You might not expect there to be a lot of superhero fans who also have a soft spot for The Golden Girls, but this amazing mash-up of that seminal sitcom with the Super Friends is kind of a perfect combination. Bless the folks at HyperVocal for digging up “Super Golden Friends,” a video from art director/designer Kevin Bapp. Not only is the idea hilarious — Batman, Superman, Aquaman, and Robin all retire in Miami — but Bapp’s skill elevates the video beyond a one-note joke.
It’s literally a shot-for-shot remake of the Golden Girls opening, with the inspiring “Thank You for Being a Friend” playing while the elderly superheroes conjure up Dorothy, Rose, Blanche, and Sophia. I don’t know if Bapp used rotoscoping or if he’s just that skilled at tracing over the women’s gestures and expressions, but it’s seamless. Like, from the sly expression alone, you know that Superman is Blanche. My favorite has to be when Batman does Bea Arthur‘s signature fist-bite.
“ This is a pilot I’d like to propose to Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim,” Bapp writes on the video’s info page, “if I knew anyone who worked there, and if all the licenses could be obtained.” Yes, yes, a million times yes.