This message was in my YouTube account inbox today:

Some of your “Superfriends” episodes you post are too SCARY for kids. The ones I noticed are “Voodoo Vampire“, “Creature From The Dump“, and “Circus Of Horrors“.
Why don’t you show some less scary ones in the future because kids don’t want to see superheroes turning into monsters?

If those are too scary, please don’t watch the latest two videos I’ve uploaded:

 

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
3.Hitchhike
4.Space Emergency
Episode 3
1.Will The World Collide?
2.The Marsh Monster
3.Runaways
4.Time Rescue
Episode 4
1.Day Of The Plant Creatures
2.Doctor Fright
3.Drag Racing
4.Fire
Episode 5
1.Super Friends vs. Super Friends
2.The Monster Of Dr. Droid
3.Vandals
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
3.Handicap
4. Alaska Peril

While helping save an alien ship from being drawn into a black hole, Superman is drawn in with the Supermobile. He goes back through time to Krypton. Superman decides to save Krypton, by stopping the sun from expanding. He then goes through the black hole and back to Earth. On Earth, he finds a new timeline. The Legion of Doom has defeated the Super Friends, since Superman no longer existed. Superman must return to the past and let Krypton be destroyed.

Very cool episode of the Superfriends from the rare 1983 shorts. I wonder if Alan Moore had seen this episode prior to writing the Superman Annual #11 in 1985. The stories are similar, but Moore’s is definitely the better of the two. His annual would later server as the inspiration for the Justice League Unlimited episode from 2004.

When Earth’s sun suddenly turns red, Superman loses his powers. The SuperFriends discover that a Kryptonian named Zycree has escaped from the Phantom Zone and is causing the sun to turn red in order to get revenge on Superman. In order to save Superman, the SuperFriends must stop Zycree.