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Hong Kong Phooey - Vol. 1

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Hi-ya! Back in ’74 mild-mannered janitor turned number one superguy Hong Kong Phooey ruled Saturday morning kids’ TV with the help of Scatman Crothers’ distinctive vocals. Thirty-three years later, the crime-fighting kung fu pooch leaps out of the filing cabinet again for this double-disc set that packs in all 31 episodes. “They’d look at you like you were from Mars if you tried to pitch the show today,” claims one talking head in 11-minute behind the scenes doc The Phoo-Nomenon, where ageing animators chat about their work on the show. Snazzy storyboards and three episode-specific commentary tracks complete the nostalgic package. Nippers weaned on sophisticated ’toon surrealism like SpongeBob Squarepants and The Simpsons might find Phooey a bit poo-ey, but big kids of a certain age will be in Hong Kong heaven. Catch it before Brett Ratner’s Scooby-Doo-style CGI remake tarnishes its memory for good.

 

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  • UK Theatrical Release Date: August 13th 2007

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