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VINE VOICETOP 500 REVIEWERon February 22, 2012
Classic 1960's Hanna Barbera cartoon Dastardly and Muttley in their flying machines comes to DVD, with all seventeen episodes in one box set, spread across three discs.

After their popularity in Wacky Races, the two were put in this other series. Members of the Vulture Squadron, based in a vaguely World War one style world, they spend their time trying to stop carrier pigeon Yankee Doodle Pigeon from getting his messages through. Along with fellow squadron members Zilly [cowardly and always looking to run from the scene] and Clunk [technical genius who talks mostly in sounds and who designs the remarkable planes they use] the vulture squadron must attempt to stop the pigeon from getting through. And to keep their commanding general from getting annoyed.

A typical episode will see them in a newly designed plane with a new plan that will come to grief, and Muttley only agree to help save the day if he gets given a medal.

Each episode has two stories, both running for roughly eight minutes each. Plus 'wing dings' which are short one off jokes involving the main characters. Those run for a couple of minutes. As does 'Magnificent Muttley' which sees Muttley daydreaming of various possible lives. And getting revenge on his master in each of them. In the first few episodes these two features come in between the two main cartoons, but from the second disc on they come after them. Each episode as a whole runs for twenty minutes each.

With enough ideas and plot variation over the course of it's run to just about avoid becoming repetitive, this is classic cartooning from a golden era. Two superb voice actors and some excellent music help add to the quality. It's worth watching one every so often rather than all in a row to prevent any chance of it becoming repetitive. But this is timeless quality cartooning that should entertain old fans who haven't seen it in a long time, and make new fans of younger generations as well.

The discs have the following language and subtitle options:

Languages: English French Italian.

Subtitles: English French Italian Dutch.

There are a handful of extras:

Commentaries from veterans of the animation industry on two episodes.

'The Vulture Squadron's greatest misses' some short compliations of the moments when things go wrong, divided by theme. These only run for a few minutes each and can be watched individually or all in a row.

'Dastardly and Muttley's spinoffs' a four minute long look at the creation of the show. This is well worth watching because it reveals the original plans for the series. Which were slightly different to the finished result.

And some trailers for other releases in the Hanna Barbera classic cartoons collection range.
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