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Posted 28/03/2013 by Axel in Columns
 
 

G.I.Joe Special #5: The Animated Series


 

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YO JOE!!!

He’ll fight for freedom where ever there’s trouble. GI Joe is there.

It’s GI Joe against Cobra the enemy Fighting to save the day. He never gives up. He’s always there, Fighting for freedom over land and air

GI Joe- A real American hero

GI Joe is there

Whomever can remember or sing the rest of this theme, may be considered a child of the 80s. The intro from the famous G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero animated series will forever be locked in our head. Well, it’s still locked in mine.

In the last 30 years different G.I. Joe animated series were released on television and the internet. Because this is a serious G.I. Joe Special, and I want to give you as much information as possible, a short rundown of the series in in order. We will not be listing any of the special videos or DVDs that accompagnied toys. Only what was/is readily available for you gets on the list.

Thanks goes out to YoJoe.com.

1) G.I. Joe, A Real American Hero (SunBow 1983 – 1986)

The first and probably most popular G.I. Joe series made by Sunbow, in which each episode was basically a 25-minute commercial for G.I. Joe merchandise. Infused with plenty of sci-fi and patriotism, it glued millions of impressionable children to their screens. For the fans that read the comics, however, it was a different story. Gone was the realism, the military background and the deeply developed storylines. You could have mistaken the plethoria of fluorescent laser fire for a night out at a disco. All it needed was a funky soundtrack. Comic book writer Larry Hama gleefully admits never to have watched a full episode.

Its strength mainly came from its credible voice actors, truly the cream of the crop, Americana (what we Europeans were very susceptible to) and emphasis on teamwork.

Sunbow, in conjunction with Toei Animation and Marvel Studios, released G.I. Joe: The Movie in 1987. Fans were understandably mad when they revealed that there were a race of snake people, called the Cobra-La, pulling the strings.

But if the movie had one redeeming quality, it had to be its musical intro. Pure genius and goosebumps.

2) G.I. Joe, A Real American Hero (DiC, 1989 – 1992)

Hasbro moved their series from Sunbow to DiC Entertainment (Ullysses 31, The Real Ghostbusters, Inspector Gadget, …) for purely financial reasons. Where Hasbro put a lot of money in the original series, DiC was more than willing to pick up the tab here.

Unfortunately, a lot changed as the voice actors were replaced and the new macho theme song “Get Tough, Yo Joe” just didn’t set the world on fire.

3) G.I. Joe Extreme (Sunbow, 1995 – 1997)

Hasbro changed the story with completely new Joes and a new enemy in SKAR (Soldiers Of Kaos, Anarchie and Ruin). De comic was published by Dark Horse.

G.I. Joe Extreme is one weird trip, and reminds me of the comic book 90s in more than name alone (which isn’t a good thing).

4) G.I. Joe Sigma 6 (GONZO, 2005 – 2006)

Produced by Japanese GONZO, the Manga influence here is overwhelming. New toys and comics accompanied this so-so series.

5) G.I. Joe Resolute (Titmouse, 2009)

Aimed at a mature audience, I can wholeheartedly recommend this series. It’s well worth watching the 10 5-minute episodes and 10-minute finale.

6) G.I. Joe Operation H.I.S.S. (Hasbro, 2010)

A webseries based upon the G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra movie. Like the movie, this series was universally panned, and for once I won’t disagree.

7) G.I. Joe Renegades (Hasbro Studios, 2010)

The latest G.I. Joe show that – according to the producers – harkened back to the original series. I think I’m getting a little too old, because this was much ado about nothing.

We’ll continue our G.I. Joe Special on Saturday, when we’ll we be interviewing Justin Bell, G.I. Joe expert and owner/administrator of Generalsjoes.com.

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