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Saturday Morning Cartoons: 1970s Vol. 1 by Various Directors
Review by Charles Mohapel
Warner Home Video DVD  ISBN/ITEM#: B001QU880W
Date: 27 June 2009 List Price $26.98 Amazon US / Amazon UK

Links: Amazon - Saturday Morning Cartoons: 1970s Vol. 1 / Wikipedia - Daws Butler / Show Official Info /

When I saw the cover art for Saturday Morning Cartoons: 1970s Vol. 1, I just knew that I had to request a copy for review purposes since it is the follow up volume to Saturday Morning Cartoons: 1960s Vol. 1 and I saw a few cartoons that I had not seen before and was curious enough to want to view and review.

Saturday Morning Cartoons: 1970s 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 Space Car from "The Jetsons" (25:38) shows that "The Jetsons" were still hilarious in the 1970s, especially the ending of this cartoon.

The Pest (22:48) starring Batman and Robin plus Tarzan and the Colossus of Zome (22:49), both from "The Batman/Tarzan Adventure Hour"
Although I hadn't watched this show previously, I was quite familiar with Bat-Mite, so seeing him in The Pest was entertaining. However Tarzan and the Colossus of Zome showed the triumph of intelligence over brute force.

Car Thieves (11:13) and Zoo Story (10:12) from "Hong Kong Phooey"
I'm not embarrassed to admit that I had never ever heard of "Hong Kong Phooey", but if these 2 episodes are typical, it must have been a hilarious show.

Assignment Ahaab Apparition (21:43) from "Goober and the Ghost Chasers"
A truly boring cartoon featuring a bunch of Scooby Doo wannabes.

Double Cross Country (7:45) / The Infiltrator (6:54) / The Stunt Show (7:28)
Where's the Fast Forward button on this remote?

Special Features:
Saturday Morning Wakeup Call! (2:21)

Disc 2:
Promo for "Ben 10 Alien Force, Vol. 3"
Promo for "Bakugan's "Game On", Vol. 3"

Greedy Genie (23:10) from "Yogi's Gang"
Greedy Genie provides indisputable proof that Yogi Bear could still bring it in the 1970s - absolutely hilarious.

Scotland Yard (20:14) from "Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan"
While familiar with Charlie Chan and his sons, "Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan" was new to me. Another show that reminded me of The Monkees, Scotland Yard was good silly fun.

Double Date (22:18) from "Roman Holidays"
While the storyline could have easily come from "The Flintstones" or "The Jetsons", I will happily state that Double Date is loads of Silly Fun!

The Nemo's A No No Affair (21:19) from "Josie and the Pussycats in Outer Space"
It was okay but if The Nemo's A No No Affair is a typical episode of "Josie and the Pussycats in Outer Space", then I'll pass.

Ghostly Creep From The Deep (43:03) from "The New Scooby Doo Movies"
Guest starring the Harlem Globetrotters and including the legendary Meadowlark Lemon and Curly Neal, Ghostly Creep From The Deep was fun, but I suspect would really appeal the the diehard Scooby Doo fan.

I'll Haunt You Later (22:13) from "The Funky Phantom"
When the cartoon is so terminally boring that you notice how the voice of the ghost sounds "amazingly" like that of Snagglepuss (Daws Butler), you know you rolled snake eyes with the dice.

Saturday Morning Cartoons: 1970s Vol. 1 was very much up and down. When the cartoons were good (and many were good), they were very good, but when they were bad, they were abysmal. That said, there is enough on the 2 DVDs in the set, that it makes a good accompaniment to Saturday Morning Cartoons: 1960s Vol. 1.

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