Defenders Of The Earth - The Complete Series, Vol. 1
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- Original presentation pilot for Defenders of the Earth featuring alternate characters and animation
- Image galleries
- DVD ROM features: Scripts, storyboards and the complete series Bible
- Comic Strip Champions art cards: Two collectible 4x6 exclusive Defenders of the Earth art cards
- Detailed character profiles
- Trivia and fun facts
- Bonus episode: Flash Gordon Episode #1: A Planet in Peril
Top Customer Reviews
The show also introduced a younger generation of heroes: Rick Gordon - Flash Gordon's brainy but brash son; Jedda Walker - the Phantom's daughter, who has telepathic powers; Kshin - Mandrake's adopted son, who is the magician's apprentice and who has an alien pet named Zuffy; Lothar Jr. (or LJ) - Rick's best friend, who's into martial arts and is also the son of Mandrake's friend Lothar. These kids did their own share of world saving, but, every now and then, also got in the way of the big three.
And let's not forget Dynak, the computer that the Defenders of the Earth heavily relied on. Here's the twist: in the first episode "Escape from Mongo," Ming the Merciless had captured Flash Gordon's wife, Dale Arden Gordon, and was using brainwashing techniques to get her to tell him the whereabouts of Flash. Dale resisted, fatally. But, before she perished, her "soul" was saved into a crystal, which was then used as a power source for the computer Dynak.Read more ›
First off this was a great cartoon. Allthough admitdly of the main chartures, Flash Gordon is more well known. (Intrestingly this series was my first introduction to The Phantom). Secondly this series last for at least 65 episodes, long enough to maintain interest in the charture. In regards of Flash Gordon this series is my third favorit incarnation of the chartur. The first is the 80s movie, and the second the filmation series.
Now for a bit of background. Flash Gordon was a top althlet who was rocketed to Mongo to fight the evil tyrant Ming the Merciless. The Phantom is a hero who lives in the jungels and fights crime. (Hes like a cross between Tarzan and Zorro, but has his own special storyline). Mandrake the Magican is an illusionist who poses as a stage magigian and fights crime. His companion is Lothar (a rather uninteresting charture in the comics). what I liked with this series is that Lothar is upgraded to hero states. sure ok hes the token black guy, but he is such a great charture. its good to have him in this series. these three main chartures have previously had their own seprat comic strip adventures. for this cartoon all three join up to fight evil.Read more ›
however, like a lot of cartoons from the 80's, there are so many episodes that just doesn't have certain excitement factors in them... after 1 cd, i had to take a break from it and move on to the next series that i bought. I will still watch it though, but alternating is the best way to go. I dont think i could stand watching all 65 episodes in one go.
I used to watch this cartoon on Sunday mornings back in the 80's on a UHF channel. To me, these were the best stories and incarnations of the characters Flash Gordon and The Phantom.
After getting this DVD set and watching the credits, I was surprised to see that Marvel's STAN LEE actually was involved with the show--Even writing the lyrics to the them song! I also spotted Frank Paur's name--Who is known for his great work with the Batman: The Animated Series and, recently, with Marvel's Animated Feature--Planet Hulk!
This cartoon has great scripts and was done in the style of the GI Joe & Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends animation. Many of the sound effects and some of the scores from those two shows can be heard in DEFENDERS OF THE EARTH. The cartoon series was also a Marvel Production associated with King Features.
If you enjoy action packed 80's cartoons, this is one to be added to your collection. I was glad Amazon suggested this item to me!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
As a devoted follower of Lee Falk's The Phantom, I wanted something that would capture the imagination of my grandson. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Uncle Mickey
Great show, my husband remembered this from when we were kids we really liked it. It has been nice reliving the adventure.Published 9 months ago by Diva
the product works very well looks good it came very fast fall is real good tooPublished 11 months ago by E.Moore
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|Spanish audio available?||
Sorry, I bought this set and there is no spanish audio track. A mi ahijado le hubiera gustado oirlo en espanol.
May 29, 2007 by J. Seda | See all 2 posts
|Where are the scripts and bible?||
I've got the exact same problem. Says it's Mac compatible, but have tried it under OSX 10.5 and 10.4, with the same result: simply doesn't show DVD ROM content. I bought this basically *just* for the series bible and storyboards, and am somewhat disappointed. Will try it on a PC system soon and... Read More
Sep 1, 2009 by Ted Hobgood | See all 2 posts
|have subtitles spanish||Be the first to reply|