Super Friends: The Lost Episodes

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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Danny Dark as Superman
Olan Soule as Batman
Michael Bell as Zan, Gleek
Casey Kasem as Robin
Louise Williams as Jayna
Shannon Farnon as Wonder Woman
William Callaway as Aquaman
Jack Angel as Samurai
Michael Rye as Apache Chief
Buster Jones as Black Vulcan
Wally Burr as The Atom
Fernando Escandon as El Dorado
Stanley Ralph Ross as Brainiac
Stan Jones as Hul
Frank Welker as Mr. Mxyzptlk
Vic Perrin as Sinestro
Jimmy Weldon as Soloman Grundy

Special Features:
2 Downloadable Super Friends Comic Book Adventures From The DC Vault

Other Info:
Fullscreen (1.33:1)
Dolby Digital Mono Sound
Portuguese Language
French and Portuguese Subtitles
Running Time: 168 Minutes

The Details:
The following is the official description of the film:

“Powerful super heroes Batman, Robin, Superman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Wonder Twins Zan and Jayna and their rascally blue space monkey Gleek battle evil, protect humanity and save the world from unthinkable dangers in these 24 action-packed adventures. These cool cartoon actionfests showcase a gallery of DC Comics heroes and fan-favorite villains like Brainiac and Mr. Mxyzptlk, plus the Hanna-Barbera-originated hero El Dorado. Produced after the Super Friends show ended its run, these treasures were “lost” for more than a decade until they were shown as part of The Superman/Batman Adventures series. It’s a Deluxe 2-Disc Collector’s Set with Bonus Downloadables – your own pieces of super hero comic book history!”

“Super Friends: The Lost Episodes” is not rated.

Mini-Review:
“Super Friends” doesn’t age particularly well, but it’s a lot of fun to revisit. I used to watch it religiously on Saturday mornings. Now I’m showing it to my kids for the first time and they love it.

A couple of things struck me about these episodes. The first were all the new heroes made for the cartoons – El Dorado, Apache Chief, Samurai, and Black Vulcan. They gave the cast a bit more diversity as well as international appeal. I wonder now why they haven’t appeared in the DC comics more. Maybe rights issues with Hanna Barbera?

The other thing that really struck me was an episode where Bizarro sucks Superman, Wonder Woman, and Samurai into a video game. They must play a game of Asteroids. But even more hilarious is watching Superman and Wonder Woman battling Pac Man. I kid you not. He’s tweaked just a little, but he’s unmistakably Pac Man. It’s hilarious to see this clash of the pop icons.

This is a great DVD for comics fans and anyone looking to complete their “Super Friends” collection.

Unfortunately there are no significant bonus features here. There are some digital comics, but they were unreadable on my screen. Maybe there was a way to blow them up, but I didn’t see it.

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