Monday, August 31, 2009
The hot news of the day is that the Walt Disney Company bought the Marvel Comics Group for $4 billion dollars. No, this is not an April Fool's Joke! It is the real deal!
What does this mean for fans of Spidey, the X-Men and the Avengers? It is unclear at this time as far as movies and television are concerned since the rights to the characters are tied up between various movie studios and television companies and it will be a while before the licenses expire.
I have mixed feelings about this merger. On one hand, Disney is known for their animation. They do it well and have built a legacy on it. Would they be able to make a Marvel cartoon up to the caliber of their other animated series? Gargoyles is a great example of a solid Disney-produced superhero cartoon, so I think it could be done. And a Marvel movie by Pixar could be huge!
Plus, Marvel shows already make up a majority of the programming on the newly retooled Disney XD network. Maybe having the shows actually be in-house would mean that they get even better treatment than Spectacular Spider-Man is now.
But on the other hand, Disney's constant strive to create family programming may hinder the PG-13 line of DVDs. But who knows, maybe they just won't put their name on the product.
Also, I love the Muppets and have been really annoyed at the poor treatment the Jim Henson Company has been getting from Disney. I find that kids these days don't even know who the Muppets are and that is a very sad thing. I don't really think this would happen with Marvel, but your never know.
I hope that the situation will be similar to the DC Comics/Time Warner relationship which hasn't really affected the production of comics, with the studio footing the bill for the features.
I would love to hear your thoughts on the subject! Please be professional and keep your language clean or your comments will not be approved.
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Marvel has launched the official website for their new Super Hero Squad Show which is coming to Cartoon Network on September 19! There isn't much on the site yet, except for this video which could possibly serve as the show's theme song!
Also, in a few days I will be posting some exclusive images courtesy of Marvel Animation! Here's one just to get you interested:
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
There has been much to talk about in the world of DVD over the past few weeks. I know I haven't posted this news as it arrived, but here it is all together in one post!
Change of Date:
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Marvel has posted a Facebook Photo Album loaded with concept art from the upcoming Super Hero Squad Show! Here are a few of the images:
Can You name all of the heroes and villains in these pictures? I know I can!
Captain America, Reptil (created specifically for the show), and Ms. Marvel
Fantastic Four, Wasp, Doctor Strange, Hawkeye, Storm, and Heroes for Hire (Iron Fist, Luke Cage and Misty Knight)
Abomination, MODOK, and the Mole Man
Beautiful background art of Hero City!
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
The third installment of the Wolverine and the X-Men DVD line has been announced. November 3 will be the release date for Wolverine and the X-Men, Volume Three - Beginning of the End. This single disc volume will be similar to the previous release, with five widescreen episodes, an audio commentary by Craig Kyle and Christopher Yost, and an issue of The Astonishing X-Men Motion Comic.
The next five episodes bring us to the middle of the first season:
A special gift set that includes the three Wolverine and the X-Men volumes will also be released on November 2. The package will include a special Collectible Laser Cell.
Merchandise for Wolverine and the X-Men has hit the world in force. I was reading the latest issue of Ultimatum and saw an advertisement for Wolverine and the X-Men Cake Toppers!
Here is one of the cooler merch items: Wolverine and the X-Men Busts! Three new 10.75-inch tall, hand painted Polystone Resin busts have been sculpted by One2One Collectables.
Click here for more details on the Logan, Wolverine, and Magneto busts!
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Marvel.com is now showing an episode of the 90s Spider-Man animated series every Tuesday. Marvel.com has been doing this with the 90s X-Men animated series for a few months, but pretty soon we'll have that series on DVD, which is more than I can say about Spider-Man.
I'm hoping that the next series Buena Vista releases on DVD is Spider-Man, but until then this will have to do:
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Saturday, August 1, 2009
UPDATE: Marvel has released a music video promoting the Super Hero Squad Show. Watch it and be amazed. This show will be unlike anything we've ever seen before! If I have one complaint, it is that the animation looks a bit simple and limited, but I'll save my actual opinions until I see a full episode.
Marvel's Super Hero Squad Show panel was a huge hit this morning at the San Diego Comic-Con as hundreds got to see the first clips from the show as well as a live reading from some of the show's stars! The scene was a exclusively written for the Con and revolved around Doctor Doom as he scoured the Convention in search of the My Little Pony Comic-Con exclusive figure.
And speaking of voice actors, check out some of the talent that will be providing their voices during the first season of the show:
Now check out the show's theme song, which looks like it was shot on someone's camera phone. I'm not sure how long it will be on youtube before it gets removed.
The Marvel Super Hero Squad Show debuts September 19, 2009 on Cartoon Network with a four-episode marathon. I know this show won't be for everyone, but I can't wait.
Warner Home Video has publicly announced that they plan to eventually release every DC Comics related animated series on DVD, and a new press release from WHV proves that they intend to do just that:
The short lived Ruby-Spears Superman series from 1988 that was created as part of Superman's 50th anniversary is coming to DVD on November 3, just a few months after the release of Ruby-Spears' other animated superhero show, The Plastic Man Comedy/Adventure Show!
All thirteen episodes, including the Superman Family Album segments will comprise the two DVDs and the press release reveals a special featurette:
Corruption of the Corrupt: The Rise of LexCorp: A fascinating glimpse into the Decade of Greed, when Americans were growing more and more distrustful of corporate leadership. From the headlines of the day to the pages of Superman arose a new vision of an old villain, Lex Luthor and his conglomerate, LexCorp.
Here are the disc contents:
I am absolutely thrilled to see WHV releasing three rare shows on DVD this year (the third one being The Super Friends Lost Episodes). If only Buena Vista would sit up and release even the more popular Marvel animated shows. The X-Men DVDs are a good start.