Hero of Our Nation & Man of Adventure
Review by Gordon Justesen
Stars: Gary Owens
Director: Fred Crippen
Audio: English Dolby Mono
Video: Standard 1.33:1
Studio: Image Entertainment
Length: 83 Minutes (Both Titles)
Release Date: February 26, 2002
Programs ***1/2 (For Children and Adults Alike)
Watching Roger Ramjet for the first time since my
kiddie years reminded me how much I missed simple-minded, yet smart animated
cartoons such as Rocky and Bullwinkle, Tom Slick, Super Chicken, and
George of the Jungle. I always got a kick out of super-silly practical
humor, and I still do. Every time an old Looney Tunes cartoon comes on, I laugh
as hard as I did when I was little. Since many adults living today were kids at
the time Roger Ramjet first came about, this marks a good opportunity for
them to introduce their kids to what tickled their funny bone when growing up.
Image has thoughtfully packaged thirty Ramjet adventures into two discs; Hero
of Our Nation and Man of Adventure.
Each Roger Ramjet episode runs for about five minutes. They always consisted of a similar plotline, which involved a national crisis of some sort with only one team to turn to; Roger Ramjet and his American Eagle squadron, which consists of Yank, Doodle, Dan, and Dee. Roger, himself, is an all around good guy, but was never a hundred percent on the brains. Voiced by the wonderfully talented Gary Owens, who recently is best known for providing the voice of Space Ghost, Ramjet is in the tradition of the underdog heroes of the Jay Ward cartoons, who were downright clumsy, but always saved the day.
The episodes included on
Episodes included on
It looks like the best that couldíve been done with these long existing cartoons. The animation simply consists of frequent close-ups of characters and limited backgrounds, and the stock that was used even for cartoons back then is of simply super-old quality, so as far as I can tell, this is purely the best that can be done in terms of transferring them to the DVD format.
Itís a Mono track, and
we at the DMC rarely ever give a higher rating for that caliber than that of two
stars. I wasnít even expecting a high quality sound definition disc. Itís
needless to say that everything, from the theme music, to the frequent sounds of
jet engines, and numerous instances of physical humor, doesnít sound much
different than watching it on network TV.
All that is included on
the discs is a commentary track by Roger Ramjet himself, Gary Owens. Nothing is
really reflected of how the show was put together or what went on behind it, as
Owens offers a simple analysis of Ramjet and the characters on each disc.