Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Iron Man is Born!

Season: Micro-Season
Episode Number: 1
Season Episode Number: 1
Production Number: M01
Airdate: September 22, 2010

Writer: Brandon Auman
Director: Vinton Heuck

Eric Loomis (Iron Man), Bumper Robinson (Jim "Rhodey" Rhodes), Dawn Olivieri (Pepper), Phil LaMarr (JARVIS), Unknown (Cameraman), Unknown (Newscaster).

Plot: Iron Man attempts to save the United Nations from a HYDRA attack! But can he do it on his own?

Review (Warning! Spoilers!): Fans who have been waited eagerly since the announcement of this series two years ago finally have their first look at the animation, characters and voice acting. This five and a half minute episode begins Iron Man on his journey to joining the Avengers.

Based on the promo art, I wasn't too impressed with the design of Iron Man's suit, especially his helmet. But upon viewing this episode, it wasn't distracting at all, in fact, I didn't even notice it.

Tony's character draws heavily from Robert Downey, Jr.'s portrayal from the Iron Man movies, and he even quotes one of the lines. Rhodey, who works for SHIELD, Pepper Potts, and even JARVIS the home security system, also appear similar to their movie counterparts.

The animation is not quite Justice League quality, but it is still quite good aside from a bit of stiffness from the characters as they are chatting. I'd put it on par with maybe Ben 10. However, the big battle sequence was handled really well.

The title was a bit of a misnomer, seeing as Iron Man wasn't really born in this episode. But it does leave us on a cliffhanger, so maybe they'll back up in the next episode and get to Shellhead's origin.

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1 comment:

Orphen said...

I liked this Micro-Episode, I mean I mostly just like the idea that new and old fans get some more content and a small look into these characters, before the actual show starts. I mean 20, 5 minute micro episodes is an hour and forty minutes of animation before a single episode is shown. I applaud Marvel for doing this type of thing, it's almost like DC's showcases, grant it different, but instead of showing new characters, it takes better looks at heroes and villains who will be shown in the show. These are also a great way to get people excited about the show.

Ok now what about the actual micro episode, it was alright. I know many people like the Downey jr. look and sound to iron man, it doesn't wow me. Don't get me wrong I like the Iron Man movies, but to me it just seems like a knock off. The show should be able to stand on it's own in my opinion. It's funny, I am much more excited to see what they do with just about every character in the series more so than Iron Man. The animation definitely is no Justice League, but it is good enough and I am very excited to see more of the micro-episodes and definitely the actual show.