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Published on June 20th, 2016 | by Style

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Aquaman

 

Aquaman is a Filmation animated series that premiered on CBS on September 9, 1967, and ended June 1970. It’s a 30 minutes version of The Superman/Aquaman Hour of Adventure, repackaged without the Superboy and Super Man segments.

Aquaman is the telepathic ruler of the Earth’s oceans and Atlantis, he’s an Atlantean with an incredible strength and speed as well as the ability to command all sea-life. His unique physiology allows him to survive on land and at the ocean’s greatest depths of pressure and temperature. Given the names Orin through his royal heritage and Arthur Curry by his human upbringing, he fights to protect both worlds using political influence and his mighty abilities . He is a founding member of the Justice League.

What has always impressed me about Filmation’s 1960s superhero cartoons was that they featured excellently authoritative voice performances and the stellar large-orchestra scores of John Marion and Gordon Zahler – the Aquaman cartoons in particular featured music cues of unusual effectiveness, while the Superman cartoons had an immortal theme. The quality of scripts was admittedly mixed, but overall the writing was reasonable. The animation would never win any awards but the overall look of the shows remains impressive – hardly surprising given that the show’s executive producer was Anatole Kirsanoff, a key animator with the Jonny Quest series.

Among voice actors Filmation assembled among the best casts anywhere – Bud Collyer, Jackson Beck, Bob Hastings, Janet Waldo, Joan Alexander, Julie Bennett, Gilbert Mack, Cliff Owens, Ted Knight, Marvin Miller, Diana Maddox, Jerry Dexter, Tommy Cook, Pat Harrington Jr., Gerald Mohr, and for two cartoons (Hawkman: Peril From Pluto, and Green Lantern: Evil Is As Evil Does) Paul Frees.

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