G.I. Joe Series 2: Season 1
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In 1989 a popular second G.I. JOE animated series was created and helped revive the franchise by introducing fans to new G.I. JOE and Cobra troops alike! Now you can experience the adventures of that second series from the beginning, including the fan-favorite miniseries that started it all: Operation Dragonfire!
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Although, the series was released in 1984, the series has spawned several of animated series, CG films, video games and in 2009, a live action film (with a second one planned for release in the summer of 2012).
But like other children's action animated series, not many series tend to last long. For the original "G.I. Joe - A Real American Hero", the first animated series would last from 1983-1986.
But because Hasbro has been dedicated to their toy line up, and with new generation of children, in 1989, "G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero" was revived in 1989. This time around, in order to cut production costs, Hasbro dropped Sunbow for DiC and due to budgetary issues, DiC would focus on the new characters during this time period. A five episode mini-series titled "Operation Dragonfire" was released in 1989, and in 1990, a total of 19 episodes were created for the first season.
And now, both the mini-series and the first season will be released on DVD for the first time courtesy of SHOUT! FACTORY in Jan. 2012.
The first season would focus on Hawk as the G.I. Joe commander, Sgt. Slaughter as the head of G.I. Joe and Captain Grid-Iron as the field commander. While the original cast of Duke, Snake Eyes and Scarlett were not seen in this season, focus was primarily on the newer character until season two which would eventually feature the return of Duke and also a more deeper storyline. For Cobra, while Serpentor and Destro were seen as the two major leaders during the 1989
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However, DIC's taking over of the "GI Joe" project following the animated movie presented the downfall of two separate mainstays in 80s animation: one animated adventure, the other the animation company:
-GI Joe, a "REAL AMERICAN" Hero was repronounced to "INTERNATIONAL hero" in the title tracks to "Operation: Dragonfire." (PC idiocy at its most obnoxious and in-your-face). Furthermore, Cobra is reduced to a "ruthless" enemy (and, later, what I swear sounds like "worthless terrorist organization"). Anyone whose remotely familiar with the GI Joe story arc knows that they mean "COBRA" (even Destro's Iron Grenadiers and the now-absent Zartan's Dreadnoks worked beneath the banner of Cobra).
-DIC Enterprises was responsible for such gems as "Inspector Gadget," "M.A.S.K.", "Jayce and the Wheeled Warriors," and "C.O.P.S" throughout the 80s, thereby establishing themselves as a respectable animation studio. With "GI Joe" Series 2, DIC enterprises began what lots of fans of both the Joes and DIC animation seem to think is the company's long downfall.
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not as great as series 1 but I'm a big fan nd i thought it was good.Published 1 month ago by Guillermo Anaya Jr.
I've been a fan of GI Joe: A Real American Hero most of my life...(I'm almost 35) I watched the Marvel/Sunbow series has a kid and I loved it!!! Read morePublished 4 months ago by Dustin Piper
This series of GI Joe from the early 90s is a bit cheesier than the original ARAH series. As long as you know that going in you can enjoy it. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Jared
It's not the original one that I know of but it is a good series it's just a little differentPublished 7 months ago by Amazon billy