Hanna–Barbera's World of Super Adventure
|Hanna–Barbera's World of Super Adventure|
|Directed by||William Hanna
|Theme music composer||Hoyt Curtin|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||129|
|Executive producer(s)||William Hanna
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Hanna-Barbera Productions|
|Original network||First-run syndication|
|Original release||1978 – 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 the various networks from 1966 to 1970:
- Birdman and the Galaxy Trio
- Fantastic Four
- Frankenstein Jr. and The Impossibles
- The Herculoids
- Moby Dick and Mighty Mightor
- Space Ghost and Dino Boy
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 with the exception of Astro and the Space Mutts. It also omitted the Frankenstein Jr. and Moby Dick segments of the original format, while keeping The Impossibles and Mighty Mightor portions of their respective shows. Finally, it replaced the twenty Fantastic Four episodes with the thirteen The Thing segments from Fred and Barney Meet The Thing and the first seven episodes of Space Ace. It ran half-hour and two-hour shows on weekdays and weekends from 1992 to 1996.
In the spring of 1998, Cartoon Network transferred the series to its sister channel Boomerang. The format was retooled yet again, this time as a one-hour show on Sundays 8:00–9:00 a.m. This iteration features a noticeably smaller lineup of shows than previous versions: Space Ghost and Dino Boy, Shazzan, Moby Dick and Mighty Mightor, The Herculoids and Fantastic Four.
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!
- Fred Flintstone and Friends, another syndicated rerun anthology from Hanna-Barbera
- USA Cartoon Express, a cartoon block featuring many of these series