Disc News: Underdog finally gets a complete boxset

There’s no need to fear since the all the Underdog adventures will soon be here. After a decade of frustrating sporadic single DVDs, all of the adventures of the world’s greatest flying canine will be released in a boxset. Underdog: Complete Collector’s Edition is slated for release on January 24, 2012. Here’s the press release from Shout! Factory:

Los Angeles, CA (October 24, 2011) — When help is needed he is not slow, for it’s hip-hip-hip and away Underdog goes! On January 24, 2012, fans of all ages can rest assured; help is on the way as Shout! Factory releases Underdog®: Complete Collector’s Edition® in a beautiful, deluxe nine-disc DVD box set.

The collection contains over twenty hours of content, including the show’s three seasons comprised of 62 four-part episodes, the original shorts featuring the characters Go Go Gophers, Klondike Kat and Commander McBragg as well as all-new DVD extras. A must-have box set for fans of the series and DVD collectors, the Underdog®: Complete Collector’s Edition® will be available for pre-order on Amazon.com for $69.97.

An anthropomorphic superhero, Underdog® first debuted in 1964 on the NBC network as the alter ego to the humble and lovable Shoeshine Boy. Whenever his love interest Sweet Polly Purebred was threatened by the evil villains Simon Bar Sinister and Riff Raff, Shoeshine Boy would rush into a telephone booth, transform into the caped, superhero Underdog and save the day. Voiced by notable comedy actor Wally Cox, Underdog spoke in rhyme cementing the famous phrase: “There is no need to fear, Underdog is here!”™ in the pop culture consciousness. An instant hit, Underdog went on to become a classic animated series. The show ran in syndication until 1973, for a total of 124 episodes.

Bonus Features:

Underdog®: Complete Collector’s Edition

* Bonus Cartoons: Tooter The Turtle And The Hunter
* Alternate Episode Openings And Closings
* Featurette
* Commentaries With Writer/Producer/Co-creator W. Watts Biggers, Voice Actor George S. Irving, Producer Treadwell Covington, Animation Historian Mark Arnold And More . . .

Available at Amazon.com.