closing credits and the between episode bumper are still intact.
Again, this was a worthy second attempt by Warner and I hope to see more in the future. But the quality of the material found fell rather short of the first attempt by Warner.