“Super Best Friends Forever” is Weird, Wonderful, Relevant To Your Interests

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The first installment of “Super Best Friends Forever” superhero-themed, animated miniseries premiered last morning Saturday on Cartoon Network, and Wonder Girl, Batgirl, and Supergirl will never be the same again. Headed by Lauren Faust, who worked on “Powerpuff Girls,” “Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends,” and everyone’s favorite “My Little Pony” reboot, “Super Best Friends Forever” addresses the friendship between some of DC’s lesser-known women superheroes. Spoiler alert: They enjoy burritos and giving each other a hard time.

It’s an interesting commentary on superheroes and superheroines in general, really. It’s a different perspective on these characters, and I appreciate how fleshed-out they are, especially since the entire episode is only a minute long. The more I watch it, the more I like it. I am a little concerned the show might be sugarcoating the badassery of these women with cuteness (rather than sexiness, as is common in comic books) to make them easier to stomach for a broader audience, but I trust Lauren Faust’s judgement. Mostly, I am in love with how creative this episode is. All 75 seconds of it.

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Grace Ellis has been writing and making hack-job graphics for Autostraddle since 2011 and is a co-creator and co-writer of the comic book series Lumberjanes. She is mostly an intern in name only. (Mostly.) She lives in Columbus, Ohio because why anything. Also, she wants to write the Black Widow movie and feels like if she just keeps telling people, eventually she will be allowed to do it. She has a Twitter and a Tumblr, both of which are pretty above average.

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19 Comments

  1. My co-worker and I regularly have long, involved chats about ladies in comic books/animation, due to, you know, being lady folks who edit comic books, and MAN is the current state of ladies in kid’s animation heartening (as opposed to the state of ladies in mainstream comics! WHICH IS SO MUCH LESS SO, BUT I DIGRESS). We have several pals who work in animation around town (particularly at Nick and WB) and through a delightful turn of history (Second Golden Age of Disney begets the “Sailor Moon generation” of girls who draw/love serialized storytelling and are CELEBRATED online begets talented women embraced by the television animation industry — OVER-SIMPLIFIED BUT LET’S ROLL WITH IT), all-ages animation has these incredible women calling the shots at mid-to-high levels resulting in these across-the-board hits. This leads to hiring of more young women with potential (current storyboard revisionists for the DC block, which is where this short came from? NEARLY ALL WOMEN.) who rise in the ranks to high-levels (directing, producing), which results in more of what we love.

    TL;DR BASICALLY I LOVE EVERYTHING THIS SHORT IS AND REPRESENTS.

  2. YOU GUYS HAVE NO IDEA HOW EXCITED I AM BY THIS.

    I’m having bouts of insomnia and CN is pretty much the only channel that I’ve been watching in the middle of the night. Bright colours and slightly psychedelic plots aren’t great sleep aids but OMG I’M SO EXCITED BY THIS

  3. As a huge fan of two of Faust’s other shows (MLP and the Powerpuff Girls, which was her husband’s show but she did some writing and art for it, too), I was really happy to watch this clip on io9 yesterday. I really hope it gets picked up into a full series, along with her other idea, Milky Way and the Galaxy Girls.

  4. I like the animation and the voices and all that, but I gotta ask, why does Supergirl care about using a plane? I mean… she can fly! Her getting excited about using a jet is like Daredevil being totally psyched about that cool bus pass you got him.

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