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  • Actors: Janet Waldo, Mel Blanc, Paul Lynde, Paul Winchell, Don Messick
  • 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: 31 July 2006
  • Run Time: 124 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000H5U7DI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,951 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Penelope Pitstop is the adventurous but naive neice of Sylvester Sneakly, alias the evil Hooded Claw ('I'll get you, Penelope Pitstop...'). Luckily, Penelope has the hapless Ant Hill Mob to protect her in the following adventures: 'The Boardwalk Booby Trap'; 'The Terrible Trolley Trap'; 'Jungle Jeopardy'; 'Carnival Calamity'; 'Wild West Peril'; and 'The Treacherous Movie Lot Plot'.

Synopsis

Pretty Penelope finds peril at every pit stop, pursued by Sylvester Sneakly (alias The Hooded Claw and also alias the incomparable voice of peerless Paul Lynde) until the notorious Ant Hill Mob somehow bumble to her rescue. But don't let Penelope's girly Southern belle drawl fool you. This damsel in distress can fight back, aided by her stylish retro-chic go-go boots! If you loved Wacky Races, you'll love this spoofy spinoff with Penelope Pitstop, the girl with beauty and brains (other than her inability to figure out Sneakly's dual identity). Enjoy all 17 fun-packed adventures in one racy package with a marvelous mob of DVD extras!

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Norris on 9 April 2011
Format: DVD
"The Perils of Penelope Pitstop" is one of two spin-off shows from "Wacky Races", but is often overshadowed by "Dastardly and Muttley in Their Flying Machines", which had more episodes, a larger fanbase, and had more screen-time when it was repeated on Cartoon Network and Boomerang. Aside from a rerun in the 1990's on Cartoon Network, I don't think this show has been re-aired at all, which is a pity, because it is a very fine series indeed.

The show, which draws inspiration from "The Perils of Pauline" and the movies of the Keystone Kops, features Penelope Pitstop as the heiress to a vast fortune, and is in constant peril from her guardian, Sylvester Sneakly, who adopts the mantle of the Hooded Claw to try and kill Penelope so that he can claim the fortune as his own. The only things that stand in his way are the Ant Hill Mob (now Penelope's bodyguards and no longer crooked gangsters as they were in "Wacky Races"), as well as Penelope's own resourcefulness. Each episode is 30 minutes of madcap hilarity that is both a gentle homage to the silent films of the 1920's, and a zany slapstick extravaganza that makes each episode so enjoyable.

The Ant Hill Mob are ultimately the stars of the show, goofing up their own plans to rescue Penelope, but still somehow manage to rescue her anyway. It brings to mind "Scooby Doo Where Are You!", where the traps laid in every single episode malfunction thanks to the bungling of Shaggy and Scooby, but the crook is always caught in the end. That was what made the show for me - no matter how big a clutz you are, you can still do it if you just put your mind to it. Plus, it's more fun that way!

I strongly urge everybody to watch this show - it may not be "Dastardly and Muttley", but it still manages to entertain in its own special way.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Neil Burrows on 14 July 2011
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....if it's the last thing I do!! Obviously would have been much simpler to shoot her but devious shenanigans make for a better cartoon, i think you'll agree... Marvellous nonsense.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Mr. T. Harvey on 23 Sept. 2009
Format: DVD
Heiress Penelope Pitstop is in perpetual peril from her fortune hunting guardian Sylvester Sneakly, who, disguised as the Hooded Claw, attempts to bump her off in order to get his hands on her rather vast fortune. His plans are thwarted by Penelope's heroes, the Ant Hill mob and their car Chug-A-Boom, who always come to the rescue in the nick of time.

Penelope is a resourceful gal; how fortunate she always seems to have a nail file or hair grip to help free herself - despite her hands being tied. And look, she doesn't run, but leaps balletically. How charmin! But it is strange that she cannot work out that the Hooded Claw is really her guardian in disguise.

And the gallant Ant Hill mob; what they lack in stature, they sure make up in bravery employing ingenious methods to get Penelope out of some sticky situations.

The star of the show is the Hooded Claw, who whatever disguise he assumes, always makes sure his pince-nez is securely in place and who dreams up ever more elaborate Heath Robinson contraptions designed to eliminate our heroine -"this one's a doozy, Pitstop". But, what's this, why is Paul Lynde, who voices the Hooded Claw, not credited in the end sequences? What dastardly fiend has had a hand in this appalling omission?

I do declare this is the campest cartoon I have ever seen!

Great fun.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marcia TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 29 July 2015
Format: DVD
I don’t think I like that much of adult TV these days. The desire to slip back to great TV shows from the past becomes stronger all the time.
When I was growing up there were many great TV shows and it was more than welcome to revisit this classic cartoon series via this great DVD set.

The Perils of Penelope Pitstop was such a great piece of fun and a great spin off from the brilliant Wacky Races.
Wacky Races, like most of the Hanna Barbara series, had such great characters that kept the shows interesting. The Perils of Penelope Pitstop continued that policy.

The show features the characters Penelope Pitstop and the members of the Ant Hill Mob, All originally in Wacky Races.
This time the Ant Hill Mob are heroes.
Also in the plot is The Hooded Claw, aided by his henchmen the Bully Brothers. The Hooded Claw is the villain complete with a comical evil laugh.
He is actually Sylvester Sneakly, Penelope’s guardian who knows she is to gain an inheritance. This leads him to try and kill her so he can get his hands on her estate. To protect his identity he wears a mask and cape.

Each episode sees the Hooded Claw try to get Penelope who is usually rescued by the Ant Hill Mob, who then need to be rescued by Penelope.
Each story is very different although following the same basic plot pattern.

It is a great fun show of `17 episodes in this complete box set DVD. It is a series for all ages. I am still enjoying it 45 years after I first saw it.
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By Hal Marshall TOP 500 REVIEWER on 27 Aug. 2015
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This looks like shaping up to be one of the most challenging reviews that I'll probably ever feel compelled to try and write around here.

I mean, I've got such a huge amount of work to do. After all, the star of the show - whose laugh and 'Blast!' catchphrase alone provide a huge amount of the entertainment - is not even named in the closing credits. In addition to which, the details given here on Amazon relating to the length of the discs seem to have gone completely kerflooey. There's also the small matter of my wanting to get this review written as quickly as possible so I can get back to 'The Perils of Penelope Pitstop' and spend some more quality time with a cartoon character I've had a crazy man-crush on for years.

Or, failing that, maybe I'll investigate the man-crush on the actor behind that character that I seem to have developed relatively recently. Considering that he was as camp as a field full of tents (and that I'm not... AM I??!), I'm not quite sure what to make of that.

Oh yes - I've got some work to do alright.

First things first: the information in the product description which gives a running time of just over two hours for this complete collection is, to put it kindly, complete cobblers. Suffice it to say, there were 17 half-hour episodes of this brilliantly inventive show made back in 1969... and this 3-disc collection contains them all. Plus a few extra features.

Oh, one thing before I go any further... I wouldn't normally go OTT on the alliteration aspect of review-writing. The thing is though, a key component of this show is the narrator - and he gets many laughs with his masterful manipulation of my mother-tongue by this method.
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