The New Adventures of Superman: 1966 - 1970
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Thrills come faster than a speeding bullet in this seminal Superman series originally produced by Filmation and one of the first Saturday morning cartoon series, showcasing the adventures of a super hero. In each supercharged, action-packed episode, Superman vanquishes not-of-this-world dangers like mermen living beneath the Earth's core, energy-controlling aliens and time-traveling magicians. Classic Metropolis villains such as the Toyman, Brainiac and the Man of Steel's archnemesis Lex Luthor also appear to mix things up with the last Son of Krypton, but he doles out truth, justice and the Superman way with iron-jawed determination. Don't miss all the retro fun as Superman (and alter ego Clark Kent), Lois Lane, Perry White, Jimmy Olsen and more make their animated debut in the series that started it all.]]>
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That's how announcer Jackson Beck opened this classic show from 1966. The opening scene showing Superman smashing meteorites to the show's very '60s jazz main title theme still looks cool.
Following the '40s Fleischer Superman (made for theaters) and the '50s Adventures of Superman (first done as a movie then a TV series), Filmation's New Adventures of Superman (1966) was the first Superman done specifically for television. Paid a sum of $36,000 per completed half-hour by CBS (who struck a deal with DC Comics to create the show), Superman also was the then-little studio's first major TV deal.
The legacy of the more revered Fleischer Superman shorts was not lost on Filmation. "The Fleischers did, as far as I'm concerned, the definitive one. So much so that we actually managed to hire some of them to work for us," producer Lou Scheimer said.
In additon to comics faithful character designs, and effective yet limited [compared to today] animation, The New Adventures of Superman also featured the voices of Fleischer Superman's Bud Collyer and Joan Alexander (alternating with Julie Bennett) as the animated Superman/Clark Kent and Lois Lane.
As a result, the series was a breakout hit.Read more ›
(Released June 26, 2007 by Warner Home Video) DVD Review by Joe Torcivia
This, of course, is Filmation's trend setting series from 1966.
Up front, I must express an almost lifelong affection for the DC Comics Super Heroes, and a 15 year long love affair with the DC Animated Series BATMAN, SUPERMAN, BATMAN BEYOND, JUSTICE LEAGUE and JUSTICE LEAGUE UNLIMITED, produced by Bruce Timm for Warner Bros. I also enjoyed the 1960s DC cartoons from Filmation Studios.
This DVD set should have been a "lock" for me but, instead, it is a very mixed bag. Oh, there's plenty of great stuff -- especially when viewed through nostalgia-colored glasses, where Filmation's legendary shortcomings are minimized by the good feelings these shows originally created.
We know and accept Filmation's faults for what they were - and are! The source of my uncharacteristic displeasure is the dispensing with the usually high standards practiced by Warner Home Video, in the assembling of this package.
There are far too many "CONS" to allow me to enjoy this DVD collection to the extent that I had hoped. Yet, the "PROS", in many ways, still manage to make the package a worthwhile entertainment experience.
The series is NOT COMPLETE! I'm very disappointed in that! The Superboy segments (originally part of each half-hour episode) are omitted. Somehow, I can understand that, as SB remains in some sort of legal limbo between DC/WB and the heirs of Jerry Siegel. BUT, all the Superman episodes are not there either.
The box claims 36 episodes. What they don't tell you is that there were TWO Superman cartoons per show -- plus one Superboy -- and that those are counted as SEPARATE episodes...Read more ›
Each episode moves at a brisk pace (they're only about 6 minutes apiece), and contains enough colorful action to satifsy die-hard comic book fans. Plots involving alien invaders, giant chimps, etc. may seem "cheesy" to more jaded viewers of today, but the series was very much in-line with what was happening in the Superman comics of the era.
Fans of the seventies's "Challenge of the Superfriends" will probably like these, but they may seem pretty dated to folks whose primarily knowledge of the character comes from "Smallville" (I'm not knocking that show...I like it quite a bit, actually). The only real downside to "The New Adventures of Superman" is that the animation is a bit limited. But if you've seen ANY Filmation series, you know about what to expect.
I hope Super-fans will support this release so we can see the rest of the Filmation DC Comics shows from the sixites.
1) The stories are generally very good and VERY faithful to the 50s-early 60s Superman era.
2)These have the first dramatizations of such classic Superman villain as the Toyman, the Prankster, Titano, the Parasite and Brainiac among others.
3)The series reproduced very closely the style of the classic radio Superman series from the 40s and used many of the cast members of the same thus introducing later generations to something that they might not otherwise have experienced.
4)The voice work is excellent featuring the likes of Bud Collyer, Jackson Beck and Ted Knight.
5)The music is fantastic and deserves to be released on its own on CD. And the sound effects are superb. In some cases, the above have never quite been matched.
6) And the series--which can be enjoyed by both kids and adults without any sneaky underhanded tricks of inappropriate material is just great fun.
Let me repeat that. Remember when superheros were inspiring, unlifting and fun? Remember that? It has been so long....
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This is a very good cartoon i watched it in the old days.it is still super?i wish lots of people would watch this.albert.Published 8 months ago by Albert Carpenter
A cartoon that didn't air in the 70's and was on cable. A sight for every keen fan, of the golden age cartoon era.Published 9 months ago by Daniel Ichim
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