HONG KONG PHOOEY (ABC 1974) COMPLETE SERIES
Hong Kong Phooey was a 30-minute Saturday morning animated series produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions and broadcast on ABC from September 7, 1974, to December 21, 1974. A kung-fu-fighting pup and his snickering cat sidekick battle crime. The main character, Hong Kong Phooey himself, is the clownishly clumsy secret identity of Penrod "Penry" Pooch, working at a police station as a "mild-mannered" janitor under the glare of Sergeant Flint ("Sarge") (voiced by Joe E. Ross, “Car 54 Where Are You?”).
Penry (voiced by Scatman Crothers, “Chico and the Man”) disguises himself as Hong Kong Phooey by jumping into a filing cabinet despite always getting stuck – and unstuck by his striped cat Spot – and once disguised, gets equipped with the "Phooeymobile" a car with a pagoda that transforms itself into a boat, a plane, or a telephone booth depending on the circumstances by banging his gong or changes automatically whenever necessary.
He fights crime relying on his copy of The Hong Kong Book of Kung Fu, a correspondence-course martial-arts instruction handbook. However, his successes are only either thanks to Spot, who provides a solution to the challenges, or the direct result of a comically unintended side effect of his conscious efforts. The humor of incompetence of the Hong Kong Phooey is a recurring theme of each episode. Other notable voice actors include Don Messick, Janet Waldo, Daws Butler, Paul Winchell, Jean Vander Pyl, Hal Smith, Fran Ryan, Richard Dawson, Allan Melvin, Casey Kasem, Alan Oppenheimer.
This 3-disc set contains all 16 episodes. (336 min, quality 10)
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