Underdog: The Complete Series
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|Genre||Animation/Television, Kids & Family/Animation|
|Format||Multiple Formats, Animated, Box set, Color, Full Screen, NTSC|
|Contributor||W. Watts Biggers, Wally Cox, Norma MacMillan|
|Number Of Discs||9|
When the city is in trouble, humble and lovable Shoeshine Boy turns into his alter ego Underdog to stop a series of villains, including the evil Simon Bar Sinister and Riff Raff. And when TV reporter Sweet Polly Purebred finds herself in danger, no one but Underdog can save the day!
Now you can enjoy the 1960s cartoon canine superhero in this complete collection that includes all three seasons of the classic series. Each of the nine discs features Underdog s greatest adventures along with all of the original shorts from Go Go Gophers, Klondike Kat and Commander McBragg.
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : NR (Not Rated)
- Product Dimensions : 1.9 x 5.4 x 7.7 inches; 1 Pounds
- Item model number : 24203518
- Director : W. Watts Biggers
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, Animated, Box set, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
- Run time : 21 hours
- Release date : February 21, 2012
- Actors : Wally Cox, Norma MacMillan
- Studio : Shout Factory
- ASIN : B005SQRYG4
- Number of discs : 9
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You will enjoy it just as much as an adult because some of the humor is on an adult (clean) level. The picture is 98% good. Some of the intros and outros are not as clear (mostly McBragg) and the sound is good. The extras include an in-depth look at Underdog with some of the key players.
You can watch this with the kids because (with the exception of Shoe Shine needing a phone booth to change) it is not really dated.
Bring back the good times and watch this DVD.
This set *does* give you every episode of Underdog, Go Go Gophers, and Commander McBragg. You also get 14 episodes of Klondike Kat, 12 of Tooter Turtle, and two featuring the Hunter.
And unlike past Underdog/Total TeleVision Productions DVDs that omitted the original theme songs for the supporting cartoons, this set has them intact.
Unfortunately, this is also where this set suffers from a visual standpoint, as many of the opening sequences were mastered from rather low-quality bootleg video tapes as opposed to the original film elements that the producers were not able to include.
Klondike Kat's two different openings are from a video source, as are the Hunter's and two of Commander McBragg's three. (All three of the Commander McBragg's closing sequences, as well as Tooter Turtle's are from nth generation video tapes as well.)
Obviously, having these things in lesser-quality is better than not having them at all. But, there are a few other issues that made me wonder how much effort was actually spent in trying to obtain the best-quality elements.
For example disc three has a bonus collection of original bumpers and the syndicated closing credits sequence (among other things). One of the clips is of the "in weeks to come" promo that fans of the show are sure to remember.
This clip had previously been released on the old "Ultimate Collection" DVD set in pristine quality, yet on this supposedly improved set, the very same promo was mastered from video - in vastly inferior condition to what fans already have.
My question is *why*? Why the downgrade in quality? I would have thought this set would have been an upgrade over the "Ultimate Collection" in every way. (The Ultimate Collection also has content that is not available on this set at all - like a network Thanksgiving Day promo.)
As for the main video content, the episodes appear to have been compressed too much as artifacts are quite common. Fine lines and small details are often obliterated in shots that have lots of quick action. (Especially noticeable during the Go Go Gopher cartoons.)
The "Complete Collection" does restore most of the title cards and episode recaps that had been omitted from the past DVD collections, but not all of them. "The Phoney Booths" and "Batty Man" still do not have their original title screens/recaps. Eight episodes of Go Go Gophers are missing their original title screens as well. (A few random cartoons even have newly-created, non-original title screens, but just a handful.)
As I was going through the discs, I also noticed many titles were misspelled on the cases, and one entire episode ("Whistler's Father") was completely misidentified (the packaging identifies it as "Guerilla Warfare"). Again, this is minor in itself, but it did make me wonder what kind of quality control was going on when this set was assembled.
Another oversight was made in regards to one of the Hunter cartoons.
The set was supposed to include something called "Statue of Liberty Play", but a disclaimer pops up at its spot on the disc saying that after the packaging had been printed it was discovered the audio for this cartoon could not be located and that a film called "Hula Hoop Havoc" was being substituted. (All well and good, but even the disclaimer misspelled that title too (as "Hula Hoop Havok").)
Granted, much of this review is quite nitpicky. These are just the small details that Amazon's blurbs tend to overlook, but details that many animation fans care about.
All in all, this is not a bad Underdog collection, and it's probably the most thorough one we're going to get at this stage.
However, I too, am disappointed with the poor quality of some of the footage. The Commander Mcbragg openings and closings in particular. Very poor and shotty video quality indeed and it really detracts from the overall presentation of an episode.
Additionally, I've now watched about 10-12 episodes, and I'm somewhat upset by the formulaic presentation of that material. We are typically only provided with one Underdog theme sequence (the Giant one), when I know there's at least 3 (Simon Bar Sinister and Rift Raft ones). I don't understand why they couldn't pepper in different ones for different episodes or rotate them around to add variety to the presentation of the material. Then again..they could have done this...I don't think I've watched a Simon Bar Sinister or Rift Raft episode yet...so maybe these episodes are given these villain openings specifically, and the giant one is saved for all the rest. Still though, even if that's the case, I would have rather seen it presented differently.
Also, I'm somewhat upset that they left out the "Tune in next week for the next Underdog show" bumper at the end of the episodes as well. It may be just a little thing but it was a part of the Underdog I grew up with so I would have liked to have seen it included.
Finally, I don't agree with other posters about the exclusion of Tennessee Tuxedo from these episodes. Maybe that was done intentionally to cash in on the separate DVD set of those episodes, but again, for me, Underdog and Tennessee Tuxedo were a package deal growing up. Just like Go Go Gophers, you really couldn't break these shows apart and still have the same program.
I would have liked to see one super massive DVD set with everything, instead of two separate box sets.
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Reviewed in Australia 🇦🇺 on July 26, 2019
ウィキペディアでは日本におけるon the airは1968～69年となってるけど