2 Disc DVD Set
Saturday Morning Cartoons: 1960s, Volume 2 is pure nostalgia for those who remember rolling out of bed in their pajamas to eat a bowl of cereal in front of the TV. While some of the Hanna-Barbera characters on this disc still feel alive and hilariously goofy, others haven't weathered time so well. But that's what the remote is for; just flip through the long menu of cartoon episodes. It's great fun to pop the DVD in and choose what to watch--maybe even more fun than it was sitting through less funny episodes back in the day, hoping for a classic.
Disc 1's highlights alternate between shows starring silly, anthropomorphized animals in displays of physical and verbal comedy, and those that feature humans. They include the well-loved "Bugs Bunny Show," and a sweet segment from "Wally Gator" called "Droopy Dragon." While Wally looks and sounds like the reptilian version of Yogi Bear, he's still the most "swinging navigator" from the swamp, as the title song goes. As for human fantasy, there is a wonderfully obscure episode from "Adventures of Young Gulliver" called "Dangerous Journey."
Disc 2 goes back to the jungle with "Quick Draw McGraw," the "Peter Potamus Show," and "Magilla Gorilla." While these shows are rather corny, the "Road Runner Show" still holds up as a genius concept. As in the early "Pink Panther," there's no dialogue as the Road Runner and his hungry antagonist, Coyote, taunt each other. The show's humor unfolds through the visuals of the contest and through the innovative soundtrack, all zoom, screech, and whiz to depict the speed with which the roadrunner outruns his predator. Road Runner's "beep beep" followed by the flash of his little red tongue punctuates the cartoon's sonic composition.
While the 1960s episodes of Hanna-Barbera cartoons share character voices and themes--such as animals outsmarting flustered hunters, cops, or zookeepers--the production team milked an amazing variety out of those few simple formulas. The cartoons look oddly two-dimensional today, but Hanna-Barbera were pioneers in the television cartoon arena and brought many of us bliss on those treasured Saturdays.
- Format: Color, Dolby, DVD, Fullscreen, NTSC
- Language: English
- Subtitles: English
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Number of Discs: 2
- Rating: Not Rated
- Label: Warner Studios
- Release Date: 10/27/2009
- Run Time: 299 minutes
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