DVD Review “Snorks: The Complete First Season”

Created by: Hanna-Barbara
Starring: Michael Bell
Distributed by: Warner Archive
Rating: Not Rated
Running Time: 286 minutes

Our Score: 4 out of 5 stars

Growing up for me it was either “The Smurfs” or “Snorks” all the time. Personally as a kid, I thought of the “Snorks” to be “The Smurfs” but underwater. They were a bit of a rip-off but still a lot of fun. Anyone who watched Saturday morning cartoons in the 80’s should know and love this show. And now, thanks to Warner Archive, I am able to share series with my own daughter (if they are not on Boomerang TV). I hope that Warner Archive is planning on releasing the other seasons and when they do…keep us in mind. This was a really treat to travel back under the water to get to hang with these colorful characters.

This title has not been remastered or restored but has been made from the best-quality video master currently available. Overall, it looks quite decent. The colors could have used a little bit of a revive but still it is just great to see these episodes again. It is presented within its original aspect ratio of 4×3 full frame – 1.33:1. The audio track included is the typical Dolby Mono track. I see myself re-watching these episodes quite often and look forward to other great shows getting to see the light of day thanks to Warner Archive.

Premise: “I first discovered Captain Ortega’s logbook in a monastery that overlooks the sea. On the morning of February 13, 1634, Captain Ortega anchored his ship behind a barrier reef. That night, they were attacked by pirates. The ship, set afire, sank into the lagoon. Ten days later, the captain was found, delirious, still clutching his logbook. He described a world of tiny, underwater creatures no bigger than his thumb. No one believed him, but you know, there’s something about Captain Ortega’s story…that makes me believe it’s true!” It’s true, all right – just ask the Snorks! In their steam-powered city carved out of coral, these multi-colored denizens of the deep have whale-sized hearts and are up for any challenge – or party – the ocean might send their way. So come along with Allstar, Casey, Daffney, Dimmy, Junior and Tooter as they explore life within – and sometimes beyond – the limits!

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