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Shirt Tales: The Complete Series (1982 - 1984/Hanna - Barbera/Warner Archives DVD)

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

Based on the 1980s Hallmark Greetings Cards line of the same name, Shirt Tales lasted two seasons for a total of 23 episodes. Though not quite as successful as the similarly constructed Care Bears line, Shirt Tales did leave a lasting impression as it not only spurred cards and a TV series, but a toy line as well.

Each episode was 22 minutes in length, but split into two 11 minute segments. There was a standard cast of characters which included Rick Raccoon, Digger Mole, Pammy Panda, Tyg Tiger, Digger Mole, Bogey Orangutan, and Mr. Dingle (the park ranger). In Season 2, Kip Kangaroo was added to the cast of animals (without explanation) and fit in nicely. The episodes were all family friendly with wholesome messages about sharing, friendship, and generally the lighter side of life.

Season One had Rick Raccoon as the groups (unofficial) leader, but Season Two (without explanation) placed Tyg Tiger in that role. This didn't hurt the atmosphere or style of the series, but was rather abrupt. Season One had the characters fighting crime in their town of Mid City; while also spending a considerable amount of time harassing park ranger Mr. Dinkle. They travel the world in the STSST or Shirt Tale Super Sonic Transport, which could change into almost any vehicle imaginable. Season Two shifted the series to somewhat of a superhero element with 'costume changes' occurring when 'Shirt Time!' was called; among other superhero-like features. Other characters made brief appearances in Season Two (including a Skunk, Owl, Fox, and Prairie Dog), but were never made into long running characters.

The series was fun and lighthearted, but nothing incredibly unique; like previously mentioned, using a similar formula to that of Care Bears and other animated series of the time. Shirt Tales holds a special place in 80s animation history and the hearts of many, many fans.

The picture and sound quality have been remastered (to a degree) and look quite good. The picture is a 1.33 X 1 Full Frame that does display some dirt, debris, and grain but overall boasts of bright colors and a clear image. The sound is a simple, lossy Dolby Digital Mono that comes exclusively from the front, but again is clean and clear.

There are no extras on this DVD-R set.

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