Top 10 Cartoons That Need A DVD Release


DVDs are a wonderful thing. They allow us to watch an entire series of our favorite shows, they're also great way to make new fans and for companies a great way to earn some easy dollars.

Unfortunately many cartoons have never gotten a proper DVD release at all. While some series only have selected episodes on a single DVD disc usually titled "the best of", other series get released but then canceled before the entire series is available due to low sales.

Sure you may be able to find some of these series on DVD in "complete series or season sets" but chances are they are bootlegs or illegal copies and if I were you I wouldn't spend money on an inferior product or support piracy.

I think we can all agree that the best value and convenience for any DVD release is either season box sets/volumes or a complete series box set. This list is made up of 10 cartoon series that I would like to see on DVD release for Region 1 (USA and Canada) with no missing episodes or footage.
By jackson_h on Sat Mar 20 2010, 20 Comments, Add Comment
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10

The Avengers: United They Stand

This was the last show in the 90's Marvel Animated Universe. It only lasted one season with 13 episodes. It was not well received by fans or viewers. Compared to the previous Marvel Animated Universe shows it's safe to say this was a slight disappointment.

The show was missing major characters such as Thor and the Hulk. It also reduced Iron Man and Captain America to one-episode guest stars. Despite its faults this show has never seen a Region 1 DVD release. With the majority of the Marvel Animated Universe shows on DVD it's a shame that this show is not available.

Super Heroes will always be popular and people will buy shows about them regardless of quality. Even very old corny super hero shows have DVD releases and sell well so why shouldn't The Avengers? With a new Avengers cartoon being produced and the live-action film in a few years to come, maybe Marvel will change their minds and release this series on DVD as a small marketing tool.

After all Marvel recently decided to release the 90s Iron Man show on DVD to coincide with the Iron Man 2 movie.
9

Ozzy & Drix

Ozzy & Drix was a spin-off of the film Osmosis Jones. Although the film itself wasn't a huge success I personally think the TV series was a huge improvement.

This show had some great voice talent such as Phil LaMarr and Jeff Bennett for the lead characters. Phil LaMarr even sounds EXACTLY like Chris Rock (who voiced Ozzy in the film).

This show had action, some humor and believe it or not also pretty educational. Imagine that, a great cartoon teaching kids life lessons and how their body works.

The show lasted 2 seasons with 26 episodes and hasn't had a DVD release.

I hope this show is available in the future. Why should The Magic School Bus get all educational glory? :p
8

Legion of Super Heroes

Legion of Super Heroes IMO was a very underrated and unappreciated super hero cartoon. Yes the DC Animated Universe is irreplaceable but you should still keep an open mind to other adaptions.

The show lasted 2 seasons with 26 episodes. It would've had a season 3 but when Kids WB was taken over by The CW4Kids it was canceled to make room for 4Kids Entertainment produced programming.

The Legion of Super Heroes was only briefly touched in the DCAU so I always found it interesting to see the future of Superman instead of the repetitive present and past.

This show had some great voice talent such as Yuri Lowenthal, Kari Wahlgren, Adam Wylie, Wil Wheaton and Shawn Harrison. The series has so far only had the first season released on DVD in 3 volumes. Season 2 IMO was much better than season 1 so someday I hope to see it on DVD and possibly see the entire series in season sets as well.
7

Xiaolin Showdown

If you loved Avatar: The Last Airbender then chances are you'll enjoy this show too because it shares similar themes and interestingly enough came BEFORE Avatar, so you can't say Xiaolin ripped off Avatar. :p

The show lasted 3 seasons with 52 episodes. Another underrated show IMO. Xiaolin Showdown had action, humor, great mythology and amazing voice talent. Tara Strong, Tom Kenny, Grey Delisle, Jeff Bennett and Jason Marsden to name a few.

So far only the first season has been released on DVD so I hope that someday the other 2 seasons will have a release as well.
6

Street Sharks

Anyone else remember this show? It in a way was similar to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and was a great cartoon series. It lasted 3 seasons with 40 episodes.

No DVD releases at the moment which is a darn shame. If you enjoy TMNT chances are you would like this show too.

I personally can't remember every detail of this show which is a good enough reason to re-watch it on DVD! :D
5

Godzilla: The Series

This IMO was one of the best cartoons of the 90s and canceled too soon. Godzilla: The Series was a direct continuation of the 1998 live-action U.S. Godzilla film which was panned by fans and critics. Unlike the film however this series was VERY well written, had a Godzilla more similar to the iconic Japanese version and solid voice talent.

Some voice actors are Tom Kenny, Rino Romano and Ian Ziering. That's right folks the same Ian Ziering from the old Beverly Hills 90210 TV Show played the lead character and was REALLY good! (IMO even better than Matthew Broderick's portrayal of the same character for the film) Guess it proves that if actors want to really prove their skills and shake off type-casting they should do more voice over work.

The show lasted 2 seasons with 40 episodes on Fox Kids. It did very well in the ratings but then suffered from the Fox Kids and Kids WB Digimon vs. Pokemon ratings war. Godzilla was moved to several different time slots and eventually left to die.

At the moment only select episodes are on DVD so I hope to see a box set in the future for this series too.
4

Gargoyles

Created by animation guru Greg Weisman Gargoyles was one of the best cartoons EVER! Gargoyles was an ambitious Disney animated series, targeting an older demographic with complex stories and interesting characters. The show lasted 3 seasons with 78 episodes and is definitely one of Keith David's best voice acting roles as the lead character Goliath.

At the moment only the first season and part 1 of season 2 are on DVD. The releases have been canceled for the remaining episodes due to low sales. So folks if you want to see the other episodes on DVD go buy some copies! :D
3

Jackie Chan Adventures

Jackie Chan Adventures was definitely one of the most entertaining cartoons I've ever seen. Martial Arts action, lots of humor, references to Jackie Chan's real life, fantastic mythology and characters. Also some great voice talent such as James Sie, Clancy Brown, Jim Cummings and Frank Welker. Also had some good "Hollywood" actors lending their voices such as Adam Baldwin, Lucy Liu and Michael Rosenbaum.

Only a handful of episodes are currently on DVD. However these aren't proper releases IMO. Every Jackie Chan episode has an opening scene that sets up the rest of the episode and then the opening theme song starts. With these DVD releases the opening scenes are cut so you're missing footage from the episodes!!!

I hope someday that a PROPER release is given to this great series and the fact that it involves Jackie Chan means it'll sell itself. :D
2

Spider-Man (1994)

This show could've easily been #1 but I decided the following show deserved the top spot. Anyways it's UNBELIEVABLE that the best show of the Marvel Animated Universe, one of the best Spider-Man adaptions ever and one of the greatest cartoons of all time has NEVER been released in season sets on DVD for Region 1. Only certain sagas and episodes have been released to North American audiences.

Before The Spectacular Spider-Man this series was the best adaption of Spider-Man ever (IMO). Amazing voice actors, great story lines, action, and Spider-Man mythos. It lasted 5 seasons with 65 episodes. With a reboot of the Spider-Man films maybe Marvel will use this series as a marketing tool when the time comes. Companies and studios do like to sell related merchandise with their films after all.
1

Static Shock

And the #1 cartoon series that needs a DVD release is......STATIC SHOCK! Some of you may be nodding your head in agreement, others may be thinking "wtf is this show? I've never heard of it."

Static Shock is a cartoon series about an African American teenager named Virgil Hawkins who gained the ability to control and manipulate electromagnetism. Static Shock is based on a Milestone Comics character that was later merged into the DC Comics continuity. The show itself is part of the Bruce Timm/Alan Burnett DC Animated Universe. Static Shock while has its own great characters and setting, also did crossovers with other DCAU shows such as Batman: Gotham Knights, Superman: The Animated Series, Batman Beyond and Justice League.

Static/Virgil Hawkins was voiced by voice actor veteran Phil LaMarr, and although the man has voice many characters over the years Static still remains my personal favorite. The series was not your typical super hero cartoon. This show dealt with important issues such as racism, gangs, homelessness and gun violence. The show had some educational values, action, humor and was appealing to various demographics and audiences.

The show lasted 4 seasons with 52 episodes before cancellation. Despite great ratings it wasn't enough. American cartoons costs more to make than can be recouped from network licensing fees. That means that for a show to be profitable, it needs other revenue streams such as a toy-line, video games or clothing.

Along with Phil LaMarr other voice actors include Jason Marsden, Kevin Michael Richardson with Kevin Conroy, George Newbern, Will Friedle and Mark Hamill reprising their roles as Batman, Superman, Terry McGinnis and the Joker for the episodes they appeared in. There were also celebrities who voiced animated versions of themselves such as basketball players Shaquille O'Neal and Karl Malone and singers A.J. McLean (Backstreet Boy) and Lil' Romeo.

Static Shock IMO is a very underrated show and really deserves to be on DVD in season sets. At the moment only one volume called "The New Kid" is available. I think we can all relate to Virgil Hawkins in some way. He didn't become a super hero not because of tragedy but because it's both fun and the right thing to do; something we could probably see ourselves doing if somehow we had super powers.

Maybe someday Warner Brothers will release this on DVD. Maybe unexpectedly or maybe as a marketing tool for a live-action Static Shock movie if one ever gets made.

And that is my Top 10 Cartoons That Need A DVD Release list. Agree? Disagree? Have your own list you want to share? Write your comments below. :)



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SteveP
said at 3:16 PM on Sun Oct 27 2013
Where's Life with louie!
henpeckedrooster1944
said at 8:12 PM on Sun Feb 5 2012
What about the Fleischer & Terrytoons shorts? if any thing they would be the top spots!!
Television wise, however, The Alvin Show (1961) would definitly take top spot.
The rest of the Famous Popeyes, Looney Tunes, Walter Lantz shorts, MGM shorts, The rest of Tiny Toons, Animaniacs, Tracey Ullman Simpsons, Hoppity Hooper, Cow & Chicken, The Colombia Shorts, Quick Draw Mcgraw, The rest of Huckleberry Hound and the list goes on...
OptimusSolo (Admin)
said at 12:11 PM on Fri Feb 10 2012
@henpeckedrooster1944

Most of the things you listed have already had a DVD release which is why the creator of this list did not include them.
henpeckedrooster1944
said at 4:48 PM on Fri Feb 10 2012
@OptimusSolo I said THE REST of Looney tunes, Popeye, etc. those don't have DVD releases. since when did you see A LEGAL "Alvin Show complete series DVD" in stores? sure 1 or 2 Terrytoons shorts have been released. but were talking about the 700+ cartoons still in the vaults! Animaniacs doesn't have season 4 out. only the 1st season or so of Huckleberry Hound has been released. Alot of people want these things on dvd, ALOT.
OptimusSolo (Admin)
said at 9:58 PM on Fri Feb 10 2012
@henpeckedrooster1944 My point was that this top ten list was about cartoons that have received NO releases of any sort. Cartoons that have had one volume or one season released would not be eligible for this list. I can understand that you want these released on DVD but I was explaining why they wouldn't show up on this list (outside of the Alvin Show which is a legitimate 'other' for this list)
henpeckedrooster1944
said at 3:46 PM on Fri Feb 17 2012
@OptimusSolo ok. Then The Beagles is defiantly on that boat. But, most episodes are EXTREMELY rare to find prints of, but someone has to have negatives lying around somewhere.
RNB
said at 9:44 PM on Sat Aug 25 2012
@OptimusSolo The Addams Family cartoon from the 1990s needs to be released on DVD
Devo
said at 8:58 AM on Fri May 13 2011
Well I know it's been a while since anyone replied to this list, but Gargoyles and Spider-Man ARE on DVD now, have been for a while I think.

I would absolutely love to see Earthworm Jim come out on DVD, and the complete series of X-Men Evolution and the 2003 Turtles series.
scotthintze (Guest)
said at 4:38 PM on Mon Jan 3 2011
The only series I would love to have on DVD are the old school japanime of Force Five Shogun Warriors Danguard Ace, Gaiking and Mazanger,
Battle of the Planets ep 1-85, Sailor Moon Stars,
and Capt. Harlock. On American cartoons Biker
Mice from Mars, Bucky O'Hare and the Toad Wars, and Comic Strip with Karate Kat, Street Frogs, Tigersharks and Mini Monsters.
michaelkelley (Guest)
said at 11:03 PM on Thu Dec 9 2010
The animated film The Halloween Tree needs a damn DVD release!
OptimusSolo (Admin)
said at 2:44 AM on Thu Oct 14 2010
I mentioned it before but I finally decided to vote for 'other' and that other would be Muppet Babies. I realize why its not out on DVD yet, but it was one of the top cartoons of a decade, shame its not on DVD
davishafer (Guest)
said at 5:22 PM on Fri Aug 27 2010
I would love to have Gargoyles, Spiderman Legion of Super Heroes, and Avengers. I have X-Men and love it.
thatweirdguy (Guest)
said at 1:56 PM on Sat Jul 24 2010
What about The Wuzzles?
sid (Guest)
said at 1:11 PM on Sat Jul 10 2010
avengers are awsome
stevencphillips (Guest)
said at 5:18 AM on Mon Mar 22 2010
I'd have to agree with the Gargoyles, Spiderman and Street Sharks. Those were some I loved as a kid.
stoiclion (Guest)
said at 11:52 PM on Sat Mar 20 2010
Overall, a very good list but I would put shows in a different order. I'm actually surprised "Spider Man", "Jackie Chan Adventures" and "Gargoyles" are mostly unreleased. I disagree with is "Street Sharks" but that's because of personal opinion. Now if "ReBoot" could be released in a boxed set!
Foxwolf (Admin)
said at 5:39 PM on Sat Mar 20 2010
wooooo!! Jackson's first Top 10!! Hopefully the first of many :)

I agree with many of these, though I would've put Gargoyles as #1. So many people are surprised when they find out its from Disney
PurpleWarrior13
said at 4:19 PM on Sat Mar 20 2010
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I would've put Dexter's Laboraory, Johnny Bravo, and Courage the Cowardly Dog on the list, but it's otherwise pretty neat!
OptimusSolo (Admin)
said at 2:04 PM on Sat Mar 20 2010
I agree. You have a good list! I would add a few though. One of my favorites from the 80s M.A.S.K. I have been dying to see on DVD. I would also mention Muppet Babie and Challenge of the Go-Bots. And I know this is off topic but would love to eventually see complete series sets of He-Man and TMNT!!
NachoElephant
said at 1:22 PM on Sat Mar 20 2010
I agree :D
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Which do you think should be in the #1 spot?
Static Shock
Spider-Man (1994)
Jackie Chan Adventures
Gargoyles
Godzilla: The Series
Street Sharks
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Ozzy & Drix
The Avengers: United They Stand
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