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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!

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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 Dalton

Special Features

  • The Power of Shazzan: Learn the backstory of the adventures that cross the Arabian Nights with teenage detectives--and set up the template of Scooby-Doo
  • Saturday Morning Wake-Up Calls

Product Details

  • Actors: Shazzan, Bugs Bunny Road Runner Hour, Valley of the Dinosaurs, Tom and Jerry Grape Ape, Banana Splits Adventure Hour
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Color, Full Screen, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
    NR
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  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: October 27, 2009
  • Run Time: 352 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002GNOLY0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,183 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Semi-restored, disclaimer says some elements no longer exist in pristine condition. No restoration attempts were made for The Banana Splits Adventure Hour, that is from an ancient 2" video tape with occasional glitches & break-up. I know the show was quickly cut up into half-hours in the mid '70s, but some film segment elements should still survive. Another Disappointment is the Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Show, it is the short-run Prime Time half-hour version that ran in the summer of 1976 on CBS, not the hour long saturday morning version.

NOTE: Authoring error: if you chose 'Play All' The Living Island cartoon from Shazzan will not play! You must select this individually.

Disc 1
HELP! IT'S THE HAIR BEAR BUNCH (1971): Keep Your Keeper
NEW ADVENTURES OF GILLIGAN (1974): Off Limits
SEA LAB 2020 (1972): Deep Threat
AMAZING CHAN AND THE CHAN CLAN (1972): The Mardi Gras Caper (Episode 12)
SHAZZAN (1967): The Living Island / Master of the Thieves ***watch 'Thieves' first, it has the open titles, then 'Island' second, it has the end credits.***
YOGI'S GANG (1973): Mr. Bigot

Disc 2
BUGS BUNNY/ROAD RUNNER SHOW (1976): For Scent-Imental Reasons/Stop, Look and Hasten, Hare-Way to the Stars/Duck! Rabbit, Duck!
VALLEY OF THE DINOSAURS (1974): Forbidden Fruit
TOM & JERRY/GRAPE APE SHOW (1976): Ep.#1 - No Way Stowaway / That Was No Idol, That Was My Ape / The Ski Bunny / The All American Ape / Stay Awake Or Else
BANANA SPLITS ADVENTURE HOUR (1968): Joning the Knights/The littlest Musketeer/"Danger Island"
INCH HIGH PRIVATE EYE (1973): Diamonds are a Crook's Best Friend
NEW ADVENTURES OF BATMAN AND ROBIN (1977): Sweet Joke on Gotham City

---O.K., few real classics here.
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I just purchased the second volume from the Saturday Morning Cartoons 70's collection. Let me just say that I am quite pleased with this collection. I watched many of these cartoons during the 70's and it brings back many happy memories from childhood. The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Show and the Banana Splits were the primary reasons of my purchase. The bridging sequences including the introduction to both Bugs Bunny/Road Runner and Banana Splits were not restored. However, I can't complain too much. I am unable to get the Cartoon Network Boomerang channel where I live and have been wanting to watch many of these cartoons for such a long time. I hope Warner Brothers continues to release more collections in the near feature. More Bugs Bunny/Road Runner and Banana Splits please! Also, would like to see the New Adventures of Huckleberry Finn with Michael Shea (Huck) and Lu Ann Haslam (Becky Thatcher); really campy but from part of the Banana Splits series. Thanks again Amazon!
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I loved this collection, mostly for its variety. The '70s version of Tom & Jerry provided a counter balance for the MGM shorts and I would, honestly, not recommend it to diehard fans of the original but it provided a nice counter balance in characters just the same.

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.Howelltokeepouttheintruders?" 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).
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If you're old enough to remember what it felt like to wake up on a Saturday morning after a hard week at school, and nothing to do for the rest of the day, getting up late, fixing yourself a heaping bowl of cereal, and snuggling down to enjoy a morning's worth of cartoons, then you've found yourself a treasure trove of nostalgia in this DVD. This, and the other volumes like it, feature carefully selected old school cartoons like the Hair Bear Bunch, Gilligan's Island, Tom & Jerry, Sealab 2020, and a slew of other nostalgic cartoons you just don't find on TV, nowadays. And considering you get a few hours worth of the warm & fuzzies, the price certainly isn't bad, either.
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