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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on 2 February 2010
A must buy for all Phooey fans!!!

Made an old man feel young's worth 5 stars just for that!
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
on 18 October 2009
Enjoy all 16 episodes (I'm amazed there were only that many!) of probably the best 70s cartoon series. The animation is of course fairly basic, but the characters and stories are anything but. The hero is Penry Pooch, a dog who works as a janitor at a police station. He listens in on the crime reports as they are radioed in then transforms himself into a superhero: a kung-fu fighting... idiot. The humour of the set-up is that Penry is utterly incompetent and all the bad advice he gets from the 'Hong Kong Book of Kung Fu' doesn't help much either, but like Inspector Clouseau he always keeps his dignity. Ultimately he always captures the villains and solves the crimes, but he does so either through complete luck or by the actions of his clever (but never appreciated) side-kick Spot the cat.

The series stands up well today, perhaps because unlike the other good Hanna-Barbera cartoons it has been seen only rarely since, so it still feels fresh. Obviously it's not a masterpiece to be put up there with the better modern computer animated films and so some rose-tinted nostalgia is required to enjoy fully. But the comedy is often quite clever, relying less on slapstick and more on inventive ideas and character-based humour. The voices are also well done and there are many good running jokes and nicely-played relationships such as the one between Penry and Rosemary, who received the calls at the police station and adores Hong-Phooey but like Lois Lane is oblivious to Penry. All in all, the show deserves its reputation as being the last great HB cartoon series.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 10 March 2011
Hong Kong Phooey is a memorable '70's cartoon about a super-hero dog whose real name is Penry, whose Kung Fu seems to go wrong all the time. He always wins however, with a little help from his side-kick cat Spot who is always on hand to save the day but without recognition or reward.

Penry (voiced by Scatman Crothers) works as a "mild-mannered" janitor in the police-station, eaves-dropping on the conversations of Rosemary the telephone operator and generally annoying the Sarge through his incompetent bungling. He transforms into his alter-ego Hong-Kong Phooey by leaping into the bottom drawer of a filing cabinet and emerging (with some assistance from Spot) from the top drawer in his mask and red Kung Fu costume.

The show has a very memorable theme tune which was covered by Sublime some years ago. The picture-quality is generally very good although there are one or two places where it probably needs touching up. The collection comes on two discs, there being 31 short adventures grouped into two adventures per episode, apart from the very last one (which is longer). There are no extras but you can access the individual adventures from the menu.

It's all pretty harmless cartoon fun, although I understand that a live-action film is currently being made, which doubtless will involve a great deal of modern technology. But these modern adaptations lack the charm of the originals on which they are based.

So buy this DVD and see the original as it was meant to be seen. The younger you are the louder you will laugh, of course.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Penrod Perry Pooch is the name of the main character in this fun cartoon series from Hanna Barbera. At least that is his name in his ordinary life as a janitor. But he also has an alias name, Hong Kong Phooey. This clumsy canine Janitor at a Police station is actually a Super Hero trained in martial arts.

This fun series from the early 1970s has a good basis for a cartoon adventure series with strong characters and originality.
The Animation is slightly different to the earlier hit cartoon series from Hanna Barbera that helps to give the series its own originality. The main characters animation is in keeping with those earlier series but the background scenes have a water colour wash style.

Penrod Pooch, (or Penry as he is known to Rosemary the switchboard operator) works as the flunky in a big city Police Station. Unknown to his colleagues, especially the grouchy Sgt Flint, this is no ordinary dog. He is in fact a crime buster. He operates under the guise of Hong Kong Phooey.
Diving into a filing cabinet he dons his superhero costume and dashes out in his Phooey Mobile garaged in a rubbish bin out the back of the Station. By banging a gong he can change his vehicle into other forms of transport or hiding places. Phooey is accompanied by his friend Spot the stations striped cat.
Once in action Phooey displays his martial arts he has learned from a correspondence course. Dipping into the Hong Kong book of Kung Fu manoeuvres like the slow motion Kung Fu chop (much to the exasperation of his feline friend Spot).

Penry is just as clumsy as Hong Kong Phooey and bungles his way through his crime fighting, helped along with a large dose of luck and the secret assistance of Spot the Cat.

It is all good fun and this complete series on DVD is excellent. The series is not one of my top choices in the Hanna Barbera creations but it is a good one that has much to like about it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 4 March 2013
Enjoyed watching this catoon series when I was a child and now my 7 year old son and his friends think it is great as well.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 12 July 2013
great stuff from childhood although its a shocker to admit x quite silly and funny to watch again after all these years :)
Speedy delivery and better price than anywhere else!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 22 February 2011
We bought this for my six year old son (and his Mum!) as he is into the 70's Scooby Doo and has seen Wacky Races on Boomerang a few times. He loves it! It really stands up well, and is a lot better than some of the more modern cartoons which just seem like half an hour adverts for toys or trading cards.

The stories are fun and silly, and the plots are very thin indeed, but it just adds to the nostalgic charm. My six year old thinks they are very funny, and has taken to walking round with a book of Kung Fu! He has had to be warned a few times about trying to karate chop people in his enthusiasm, but nothing serious.

All in all, a great blast from the past for us 30 or 40 somethings, and a relief for the kids from the modern day rubbish.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 27 March 2015
my cat was attacked and had his tail pulled from his spine causing nerve damage which led to him being put to sleep this tuesday so this was a perfect present to give to my nephew as an early birthday present from my cat it will be a surprise for him so I hope he will enjoy it. it arrived on time
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 15 May 2012
When you see the name of Hannah Barbara.
you know that you are going to be in for a great CARTOON.
They just dont make them like they used to do.
the talent of these people suspass any other enjoy.
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on 28 October 2015
This UK version of the US box set is OK. It's very good for it's price, being practically dirt cheep but it has it's flaws.

Although unlike the US set where disc 2 is double-sided, Disc 2 is this set is a single disc, which is fine if you're worried about smudging your discs etc. However, because of that, the extras that are on the US set, are NOT on this UK re-release. So if you want 3 episode commentaries, a Hong Kong Phooey documentary and a storyboard sequence, then you'll have to get the US set.

Also, the episodes on this set and on all subsequent re-release put out by Warner Bros. are sadly edited episodes and therefore are NOT complete.

Probably to save space, Warner Bros. used the Syndicated masters (which were edited for commercials and local network continuity), instead of the full unedited Saturday morning versions, which is a bit of a shame and yes the US set is also guilty of doing this. :(

The packaging is also OK, but not on par with the much nicer US set.

So overall it's good for it's price, but fails on so many other levels.
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