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The Richie Rich Scooby-Doo Show: Volume One (Warner DVD Set/7 Episodes/2 Discs)

 

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

 

 

This reviewer had always thought that The Flintstones were the highlight of Hanna-Barbera animation, but apparently the studio barked up a different tree by investing much of their animation into the consistently famished Scooby-Doo. Though many may not remember the series, in the early 1980s Hanna-Barbera combined two of their classic characters into one show called The Richie Rich Scooby-Doo Show.

 

The kid with the golden touch and the dog with the empty stomach teamed up to fight ghosts, crime and crooks in this short lived series that was rarely seen and even more rarely remembered. The boy billionaire and the hungry mutt were not exactly a team, each appearing in their own individual shorts, but shared a billing in the title sequence. Scooby-Doo teamed up with his old pal Shaggy and his nephew Scrappy-Doo to battle the supernatural, but the series did not embody the same mystery aspect that previous Scooby-Doo incarnations had utilized. Also it should be noted that Fred, Daphne, and Velma are no where to be found. Richie Rich is made out to be more of a crime/mystery solver as he battles crooks with his vast wallet and quick wit, along with his number one canine pal One Dollar.

 

As previously stated the series is not very memorable and in no way thrilled this reviewer. The animation and storylines flounder as they attempt to capture the greatness that is Hanna-Barbera. There are elements that suggest the series could have been something more, but overall can be evaluated as lackluster and scattered.

 

The technical features are not amazing, but in line with what have been seen recently on other Hanna-Barbera Classic Collections. The picture is presented in a 1.33 X 1 image that is not bad for being almost 30 years old, though the set does contain some contrast and debris issues here and there.  The color is not bad with little issues being present, but still needs the HD treatment.  The set like many Hanna-Barbera features is presented in Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono, which is unfortunate because the sound could have been easily upgraded, but who knows what Warner was thinking. The extras include just one simple feature of The Story of Richie Rich that is hardly worth watching and forgettable at best. In the end, the set is not wonderful, but for those who somehow have fond memories of this rare series, now is the time to pick it up.

 

 

- Michael P. Dougherty II


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