G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero

Director: Dan Thompson, Sam Weiss Cast: Liz Aubrey, Jackson Beck


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Popular action figure G.I. Joe was reinvented in animation form in this pilot for the daily syndicated cartoon series of the same name. In keeping with the new marketing strategy established by Hasbro Toys, "G.I. Joe" was no longer an individual, but instead a team of specially trained guerilla fighters, led by Clayton M. "Hawk" Abernathy. The villains of the piece were the members of Cobra, led by Cobra Commander and his Darth Vader-like lieutenant (and frequent rival), Destro. In their first adventure, the Joes were obliged to collect three rare elements vital to a weapon that would counter Cobra's deadly M.A.S.S. device, which allowed the bad guys to transfer matter anywhere at any time for their own evil purposes. Written by Ron Friedman, G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero was made available as either a two-hour animated special or as a five-part miniseries, bearing the individual episode titles "The Cobra Strikes, "Slave of the Cobra Master, "The Worms of Death, "Devil's Cauldron, and "The Stake in the Serpent's Heart." The miniseries version was originally shown on American television from September 12 through 16, 1983. It was followed in 1984 by another miniseries, G.I. Joe: The Revenge of Cobra, and in 1985 by the daily syndicated G.I. Joe series proper.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/01/2009
UPC: 0826663114393
Original Release: 1983
Rating: G
Source: Shout Factory
Region Code: 1
Time: 1:50:00
Sales rank: 23,721

Special Features

Looking back with writer Ron Friedman

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Liz Aubrey Cover Girl
Jackson Beck Narrator
Michael Patrick Bell Duke,Major Bludd,Clutch
Arthur Burghardt Destro,Stalker
Chris Latta Cobra Commander,Breaker,Gung-Ho,Steeler
Morgan Lofting The Baroness
Rob Paulsen Tripwire,Snowjob
John Stephenson Gen. Flagg
B.J. Ward Scarlett
Frank Welker Short Fuse,Wild Bill
Michael Yama Torpedo
Marla Frumken Scott Voice Only
Peter Cullen Voice Only
Patrick Fraley Voice Only
Buster B. Jones Voice Only

Technical Credits
Dan Thompson Director
Sam Weiss Director
Ron Friedman Screenwriter

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