There never has and never will be another comedy act as brilliant as the Three Stooges. Ever since their debut with Ted Healy in 1925 they have been delivering the laughs through various incarnations. While the most legendary and popular consist of Moe, Larry, and Curly due to various reasons they had to go through changes with Moe and Larry the only two to remain with the trio until the end. From 1965 to 1966 the boys along with the latest edition Curly Joe embarked on their only regularly scheduled television show in history The New Three Stooges cartoon series. Now they are coming home for the first time ever with the 45th Anniversary The New Three Stooges Complete Cartoon Collection.
This series featured 39 live action segments which were used as wraparounds to introduce the cartoons. The boys supplied their own voices to the animated versions of themselves to create a whole new version of the Stooges like never before. The animation was pretty much the standard style of the time and stuck to the format and rules that most cartoons follow instead of those they had used in their live action adventures. The character designs were perfect capturing their likenesses without question while convincing you they were always cartoons. The stories are silly but do miss the charm and brilliance of the originals, but mostly because it is near impossible to convey what they were able to do in animation. They definently tried their best and it still entertaining you just have to enjoy it for what it is as opposed to what you expect. While most were not a fan of Curly Joe due to the fact that no one could have ever lived up to the brilliance of the original Curly, this series gives a good platform to give him a chance and he does a fine job getting the chance to do something new instead of always in Curly’s shadow.
Nothing will ever replace the classic Stooges shorts and like it or not this animated series is part of their legacy and should not be ignored. There are a lot of stubborn people that just refuse to watch the Stooges due to being in black and white or their silly nature, so this is a good avenue to introduce them to a new generation as well as a must have for any hardcore fans collection. This set features all 156 episodes as well as a bonus CD featuring 12 sing-A-longs and 11 Christmas songs that is sure to add to the fun.
BE sure to grab your copy of this classic series featuring the greatest comedic troupe of all time when it hits stores on October 15th.