The New Adventures of Flash Gordon - The Complete Series
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Do any of you remember the cartoon Tarzan: Lord of the Jungle back in the 70's? The same company, Filmation, created the Flash Gordon animated adventures. What that means is the artwork is of a good quality. We're talking movie quality (like the better stuff from Heavy Metal) with vibrant colors and even some lively animation. A lot of this animation came from rotoscoping and it looks awesome (rotoscoping is a process where real actors/stuntment are filmed and then traced over on cel animation to create very fluid movement in animation). While not all the animation was rotoscoped it makes up for the fact that 70's television animation was limited to a pretty low framerate due to budget constraints. In the end you get something that blows away anything on TV at the time.
You gotta appreciate the attention to detail that you get from a cartoon from this era, but there are drawbacks. Sometimes you see the same rotoscoped action again and again. Not that big of a deal when you realize each episode came out weekly. What really bugged me was the use of stock sound effects that really didn't fit the grandness of the show. Now and then some cheesy "kid show" boing sound and such would pop up and that would kill the whole polished feel I get from the show.
The episodes were set with a serial feel to them, having cliffhangers on many of the episodes.Read more ›
The first 16 episodes of the first season were serialized the same way as the old 1930's Alex Raymond comic strips. The second season suffered when NBC decided to change the format of the show by cutting them down to 12 minute chapters (2 per episode) and the addition of the Godzooky-like flying dragon Gremlin was thrown in to "juvenilize" the show for the kiddies. The result is a precursor to several 80's cartoons that followed such as Filmation's own Blackstar in 1981 featuring the heroic John Blackstar and the dwarven Trobbits and in 1983 with He-Man and the Masters of the Universe with sidekick Orko the Magician.Read more ›
Like fellow animated 'toon Jessica Rabbit, Aura "wasn't bad, she was just drawn that way."
The startling change came in season two with the addition of a new cast member: the oh-so-cute pink dragon named "Gremlin". Too many shows were themed around his antics and how he awkwardly provided assistance to Flash and his friends. There were also changes in the dialogue, with Flash, once a dominant, straightforward guy, now limited to spouting "one-liners," much, I think, to the dismay of voiceover actor Robert Ridgeley. I'm sure that he must've cringed after uttering some of the script's lines.
As another reviewer has mentioned, this compilation misses the spectacular telefilm that aired two years later, featuring footage not shown in the series and a more satisfying presentation, suited for the entire family.
The sight of the sleekly moving assault flying armada of Ming has yet to be bested and the brilliant use of sound effects was a treat for the ears.
This DVD presentation is quite good, if one can just get past that little pink guy.
My final rating: 4 for the series, 5 for the memories, and a 3 for the addition of "Gremlin".
Overall: FOUR STARS
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I'm an animated fan, so a little fussy when it comes to these but I'm happy with the purchase. It arrived well packaged, was a good deal at time, and I enjoyed watching the dvd.Published 22 months ago by Dr Thomas Melly
The first season of this classic series was great at that time but the second season was a joke. All of a sudden the show got a bit campy and that's what ruined it. Read morePublished on February 1, 2014 by Fan 1
While the listing and photo was for "The Complete Series", the item that was sent was the (far less rare, easy to obtain, and much cheaper) "14 Complete Episodes"... Read morePublished on April 13, 2013 by W. Moore
I'll keep this review short and succinct. This DVD pack is stellar. The animation is leaps and bounds ahead of other animated shows of the time period. Read morePublished on October 18, 2012 by A. Nathaniel Wallace, Jr.
I remember when this first aired on Saturday mornings. I was just outgrowing the kiddie stuff but still at the age of enjoying animation, and this fit me at the stage I was at. Read morePublished on January 9, 2012 by Michael Cornett
First of all I did like what they have. However there is much of the original that was left off I Remember that in the mines there was a piece where one of the lizard women hit on... Read morePublished on October 16, 2010 by D. Gonzalez
He was Flash Gordon; and viewers were invited to join he and his team on a "fantastic journey; into worlds where peril and adventure awaited. Read more