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Remember that one day when you could wake up without an alarm? When you would get your favorite bowl of cereal and sit between the hours of 8 and 12? This is a blog dedicated to the greatest time of our childhood: Saturday mornings. The television programs you watched, the memories attached to them, and maybe introducing you to something you didn't realize existed. Updated every weekend.
August 29, 2017
August 28, 2017
CELEBRATING THE JACK KIRBY CENTENNIAL
August 26, 2017
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(Syndicated, March 1-May 20, 1991)
Murakami-Wolf-Swenson, Troma Entertainment
Rodger Bumpass – Toxie/Melvin Junko, Dr. Killemoff
Paul Eiding – No-Zone
Ed Gilbert – Major Disaster
Hal Rayle – Headbanger/Dr. Bender, Bonehead
John Mariano – Headbanger/Fender
Gregg Berger – Junkyard
Patric Zimmerman – Czar Zosta
Kath Soucie – Yvonne
Michael J. Pollard – Psycho
Chuck McCann – Mayor Max Grody
Susan Silo – Mrs. Junko
Troma Entertainment had built itself up on a reputation for crass, crude, gory, and gratuitous low-brow entertainment. So, of course what better place to find fodder for Saturday morning television?
While working as the pre-production supervisor for Rocky, Troma Entertainment co-founder Lloyd Kaufman got the idea to create a horror film set at a health club. However, it would be a few years before he got to see those plans to fruition. Kaufman had initially formed a production company with Oliver Stone, but it fell apart shortly after Stone went his own way and his 1973 film, Schwartz: The Brave Detective, bombed horribly. Kaufman then partnered with Michael Herz to form Troma and produced a softball-themed sex comedy in 1979 called Squeeze Play.
|Lloyd Kaufman amongst memorabilia from his empire.|
When the movie became an unexpected hit, Troma was brought on to produce the all-star film The Final Countdown in 1980. While it performed well and was also a success, the stresses of working on a massive film led Troma to decide they would rather keep to the joy of simple low-budget fare and produced two more teen sex comedies. As the 80s rolled on, the teen sex comedy genre began to become crowded, leaving Troma to find a new niche to exploit. After reading an article that said horror films were no longer popular, Kaufman decided to resurrect his old idea and make his own horror film.
|Toxie in all his hideous glory.|
Rather than straight-up horror, Troma decided to make it a horror comedy that was partially a satire on superheroes and contained all the signatures Troma’s films had become known for. The resulting film was The Toxic Avenger, which was set in Tromaville, New Jersey: the toxic waste dumping capitol of the world (and subsequent setting for all of Troma’s future films). Melvin Junko (sometimes Ferd, played by Mark Torgl) was the mop boy at the local health club where some of the regulars decided to torture him. Their ultimate prank ends up with Melvin in a tutu kissing a sheep, and in his humiliation he ran out a window and fell into a vat of toxic waste. That waste turned him into the monstrous and nigh-indestructible Toxic Avenger, aka Toxie (Mitch Cohen), who set out to get his bloody revenge and unleash justice on those that would prey on the weak.
The Toxic Avenger was released in 1984 and was completely ignored. It wasn’t until it was a long-running midnight movie at the Bleecker Street Theater in New York City in 1985 that it developed a solid cult following, and soon found regular broadcasts on cable. It became the film that introduced the world to Troma and established everything the studio would be about. Troma revisited Toxie in 1989 for a sequel that, after running extremely long, was chopped up into two sequels: The Toxic Avenger, Part II and Part III: The Last Temptation of Toxie.
In 1990, Kaufman sought to expand Troma’s audience base into the juveniles by bringing Toxie to the mainstream; namely, Saturday morning network television. Troma partnered with Murakami-Wolf-Swenson, who had brought another adult-oriented mutant-hero franchise to animation with their adaptation of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (the original comics, while not as brutal as the Avenger films, were decidedly more violent than the eventual cartoon version). Of course, the series would have to be almost entirely scrubbed of Troma’s signatures in order to be appropriate for young audiences. Also, to fulfill FCC requirements for children’s programming, the show took on a pro-ecological message.
|The Crusaders: Dr. Bender, Fender, Toxie, No-Zone and Major Disaster.|
Toxie (Rodger Bumpass) had a similar origin as he did in the films, except he didn’t go on a murderous vengeance spree on those who wronged him and future foes. The mop that he used to clean the health club where he worked was also changed by the toxic waste to be a super-powered, semi-sentient being (aptly named Mop). Further differences included Toxie was given a team of similarly mutated freaks. Amongst them was No-Zone (Paul Eiding), a test pilot that crashed into a silo of radioactive pepper giving him powerful sneezing powers; Major Disaster (Ed Gilber), a soldier that fell into a radioactive swamp and gained the power to control plants; Junkyard (Gregg Berger), a homeless man merged with a junkyard dog after he took shelter in a toxic waste-covered dog kennel that was struck by lightning; and Headbanger, a fusion of mad scientist Dr. Bender (Hal Rayle) an surfer-like singing telegram boy Fender (John Mariano) that became fused when Fender accidentally knocked them into Dr. Bender’s invention. Together, they became the Toxic Crusaders, often aided by Toxie’s tone-deaf girlfriend, Yvonne (Kath Soucie), and his mother (Susan Silo). Toxie was also given a pet in the form of Blobbie; a little blob of goo that came to the toxic waste dump that served as the primary base for the Crusaders.
|Dr. Killemofff and Mayor Max Grody.|
Their primary foes were the Smogulans; aliens from the planet Smogula who wanted to pollute the Earth in order to make it habitable for their people and conquer it. The primary ruler of the planet was Czar Zosta (Patric Zimmerman), whose forces on Earth were led by Dr. Killemoff (Bumpass). Psycho (Michael J. Pollard) was an obese bio-mechanical being that worked for Killemoff and had the uncanny ability to predict the future—usually the failure of Killemoff’s plans, that often went unheeded. Hazmat-suited minions known as Radiation Rangers served as Killemoff’s foot soldiers and cannon fodder. Bonehead (Hal Rayle) was the lead health club bully (replacing Bozo from the first movie) that led to Toxie’s creation who himself was changed into a monster when Toxie threw him into a barrel of acid rain. Bonehead joined forces with Killemoff, but wasn’t much of an asset as he was brainless and incompetent. Also working with the Smogulans was the corrupt mayor of Tromaville, Max Grody (based on the mayor from the first movie, voiced by Chuck McCann).
|Dr. Killemoff, Bonhead and Psycho.|
The Toxic Crusaders (so named because Avengers was deemed too violent sounding) premiered in syndication on March 1st, 1991. Even though they couldn’t go to the lengths of brutal, dark, gross-out humor that the films it was based on did, the series had its fair share of adult-oriented jokes, toilet humor, and often broke the fourth wall by being self-referential. The series was written by a combination of MWS and Troma alum, including Jack Mendelsohn, Carole Bruce Mendelsohn, D.J. MacHale, Ned Candle. Walt Kubiak, Jeffrey W. Sass and Andrew Wolk, along with Chuck Lorre and Herz. Lorre, who had written the Turtles theme, co-wrote this series’ theme with Dennis C. Brown. Brown and Larry Brown handled the rest of the series’ music.
Although the Avenger films were popular enough to inspire enough networks to put decent orders for the series, they weren’t sufficient enough to guarantee a second season. The show ended after its 13-episode run. During the show’s run, Marvel Comics released an 8-issue comic series that ended up cancelled along with their other TV-based projects. In the UK, Fleetway Publications published their own series that run two issues longer. Playmates, who produced the toys for Ninja Turtles, made a line of figures in a similar style. Bandai and Sega released side-scrolling platform beat ‘em up video games in for the Nintendo Entertainment System, Game Boy and Sega Genesis developed by TOSE, Realtime Associates and Infogrames, respectively. A SNES version was planned but never released. Other merchandise included trading cards by Topps, coloring/activity books and puzzles published by Golden Books, junior novels by Boxtree, a card and board game by International Games, a Colorforms playset, lunchboxes by Thermos, costumes by Collegeville and costume patterns by McCall’s Patterns.
|Add for the Toxic Avenger collection.|
In late 1991, Golden Book Video released several episodes to VHS. In 2004, Troma released Toxic Crusaders: The Movie, which edited the first three episodes together into a single film. In 2005, the first four episodes were presented in their original format in Toxic Crusaders: The Television Series Volume 1. In 2008, the complete series was included as part of The Complete Toxic Avenger set, which contained all four Avenger movies. The complete series was also made available as part of Amazon Video’s streaming service.
“The Making of Toxie” (3/1/91) – Melvin Junko becomes Toxie and fights the forces of Dr. Killemoff with the aid of No-Zone and Major Disaster.
“This Spud’s for You” (3/8/91) – Killemoff plans to put his chemicals in the food of a local restaurant while Dr. Bender and Fender end up mutated and merged into Headbanger.
“Club Fred” (3/15/91) – Killemoff and his Radiation Rangers clear out a retirement community to make room for an alien arrival.
“Tree Trouble” (3/22/91) – Killemoff plans to push “Smog on a Can” while Major Disaster falls in love and begins having trouble with his powers.
“Pollution Solution” (3/29/91) – Killemoff sends the Radiation Rangers to invade the Toxic Dump to prepare for a Smogulan invasion.
“A Sight for Sore Eyes” (4/6/91) – Mayor Grody moves the Crusaders to his penthouse in order to clear the dump for Czar Zosta.
“Mr. Earth: Superhero” (4/13/91) – A new superhero joins the Crusaders against Killemoff, but ends up causing more harm than good.
“Toxie Ties the Knot” (4/20/91) – Zosta’s daughter arrives in Tromaville and falls in love with Toxie.
“Invasion of the Biddy Snatchers” (4/27/91) – Zosta replaces Killemoff with General GarBage, who plans to replace senior citizens with evil clones.
“The Snail Must Go Through” (5/6/91) – New superhero Snail Man helps the Crusaders fend off the latest pollution attack while also preparing for Yvonne’s concert.
“Nab That Toxie Cab” (5/6/91) – The Crusaders start their own cab company and Yvonne grows jealous when Toxie falls in love with his cab.
“Still Crazy After All These Shears” (5/13/91) – Mayor Grody’s tree-planting campaign actually involved alien seeds that grow into a Weed Monster.
“That’s No Villain, That’s My Mom!” (5/20/91) – Toxie’s mom ends up switching minds with Killemoff while the Crusaders deal with his convention for hideous creatures.
August 24, 2017
JAY THOMAS DEAD AT 69
You can read the full story here.
Thomas was an actor who appeared in an episode of Batman: The Animated Series as a guard, Aaahh!!! Real Monsters as Disembodied Voice, and Barry Anger in Teacher's Pet, and starred in Hercules: The Animated Series as Ares. He also provided a voice for an episode of Goof Troop.
August 20, 2017
JERRY LEWIS DEAD AT 91
You can read the full story here.
Jerry Lewis was an actor, comedian, singer, producer, director, writer and humanitarian best known for his partnership with Dean Martin and being the long-serving chairman of the Muscular Dystrophy Association. While Lewis has been parodied and homaged in many productions, his sole Saturday contribution was the creation of Will the Real Jerry Lewis Please Sit Down?, which utilized his name and likeness and where he made uncredited contributions to the series' scripts.
August 19, 2017
MIGHTY MOUSE PLAYHOUSE
MIGHTY MOUSE PLAYHOUSE/
MIGHTY MOUSE AND THE MIGHTY HEROES
(CBS, December 10, 1955-September 2, 1967)
Terrytoons, CBS Films
Roy Halee, Sr. & Allen Swift – Mighty Mouse (shorts)
Tom Morrison – Mighty Mouse (shorts & new content), Oil Can Harry (shorts)
Herschel Bernardi – Strong Man, Diaper Man, Tornado Man
Lionel G. Wilson – Cuckoo Man, Rope Man
In 1942, Terrytoons writer Izzy Klein became fascinated by the Fleischer Studios Superman theatrical shorts and decided to create a parody starring an insignificant animal with similar powers. He proposed “Super Fly” at a Terrytoons story conference, but boss Paul Terry nixed the idea. Instead, he wanted to the idea to feature his go-to animal: a mouse.
|Super Mouse and his original damsel, Mitzi.|
“Super Mouse” made his debut in theaters on October 16, 1942 in The Mouse of Tomorrow (a play on a nickname often attributed to Superman, “the man of tomorrow”) released by 20th Century Fox. In it, the city of Mouseville was under constant siege by cats until one mouse went to a supermarket, bathed in super soap and ate super celery and cheese that gave him the powers to fight back and save the populace. Among the standard powers of flight, super strength and invulnerability, he was also shown to have x-ray vision, psychokinesis, time-manipulation abilities and could even use the red contrail he left when he flew as a band of solid, flexible matter.
|Poster showing the new name over the original colors.|
Super Mouse (Roy Halee, Sr., Tom Morrison & Allen Swift at various points in the series) appeared in six subsequent shorts between 1942 and 1943 when Terry learned of the existence of another Supermouse appearing in the pages of Nedor Publishing Co.’s comic, Coo Coo Comics, who made his debut just before the first short was released. Not wanting to promote another company’s creation, Terry renamed his character “Mighty Mouse” and later altered the color of his uniform from blue and red to yellow and red. The newly christened Mighty Mouse made his debut in 1944’s The Wreck of the Hesperus. The original shorts were later altered to reflect the new name.
|Mighty Mouse's new supporting characters.|
Although Mighty Mouse never reached the heights of popularity as other theatrical cartoon stars, he became Terrytoons’ most popular character; often appearing on promotional material for other Terrytoon projects and in Terrytoon Comics, published by Timely Comics (precursor to Marvel). In 1945, Terrytoons decided to change the format of the series. Until that point, Mighty Mouse would only appear in the last third of his shorts for a last-minute rescue. It was decided to give him a new rival in old Terrytoon villain Oil Can Harry (Morrison), remade a cat that always had evil intentions towards Mighty Mouse’s new main squeeze, Pearl Pureheart. Their adventures were done completely in mock opera beginning with Mighty Mouse and the Pirates, similar to how they were presented in Harry’s original theatrical outings in the Fanny Zilch series. 1947’s A Fight to the Finish began the plot device of starting each short off with Mighty Mouse and Pearl in peril as if a continuation from a previous chapter’s cliffhanger ending. It was during this period that Mighty Mouse’s catchphrase “Here I come to save the day!” debuted.
By the 1950s, theatrical shorts began to fall out of fashion due to the loss of audiences in favor of the growing medium of television and the popular and financially beneficial low-budget, stylized, limited animation techniques presented there. In 1955, Terry retired and sold his studio to CBS; however, Fox retained the theatrical distribution rights. CBS decided to take the existing Mighty Mouse library and broadcast them on television. On December 10, 1955, they launched Mighty Mouse Playhouse, which was comprised entirely of the 80 theatrical shorts produced during Terrytoons’ run. The only new content were commercial bumpers and Colgate commercials with Morrrison reprising his role, as well as a half-hour 1961 cartoon made in cooperation with UNICEF. The show’s theme was the theatrical theme written by Marshall Barer and composed by Philip Scheib, was originally credited to The Terrytooners with Mitch Miller and orchestra, but in later years it was revealed it was actually done by a group called The Sandpipers (not to be confused with the more well-known band of the same name).
|The Mighty Heroes: Diaper Man, Cuckoo Man, Strong Man, Rope Man and Tornado Man.|
The show ran for an impressive 11 seasons pulling in respectable ratings. However, as the 1960s rolled on, networks began producing more and more new content for Saturday mornings that began to overshadow and edge out the increasingly dated animation presented in the low-budget Terrytoons shorts. CBS decided to compliment the show with a new feature and eventually settled on Ralph Bakshi’s The Mighty Heroes.
The Mighty Heroes was a play on the growing superhero genre, particularly the successful premiere of the live-action Batman earlier in the year, with the most goofy and impractical heroes imaginable protecting the city of Goodhaven. The team was comprised of Strong Man, a farm boy-turned-big city mechanic with super strength; Tornado Man, a weather forecaster who could create tornadoes by spinning very fast; Diaper Man, a fully articulate baby that led the team and could use his bottle as a bludgeon weapon or to fire high-pressure streams of liquid (all Herschel Bernardi); Rope Man, a British sailor that could turn into an unlimited length of rope (and often got tangled into knots); and Cuckoo Man, a bird-shop owner with avian powers that changed into costume by jumping up into a cuckoo clock and popping out its little door (both Lionel G. Wilson). All of the heroes could fly, but a running gag had the rest of the team emitting jet sounds while Cuckoo Man would always lag behind with jalopy sounds.
Only 20 episodes of The Mighty Heroes were produced before Bakshi left Terrytoons. The show alternated between showing two Heroes episodes around a Mighty Mouse short, and breaking up a singular episode to bookend two shorts. The series was also renamed Mighty Mouse and the Mighty Heroes. Unfortunately, the show went up against DePatie-Freleng’s similar, and more popular, series, The Super 6, and little was done to ease the declining ratings. CBS removed the show from the schedule the following season and allowed it to enter syndicated reruns; both together and with the two different shows separated (Mighty Mouse ran considerably longer than the Heroes). The Heroes did get a brief second life as the first ten episodes were released as theatrical shorts by Fox between 1969 and 1970. They made one additional appearance with Mighty Mouse in an episode of the Bakshi-produced Mighty Mouse: The New Adventures.
|An issue of the Dell series.|
In 1967, Dell Comics produced a four-issue Heroes comic series. They returned to comics in a one-shot produced by Spotlight Comics in 1987. In 1998, Marvel published another one-shot that explored the untold origin of the Heroes as part of their Paramount Comics imprint. In 1989, Anchor Bay Entertainment released two VHS collections containing 6 Heroes episodes.
EPISODE GUIDE (The Mighty Heroes):
“The Plastic Blaster” – The Raven uses the Plastic Blaster to terrorize Goodhaven.
“The Frog” – The Frog plans to flood Goodhaven with water from the swamp.
“The Junker” – The Junker’s robot dogs eat anything metal, and he sets them loose on Goodhaven.
“The Shrinker” – The Shrinker shrinks the Goodhaven bank in order to steal it.
“The Ghost Monster” – The Heroes face the Ghost Monster that terrorizes the city every century.
“The Stretcher” – The Stretcher’s robots steal everything made of rubber in town.
“The Monsterizer” – The Monsterizer uses his machine to change the Mayor and Police Chief into monsters.
“The Drifter” – The Drifter uses his anti-gravity gun to lift Goodhaven up and hold it for ranom.
“The Shocker” – The Shocker attempts to steal Goodhaven’s power supply.
“The Enlarger” – The Enlarger calls out the Heroes by unleashing giant bugs on the city.
“The Toy Man” – The Toy Man’s toys come to life at night and rob their owners blind.
“The Dusters” – The Shrinker’s new sidekicks sprinkle dust that makes the citizens fall asleep or laugh hysterically.
“The Big Freeze” – A mad scientist uses his genius to freeze all the citizens of Goodhaven.
“The Timekeeper” – NO SYNOPSIS AVAILABLE.
“The Scarecrow” – A lightning bolt brings a scarecrow to life and he’s determined to spread fear throughout Goodhaven.
“The Time Eraser” – NO SYNOPSIS AVAILABLE.
“The Return of the Monsterizer”
“The Paper Monster” – NO SYNOPSIS AVAILABLE.
“The Raven” – NO SYNOPSIS AVAILABLE.
“The Bigger Digger” – The Frog return and uses his Bigger Digger to cut away pieces of land in order to replace it with swamp water.
Original post 2017. Updated in 2020.
Original post 2017. Updated in 2020.
August 12, 2017
(NBC, September 12, 1981-March 6, 1982)
Lou Scheimer – A.W.O.L.
Erika Scheimer – Brat-Man
Christopher Hensel – Captain California
Maylo McCaslin – Dirty Trixie
Rebecca Perle – Glorious Gal
Jere Fields – Misty Magic
Johnny Venocur – Punk Rock
John Berwick – Rex Ruthless
Jim Greenleaf – Weatherman
Linda Gary – Miss Grimm
Alan Oppenheimer – Principal Sampson, Narrator, various
Welcome to Hero High, where the heroes of tomorrow learn today.
|A modern depiction of Archie's Super-Teens.|
Hero High was the idea of producer Lou Scheimer, who originally wanted to develop a series exploring the retirement years of superheroes. However, as the idea was shot down by the network, Scheimer reworked it to be about heroes learning how to be heroes in high school. With the suggestion of adding a band element, it was decided to make the show the eighth installment Filmation’s ongoing Archie franchise. The Archie kids had already been depicted as the superheroes Pureheart the Powerful and the Super-Teens in the 1960s comics, and sporadically thereafter. Unfortunately, during production, Filmation’s rights to the Archie Comics characters expired and weren’t renewed. The characters were quickly modified by Kevin Frank, Tim Gula, Mel Keefer and Janice Stocks to become completely original creations; although, their Archie influences were still evident.
|The cast of Hero High.|
Hero High followed the misadventures of the student body as they learned to use their powers while foiling the occasional supervillain or two. Among the main cast was A.W.O.L. (Scheimer), who could go completely or partially invisible; Brat-Man (Erika Scheimer), who caused earthquakes or sonic blasts by throwing super tantrums; Captain California (Christopher Hensel), who had a super-shine smile an flew with his semi-intelligent surfboard, Wipeout; Glorious Gal (Rebecca Perle), who had a variety of mental powers, super strength and could fly; Misty Magic (Jere Fields), who possessed magical powers; Punk Rock (Johnny Venocour), who had sonic powers and super speed while playing his guitar; and Weatherman (Jim Greenleaf), who could control the weather and fly on clouds. Although they also attended Hero High, Rex Ruthless (John Berwick) and Dirty Trixie (Maylo McCaslin) were often the sources of trouble on the show, trying to foul-up their classmates with the dirty tricks located on their belts.
|The kids with Police Chief Hardy.|
They were joined by their pet sidekicks Peter Penguin, who was an avian version of Harpo Marx, and Giggler the hyena, who shared Rex and Trixie’s dirty ways, as well as their long-suffering teacher Miss Grimm (Linda Gary) and Principal Sampson (Alan Oppenheimer). Sometimes, the kids had to aid Misty’s uncle, Police Chief Hardy, on various cases. Background characters included the aptly named Li’l Sumo, Captain Walla Walla, Kangaroo Ken, and Coach Cosmo.
Hero High premiered on NBC on September 12, 1981 as part of The Kid Super Power Hour with Shazam. It was paired up with Filmation’s animated second attempt at a show with DC Comics’ Captain Marvel, aka Shazam. As a result, characters from Shazam! would make appearances on Hero High; including Shazam (Burr Middleton) himself and his sister, Mary Marvel (Dawn Jeffory). The Filmation original character Isis (Diane Pershing), who was originally paired with the live-action Shazam! in The Secrets of Isis, also made an appearance. Hero High’s writers included Bill Danch, Robby London, Bruce Taylor, Coslough Johnson, Ron and Sam Schultz, Jack Enyart, Tom Ruegger and Misty Stewart.
|Live Rex Ruthless, Glorious Gal, Punk Rock, Capt. California, Dirty Trixie, Weatherman and Misty Magic.|
The programming block featured live-action wraparound segments starring the Hero High actors in full costume as their characters with the exception of A.W.O.L. and Brat-Man. The group would perform in front of an audience of kids, telling kid-friendly jokes and playing songs for them. A total of 13 original songs were made including the show’s theme, all composed by Ray Ellis (as Yvette Blais) and producer Norm Prescott (as Jeff Michael) with Dean Andre. The live segments were filmed at Filmation West, with the voice recording for the animated segments happening at Filmation East. Johnson wrote all the live segments, which were directed and produced by Arthur H. Nadel.
|Isis drops by Hero High.|
It was intended for the show’s music to be published on an album with the actors going on a concert tour, but the show’s cancellation after its single season ended those plans. Three of the songs for Hero High were released the year before the show even aired as part of the album Rock ‘n’ Roll Disco by Fat Albert & The Junkyard Band, recorded by different performers. The show was nominated for “Best Children’s Television Series” by the annual Youth in Film Awards (now the Young Artist Awards), and Perle walked away with “Best Young Actress in a Daytime Series”. Berwick walked away with something a little more as he married Nadel’s daughter after meeting her at the show’s wrap party.
|Shazam helps out Capt. California and Brat-Man.|
One of the lasting influences of the show came years later when Ruegger became the steward of Warner Bros. Animation’s television renaissance. The episode “The Big Bang Theory” featured a villain named Brain, whose voice was patterned after Edward G. Robinson. The episode was written by Ruegger with consultation from Tom Minton, and it was storyboarded by Eddie Fitzgerald. Ruegger’s Brain character, along with Fitzgerald and Minton, inspired the creation of would-be world conquerors Brain (Maurice LaMarche) and Pinky (Rob Paulsen) on Animaniacs and Pinky and the Brain.
|The Hero High DVD.|
Hero High was released onto DVD in 2007 by BCI Eclipse LLC under license from Entertainment Rights. The set was full of extra features, including audio commentaries, spotlight interviews with some of the people who worked on the show, a documentary about Filmation, photo and art galleries, DVD-ROM scripts and storyboards, and a booklet with an episode guide and trivia. Although the full animated show was present, only 20 minutes of the live-action footage was included as a bonus feature on the set.
“The Art of the Ballot” (9/12/81) – Glorious Gal runs against Captain California in the school election to prove the girls are just as good as the boys.
“What’s News” (9/19/81) – Rex hogs the spotlight when a reporter comes to the school to do a story.
“Rat Fink Rex” (9/26/81) – Rex goes power-crazy after he’s made the new Hero High Honor Guard.
“Do the Computer Stomp (10/3/81) – A new computer is allowed to decide who takes who to the upcoming dance.
“Malt Shop Mayhem” (10/10/81) – The kids are made to get jobs for their training, and things don’t exactly turn out right.
“Boo Who” (10/17/81) – The kids head to a haunted house.
“Cover Twirl” (10/24/81) – Glorious Gal tries to get Captain California’s mind off of the visiting Isis.
“My Job is Yours” (10/31/81) – The kids are allowed to take control of the school for the day.
“Girl of His Dreams” (11/7/81) – Rex falls for the visiting Mary Marvel just as his powers disappear.
“The Not So Great Outdoors” (11/14/81) – The kids are forced to camp out when their bus breaks down in the woods.
“Off Her Rocker” (11/21/81) – Misty disappears after the others make fun of her botched trick.
“Follow the Litter” (11/28/81) – Rex and Trixie attempt to foil the others’ plans to clean up the school.
“Jog-a-Long” (12/5/81) – The boys and girls decide to compete in the local marathon against each other, and Rex and Trixie have plans to foul things up for them.
“He Sinks Seaships” (12/12/81) – The kids help Chief Hardy recover an ocean liner from Captain Seaweed.
“Starfire, Where Are You?” (12/19/81) – The kids search for a stolen top-secret shuttled named “Starfire”.
“The Captives” (12/26/81) – The kids have to rescue Misty Magic and AWOL from two thieves hiding in the mountains.
“High Rise Hijinx” (1/2/82) – The kids have to rescue a stolen statue from thieves held up in a penthouse apartment.
“Track Race” (1/9/82) – The kids have to rescue the governor from a sabotaged high-speed train.
“A Clone of His Own” (1/16/82) – Criminals replace Police Chief Hardy with a clone under their control.
“Game of Chance” (1/23/82) – A rigged carnival leads the way to a diamond smuggling operation.
“The Umpire Strikes Back” (1/30/82) – The kids help Chief Hardy track down a spy disguised as an empire at the baseball stadium.
“The Human Fly” (2/6/82) – The tiny Human Fly plots to steal an emerald from the museum.
“Big Bang Theory” (2/13/82) – Big Brain and Tiny plan to use explosives on bank vaults.
“Law of the Pack” (2/20/82) – The kids try to stop an evil animal trainer who steals pets and trains them to commit crimes.
“A Fistful of Knuckles” (2/27/82) – Captain Marvel helps the kids recapture the criminal they accidentally helped free from jail.
“The Blow-Way Blimp” (3/6/82) – The Chameleon steals the box office from Punk Rock’s concert.
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