Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Spooktober: Super Friends vs. the Voodoo Vampire (1980)

2 years after an encounter with Hanna-Barbera's 1st incarnation of Dracula, Wonder Woman & Black Vulcan tangle with a "Voodoo Vampire" in this 1980 Super Friends short.

This illustrates the problem H-B had with the shorts format. Trying to cram 3 stories into a 30 minute program might've worked in the 60's, but as we entered the 80's, what was potentially a decent story was cut short by a contrived ending.

Rating: C.


magicdog said...

I remember when the short first aired and it scared the heck out of me! Seeing most of the Superfriends as vampire slaves really left a mental image that was tough to shake!

I do agree that because so many eps were shorts rather than full half hour eps it hindered potential storylines and character development. Not that there was much of that in US toons at that time.

hobbyfan said...

Continuity was a dirty word back then, it seems, and it was a couple of years before American studios finally realized that it could work, considering that the Japanese imports stressed the idea of continuing storylines (i.e. Battle of the Planets, Star Blazers).

Methinks H-B was still pinching pennies or something to justify this format.

magicdog said...

I don't know if it was so much penny pinching as the underlying belief that cartoons were kid stuff (despite the imports) and that kids are dumb and have short attention spans, and would be unable to follow story arcs.

hobbyfan said...

And here the legend was that the "short attention spans" started with MTV. HA!

The fact that Voltron has been revivied at least twice now, plus the current Thundercats revival, among others, disproves the theory that kids couldn't follow story arcs. At least two generations have gotten used to that concept by now.