Super President (1967– )

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Yes,there was a cartoon show called Super President
15 December 2009 | by (Durham,North Carolina) – See all my reviews

You may not believe it unless you've actually seen it(which I have when this series was repeated in syndicated back in the early 1970's),but there was really a weekly half-hour series back in 1967 called "Super President",also known as "The Super President/Spy Shadow Show". The second billed component character was a more serious variation of Q.T. Hush(q.v.)about a private eye Richard Vance and his independently functioning shadow. Never mind that-you really want to get to the episodes that made up "Super President".

James Norcross,chief executive of the United States,was transformed into a Superhero by fallout from a cosmic storm(consider yourself warned about that acid rain). In between conducting press conferences and lighting the White House Christmas tree,Super President flew through the sky without the help of the Air Force One,spending most of his time rescuing his Vice President from various grisly fates. Beyond that the fact that a series about an invulnerable president was ill-advised(at best)a scant that really came about in 1967,four years after the assassination of Kennedy. "Super President/Spy Shadow" was jaw-dropping in its awfulness since this series was a combination of several well-known shows from the 1960's....part "The Wild,Wild West", part "The Man From UNCLE",part "Mannix",not to mention part "I Spy". The result became one of the worst Saturday Morning cartoon shows ever produced not to mention rated as one of the worst toons of all time. Even if it with the serious undertones,creator David DePatie quoted:"I think it was really the worst thing we've ever made. It was a real turkey. We tried to put our comedy people on it,but it really looked terrible."

The show however was produced by David DePatie and Friz Freleng,the same team that were behind the theatrical "Pink Panther" cartoon shorts and also under their company,DFE Productions/Mirisch Television-United Artists for NBC-TV that was a one year entry from September 16, 1967 until September 14, 1968. Only 13 episodes were produced in color. As far as the voicework was concerned,Paul Frees was the voice of President James Norcross,and was also the narrator while legendary stockplayer Daws Butler was the voice of Richard Vance,along with the talents of June Foray,Don Messick,Ted Knight,Shep Menken,and Mark Scor.

Reason why it sucked? "Super President" made its Saturday Morning network competition against Hanna-Barbera's "The Fantastic Four"(ABC),and "The Herculoids"(CBS),which clobbered it in the ratings.


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