Back in the day, Challenge of the Super Friends was the coolest cartoon on TV. It featured the superstars of DC Comics fighting against their deadliest foes (with the noticeable omission of the Joker). The new Target exclusive animated movie JLA Adventures: Trapped in Time is a heartfelt homage to that cartoon with a few added tweaks that make it feel much like a pre-Crisis team-up with two pre-membership the Legion of Super Heroes teens.
The adventure opens with a battle between the JLA and the Legion of Doom. The design is noticeably simplified, but the animation is superb. The action sequences are incredible and there is plenty of it throughout this feature. On the roof of the world and in outer space, the heroes and villains do battle with the fate of humanity hanging in the balance. In the aftermath, Captain Cold fires an ice blast at the field of battle, accidentally trapping the Legion of Doom’s leader Lex Luthor in a glacier.
Over a thousand years in the future Dawnstar and Karate Kid, two teenagers of a Utopian future world are awaiting word on their admission into the Legion on Super Heroes, an intergalactic team of super-powered beings from various planets and cultures throughout the universe. Wandering through a museum dedicated to the history of superheroics, Karate Kid mistakenly frees Lex Luthor from his ice prison. Seizing a time travel device, he journeys into the past with the teenage superheroes secretly in tow. Luthor reforms the Legion of Doom and sets about his most dastardly scheme, to rewrite history with the JLA missing.
The ensuing battle takes the heroes throughout time in a battle for the future.
A fun-loving romp through the annals of both animated and print history (with nods to the old Super Friends cartoon), Trapped in Time is suitable for viewers young and old. An exciting and nostalgic cartoon, Trapped in Time slipped past many fans (including this one until I stumbled upon it at my local Target). Don’t let the same thing happen to you!