'The Heathcliff and Dingbat Show'
(Mel Blanc, Frank Welker / 2-DVD / NR / 2012 / Warner Bros.)
Overview: The sassiest, frassiest, classiest cat, Heathcliff, jumps from the comic strip to the TV screen in the first of his animated adaptations and is joined by the silliest trio of monsters ever seen, the aptly named Dingbat and the Creep!
DVD Verdict: In truth, part of my youth growing up was dedicated to watching 'Heathcliff' and his cartoon antics of a morning. I mean, I think we all know what the cat got up to. The completely cartoonish ie: outlandish high jinks that our beloved highfalutin’ low-livin’ tomcat got messed up in. That said, he did enjoy the good times more than the bad, so maybe there's a message in there for us all!
Anyway, along with living the life he had a thing with, well more romanced the lovely Sonja, but as you will recall he was also trying to outwit both the infamous Dog-Catcher and his tormentor, Spike. Created in loving fashion by the late great George Gately, Heathcliff was still a little rough, nay "fuzzy" around the edges, but he was just so real to us all back then.
In a land before 'Garfield & Friends' came to us, and voiced by the man of a 1,000 voices, Mel Blanc, it wasn't just Heathcliff's trademark laugh that came to life. It was the entire cartoon, because from the very first season of the show (back in 1980, when it was called 'Heathcliff and Dingbat') its sharpness, its wit was pure genius to behold. Even for a kid to understand.
The second set of episodes revolve around a dog named Dingbat - a vampire dog! Yup, don't see many of those around these parts these days! Not even in Twilight, I don't think! Anyway, Dingbat partners up with fellow Creeps the fat skeleton SpareRib, teamleader Nobody, and a talking Jack-O-Lantern to create the weirdest, spookiest at-your-service business possible re: Odd Jobs, Inc.!
'The Heathcliff and Dingbat Show' has now been released by Warner Bros. on 2-disc DVD and contains 13 episodes in the wonderful collection. A flashback to a cartoon era we'll never see again on our TV screens, the local alleyways and graveyards will never look as campy cartoony as they did here in this truly incredible newly-released collection.
(Please know that this product is manufactured on demand using DVD-R recordable media.) These are all Full Screen Presentations (1:33.1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.