Saturday Morning Cartoons: 1960s/1970s Volume One – DVD Review


Awesome. That’s the best way to describe these two Saturday Morning Cartoon Collections from the 1960s and 1970s. Classic cartoons don’t get much more inventive and fun than those produced by Hanna Barbera during these two decades.

Hours of animated fun are to be found in these two-disc collections that boast hours upon hours of cartoon hilarity and excitement. Let’s take a closer look at what Saturday Morning cartoon are included with each collection.

Saturday Morning Cartoons: 1960s, Volume One
Disc One

Top Cat – “The Tycoon”

Atom Ant – “Up & Atom”

Precious Pup – “Precious Jewels”

Hillbilly Bears – “Woodpecked”

The Peter Potamus Show – “Fe Fi Fo Fun”/ “All Riot on the Northern Front”/ “The Volunteers”

Secret Squirrel – “Sub Swiper”

Squiddly Diddly – “Way Out Squiddly”

Winsome Witch – “Prince of a Pup”

The Flintstones – “The Happy Household”

The Porky Pig Show – “Often an Orphan”/ “Mice Follies”/ “The Super Snooper”

The Quick Draw McGraw Show – “Dynamite Fright”/ “Outer Space Case”/ “Growing Growing Gone”

Disc Two

The Jetsons – “Rosey the Robot”

Marine Boy – “Battle to Save the World”

Space Ghost – “The Heat Thing”/ “Zorak”

Dino Boy – “The Worm People”

The Herculoids – “The Beaked People”/ “The Raiders”

Frankenstein Jr. & The Impossibles – “The Bubbler”/ “The Shocking Electric Monster”/ “The Spinner”

The Magilla Gorilla Show – “Gridiron Gorilla”

Special Features

Bonus Episode: The Quick Draw McGraw Show – “Dough Nutty”/ “El Kabong Was Wrong”/ “Gem Jam”

There are also several insightful and fun mini-featurettes about the genesis of several of the shows included in each set. Recommended viewing.

Saturday Morning Cartoons: 1970s, Volume One

Disc One

The Jetsons – “The Space Car”

The Batman/Tarzan Adventure Hour – “The Pest”/ “Tarzan and the Colossus of Zome”

Hong Kong Phooey – “Car Thieves”/ “Zoo Story”

Goober and the Ghost Chasers – “Assignment Ahaab Apparition”

Speed Buggy – “Speed Buggy Went That-A-Way”

Wheelie and the Chopper Bunch – “Double Cross Country”/ “The Infiltrator”/ “The Stunt Show”

Disc Two

Yogi’s Gang – “Greedy Genie”

Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan – “Scotland Yard”

Roman Holidays – “Double Date”

Josie and the Pussycats in Outer Space – “The Nemo’s A No No Affair”

The New Scooby-Doo Movies – “The Ghostly Creep from the Deep”

The Funky Phantom – “I’ll Haunt You Later”

Special Features

There are also several insightful and fun mini-featurettes about the genesis of several of the shows included in each set. Recommended viewing.

(Look for similarities between the Hanna Barbera hit Scooby-Doo and other similar series like Goober and the Ghost Chasers, The Funky Phantom, and even Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan.)

Many of these cartoons are full half-hour to 45 minute eps, while others are just the mini-cartoons found within an entire episode comprised of multiple stories. But the main thing to keep in mind is that there is a lot of classic cartoon fun to be had within these two collections. If you are a fan of classic Hanna Barbera shows, or are tired of the seizure-inducing Saturday Morning cartoons on TV today, both of these collections are must-haves!

** NOTE: There is a slight contradiction of statements on the back of both DVD boxes. One the top of each, you will see the statement: “Everyone’s favorite cartoons together in one rare collection – Hours of fun for the whole family!” Near the bottom of the back in a small box is another message: “Saturday Morning Cartoons – The 1960s/1970s is intended for the adult collector and is Not Suitable for Children.” I would say after watching these shows that while there are stereotypes used to create comedy, these are pretty safe for kids to watch. Hey, my parents grew up on them, and many of our readers or their parents did to. While I understand covering all bases with a collection like this, it seems odd to have these opposing statements on the package.

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