A Pleasant Surprise!
Richard Lindsay | Rochester, NY United States | 02/24/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I remember vaguely watching the Howdy Doody Show when I was a kid. I bought this DVD to see if the show was the way I remembered it and to see if my 2 and a half-year-old granddaughter would enjoy it. Well my granddaughter was fascinated and she kept asking me who the different characters were. Her favorite of course was Carabell the clown. The most fun part for me was the fact that this was live TV and there are many instances where things don't go exactly as planned. When the surprises happen it is fun to watch Buffalo Bob and Chief Thunderthud or Cornilus J Cob try and get through them. One example is when Thunderthud sprays himself with water and is blinded for a minute. The exchange between Buffalo Bob and the chief is classic. There are many such goofs that make this DVD enjoyable beyond the nostalgia aspect. The commercials during the show are also interesting. Wonder Bread goes from building strong bodies 8 ways in 1953 to building strong bodies 12 ways in 1957. If you watched the Howdy Doody show in the 50's or if you want an idea of what live children's television was like, you'll enjoy this DVD. I'm looking forward to getting the other three."