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1981 Shorts
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Original Channel: ABC
Originally Aired: 9/25/1981 to 10/31/1981
Number of Episodes: 18
Production
Created by:
Written by: Haskell Barkin
Dick Conway
Willie Gilbert
Donald F. Glut
Mark Jones
Elana Lesser
Dick Robbins
Cliff Ruby
Directed by: Oscar Dufau
George Gordon
Charles A. Nichols
Ray Patterson
Carl Urbano
Creative Director: Iwao Takamoto
Produced by: Hanna-Barbera
DC Comics
Executive Producers: Joseph Barbera
William Hanna
Chronology
Previous Series:
1980 Shorts
Next Series:
The Best of the Super Friends re-runs only (1982)

thumb|300px|left|1981 Introduction


Series Summary

1981 shorts, Episode Lengths: 7 minutes

This incarnation of the Super Friends ran in 1981 on the ABC Network.

We find ourselves with seven-minute shorts once again. Viewers would be treated to 3 new episodes weekly and a rerun from one of the previous six years.

These new adventures featured appearances by the core group of the five classic Super Friends (Superman, Batman and Robin, Wonder Woman and Aquaman) along with the illustrious Wonder Twins (Zan, Jayna and their pet monkey Gleek). There were also guest appearances from members previously depicted in Challenge of the SuperFriends series. Occasionally, a DC Villain, namely a couple of former members of the Legion of Doom would resurface to menace our heroes, but for the most part, our heroes would continue to deal with non comic villains and threats.


Overview

The 1981 season was unfortunately shorter than 1980 season due to an animator’s writers strike. It was reduced down to a 30 minute show, only consisting of these new shorts, and eventually melting in with the reruns of the past. There was no special title and the quality of these shorts were the same as the previous ones. There was one new addition to the SuperFriends.

Eventually, the strike cleared up and suddenly, the SuperFriends now faced some real animated Super Hero competition on Saturday mornings. Reruns of Thundarr the Barbarian were on the ABC lineup that year as well. NBC had three Super Hero hits. Hanna-Barbera featured Space Stars (these shows used a lot of stock music heard on the SuperFriends). Filmation’s presented the Kid Super Power Hour with Shazam. Also some real competition for the SuperFriends came along with a 3 season show by Marvel/Sunbow Productions[1] called Spiderman and His Amazing Friends. Over at CBS, Filmation presented the Tarzan/Lone Ranger/Zorro Adventure Hour and the fantasy themed cartoon series, Blackstar.


Notes

  • Another aspect of this season was that there were new health and safety tips as well as crafts that were made, this time being hosted by Black Vulcan, Samurai, Apache Chief, and the Wonder Twins as well as the original five heroes.


Cast

SuperFriends Cast

Also starring

Junior SuperFriends:



Episode List:

    Ep #         Episode Name                        Air Date    
1     Outlaws of Orion         Three Wishes         Scorpio         September 25, 1981    
2     Mxyzptlk's Flick         Sink Hole         Alien Mummy         October 3, 1981    
3     The Evil from Krypton         The Creature from the Dump         Aircraft Terror         October 10, 1981    
4     The Lava Men         Bizarroworld         The Warlord's Amulet         October 17, 1981    
5     The Iron Cyclops         Palette's Perils         Colossuss         October 24, 1981    
6     Stowaways from Space         The Scaraghosta Sea         The Witch's Arcade         October 31, 1981    

See Also


DVD / Media info

For a DVD set of SuperFriends Shorts (Parts 1-3) check out I Miss My TV Show, an incredible website for old and rare cartoons.


References

  1. All programs based on Hasbro properties were co-productions from 1983-1988, by Marvel Productions and Sunbow Productions. These programs are currently owned by Hasbro.
  2. The series also featured edited episodes of The New Adventures of Superman, The Superman/Aquaman Hour of Adventure, and The Batman/Superman Hour.



Previous Series:
1980 Shorts
Next Series:
The Best of the Super Friends – re-runs only (1982)
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