Western Animation: The Super Globetrotters

The Super Globetrotters is a spinoff of the The Harlem Globetrotters animated cartoon, produced by Hanna-Barbera for NBC. It ran for 13 episodes in 1979.

The premise of the show is that five members of the Harlem Globetrotters are secretly superheroes. When trouble arose, they would enter portable lockers, then transform into their super-powered forms and fly into acton. The team consisted of:

  • Nate Branch/Liquid Man, Fluid Man, and/or Aqua Man - Turns himself into water.
  • Freddie "Curly" Neal/Super Sphere - Has a basketball-shaped head. He could also retract his limbs and grow into a giant ball, then bounce and smash opponents.
  • James "Twiggy" Sanders/Spaghetti Man - His body was turned into ropes, and he could also function as a rope ladder.
  • Louis "Sweet Lou" Dunbar/Gizmo Man - He had an immense afro, where he stores various gadgets for whatever situations arose.
  • Hubert "Geese" Ausbie/Multi Man - Could duplicate himself.

Not surprisingly, the team fought various super-villains, and the confrontations would invariably be settled with a basketball game between the two sides. Some of the powers and costumes were taken directly from Hanna-Barbera's The Impossibles.

The entire show was later parodied in several episodes of Futurama.

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