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DVD Review - Defenders of the Earth - The Complete Series (1986)

Defenders of the Earth - The Complete Series, 1986.

Created by Gerry Conway, Ross Andru and John Romita, Sr.

Featuring the voice talents of Lou Richards, Peter Mark Richman, Peter Renaday, Buster Jones, Loren Lester, Diane Pershing, William Callaway and Ron Feinberg.

Synopsis:

When the planet comes under threat from the evil Emperor Ming the Merciless, Flash Gordon teams up with fellow heroes The Phantom, Mandrake the Magician and Lothar to form the Defenders of the Earth (Defenders!).

Following the blockbuster success of Marvel's The Avengers last summer, it seems that superhero teams are all the rage. Warner Bros. is not-so-secretly working on a Justice League adaptation, Fox has the forthcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past and Fantastic Four, and Marvel Studios' upcoming slate includes Guardians of the Galaxy and The Avengers 2. So, in an effort to satisfy our cravings for superhero teams, FremantleMedia Enterprises has dug deep into
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Review: Sealab 2020

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“This is the year two thousand and twenty. The place is the Challenger Sea Mount, the top of an underwater mountain, a complex beneath the sea. Two hundred and fifty men, women and children live here. Each of them, a scientist pioneer. For this is our last frontier, a hostile environment which may hold the key to tomorrow. Each day, these oceanauts meet new challenges as they build their city beneath the sea. This is Sealab 2020.”

Hanna-Barbera had to change with the times and as the 1970s dawned, kids and adults alike were tuning into the difficulties planet Earth was facing. Ecology and Earth Day were on everyone’s lips. At the same time, parents’ groups were insisting Saturday morning cartoon shows do more than shill cereal and have characters hit one another.

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Their answer was Sealab 2020, which lasted a mere season comprising just 13 episodes.
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The Smurfs: Win Their Cartoon Adventures on DVD

The Smurfs have landed on the big-screen and the movie is a hit. While it will take awhile for the feature film to be offered on DVD, the original cartoon adventures are available already.

As you may recall, The Smurfs ran from 1981 until 1989 and were a cornerstone of NBC's Saturday morning line-up. Led by wise and gentle Papa Smurf, the cute little blue creatures did their best to live happily in the forest and to stay hidden from the outside world, particularly from evil wizard Gargamel and his nasty cat, Azrael. Some of the best vocal talent in the business provided the voices — actors like Don Messick, Lucille Bliss, Frank Welker, Danny Goldman, June Foray, Michael Bell, William Callaway, Hamilton Camp, Alan Oppenheimer, Alan Young, and Paul Winchell.

A 10 episode collection of Smurfs episodes have been released on DVD. You
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Defenders of the Earth: Win The Complete 65 Episode Series on DVD!

Comic strip legends Flash Gordon, Mandrake the Magician, and the Phantom team up in Defenders of the Earth, a 1986 animated television series. The heroes battle super villains, marauding aliens, destructive demons and sultry enchantresses in order to protect mankind in the year 2015.

In the TV show, the exciting battle between good and evil begins when Flash Gordon returns to help Earth battle against the evil Emperor Ming. Flash quickly finds that his talents alone will not be enough to battle the mastermind's plotting and he teams up with his son, fellow heroes and their proteges to battle evildoers from the past, present and future.

Principal voices Defenders of the Earth include Lou Richards, Peter Mark Richman, Peter Renaday, Buster Jones, Loren Lester, Sarah Partridge, Adam Carl, Diane Pershing, William Callaway, Ron Feinberg, and Hal Rayle.

Defenders of the
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The Smurfs: Will the Original Voice Actors Have Parts in the Movie?

The characters in the upcoming The Smurfs movie will be played by an all-star cast. We know that Jonathan Winters is voicing Papa Smurf, Katy Perry will provide the Smurfette's vocals, George Lopez will perform Grouchy, and Alan Cumming will voice an all-new character, Gutsy Smurf. Quentin Tarantino was in talks to play Brainy but that apparently won't be happening now.

A few characters will be live and not cartoon, similar to the Alvin and the Chipmunks movies. Hank Azaria will play a live Gargamel, Neil Patrick Harris will appear as Johan, an expectant father, and Jayma Mays will play his pregnant wife.

But, what about the original cartoon voices? Some of the best talent in the business provided the voices -- names like Don Messick, Lucille Bliss, Frank Welker, Danny Goldman, June Foray, Michael Bell, William Callaway, Hamilton Camp, Alan Oppenheimer, Alan Young, and
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The Smurfs: Movie Cast Announced; What About the Originals?

After languishing in development for many years, it looks like The Smurfs movie is finally being made.

If you're a child of the 1980s, you remember that The Smurfs TV show ran on NBC for an amazing eight seasons. The series follows the small blue creatures as they try to live in harmony and keep the location of their village a secret from evil wizard Gargamel and his nasty feline, Azrael.

The cast is a veritable who's-who of voice talent with actors like Don Messick, Lucille Bliss, Frank Welker, Danny Goldman, June Foray, Michael Bell, William Callaway, Hamilton Camp, Alan Oppenheimer, Alan Young, and Paul Winchell.

A live-action/CGI feature film of The Smurfs has been in the works for nearly a decade. In 2008, Columbia Pictures acquired the film rights and partnered with Sony Pictures Animation. In July 2009, Raja
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[TV] Super Friends: The Lost Episodes

You have to hand it to the old Super Friends episodes, and to DC, for cramming a surprising amount of DC lore into small 7-minute sized servings. While incredibly silly in nature, there’s enough substance in each little adventure to make watching them all a breeze. But even if you can’t bear to see your favorite superheroes treated like the Scooby gang, take solace in knowing that these mindless shorts were the basis for the fan-favorite Justice League (their nemesis group the Legion of Doom makes an early appearance here). You’ll either love these cartoons or hate them, but the off-the-wall plotlines for each cartoon makes the series unpredictable fun and campy.

Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, the Wonder Twins, Robin and even the Green Lantern combat forces both terrestrial and alien in the name of earth’s safety. From their headquarters in the Hall of Justice,
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