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Hong Kong Phooey - Volume 1 [DVD] [1974]


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  • Directors: Charles A. Nichols
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: English
  • 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: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 13 Aug. 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000TR6B5M
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 35,190 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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First volume of the Hannah Barbera cartoon series featuring the karate-kicking superhero-cum-blend-into-the-crowd police station janitor. When duty calls, the mild-mannered Penrod slips into the filing cabinet - and emerges as karate king Hong Kong Phooey.

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Fan-rrific! Hanna-Barbera's Hong Kong Phooey was the Saturday-morning cartoon answer to the mid-'70s martial-arts craze. Mild-mannered janitor Penry (voiced by Scatman Crothers) works in the police station alongside switchboard operator Rosemary (voiced by Kathy Gori) and beleaguered Sergeant Flint (Joe E. Ross), humans who never suspect that the diligent dog is actually "America's secret weapon against crime". Never mind that Hong Kong Phooey, although armed with his trusty book of kung fu and a Bond-meets-Wacky Races Phooeymobile, wouldn't even be able to get out of his quick-change file cabinet without a well-placed blow from his loyal cat, Spot (who's striped, naturally). The public is awed by him, Rosemary has a crush on him, and villains--including the Claw, the Giggler, Goldfisher, and the Gum Drop Kid--fear him, but no one notices that Hong Kong Phooey only succeeds through his own klutziness, Spot's help, or dumb luck. Classic stuff. And remember the catchy theme song? "Hong Kong Phooey, Number one super guy / Hong Kong Phooey, Quicker than the human eye". --David Horiuchi

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 9 Aug. 2007
Format: DVD
I'm not a huge fan of Hanna-barbera but this is just classic stuff. Penry the quiet canine janitor at a police station listens out for distress calls to Rosemary the telephonist, before you knew it he was transformed into the mighty dog-wonder Hong kong phooey. Dressed up in kung-fu regalia he and his striped cat spot would drive around in the phooey mobile solving crime. The phooey mobile would change into whatever was needed with a bang on the magic gong. The beauty of it all was of course that phooey was a blithering idiot in the style of Clouseau who was always rescued by spot the cat. Spot never got any recognition for his work and each episode would end with phooey back as Penry the janitor being shouted at for some blunder by the 'sarge while he daydreamed of his crimefighting skills, all watched on by a headshaking, sighing spot.
The real skill here was getting Scatman Crothers to do the gravel voiced phooey. what could have been just another churned out cartoon became inspired by his ability to find dignity and humour in his character.
I just love this show and it's release on DVD is long overdue.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By moonstix on 11 Sept. 2008
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My 6yr old ADORES this dvd which I got when the martial arts classes proved to be a hit - this is classic 70's cartoon humour at its finest, sadly forgotten about now that technology (and Pixar!) have snowballed.
Of course the quality of the cartoon is as you expect of the 70's and the colour can appear rather dull and grainy - but let's face it, it's OLD! The jokes are still laugh-out-loud-able, though, for all ages.
There is the obligatory, politically correct note on the U certification label: "Contains mild cultural stereotyping" - But bear in mind that this applies to the entire character set (eg. Rosemary the telephone operator, blond, mini-skirted and away with the fairies) and anyone with an ounce of intelligence can see that it is the same stereotyping which remains the backbone of contemporary cartoon pastiche.
This DVD contains 16 episodes, so I would recommend obtaining the 'Complete' DVD if you can get it, rather than buying the 2 separate volumes, purely for convenience.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. G. King on 18 May 2008
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Hanna Barbera is the best cartoon company and Hong Kong Phooey doesnt disapoint . I used to love this cartoon growing up and still do and my daughter loves to watch this every weekend her favourite bit is when Penry jumps into the filing cabinet .Apart from Scooby doo where are you this is one of Hanna Barberas best cartoons. I would recomend this to any thirty somethings .
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By R. Neesam on 27 April 2014
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Bought for my 2 boys (5 & 2) - great fun, low price and they have already have had several hours of fun watching them. Don't worry about the 1974 date - they are still relevant and the cartoon quality is good. Even grandad found them funny and was laughing with the kids.
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By Sylv63Red on 26 May 2013
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Bought this for my nephew, he loves it and I it takes me back to years ago, I even find myself singing along to the catchy tune.
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Great to see Hong Kong Phooey again.Really think it was the best cartoon better than all the rest.
My grandkids really enjoyed it too who had seen it for the first time.
Very pleased.
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A Christmas gift for my 8 year old who just loves latter day cartoons. Looking forward to seeing his reaction when he views this DVD. I'm sure that it will be great!!
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