Hong Kong Phooey, number one super guy!
Hong Kong Phooey, quicker than the human eye!
"Hello hello, Police Headquarters! What? Oh, Sgt. Flint, Penry the Janitor is missing! Where do you suppose he is?" "Well, the last time I saw him, he was hopping into that filing cabinet! What do you suppose THAT is about?"
It's about the classic Hanna Barbera 1974 series Hong Kong Phooey
! Penry (a.k.a. "Penrod Pooch") was the quiet, unassuming janitor at the police station. As emergency calls came in and Rosemary the operator answered and passed them on to Sgt. Flint, Penry would leap into the filing cabinet and change into super-hero Hong Kong Phooey! He and his cat, Spot, would head to the scene of the crime in the Phooey-Mobile, which could change at the sound of the gong into whatever vehicle was needed to do the job! Once there, Phooey would consult his "Hong Kong Book Of Kung Fu" to figure out the right moves to banish the bad guy, but it was good old Spot who would really save the day.
Scatman Crothers (Transformers, Chico and the Man
) voiced Phooey and Hanna Barbara veteran voice actor Don Messick did Spot (who never talked, but did make some sounds). Joe E. Ross (The Phil Silvers Show, Car 54 Where Are You?
) voiced Sgt. Flint. There were 31 cartoons aired in just 16 episodes, although Phooey would return in Scooby's All-Star Laff-A Lympics
a few years later.
Rumor has it that Warner Home Video, in addition to preparing Hanna Barbera classics Quick Draw McGraw
and Wally Gator
for DVD release later this year, is also preparing Hong Kong Phooey - The Complete Series
as well! We don't know if these will be on the same dates, or different dates, or what have you. But our industry sources assure us that this IS in-the-works, and that extras are being prepped for it as well. I'm extremely excited about this one myself, so stay tuned and we'll keep you updated as development occurs!