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Space Kidettes/Young Samson (4 Discs)

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Q: What do pint-sized space travelers and a teenage science buff have in common? A: Loyal dogs, a calling to protect the planet (and beyond) from evil and they shared a half-hour Saturday Morning TV time slot of animated fun! Space Kidettes and Young Samson kicks off with the adventures of Scooter, Jenny, Snoopy and Countdown - the Space Kidettes - and their puppy Pupstar. Operating from their space capsule-turned-clubhouse, they protect the galaxy from the bumbling Captain Skyhook. The second half of the show is devoted to Samson, a teen with a big brain, magical bracelets and a dog Goliath who transforms into a lion when it comes time to thwart the diabolical plans of mad scientists. This action-packed 4-Disc Collection includes All 20 Episodes of our resourceful heroes up against space pirates, molemen, monster asteroids and more!

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  • Actors: Voice: Chris Allen, Lucille Bliss, Don Messick, Janet Waldo, Daws Butler
  • Directors: Alex Lovy, Joseph Barbera, William Hanna
  • Writers: Dalton Sandifer, Eddie Brandt, Tony Benedict, Walter Black
  • Producers: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated:
    NR
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  • Studio: H-B
  • DVD Release Date: April 27, 2011
  • Run Time: 400 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004SD6X7E
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #86,206 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Space Kidettes/Young Samson (4 Discs)" on IMDb

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By David Addis on September 13, 2012
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I recall looking forward to Saturday Morning Cartoons when they were the best. Do You Remember this? Nowadays Saturday Mornings are full of crappy news shows and infomercials! This 4 DVD set is the perfect escape from the meaningless drivel that has detransmuted Saturday morning to a moshpit. The Space Kidettes were paired up with the mighty Samson and Goliath for a half-hour stint on NBC (when they used to be smart until their latest insult on 9/11 of this year). I rememeber Young Samson when I lived in Florida (it was syndicated on WKID channel 51). Even my dad liked it! The Kidettes were always running from Captain Static and his bumbling assistant who gets more socks in the head than a prizefighter, while Young Samson and his dog/lion Goliath puts a whooping on the bad guys! A treasure to be shared with your children and their children to come! (Warner Bros.)
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I figured this was one of the latter day Hanna-Barbera cartoons, and was surprised to see it dated from 1966. But when I saw one episode on one of the HB cartoon collections (I think one of the Saturday Morning Cartoons 1960s sets, which I've reviewed on Amazon), I wanted to see more. Just look at the art on the box, and you'll see how rich the colors are, how good is the character design, how detailed the backgrounds. Space Kidettes stands out as something special. Why?

While some viewers may remember it from the first airing, many more probably caught the show on the USA Cartoon Express, which had a cornucopia of Hanna-Barbera cartoons until Ted Turner bought HB and started Cartoon Network, at which time he pulled them back to his own newly-formed stable, cutting off the richest supply for the USA channel. The decidedly odd pairing of the Space Kidettes with Young Samson is because that's how they were run on Cartoon Express from 1989- 1991.

Someone asked why Space Kidettes ran as part of the Go Go Gophers show in 1968, when the Gophers came through Total Television. I don't know exactly, but Space Kidettes was one of the Hanna-Barbera shows released in syndication, which means that instead of being part of a package like The Huckleberry Hound Show or The Quick Draw McGraw show, which tended to run three separate cartoons over a half hour (one main and two supporting), or a half hour single episode show like the Flintstones or The Jetsons, these brief episodes could be shown on any network that wanted them. At the time there were three networks, NBC, CBS, and ABC. Shows were owned by the ad agency, not the networks. But the networks had local affiliates which could show alternate programing.
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I liked that action packed stories of a young man and his shape changing dog as they travel around the world. Sadly we are not really given information of where he got those bracelets. The usual mix of good sound effects, evocative music and action. What I grew up on.

Very nice transfer.

Now if they would only release "The Fantastic Four" that Hanna-Barbera did in the middle 1960's.
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Nothing like vintage Saturday morning cartoons when they knew how to entertain with the good ones that had action albeit loose sci-fi.....oh well!
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Okay, this one isn't top drawer Hanna Barbera, and alert viewers will notice some pretty clumsy edits bridging over the commercial breaks (who knows when this tampering was done); still, it's an enjoyable collection, and worth a recommendation. More interesting than the actual show, perhaps, is the story of how this mismatched pair of concepts wound up together....

Space Kidettes first aired in 1966 as a separate show; half of the episode content each week was made up of short toons such as Go Go Gophers, from a company called Total TV (best known for Underdog). In 1967, Young Samson replaced the Kidettes in the same time slot, but the short Total toons continued to be half the package. I can remember noticing how odd this arrangement seemed even as a kid, since H-B and Total had very different house styles.

I was never sure about the exact nature of this curious and brief 'partnership' between the two companies, and I haven't come across any research on it; if the ol' Ancient One hadn't seen it himself way back in the day, it would be hard to believe, since you don't see that sort of cooperation in today's ultra-competitive markets.

Anyway, that's how H-B ended up years later with two 15-minute series sitting in its vault, and had little choice but to shoehorn them together for reruns. What a long, strange trip the Sixties were...
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Recieved all my favorite cartoons a definite blast from the past. Purchased the following items: Space kidettes/Young Samson. Moby Dick and Mighty Mightor complete series. Shazzan complete series. Herculoids complete series. All came in excellent package condition. Clear quality picture dvd's. All arrived together on day indicated. Thank you, look forward to future orders.
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Simply the best cartoons ever!
Hopefully all the classics will be available soon too.
Great for kids and parents (great to remember those shows)
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