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DVD TV Show Reviews
If you were a child in the 70's, you probably watched one of the
"Super Friends" shows. I know I did. By the time this incarnation came along,
though, I was in high school, so I didn't watch it.
If you're an adult, you probably won't find this series very interesting, unless
you were a big fan back then, or you just love any type of cartoons, or you just
really love Superman, Batman, or Wonder Woman. Or maybe if you're high :)
But otherwise, it's definitely aimed at small kids, so they would probably be
the only ones to enjoy it. The original Super Friends just had the regular
Justice League characters, as I recall, but in this one they added some
additional characters created just for the TV show, Wonder Twins Zan and Jayna.
They probably hoped this would "bring in the teens", but it would have been way
too lame for real teens to enjoy. They also had a monkey...that's never a good
sign. For some reason, most of the kids' shows back then had some silly animal
pet. I guess they were all trying to be like "Scooby Doo".
This show only lasted one year, 1977-1978. As I said, it's great for kids, but
anyone older would probably not be interested. Still, it's not only fun for kids
but has many great educational messages.
For the grown-up kids who want to watch this set to remind themselves of their
childhood, or anyone watching it with an interest in TV history, there are some
great extras in the set. The feature "One-Dimensional Goodness" talks about the
show in context of the 1970's and what the TV networks told them they had to do
(to make cartoons safer for children). Another feature talks about the guest
stars that were introduced on the show, like Hawkman and Hawk Girl, The Atom,
and the Green Lantern (All members of the Justice League in the comics). These
are both fascinating to watch, so if you are a fan of these shows, it is worth
it to get this set just for those features.
I only hope that one day they come out with MY Super Friends from 1973. It seems
like they've come out with all the other types except that one.
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