'Saturday Morning Cartoons: 1980s, Vol. 1'
(Animation / 2-Disc DVD / NR / 2010 / Warner Bros.)
Overview:Two-disc set includes episodes from "The Flintstone Kids," "Mister T.," "Dragon's Lair," "Thundarr the Barbarian," "Monchichis," "The Kwicky Koala Show," "Chuck Norris: Karate Kommandos," "The Completely Mental Misadventures of Ed Grimley," "Galtar and the Golden Lance," "The Biskitts," and "Goldie Gold and Action Jack."
DVD: "Thundarr" is your classic good verus evil set in a post apocalyptic earth, the intro to the show alone is worth the price of admission. "Galtar" also shares that action vibe set and is similar to Conan in some regards. Both shows clearly deserve a complete series set and they might just get that treatment if this volume sells highly well. Also I am sure fans of "Pirates of Dark Water" would feel encouraged they might also be considered in a second volume or a complete series being that has never been released on DVD yet.
While many people do not consider the '80s a golden age of animation I feel the 80s decade is highly prized for it's movies, cartoons and shows by many and it's having a renaissance with movies like Transformers out and Voltron, Thundercats, The Smurfs on the way. The cartoons were enjoyable, it was nothing like waking up to the Saturday morning cartoon blocks on the big 3 networks which starting in the 1990s began giving way to more live action teen shows and news shows. There are too many shows here to break down all of them one by one for me but I must say WB did a nice mix for all tastes.
I really hope they will release more volumes and consider some for complete sets and from what they said in their online chat if fans do want to see more 80s cartoons please support this set, buy more than one to give as a gift to other 80s fans perhaps or even as a gift for childern of today who I am sure would have fun to see these cartoons which are often better than anything seen today. [SD] This is a Full Screen Presentation (1.78:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.