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Sabrina The Teenage Witch – The Complete Animated Series (1971/Filmation/Genius DVD/Archie Comics)

 

Picture: C     Sound: C     Extras: C     Episodes: C

 

 

Supposedly witches are extraordinary and magical, but Sabrina is just average.  In the 1970’s TV execs wanted an animated rival to Bewitched without exactly being Bewitched.  After the enormous success of the Archie comics and cartoon series, Filmation creators turned to another Archie Comics favorite with Sabrina the Teenage Witch.

 

The plot behind the 31 episode Sabrina the Teenage Witch: Complete Animated Series is nothing out of this world, but is cute and to the point.  After too many recent years of being beaten over the head with the lackluster Melissa Joan Hart series, we now return to where it all began.  The series concept is mostly the same, but a tad different than the live action series.  Sabrina is a teenage witch (I know, I know) that is trying to get through the struggles of high school, all while trying to conceal her identity as a witch.

 

What makes the animated series different is that whereas her crazy aunts Hilda and Zelda are still around, in the animated version they still dress in their witchly garb and enforce upon Sabrina that witches do not do good deeds.  Sabrina struggles to find her place in the world all while trying to balance her powers of magic with the powers of puberty.  The series is funny at times and brings to the table many lovable characters, tons of magic, and even Salem the cat.  Samantha wiggled her nose on Bewitched and Sabrina tugs on her earlobe, but the question is will the sassiest girl in Riverdale pull on your magic heartstrings?

 

The technical features on this 3-Disc set are not so magical and definitely leave much to be desired.  The picture is presented in its original 1.33 X 1 full screen aspect ratio and seems very soft, not looking as good as previous DVD sets from this series.  The picture throughout has skewed colors, a degree of blurriness, contrast issues and overall appears to simply be from bad transfers.  The sound is also lacking in its Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono presentations, most of the time sounding very low with a degree of background fragmentation noise.  The extras are few and the few that are present are nothing exciting.  Extras include an additional episode that features both Archie and Sabrina together, as well as a boring art gallery.

 

In the end, the Sabrina the Teenage Witch animated series was never fantastic to begin with when comparing it to other Filmation series, but it sure as Hilda beats the live action version.  For more of the original Sabrina of this era, see these DVD sets:

 

Groovie Goolies (aka Sabrina & The Groovie Goolies)

http://www.fulvuedrive-in.com/review/4476/Groovie+Goolies

 

Archie’s Funhouse

http://www.fulvuedrive-in.com/review/6602/Archie’s+Funhouse+(1971/Filmation

 

 

-   Michael P Dougherty II


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