Cast: Gary Owens, John David Carson, Don Messick (VOICES)
Release Date: October 13, 2020
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Disc Rating: 8/10
Showcasing the episodes in the three-segment form as they originally aired, these stellar retro hits soar through space and time to deliver justice! First, intergalactic policeman Space Ghost navigates the cosmos in his tricked-out spaceship, The Phantom Cruiser, battling villains like Brak and Zorak in his legendary suit and powerful wristbands. Then, Dino Boy teams with caveman Ugh and dinosaur Bronty to go primeval on the ancient menaces of their primitive home. And finally, Space Ghost flies again with more extraterrestrial adventures and thrilling takedowns. This dynamite compilation also features the dynamic six-part Space Ghost episode The Council of Doom. It’s cosmic entertainment for all!
Please Note: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (Warner Archive Collection) provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this Post. The opinions I share are my own.
Gather up the family for an animated blast from the past as Hanna-Barbera’s ‘Space Ghost and Dino Boy’ arrives on Blu-ray for the first time. Fans can relive the entire animated series in its original three-part episode format featuring 2 ‘Space Ghost’ shorts bookending each episode, with ‘Dino Boy in the Lost Valley’ in between. Now you can enjoy all of the space-faring action and fun with Space Ghost and his teen sidekicks Jace and Jan (as well as Blip the Monkey) while also taking a break from their adventures in the middle of each episode with a trip to a prehistoric land of wonder with Dino Boy, Ugh the Caveman and Bronty the Brontosaurus pup. It’s a fun combination guaranteed to bring back some memories for those who watched this one as a child and also a fun flashback to what cartoon classics were like nearly half a century ago for those unfamiliar with the series.
‘Space Ghost and Dino Boy’ is unquestionably a product of its time and much of the dialogue, over exaggeration and other tidbits throughout often seem somewhat silly in comparison with more modern offerings, specifically the ridiculous manner in which the characters often find themselves falling into troubling situations which can be quite humorous in its silly approach, not to mention the fact that some characters almost seem to be present solely to cause problems for others to solve which can occasionally be a little ridiculous in its own right. Yet even with various elements appearing a bit dated today, it doesn’t detract from the overall enjoyment that the show has to offer, especially for those who grew up with the various unforgettable offerings of Hanna-Barbera and hold their classic animated shows in high regard.
Many folks today are likely more familiar with Space Ghost via his Cartoon Network animated talk show ‘Space Ghost Coast to Coast’ and even many including myself who have seen their fair share of the original Space Ghost animated shorts throughout the years might still be entirely unfamiliar with the Dino Boy segments as it’s far less common to see this series broadcast in its original half hour format with both included. This fact alone makes this one even more of a treat and dedicated Hanna-Barbera fans will probably want to consider picking up a copy of Warner Archive’s 2-disc ‘Space Ghost and Dino Boy: The Complete Series’ Blu-ray collection which does not disappoint and offers what is almost surely the best quality presentation of the series we’ve ever had the pleasure of.
Overall, Warner Archive Collection’s 2-disc Blu-ray release of ‘Space Ghost and Dino Boy: The Complete Series’ brings the 1960’s animated classic home in glorious high definition, available on Blu-ray for the first ever. Delivering thoroughly impressive high definition video and audio presentations on all twenty episodes of the series (and in its original thirty minute format with two ‘Space Ghost’ segments bookending a ‘Dino Boy’ segment in every episode) along with an in-depth feature length profile of artist Alex Roth which should altogether make this one a definite must own for diehard Space Ghost fans and dedicated Hanna-Barbera fanatics who should both be equally thrilled by this great release of the 1966 animated series. Fellow fans of Hanna-Barbera’s other noteworthy cartoons throughout the years who never had a chance to check this one out may also want to at least look into a possible rental option or watch for a great sale because there definitely isn’t a better way to experience it for the first time than with this solid Blu-ray release.
The Blu-ray release of ‘Space Ghost and Dino Boy: The Complete Series’ features a full 1080p High Definition presentation on all 20 episodes with the show’s original 1.33:1 4×3 Aspect Ratio. The video presentations look magnificent altogether and deliver clean, smooth and richly detailed video presentations for each episode. They look downright gorgeous across the board especially considering the show’s age (and still retain plenty of elements representative of such including some healthy grain throughout), and hold up smoothly even during the various fast moving and heavily populated moments; never for a moment allowing anything onscreen to become negatively affected or rendered indiscernible. Overall, these are fantastic high definition video presentations that look consistently beautifully and should easily thrill the fans.
The Blu-ray release features a 2.0 channel DTS-HD Master Audio mono soundtrack on all 20 episodes of the classic animated series. These lossless dual mono soundtracks sound great and provide crisp, clean and clear audio presentations on every episode with no faults or age related issues of any kind occurring throughout. They perfectly balance the various audio elements within including spacecraft, flying characters and action effects along with more which never conflict with any dialogue or any other audio content that might be occurring simultaneously. Overall, these are wonderful 2.0 DTS-HD MA soundtracks that sound great every step of the way and shouldn’t disappoint in the slightest.
The Blu-ray release of ‘Space Ghost and Dino Boy: The Complete Series’ includes one noteworthy extra in the way of the feature-length profile ‘Simplicity: The Life and Art of Alex Toth’ (running approximately 89 minutes in length).