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Herculoids: The Complete Series [Import]

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4.0 out of 5 stars A Low-Budget Diamond In The Rough? April 5 2013
By Theo TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Notoriously budget-driven and technically unimpressive, the Hanna Barbera cartoons of the 60s and 70s did not represent animation's finest hour. Let's be honest: today most are watched solely for their camp value. Well, The Herculoids had no shortage of that. But it was also a show with something more.

That "something more" certainly wasn't highly sophisticated or even entirely rational storylines. I can clearly recall at least one scene in The Herculoids where a hero and a villain in different locations appear to spar verbally without any apparent way for either one to hear what the other is saying. They just do. And quite apart from such obvious incongruities, every single episode of this show tells exactly the same story. Invaders want to take over the Herculoid's planet - or some part thereof - and The Herculoids and their human allies stop them.

But this repetitive retelling is not necessarily uninteresting. The Herculoids' planet, Quasar, is depicted as a primordial wonderland: a dense amalgam of savagery and Eden. For their part the would-be invaders are almost always depicted as far more technologically advanced than our heroes, and are generally intent on exploiting the planet for their own selfish ends. One could almost say that Quasar was the Pandora of its day. The Herculoids and their human allies invariably see off these rapacious interlopers through a combination of raw prowess, cleverness and cunning, and of course, by working co-operatively together as a team. Given that this show is a product of the late 1960s, it's hard not to see in all this the anti-colonial sentiment of the day.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Herculoids Oct. 5 2011
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I am child born in the late 1960s and grew up with saturday morning cartoons, especially HB. I am a huge fan of sci-fi, especially cartoons like herculoids, jonny quest, return to the planet of the apes, Star Trek the animated series, etc. I have watched the Herculoids and imaages are very good. The only issue i had is that i thought this show was part of Space Ghost Series.

Herculoids is a great show, if you like sci-fi cartoon!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The ultimate Saturday morning cartoon is back! June 18 2011
By A. Gammill - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
As any boy who came of age in the late 60's or early 70's can tell you, The Herculoids was probably the greatest thing to ever hit Saturday morning television. In an era when funny, talking animals shows were starting to give way to more adventurous fare like Johnny Quest and various superhero shows, the Alex Toth-designed Herculoids delivered the goods better than any other series.

For the uninitiated, the show followed the adventures of humanoids Zandor, Tara and their son Dorno on the planet Quasar. A unique assortment of creatures aided them: Zok, the flying dragon; a giant with rock-like skin named Igoo; the fireball-shooting triceratops-like Tundro; and the amusing blob-like Gloop and Gleep. Trouble came (and came often) in the form of invaders for whom the planet Quasar must have seemed the ultimate prize. Hideous monsters and robots of all sorts set their sights on the heroes' homeworld, and were met with deadly resistance. You want morals at the end of your cartoon? Forget it. . .the Herculoids were going to defend their turf, and justice was final on planet Quasar.

This two-disc set collects all 18 original shows (technically, 36 episodes, since each half hour is comprised of 2 segments of 10 or so minutes each). There is a very brief featurette about the series, in which various modern artists and writers gush about Alex Toth, and celebrate the boyhood fantasy charm of the show (one commentator points out that the Herculoids was pretty much non-stop stuff blowing up). And that's the gist of the series, really: monsters, ray guns, lots of action. As a fan from childhood, I was happy to see that in today's PC world of bland animated kids' shows, The Herculoids holds up very well.

As is becoming more and more common, these Warner Archive discs are manufactured DVD-R's, meaning it is possible that customers may experience some playback difficulties in some machines. I played both discs on my DVD recorder/player and my computer using WMP with no problems. The prints used are of good quality, although the occasional debris does pop up. As classic animation remains a niche market and sells no where near as well as modern shows, I'd imagine this is the best release we'll ever see of The Herculoids. Certainly it's a no-brainer for fans. And for parents who aren't overly considered about the cartoon violence, I think it's still a fine choice, especially for young boys.
38 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Herculoids: The Complete Series... July 29 2011
By D. S. HARDEN - Published on Amazon.com
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As much as I dug Space Ghost, the Herculoids were simply my favorite mid-60's cartoon! There was nothing like it (then or now). Individually strong, together invincible - and they functioned as a unit!

Simply the best (I'm 7-9 years old again - well, almost)!

Thanks for finally releasing this, I've only waited 43 years!

I rate "Herculoids: The Complete Series"...Five stars!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing like it before, nothing like it after Aug. 17 2011
By Reginald D. Garrard - Published on Amazon.com
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This is, without a doubt, the coolest 'toon to air on Saturday morning!

That said, the plots of each episode were basically the same: bizarre invaders from outer or inner space try to take over the planet Quasar. These attempts at planetary domination are foiled by Zandor, his wife Tara, their son Dorno, and their assortment of super-powered animals.

There's no need to explain the creatures' powers inasmuch as others have done so. It can only added that the series' creators came up with some highly original creations.

Much of the show's appeal also comes from the use of themes composed by Hoyt Curtin for "Jonny Quest" as well as original compositions, including one of the most exciting opening themes ever created for series television. His arrangements are excitingly fitting for a sci-fi-adventure and often incorporate jazzy themes that add to audiophile's pleasure.

The sound effects are also another of the show's pluses. Sci-fi fans will quickly recognize sounds "borrowed" from George Pal's "War of the Worlds," as well as from other sci-fi staples.

Thankfully, Warner's chose not to include the 11 episodes from the 1981 revitalization. That much-inferior show suffered from "watering down" of the violence making it more "kid friendly," a weak score, and even more "limited" animation.

The DVD compilation only has one extra: a brief documentary on the making of the series. The discs are easy to navigate, allowing the viewer to "play all" or individual episodes. There are no subtitles, English or otherwise.

With Hollywood searching its archives to "reboot" old movies and television shows, the time is right to take a look at "The Herculoids." If any show deserves the big-screen treatment, it's this 60's series.

Just think what computer animation can do with Zok's laser blasts or Gloop and Gleep's transformations!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Golden Age Of Animation Dec 15 2012
By Jeff Marzano - Published on Amazon.com
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For me The Herculoids is part of what I consider a golden age of cartoons. That golden era also includes Bugs Bunny and his pals, the Spiderman '67 series, The Pink Panther show, and some of the other classics from Hanna Barbera. What all those series have in common is great characters, artwork, sound effects, voices, and music. There's been some other good animated series that have come out since that time but for me the above are still the best.

One series that I don't think they've released on DVD yet is Hanna Barbera's Fantastic 4 which must certainly be up in the top 5 greatest cartoons of all time. It see they finally released Frankenstein Jr. last year.

The Herculoids and The Fantatistic 4 have two of the prettiest girls that have ever appeared in cartoon history. One is Zandor's wife Tara who wears a dress that is only held together by a few strategically placed threads and the other is Sue Richards, the Invisible Girl. The Superman and Batman animated series from Warner Brothers also have a lot of pretty girls including Lois Lane and Batgirl.

Besides Zandor probably the most valuable members of the Herculoids team are Gleep and Gloop, the fearless formless wonders. Their abilities are very versatile and have never been duplicated by any of the bad guys.

I don't know if The Herculoids is shown on TV anymore and even if it is it may get butchered by the TV stations so they can cram a few more seconds of commercials in. I saw an episode of Bug Bunny one time where they screwed it all up in an attempt to edit out what I guess was considered too violent. Any kid who is stupid enough to watch Bugs Bunny and then do what they see Daffy Duck do deserves to get killed.

Jeff Marzano

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Herculoids!!!!! Nov. 3 2013
By Scott Pearce - Published on Amazon.com
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I remember this cartoon from when I was kid, which I am going to presume is the reason most people will give for purchasing it. It was great to see it again. The storylines are not complex and unpredictable but these DVDs do exactly what I wanted them to do; they remind me of being 8,9 or ten years old, watching cartoons on a Saturday morning and feeling like the world was mine.
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