Thursday, February 26, 2009

World's Tiniest Heroes

Season: 1
Episode Number: 6
Season Episode Number: 6
Production Number: 109
Airdate: October 21, 2006

Writer: Franck Michel
Director: Joshua Fine

Voices: Hiro Kanagawa (Mr. Fantastic), Lara Gilchrist (Invisible Woman), Brian Dobson (The Thing), Christopher Jacot (Human Torch), Sam Vincent (H.E.R.B.I.E.), Sunita Prasad (Alicia Masters), John Payne (Ant Man).

Plot: As a result of a lab accident involving the Fantasticar and a Golden Retriever, the Fantastic Four begin shrinking at an alarming rate! It is up to Hank Pym, the Ant Man, to help them revert back to normal.

Review (Warning! Spoilers!): Six episodes in and we already have our second guest star. This time it is one of the founding members of the Avengers, Ant Man! With a costume that is modeled closer to Scott Lang's Ant Man outfit, this modern version of the tiny hero comes off rather bland.

We may have been spoiled by an incredible guest appearance from the Hulk a few episodes back, but Pym's role here is quite underwhelming. He shows up over halfway through the episodes and is used merely as a vessel for the tiny FF to reach their lab.

And then, you would think that Hank Pym, being the brilliant scientist that he is (not to mention his experience as a shrinking man), would be the one to save the day. But no, Reed rearranges some molecules by hand and restores the team himself. Really, Ant Man was pretty useless in this episode.

Where this episode went right, however, is the first half of the episode when the team first starts shrinking. Every good cartoon has a shrinking episode. It is one of the classic cartoon plotlines. And World's Greatest Heroes handles it well. We get to experience the shrinking problem from four different perspectives, fascination (Reed), annoyance (Ben), fear (Sue), excitement (Johnny), which when you combine them all together, makes for a hilarious episode.

Seriously, the humour is what this show has going for it. The animation was way more limited in this episode than previous, which really limits the action, and the FF's roster of villains are just plain old goofy, cheesy and campy (some exceptions apply). So to take all of these elements and create a light-hearted action/comedy was probably a good move.

DVD Releases:
  • Fantastic Four: World's Greatest Heroes - The Complete First Season
  • Fantastic Four: World's Greatest Heroes - Volume One

  • Back to Episode Guide

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