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Hero High - The Complete Series (1981)

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4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Format: Animated, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Bci / Eclipse
  • DVD Release Date: May 22, 2007
  • Run Time: 286 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000NVT0N4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #247,125 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

Welcome to an institute of super learning for teenage heroes and heroines in training! These students aren't always in control of their super powers leading to hilarious misadventure. Join Captain California Glorious Gal Misty Magic Punk Rock Dirty Trixie Rex Ruthless Weatherman and all their classmates as they catch criminals...and try to avoid detention! And look for a trio of super friends to drop by in the form of guest-stars Captain Marvel Mary Marvel and the legendary Isis. Extras include audio commentaries spotlight interviews documentary rare Kid Super Power Hour footage art & photo gallery booklet with episode guide & trivia DVD-ROMSystem Requirements:Running Time: 286 minsFormat: DVD MOVIE Genre: CHILDREN/FAMILY UPC: 787364726196

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ink & Paint Does It Again January 28, 2008
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I should begin this review with a confession: I remember very little about Hero High when it ran on broadcast television on Saturday mornings back in 1981. Presumably my attention was simply devoted to a rival network. However, my love for both Filmation and anything BCI/ Ink & Paint puts out led me to ordering the Hero High box set and I'm quite glad that I did.

For starters the set includes all 26 animated episodes of the series (each episode runs about 8 minutes long) with writer commentary on a couple of them. Disc 1 contains the first 14 while disc 2 contains the remaining 12 and a host of interesting special features including interviews with many of the show's actors and producers. We even hear from producer Lou Scheimer in several of the interviews.

The show (for those who have not yet had a chance to enjoy it) is surprisingly well done and clearly provided the source material for more recent super hero spoofs such as Sky High and The Incredibles. Rather than compete directly with the campy superhero animation out at the time (Hanna Barbara's Superfriends for example), Hero High knew not to take itself too seriously instead choosing to poke fun at both itself and comic action in general.

The episodes are fairly short romps in a tradition of good clean fun rather than epic good versus evil and to be completely honest, some of the humor contained within is on par with the type of material one would expect in sitcoms from the era.

Additionally the second disc contains an episode of the live action skit that came packaged in the Kid Super Power Hour at the time. This, too, can be viewed with writer and actor commentary, which really adds to the value of reliving the experience.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Childhood reborn April 14, 2008
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I loved this show as a kid!!! The run was very brief and I could never remember the exact title, but lo and behold when I found it I bought it right away. Oh, the memories! Even the old NBC logo makes an appearance. The characters were typically Filmation quality (lots of laugh track and stilted jokes), but the premise was fun and the live performances made the show. I have shared the DVD with my own children and they think the show is hilarious. My only complaint is I would have liked to have seen more of the live performances and a few episodes of Shazzam would have been icing on the cake.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well, It Sure Wasn't Superhero Archies March 18, 2011
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I remember this show. Tho I was 15, I always enjoyed cartoons, still do today. I was scoffing at it then, and, as usual, now I do find some aspects enjoyable about it (mainly Rex Ruthless, who I liked then and now).

As others note, this is NOT the Shazam segments, tho they all aired together in the same program 30 years ago. This clearly was supposed to be the comedy heroes compared to Shazam (Captain Marvel) who was the 'serious' hero (fighting Sivana and a caterpillar?)

I guess now the interesting part to me is that this was proposed as superhero Archies and that deal fell thru. Yes, the show and characters are clearly set up as the Riverdale gang (can't quite picture Veronica as Dirty Trixie. Jughead as Punk Rock?)

Another aspect I have always pondered over the years was how none of the performers went on to other programs. Maylo McCaslin, who was Trixie, married Willie Aames of 8 is Enough, but I'm really surprised none of them were drawn into soap operas, especially the two blondes.

I guess what always intrigued me, even as a teen, was the live performers clearly enjoyed doing the corny jokes and songs, so they were devoted to the program (always a plus)
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Some memories are best left as memories September 14, 2009
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Ah the glorious good ol' days of saturday morning cartoons. They don't make 'em like this anymore (and it's a good thing). While it has it's charms this little forgotten early 80's Filmation entry is stricktly kids fare. The best thing about this DVD release are the rare "Live Action" wrap arounds from the Kids Super Power Hour with Shazam! show from 1981. Strange little segments that feature the voice actors in costume as their Hero High counterparts singing songs, telling jokes, giving life lessons, dissin on each other... and the costumes... I won't go there! It's really weird to think I used to love the character "Punk Rock", I think it was the mohawk (hey, I was 5 years old when this show was on the air). Of course now I find it really odd and dated that the "Punk" on the show talks like a hippster Jazz cat? Apparently no one at the Filmations studios knew what a "Punk" was. Features cameos from Captain Marvel (Shazam!) and Isis of Freedom Force. Definately a must for classic saturday morning cartoon enthousiasts. All others beware.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great quality January 17, 2014
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great quality.
this is not a cheap transfer but a well made video copy. the colors are crisp. the only complaint I have is the audio seems very jumpy but I think that was recorded that way. It's very imperceptible but it's there. well worth 10 bucks or less.
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