Lancelot Link: Secret Chimp out on DVD

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Lancelot Link: Secret Chimp


Complete, Authorized Classic TV Series Available for the

First Time on DVD in Canada

on February 4, 2014



Monkey business takes on a whole new meaning in the live-action classic television series Lancelot Link: Secret Chimp, swinging onto DVD in a special, three-disc collector’s set, February 4, 2014, from Video Services Corp (VSC) and Film Chest with a suggested retail price of $26.98.

In the spirit of Get Smart, ABC’s action-adventure/comedy spy series (1970-72) aired Saturday mornings, starring a cast of chimpanzees whose performances were dubbed with human voices, including those of Dayton Allen, Joan Gerber, Steven Hoffman and The Love Boat’s Bernie Kopell, among others. All 17 episodes have been transferred from the original studio ABC masters.

In a world inhabited by chimps instead of humans, Lancelot Link (Allen), along with partner Mata Hairi (Gerber), is one of the top agents of the Agency to Prevent Evil (APE), a secret organization led by Commander Darwin (Allen) that protects the world from wrongdoers.

Their chief nemesis is Baron Von Butcher (Kopell), who leads the Criminal Headquarters for Underworld Master Plan (CHUMP), an evil league bent on world conquest. Assisting the Baron is a band of bad apes including Creto, Wang Fu, the Duchess, Dragon Lady, Ali Assa Seen and Dr. Strangemind.

Episodes also included musical segments featuring the psychedelic music group Evolution Revolution (even spawning the release of a soundtrack album).

Now in retirement, Lancelot has been enjoying his days at Los Angeles’ Wildlife Waystation (WWS), which will receive part of the proceeds from DVD sales. A famed institution that has been assisting wild animals in need for 36 years, WWS is now desperately in need of funds for renovations and to remain open.

“It was very exciting to find that Lance was still around after all these years and being well cared for in his retirement at the Wildlife Waystation,” commented Allan Sandler, producer of the original series and of the DVD collector’s set.  “Bringing back all the memories of filming the series is a highlight for me and I am happy another generation of viewers will have the opportunity to enjoy the show.”

Added Martine Colette, founder and matriarch of WWS, “The Wildlife Waystation is very pleased and grateful to receive these proceeds to help us with the ongoing costs of maintaining the care of our chimpanzees.”

The only approved digital and DVD elements protected by copyright from the original producers and owners (SBM, LLC) with the approval of ABC, Lancelot Link: Secret Chimp is presented in full screen with an aspect ratio of 4 x 3 and original mono sound. Special features include interviews with Sandler and musical director Bob Emenegger; live video footage of Sandler with Lancelot at the Waystation in 2011; the 1999 documentary short I Created Lancelot Link by Diane Bernard and Jeff Krulik; picture slideshow of real-life Lancelot Link (provided by Sandler and Life magazine); and complete Evolution Revolution vignettes from all 17 original episodes.

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Episode Guide

Episode #1: There’s No Business Like Snow Business

While undercover as ski instructors, Lance and Mata protect the valuable Star of Karachi diamond.

Episode #2: The Lone APE / Missile Beach Party

Lance foils a chicken rustling plot. / Lance stops Baron and Dr. Strangemind from blowing up missiles.

Episode #3: The Mysterious Motorcycle Menace / The Great Beauty Contest

Baron’s motorcycle gang steals APE’s payroll. / A Soviet beauty queen from Siberia wants to defect.

Episode #4: CHUMP Takes a Holiday / To Tell the Tooth

Lance steals CHUMP’s secret codes while they hold a convention. / A dentist working for CHUMP is putting secret radio transmitters into the teeth of military officials.

Episode #5: The Great Brain Drain / The Great Double Double Cross

Dr. Strangemind creates a potion that makes the drinker … including Lance … act like a child. / Lance and Mata are impersonated by Baron and Dragon Lady, who infiltrate APE.

Episode #6: Lance of Arabia / The Doctor Goes APE

Lance and Mata set out to rescue an archaeologist who knows where CHUMP hides its gold. / Then they must steal back microfilm from CHUMP that contains photos of APE’s agents.

Episode #7: The Surfin’ Spy / The Missing Link

Lance poses as a lifeguard but his cover is blown. / Lance awaits his Uncle Mortimer, who seems to be missing.

Episode #8: Bonana / The Greatest Chase in the World

Lance and Mata go undercover at a dude ranch. / The agents then go on a race around the world to catch Baron and his cohorts.

Episode #9: The Reluctant Robot / The Royal Foil

Dr. Strangemind creates a robot to kill Lance. / Lance and Mata protect a visiting king.

Episode #10: The Great Great Race / The Great Plane Plot

APE challenges CHUMP to an auto race. / Mata goes undercover as an airline stewardess.

Episode #11: Landlubber Lance / The Temporary Thanksgiving Turkey Truce

Lance goes undercover as a sailor on Dragon Lady’s boat. / On Thanksgiving, Lance searches for secret microfilm.

Episode #12: The Dreaded Hong Kong Sneeze / The Great Bank Robbery

Baron plans to infect the world with an Asian virus. / Lance decides to steal money back from bank robbers.

Episode #13: The Sour Taste of Success / The Baron’s Birthday Ball

Lance discovers microfilm has been hidden in a lemon. / Lance unwittingly becomes part of a birthday present for Baron.

Episode #15: The Spy Who Went Out in the Cold / Too Many CHUMPs

Lance goes undercover as a defector to CHUMP. / Lance and Mata must stop a new wave of CHUMP agents being formed.

Episode #16: The CHUMP Code Caper / Weather or Not

CHUMP agents discover Lance and Mata transmit coded messages through their rock band. / Dr. Strangemind creates a weather-control machine.

Episode #17: The Evolution Revolution / The Great Water Robbery

CHUMP deciphers APE’s coded messages. / CHUMP holds city’s water supply hostage.


Lancelot Link: Secret Chimp (3 Discs)

Genre: Television/Comedy/Family

Original Release: 1970 (Color)

Not Rated

Running Time: Approx. 600 Minutes

Suggested Retail Price: $26.98

Street Date: February 4, 2014

Catalog #:  FC-486

UPC Code:  # 874757048697

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