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With: (voices) Bud Collyer, Pat Harrington Jr., Ted Knight, Gerald Mohr, Ray Owens, Marvin Miller, Jerry Dexter, Tommy Cook, Vic Perrin, etc.
Written by: George Kashdan, John Broome, Carmine Infantino, Mort Weisinger, etc.
Directed by: Hal Sutherland, etc.
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 126
Date: 03/18/2013

DC Super Heroes: The Filmation Adventures (1967)

2 1/2 Stars (out of 4)

Just Super

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

I sure wish I could have seen these cartoons when I was a kid. Made before my time, these 7-minute short cartoons feature superheroes like the Atom, the Flash, Green Lantern and Hawkman, as well as the Teen Titans and the Justice League (consisting of Superman, Flash, Atom, Hawkman, Green Lantern and Aquaman). For some reason, Batman is absent from the Justice League, as is Robin from the Titans (maybe a rights issue?). At least one minute of the running time of each short is devoted to a setup and opening titles, so that leaves very little for character development; it's all action, action, action. And if you've ever seen a Filmation cartoon, you know that this is not exactly state of the art stuff. Their goal, like Hanna-Barbera's, was to make 'em fast and cheap. If I had seen these when I first started reading comics, I would have been enthralled, but now they're a bit too little, too late. Still, Filmation has a lot of fans, and there's a certain charm to this collection, not to mention a very good documentary on Filmation's founder Lou Scheimer. The two-disc set comes with optional subtitles and various trailers.

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