Sunday, September 20, 2009

The Super Hero Squad Show Episode 1 and 2 Review

Instead of reviewing the episodes separately I will be reviewing these first two together to get an overall impression of the show.

Ep. 1 "And Lo? A Pilot Shall Come" and Ep. 2 "To Err is Superhuman!"

I finally got a chance to watch The Super Hero Squad Show and I have to say that the show is a highly entertaining show. Even though this is a show aimed at kids there is plenty for long time fans of the characters.

The main characters for this series on the heroes side are Iron Man, Silver Surfer, Thor, Hulk, and Wolverine. And for the villain side of things Doctor Doom along with MODOK and
Abomination round up the cast. Also this show will have guest heroes and villains in every episode.

The thing that impressed me the most is the star studded cast the creators of this show have. The voice cast stars: Tom Kenny (Spongebob), Charlie Adler (Transformers 1 and 2), Steve Blum (Wolverine and the X-Men, Hulk vs.), and Grey DeLisle (Fairly Oddparents and The Replacements). Also the guest voice cast includes: Wayne Knight (Seinfeld), LeVar Burton (Reading Rainbow, Star Trek: The Next Generation), Michelle Trachtenberg (Gossip Girl, 17 Again, Buffy), Greg Grunberg (Heroes), Lena Headey (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, 300), Adrian Pasdar (Heroes), Tricia Helfer (Battle Galatica), Jennifer Morrison (House), Tamera Mowry (Twiches and Sister, Sister), Robert Englund (Nightmare on elm Street films), and Stan Lee as the Mayor of Super Hero City.

My favorite choice out of the voice cast is Steve Blum who is currently the voice of Wolverine. It is just funny hearing him voice a light hearted version of the character. Everyone of Wolverine's line in this episode where great mix of the tough gruff sound he would usually have but in a much lighter voice.

Now before people start complaining that this is the first sign of Marvel being Disneyfied this show has been in production for about a year. Also this new cartoon is based on the Marvel Superhero Squad toyline Marvel and Hasbro created two years ago. So if you think this show is a sign of things to come from Disney acquiring Marvel. Don't, this is a Marvel Animated Studios show produced before that happened.

Back to the first two episodes of this new show I have to say I was very impressed with the quality of this show. Did this cartoon have some lame jokes? Yes. But it is the type of comedy that isn't aimed at adult fans but at kids and fans who still have that little kid in them. And you know even though I know I should have laughed at the jokes in these two episodes.

What I loved the most of these two episodes is the campy boy scout version of Captain America. He had some great lines in these episodes and I especially liked his line about the president calling. It was just a great line.

Also what I love about the style of this show is the chibi characters we get as extras in anime collections. These characters aren't kid versions of themselves but instead are just chibi versions. And the animators do a fantastic job using the anime influence and having all of the action in this series being fast paced. And as a fan of those shorts I liked the choice to embrace the anime nature of this show as it makes this show stand out from all the other comic book cartoons we have had.

Overall I thought these were two very good episodes. If you have a kid I highly recommend watching this show with them and even if you don't I say you should watch it anyways and allow the little kid inside of you come out and enjoy this show. The only complaint I have is that Spider-Man looks like he going to be left out the first season of the show. But with Marvel cutting a new deal with Sony have the rights to use all things related to Spider-Man on TV back I expect we will be seeing Spider-Man in the second season.

Episodes Rating – 8.6 out of 10


Andrenn said...

I wasn't too impressed by the show. I hated the fart jokes and I didn't like DOom's voice actor.

Still I feel this show has potential so I'll keep walking. Also the theme song rocks.

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Anonymous said...

Who performs the theme song?