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Saturday Morning Cartoons: 1960s Vol. 1 by Various Directors
Review by Charles Mohapel
Warner Home Video DVD  ISBN/ITEM#: B001QU880M
Date: 27 June 2009 List Price $26.98 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Wikipedia - Marine Boy / Show Official Info /

When I saw the cover art for Saturday Morning Cartoons: 1960s Vol. 1, I just knew that I had to request a copy for review purposes since it includes many of my favorite cartoons from when I was a kid.

Saturday Morning Cartoons: 1960s Vol. 1

"Portions of Original Film Elements from Certain Programs contained herein no longer survive in Pristine Condition. As a result, archival elements of varying quality have been carefully assembled to provide you with as close an approximation of the original presentation as possible."

Unlike some other animated collections I have watched and reviewed, Warner Brothers treats the viewer with a modicum of respect by clearly displaying the above advisory. If only other companies would follow suit, I and other viewers would be less frustrated by knowing this fact in advance.

Disc 1:
Promo for the Real Adventures of Jonny Quest (Season 1, Vol. 1 on DVD) 13 episodes (1:00)
Promo for the animated Green Lantern: First Flight on Blu-ray and DVD, due out July 28, 2009 (3:00)

The Tycoon from "Top Cat" (23:59)
A typical episode of "Top Cat" and still funny more than 40 years after it first aired.

Up & Atom from "Atom Ant" (7:17) / Precious Jewels from "Precious Pup"(6:31) / Woodpecked with "Hillbilly Bears" (7:16)
I always had a soft spot for the little guy and Up & Atom from "Atom Ant" was absolutely hilarious. Precious Jewels with "Precious Pup" had me snickering and laughing from start to finish. In Woodpecked, the "Hillbilly Bears" are no match for a family of woodpeckers.

Fe Fi Fo Fun (7:17) / All Riot on the Northern Front (6:45) / The Volunteers (8:03) from "The Peter Potamus Show with Breezy & Sneezly and Yippee, Yappee, Yahooey"
While I never watched this show as a kid, these 3 cartoons provided me with varying amounts of pleasure. Fe Fi Fo Fun was okay, but not hilarious by a long shot. All Riot on the Northern Front was funny and The Volunteers had me roaring with laughter.

Sub Swiper from "Secret Squirrel" (7:13) / Way Out Squiddly from "Squiddly Diddly" (6:27) / Prince of a Pup from "Winsome Witch" (7:13)
Sub Swiper was good silly fun from "Secret Squirrel", another past fave of mine. Way Out Squiddly from "Squiddly Diddly" was absolutely hilarious in its treatment of less than friendly visiting aliens. Prince of a Pup from "Winsome Witch" was only so-so.

the Happy Household from "The Flintstones" (26:04) was Classic Flintstones and I watched it several times in a short time.

Often An Orphan (8:14) / Mice Follies (5:49) / The Super Snooper (8:09) from "The Porky Pig Show"
Often An Orphan was funny, Mice Follies was absolutely hilarious since it portrayed Jackie Gleason and Art Carney from "The Honeymooners" as a pair of mice, and The Super Snooper was boring.

Dynamite Fright (7:49) / Outer Space Case (7:16) / Growing Growing Gone (7:43) from "The Quick Draw McGraw Show with Snooper & Blabber and Augie Doggie"
Dynamite Fright was classic Quick Draw McGraw and the guest appearances by Sniffles and his sons was great too. Outer Space Case was okay, but Growing Growing Gone was boring.

Disc 2:
Promo for the "Charlie Brown, Peanuts 1960s Collection". This 2 DVD set includes 6 "Charlie Brown" specials, including 2 rare specials new to DVD. Included are "He's Your Dog, Charlie Brown", "It Was A Short Summer, Charlie Brown", "A Charlie Brown Christmas", and "It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown".

Rosey the Robot (25:41) from "The Jetsons" was yet another absolutely hilarious classic.

Battle To Save The World (24:34) with "Marine Boy" is early Japanese anime that is completely unfamiliar to me. When hearing Bach's "BWV 538 Toccata and Fugue in D minor ("Dorian")" is the most memorable part of the cartoon, you just know I was unimpressed with this episode. According to Wikipedia "Marine Boy" was one of the first anime cartoons to be shown in a dubbed form in the U.S. (1960s), and later in Australia and the United Kingdom. It was produced in Japan as Undersea Boy Marine, Kaitei Shōnen Marin) from 1966 to 1967 by Minoru Adachi through K Fujita Associates Inc.

The Heat Thing (7:15) / The Worm People (6:51) / Zorak (7:00) from "Space Ghost and Dino Boy"
As a kid I was a BIG Space Ghost fan, but quite obviously Dino Boy was as remarkably unmemorable then as it is now. And I never got into the whole "Space Ghost Coast to Coast" animated spoof talk show. The Heat Thing and Zorak are two classic Space Ghost cartoons, while The Worm People with Dino Boy still underwhelms me now.

The Beaked People (10:37) / The Raiders (10:25) from "The Herculoids"
While I had never watched "The Herculoids" previously, both of these epsiodes were loads of fun.

The Bubbler (7:11) / The Shocking Electric Monster (6:19) / The Spinner (6:50) from "Frankenstein Jr. and The Impossibles"
I vaguely remember Frankenstein Jr., but not The Impossibles, yet this time around it was The Impossibles who struck gold with The Bubbler and The Spinner. Musically and stylistically, they reminded me of The Monkees, starring Americans Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith, Peter Tork, and Englishman Davy Jones.

Gridiron Gorilla (with Magilla Gorilla), Small Change (with Punkin' Puss and Mushmouse), Atchison Topeka & Sam Jose (with Ricochet Rabbit and Droop-a-long) from "The Magilla Gorilla Show with Punkin' Puss and Ricochet Rabbit" (Total of 22:41)
While Gridiron Gorilla and Small Change are both loads of fun, it's Atchison Topeka & Sam Jose that steals the show.

Whether you're like me and watched many of these cartoons as a child, or you've seen them in repeats, this is a must have collection for lovers of old cartoons from the 1960s.

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