Review: ‘Saturday Morning Cartoons 1970s Volume One’ on DVD

Robert Greenberger

Robert Greenberger is best known to comics fans as the editor of Who's Who In The DC Universe, Suicide Squad, and Doom Patrol. He's written and edited several Star Trek novels and is the author of The Essential Batman Encyclopedia. He's known for his work as an editor for Comics Scene, Starlog, and Weekly World News, as well as holding executive positions at both Marvel Comics and DC Comics.

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4 Responses

  1. Delmo Walters Jr. says:

    It astounds me that the Filmation Tarzan series has not been released on dvd yet. I had heard that Entertainment Rights/Ink & Paint tried to reach a deal with the ERB estate but they weren't interested. I also don't get why the '68 Filmation Batman series is still on the shelf.

  2. RD Francis says:

    While they aren't cartoons, it seems odd for something like this not to have any Sid and Marty Krofft content. I assume it's a rights issue of some sort. As someone who was 6 in 1970, while I certainly remember the many Scooby Doo clones (I liked Speed Buggy, personally, and remember being excited about the Scooby Do Movies episode that Speed Buggy was in), the other two categories that seemed to rule Saturday Mornings, especially in the first 2/3 of the 70s, were:2. Krofft shows: Lidsville, Sigmund and the Sea Monsters, Land of the Lost (the original), and the Krofft Supershow (which, in a nod to the fact that those of us who grew up on the Krofft shows were getting older, included one feature with a flying car (Wonderbug) and one based on the 60's Batman show, but a little less camp and with Adam West and Burt Ward replaced by hot, spandex-wearing females (Electra-Woman and Dyna-Girl).3. Characters and concepts from other media: In addition to spin-offs from prime-time TV shows (the Brady Kids, Gilligan's Island, Teen (I Dream of) Jeannie, Star Trek, the Addams Family and I'm pretty sure there were several others I'm blanking on), we had (as noted above) characters from comics, TV, and earlier cartoons (Josie, Super Friends, Batman, Shazam!)plus the likes of Tarzan and the Lone Ranger. If you count the afore-mentioned Scooby Doo Movies, add in various celebrities (Sandy Duncan, Don Knotts, Mama Cass) and theatrical personae (the Three Stooges, and Laurel and Hardy (in theory they may have been meant to be the real people, but they were clearly the baseline characters from their movie appearances)).

  3. mike weber says:

    There is not one thing on this compilation that i would miss if it fell into the Sun.