Calvin and the Colonel, Volume 2 (Lost Cartoon Classics)

Four hilarious episodes of this rare prime-time animated series starring the radio voices of 'Amos & Andy' playing animal versions of their famous characters.
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DVD-R Details

  • Run Time: 1 hours, 40 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
  • Released: December 20, 2016
  • Originally Released: 1961
  • Label: Alpha Video

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Freeman Gosden and Charles Correll, the men who made Amos 'n' Andy the biggest success of the Golden Age of Radio, play cartoon versions of their famous characters in this long-lost prime-time animated series! Excited by the popularity of The Flintstones among adults, ABC executives asked producers Joe Connelly and Bob Mosher (creators of Leave It To Beaver) to deliver a new evening cartoon show. The pair drew inspiration from their background in radio; they had started as writers for Amos 'n' Andy, and felt an animated version would be a surefire ratings smash. The characters were changed into animals to avoid the outcry against racial stereotypes that had plagued the radio show and the subsequent 1951-1953 television adaptation. So the Kingfish became the Colonel, a fox, while Andy became Calvin, a bear. Scripts were recycled from the radio show, meaning that the stories were familiar to viewers with long memories. Recruited to portray their characters were the original voices and creators of Amos 'n' Andy, Freeman Gosden and Charles Correll (they had been replaced by African-American actors in the television version.) Despite the talent of all involved (including Looney Tunes luminary Chuck McKimson, who directed all 26 episodes) Calvin and the Colonel lasted only one year on ABC, and never went into syndication. Connelly and Mosher would hit a homerun with their next series, The Munsters, but this was the last gasp for the Amos 'n' Andy franchise. Still, with many of the original radio and television episodes commercially unavailable, Calvin and the Colonel is enjoyable as a unique artifact of the series' long-standing popularity.

SYCAMORE LODGE: Calvin buys a summer cabin from the Colonel, not realizing that it's flooded.

WHEELING AND DEALING: When his nephew wrecks his car, the Colonel uses it as an opportunity to pull an insurance scam.

SISTER SUE'S SWEETHEART: The Colonel panics over his mother-in-law's impending marriage.

NEPHEW NEWTON'S FORTUNE: A lethargic relative of the Colonel's is unknowingly sitting on a fortune.


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Calvin and the Colonel vol.2 Movie Lover: from MARTINS FERRY, OH US -- January, 9, 2017

DVD quality is very good BUT the inclusion of commercials is somewhat annoying.. I would recommend this release to any fan of classic TV animation.

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