G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero (1983)

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The GI Joe Special Missions force must battle to build a counterweapon to Cobra's teleportation device.

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 Dr. Vandermeer / ... (5 episodes, 1983)
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 Destro / ... (5 episodes, 1983)
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 Selena (4 episodes, 1983)
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 Gen. Flagg / ... (4 episodes, 1983)
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 Timber / ... (4 episodes, 1983)
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 Cover Girl (3 episodes, 1983)
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 Doc / ... (3 episodes, 1983)
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 Ramar / ... (2 episodes, 1983)
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 Tripwire / ... (2 episodes, 1983)
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In this first GI Joe film, the team must contend with COBRA who, after a successful raid for a special broadcast satellite, now threatens the world with a teleportation devise called the MASS devise which can snatch anything seemingly out of existence around the world as well as normal teleportation. GI Joe find the original designer of the device who advises the only way to counter that weapon is to build a MASS device of their own. However to do that, three rare exotic elements are needed to power the device properly. Now the team must race around the world and find those supplies, while battling COBRA who has the same need for them as well. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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The lyrics refer to "GI Joe against Cobra and Destro". Starting with the second mini-series, that line would be changed to "GI Joe against Cobra the Enemy". Additionally, international versions of the cartoon omit ANY reference to Cobra in the song lyrics, merely referring to them as "The Enemy", and changes the tag-line "A Real American Hero" to "International Heroes". See more »

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At the end of the first cliffhanger, Ramar the Giant Slave swings his arms and knocks down two stone columns (a preposterous notion in and of itself); as the second episode opens, a large overhead shot now shows the two columns that he knocked down about 50 yards apart. In order to knock them down, Ramar would have needed a wingspan of about 150-160 feet! See more »

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Ace: Uh-oh. What we got here is a game of dirty pool. With a capital "D" for Destro!
[points to the volcano's side]
Ace: He's undercutting the lava in the crater!
Airborne, Ramar: When that crater wall breaks we could have us one *humongous* blowout!
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Above Average Cartoon
31 October 2003 | by (Houston, TX) – See all my reviews

G.I. Joe was an above-average cartoon from the 1980's. The series walked the line between military action & science fiction. There were many fascinating characters, including the silent Snake-Eyes, the jolly chef Roadblock, metallic-headed arms dealer Destro, & ninja Storm Shadow. A TV series was the perfect format for G.I. Joe, due to the huge amount of characters. The show had a few strengths. First, the opening. The way the show comes on, with all-out action & the theme song are now 80's classics. The animation is rather good, as well as the sound effects & voices. I found it interesting that the creators chose to use laser guns over bullets, I suppose it keeps it in a realm of fantasy. This leads me to the few drawbacks. It seems that nobody could ever hit each other. Even as a child, I found it to be a little far fetched that nobody ever hit anyone with all that blasting. (Cobra officers always escape their exploding vehicles, too) I understand it was done to tone down the violence. The only other negative to me was the "Yooo-Joe!" & "COOOBRAAAA" battle cries were a little corny, even for my 10 year old self back then. Those are my only complaints other than the sci-fi turn of the later episodes (Serpentor, etc.)


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