With its classic Hanna-Barbera animation style and campy plots and dialogue, The All New Super Friends Hour Season One, Volume Two is enjoyable escapist entertainment. As a fan of Scooby-Doo, I have to say that this was as fun to watch as Scooby and the gang.
Each episode is an hour-long and consists of four adventures starring Superman, Batman & Robin, Wonder Woman, the Wonder Twins, The Flash, the Green Lantern, Aquaman, and other lesser-known superheroes. And, in case you don’t know what’s gonna be in each episode (and really, how would you?), the helpful narrator explains what will be coming up over the next hour following the opening theme.
Hell, let’s face it, this is fun stuff. If you like your animation old-school and a bit corny, you can’t go wrong with cartoons like this. These are classics that are hard to come by these days in the world of animation.
If they ever get the Superfriends movie off the ground, I wonder how they would alter it to be better or worse than the animated series. Would they go for the campy-style of the cartoon, or go dark and brooding like The Dark Knight? With so many comic adaptations hitting movie theatres, it would be interesting to see the approach taken by filmmakers for this project.
Along with the 8 episodes (4 cartoons per episode) presented on two DVDs, there’s also a bonus featurette on the influence the Wonder Twins have had on society (“Wonder Twin powers, activate!”).
With its campy stories, laughably menacing villains, and classic animation, The All New Super Friends Hour Season One, Volume Two earns an A. Watch and enjoy!
Here’s the opening theme!