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Dastardly And Muttley Complete Collection [DVD] [2006]


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  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: PAL, Subtitled
  • Language: English, French, Italian
  • Subtitles: English, French, Italian, Dutch
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 2 Jun 2008
  • Run Time: 357 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001ASIM4C
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,600 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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DASTARDLY & MUTTLEY (3 DISC)

Synopsis

Dick Dastardly and his snickering canine co-pilot Muttley plot to "stopthat pigeon" aboard their World War I flying machines in this popular spinoff of Wacky Races featuring the legendary vocal talents of Paul Winchell (Tigger) and Don Messick (Scooby-Doo). When muttering Muttley ("rassuh-frazza-pazza") decides he's finally had enough, he flies off into his own fantasy world where he gets to be the boss for a change! So get ready to take off into the wild blue laughter - with a cargo of Fun DVD Bonuses to munch on while in flight!

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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful By patpending on 3 Nov 2009
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Like many people, I remember these stories from my childhood - a comic chaos of cartoon characters flying wacky planes around to "stop that pigeon". Which they never achieve.

On a residential course at a management school, I learnt more from this series (then on in the mornings) about management technique than from the formal lectures - rewarding staff ("medalmedalmedal"), retribution for failure (general's fist bops Dastardly on the head), and not thinking outside the box, trusting instead only in building ever sillier things to achieve team objectives!

What happens is usually genuinely unpredictable and normally hilarious. It's a long time since I laughed so much at a cartoon.

Like the other Hanna-Barbera cartoons of the sixties and seventies, this is very colourful, but quite low on detail, and the lighter areas like character's faces often show blobs. The action happening in the sky avoids "Scooby-Doo just went past that vase for the fifth time" syndrome.

The episodes are at their very best in English - it came as a surprise to learn that only two people did all the voices. Paul Winchell (who was also Fleegle in the Banana Splits and Gargamel in the Smurfs) was Dastardly and the General, and Don "Boo Boo" Messick was *absolutely* everyone else including the Stanley Unwin-type talking Klunk. Nevertheless, you can watch in French or Italian if you like karaoke "Stop that Pigeon" and can live with Klunk talking more normally. Subtitles include Dutch.

As for extras, there is a short piece on how this show was originally conceived without the double-dealing do-badders Dastardly and Muttley, and two complete shows with commentary by the original team.

It's a hoot! Get that DVD! Rootly-toot-de-toot!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Picard TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 10 July 2012
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... that can catch that pigeon or I lose my job!"

Yes, 'Stop The Pigeon' is barely the craft of cartooning at its finest, but it offers a deep relief through bundles of laughs and, quite genuinely, silly predicaments that only Dastardly and Mutley could ever get away with. This was a show that spun-off the successful 'Wacky Races', and is probably well known for being one of the lightest and briefest projects to leave the Hannah-Barbera studio.

The synopsis of each episode is exactly the same - Dick Dastardly and his fiends must try their best to stop a messenger pigeon from... well, wherever it's going... and each time they contrive newer, bigger and more obscene aircraft in their futile attempts to outsmart this cheeky bird. They are of course never truly successful, but in typical Hannah-Barbera fashion, you are regularly tricked into believing the opposite. This makes the truth all the more funny when they discover that their feathered friend has managed to escape!

My memories of this show remain at 8:20am every morning before school, so as an adult I was a bit hesitant of ruining those happy times with more (sometimes...) mature brain of an adult man. Alas, these cartoons are just as funny, if not funnier now then I remember! It's warming to know that even my mum recalls watching these shows when she was a child, so it just goes to show how long lasting they are. Pity the BBC doesn't air them anymore, though.

The product is excellent value for money, and the video quality is also good for the price.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A. Alderson on 22 Jan 2010
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This collection is how cartoons should be!

This DVD brings back childhood memories, with the brilliant theme tune (also used at our wedding, ahem). A definite buy for those who like Dastardly And Muttley - along with Klunk and Zilly.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By proff rider on 26 Jun 2010
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remembered from my childhood,this was one of my favourites on the BBC.A spin off from `wacky races`these are the adventures of Vulture sqn`s attempts to`catch the pigeon`.
Purchased to show the children i work with what i had at their age to watch on TV,they also enjoy the absurd flying machines and characters,Muttley being the most loved,thou i have not witnessed any impressions as yet!
The cartoons are short by todays standard,and to the children they seemed not as well made.However that did not stop their enjoyment and the short duration ment they could come and go as they pleased,without spoiling theirs or anyone elses fun.
Recomended for all children of a certain age.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Norris on 9 April 2011
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"Dastardly and Muttley in Their Flying Machines" is one of the most memorable series for me, because of its innocence, its slapstick style, and the fact that, unlike most modern cartoons, this is actually funny.

This spin-off of "Wacky Races" began life as "Stop that Pigeon", but strangely didn't feature Dick Dastardly or Muttley (as is revealed in the documentary featured on Disc 2 of this set). The original idea, inspired by the British film "Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines", featured a German baron who looked like a caricature of Gert Frobe, accompanied by a wisecracking mutt who looked suspiciously like Augie Doggie. With Dastardly and Muttley so popular, they were brought over to this series - and I think that was what helped to make this show so popular.

Dick Dastardly is the iconic film villain - his motives are despicable, but you can't help but cheer for him, especially when every trap he plants always seems to backfire on him. Muttley, his eager sidekick, sees his character fleshed out to a greater extent, now having the ability to fly by wagging his tail, as well as possessing a desire to have as many medals as possible. Also present are Zilly, the cowardly pilot with a fear of practically everything, and Klunk, the eccentric inventor whose random noises made him so lovable to audiences.

This DVD is perfect for any fans of this brilliant series, because, aside from the cartoons, it also includes the "Wing Dings" shorts that were part of the original series, but were dropped from re-runs and VHS releases due to time constraints. Also present are the "Magnificent Muttley" segments, which were a show-within-a-show featuring the enchanting daydreams of Muttley, in a similar vein to shows like "Henry's Cat" and "Huxley Pig".

For all fans of this series, I strongly encourage you to buy this DVD. No other release or rerun really does this show any justice.
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