DVD Review: SEALAB 2020 – The Complete Series

As Warner Archive continues to release old cartoon favorites from the past, next up is SEALAB 2020 – The Complete Series which is now available on a 2-disc set. The 2 DVD’s consists of 13-episodes that follow a group of underwater explorers.

This is another one of Hanna- Barbera’s early 70’s cartoons but to me is one of the least interesting from the ones I’ve witnessed so far out of the Classic Collection. There’s more of a serious tone that goes along with this classic toon that takes us along for under water adventures.  What we do get in the series are lessons on the environment way before it even became an issue and there are also themes that focus on team work and even patience.

The  1972 animation is really outdated and seems rushed.  The  characters and their dialogue can be cheesy at times, especially when there are lessons to be learned. There are some things that I got a kick out of, like some of the goofy underwater inhabitants and the “sounds” they are making. I got a big laugh from those! All in all there’s a reason this series only lasted for one season with only a 13-episode run. It’s pretty forgettable and really is a knockoff and a mixture of several of Hanna Barbera’s classic cartoon.  To me these kind of cartoons should be fun and not take themselves too seriously. Lessons can still be passed along even with a much lighter tone!

Bottom line is Sealab 2020 is an underwater knockoff of Johnny Quest and a few other cartoons. It was hard to stay interested watching these episodes. I’m a huge fan of Hanna-Barbera cartoons but this is my least favorite to date.  If you want to give it a try then click HERE.

Studio: Warner Archive

Run Time: 280 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

Special Features: None


“This is the year two thousand and twenty. The place is the Challenger Sea Mount, the top of an underwater mountain, a complex beneath the sea. Two hundred and fifty men, women and children live here. Each of them, a scientist pioneer. For this is our last frontier, a hostile environment which may hold the key to tomorrow. Each day, these oceanauts meet new challenges as they build their city beneath the sea. This is Sealab 2020.”

With these words setting the stage, and some funky bass riffs setting the tone, Saturday morning TV took the 70s underwater Sci Fi adventure plunge. Ably overseen by Hanna-Barbera’s ace action animators and voiced by a superb cast (including John Stephenson, Ross Martin, Jerry Dexter and Ann Jillian), the oceanauts of Sealab face seaquakes, sharks and falling satellites while finding the time to serve up lessons on environmentalism, tolerance, and teamwork across this 2-Disc, 13-Episode Collection.

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