All New SuperFriends Hour Show Title

Toon Zone News is reporting that TVShowsOnDVD announced that the All New SuperFriends Hour Volume 1 will be released on DVD on January 8, 2008.

The 2 disc set will contain 32 cartoons and features the debut of the Wonder Twins. Each cartoon will consist of the following:

1. Core team: consist of two core members of the Superfriends (example: Superman & Wonder Woman, or Aquaman with Batman & Robin).

2. Wonder Twins toons: Zan, Jayna & Gleek helping kids in trouble.

3. Whole team: Superman, Batman, Robin, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, and the Wonder Twins team up to save the world.

4. Guest hero: Toons that feature a core member with a special guest hero, wether it be Black Vulcan, The Atom, or the Green Lantern.

That’s great. We’re getting closer and close to having all of the DC animated series released to DVD. However, I don’t think the math in the press release (at least the way it was reported) adds up correctly.

The All New SuperFriends Hour was made up of 5 shorts in each episode, some of which are reported above. Each episode consisted of:

  1. Core Team: This short teamed up 2 of the regular members of the SuperFriends
  2. Whole Team: Split into two parts, this was the featured episode of each show. The core group would stop a villain or disaster of some sort.
  3. Wonder Twins: These shorts (3-5 minutes) had the Wonder Twins dealing with kid/teen topics like Hitchhiking, Responsibility, etc.
  4. Magic Trick, Safety Tip, Health Tip or Craft Project: These are not mentioned above, but they were usually sandwiched between the main cartoon and the commercials. Only a minute or two in length, a hero would show a Magic Trick, Safety Tip, Health Tip or Craft Project before the commercial and then explain how it was done in a 2nd part later in the episode.
  5. Guest Hero: The episodes would usually finish up with a guest hero teaming with one of the regular cast members. These were always natural disaster type stories, with no real villain.

Since there were only 16 episodes, my guess is the first volume will contain 8 episodes. Not counting the Magic Trick portion, each 1-hour episode contained 4 shorts, which would total up to 32 cartoons. So, 2 DVDs X (4 episodes X 4 shorts) = 32 cartoons. Hopefully, later in 2008 we’ll get volume 2 with the remaining 8 episodes (32 cartoons). Chronologically, these should be the first episodes on Volume 1.

Episode 1
1.Invasion Of The Earthors
1.The Brain Machine
3.Joy Ride
4.The Whirlpool
Episode 2
1.City In A Bottle
2.Invasion Of The Hydronoids
4.Space Emergency
Episode 3
1.Will The World Collide?
2.The Marsh Monster
4.Time Rescue
Episode 4
1.Day Of The Plant Creatures
2.Doctor Fright
3.Drag Racing
Episode 5
1.Super Friends vs. Super Friends
2.The Monster Of Dr. Droid
4.Energy Mass
Episode 6
1.Voyage Of The Mysterious Time Creatures
2.The Secret Four
3.Tiger On The Loose
4.The Antidote
Episode 7
1.Planet Of The Neanderthals
2.The Enforcer
3.Shark Attack
4.Flood Of Diamonds
Episode 8
1.The Mind Maidens
2.The Collector
4. Alaska Peril

Swamp Thing Television Series Ad According to TVShows on DVD, that seems to be the case. Shout Factory, the same group that produced the amazing Freeks and Geeks DVD set has supposedly acquired the DVD rights to the 1990 USA Network series. Based on the DC comics character, the series took the basic idea of the character and spun it into a genre heavy series that thrived on a threat/monster of the week theme.

I remember watching this show off and on the last few years of high school. It was just a few years before that I had gotten into the classic Swamp Thing series from DC. Writer Alan Moore took a stock horror character and transformed him into one of the most interesting books that DC had at the time. Rick Veitch continued the trend after Moore left, but the series floundered for direction after Veitch abruptly left. The comic had the character increasing in power to near god-like levels and it was hard to find anyone or anything that could challenge the character.

Several attempts have been made to bring the character back, but all have failed. With the success of the 1985-1996 series and the fact that it help found DC’s now popular Vertigo line, DC editorial have been hesitant to remove the character from his horror filled roots and return him to the super-hero filled DC universe proper (despite the recent, constant pleas from DC editorial). I say let them have the character. Past history and success is keeping the character tied to a formula that a few writers had success with, but others have not been able to duplicate in over a decade. Give someone else a chance to see what they can do with Swampy.

For a full history of the character and TV show, be sure to check out Arcane Knowledge and Cult TV Man’s Swamp Thing page.

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.

Super Powers Galactic Guardians added Cyborg to the Super FriendsLook 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 Animated DVD CoverAquaman 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.

Muppet Show Season 2 DVD set featuring a Miss Piggy coverFinally, 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.