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The Super Globetrotters is an American Saturday morning cartoon produced by Hanna-Barbera Studios for NBC. It premiered on September 22, 1979 and ran for 13 episodes. It was a spin-off series from Hanna-Barbera's Harlem Globetrotters.

Unlike the original Globetrotters series, The Super Globetrotters was solely produced by H-B, whereas the original series was co-produced with CBS Productions. Thus, Super Globetrotters later became incorporated into the library of Warner Bros., while the original series remains partly under CBS ownership. Reruns of the series have aired on Boomerang and Adult Swim.

Like many animated series created by Hanna-Barbera in the 1970s, the show contained an inferior laugh track created by the studio.

Overview

This show featured the basketball team the Harlem Globetrotters as undercover superheroes, who would transform from their regular forms by entering magic portable lockers. Each member of the group had individual super powers and overall, all members of the group could fly.

The Globetrotters received their missions from a basketball-styled talking satellite called the Crime Globe. Most episodes culminated in the Super Globetrotters challenging the villain and his henchmen to a basketball game for whatever treasure or device they sought. The civilian Globetrotters were always bested by the villains' super-powers in the first half, but they would use their own super-powers in the second half (often at the admonition of the Crime Globe) to save the day.

Characters

Liquid Man

Nate Branch/Liquid Man (voiced by Scatman Crothers) could turn himself into water. Also called "Fluid Man" and even "Aquaman".

Super Sphere

Freddie "Curly" Neal/Super Sphere (voiced by Stu Gilliam) could retract his limbs into his head to bounce, smash, and grow. Naturally, his head looked like a basketball.

Spaghetti Man

James "Twiggy" Sanders/Spaghetti Man (voiced by Buster Jones) could use his body as a ladder or a rope.

Gizmo

Louis "Sweet Lou" Dunbar/Gizmo (voiced by Adam Wade) had an immense afro, which contained an unlimited supply of gadgets (including one that fit the current situation).

Multi Man

Hubert "Geese" Ausbie/Multi Man (voiced by Johnny Williams) could clone himself to surround and mystify foes.

Crime Globe

Crime Globe (voiced by Frank Welker) is a basketball-shaped satellite that would alert the Globetrotters of villainous activities and even give them strategies to fight them.

Cast

Main Cast

  • Scatman Crothers - Liquid Man/Nate Branch
  • Stu Gilliam - Super Sphere/Freddie "Curly" Neal
  • Buster Jones - Spaghetti Man/James "Twiggy" Sanders
  • Michael Rye - Narrator, Basketball Announcer, Lighting Man, Mayor of Breadbasket City, Whaleman
  • Adam Wade - Gizmo/Louis "Sweet Lou" Dunbar
  • Frank Welker - Crime Globe, Attila the Hun, Eagle, Fenwick, Igor, Weird Beard, Eagle, Make-Up Master, Putt Putt
  • Johnny Williams - Multi Man/Hubert "Geese" Ausbie

Additional Voices

  • Marlene Aragon - Lioness
  • Joe Baker
  • Michael Bell
  • Chris Elie
  • Jackie Joseph
  • Margaret McIntyre
  • Don Messick - Time Lord
  • John Stephenson - Bull Moose, Dink Dong, Facelift, Merlo the Magician, Movie Man, Professor Herbert George, Robo, Sound Man
  • Herb Vigran - Museum Man/Cratchit
  • Janet Waldo
  • Lennie Weinrib - Tattoo Man, Count Bragula
  • Nancy Wible
  • Helen Wilson
  • Paul Winchell - Bad Blue Bart, Phantom Cowboys

Episodes

1. The Super Globetrotters vs. Museum Man

2. The Super Globetrotters vs. Bwana Bob

3. The Super Globetrotters vs. The Facelift

4. The Super Globetrotters vs. Whaleman

5. The Super Globetrotters vs. Robo and the Globots

6. The Super Globetrotters vs. Tattoo Man

7. The Super Globetrotters vs. Movie Man

8. The Super Globetrotters vs. The Phantom Cowboy

9. The Super Globetrotters vs. The Time Lord

10. The Super Globetrotters vs. Transylvania Terrors

11. The Super Globetrotters vs. Bull Moose

12. The Super Globetrotters vs. Merlo the Magician

13. The Super Globetrotters vs. Attila the Hun

Hanna-Barbera Series

1980 Drak PackThe Flintstone Comedy ShowThe Fonz and the Happy Days Gang
The Richie Rich/Scooby-Doo Show
1981 Laverne & Shirley in the ArmySpace StarsTeen ForceThe Kwicky Koala ShowTrollkinsThe Smurfs
1982 The Flintstone FunniesMork and Mindy: The Animated SeriesThe Little RascalsPac-ManJokebookShirt TalesThe Gary Coleman Show
1983 The DukesMonchhichisThe New Scooby and Scrappy Doo ShowThe Biskitts
Lucky Luke
1984 SnorksChallenge of the GoBots
1985 Paw PawsYogi's Treasure HuntGaltar and the Golden LanceThe Berenstain Bears
The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-DooThe Greatest Adventure: Stories from the Bible
1986 The New Adventures of Jonny QuestPound PuppiesThe Flintstone KidsFoofurWildfire
1987 Sky CommandersPopeye and Son
1988 A Pup Named Scooby-DooThe Completely Mental Misadventures of Ed Grimley
The New Yogi Bear ShowFantastic Max
1989 The Further Adventures of SuperTedPaddington Bear

1990 The Adventures of Don Coyote and Sancho PandaTom & Jerry KidsWake, Rattle, and RollRick Moranis in Gravedale HighMidnight Patrol: Adventures in the Dream Zone
1991 The Pirates of Dark WaterYo Yogi!
1992 Fish PoliceCapitol CrittersThe Addams Family
1993 Droopy, Master DetectiveThe New Adventures of Captain Planet2 Stupid Dogs
SWAT Kats: The Radical Squadron
1995 Dumb and DumberWhat a Cartoon!
1996 Cave Kids: Pebbles & Bamm BammThe Real Adventures of Jonny Quest
Dexter's Laboratory
1997 Johnny BravoCow & ChickenI Am Weasel
1998 The Powerpuff Girls

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