Plot: What’s it about?
A superhero’s work is never done, but if Birdman ever gets worn down from his battles, all he needs to do is catch a few rays and he’ll be back in action. That is because Birdman is powered by the sun, able to harness the incredible energies within the rays to unleash his power on criminals. But even he needs some help as he battles crime, so he is fortunate to have his trusty sidekick Avenger the eagle by his side. He goes head to head with some of the most evil masterminds around, villains such as Number One, Dr. Millenium, and Vulturo. Elsewhere, a band of superheroes known as The Galaxy Trio also do their part to fight crime, as team members Gravity Girl, Meteor Man, and Vapor Man all kick in their special talents. This group travels all over the universe, with one goal in mind, to protect the innocent at all costs.
I have been overjoyed by Warner’s classic cartoon push, which continues with Birdman & The Galaxy Trio. If Birdman looks a little familiar, there’s a simple explanation, as you’ve probably seen him on The Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim. But he isn’t known just as Birdman there, instead he practices law as Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law. As good as that show is, Birdman’s original run wasn’t bad either and in fact, I had a blast with these episodes. Each episode has two Birdman adventures, with a Galaxy Trio cartoon in between. So each mini episode runs about eight minutes, which means the stories are basic, but the action, cool characters, and Alex Toth visuals make up for the thin plots. I prefer the Birdman segments, but the Galaxy Trio isn’t bad, I just found myself wanting to see more of Birdman’s adventures. This double disc set from Warner has all of the episodes for one low price, so if you’re a fan of cartoons or superheroes, you’ll want to give this a look.
Video: How does it look?
The episodes are presented in full frame, as intended. If you’ve ever watched older cartoons, you’ve seen the grain, color fade, and softness first hand. The episodes presented here display some flaws, but look better than I expected, especially in terms of color reproduction. The prints show some debris at times and also some minor grain, but these are over forty years old, so that is acceptable. The grain is never too thick, or at least never causes intense softness, so these imperfections don’t impact the visuals too much. The colors actually still look pretty bright too, which is impressive. All in all, I think fans will be satisfied here, as the show looks quite good, even after four decades
Audio: How does it sound?
The audio is more than acceptable, but not as impressive as the video elements. Then again, this material is mostly over forty years old, so to expect dynamic sound in this case is being a tad unrealistic. You can tell that time has taken a toll at times, but the audio is always passable and is sometimes better than expected. The music sounds good and the over the top sound effects retain their full impact, which is what counts here.
Supplements: What are the extras?
brief look at how the show was created is the lone supplement, but its a fun, brisk piece. The involvement of artist Alex Toth is covered, as well as how the concept went from idea to execution. I would have liked some additional stuff here, but we can’t win them all, now can we?