Chuck Norris: Karate Kommandos - Warner Archive DVD Now Available for the Short-Lived '80s Cartoon
'The Complete Series' is for sale at the studio's online store as an MOD title
Posted by David Lambert
Martial arts master Chuck Norris brings his thrilling mix of heroism and incredible athletic prowess to this animated action series, blending the courage and ingenuity of the American frontiersman with the willpower and stoicism of the samurai warrior. Through five exciting installments, Norris and his Karate Kommandos warrior crew battle the sinister organization VULTURE, a sophisticated terrorist calabl led by The Klaw and his lieutenant Super Ninja. Norris created the series and kicks off each adventure.
As many of you know, early last month Chuck Norris began to be in the news very briefly (and quickly overshadowed by events in Japan, of course) after speaking out against U.S. public schools for "defending homosexuality" (a position consistent with his 2008 stance against marriage equality for same-sex couples). It's safe to say, we think, that a number of his fans prefer to just remember him as the martial arts hero he'd been known as in the '70s, '80s and '90s, on film and on TV.
Before his live-action '90s TV series Walker, Texas Ranger, Norris became animated in the Ruby-Spears produced television cartoon series Chuck Norris: Karate Kommandos. It didn't last long...only 5 episodes! However, the voice cast included Norris as himself, Kathy Garver ("Cissy" on Family Affair), Robert Ito ("Sam" on Quincy, M.E.) and Alan Oppenheimer ("Skeletor" on the original He-Man; "Dr. Rudy Wells" in early seasons of The Six Million Dollar Man).
Today, April 1st, the folks at the Warner Archive aren't joking when they announce that Chuck Norris: Karate Kommandos - The Complete Series is available on DVD, and that they are taking orders starting immediately! The cost is $14.95 for a single-disc MOD (manufacture on demand) title that runs 110 minutes. Video is full frame, and audio is English mono. Since Ruby-Spears productions are now part of the Hanna-Barbera library, Warner is labeling this title as an item in the "Hanna-Barbera Classic Collection." It is only available (right now in any case; Amazon may offer it later on) through the studio's online store (WBshop.com). Here's a look at the packaging, followed by a trailer which Warner posted on YouTube: