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Help!...Itís The Hair Bear Bunch! (1971/Warner Archive DVD Set)

 

Picture: B-†††† Sound: C†††† Extras: D†††† Episodes: C

 

PLEASE NOTE: This release is only available from Warner Bros. in their Warner Archive series and can be ordered from the link below.

 

There are a variety of short lived animated series out there (especially from Hanna Barbera) and Warner Archives has done an overwhelmingly amazing job of bringing those cult classics and forgotten favorites to home video.This time around we are treated to Help! Itís the Hair Bear Bunch!, an animated series that follows the outlandish escapades of a group of bears.

 

The Hair Bear Bunch is a 2-Disc, 16 episode collection that is not as great as I remember, but fun nevertheless.The laugh track touting animated series originally aired on CBS in 1971 as it showcased three fun loving bears.The three bears are Alfroed, Bubi Bear, and Square Bear; each with their own unique personalities.The bears spend their days plotting to escape the Wonderland Zoo to go on some wacky misadventure.Mr. Eustace Peevly is the Zoo Keeper who attempts to wrangle the bears, but most of the time fails.In this, Hair Bear Bunch is very similar to other Hanna-Barbera animated series like that of Yogi Bear or Magilla Gorilla; though not as memorable.Hair Bear Bunch also features a host of other animal characters that help the bears on their adventures or out of the zoo.

 

The voice cast is stunning with the likes of Joe E. Ross, William Callaway, Daws Butler, and Paul Winchell lending their talents to the series.The thrills the series could offer end with the voice cast, however, being fun but sadly forgettable.The series has the elements other classic Hanna-Barbera series have, but lacks the heart and comedic timing.I felt the series was a nice trip down memory lane, but does not have the repeat viewing quality like other animated series from the same era.

 

The technical features arenít so impressive as the picture is only slightly better than the sound and extras are absent.Being a Warner Archive release this is more about getting the product out there than it is about delivering a top grade High Def viewing experience.The picture feels like it was transferred from VHS as the 1.37 X 1 full screen image is often faded and gritty, but not overly damaged or distracting, while color is nice when it is at its best.The sound is a simple Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono that gets the job done without being overly distorted, coming solely from the front.Both picture and sound adequately get the job done without too many hiccups.

 

No extras are available here.

 

The Hair Bear Bunch is a solid trip down memory lane, but not too solid in other ways.The quality of this Hanna-Barbera feature leaves something to be desired as it feels formulaic when compared to The Flintstones or Yogi Bear.It is not as unique as other animated series, but for those who fondly remember The Hair Bear Bunch now is the time to pick of this on-line only release.

 

To order the Hair Bear Bunch, go to this link for it and many more great web-exclusive releases at:

 

http://www.warnerarchive.com/

 

 

-   Michael P. Dougherty II


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