Great Adventure Cartoons

Cartoon series with stirring adventure.
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1.
Jonny Quest (1964 TV Series)
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The Quest family and their bodyguard investigate strange phenomena and battle villains around the world. (30 mins.)
“ Probably the single greatest adventure cartoon. Full of imagination, thrills, and quite a bit of scary stuff. Great theme song, too! ” - grendelkhan
 
2.
Space Ghost (1966 TV Series)
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The adventures of a space superhero who can become invisible and his sidekicks. (30 mins.)
“ Wonderful designs by Alex Toth and a great mix of villains. The earlier episodes are the best, but the multi-part Council of Doom epic is a nice closure. ” - grendelkhan
 
3.
Challenge of the Superfriends (1978 TV Series)
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The Justice League of America battles the plots of the supervillian team, the Legion of Doom. (30 mins.)
“ The best of the Superfriends cartoons, featuring the Legion of Doom, collecting the world's worst villains. ” - grendelkhan
 
4.
Justice League (2001 TV Series)
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Seven of the most formidable heroes form arguably the most powerful team ever. (22 mins.)
“ Epic series, captures the scope of the Justice League from the comics. ” - grendelkhan
 
5.
Superman (1941 Short Film)
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The Man of Steel fights a mad scientist who is destroying Metropolis with an energy cannon. (10 mins.)
Director: Dave Fleischer
“ Outstanding series of cartoons from the Fleischer Brothers. Lavishly animated and featuring some great stories. A very believable Superman. ” - grendelkhan
 
6.
Batman: The Animated Series (1992 TV Series)
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The Dark Knight battles crime in Gotham City with occasional help from Robin and Batgirl. (23 mins.)
“ The series that really captured the Dark Knight Detective and set the tone for every series that followed. A nice mix of original stories and adaptations of classic tales. ” - grendelkhan
 
7.
X-Men (1992 TV Series)
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A team of mutant superheroes fight for justice and human acceptance in the Marvel Comics universe. (23 mins.)
“ A little stiff in the animation, and some dodgy voicework, but the stories are great and capture the flavor of the comics. ” - grendelkhan
 
8.
Batman: The Brave and the Bold (2008 TV Series)
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An updated animated series centering on the Caped Crusader himself as he partners and deals with his fellow superheroes in the DC Comics universe. (30 mins.)
“ Nice homage to the Silver Age Batman tales, with a cast of guest stars. Fun for the kids and good stories for the older crowd. ” - grendelkhan
 
9.
Battle of the Planets (1978 TV Series)
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A five-member superhero team called G-Force fights to defend Earth and its space colonies from the threat of the planet Spectra. (30 mins.)
Director: David E. Hanson
“ Translated version of Gatchaman. Features excellent voicework and a great theme song. Many people's introduction to anime. ” - grendelkhan
 
10.
Gatchaman (1972 TV Series)
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A team of bird-themed superhero ninjas battle the menace of Galactor, a technologically advanced international terrorist organization determined to conquer the world. (25 mins.)
“ The finest Japanese adventure series. It would spawn two sequel series, 3 American translations, and the live action sentai (Power Ranger) shows. ” - grendelkhan
 
11.
Flash Gordon (1979 TV Series)
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The adventures of the comic strip space hero and his friends as they battle the tyranny of Ming the Merciless on the planet Mongo. (30 mins.)
“ Excellent adaptation of the classic comic strip. The first season is a serial adapting the original stories, minus violence against humans (more or less). The second season hurt by a cute dragon and weak stories. You have to forgive the stock footage. ” - grendelkhan
 
12.
Star Trek: The Animated Series (1973 TV Series)
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The further adventures of Captain James T. Kirk and the crew of the USS Enterprise, as they explore the galaxy and defend the United Federation of Planets. (30 mins.)
“ Animated version of the classic tv show. The original cast (minus Walter Koenig) provide the voices and the stories are on par with the live action series. Somewhat static, in terms of the animation. ” - grendelkhan
 
13.
Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle (1976 TV Series)
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This series is based on the adventures of Tarzan who seeks to champion the less fortunate, to right wrongs and to protect both the animals in his jungle as well as the human visitors. (30 mins.)
“ Decent adaptation of the classic jungle hero. Lots of lost civilizations and the like. Filmation used rotoscoping (animation over live footage) to give a bit more motion to the character. ” - grendelkhan
 
14.
The New Adventures of Zorro (1981 TV Series)
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The further adventures of the masked hero of Spanish California.
“ Filmation's Zorro followed Tarzan. A decent version, if somehwat repetitive. The swordplay looks good, even if it is the same sequence of moves. There is a Spanish lesson with each episode. ” - grendelkhan
 
15.
Space Sentinels (1977 TV Series)
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A trio of teenage superheroes, representing three different racial groups, use their powers to fight against evil forces. (30 mins.)
“ The series swipes heavily from Star Wars and the Green Lantern comics, but is mostly good. Three heroes, pulled from different eras of history and given super power. Some of the villains are weak, but Morpheus, a villainous Sentinel, makes up for them. ” - grendelkhan
 
16.
Tarzan and the Super 7 (1978 TV Series)
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An anthology series featuring various fantasy action heroes. (90 mins.)
“ A new series, mixing new episodes of Tarzan with other cartoons and the live action Jason of Star Command. Freedom Force is the best of the cartoons, featuring legendary heroes, such as Sinbad, Merlin, Hercules, Isis, and Super Samurai. other cartoons were Web Woman, Manta & Moray, and Super Stretch & Microwoman. ” - grendelkhan
 
17.
The Kid Super Power Hour with Shazam! (1981 TV Series)
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The adventures of a high school for superheroes while the Marvel Family fights evil with the power given to them by the wizard, Shazam.
Director: Arthur H. Nadel
“ A mix of 2 cartoons, Hero High and Shazam. Hero High was meant to be an Archie show, but Filmation couldn't secure the rights, so they altered the characters. These are played for laughs. Shazam was an excellent adaptation of Captain Marvel, with the classic villains and the whole Marvel Family (even Freckles). ” - grendelkhan
 
18.
Super Friends (1973 TV Series)
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The greatest of the DC Comics superheroes work together to uphold the good with the help of some young proteges. (60 mins.)
“ The first of the Superfriends shows, with designs by Alex Toth. It lacks real villains, but makes up for it with intriguing stories, most with moral and ecological themes. Introduces Green Arrow and Plastic Man to animation. ” - grendelkhan
 
19.
The Batman/Superman Hour (1968 TV Series)
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The Dynamic Duo battles crime in Gotham City. (60 mins.)
“ Filmation's pairing of their Superman cartoon with Batman. The Batman cartoons are livelier than Superman and feature actual fights, which raised ire with watchdog groups. This is why adventure cartoons became much blander in the 70s. ” - grendelkhan
 
20.
Space Angel (1962 TV Series)
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“ Sci-fi series from Cambria, makers of Clutch Cargo. Very imaginative, if mostly devoid of real motion. Alex Toth did much of the design work, along with Doug Wildey (Jonny Quest). The stories are serialized and quite good, but the synchro-vox technique of superimposing human mouths onto the cartoons is distracting. ” - grendelkhan
 
21.
The Marvel Super Heroes (1966 TV Series)
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An anthology series featuring superheroes published by Marvel Comics (22 mins.)
“ Calling this animation could lead to a false advertising claim, but it adapts stories from Marvel Comics Sub Mariner, Hulk, Captain America, Thor, and Iron Man. If it weren't for the original artwork and some decent voice work, there would be nothing to recommend. ” - grendelkhan
 
22.
Star Blazers (1979 TV Series)
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In the year 2199, a starship must make a dangerous voyage to the distant planet Iscandar and back to save Earth from an alien invasion. (22 mins.)
Director: Leiji Matsumoto
“ English version of Space Battleship Yamato. An epic tale of a journey through space to save the Earth from radiation poisoning. ” - grendelkhan
 
23.
Robotech (1985 TV Series)
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An alien spaceship crash lands on Earth and the technology and secrets she bears lead Earth into three destructive interplanetary wars. (30 mins.)
“ Unites 3 different Japanese series into one great epic. Plenty of action and a bit of romance. One of the key components of the anime boom. ” - grendelkhan
 
24.
Voltron: Defender of the Universe (1984 TV Series)
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This series focuses on five lion robots and their pilots as they fight the evil forces of King Zarkon and Prince Lotor. (24 mins.)
Director: Franklin Cofod
“ Another adaptation of a Japanese show and the other key component of the anime boom. Paved the way for the live action Power Rangers in America. ” - grendelkhan
 
25.
Spider-Man (1994 TV Series)
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A young man with spider-like abilities fights crime as a superhero in New York City while trying to have a normal personal life. (23 mins.)
“ Finally, a decent adaptation of Spider-Man, with a real budget. Makes excellent use of the villains from the comics, while updating things a bit. ” - grendelkhan
 
26.
The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes (2010 TV Series)
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After 74 villains break out of prison, Marvel's most powerful superheroes team up to capture all of them, and also to defend the Earth from widespread threats. (30 mins.)
“ Captures the feel of Marvel's Avengers and comes closer to competing with the quality of the Warner produced DC character cartoons. ” - grendelkhan
 
27.
Thundarr the Barbarian (1980 TV Series)
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A barbarian and his companions wander a devastated future Earth and fight evil where ever they find it. (30 mins.)
“ Exciting series featuring a post-apocalyptic world, with wizards and barbarians. Steals a bit from Planet of the Apes but has excellent design work from Jack Kirby and Gil Kane, plus scripts from Steve Gerber. ” - grendelkhan
 
28.
Sealab 2020 (1972 TV Series)
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Cartoon adventure series that focused on a group of 21st century Oceanauts in their experimental complex on the ocean floor. (30 mins.)
“ Nice series with adventures in science, plus character designs from Alex Toth. It was marred by the crackdown on violence in cartoons, but has a lot of imagination. ” - grendelkhan
 
29.
Birdman (1967 TV Series)
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A winged superhero who gets his powers from the sun battles various evildoers with the help of his eagle sidekick Avenger. (30 mins.)
“ Not quite up to Space Ghost standards but better than the later H-B adventure shows. Harvey Birdman made better use of the characters. ” - grendelkhan
 
30.
Speed Racer (1967 TV Series)
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Teenager G Mifune aspires to be the world's best race-car champion with the help of his friends, family and his father's high-tech race-car, the Mach 5. (30 mins.)
“ The classic series of racing adventure. The English dubbing can be both annoying and hilarious, with a rather fevered delivery. The stories are quite good. ” - grendelkhan
 
31.
Superman (1996 TV Series)
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The last son of the planet Krypton protects his adoptive home of Earth as the greatest of the superheroes. (30 mins.)
“ Follow up to Batman TAS. Not quite as good, as it struggles to find it's way for a bit, but starts burning on all cylinders after the first third. Makes great use of Jack Kirby's 4th World characters, especially in the 2-part Apokalips Now. The lok of Dan Turpin is based on Kirby. ” - grendelkhan
 
32.
The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians (1985 TV Series)
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With the additional help of Cyborg, the greatest DC Comics superheroes continue their battle against the forces of evil. (30 mins.)
“ This one is a bit up and down, but makes good use of Darkseid and features an episode which tells Batman's origin quite effectively. Cyborg, from the Teen Titans, was added for diversity and seems a bit out of place. Nice episode with the Royal Flush Gang. ” - grendelkhan
 
33.
Thundercats (1985 TV Series)
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A team of humanoid cats fight evil in their adopted home world. (30 mins.)
“ Excellent syndicated cartoon, featuring a band of refugees who find themselves at odds with a group of mutants. Suitably epic, with good moral lessons and stylish animation. A cut above a lot of the 80s cartoons. ” - grendelkhan
 
34.
G.I. Joe (1985 TV Series)
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An elite special missions force fights against the terrorist forces of Cobra. (30 mins.)
“ I must confess that I am not a fan of this, but it was hugely popular. I always felt it was rather stiff and unrealistic and that the steps to avoid violence did more damage to kids than showing them the consequences of violence, like in Jonny Quest. With that said, it has some pretty good plots and plenty of action and the basic premise is well conceived, even if it was just a retooled SHIELD vs HYDRA (or UNCLE vs THRUSH). Some of the moral lessons at the end were really reaching. ” - grendelkhan
 
35.
The Transformers (1984 TV Series)
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Two opposing factions of transforming alien robots engage in a battle that has the fate of Earth in the balance. (30 mins.)
Director: Peter Wallach
“ Again, not a fan, mostly from a technical standpoint, but it was another that was hugely popular. Kids seemed to enjoy it. ” - grendelkhan
 
36.
He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (1983 TV Series)
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The most powerful man in the universe, He-Man, goes against the evil forces of Skeletor to save the planet Eternia and to protect the secrets of Castle Grayskull. (30 mins.)
“ Decent, if repetitive adventure series, based on the toy line. Filmation always used a lot of stock footage to hold down costs, so one episode tended to look like another. Lou Scheimer's Orko voice was beyond annoying, much like his Bat-Mite. ” - grendelkhan
 
37.
Bionic Six (1987 TV Series)
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A family of cyborg superheroes fights evil around the world. (22 mins.)
“ I only saw a couple of episodes, but the animation by Tokyo Movie Shinsa and the Alex Toth designs were great. ” - grendelkhan
 
38.
Silverhawks (1986 TV Series)
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A team of cyborgs protects Limbo from Mon Star and his gang. (23 mins.)
“ It bore a passing resemblance to Thundercats but it was pretty good. ” - grendelkhan