Dynomutt

TV review by
KJ Dell Antonia, Common Sense Media
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Scooby silliness + Batman adventure = retro fun.

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Positive Messages

Good always triumphs over evil -- and the Blue Falcon has a remarkable tolerance for his canine sidekick's screw-ups. Features the first-ever African-American public official on a cartoon (the mayor).

Violence & Scariness

Animated violence (scuffles, nabbing bad guys) along the lines of the average '70s superhero cartoon. It's mild by today's standards but may worry very young/sensitive kids.

Sexy Stuff

Female villains tend to be scantily clad (a la Wonder Woman).

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this is the same late-'70s classic they may remember fondly from their own younger days. Expect some standard cartoon superhero violence (though it's all pretty lighthearted and meant to be a bit on the satirical side) and some scantily clad (a la Wonder Woman) female villains). It's worth noting that the mayor was the first-ever African-American public official in a cartoon.

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What's the story?

DYNOMUTT is the Batman-like saga of the Blue Falcon -- the superhero alter ego of millionaire Radley Crowne (voiced by Gary Owens) -- and his robotic sidekick Dog Wonder, known undercover as Dynomutt (Frank Welker). When alerted by the Falcon Flash, these two report to save Big City. The catch is that Dog Wonder couldn't save a banana from a paper bag, and the Blue Falcon is in as much danger from his canine companion as he is from the villains. But the tolerant Blue Falcon goes along with Dog Wonder's crazy schemes to capture the villain of the hour -- which always have disastrous results -- before coming in to save the day.

Is it any good?

Dynomutt is funny and silly in the finest tradition of the old-school "this is the only time all week that you get to watch cartoons and eat sugary cereal, so enjoy it" Saturday mornings. Even jaded viewers of today's sophisticated action 'toons will laugh at Dog Wonder's goofy plans and ridiculous robotic abilities, with stoic straight man Blue Falcon as his foil. It's not on that often, so be sure to catch it when you can.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what Dynomutt has in common with other cartoon characters -- in what ways does he remind you of Scooby-Doo? How about Hong Kong Phooey? And what similarities does the show share with Batman? On the other hand, what makes Dynomutt original and funny? How is he different from those other characters?

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