It looks like another one of my favorite cartoons is finally making its way to DVD this August 7th. Super Friends: The Legendary Super Powers Show was the first new format SuperFriends series since 1979’s The World’s Greatest Super Friends.

When sinister forces like Darkseid, Lex Luther, Brainiac and Mr. Mxyzptlk scheme to dominate the galaxy, it’s up to the Super Friends to show them the light! Batman, Robin, Wonder Woman, Superman and new hero Firestorm risk it all to defeat evil and preserve peace throughout the cosmos. Featuring the voices of Adam West as Batman and Casey Kasem as Robin, this sensational TV series produced by Hanna-Barbera showcases favorite DC Comics heroes in adventures that meld galactic dangers, insidious villains and larger-than-life predicaments in a must-own two-disc collector’s compilation!

Over 80 short Super Friends episodes were produced by Hanna-Barbera from 1980-1983 and aired as part of the other Superfriends shows at the time. The Legendary Super Powers show continued the short story format. Each episode had two stories per half hour (11 minutes each). Also, in spite of appearing in the opening credits, Aquaman does not make an appearance in any single episode of this series.

This was the first DC series produced as a toy line tie-in (which was just becoming a very popular practice at the time). The toys were produced by Kenner. It was also the first series since 1978’s Challenge of the Super Friends to feature actual DC villains, instead of generic ones created for the show. The following 16 episodes should be included on the set.

  1. The Bride of Darkseid
  2. The Wrath of Braniac / Reflections in Crime
  3. No Honor Among Thieves / Mr. Mxyzptlk and the Magic Lamp
  4. Case of the Shrinking Super Friends / The Mask Of Mystery
  5. Darkseid’s Golden Trap
  6. The Case of the Dreadful Dolls / The Royal Ruse
  7. The Village of Lost Souls / The Curator
  8. Island of the Dinasoids / Uncle Mxyzptlk

DC has done a great job or releasing their old animated shows. They take the time to produce excellent menus and interesting bonus features. I do hope they keep the commercial break bumpers and intros intact when they release this set. Each episode always began with Wonder Woman saying, “Wonder Woman here, on today’s show…”

Normally, I wouldn’t post something as regular as DVD releases. I did it for Batman and Superman a few weeks back because those are some personal favorites and ones I didn’t think we’d see on DVD anytime soon. So, why am I following it up with the announcement of Harvey Birdman – Attorney at Law: volume 3? Simple, read the press release.

HERE IT IS! HARVEY BIRDMAN, ATTORNEY AT LAW, THE THIRD DVD! Yep, that’s right: THE THIRD DVD! How many shows can say they’ve got three DVD – I’m sorry? All right. Green Acres, but that was a classic. How many recent sho – Full House? SIX DVDs?! You’ve gotta be kidding! Friggin’ Saget. All right, how many animated, 15 minute shows with horny hippopotami and nearly incestuous one-eyed father/superhero daughter relationships have three DVDs? That’s right, smart slacks: One. And it’s Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law. And this is its third DVD.

That’s hilarious. That’s got to be the first press release with a Bob Saget / Full House slam in it. A great press release for a great show. If you’ve never watched, all you need to know is Gary Cole and Steven Colbert both do voices on the show.

It looks like the original 1966 New Adventures of Superman and Batman cartoons from Filmation will finally be coming to DVD, according to Warner Brothers animation writer Earl Kress.

At the end of a post detailing release plans for more old-school Hanah Barbera animation, Kress drops the following dates:

6/26/07: The New Adventures of Batman
The New Adventures of Superman

Those have not been “officially” announced by WB, so I wouldn’t call it 100%, but it’s a good sign. I would hope that the Batman series they are referring to is the Batman with Robin the Boy Wonder. It’s the one that was paired with the New Adventures of Superman in 1969 when they originally aired together as the Batman / Superman Hour on CBS.

The New Adventures of Batman was the series produced by Filmation in 1977. It’s the one I remember watching as a kid. It aired as part of the Super 7 block that featured Tarzan, Freedom Force, Jason of Star Command, Manta and Moray, Superstretch and Microwoman, and Web Woman. Freedom Force is out on DVD now and Jason of Star Command will be released in May.

These shows are the reason I started making my own DVDs a few years ago and I’m excited to see them finally get the actual release they deserve. If there is one area that DC dominates Marvel in, it’s tv/animation/DVD. With Superman and Batman coming, I hope they follow up with: Adventures of Superboy, the DC Heroes shorts, Aquaman, the 1988 Superman cartoon and the other Batman series (whichever one doesn’t get released). I haven’t completed (actually-just barely started) my Superman set, so it will save me some work.

Kress also states four more of my favorite cartoons will be released on July 17.

On July 17, Warner Home Video will release them in their original configuration as Space Ghost and Dino Boy and Birdman and the Galaxy Trio.

He also teases that a release of the Banana Splits Adventure Hour is pending as well.