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).
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!
"I always get a chuckle out of these because it seems the LOD can do ANYTHING! They can travel through time, space, send our fearless heroes into famous storybooks...whatever makes an entertaining story. It's always a hoot watching Wonder Woman float in space wearing her bustier, hot pants, boots and a plastic bubble on her head with no breathing apparatus on her back."
The original stories with Marvin and Wendy were more grounded in a plausibly contained world. Each week the status quo was interrupted by a scientist who appeared to break some law of physics or an alien coming to Earth and causing trouble, but usually the status quo was restored by the end of the show (the process that turns gold into other metals turns out to be unstable, the asteroid mining operation has to be shut down because the particles are proven too dangerous on Earth, the alien's problems are solved and they leave, Superman seals off the subterranean "lost world" from human contact forever).
It seems like in many of the versions of the Superfriends that followed, even Challenge of the Super Friends, they don't set up the breaking of the laws of physics with a "new discovery," they just assume they've been broken all along: an episode begins with the Legion of Doom using a time travel machine--no explanation given as to how they got it, making it seem they always had it; if they always had it, they would have destroyed everything a long time ago. The Legion of Doom has teleportation devices all over the place, yet none of the Super Friends seem to be able to get their hands on one or figure out how they work. Episodes begin with them making deals with aliens as if this were an everyday event.Read more ›
The vilains: The Legion of Doom, headed by Lex Luthor. All of the major bad guys are here, from Bizzaro, Black Manta, Cheeta, Giganta, Riddler, Toyman, Gorilla Grood, Solomon Grundy, Scarecrow, and Brainiac!
Expect nothing short of a Royal Rumble when these two teams collide against each other. This is the best interpretation of the DC comic books into animation. No other series involving Super Heroes has ever matched it. Hanna Barbara did outstanding work on this series, possibly one of their best on television. The voice talents were also good.
A lot of creative forces, who are now legends in the comic book business, were involved in the series: Alex Toth, who did an outstanding job designing the characters for animation. DC staff, such as artist Carmine Infantino, writer and afficinado E. Nelson Bridwell and of course, editor Julius Schwartz (who was a major contributor to the Silver Age of Comics with his revamping of the Flash and Green Lantern)
This DVD has been long awaited by fans. Never before has there been an official video release of the series. A must have for anyone who is interested in Super Heroes. (WB, release the entire series on DVD, I have my dollars ready :)
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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
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... Read morePublished on April 25 2003 by Garrett Aja
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
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