Sealab 2020 - The Complete Series
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With these words setting the stage, and some funky bass riffs setting the tone, Saturday morning TV took the 70s underwater Sci Fi adventure plunge. Ably overseen by Hanna-Barbera's ace action animators and voiced by a superb cast (including John Stephenson, Ross Martin, Jerry Dexter and Ann Jillian), the oceanauts of Sealab face seaquakes, sharks and falling satellites while finding the time to serve up lessons on environmentalism, tolerance, and teamwork across this 2-Disc, 13-Episode Collection
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First airing on Saturday morning in September of 1972, the show had a very short run of 13 episodes. Going in, I was hoping for excitement and adventure reminiscent of Jonny Quest (far and away Hanna-Barbera's finest moment, in my opinion). Alex Toth, who designed many of H-B's most popular classic characters (Space Ghost, Herculoids, etc.) did many of the designs for 2020, which lends it a cool comic-booky look not unlike Quest.
Alas, the show has a very different tone -- perhaps because of the prevailing attitude of the early 70's that cartoons should abstain from violence. The result is an almost educational show, teaching kids about the various sea creatures and rudimentary information about the ocean and diving. And initially the show comes off as very boring because of this. But I have to admit that after being bored by the first 2 episodes, I found myself becoming more and more interested in the next two. The show has some good messages, such as overcoming handicaps and preserving the environment, and deals with some decent issues most cartoons would never touch.
In some weird way, the stories and scripts are more reminiscent of live action programs than a cartoon. They are fairly adult and lack the zaniness one might expect from this era of Hanna Barbera (i.e. Funky Phantom, anyone?). In other words, it is a perfect counterpoint to the new Sea Lab 2021, which goes for sheer laughs.
I think that the other reviewers that gave 2020 negative reviews have never actually seen the show. When you think about the time period when this show was made, it's probably one of the better H-B shows. While we'll never have another Jonny Quest again, 2020 was an interesting project that will probably, like Quest, never be duplicated.
Keep one thing in mind: this is NOT the "Sealab 2021" parody series.
The show is dated, the DVD shows the art and animation more clearly than ever before, and probably moreso than ever intended.
You can tell the background are painted on card-stock, and the animation is clearly painted onto cels. Okay......that is how cartoons were done then. The stories are a touch preachy, but the episodes I have watched tried to be more entertaining than educational. The stuff is still aimed at kids. The "Toth" influence is there.....a bit........but most of the sophistication implied in his designs and storyboards is largely lost in the crude limited TV animation. You can see what they were trying for........but the studio/network politics of the day didn't seem to grant the leeway to allow the series to get to what it was intended to be.
This is a nostalgic novelty, probably even an acquired taste. It's not as entertaining or as thrilling as other Hanna Barbera action adventure series, but nevertheless has its place in their pantheon.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Brought back great after school memories.
Good quality, Good packaging.
wish theyd come out with the full compleat show on dvd, tired of hunting for all the show's i 1'st saw this in 1973 just couldnt wait till saturday morning, to see the show, i miss... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Jeannathan L., Phoenix
No Adult Swim here! A before its time series about what it really means to be aware of our resources - a good choice for re-releasePublished 6 months ago by Robert Abel
Quality spin off of Johnny Quest. Characters have different names but are obviously based on JQ. It's similar to the way Scooby Doo and Josie and Pussycats were similar. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Eric B.
I... thought I was buying Sealab 2021. I was amazed to see it at such a low price! My own fault. The show itself isn't bad but shame on me for not reading better. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Acaisha Buffo
Great DVD set- brings back memories of the good old Saturday morning cartoons from the 1970's. Wholesome entertainment the entire family can really enjoy!Published 19 months ago by Stephen A. Coogle
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