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G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero 

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The GI Joe Special Missions force must battle to build a counterweapon to Cobra's teleportation device.
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Series cast summary:
Michael Bell ...  Dr. Vandermeer / ... 5 episodes, 1983
Arthur Burghardt ...  Destro / ... 5 episodes, 1983
Christopher Collins Christopher Collins ...  Cobra Commander / ... 5 episodes, 1983
B.J. Ward ...  Scarlett 5 episodes, 1983
Morgan Lofting Morgan Lofting ...  Baroness / ... 4 episodes, 1983
Marla Frumkin Marla Frumkin ...  Selena 4 episodes, 1983
John Stephenson ...  Gen. Flagg / ... 4 episodes, 1983
Frank Welker ...  Timber / ... 4 episodes, 1983
Peter Cullen ...  Ramar / ... 4 episodes, 1983
Libby Aubrey ...  Cover Girl 3 episodes, 1983
Buster Jones Buster Jones ...  Doc / ... 3 episodes, 1983
Rob Paulsen ...  Tripwire / ... 2 episodes, 1983
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Storyline

The G.I. Joe Special Missions Force must contend with COBRA who, after a successful raid for a special broadcast satellite, now threatens the world with a revolutionary device called the MASS device which can snatch anything seemingly out of existence around the world as well as normal teleportation. GI Joe finds the original designer of the device who advises that the only way to counter that weapon is to build a MASS device of their own. However to do that, three rare catalytic elements are needed to power the device properly. Now the team must race around the world and find those supplies, while battling COBRA who has the same need for them as well. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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USA

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English

Release Date:

12 September 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

G.I. Joe: The MASS Device See more »

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(5 parts)

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Color
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Trivia

The lyrics refer to "GI Joe against Cobra and Destro". Starting with the second mini-series, that line would be changed to "GI Joe against Cobra the Enemy". Additionally, international versions of the cartoon omit ANY reference to Cobra in the song lyrics, merely referring to them as "The Enemy", and changes the tag-line "A Real American Hero" to "International Heroes". See more »

Goofs

Ramar's height fluctuates throughout the entire mini-series. When Duke first confronts Ramar in the Arena of Sport, Ramar towers over him, and looks to be somewhere between 13-14 feet tall (if we are to believe Scarlett's line that Duke is 6'2"). In the second episode, in close quarter combat with Duke, Ramar looks to be a couple of feet taller than Duke, which would place him in the 8-9 foot range. By the fourth episode, Ramar stands next to Selena and is barely taller than she is, which would make him somewhere between 6-7 feet tall. See more »

Quotes

Clutch: [after seeing Duke's vision of the Cobra Fortress] It looks like the Hotel Dracula!
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Alternate Versions

The home video version also omits several lines from Dr. Vandemeer as he talks about the third element. Also trimmed are the Joes calling out "Yo Joe! Go, go, go!" as they try to lift the meteorite seconds before Destro's squadron appears. Everything is restored in the Rhino DVD. See more »

Connections

Followed by G.I. Joe: Operation Dragonfire (1989) See more »

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The beginning of a great series
15 April 2000 | by Garrett-19See all my reviews

The first, and one of the best, adventures in the long saga of G.I. Joe. The first fully-animated cartoon in quite some time, and one of the best looking. If you need a quick primer on G.I. Joe, Duke, Scarlett, Snake Eyes, Gung-Ho, Cobra Commander, Destro, the Baroness, or any of the other great elements of this show, start here first!


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