Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Hero High - The Complete Series|
Genres: Kids & Family, Television, Animation
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Ink & Paint Does It Again
ONENEO | Buffalo, NY | 01/28/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I should begin this review with a confession: I remember very little about Hero High when it ran on broadcast television on Saturday mornings back in 1981. Presumably my attention was simply devoted to a rival network. However, my love for both Filmation and anything BCI/ Ink & Paint puts out led me to ordering the Hero High box set and I'm quite glad that I did.
For starters the set includes all 26 animated episodes of the series (each episode runs about 8 minutes long) with writer commentary on a couple of them. Disc 1 contains the first 14 while disc 2 contains the remaining 12 and a host of interesting special features including interviews with many of the show's actors and producers. We even hear from producer Lou Scheimer in several of the interviews.
The show (for those who have not yet had a chance to enjoy it) is surprisingly well done and clearly provided the source material for more recent super hero spoofs such as Sky High and The Incredibles. Rather than compete directly with the campy superhero animation out at the time (Hanna Barbara's Superfriends for example), Hero High knew not to take itself too seriously instead choosing to poke fun at both itself and comic action in general.
The episodes are fairly short romps in a tradition of good clean fun rather than epic good versus evil and to be completely honest, some of the humor contained within is on par with the type of material one would expect in sitcoms from the era.
Additionally the second disc contains an episode of the live action skit that came packaged in the Kid Super Power Hour at the time. This, too, can be viewed with writer and actor commentary, which really adds to the value of reliving the experience.
The package itself is in a league of its own (as all BCI/ Ink & Paint sets tend to be) with colorful sleeve art and a book that not only lists all of the episodes but also provides color photographs, a synopsis of each one and a trivia pertaining to the episode! Talk about going above and beyond to deliver quality. The picture quality is quite crisp and clean (showing no indication of the era) as are the audio tracks. Once again Ink & Paint have provided a masterpiece compilation worthy of shelf space on any collector's entertainment center.
Included on this two-disc set are the following episodes:
1) Boo Hoo
2) Starfire, Where Are You
3) The Art of Ballot
4) The Captives
5) Do the Computer Stomp
6) A Fistful of Knuckles
7) Rat Fink Rex
8) High Rise High Jinx
9) Off Her Rocker
10) A Clone of his Own
11) Follow the Litter
12) Game of Chance
13) Malt Shop Mayhem
14) The Umpire Strikes Back
15) The Not So Great Outdoors
16) Track Race
17) Cover Twirl
18) The Human Fly
19) My Job is Yours
20) The Big Bang Theory
21) What's News
22) He Sinks Sea Ships
23) Girl of his Dreams
24) The Blow-Way Blimp
26) Law of the Pack
Mini1973 | Fayetteville, AR | 04/15/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I loved this show as a kid!!! The run was very brief and I could never remember the exact title, but lo and behold when I found it I bought it right away. Oh, the memories! Even the old NBC logo makes an appearance. The characters were typically Filmation quality (lots of laugh track and stilted jokes), but the premise was fun and the live performances made the show. I have shared the DVD with my own children and they think the show is hilarious. My only complaint is I would have liked to have seen more of the live performances and a few episodes of Shazzam would have been icing on the cake."
Some memories are best left as memories
Joseph A. Limbaugh | SLC, UT USA | 09/14/2009
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Ah the glorious good ol' days of saturday morning cartoons. They don't make 'em like this anymore (and it's a good thing). While it has it's charms this little forgotten early 80's Filmation entry is stricktly kids fare. The best thing about this DVD release are the rare "Live Action" wrap arounds from the Kids Super Power Hour with Shazam! show from 1981. Strange little segments that feature the voice actors in costume as their Hero High counterparts singing songs, telling jokes, giving life lessons, dissin on each other... and the costumes... I won't go there! It's really weird to think I used to love the character "Punk Rock", I think it was the mohawk (hey, I was 5 years old when this show was on the air). Of course now I find it really odd and dated that the "Punk" on the show talks like a hippster Jazz cat? Apparently no one at the Filmations studios knew what a "Punk" was. Features cameos from Captain Marvel (Shazam!) and Isis of Freedom Force. Definately a must for classic saturday morning cartoon enthousiasts. All others beware."
Pj Thorp | 04/02/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I've edited this review, as I think I got it wrong before. Having read the latest online publicity, I don't think the Shazam stories are included in the set. It is a "Hero High" complete series, not a "Kid Super Power Hour" complete series. (When originally aired, the Kid Super Power Hour had 26 Hero High cartoons and 12 Shazam cartoons). Still, you may get to see the Shazam characters Capt Marvel, Mary Marvel and Capt Marvel Jr guest starring in the occasional Hero High story.
IF THIS IS THE CASE, LET'S HOPE THE SHAZAM CARTOONS ARE RELEASED IN THE NEAR FUTURE AS A SEPARATE SET, and while we're hoping, LET'S ALSO HOPE FOR THE 1970S LIVE ACTOR SHAZAM SERIES TOO.
Don't let that slightly bad news put you off buying this Hero High set though. You'll still get the full series of Hero High cartoons, and the live action wrap-arounds that made up the Kid Super Power Hour when Filmation first produced the show in 1981. There's also a feast of extras including "Magic of Filmation" documentary, and various other special items.
Filmation were basically revamping their Archie characters as the super powered students of Hero High, and the results are excellent.