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This review is from: Fantastic Four - World's Greatest Heroes, Volume 1 (DVD)Let's get one thing straight, this is not a FF series for old-school Marvel fanboys; the kind who complain that an adaptation is cheesy if it is 100% faithful to the original material but go ballistic if they change anything from the comic. I know you know what I'm talking about. This series is a fresh reinvention of the superheroes we know and love and personally I enjoyed it. The animation is certainly above average for a cartoon; it's not exactly Pixar, but it's far superior to the more traditional 90's series with that horrible theme song. The look is a uniquely modern mix of eastern and western styles that may be off-putting to those who just want an animated version of a forty year-old comic book (that's already been done...twice) but it works nonetheless. But the series' best attribute by far is it's sharp sense of humor. For example, in one episode Dr. Doom manages to switch bodies with Reed Richards while he is imprisoned. Reed, in Doom's fully armored body, escapes and hails a cab. As he sits down in the back of the taxi, the driver eyes him for a second before commenting, "Hey, aren't you that Iron Man guy?". Reed/Doom simply looks at him and responds, "Yes. Yes I am.". Great stuff, but if the notion of poking fun at classic comic characters is sacrilegious to you, skip this show. As with all Marvel animated series, this one's got it's share of guest stars including Ant Man and the Hulk (note to self: don't make fun of his momma) so three cheers for that, too. The series is episodic so there are no continuous arcs to follow, each show is a twenty minute story full of humorous situations, cool action scenes, and new interpretations of classic villains (the episode where the Skrulls disguise themselves as the FF's neighbors and ask them bizarre questions about their powers/weaknesses is another fun one). Are all of these episodes I mentioned on this disc? I don't know yet, but I'm gonna guess no, so I'll tell you to give this disc a rental. If you like what you see, you can catch the series Saturday afternoons on Cartoon Network this summer and then you should wait for a full season set to come out before you buy. That is, assuming Marvel will release this season in a boxed set as every other normal company would. But with Marvel series', you never really know.
[edit: The entire first season of this show is available now and highly recommended so don't waste your money on these one-discers.]
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Initial post: Mar 20, 2007 6:30:27 AM PDT
R. Blythe says:
Looking at the run time of 88 minutes, it probably means there is only 4 episodes on this disc, far fewer than what they've shown on Cartoon Network thus far. I agree with most people here. Wait until the full season is released (probably by this time next year). It also looks like there is little or no extras on here as well. As far as the show goes, I wasn't too crazy about the animation (Got that G-Force look about it) but the stories were good and I, for one, actually enjoyed the humor. I'll give it 3 stars so far. But I will only give one star for this version without the full season and/or extras.
In reply to an earlier post on Apr 9, 2007 3:40:39 PM PDT
The only thing about waiting for the full season boxed set is wondering if one'll ever come out at all. Marvel is notoriously bad about this. A lot of folk are still waiting for the legendary 90's X-men and Spiderman cartoons -not to mention Ironman and Hulk- which are nowhere to be found except for a handful of episodes on discs like this one. Come on Marvel, don't you like money? Give the fans what they want and release all of your animated series' in proper boxed sets.
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