Ultimately The Herculoids holds up quite well. The action sequences are fun and the characters are endearing. Yes, the animation shows wear and there are flaws to be spotted as in “The Gladiators of Kyanite” when the gladiator’s right arm comes off his body as his ship hovers, but the majority of episodes look sharp, and though the music is straight from Jonny Quest, the quality is good here and adds energy to the experience.
As is common with Hanna Barbera productions; there is no origin episode, so we don’t know how they came together, how Gloop and Gleep are related to Cousin It, or why they are all called The Herculoids. Perhaps it is Zandor's last name. What we do get in this new release is a far-too-brief “Special Feature” that is not even listed on the packaging. “The Herculoids: First Family of the Planet Quasar” consists of clips of authors, historians, and animators, touting the talents of Alex Toth and the wonderfulness that is The Herculoids.
Recommendation: Few animated series from your childhood will live up to the expectations created by your memories the way The Herculoids will. Yes, you may not remember the storylines being so similar, but all the action, adventure, and explosions, along with the characters we grew to love are here and not only worth a visit, but an introduction to your children as well.