Super Friends: The Legendary Super Powers Show - The Complete Series
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Based on the Super Powers Collection toy line of the time featuring select DC Comics heroes including hero Firestorm (a long-time personal favorite of mine), Super Friends: The Legendary Super Powers Show (1984) is most revered as the Super Friends series that first introduced Firestorm the Nuclear Man in animated form, along with evil Apokolips lord Darkseid. Not to mention Adam West reprising his caped crusader role as the voice of this show's animated Batman.
Though still "Super Friends fun," the art and animation for "Super Powers" was diminished to rather cartoony proportions, as most Hanna-Barbera cartoons of the time (Challenge of the Gobots, Scary Scooby Funnies) tended to be. Dedicated SF fans will overlook it, while those spoiled on today's animation may not be so inclined. Firestorm's transformation scene still looks cool though. Plus the tone of the show is *slightly* more intense (for Super Friends) than the previous versions thanks to the presence of Darkseid. So while the quality of the show is down a bit, it still remains highly watchable.
Comprised of 16 episodes totaling almost 8 half hours, this "Super Powers" collection also may seem limited, especially to SF fans who were hoping that the follow-up series The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians episodes would be included on the set.Read more ›
This particular series, The Legendary Super Powers, was a rather ingenious media tie-in with Kenner Toys' line of action figures called the Super Powers Collection. This is truly one of the great action figure lines of all time. First, the line featured many characters who would not be seen in action figure form until the DC Direct series. This included Red Tornado, Dr. Fate, Martian Manhunter, and Captain Marvel. In addition, many of the figures were short-packed, creating instant collectibles for figures such as Cyborg, Plastic Man, and Mr. Miracle. It was a great line of toys.
Onto the DVD...The Two Disc set includes the complete, 16 episode series to go along with some nice special features. No one will ever accuse Hanna-Barbera of producing great animation, at least not in the 70's and 80's. Animation was still on the downslide prior to being revived by Disney in the late 80's and early 90's. Hanna-Barbera did what they do very well...Read more ›
Yes this might be a sparse DVD release, but still worth it for me to have pristine copies of this season. Bring on the Super Powers Team, and some more of the Superfriends series (All-New SF Hour, anyone? World's Greatest SF? The aforementioned "lost" episodes? Heck I'd even buy a set devoted to the Wendy and Marvin episodes)
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Haven't played all of the disks yet; but the ones I've played so far have been good. The packaging came with a tear across the upper back portion. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Brentley Lothamer
We bought these for our five year old son who wanted to watch super hero cartoons. They are perfect. So innocent compared to today's cartoons. Not as violent. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I grew up watching this so this was mainly for nostalgia purposes and to watch the episodes I have missed.Published 7 months ago by Sammi Dog
Better than most Superfriends - except Galactic Guardians and Challenge in my opinion.Published 10 months ago by Adam S
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