Hero High - The Complete Series
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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.Read more ›
It was a fun rolic to the past, but I can tell these actors were only doing this as a first gig hoping to move onto other acting opportunities.
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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A blast from the past. I remember watching Hero High as part of the Kid Superpower Hour with Shazam! when it was part of NBC Saturday morning lineup in 1981.Published 12 months ago by Damarcus Rogers
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... Read more
Reminded me of bowls of cereal and Saturday mornings. Being with my brother without a care in the world. Good times.Published on March 9, 2013 by espa333
This cartoon brings me great memories! It has all 26 episodes and I love all of them! It also shows THE KID SUPER POWER HOUR with Shazam! Read morePublished on February 24, 2011 by Michael A. Brown
Not as good as I had remembered back in the 80s. Reality of how advanced animation has come, including storyboarding.Published on February 24, 2009 by Shaan K. Trotter