Friday, November 27, 2015

Saturday Morning's Forgotten Heroes: Hong Kong Phooey battles car & jewel thieves (1974)

Featured on Saturday Morning Cartoons: The 70's, Volume 1, here is the series premiere of Hong Kong Phooey.

The kung-fu kanine (Scatman Crothers) goes after "Car Thieves" in the first short, with Allan Melvin (All In The Family) using his Drooper voice from Banana Splits as a used car dealer victimized by the crooks. In the second episode, "Zoo Story", Phooey gets help from a kidnapped kangaroo to foil jewel thieves.

While Phooey is billed as a superhero, he behaves more like a costumed version of bumbling secret agent Maxwell Smart. Don Adams would one-up the ante by being cast as Inspector Gadget, a clueless, bumbling cyborg sleuth with some of Smart's qualities, nearly a decade later.

Rating: B.

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