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'Saturday Morning Cartoons: 1960s/70s Vols. 2'
(Tom & Jerry, Magilla Gorilla, Shazzan, Bugs Bunny, Road Runner Hour, et al / 2-Disc DVD / NR / 2009 / Warner Bros.)

Overview: Have a blast with Volume 2 of the blasts from the past that made Saturday your favorite day of the week. From do-you-remember rarities (The Space Kidettes) to time-honored favorites (The Bugs Bunny Show), from a pig (Porky!) to a Potamus (Peter!), hours and hours of up-and-at-'em, cereal-crunching, don't-touch-that-dial fun await you on these two discs. Check your calendar--it's Saturday!

DVD Verdict: New for the second volume of this wonderful cult-pop set are The Space Kidettes, Samson & Goliath, and The Adventures of Gulliver. The Kidettes, a show I had forgotten about, ran for a single season, 1966-1967, and featured four adorable tykes living in their space clubhouse (a converted Gemini capsule) and outwitting the nefarious Captain Skyhook. Two cute for words.

Samson gained an enhanced form and super-powers by clanging together his bracelets, saying “I need Samson Power” and transformed into an adult hero. Clanging them a second time turned his trusty dog into a powerful lion, Goliath. No secret identities and lots of fighting evil organizations. The stories are predictable and Samson seems devoid of personality.

The disc also includes fresh installments of Wally Gator, Ricochet Rabbit, Mushmouth and Pumpkin’ Puss and their template, Tom & Jerry. And assorted other features far more familiar than the above.

BUT, people are saying that such memories as Herculoids and Frankenstein Jr. and The Impossibles should also be found here ... but, they are not, so be wary, that's all.

Okay, literally speaking this is not just a seventies set as Shazzan and the Banana Splits are from the late 60s! But if you were born between about 1960 to 1973, you'll really get mellow over this. Much of this has since been forgotten or ignored by pop culture, but since those of us who fondly loved these as children as only children can are now in position to get them back, then let the games begin!

The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Show inlcuded here will bring on the warm and fuzzies for the generation that immediately followed the baby boomers. The fondly recalled tune "On With the Show" with Bugs & Daffy and the Road Runner theme songs will make those who remember this show smile with a warm glow.

"Shazzan" was the first cartoon I actually remember watching on television. The adventures of two kids with the flying genie is a good example of the wholesome but FUN adventure-type toon that ruled the Saturday morning airwaves. You had to be there to really dig "The Great Grape Ape," the adventures of a 40 ft. purple ape (Magilla's cousin?) and his canine sidekick Beagly Beagly, but it remains amusing to a point and I'm glad to see it again after 30 years.

But, best of all for late 60s/early 70s kids is the funny and funky BANANA SPLITS-Hanna Barbera meets Sly Stone-that is fondly remembered by our age group. I particularly enjoyed DANGER ISLAND with it's Batman-style tounge in cheek adventures, and you'll be VERY pleased to see it here. (Everbody sing "Tra la La, La la la la!") [AM] These are all Full Screen Presentations (1.33:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and come with the Special Features of:

Completely Bananas: The Magilla Gorilla Story: Take Yogi Bear, turn him on his ear and what do you get? Magilla Gorilla!
The Power of Shazzan: Learn the backstory of the adventures that cross the Arabian Nights with teenage detectives
Saturday Morning Wake-Up Calls

Jetsons Clip From the 60's DVD: “Dog Slobber”
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Valley of the Dinosaurs Clip From the 70's DVD: “Such Luck”
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