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Hong Kong Phooey - Complete Box Set [DVD] 
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Hong Kong Phooey, a somewhat inept super-hero and a master of kung fu and marital arts is always on alert for crime. He gets tip-offs from the police station where he works as Penrod "Penry" Pooch, the mild-mannered janitor. Whenever Penry overhears a call for help he quickly dives into a filing cabinet and changes into his karate outfit and then hops into his Phooeymobile. Despite his fallings, and thanks to Spot, his cat, Hong Kong Phooey always manages to save the day. He is a beloved superhero to all who know him. These 31 classic cartoons from Hong Kong Phooey are now available for the first time ever on DVD.
Hong Kong Phooey, a somewhat inept super-hero and a master of kung fu and marital arts is always on alert for crime. He gets tip-offs from the police station where he works as Penrod "Penry" Pooch, the mild mannered janitor. Whenever Penry overhears a call for help he quickly dives into a filing cabinet and changes into his karate outfit and then hops into his Phooeymobile. Despite his fallings, and thanks to Spot, his cat, Hong Kong Phooey always manages to save the day. He is a beloved superhero to all who know him. These 31 classic cartoons from Hong Kong Phooey are now available for the first time ever on DVD!
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Made an old man feel young again....it's worth 5 stars just for that!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Predictably the picture quality of TV this old is not going to be stunning. Bought it as a nostalgic gift for my two young boys after a 'user test' on YouTube, and they both love... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Blip
I love cartoons and the mild mannered janitor is awesome. My young cousin (12yrs old) has watched the dvd's with me, and he has laughed his head off from start to finish. Read morePublished 3 months ago by C Sarjant