In this widely syndicated cartoon, King Zandor and a group of bizarre creatures protect their futuristic kingdom from creatures from other galaxies.

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In this widely syndicated cartoon, King Zandor and a group of bizarre creatures protect their futuristic kingdom from creatures from other galaxies.

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Somewhere out in space live the Herculoids!

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Narrator: Somewhere out in space live The Herculoids! Zok, the laser-ray dragon! Igoo, the giant rock ape! Tundro, the tremendous! Gloop and Gleep, the formless, fearless wonders! With Zandor, their leader, and his wife, Tara, and son, Dorno, they team up to protect their planet from sinister invaders! All-strong! All-brave! All-heroes! They're The Herculoids!
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All Farce,All Strong,They Are The Herculoids!
5 March 2007 | by (Durham,North Carolina) – See all my reviews

THE HERCULOIDS-was a half-hour animated action packed cartoon show that originally was shown on Saturday Mornings and ran originally on CBS-TV from the premiere episode on September 9,1967 to the last episode of the series on September 6,1969. Only 17 episodes were produced for the series,all in full color and produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions. However,to note that the original episodes only appeared during the 1967-1968 season while it second season on the air comprised of repeated episodes from the first season.

However,THE HERCULOIDS was basically a great example of pulp science-fiction mixed in with high adventure and breathtaking action sequences that kept viewers tuned into the show since it was mostly shown during Saturday Mornings. This was one of the best and probably the second greatest action packed cartoon ever made,which is one of the great Hanna-Barbera action adventure shows and it is right up there with "Jonny Quest",and "Space Ghost" as one of the best. This show had ever you could hope for and then some: monsters from other worlds, science-fiction,aliens with incredible powers,and not to mention formable villains that came within a drop of a hat. Even though some of the segments ran no more than eight minutes(and it was put within a half-hour show)every episode featured a host of new villains and alien nemesis with little or no explanation. In other words,the action kicks in gear once the characters were set to battle and some battles they had too which was impressive!!! The scenery for THE HERCULOIDS is set on the distant planet of Quasar under the rule of King Zandor(leader of the Herculoids),his wife Tara,and there son Dorno. The trio,handsome by human standards(mom and dad dressed like Amazons in the jungle while the son Dorno had a cute blond haircut)found themselves in a world they're constanting defending from invaders of other worlds and hostile predators that always required the talents of a unique quintet of animals. There was Tundro,the hybrid-looking rhino triceratops that was 10-legged and shoots energy rocks from its nose; Zok,the flying dragon that shoots laser beams emanating from both its eyes and tail;Igoo the powerful huge rock-like ape,and of course Gloop and Gleep,two shapeless ectoplasmic ghosts like creatures who mumbled a lot but were handy when it came to taking down the baddies and mostly protecting the human counterparts from great danger from some diabolical villain. Like the other animated series that came out during the mid-1960's they were about traditional looking superheroes,replete with costumes and secret identities. Here we have a family that looks like the equivalent of Tarzan,Jane and Boy(hence the humanlike characteristics of Johnny Weissmuller,Maureen O'Sullivan,and Johnny Sheffield). But instead of the African jungle,we have a jungle planet with alien animals using various powers and imaginative villains and creatures out to destroy the family's own natural habitat. The art work for this series was not only impressive but unique and exquisitely brilliant among the numerous creations that was designed and executed with sheer perfection by Alex Toth,the master and the designer of head hon co of the Hanna-Barbera action adventure shows that came out during the mid-1960's. The imaginative landscapes for this series was some of the best animated of its day and well as with some of the stories with some of the creatures were even good or loyal and sometimes evil. Not to mention the voice work for the series,especially from Hanna-Barbera stock player Mike Road(who was also the voice of Race Bannon for the Jonny Quest TV Series and other voices too),along with Virginia Gregg and Ted Eccles not to mention Don Messick(as the voices of Gloop and Gleep). When CBS-TV cancelled this show in the fall of 1969,the choice to get rid of this series was due to the violent content that appears in some of the segments not to mention the replacement for some of the "wussie cartoons" that came out during that period(for example "Scooby Doo"). As a cartoon it rocked. It hooked me in as a boy and it hooks me in today when the repeated episodes are shown on Boomerrang from Cartoon Network.


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