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Challenge of the Superfriends:

Jack Angel , Marlene Aragon    G (General Audience)   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
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Warner Home Video aims to please viewers hungry for vintage Saturday morning animation with this DVD, which compiles the first four episodes of the popular 1978 super hero series. Challenge of the Super Friends was the third go-round with DC's heroes for producers Hanna-Barbera; the difference here is in the premise, which pits Superman, Batman et al. against their sworn enemies-Lex Luthor, the Riddler, and 11 other villains-who have joined together as the Legion of Doom and are dedicated to defeating the Super Friends. Scripting and animation in each episode is rudimentary by today's standards, which may be off-putting for younger viewers who are familiar with the recent Justice League series. But purists will appreciate the more serious tone of the episodes, and how closely they hew to the original comics, and fans of all stripes should enjoy the cliffhanger action and the over-the-top machinations of the Legion of Doom. --Paul Gaita

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A nostalgic compilation of the classic 1978 TV cartoons. Superman leads a superhero team comprised of the greatest DC Comics superheroes against a team of 13 of the most notorious DC Comics supervillians. Episodes include: Wanted Ten Super Friends, Invasion of the Fearians, The World's Deadliest Game, The Time Trap, Trial of the Super Friends.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Cute - It brings you back...... Sept. 29 2003
By DSY
Format:DVD
I used to enjoy watching these with my brothers when we were kids. The full JLA against the Legion of Doom, it didn't get any more exciting than that!!. It definitely beat out the Supertwins nonsense and was even better than the great original superman cartoon series. My kids, who watch and love Justice League on Cartoon Network, really enjoy the simplicity of these toons. Enjoy!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Probably the best of all superman cartoons on DVD Sept. 19 2003
By A Customer
Format:DVD
My 3 1/2 years old son watches this dvd over and over again.
I have bought him all 3 justice league dvd which are the newer version with better color, sound... But, for a 3 years old this does not really seems to matter much since after I got him this DVD I have a hard time playing him the justice league ones.
I highly recommend this one for your kids. They will enjoy this one over and over and over again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great content, poor package design Aug. 10 2003
Format:DVD
I may yet buy this DVD someday, as I always enjoyed the Superfriends series in all variations especially Challenge of the Superfriends where this comes from. I will review the disc itself when I buy it, but for now I just have one question which hopefully people will take notice of when they do buy it. This is a compilation of "Challenge of The Superfriends" episodes, who is the dumb cluck who designed the dvd case with the "Super Friends" logo of the first incarnation of the series which came out in 1973? In my opinion that will confuse customers who buy it here on Amazon.com or anywhere for that matter. Someone should write to the manufacturer, and tell them to ease up on the red dew (I'm being nice here, could have said something stronger) when they design the package for the next disc.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun incarnate May 21 2003
By CJ
Format:DVD
This DVD brings back the memories of being a kid, and enjoying the best of the years of Superfriends cartoons --- the "Challenge of the Superfriends" where they are pitted against the Legion of Doom. Fantastic voices, cheesy (but fun) storylines ... this DVD is pure fun. Its light fare when compared to the 90's Batman Animated series but still provides a good time.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgia is only so powerful.... April 28 2003
Format:DVD
As with so many nostalgic chunks of youth of the 70s, SUPER FRIENDS holds up better when it's just a rose-colored memory; The actual cartoon is mostly just painful to watch, unless you enjoy counting the many bloopers (Green Lantern with three arms; fingernails on gloves; Wonder Woman with six fingers; Batman with a bat logo on his cape; disappearing and reappearing utility belts) or laughing at the many examples of lazy cartoon logic that were rampant in adventure cartoons of this era (Ancient Romans speaking English; highways that lead right off of a cliff; mortal humans breathing in space).
The introductions by story editor Jeffrey Scott are interesting, but too short. A few very quick flashes of model sheets remind us of how poor Alex Toth (the brilliant cartoonist / storyboard artist / character designer who put more effort into his work than anyone else at H-B ever did) is once again given the shaft with the bad redrawing of his Super Friends portrait that graces this cover.
This is your typical weak Warner Home Video compilation that is obviously geared towards children rather than collectors.
Which is fine if you have children; Certainly, CHALLENGE OF THE SUPER FRIENDS is a fine thing to sit down and watch with your kids (you can test how smart they are by seeing what ridiculous plot points they question), but if it's actual semi-adult superhero entertainment you want, stick with the Bruce Timm cartoons of the 90s (even if those DVDs are wanting as well).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Superfriends at their best April 25 2003
Format:DVD
The "Challenge" run of Superfriends is the most popular incarnation of the series (and second in accuracy to the comics only to the seasons tied into the Super Powers toyline), and it's easy to see why. The most popular DC heroes (Superman, Batman, Robin, the Flash, Wonder Woman, Hawkman, Aquaman, and Green Latern, plus newbies Black Vulcan, Apache Chief, and Samurai) versus some of the biggest villains from the comics-Bizarro, Giganta, Captain Cold, Solomon Grundy, Grodd, Sinestro, Brainiac, the Scarecrow, the Riddler, Black Manta, Cheetah, the Toyman, and Lex Luthor in a number of broad (and sometimes silly) adventures.
The episodes themselves look excellent, not like the fuzzy and faded prints that currently air on Cartoon Network. (Nitpickers will also notice that the byline identifying Hanna-Barbera as "A Taft Company" in the end credits isn't blacked out like it is on TV.) The audio is the standard mono track, which continues to serve the series well.
The special features are extremely slim, with a game, bios of the Legion of Doom (with voice overs about the Legion, in addition to video clips of each villain beating down on the Superfriends), and intros by story editor Jeffrey Scott. Of course, this has been fairly standard of Warner's DC-related DVDs, so no one should be all that surprised. However, if you want pristine copies of the first four episodes of this incarnation of the Superfriends, this disc is for you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! April 24 2003
Format:DVD
Boy, I've been waiting for a "Superfriends" DVD to come out for a long time. I got it the first day it came out and I practically ran home like a little kid to watch it. I wasn't disappointed. The sound is great, the picture looks fine and there are some cool extras...including a terrific Legion of Doom gallery with the villains' history and a short video montage for each one. Highly recommended for folks who grew up in the '70s and who eagerly watched the show every Saturday morning.
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