Thursday, January 26, 2012

Animated World of DC Comics: Wonder Woman & Rima enter "The River of Doom" (1977)

For the uninitiated, Rima, the Jungle Girl had appeared in a short-lived series from DC when the company acquired a license to use the character around 1973. 4 years later, Rima finally had the chance to meet one of DC's most famous icons, Wonder Woman, on The All-New Super Friends Hour, in the episode, "The River of Doom". Narrator Bill Woodson doubles as one of the explorers, and Olan Soule, normally the voice of Batman, is heard as part of the explorer team as well.

I am not sure when DC's license to use Rima expired, so if it had by 1977, then it had to have fallen upon Hanna-Barbera to gain a license of their own, or in conjunction with DC. Rima would appear at least once more that season, and I believe she may have been brought back a few years later, but by then, the licensee would be H-B alone.

Rating: A.


magicdog said...

I think the use of Rima expired by 1978 because by then a new South American jungle princess appeared by the name of "Jana of the Jungle".

I liked Rima though and it's a shame she wasn't used more. I remember two other adventures - one in which she helped fight a forest fire with Batman & Robin, and another in which she and Wonder Woman fight Amazons from Atlantis.

hobbyfan said...

I think that explains plenty.

As I noted, Rima made two appearances in '77. H-B lost the license and created Jana for the Godzilla Power Hour/Super 90 (NBC). That lasted one season, as I previously documented. Rima returned for a 1-shot around '80, and that was the Atlantean Amazon tale.