Monday, May 12, 2008

Super Friends

  • Episode Guide
  • Theme Song

    In 1973, Hanna-Barbera created what would be one of the most identifiable superhero cartoons of all time. Superman, Aquaman, Batman and Robin, all of whom had previously starred in their own Filmation cartoons, joined together with Wonder Woman, teen sidekicks Wendy and Marvin, and their dog, Wonderdog, to fight crime and evil-doers all throughout the 70s and most of the 80s as the Super Friends!

    While the series changed formats over the years, it began as an one-hour series when it debuted on ABC in 1973. The series ran for sixteen episodes and then was canceled. The show reran for a few years and its popularity increased. When ABC saw this increase, and the popularity of the new Wonder Woman television series in 1975, they asked Hanna-Barbera for more episodes. Hanna-Barbera responded with the All-New Super Friends Hour.

    Super Friends was produced using crude animation and shallow storylines. The state of children's programming in the 70s meant that the violence had to be all but cut out. The heroes were never allowed to hit people or use their powers to bring them harm. Instead, the censors dictated that the show promote non-violent ways of solving problems. Thus, many creative ways had to be found in order to stop the perps. This all added to the campy charm of the show.

    Main Cast

    Aquaman - Norman Alden
    Batman - Olan Soule
    Marvin - Frank Welker
    Narrator - Ted Knight
    Robin - Casey Kasem
    Superman - Danny Dark
    Wendy - Sherry Alberoni
    Wonder Dog - Frank Welker
    Wonder Woman - Shannon Farnon


    Colonel Wilcox - John Stephenson
    Plastic Man - Jack Cole
    Green Arrow - Mort Weisinger

    Dr. Rebos
    King Plasto
    Noah Tall
  • 1 comment:

    Jim said...

    I was watching these when they were new, with a salad bowl full of cheerios and not a care in the world :)