In recent years, adults have looked for animated shows that appeal to them and haven't exactly found anything much aside from the latest hyperactive kids shows. Where's the kind of shows that those of us who aren't currently in their single digits grew up with? Although there have been some cartoons for adults, many adults continue to look back via DVD to the more appealing Saturday Morning classics from years past.
Popular in recent years due to the "Space Ghost: Coast to Coast" talk show that had an incredible 10-year run on the Cartoon Network, fans of that series can now be treated to the original adventures of Space Ghost via "Space Ghost and Dino Boy: The Complete Series", a DVD set that offers up the complete adventures of this cartoon combination.
Directed by William Hanna and Joseph Barbara, "Space Ghost and Dino Boy" ran from 1966-1968. Much of the episodes revolved around the adventures of Space Ghost (voiced by Gary Owens), who defends the cosmos from villians like Brak and Zorak with his powerful wristbands. Campy (if not overly), "Space Ghost" makes it easy to see why cartoons from this era still hold a great deal of appeal to many: there's great action, memorable dialogue and the adventures are imaginative, brisk and entertaining. In-between "Space Ghost" in each episode is a short "Dino Boy" adventure, which follows Dino Boy and his pals, Caveman Ugh and dinosaur Bronty as they face off against primitive villains.
Also out the same week is a separate DVD set that offers the entire "Birdman and Galaxy Trio" (another series directed by William Hanna and Joseph Barbara) series. The episodes are also presented in their original three-segment format, opening with Birdman's adventures using the power of the sun to fight criminals like Number One and Dr. Millennium. In-between Birdman's adventures are those of the Galaxy Trio - Gravity Girl, Vapor Man and Meteor Man, who travel the universe protecting peace.
Both of these sets are available separately and both contain all episodes of both shows.
VIDEO: Both shows are presented in their original 1.33:1 full-frame aspect ratio by Warner Brothers. While I'm unsure if any restoration has been done to these programs, they certainly did look quite good here: sharpness and detail were reasonably good considering the age of the shows and wear on the elements was less than expected. Colors still looked fresh and clean.
SOUND: Both shows offered clear mono soundtracks. While the audio was somewhat on the thin side, it sounded fine for the age of the series.
EXTRAS: Each set has a featurette: "Birdman" offers "Birdman: The Forgotten Hero - the Evolution of a Character, With a Focus on Legendary Cartoonist Alex Toth's Original Contribution", and "Space Ghost" offers: "The Life and Art of Alex Toth".
Final Thoughts: Both sets offer fans the chance to revisit these great cartoon adventures for a reasonable price. Recommended.