Bonus Content: Avengers Assemble!

Time for some more kiddy cartoons!

CLICK HERE or on the image above to download a bonus episode in which Sean “Hollywood” Hunting and I gush all over Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.

Review in a Nutshell:  Avengers is one of only a handful of Marvel animated properties that does justice to the source material.  It’s a great animated series that can be enjoyed by children of all ages, with sharp writing and strong characterization.

FINAL THOUGHT:

The theme song is @#$%ing terrible, though.

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15 Responses

  1. good episode. It sounds like this is worth checking out. You were right about my little pony so I will give you another shot.

    The new young justice show is also pretty good. I watched the second half of the pilot and it was interesting. It had Odo from Deep Space Nine in it. It looks like he is not a recurring character though.

  2. 1. The theme song is terrible, but I like it.

    2. I watched a good bit of this show, but never really got into it. I appreciated it for what it was, and I recognized that it was a quality cartoon, but it didn’t do anything for me. I think it has more to do with the characters than anything. Never really liked ‘The Avengers’.

    3. Marvel was always 50-50 with me, in regards to its animated properties. I watched those 60’s Fantastic Four Cartoons, I have a great deal of nostalgia for the 90’s X-Men cartoon, and I’ve seen ‘Pryde of the X-Men’ (and can sing the theme song). I know they’re awful, but I love them. In recent years ‘X-Men: Evolution’ and ‘Wolverine and the X-Men’ were both quality shows that haven’t gotten as much love as I think they should. I will always have a soft spot in my heart for Marvel cartoons, and I hope they can keep up the quality. I also hope they do not try to make another Fantastic Four cartoon, cuz they’ve all been pretty terrible.

  3. As one who spent many long months working on this show (drawing extremely dense storyboards) I thank you for your support.

  4. Excuse me while I nerdyness kicks in and I have to correct you both on a few things.

    1. the name you’re thinking of is Arnim Zola.

    2. Graviton has never been a lame villian. He’s always been a challenge in the comics. In a Thunderbolts story he wiped out a team called the Reedemers, even going so far as to crush one inside her armor and strand another member in the upper atmosphere to die from lack of air.

    3. Kang’s not a bad villian either. The biggets problem is that his history has become a headache inducing mess.

    4. From what the DVD extras seem to imply we are getting Kree/Skrull Wars next season. We’re also getting a cross-over with Fantastic Four.

  5. Wow, I was not expecting this. I gotta say that this series has become one of my favorites marvel series out there (cartoon). I haven’t heard the review but I am looking forward to it.

  6. My my, this was a surprise.

    You mean Deadpool isn’t supposed to sound obnoxious?

    I’m not so hard on the Marvel animated films. I will admit that DC has had it more on the ball. Andrea Romano, anyone?

    The Ultimate Avengers movies (they didn’t really match The Ultimates of the comics) were alright. Doctor Strange was surprisingly good. Iron Man was ATROCiOUS and the best of them ll wasn’t even in continuity! Young Avengers (or was it called Avengers Next?) was the best of this set.

    Now Marvel farmed their properties out to Madhouse, for anime fans to get pissy about. I was excited about these co-pros but they’ve gotten so many “mehs” an thumbs down.

    I’m glad nothing ill was said of the 90s x-men. If you did, I would, ah, come back here after another podcast. But I’d e perturbed!

  7. I caught the tail end of an episode of this last week and it seemed really good. After listening to this podcast I started watching it on Netflix, and you guys are right; this show is really awesome.

  8. You finished a H.p. Lovecraft themed month recently and i just recently saw a trailer for the film From Beyond. Pretty nightmarish stuff. I worked for Funcoland years ago and remember seeing Todd McFarland figures of this creepy horror. Any chance of covering this film? Let it happen Chapman…

  9. I started re-watching the series again. I gotta say that I am enjoying a lot as a second viewing. There are many things that I missed. One of them is how Nick Fury got his white hair.
    This series is so awesome that I still feel like a kid every time I re-watch it 😀
    Also, I agree with everything you guys said after listening to the podcast 😀

  10. You Guys are wrong!!! The Theme song rocks!!! Best theme song a superhero show has had in a long time.

  11. The opening song is not terrible, but it’s not the best theme of ANY time period for me,

  12. Despite having seen AND ENJOYED *every single film* leading up to it, I am not counting down the days to the release of the Avengers film next year. Oh sure, I’ll go see it and therefore I will be trying to avoid all information about it, though Twitter makes it very difficult for me to avoid Avengers / Dark Knight Rises announcements. But its writer/director has sapped all anticipation from me, such that my only holdout is “well, maybe the executives will veto the lamest ideas…”

    I AM, however, eagerly counting down the days to Season Two of Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. The writing is easily as good as the Justice League cartoons, and the animation and choreography as you guys noted is a cut above the norm. The voice casting and direction is also great and is key to why everyone feels “right”; if I had to pick just one favorite, I think it’d have to be Wally Wingert using that constipated Beavis voice for MODOK. Er, MODOC. On the one hand, sanitized because you can’t say “killing” on a kid’s show. On the other hand, that is the original incarnation of the villain. Both purist nerds and S&P should be happy.

    I’ll agree that Marvel’s track record on the direct-to-video movies was by and large the pits with the exception of the Hulk stuff they made with Madhouse. TV-wise, the 90s X-Men and Spider-Man cartoons aren’t as good as my childhood brain remembers, but that’s all the animation. The writing and voice acting on those is still great. (The syndicated Iron Man, Hulk, Silver Surfer, and Fantastic Four shows aired way too early so I never saw those.) Since 2000 virtually all of the Marvel TV titles have been for the most part on the same level as the DC cartoons. In fact, nothing against Young Justice, but right now I think Marvel TV animation is beating the pants off of DC. Heck, Paul Dini who is practically the foundation of the “DCAU” is now working on the Marvel side of things.

    As for the theme song…I used to agree with you guys fully that the Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes theme song was utterly horrendous. Except there was…something…about it; I steadfastly refused to skip past it every single time. And then I admitted to myself after watching several episodes in a row that no, the theme song is in fact AWESOME. Perhaps it’s a Room 101 sort of thing. Wikipedia suggests that Bad City is apparently a genuine angry white boy band, and isn’t one of those in-studio deals like “Lion” or whoever that did the Transformers: The Movie theme, but whatever properties that song is imbued with–“so bad it’s awesome” perhaps?–are identical to the mystical properties held by THIS wrestling entrance theme: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lW91vTwFvRQ

  13. Thank you so much for the heads up about this series. After listening to the podcast, I found it running on DXD, and have been watching ever since. What a revelation!

    There’s a nearly goosebumpy moment when Graviton is trying to put Hulk down, and the big green guy refuses to fall. “Nothing is that powerful!” Graviton wails. It’s an important scene because it so purely identifies the character as a SUPER-hero. It lets him be what he is. I love that.

  14. this re adaptation of the avengers was ok. only saw a few episodes though. but who couldnt forget the SpiderMan, X Men, and all those other animated shows which I know most of them were hated alot (except for the SpiderMan one)

  15. groovy. as much as I liked the season I think young justice is better and surprisingly doesn’t have Bruce Timm involved. nostalgia says I should mention the 90’s x-men and spiderman toons of which the latter had a pretty good first season. what about Gotham knight?

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