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#1 of 4 OFFLINE   Timothy E

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Posted August 19 2009 - 12:58 PM

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Studio: Warner Brothers
Year: 1983
Rated: Not Rated
Film Length: 172 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Audio: English Mono,
Portuguese Mono
Subtitles: English, French, Portuguese

Release Date: August 11, 2009
The Series
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The Superfriends was Hanna-Barbera Studios' cartoon version of the Justice League of

America.  It ran on ABC-TV on Saturday mornings from 1973 through 1983.  After its

cancellation in 1983, ABC brought back the Superfriends in 1984 and it lasted for

another 2 seasons before its final cancellation in 1986.  The cancellation by ABC came

as a surprise to Hanna-Barbera since the series was so popular in foreign markets. 

 As a result, the 8 new half hour episodes produced for the 1983-1984 season never

aired on ABC, although these "lost" episodes did air at the time in Australia and other

overseas markets.  Although the package art for this set announces "24 episodes on 2

discs", there are actually 8 half hour episodes consisting of 3 different stories in each
The roster of characters in the Superfriends usually included Superman, Batman and

Robin, Wonder Woman, and the Wonder Twins with their space monkey Gleek. These

cartoons were produced during the mid-1980s, an era which was the nadir of quality for

children’s cartoons in the United States. The animation is limited to the extent typical

of most children’s cartoons produced during this period. It is difficult to avoid drawing

comparisons to the excellent Justice League cartoons produced by Warner Brothers in

the last decade. Unfortunately, the "lost" episode of the Superfriends suffer by the



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Video quality is excellent given the source material. These cartoons have probably

never looked better than they do on these DVDs, even if the quality of animation fails to

live up to contemporary standards. Some minor debris is apparent, however, the debris

appears to originate from the masters. A good example is when certain objects move

across the screen; the animators accomplished this by moving the cel across the

background. Debris that existed on the clear portion of the cel moves parallel with the

object moving across the screen. In 1983, the largest television sets had a screen of

26 inches or so. On those TV screens, the debris was invisible whereas it is clearly

visible on the larger screens of today.

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The English Mono soundtrack is typical of a cartoon produced in the 1980s. Dialogue

and sound effects are clearly audible even if it is not the same quality of new cartoons

produced 25 years later.  The soundtrack is solid if unexceptional for its time.

Special Features

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The only special feature is a gallery of images consisting of the cover artwork and 2

interior stories from issue no. 1 of The Superfriends comic book published by DC

Comics in the 1970s. The images and word balloons are difficult to decipher even on a

67 inch screen. There is also a DVD-rom option allowing the comic book to be printed

out on your home computer. The second comic book story is noteworthy in that it was

drawn by Alex Toth, the accomplished comic book and animation artist who is credited

with the character designs of the Superfriends cartoon series.


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#2 of 4 OFFLINE   David Rain

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Posted August 21 2009 - 08:01 PM

I haven't watched these shows in years so I'm wondering if all of the Super Friends (& the other similarly named shows)  eps are now on DVD or is there still something missing ?

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#3 of 4 ONLINE   younger1968



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Posted August 22 2009 - 12:50 AM

i believe 1973 superfriends has not been released. I am very interested in this series.

#4 of 4 OFFLINE   Corey3rd



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Posted August 22 2009 - 02:19 AM

forgot the middle one:

actually it's three series that haven't been released: the '73 series, World's Greatest Super Friends from '79 which was 8 half hours and the batch of 42 shorts that ran from 80-81 that make up 14 twenty one minute episodes.
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