The Herculoids: Complete Series (2 Disc)
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For the uninitiated, the show followed the adventures of humanoids Zandor, Tara and their son Dorno on the planet Quasar. A unique assortment of creatures aided them: Zok, the flying dragon; a giant with rock-like skin named Igoo; the fireball-shooting triceratops-like Tundro; and the amusing blob-like Gloop and Gleep. Trouble came (and came often) in the form of invaders for whom the planet Quasar must have seemed the ultimate prize. Hideous monsters and robots of all sorts set their sights on the heroes' homeworld, and were met with deadly resistance. You want morals at the end of your cartoon? Forget it. . .the Herculoids were going to defend their turf, and justice was final on planet Quasar.
This two-disc set collects all 18 original shows (technically, 36 episodes, since each half hour is comprised of 2 segments of 10 or so minutes each). There is a very brief featurette about the series, in which various modern artists and writers gush about Alex Toth, and celebrate the boyhood fantasy charm of the show (one commentator points out that the Herculoids was pretty much non-stop stuff blowing up). And that's the gist of the series, really: monsters, ray guns, lots of action. As a fan from childhood, I was happy to see that in today's PC world of bland animated kids' shows, The Herculoids holds up very well.Read more ›
Simply the best (I'm 7-9 years old again - well, almost)!
Thanks for finally releasing this, I've only waited 43 years!
I rate "Herculoids: The Complete Series"...Five stars!
That said, the plots of each episode were basically the same: bizarre invaders from outer or inner space try to take over the planet Quasar. These attempts at planetary domination are foiled by Zandor, his wife Tara, their son Dorno, and their assortment of super-powered animals.
There's no need to explain the creatures' powers inasmuch as others have done so. It can only added that the series' creators came up with some highly original creations.
Much of the show's appeal also comes from the use of themes composed by Hoyt Curtin for "Jonny Quest" as well as original compositions, including one of the most exciting opening themes ever created for series television. His arrangements are excitingly fitting for a sci-fi-adventure and often incorporate jazzy themes that add to audiophile's pleasure.
The sound effects are also another of the show's pluses. Sci-fi fans will quickly recognize sounds "borrowed" from George Pal's "War of the Worlds," as well as from other sci-fi staples.
Thankfully, Warner's chose not to include the 11 episodes from the 1981 revitalization. That much-inferior show suffered from "watering down" of the violence making it more "kid friendly," a weak score, and even more "limited" animation.
The DVD compilation only has one extra: a brief documentary on the making of the series. The discs are easy to navigate, allowing the viewer to "play all" or individual episodes. There are no subtitles, English or otherwise.
With Hollywood searching its archives to "reboot" old movies and television shows, the time is right to take a look at "The Herculoids." If any show deserves the big-screen treatment, it's this 60's series.
Just think what computer animation can do with Zok's laser blasts or Gloop and Gleep's transformations!
One series that I don't think they've released on DVD yet is Hanna Barbera's Fantastic 4 which must certainly be up in the top 5 greatest cartoons of all time. It see they finally released Frankenstein Jr. last year.
The Herculoids and The Fantatistic 4 have two of the prettiest girls that have ever appeared in cartoon history. One is Zandor's wife Tara who wears a dress that is only held together by a few strategically placed threads and the other is Sue Richards, the Invisible Girl. The Superman and Batman animated series from Warner Brothers also have a lot of pretty girls including Lois Lane and Batgirl.
Besides Zandor probably the most valuable members of the Herculoids team are Gleep and Gloop, the fearless formless wonders. Their abilities are very versatile and have never been duplicated by any of the bad guys.
I don't know if The Herculoids is shown on TV anymore and even if it is it may get butchered by the TV stations so they can cram a few more seconds of commercials in. I saw an episode of Bug Bunny one time where they screwed it all up in an attempt to edit out what I guess was considered too violent. Any kid who is stupid enough to watch Bugs Bunny and then do what they see Daffy Duck do deserves to get killed.Read more ›
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Until the mid-1980's, Bill Hanna and Joe Barbera were undisputed masters of Saturday morning TV, and this fondly-remembered classic is one of their high moments. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Stephen Hoffman
It may be a burned copy, but it's so worth it.
Memories of waking up at 5-6am on Saturdays to watch Saturday Morning Cartoons. Read more
Grew up watching these episodes on TV Saturday Mornings.Published 1 month ago by A Roger Zelazny Fan