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Super Friends
Super Friends.jpg
The opening title screen for the first Super Friends series
Also known as Super Friends I
Genre Animation / Action / Adventure / Sci-Fi
Created by E. Nelson Bridwell
Carmine Infantino
Julius Schwartz (consultants)
Written by Jack Cole
Gardner Fox
Mort Weisinger
Directed by Charles A. Nichols
Voices of Sherry Alberoni
Norman Alden
Danny Dark
Shannon Farnon
Casey Kasem
Ted Knight
Olan Soule
John Stephenson
Frank Welker
Narrated by Ted Knight
Theme music composer Hoyt Curtin
Composer(s) Hoyt S. Curtin
Will Schaefer
Country of origin  United States
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 16
Production
Executive producer(s) William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Producer(s) Iwao Takamoto
Running time 60 minutes (including commercials)
Production company(s) Hanna-Barbera
National Periodical Publications
Broadcast
Original channel ABC
Audio format Mono
Original run September 8, 1973 – August 30, 1974
Chronology
Followed by The All-New Super Friends Hour
External links
Official website

Super Friends is a 1973[1] animated series produced by Hanna-Barbera and National Periodical Publications. It is based on the Justice League comic books, and is the first incarnation[2] of the Super Friends series.

Contents

Main characters

Super Friends first aired on ABC on September 8, 1973[3], featuring the well known DC characters Superman, Batman and Robin, Wonder Woman, and Aquaman. Superman, Batman and Aquaman had each previously appeared in their own animated series produced by Filmation, and voice talent from these prior programs was brought over to work on the new show. Shortly before the Super Friends series was developed, Superman and Wonder Woman also guest-starred in two episodes of The Brady Kids, while Batman and Robin appeared in two episodes of The New Scooby-Doo Movies.

In addition to the superheroes, a trio of sidekicks was introduced, each of whom were new characters not drawn from the comic books: Wendy Harris (voiced by Sherri Alberoni), Marvin White (voiced by Frank Welker), and Wonderdog, none of whom had any special abilities (save Wonderdog’s unexplained ability to reason and “talk”). Inspired by the Scooby-Doo gang, Wendy and Marvin were depicted as detectives and/or superheroes in training.

Format and episode formula

Each episode would begin with the heroes responding to an emergency detected by the massive TroubAlert computer that was situated within the Hall of Justice which served as the headquarters of the team. Colonel Wilcox, a U.S. Army official, was a recurring character who would work as a government liaison to the Super Friends during emergencies.

As such conflicts are often ultimately resolved with the antagonists persuaded to adapt more reasonable methods to achieve their aims with the assistance of the heroes. Natural disasters triggered by human (or alien) activity were often shown, and environmental themes featured strongly in the program.

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Guest stars

Some guest stars from the broader Justice League were featured during this season including the Flash, Plastic Man, and Green Arrow.

Cancellation

This first run of Super Friends, consisting of sixteen one hour episodes that were rerun several times, concluded on August 24, 1974. At this point, the series was cancelled and did not appear on the fall lineup for 1974.[4]

DVD release

Warner Home Video will release Super Friends: Season One, Volume One on DVD in Region 1 on January 5th, 2010. Volume One will be a 2 disc set of the first eight episodes of the series at a retail price of $26.99.[5]

Episodes

See: List of Super Friends episodes

References

External links


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