HOT WHEELS / SKYHAWKS (ABC 1969-1971) RARE COLLECTION!
Hot Wheels is a thirty-minute Saturday-morning cartoon series each featuring two stories broadcast on ABC from 1969 to 1971, under the primary sponsorship of Mattel Toys. The show took pains to stress that it was "pro-safety", contrasting the safe and responsible behavior of the series' racing-club protagonists with the reckless behavior of their rivals.
The show was criticized by the FCC, which considered it a half-hour commercial for toy cars. ABC contested the charge, saying that there was no prior commitment to Mattel, and that Hot Wheels cars were never advertised during the program. The network was backed up by the National Association of Broadcasters, and the show remained on the ABC schedule for two seasons.
It featured the voice cast of Bob Arbogast as Doc Warren, Melinda Casey as Janet Martin, Albert Brooks as Kip Chogi, Susan Davis as Ardeth Pratt, Casey Kasem as Dexter Carter, Nora Marlowe as Mother O’Hare and Michael Rye as Jack “Rabbit” Wheeler.
This single DVD has three of the 17 episodes produced. Stories included are: The Dragon’s Tooth Peak Race, The Showoff, Four Wheel Time Bomb, The Buggy Ride and Ardethe the Demon, Tough Cop. It also contains a bonus episode from the 1969-71 cartoon series Skyhawks featuring two stories The Snooper and The Message. Please note: This rare series was produced in color, however two of the episode are black and white copies.
Number of DVDs: 1
Quality: 8/10, Picture quality is overall good (see photos).
Running Time: 100 min. (approx)
Aspect Ratio: Full Screen 1.33:1
NOTES: This is a fan-made DVD set. Not a studio release. Also contains some original commercials.
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