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The Adventures of Aquaman - The Complete Collection (DC Comics Classic Collection)
The Adventures of Aquaman - The Complete Collection
DC Comics Classic Collection
Genres: Action & Adventure, Kids & Family, Television, Animation
NR     2007     4hr 24min

Aquaman, King of the Seven Seas, also features his teen-aged sidekick Aqualad, Mera (who is referred to as an "Atlantean girl" in the series), and Aqualad's pet walrus, Tusky. Also featured are the Aqua-duo's sea horses, S...  more »


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Genres: Action & Adventure, Kids & Family, Television, Animation
Sub-Genres: Superheroes, Animation, Television, Animation
Studio: Warner Home Video
Format: DVD - Color,Full Screen - Animated,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 10/23/2007
Release Year: 2007
Run Time: 4hr 24min
Screens: Color,Full Screen
Number of Discs: 2
SwapaDVD Credits: 2
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 1
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English
Subtitles: English

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Movie Reviews

Adventures of Aquaman
Pj Thorp | 09/08/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I wrote to Warner and asked them to release the Superman Aquaman Hour in full. So they left the accompanying Superman stories out of both this and their Superman release from earlier this year.
Add the fact that they left out the guest star segments originally in the show (Teen Titans, Justice League, Atom, Hawkman, Flash, Green Lantern), and I'm very disappointed. However, all36 Aquaman stories are here to enjoy, and they are among Filmation Studios' best work.
Let's keep nagging Warner to plug the gaps"
Aquaman - swift and powerful monarch of the ocean, with abil
H. Bala | Carson - hey, we have an IKEA store! - CA USA | 11/01/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Aqualad: "What's the matter, Aquaman?"

Aquaman: "I don't know. The fish are trying to tell me something."

My man Arthur Curry (aka Aquaman) has been around a long time, having debuted in More Fun Comics in 1941 and off-and-on starring in his own comic book. And, despite the longevity and near-but-not-quite iconic stature, there are busloads of people who just aren't feeling Aquaman. And I guess I can see where they're coming from. He's a bit hard to pigeonhole, this outsider, as he's forever tiptoeing the line of superhero and undersea sovereign. Priorities are a definite issue. With much cooler capes like Batman, Superman, the Flash, and Green Lantern doing their thing, Aquaman as a superhero pales in comparison, right? I mean, he's a guy whose super powers are chit-chatting with fish, breathing underwater, and swimming really fast. And these talents don't really translate well when he ventures to shore. Not to mention, remove him from his watery environs for longer than an hour, and he croaks. Wussy stuff, right? But here's the thing: I dig Aquaman. I liked him lots when I was a mere tadpole, and this was because of his cartoon show. When I was a teen it became more of a pity liking, a rooting-for-the-underdog thing. I felt bad for the guy, relegated all the time to secondary status in the Super Friends show and in the JLA comics. But at least he had his own cartoons.

From 1967 to 1968, CBS thrilled kids of all ages with THE SUPERMAN/AQUAMAN HOUR OF ADVENTURE, a Filmation-produced animated series. This hour-long show, comprised of 7 minute episodes, not only starred the titular superheroes (and Superboy) but also provided "guest" episodes featuring the Flash, Hawkman, the Atom, Green Lantern, the JLA, and the Teen Titans. Later in 1968, this show was retooled as a half hour show and titled simply AQUAMAN, although the "guest" spots were still re-ran (Superman and Superboy, however, were ix-nayed). Maybe, someday, we'll see a dvd with these "guest" episodes, but for now I feel good that the high muck-a-mucks are releasing the entire Aquaman cartoon collection.

THE ADVENTURES OF AQUAMAN - THE COMPLETE COLLECTION returns us to a time when Aquaman was perceived as clean-cut, straight-laced, and non-controversial, long before writer Peter David got his nervy hands on him in the mid-'90s and proceeded to do the big makeover. Fans of the Justice League Unlimited TV series would now know him as a burly, long-haired, bearded figure, arrogant and lordly, naked to the waist and with a hook for a hand. And someone NOT to be effed with. I don't know what DC Comics has in store for Aquaman because I haven't been keeping up with his current title (although I hear AQUAMAN: SWORD OF ATLANTIS just ended its run with issue #57). Anyway, his more recent incarnation is quite a drastic change from his erstwhile squeaky clean image. Speaking of which, let's go back to the Aquaman cartoons.

The Aquaman cartoons shy from typical superhero fare, certain limitations coming with having the ocean as your workplace. No cops and robbers as we know it. No familiar cityscapes. The rules are different. And, yet, there's evidently more villainy in the waters than one would assume. Assisting Aquaman (and sometimes hindering him) in his policing of the Seven Seas and safeguarding the domed city of Atlantis are Aqualad (a clear sidekick ripoff of Robin) and the lovely Mera, whom I don't think is Aquaman's wife here. Aquaman doesn't really have a standout cast of supervillains on his rolodex, perhaps another reason why he's not more popular. Black Manta, his most vaunted superfoe, makes two appearances ("Menace of the Black Manta" and "The Silver Sphere"). The Sea King is equally busy with other recurring nasties the Mer-Queen Vassa, the Fisherman, and the Brain. Aquaman also tackles a bevy of vile deep sea monsters or creatures and dastardly space aliens, one race of whom merely wanted to shrink and collect ocean life samples, but they should never have taken Tusky. And, sometimes, Aquaman's adventures enter into the realm of the just plain weird. "War of the Water Worlds," for one - in which Aquaman stumbles onto another water world lying beneath the ocean - is memorable for the grotesque fishes and monsters.

All 36 shorts are here in all their 7 minute glory, and they look fabulous on my screen. These Aquaman cartoons didn't try to change the world or champion a cause or go overboard with plot or character development. At seven minutes long, is you crazy? Not much chance here for intricate world shaking stuff. Instead, these episodes are ideal for the kiddies and their miniscule attention span. Aquaman made an impression on me when I first saw him on the idiot box, what with the aquatic superheroics and the nutty walrus and cool seahorses and the science-fictiony Aqua Cave and the very cool watery kingdom. The clearest memory I probably have of this show is Aquaman fashioning hard water spheres or swirls with his hands and then pelting 'em at whatever. The undersea world is conveyed in a wash of brilliant colors, lending it a truly mysterious and otherworldly feel. And I remember how I keenly marveled at the grace with which Aquaman and company navigated thru the deeps. For late '60s animation, Filmation did excellent work, with special note to the characters' smooth movements. I try not to use the adjective "gorgeous" too much, because, well, you know...But, what the hell, this show looks gorgeous! And, if nothing else, you get to learn more about the many denizens of the sea as Aquaman is forever asking for help from the fishies.

Disc 1:
Episode 1 & 2 - "Menace of the Black Manta"/"The Rampaging Reptile-Men"
Episode 3 & 4 - "The Return of Nepto"/"The Fiery Invaders"
Episode 5 & 6 - "Sea Raiders"/"War of the Water Worlds"
Episode 7 & 8 - "The Volcanic Monster"/"The Crimson Monster from the Pink Pool"
Episode 9 & 10 - "The Ice Dragon"/"The Deadly Drifters"
Episode 11 & 12 - "Vassa, Queen of the Mermen"/"The Microscopic Monsters"
Episode 13 & 14 - "The Onslaught of the Octomen"/"Treacherous Is the Torpedoman"
Episode 15 & 16 - "The Satanic Saturnians"/"The Brain, the Brave and the Bold"
Episode 17 & 18 - "Where Lurks the Fisherman!"/"Mephisto's Marine Marauders"

Disc 2:
Episode 19 & 20 - "Trio of Terror"/"The Torp, the Magneto and the Claw"
Episode 21 & 22 - "Goliaths of the Deep-Sea Gorge"/"The Sinister Sea Scamp"
Episode 23 & 24 - "The Devil Fish"/"The Sea Scavengers"
Episode 25 & 26 - "In Captain Cuda's Clutches"/"The Mirror-Man from Planet Imago"
Episode 27 & 28 - "The Sea Sorcerer"/"The Sea-Snares of Captain Sly"
Episode 29 & 30 - "The Undersea Trojan Horse"/"The Vicious Villainy of Vassa"
Episode 31 & 32 - "Programmed for Destruction"/"The War of the Quatix and the Bimphars"
Episode 33 & 34 - "The Stickmen of Stygia"/"Three Wishes to Trouble"
Episode 35 & 36 - "The Silver Sphere"/"To Catch a Fisherman"

Special Feature: "Aquaman: The Sovereign of the Seas" - A neat 26-minute-long retrospective featurette which covers Aquaman's comic book evolution, his involvement with HBO's Entourage, his guest spots in SMALLVILLE and the TV pilot which was supposed to (but never did) lead to an ongoing live-action series."
Adventure, fun, and a great buy!
W. C. Brooks | Fort Washington, MD USA | 10/29/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Ah Filmation, first THE NEW ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN and then THE ADVENTURES OF AQUAMAN (originally THE SUPERMAN/AQUAMAN HOUR OF ADVENTURE 1967)! Well done by all. Good times, good times.

I gotta give Lou, Norm, Hal, and the FILMATION crew credit, they made Aquaman and his world exciting. From stopping an invasion in an inter-dimentional water world to halting a civil war on another planet Filmation's Aquaman ran the gammit. Along with his teen partner Aqualad our hero showed every super-villain and would-be conqueror that if you invade his seas you will get your butt kicked (either by bull-whale or a super-dense hard water ball upside your face). In Filmation's series Aquaman was truly The King of the Seven Seas!

Filmation did right what Hanna-Barbera's SUPER FRIENDS later did wrong: TREATED AQUAMAN WITH RESPECT. In THE ADVENTURES OF AQUAMAN our hero has his enhanced strength & super-speed. He's a excellent strategist and leader. He throws a mean punch and hard water jet. He doesn't believe in killing ("Treacherous is the Torpedo Man") and is a strong believer in peace ("The War Between the Quantix and the Bimphars").
No riding shot-gun for this Aquaman (like he would later to in SUPER FRIENDS). Riding his loyal sea-horse Storm looked much more heroic than sitting in the Invisible Jet.
On this show Aquaman GETS THE JOB DONE!

And his Rogues Gallery is pretty decent too. Yep, Black Manta is here (of course) but so is The Fisherman and The Torpedo Man. Plus newbies: Queen Vassa, The Brain, Captain Barracuda & Starro (not THAT Starro, sorry JLA fans), and many monsters, rogues, and hidden realms.

One major factor about Filmation's Aquaman is in his use of his telepathic powers. On this show Aquaman had an undersea army and he definitely used it (seeing a bull whale smash a super-villain sub is always fun). Plus it was cool to see what "specialist" he'd call for a particular task.

The animation was an improvement from last season's SUPERMAN, especially seeing the Aqua-Duo swimming into action (the introduction is VERY COOL). It was very fluid (pun intended).
And the bonus extra documentary of the History of Aquaman was very nice indeed. I won't spoil it but I will say I'm glad to see Aquaman getting his props.

Is the show faultless? Of course not (Aqualad's "Holy Haddock" can ride the nerves sometimes) but it played the hand it was dealt and was a ratings hit in 1967/68. The show proved when treated with care Aquaman can easily rank with the best of them.

It was fun and I'm glad I bought it.
Tim Janson | Michigan | 04/14/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)

"First, a little history behind the series. These Aquaman episodes were originally broadcast in 1967 - 1968 as part of the Superman/Aquaman Hour of Adventure. The show featured not only the two heroes of the title, but also guest appearances by other characters such as The Atom, Green Lantern, Hawkman, The Flash, and even the Teen Titans. Then in 1968, just the Aquaman episodes were repackaged by CBS and the animation studio, Filmation, as the Aquaman show, which then ran from 1968 - 1970 on Saturday mornings. All 36 episodes (running about 6 - 7 minutes each) are included in this brand new two DVD set.

The show starred Marvin Miller as the voice of Aquaman and Ted Knight as the shows narrator as well as Aquaman's nemesis Black Manta. Miller provided the voice of Robby the Robot in the sci-fi classic, Forbidden Planet. Knight of course is best known for his portrayal as news anchor Ted Baxter in the Mary Tyler Moore Show and also as Judge Smales in Caddyshack. Knight also did a lot of work in animation. Besides Aquaman, he was the long time narrator of the Super Friends animated show. My only complaint about Knight is that he pronounces the characters name as if it were spelled "ACK-waman", and it's quite annoying.

The show was produced by Filmation, a fairly prolific animation studio during the 60's through the 80's. Among the classic Saturday morning shows they produced were The Archie Show, Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids, Star Trek the Animated Series, the live-action Shazam series, The Groovie Goolies, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, and Bravestar. Filmation really has an incredible resume. Like rival studio, Hanna Barbera, Filmation perfected a low-cost approach to animation, particularly in their shows of the 60's and 70's. Backgrounds were repeatedly used over and over. An example of this is when Fred Flintstone runs through his living room and passes the same chair five times. They used rotoscoping a great deal as well to cut down on high animation costs. Still, they put out great TV shows and this is the kind of stuff I grew up on in the 70's. If only they would release the Jerry Lewis series on DVD!

These episodes are very basic. With the short running time there isn't much in the way of plot or character development. Generally we find out the threat in the first minute or so and then Aquaman along with Aqualad and his host of undersea allies has to save the day. There are some villains such as the aforementioned Black Manta but more often the threat is some kind of undersea monster like The Volcanic Monster, Ice Dragon, The Devil Fish, or the Satanic Saturnians. I was never a big Aquaman fan as he just seemed to me to be so limited. Everything had to be a sea adventure and how many times can you fight sea monsters. The animation, while budget, is pretty good and fluid. There is a pretty good featurette on the DVD called "The Sovereign of the Seas" and gives a history of the character from his creation in the 1940's to his Silver Age revamp to the present and includes comments and interviews with notable comic personalities as Paul Levitz, Mark Waid, Dwayne McDuffie, as well as former Filmation Director Hal Sutherland.

These animated shorts are dated but still fun, especially for baby boomers trying to relive their youth!