Challenge of the Superfriends (Sous-titres franais)
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Challenge of the Super Friends: Attack of the Legion of Doom (DVD)
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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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).
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.
Stumbled onto these and we all love them (our youngest is 5). This dvd, and all of the old batman live-action from the 60s, are favorites in our house. The good guys are good guys and the bad guys are bad guys, yes it's simple, but isn't it supposed to be?
This includes four complete episodes (all tie together, can be watched together or one at a time quite easily). The introductions for each episode are brief, but still interesting. Haven't really looked at the Villains Gallery (I think that is what it was called), but did play the game. There must have been something more to it than I saw (pictures of the bad guys, five of them are good guys in disguise - you just guess if it might really be a good guy?), I'm sure if you sat down and studied it, there is a point - we were just in a hurry :)
Anyway, I highly recommend it!
superfriends, in my opinion everything a cartoon should be. colourful fun and full of familiar characters all kids already know. it was like watching your own action figures come to life and fight on screen. true the stories were written for 10 year olds by 10 year olds it sometimes seemed. (what kid believed you could breath in space with a fishbowl on your head,or its o.k to fly towards the sun and not melt.)but there was, and this is very important to the popularity and the endearment to its fans, is its innocence. like the dc silverage comics out at the time it was mindless fun. the acting in my opinion stands head and shoulders above the drab bored voices of actors obviously on valium as they read their lines in cartoons now adays (except of mark hammils joker). look at jla now to see a difference in solomon grundy then and now. the voices just added to the drama and excitement of the show. black mantas voice was just the coolest. buy this dvd to return to those younger years where sat mornings were your time. where the only thing you escaped from was school on monday.
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I must say that I am VERY impressed with this DVD. It was perhaps the best DC Comics Production there ever was. Read morePublished on Dec 21 2003
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!!. Read morePublished on Sept. 29 2003 by DSY
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... Read more
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. Read morePublished on Aug. 9 2003 by Eric Pregosin
THIS IS A NICE TRIP DOWN MEMORY LANE IF YOU'RE PROPERLY BAKED.
TED KNIGHT IS THE NARRATOR...WHAT MORE COULD YOU ASK FOR?
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... Read morePublished on May 21 2003 by CJ
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. Read morePublished on April 24 2003 by Dan H. "Seventies Guy"
To those who grew up on this series:
There will be people who may now complain about the lack of realism in the stories or the characters in this animated series. Read more
Where are the other 12 episodes? Only the first 4 are on the DVD. I've already watched it the DVD and it was good, but would have been better with the full series. Read morePublished on April 22 2003
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