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With: (voices) Danny Dark, Olan Soule, Casey Kasem, Shannon Farnon, Norman Alden, Ted Knight, Sherry Alberoni, Frank Welker
Written by: Fred Freiberger, Willie Gilbert, Bernie Kahn, Dick Robbins, Ken Rotcop, Henry Sharp, Arthur Weiss, Marshall Williams
Directed by: Charles A. Nichols
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Running Time: 360
Date: 03/18/2013

Super Friends: Season One, Volume Two (2010)

2 1/2 Stars (out of 4)

Super Duper!

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

This two-disc DVD set comes with eight, hour-long episodes that aired in the fall of 1973. I may have seen some of them when they were new! The show focused on Superman (voiced by Danny Dark), Batman (voiced by Olan Soule), Robin (voiced by Casey Kasem), Wonder Woman (voiced by Shannon Farnon) and Aquaman (voiced by Norman Alden). Every plot had to include a section that took place in the ocean so that Aquaman would have something to do. Ted Knight provided narration!

The heroes are all fairly serious -- except maybe Robin with his "Holy [blank]" puns -- so comic relief was added in the form of teenage heroes-in-training, Wendy (voiced by Sherry Alberoni), Marvin (voiced by Frank Welker) and Wonderdog. These teens appeared to have no actual superpowers, though Marvin and Wonderdog wore capes; they were basically there to appeal to the "Scooby Doo" crowd. There was hardly any violence on the show, so that kiddies of all ages could watch in comfort.

This show came from Hanna-Barbera Productions, a company that had specialized with fast and cheap cartoons produced for television, including "Yogi Bear," "The Flintstones," Scooby Doo" and "The Jetsons." William Hanna and Joseph Barbara had worked at MGM with tons of great resources, but quickly understood that theatrical cartoons were becoming a thing of the past and TV cartoons were the future. I loved "Super Friends" as a kid because it gathered up several of my favorite characters all in one show, but today it smacks of too many corners cut. It looks cheap, and even the writing is cheap. Sometimes the cheerful efforts of the voice actors can help pass the time, however.

Warner Home Video released the disc with no extras, save for a trivia game.

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