Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Actors: Bill Oddie, Tim Brooke-Taylor, Graeme Garden, Corbet Woodall, Roland MacLeod
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Kids & Family, Television
Yes, it's the Goodies - alias Tim Brooke-Taylor, Graeme Garden and Bill Oddie, in three of their funniest episodes! KITTEN KONG: The Goodies Animal Clinic is open for business and Twinkle the 23 year old kitten is one of t... more »
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Monty Python meets the Monkees
Captain Opinionated | Los Angeles, CA USA | 06/14/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
""The Goodies" is barely known Stateside despite being a wildly popular comedy series in Britain for 10 years. This is largely due the series complete unavailability here since (apparently) '70s PBS airings. Well, now this DVD is available so people who are interested in British humor can check it out. Will they be disappointed? I don't think so. For those hoping for another "Monty Python," take caution when approaching this show and keep an open mind. "Python" was decidely more adult and satirical in tone, whereas "The Goodies" is lighter and more whimsical. It relies more on outrageous cartoon-like visual gags rather than the aggressive, surreal wordplay of "Python." In tone, it reminds me of the U.S.'s "The Monkees" or the zany, speeded-up filmed pieces in your typical "Benny Hill Show" (minus the smutty innuendo jokes). The three stars and writers of the show - Tim Brooke-Taylor, Graeme Garden, & Bill Oddie - all came from the same pool of Cambridge-raised talent as Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle, and others. Indeed, all three starred with Cleese on the popular pre-Python radio series "I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again" and Brooke-Taylor headlined the pre-Python sketch show "At Last the 1948 Show" (out soon on DVD) with Chapman, Cleese, & Marty Feldman. Brooke-Taylor can also be seen as one of the sketch performers with Cleese, Chapman, & Michael Palin in "How To Irritate People." Tim, Graeme, & Bill created this show in 1970, a year after Python, and continued long after Python vanished from the BBC. Most significantly, the show is very funny, VERY '60s, and VERY British. Some less versed in English culture and comedy may enjoy it less than those who are but it has a lot of appeal (especially for kids, I'm sure). The series centers around the group who will "do anything, anytime, and anywhere," from opening a vet clinic, a safari park filled with celebs, or becoming vigilante boy scouts (in the three episodes included here). Save for "Kitten Kong," these episodes are apparently not the absolute cream of the series' crop (a better selection can be found on the British DVDs), but for us Yanks, this is all were likely to see. Anyone interested in British Comedy should give it a shot! Funny and charming stuff!"
Could have been better
R. McDonnell | 08/26/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I have been a Goodies fan since I first saw them while on vacation in Northern Ireland in 1973. Selected episodes were rebroadcast on PBS in 1976/77. I had always hoped to someday see them again and now they are available. I only wish they had more than 3 episodes on the DVD and a better selection. The four star rating here is for FANS only. I used to watch this show with my siblings and NONE of them remembered it. I convinced my brother to watch the DVD with me, but he didn't think the episodes were anything great. And I think the reason is the specific episodes chosen for this American release. Better episodes that would have appealed to Americans could have been chosen. For instance the takeoff on the television show Kung Fu (known as Kung Fu Kapers)would have been great (the martial art of Ecky Thump). Also the Bunfight at the OK Tea Room would have had a greater appeal to Americans. My personal favorite Goodies episode has always been The End. Here's hoping the next American release of The Goodies will include these classics."
J. Kelley | Mid-Atlantic coast | 06/18/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"So, ok, I haven't seen the Goodies since I was a small child, back in the mists of the early'70s. However, the show left its mark, as I can still sing the theme song (Goodies! Goody, goody, yum-yum, etc.) and remember laughing hysterically. Can't wait to see this show again.Its about time!
(now lets see about getting more "Fools & Horses" and "Last of the Summer Wine" seasons out over here!)"
Soggy lettuce and potato peelings?
Jeffrey Thames | Houston, TX | 08/22/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"As a public service to those of you wondering what this, the very first multi-region Goodies DVD collection, might hold, allow me to elucidate, as Gray Bags himself would say. You get the following three episodes:
KITTEN KONG--Our heroes become vets and Graeme, with the aid of his special growth formula, unwittingly turns a fuffy little kitty into...well, the title sort of gives it away, dunnit? One of the most popular Goodies eps, though this was my first time to see it.
SCATTY SAFARI...A sad chain of events leaves the boys without a main attraction for their Star Safari Park. A trek to the Australian outback is planned and its so long Tony Blackburn, g'day Rolf Harris!
SCOUTRAGEOUS...Tim becomes a scoutmaster and his roomies retaliate through vicious, conniving means after being drummed out of his troop for stealing Margaret Thatcher's bloomers for a badge that doesn't exist. Honestly.
The only extras you get are some slightly sloppy bio and filmography pages. Also, the first few minutes of "Kitten Kong" suffer from a poor transfer, and the overall program appears little more than of an SP-speed VHS quality.
Maybe the list price seems a bit steep for a release of this caliber (even the outer packaging looks limited-budget), but I had just about given up on ever having Tim, Graeme and Bill in my DVD archive, so the flaws are quite forgivable. I hope it sells well enough to encourage Wham! USA (young guns, havin' some fun) to produce additional volumes. I'd love to see "Hospital for Hire" and "The Stone Age" again, if suggestions are being taken."