Super President

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Super President
Voices ofTed Cassidy
Paul Frees
June Foray
Shepard Menken
Don Messick
Lorri Scott
Mark Skor
Narrated byPaul Frees
Theme music composerDoug Goodwin
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes30
Production
Producer(s)David H. DePatie
Friz Freleng
Running time30 minutes
Production company(s)DePatie-Freleng Enterprises
Mirisch-Rich Television Productions
DistributorUnited Artists Television
Release
Original networkNBC
Original release1967 –
1968

Super President is an American animated cartoon that aired Saturday mornings on NBC from September 16, 1967 to December 28, 1968. The series was produced by the DePatie-Freleng animation company.

Plot[edit]

The American President James Norcross (voiced by Paul Frees) is given superpowers as the result of a cosmic storm. The President now has increased strength and the Metamorpho-like ability to change his molecular composition at will to any form required (like granite, steel, ozone, water and even electricity). A hidden panel in the Oval Office allows him access to his secret base, a hidden cave beneath the "Presidential Mansion" (a somewhat modified White House). Super President travels either by using a futuristic automobile/aircraft/submarine called the Omnicar, or by using jets built into his belt.

Despite the fact that the character's name is "Super President," for some reason only Norcross' chubby, pipe-smoking advisor Jerry Sayles knows that the leader of the Free World is also a red and white-costumed superhero in his off-hours.

A total of thirty episodes of Super President were produced. Two episodes appeared in each show. Each episode also included an episode of Spy Shadow starring secret agent Richard Vance (voiced by Ted Cassidy) who had learned in Tibet how to command his shadow (also voiced by Ted Cassidy) to act independently of himself, an ability he put to good use as an Interspy operative battling a variety of villains, including the evil forces of S.P.I.D.E.R. ("Society for Plunder, International Disorder, Espionage and Racketeering"). Spy Shadow had the power to slip through small openings, hide himself in another person's shadow, and was invulnerable to harm thanks to his insubstantial nature, but his fists remained decidedly solid. Spy Shadow's only weakness is the inability to appear in total darkness for "there can be no shadow without light".

Episodes[edit]

  1. The Great Vegetable Disintegrator
  2. The Billion Dollar Bomber
  3. The Electronic Spy
  4. Day of the Locusts
  5. The Case of the Destroyer Satellite
  6. King of the Sea
  7. The U.F.O. Mystery
  8. No Time Passes
  9. Man of Steel
  10. The Earth Robber
  11. Monster of the Atoll
  12. Return of the Vikings
  13. The Cosmic Gladiators
  14. The Condor's Eye
  15. The President and the Pirate
  16. Interplanetary Menace
  17. Red Ray Raider
  18. The Treachery of Jerry Sales
  19. Rangled Terrors
  20. Dound and Doom
  21. Spears from Space
  22. Toys of Death
  23. Birds of Terror
  24. The Menace of the Moles
  25. The Chameleon
  26. The Gravity Destroyer
  27. Ice Invader
  28. Electronic Giant
  29. Time Crimes
  30. A Million Years of Menace

Cast[edit]

Reaction[edit]

Super President came under fire from critics and TV watchdog groups, including Action for Children's Television, for its depiction of a national leader who was an invincible superhuman.[1] The show was canceled midway through its second season on NBC.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hollis, Tim (2001). Hi there, boys and girls! : America's local children's TV shows. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi. p. 20. ISBN 1578063965.

Further reading[edit]

Kevin Scott Collier. The Animated Administration of James Norcross, a.k.a. Super President. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2017. ISBN 1982056495

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