Friday, August 16, 2013

Animated World of DC Comics: The Super Friends meet Professor Goodfellow & his GEEC (1973)

What if everything was run by automation? The pros & cons of this idea are explored in this Super Friends adventure.

The Justice Leaguers and their trainees meet Professor Goodfellow (Casey Kasem), whose computer system is meant to allow everything to be operated by computer, which makes Marvin (Frank Welker) happy, since he doesn't have to go to school to learn, but he can take his classes from home. A precursor, if you will, to today's online colleges.

Inevitably, there's a chink in the armor when a tiny mouse gets into the central computer. Chaos follows, and Plastic Man makes his TV debut, with Norman Alden (Aquaman) in a dual role as the Pliable Policeman. It's just a cameo, but Plas would make a bigger impact when he returned 6 years later.

To think that this little fable still resonates today.

The writer must've been a Mets fan to include a faux broadcast of a Mets-Dodgers game in the script. However, Hanna-Barbera couldn't afford to hire the actual announcers. Could you picture Vin Scully calling the game?

Rating: A-.


magicdog said...

I remember this cautionary tale, and yes, it still does resonate today. Every time I see someone whip out a smartphone, tablet or some other device I wonder what they would do if everything suddenly got turned off!

Considering how modern tech has made people a lot lazier than they were back in '73, I worry.

hobbyfan said...

One of my teachers had it right back in 1980-1. Stupidity runs rampant.