Post by mekagojira3k on Sept 16, 2012 16:32:39 GMT -5
I've just started going back through this show. I'm finishing up episode 17 as we speak. The show doesn't hold up quite as well as I had hoped. I'm still pretty appreciative of what it was doing, though. I mean this spawned not only a whole franchise, but a number of similar shows. My top 5 Episodes (excluding the season 2 stuff) are 1. A Night of Fright is No Delight 2. A Gaggle of Galloping Ghosts 3. Foul Play In Funland 4. Bedlam in the Big Top 5. Spooky Space Kook
I find, now that my favorites correspond pretty well to either the use of an old house/mansion/castle to explore OR the more memorable looking monster designs (Charlie/Space Kook)
Post by mekagojira3k on Sept 23, 2012 13:58:41 GMT -5
Finished up Season 2. Which I generally find to be weaker than the first season's stuff. Still, here's my top 10 of the show in its entirety. (I don't count what Hanna Barbera calls the 3rd Season, since it was released so long afterward). 1. A Night of Fright is No Delight 2. A Gaggle of Galloping Ghosts 3. Foul Play in Funland 4. Bedlam in the Big Top 5. Spooky Space Kook 6. A Tiki Scare is No Fair 7. Jeepers, It's the Creeper 8. That's Snow Ghost 9. What the Hex Going On 10. Decoy for a Dognapper
Dognapper may seem like a weird, choice but I really loved the small nature of the crime. The guy just wanted to win a contest, and kept his goals appropriate to his crime.
I also noticed that the Creeper episode takes place during a school dance (albeit at an old farm), just like the Legend of Alice May (even though she wasn't really the creeper's daughter).
Spooky Space Kook, Nowhere to Hyde, H/H/Hangup, What the Hex is Going On(?).
The redeeming thing about Season 2 -for me- though, was: no matter how weak an episode may have been (the "formula" of all the trademark gimmicks were already becoming apparent...vs. when compared to Season 1) THE MUSIC CHASE was worth waiting for in the episode. Case in point: Mystery Mask Mix-Up is really awkward and embarrassing for how its depictions look like they were still stuck in the 1940s-or-something (one wonders how H-B's lead production designer Iwao Takamoto EVER signed off on the finished product😲) --- but: the I CAN MAKE YOU HAPPY CHASE (undoubtedly inspired by the then recent Steve McQueen cop action movie Bullitt) saves the whole episode and, in my opinion, was -and is- a moment which takes a mundane cartoon to a whole 'nother level and makes it transcend pop culture immortality with the way all the elements of that sequence are executed.