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Challenge of the Super Friends: Season 1

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Challenge of the Super Friends: The First Season (DVD)

This exciting animated series features the adventures of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and Aquaman with their teenage friends Wendy and Marvin.

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Challenge of the Super Friends is the ultimate animated all-star contest of good versus evil. The original Super Friends (running from 1973 to 1977--Wonder Twins and Gleek anyone??) was made up of the greatest DC Comics superheroes fighting together to uphold justice for all mankind. Overall, it was a pretty good show, but getting stale very fast. In 1978, the superhero animation bar was raised high when the first (and only) season of Challenge of the Super Friends hit the Saturday morning circuit. Immediately these 16 episodes made up the best that Super Friends had to offer for one reason alone: the creation of the Legion of Doom, banding together the 13 most sinister villains of all-time from remote galaxies. Led by the sinister genius of Lex Luthor, the Legion of Doom was dedicated to take over the universe, and only the Super Friends, led by Superman, Wonder Woman and the Dynamic Duo, dared to challenge this intergalactic threat and bring them to justice.

There is no denying that animated superhero shows have come a long way since Super Friends. The Challenge of the Super Friends is very '70s in presentation, riddled with inconsistencies and drawing mistakes, and allowing heroes to fly even if they couldn't fly in the comics. However, there is no denying the staying power of the stories, its concept, the superheroes/villains pairing and its overall charm. Included in this set are a couple of nice features, particularly the superheroes/villains biographies, each with their own mini-video. There is also a good, brief documentary of today's comic book and TV show creators reflecting on their impressions of Challenge of the Super Friends and its influence on their careers. If you want to take a trip down memory lane to the Hall of Justice or the swamps of the Hall of Doom, you will not be disappointed by this set. --Rob Bracco


Special Features

Documentary: "Saturday, Sleeping Bags & Super Friends" RetrospectiveDocumentary: "Saturday, Sleeping Bags & Super Friends" RetrospectiveDocumentary: "Saturday, Sleeping Bags & Super Friends" Retrospective

Product Details

  • Actors: Jack Angel, Marlene Aragon, Michael Bell, Bill Callaway, Ted Cassidy
  • Producers: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • 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: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: June 20, 2006
  • Run Time: 347 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (128 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00023E88U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,025 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Challenge of the Super Friends: Season 1" on IMDb

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"Banded together from remote galaxies, are 13 of the most sinister villains of all time - the Legion of Doom! Dedicated to a single objective: the conquest of the universe! Only one group dares to challenge this intergalactic threat - the Superfriends!"

That's how announcer Stanley Jones (voice of Lex Luthor) opened this classic show from 1978. The opening scenes showing the Riddler caught [like a deer in headlights] in Batman's spotlight, and Black Manta tied up atop a whale "piloted" by Aquaman still look cool.

The appeal of Challenge of the Superfriends is in the fact that they waged an ongoing battle against actual villains from the comic books. Most of which were direct counterparts i.e. Green Lantern/Sinestro, Flash/Captain Cold, Batman/Scarecrow, etc. So the battles never got repetitive the writers wisely mix-matched the contenders. And don't forget the Legion's very cool Darth Vader-headed headquarters based underneath the swamp.

THE JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA: Superman, Aquaman, Wonder Woman, Batman, Robin, Hawkman, Flash, Green Lantern, Black Vulcan, Samurai, and Apache Chief.
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THE LEGION OF DOOM: Lex Luthor, Brainiac, Solomon Grundy, the Riddler, the Scarecrow, Bizarro, Cheetah, Black Manta, Giganta, Gorilla Grodd, Sinestro, Captain Cold, and the Toyman.

This 2 disc set contains all 16 episodes from the season.

Episodes (by aired & production order):
01. 09-Sep-1978 Wanted: The Superfriends
02. 16-Sep-1978 Invasion of The Fearians
03. 23-Sep-1978 The World's Deadliest Game
04. 30-Sep-1978 The Time Trap
05. 07-Oct-1978 Trial of the Superfriends
06. 14-Oct-1978 Monolith of Evil
07. 21-Oct-1978 The Giants of Doom
08. 28-Oct-1978 Secret Origins of the Superfriends
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I purchased this for my son's third birthday. He is absolutely crazy about superheros but most of the recent superhero cartoons are too violent. This show has all the superheros and is perfect for children young and old--we have had kids from 3-10 watch it and love it. I highly recommend it!
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...the world's greatest super heroes unite to keep a watchful eye on the planet earth.' And it's so cool to be able to be back with the Super Friends once again! Kudos to the creators of this once-in-a-lifetime and unprecedented Saturday morning series event that is certain never to be equaled again. Because of complex licensing issues producing a similar show on television today with all the same characters would be utterly impossible. And so a reunion of the 'World's Greatest Superheroes' is sadly unlikely as well.

Well, if you've seen even one episode of "The Challenge Of The Super Friends" you know it's no Hall Of Fame animated classic - at least not as far as the continuity is concerned. There are some very grievous errors that are hilarious to spot. For instance in the episode "The Time Trap" three sets of the Super Friends get trapped in various eras of earth's past, among them Batman & Robin who are captured and held by the troops of one of the Roman emperor Caesars. In the present day Superman discovers a clue that can pinpoint the time frames each of the set of heroes is being held so off he goes to the lab to have the piece of evidence analyzed; and who should be there amongst the other Super Friends waiting for the analysis - none other than Batman himself! Maybe he was just there in spirit and only we (the fans in Saturday morning TV land) could see him? Another sparkling moment comes in the episode "The Monolith Of Evil" when suddenly Green Lantern has three arms - I can't tell if he has more than one power ring. Other blunders that happened periodically were Hawkman missing his wings; the inversion of colors and/or direction of logos on the uniforms of Batman & Robin; Green Lantern's power ring would emanate a yellow (!
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After 25 years, Challenge of the Super Friends is finally released on DVD! Saturday morning viewers may or may not recall Hanna Barbara, the creators of Scooby Doo and Yogi Bear, brought the Silver Age of DC Comics more popular exposure with their earlier version of the Super Friends saving the world from catastrophe. They had Superman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, and the Dynamic Duo with Wendy, Marvin, Wonder Dog, the Wonder Twins, and Gleek?! But after those campier seasons, DC Comics may have talked privately with H.B. to make the series more accurate to DC's storylines. Therefore, H.B. came up with JLA's archrivals, The Legion of Doom, in a 16 episode clash of good v.s evil warfare. "Holy turf wars Batman!" Yes those one liners were cliche and silly. But some of those episodes had some shocking moments.

Wanted: The Super Friends - Lex Luthor uses a dream machine to make the Justice League commit crimes.

(My personal favorite) Super Friends: R.I.P. - the Justice League pay their final respects to their fallen comrade Batman.

Some of the Silver Age heroes were different from today's Justice League series. Barry Allen was the Flash. Today his nephew Wally West is the current Flash. Hal Jordan was the Green Lantern. Now it's John Stewart. (In the comics, Hal Jordan is likely to return as Green Lantern again.)

And I was really surprised this series inspired today's comic-book artists and writers. This series was meant for those who are from the 70's and watching the current series still brings back those Saturday morning moments.
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