Hanna–Barbera's World of Super Adventure facts for kids
Quick facts for kidsHanna–Barbera's World of Super Adventure
|Theme music composer||Hoyt Curtin|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||129|
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Hanna-Barbera Productions|
|Distributor||Taft, H-B Program Sales|
|Original network||First-run syndication|
|Original release||1979– 1984|
|Preceded by||Fred Flintstone and Friends|
|Followed by||The Funtastic World of Hanna-Barbera|
The series was similar in scope to Hanna-Barbera's 1977–78 syndicated rerun anthology, Fred Flintstone and Friends. It was packaged together by Hanna-Barbera and featured a combination of the following seven Hanna-Barbera action-adventure Saturday morning cartoons that were originally broadcast by various networks:
- Birdman and the Galaxy Trio (1967–1969)
- Fantastic Four (1967–1970)
- Frankenstein Jr. and The Impossibles (1966–1968)
- The Herculoids (1967–1968)
- Moby Dick and Mighty Mightor (1967–1968)
- Shazzan (1967–1969)
- Space Ghost and Dino Boy (1966–1968)
Space Stars was a new updated version of this packaged series that ran on NBC from 1981–1982 which showcased new episodes of Space Ghost and The Herculoids, as well as the new shows Teen Force and Astro and the Space Mutts. It never reached the level of popularity as Super Adventures and was canceled after only one season.
The series was again repackaged in October 1992 as Super Adventures, when it was included in the debut schedule of the newly launched Cartoon Network, and featured an updated with a new intro and modified lineup. It contained the additional episodes featured in Space Stars. Finally, it added the thirteen The Thing segments from Fred and Barney Meet the Thing, the first seven episodes of Space Ace, Jonny Quest, Valley of the Dinosaurs, The Centurions, Mighty Man and Yukk, Godzilla, Thundarr the Barbarian and G-Force: Guardians of Space. It ran half-hour and two-hour shows on weekdays and weekends from October 1992 to July 1997. Spinoffs of the Super Adventures block included Power Zone (January 1995 as a weekend block, March 1996 as a weekday block) and Afternoon Adventures (September 1995).
Eventually, the Super Adventures franchise would be replaced with the legendary action block Toonami, which showed Space Ghost, Birdman, and Mighty Mightor as part of the Cartoon Roulette in their early years.
In the spring of 2000, Cartoon Network transferred the series to its sister channel Boomerang, now renamed "Boomeraction." The format was retooled yet again, this time as a varied hour show (it could run all day, for example.) It also added Arabian Knights, The New Adventures of Huck Finn, Super Friends, The Super Globetrotters, The Three Musketeers, and Rickety Rocket.
The opening title narration for the original 1978 broadcast was provided by Stanley Jones and consisted of the following message:
Hanna–Barbera's World of Super Adventure featuring the most fantastic collection of spectacular super heroic stars ever assembled! They will take you on adventures in space, meeting strange creatures, to exotic lands and fantastic flights of fancy, to jungle planets and mysterious invaders, to prehistoric times and super forces, to honored and winged avengers, to giant, terrifying creatures against primitive power. In space, land, sea and air, it's a variety of stars – mighty, musical, athletic, extraordinary – from funtastic to the fantastic where amazing weapons, men and robots meet in combat in the far-out reaches of the universe. Dedicated to protecting the peace, these fantastic heroes defend the weak, right the wrong and battle against the forces of evil everywhere. And now it's take-off time for the gathering of the greatest...Hanna–Barbera's World of Super Adventure!
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