In 1966, Filmation Animation Studios was given the rights to DC Comics library of characters, starting with Superman. They created a cartoon series based on the character, which was quite popular at the time. A year later, Aquaman shared the spotlight with Superman, and allowed other DC Comics characters to be shown, which have been collected in Warner Bros. DVD collection, “DC Super Heroes: The Filmation Adventures”.
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This DVD set, created in 2008, showcases cartoons starring characters The Atom, Green Lantern, The Flash, Hawkman, the Justice League of America and The Teen Titans. Each character and team had three episodes created for each one, running about seven minutes in length.
Some of the voice actors that worked on the show were Pat Harrington Jr. (Schneider from “One Day at a Time”) as The Atom, Gerald Mohr (“Mr. Fantastic” on the 1960s “Fantasic Four” cartoon) as Green Lantern, and Vic Perrin (original narrator for “The Outer Limits”) as Hawkman.
This DVD set also includes the documentary, “Animation Maverick: The Lou Scheimer Story” about the founder of Filmation. It also gives some insight into not only how Filmation got started, but how life was under the independent animation company. It runs about 35-40 minutes, and is well worth taking a look for those people interested in animation history.
Right now you can get this set for $7.25 through Amazon, which is over 70% off the list price! If you like quick cartoons, or if you’re a DC Comics fan, this is a fantastic set and should not be overlooked.