Friday, August 26, 2011

Animated World of DC Comics: Super Friends vs. a tribe of Bigfoot (1980)

It's funny. Perhaps the most recurring character to appear on ABC during the late 70's was Bigfoot. The producers of The Six Million Dollar Man utilized Bigfoot in a couple of episodes of that series, and, then, there was the heroic version starring in the Kroffts' Bigfoot & Wildboy. In 1980, it was Hanna-Barbera's turn, and, oh, did they go overboard!

Not only do the Super Friends encounter one Bigfoot, but a whole tribe of them in this 1980 short.

It's too bad Walking Eagle was never heard from again. The writers never even considered the prospect of having Apache Chief play matchmaker and arrange a date with Jayna........

Rating: B+.


magicdog said...

You're completely correct about the "Bigfoot craze' that seemed to sweep the country back in the 70s!

Ever since that infamous clip on 8mm film turned up in the late 60s, Bigfoot was everywhere! Naturally Hollywood figured it would make great entertainment material so they went with it!!

I think it was starting to die out by the time the SF episode aired though.

I think HB missed another great opportunity here. Considering that Apache Chief was meeting with other magically endowed Apaches, it might have been interesting to have had a series about Indians from various tribes using their powers to help others like the Superfriends did.

Oh well.

hobbyfan said...

Yah, this could've been a back-door pilot for a spin-off series, but, as I said, those other Apaches were never seen again. Then again, ABC probably would've whiffed on a pilot anyway.