If you’ve been reading this blog for any period of time at all, you’ll probably notice that I’m a bit of an Archie fan. (No, for real). So needless to say I jumped at the opportunity to review Cookie Jar Entertainment’s release of Archie’s Weird Mysteries: The Complete Series. The cartoon originally aired in syndication in 1999/2000, and it had the entire Riverdale gang involved in the sort of strange adventures that made Mulder and Scully such a global phenomenon a few years earlier. (A subsequent comic tie-in featuring some inspired work by writer Paul Castiglia followed a few months later).
Archie cartoons over the years — most notably Filmation’s various series’ in the 1960s and ’70s — never quite captured the fun of their source material. That isn’t always the case with the uneven Archie’s Weird Mysteries, but more often than not the show is goofy fun. In fact, Episodes like “Mega-Mall of Horrors” bring to mind the crazy adventure stories of the old Life with Archie and Archie at Riverdale High comics. (Which as far as I’m concerned are the best Archie stories ever). Like its predecessors, the show can’t quite figure out how to make the Jughead character work onscreen, although episodes like “The Jughead Incident” help flesh him out to be more than just a hamburger-loving woman hater.
All 40 episodes of the series are included in this four-disc set. The only special feature to be found here is a bonus episode from the recent Sabrina animated series, the lack of features is more than made up for by the low cost of this release. You can score yourself one for less than $10, that’s a small price to pay to land yourself the best Archie animated show to date. Check it out.