'Underdog: Complete Collector's Edition'
#1 Feb 29, 2012
Let me introduce myself. My name is Joe Guenther.
It was my belief that everyone has a favorite cartoon or tv show (mine is Underdog and Bullwinkle/yes my beagle dog of fourteen years is named after Peabody and Sherman) they personally recorded and collected episodes of. If you can find that person or persons you will find lost treasures not available through regular means. I once "sold" video tapes through CBG (Comics Buyers Guide) under the name The Video Underdog. The whole creation of TVU evolved out of my looking for old cartoons and tv shows not being rerun locally.
First on my list was Underdog which had disappeared from local tv after the advent of cable television. I sent a suggestion to a letter writer in CBG that he compose a top ten list of old cartoons people wanted to see released on video tape. That was approximately a year before Nickleodeon started rerunning Underdog and Rocky & Bullwinkle on cable tv. In order to trade tapes for Underdog and other stuff I invested my money in buying two SVHS video recorders with flying erase heads which prevented those annoying streaks in the picture when pausing to cut commercials. Along the way I found tv shows on video tape at conventions in NY. One guy in particular sold tv shows he transferred from 16mm film to cheap no name brand tape. Than I'd dub them to SVHS on SVHS tapes in EP speed which was STILL better than VHS in SP. I found a handful of people to trade with including on guy in San Jose. I also found someone in Santa Monica who with my third shift schedule (I work six days a week 11-7:30 but some mornings MUCH later than that) was great for calling in the early AM hours. I've grown disgusted with dvd releases because music from tv episodes is removed for copyright reasons. Some tv episodes never make it to dvd because of music or other reasons. A damn shame that WKRP and other shows will never be seen uncut because of greedy idiots music rights and other reasons. TVU never worked out for me which was hardly surprising. People expected PERFECT copies of tv shows instead of being grateful the show was on tape in the first place. I charged very little for tapes I sold. To this day I consider my letter to CBG the reason Underdog and Bullwinkle were rerun on cable channel Nickleodeon in the first place. What do you think? Due to a severe condition that took a year and a half to return to work from I have memory lapses. If I've e mailed this story to someone at your site I apologize.
JG says:05/31/11 2:16pm
#2 Feb 29, 2012
If your reading this Classic Media please stream your channel over the internet. Secondly,release uncut dvds of these cartoons. Underdog has yet to be released on home video/dvd with the cliffhangers intact. The early tapes of Bullwinkle truncated those cliffhangers/episodes together because the stories are so long. If you have the Jay Ward stuff than somewhere in that vault is the Hoppity Hooper cartoon series. A lost favorite that has the same style writing as R&B aka Rocky and Bullwinkle. Filmation for all their limited animation created some cool live action shows that CBS ran opposite the Kroft and Hanna-Barbera cartoons. By the way,last time Underdog was rerun on Nickleodeon a few decades ago the super energy pill scenes were shown uncut. If Classic Media takes my suggestions to heart than they’ll reap mucho dinero from their recent purchase.
Joe says:05/7/11 7:54am
A Heroes Rebirth
Every time he passed by one the memories came rushing back. First a loud cry for help than a poor excuse that left his customer standing there with their mouth wide open. A short run to a nearby booth and BOOM all thats left are pieces of broken glass and metal as he stands triumphantly in his work clothes ready to go. Boy,those were the days. Back then,nobody minded if you needed an energy boost, however artificial,all that mattered was that you got the job done. The people tolerated his crashing through ceilings over and over again as he rushed to the aid of people calling his name. When they stopped calling his name he retired. Coincidentally,the booths he used were gone as well. The riffraff,both sinister and batty also disapeared. His other,regular job,became obsolete as shoes were made like toasters disposable and easy to replace. They took advantage of his heroic persona by merchandising him. To think,a once proud hero reduced to having his visage on a tee shirt. Thanks to babyboomers with fond memories his alter ego was a household name again. The Phone Booths he once used,are now gone but the hero remains to be called,now and forever Underdog.
That being said I hope like heck PBJ (which is my dog Peabody and my nickname) doesn’t stop there. Show short run cartoons or spinoffs with original opening credits aka Hoppity Hooper,Go Go Gophers,Courageous Cat,Filmation superheroes Batman,Superman,Aquaman,etc,Mi ghty Mouse,Mighty Heroes,the list is endless. How about Tom Terrific? Or Crusader Rabbit?
Best of all no big brother (with Mouse ears) to edit the heck out of my memories.
Just some feedback.
As a lifelong Underdog fan I want to thank you for the release of the Underdog Complete Collection. It is everything a true Underdog fan could or would want. The prints are surprisingly beautiful and complete considering the cartoon came out in 1964 the year I was born. That makes Underdog a fifty year old cartoon give or take a few years. Just a great collection of a very cool cartoon that is worth every penny I spent to own. Thanks again and have a great day.
Underdog: The Complete Series (DVD)
Simply put. This complete collection of the popular Total Television cartoon canine hero is the only version of this show you'll need or want. All the previous tapes and dvds while having great art work on the packaging have been severely edited removing narration,episode cliffhangers and the theme song. The prints of the episodes are bright and colorful as if the show was created in the past year not close to fifty years ago in 1964. As stated on the packaging and dvds themselves the individual cartoon segments especially the World of Commander McBragg vary from episode to episode but those segments are quite watchable. The bonus material discussing the creation of The Underdog Show are informative. By now you've probably stopped reading and started ordering this terrific dvd box set which you should before Amazon,ebay,or local retailers run out.
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