May 5th 2010 By Nick Nadel
Required viewing from the week in DVD. Awesome TV animation edition!
"Saturday Morning Cartoons: 1980s, Vol. 1
" collects episodes of forgotten (and beloved) Saturday morning classics, like "Dragon's Lair," "Mr. T," "Chuck Norris: Karate Kommandos"
and much more. Granted, you also get sickly sweet garbage like "The Monchichis
," but the presence of cartoon Chuck Norris fighting a character named "Super Ninja"
more than makes this set worth the 20 bucks. You'll have to supply your own bowl of Kellogg's C-3PO's
Also in stores:
-- This week's release of a certain blockbuster movie
no doubt prompted the release of "Iron Man: The Complete Animated Series
." It collects the entire '90s animated series in one, handy set. This was the cartoon where the adventures of Tony Stark/Iron Man (voiced by Robert Hays of "Airplane
" fame) were paired with a truly terrible "Fantastic Four" cartoon, as part of the ironically-titled "Marvel Action Hour."
-- Also on the Marvel animation front, "X-Men, Volume 5
brings the final episodes of the excellent '90s cartoon to DVD. Things got pretty crazy by the end, with heroes and villains who will probably never show up in any of the movies. (We barely remember what the Phalanx was. Some sort of alien maybe?)