Television

Kibbles and (tid)bits

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There’s not much new TV-on-DVD news to report, but TVShowsOnDVD.com does have a heads-up that the Route 66: The Complete Season 3 is currently available at a Best Buy nearest you as part of an exclusive early release. (I’m going out on a Publix run tomorrow, so maybe I’ll swing by and see if one’s available.)

But the big news is that following in the wake of WHV’s cartoon DVD releases—Saturday Morning Cartoons: 1960s Volume 1 and Saturday Morning Cartoons: 1970s Volume 1—two sequels are in the works for release on October 27th:

Saturday Morning Cartoons: 1960s Volume 2

1) Johnny Cypher in Dimension Zero – Attack from Outer Space/Rhom, Super Criminal/The Eye of Ramapoor
2) Peter Potamus – Fe Fi Fo Fun
3) The Flintstones – The Flintstone Flyer
4) The Porky Pig Show – Scaredy Cat/Baton Bunny/Feather Dusted
5) Frankenstein, Jr. & the Impossibles – The Shocking Electric Monster/The Bubbler
6) The Adventures of Aquaman – Menace of the Blanc Manta/The Rampaging Reptile-Men/The Return of Nepto
7) The Herculoids – The Beaked People/The Raider Apes
8) Space Ghost & Dino Boy – The Heat Thing/The Worm People/Zorak
9) The Adventures of Superman – The Force Phantom
10) The Jetsons – A Date with Jet Screamer
11) The Road Runner Show – Beep Beep/Satan’s Waitin’/Chili con Carne
12) Magilla Gorilla – Gridiron Gorilla
13) The Tom & Jerry Show – No Bones About It/An Ill Wind/Beach Bully

breezlysneezlyI don’t have much to comment on here—most of the shows in the above collection have been released in previous sets and I hate when companies double-dip like that. Also: that Tom & Jerry Show was the new incarnation created by Hanna-Barbera in the 1970s (I suspect that if you broke into Thad Komorowski’s place one night and replaced all his animation treasures with prints of that show it would hasten his descent into madness) and not the CBS version which showed (and sanitized) the old theatrical cartoons. I suspect that a press release will come along any day now with a revised list because the artwork on the 1960s prominently displays Touché Turtle and Breezly & Sneezly—and if I bought the damn thing and discovered there were no cartoons starring these characters…I’d be a mite pissed.

As for Saturday Morning Cartoons: 1970s Volume 2

1) Yogi’s Gang – The Greedy Genie
2) The Bugs Bunny Show – Whoa Begone/To Itch His Own/Gee Whiz-z-z
3) Hong Kong Phooey – Cat Thieves/Zoo Story (Note: I have actually heard they’re planning to make a live-action feature film based on this series…R.I.P, imagination in Hollywood.)
4) Pebbles and Bamm Bamm – Gridiron Girl Trouble
5) Scooby Doo – What a Night for a Knight
6) Shazzan! – The Living Island
7) The Jetsons – Jetson’s Night Out
8) The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Hour – Snow Business/Two Crows From Tacos/Ready, Set, Zoom!
9) Dastardly & Muttley in Their Flying Machines – Stop That Pigeon
10) Wacky Races – See-Saw to Arkansas/Creepy Trip to Lemon Twist
11) Banana Splits – Joining the Knights/The Littlest Musketeer/”Danger Island” Episodes 1 & 2
12) The Flintstones – No Biz Like Show Biz
13) The Perils of Penelope Pitstop – The Diabolical Department Store Danger
14) The New Adventures of Superman – The Mermen of Emor

shazzanOh, yeah – there’s definitely a correction coming forth soon (and if not, there should be). Shazzan! premiered in 1967, and though it may have ran in the 1970s in reruns, technically it’s not a 1970s show. The same goes for The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner HourWacky Races, and Banana Splits—both of which premiered in 1968 (notice that the Splits will contain two chapters from its narcotics-inspired serial Danger Island, which was directed by some guy named Richard Donner), and Scooby Doo and Dastardly & Muttley first appeared on TV screens in 1969. (And I’m not even going to get into how The Bugs Bunny ShowThe Flintstones, and The Jetsons qualify…even if they were endlessly rerun in the 1970s.) Again, the box art for this set spotlights images from Help! It’s the Hair Bear Bunch!Inch High, Private EyeSealab 2020, and Valley of the Dinosaurs—so there’s something hinky about these two releases (though Mr. Lambert does say the artwork isn’t finalized). I’m just glad that the late Sam Johnson is no longer around to witness this kind of atrocity—if he were here, his first words would be… ”Are you going to finish the rest of that bacon?”

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