It’s no secret that I’m a cartoon and comic book fan. Some of my favorite cartoons have always been the old DC cartoons (Superfriends, Superman, Batman). Recently, Warner Home Video released the 1977 New Adventures of Batman and the first season of the Adventures of Superman from 1966. Both sets were great (and replaced a few homemade sets of mine). I’m guessing they sold fairly well, because Warner has announced even more classic DC animation.
Look for Aquaman and the Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians to hit DVD on October 23rd. It doesn’t surprise me that another set of Superfriends is being released. Aside from the original 1973 series with Wendy, Marvin and Wonder Dog, the upcoming Legendary Super Powers show and the Galactic Guardians will complete the “series” releases of SuperFriends. Hopefully sometime in 2008 Warner will release the All-New SuperFriends 1-hour episodes, along with all the additional 7-minute shorts that were created between 1980-1983.
Aquaman is the release that really surprises me. He’s never been that popular of a character and would be the last series I expected to see on DVD. It makes sense after thinking about it. After these two releases in October, I expect we’ll see DC/Warner release the 1966 Filmation Batman Cartoon, along with the second and final season of the Adventures of Superman 1966 series. That only leaves the original DC Animated shorts (featuring the Justice League, Hawkman, Flash, Atom, and the Teen Titans) and Superboy. Considering the legal ruling in 2004 that the Siegels owned the rights to Superboy, I don’t expect we’ll see that set anytime soon.
Finally, we’re getting another season of the Muppet Show in just a few weeks on August 7. The first season set was great, but the good guest hosts didn’t start showing up until Season 2. You’ll see great shows featuring Steve Martin, Madeline Kahn, George Burns, Rich Little, Peter Sellers, Lou Rawls, John Cleese, Elton John, and many more. With the exception of a few great Season 3 shows (Alice Cooper, Harry Belafonte, Raquel Welch), I think Season 2 was probably the best “season” of the show. Not only that, but the set looks to include a few great features and even one show I don’t think I’ve ever seen.
* The Muppets Valentines Special – Starring a young Mia Farrow, Kermit, and some Muppets you might not recognize, this extremely collectible special has aired only twice since 1974, and never before been released on DVD.
* Weezer and the Muppets – The music video for “Keep Fishin'” featuring Weezer backstage at The Muppet Show.
* The Muppets on the Muppets – Personal and revealing interviews from Kermit, Gonzo, Rizzo, and others that will make you laugh, and may even make you cry.