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Supernova Spies
Television show information

Genre

Action
Comedy
Adventure
Spy-Fi

Created by

William Hanna
Joseph Barbera

Voices of

Gary Owens
Lucille Bliss
Patric Zimmerman
Heather North
Rob Paulsen
Mary Kay Bergman

Theme music composer

Jack Elliott
Allyn Ferguson

Country of
origin

United States

Original
language(s)

English

Production

Executive
producer(s)

William Hanna
Joseph Barbera

Running time

22 min. (11 min. per segment)

Production
company(s)

Hanna-Barbera Productions

Distributor

Warner Bros. Television Distribution

Broadcast

Original
network

CBS

Original release

September 5th, 1987-June 3rd, 1989

Chronology

Followed by

Dawn of the Supernova Spies

Supernova Spies was an American animated action-spy-comedy television series, being created by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera. It was produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions and it aired on CBS from September 5th, 1987 until June 3rd, 1989.

Synopsis

The series follows the misadventures of the Brightstar family who live a double life as secret agents who work for the spy organization S.A.W. (short for Spies Around the World) and fight various villains.

Characters

Main

  • Brandon Brightstar (voiced by Gary Owens) - the father of the family who is hard-working. His codename is Red Lamp.
  • Nicole "Nikki" Brightstar (voiced by Lucille Bliss) - the mother of the family who is sweet and caring, and is usually the one who gets kidnapped yet she's skilled in karate too, allowing her to defeat villains. Her code name is Purple Umbrella.
  • Stanley "Stan" Brightstar (voiced by Patric Zimmerman) - a teenage boy who is the oldest child and usually falls in love with random girls. His codename is Blue Garbage.
  • Grace "Gracie" Brightstar (voiced by Heather North) - a tween girl who is the smartest and the most responsible out of the Brightstar children. Her codename is Pink Glasses.
  • Samuel "Sammy" Brightstar (voiced by Rob Paulsen) - a little boy who is rather mischievous, often picking on Molly and doing pranks on Stanley and Gracie. His codename is Orange Egg.
  • Molly Brightstar (voiced by Mary Kay Bergman) - a little girl who is the youngest child who is very childlike, optimistic, dimwitted and energetic. Her codename is Yellow Pogo.

Supporting

  • Major Douglas (voiced by John Forsythe) - the leader of S.A.W. and the Brightstar family's boss who is usually tries to keep them safe from TBD
  • Prof. Ezekiel Roares (voiced by Mel Blanc) - a gadgeteer who creates several gadgets for the crew, even if they TBD.
  • Lily Douglas (voiced by Janet Waldo) - Major Douglas' TBD daughter who shows some TBD.

One-offs

Antagonists

  • Dr. Rigatoni (voiced by Michael Bell) - an evil mad scientist who plots to take over the world by resorting to several plans that sometimes border foolishness due to his rather idiotic nature.
    • Laughie (vocal effects by Don Messick) - Dr. Rigatoni's pet hyena who tends to get himself in trouble for various things and usually laughs at his master whenever his plans fail.
  • Fiona Fatale (voiced by Pat Musick) - a cruel master criminal who TBD.
  • Mark Illusion (voiced by Don Messick) - a TBD illusionist who TBD.
  • Dolly P. Madison (voiced by Jodi Benson) - a former fashion model who now TBD.
  • Ivan the Deadly (voiced by Hal Smith) - a Russian-accented hunter who TBD.
  • Dr. Hypnotico (voiced by Paul Winchell) - a self-claimed master of hypnosis who TBD.

One-offs

  • Sir Midas (voiced by John Stephenson) - a greedy billionaire who can turn anything he touches into gold.
  • Deadeye McGee (voiced by TBD) - a southern outlaw who is out to steal TBD.
  • Count Maximus DeIron (voiced by TBD) - a count of an island who TBD.
  • Dr. Sara Krupp (voiced by TBD) - TBD

Episodes

See List of Supernova Spies episodes.

Films

Live-action film

See Supernova Spies (1999 film) and The Supernova Spies Return.

A live-action film came out on July 2nd, 1999. (More TBD)

Direct-to video films

See Supernova Spies (direct-to-video film series)

Direct-to-video films release once every year since 2004.

CGI film

See Supernova Spies (2021 film)

In TBD 2019, TBD.

Reboot series

See Dawn of the Supernova Spies and Supernova Spies (2018 TV series).

In September 17th, 2005, Warner Bros. Animation released a soft reboot to the series, featuring updated designs for the characters and incorporating elements commonly used back then such as cable television, computers and cell phones, airing on Cartoon Network until July 4th, 2009, being set in the same universe as What's New Scooby-Doo?.

This new incarnation featured the voices of Tom Kenny as Brandon, Jennifer Hale as Nikki, Josh Keaton as Stanley, Mae Whitman as Gracie, Benjamin Diskin as Sammy and Tara Strong as Molly.

A second reboot, featuring the same voice cast as the previous incarnation, premiered on the same channel on April 20th, 2018 until November 2nd, 2019 and moved to WB Kids since then, although, unlike its previous incarnations, is known for being rather darker and less comedic, in a similar way to Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated.

Appearances on other media

  • The Supernova Spies made a guest appearance in Space Ghost: Coast to Coast.
  • The Supernova Spies make a brief cameo in a Crimeopolis episode, TBD.
  • [Laughie's cameo in a Two Stupid Dogs episode]
  • [Cameo appearances in Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law, with a major role in an episode]
  • [MAD parody involving Inspector Gadget]
  • [Guest appearance in Scooby-Doo: Mystery Incorporated]
  • The Brightstar family makes a guest appearance in an issue of Scooby-Doo! Team-Up. In the issue, Dr. Ringatoni disguises himself as TBD and the Brightstars join forces with Mystery Inc. to solve the case.
  • [Comic book series in Hanna-Barbera Beyond]
  • [Photo of Dr. Ringatoni and Laughie with Dastardly and Muttley in Dastardly's shrine to Muttley on Scoob!]

Gallery

Cast in the franchise

See Supernova Spies/Cast and characters

Tropes

See Supernova Spies/Tropes.

Merchandise

See Supernova Spies/Merchandise.

Trivia

  • According to the series, Stanley is 17, Grace is 12, Samuel is 9, and Molly is 7.
  • Unlike most 1980s Hanna-Barbera original cartoon series, Supernova Spies had become into a cultural icon, as well as a media franchise.
    • The Smurfs is the only exception, given the fact it was based on a preexisting comic book franchise.
    • Like Scooby-Doo, the show has also received several direct-to-video films.
  • Due to its different style animation (which looked like 1980s Hanna-Barbera comedy cartoon series such as Pound Puppies, The Flintstones spin-offs, and crossover series like Yogi's Treasure Hunt) and having more comical elements, the series is considered an improvement over Hanna-Barbera's other action cartoon series such as Jonny Quest, Space Ghost and Birdman and the Galaxy Trio.
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