|SCRUFFY Ruby Spears [VHS] Video|
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Back in the late 70's and early 80's, the dog played a big part in pop culture. Stars like Benji and Boomer were hitting it big on the screen and during prime time TV viewing hours, while old favorites such as "Old Yeller" were airing on TV and as re-releases in theaters as well. This trend was evident with canines having a big presence in Saturday Morning cartoons. Dogs have always been a big staple in animation, however during this time period, they were quite popular.
"Scruffy" was a TV special that aired originally on the "ABC Weekend Specials" during the Fall of 1980. The story, presented in classic Saturday Morning animated form, told the story of an orphaned and abandoned Springer Spaniel puppy trying to find her way through the hardships of a large city....presumably Boston or New York. Along the way, she encounters various other canines and humans, some friendly, some not so much, along with various situations ranging from humerous to down right dangerous.
What makes this story unique is while it carries the classic Saturday Morning cartoon feel to it....the general feel at times is quite dark. There are actual fatalities in "Scruffy", unheard of at that time, as well as deep messages being presented to the viewer in addition to the sugary cartoon entertainment.
All in all, this film is quite good, and dog lovers will jump all over it, as well as fans who remembered the program from their youth when a sugary bowl of cereal and 7 hours of cartoons were the norm on any given Saturday Morning. Older kids may enjoy this movie, they will be able to follow the rather forward storyline, as well as enjoy picking out the various dog breeds represented (Collie, Cairn Terrier, Pit Bulls, Boxer etc). Very young children may be frightened by some of the events that take place in the movie (a pair of dogs do battle... two characters, one human and one canine, perish...some tense situations...and a sad dog pound scene), so this feature is best viewed by older kids or adults looking to relive a moment from their childhood.
Technical aspects....this is a made for TV movie from the very early 80's, all hand-drawn animation. Don't expect a big screen Disney production, though the artwork is very detailed and quite nice, and the characters are likeable and attractive. (suprisingly, the canine characters are quite good representations of their real life breeds.)
Two versions of this movie are out there. One is the UK PAL version...beware U.S. buyers, this one may not work in your VCR. This one has a yellow clam-shell cover showing Scruffy and her mother. (A few U.S. formats in this cover were released). The second version was the later one featuring a cardboard sleave cover showing just Scruffy against a blue backround. This version will work in standard U.S. VCRs.
I actually owned the move "Scruffy" when my children were little. I loaned it out and never got it back. I now have a beautiful granddaughter and want her to grow up watching this wonderful movie. It's about a dog's life from puppy to adulthood and the trials it went through. How it ended up at the pound and was scheduled to die, but was saved. It's a very well done cartoon for children of all ages. I highly recommend it. I was very happy to have found it.
I used to watch this all the time when I was little. I leant it to my mother's day care and when I asked if I could have it back they said they threw it away for whatever reason! So I HAD to buy it again! Cause I am still in love with this story in my 20's and it still brings tears to my eyes! Its so cute! I cant wait to share it with my kids and my brother's kids! Its such a heart warming tale! i hope they release it on DVD soon!!
Bought this movie for my adult daughter who loved it many years ago, as a child.
She always wanted to find a copy of it to keep and see again. Very happy with this copy in its original cover. Sad, but a great story.
I dislike that when I watch this movie it skips A LOT! I know that it is an older item and VHS but its skips a lot and wish it would have said in the product review that it skips a lot!