"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.