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(1994–1996)

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Tom Tataranowicz admitted he had not really cared much for the "robin's egg blue" costumes of the first season. He felt that they lacked a certain "cool factor quotient" which he felt that superheroes should posses. He didn't want to get too retro when revamping the costumes, so pretty quickly he zeroed in on the dark blue costumes that John Byrne had drawn for the Fantastic Four in during the 1980s.
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In the comics, for years Sue Richards was known as Invisible Girl. They modeled the Fantastic Four after the more recent comics, where she had changed her name to the Invisible Woman.
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The vast majority of episodes in season one, consisted of fairly accurate re-tellings and re-interpretations of classic 1960s Fantastic Four comic book stories by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. The season two episodes also drew upon John Byrne's 1980s run on the Fantastic Four comic, in addition to further Lee and Kirby adventures.
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The reason there is no actor for the voice of Blackbolt, is because Blackbolt doesn't speak. He can destroy Attilan with a whisper of his voice. He has a telepathic rapport with Medusa (season two, episode three, "Inhumans Saga Part 2: The Inhumans Among Us").
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This series featured a rather shocking death scene with Franklin Richards. The crew had to be very careful in how everything was presented, but not toning it down unsatisfactorily.
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Tom Tataranowicz said in an online interview, the crew did not have any idea if there would be a third season. But, after seeing how the new season was not being promoted as different, and kinda felt like it was just being "dumped" out there, the handwriting seemed to be on the wall. The crew quickly moved on to developing The Incredible Hulk (1996).
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If the show had been picked up for a third season, Tom Tataranowicz wanted to go into the whole Sue Storm pregnancy story arc. That also would have given a chance for the the Sub-Mariner to return, as he played into the whole thing (à la Fantastic Four issues leading up to and around issue #100). Tataranowicz also considered bringing Medusa and She-Hulk into the mix, as part of the team.
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This show, along with its successor Fantastic Four: World's Greatest Heroes (2006), broke the Fantastic Four (1967)'s record of longest Fantastic Four television show, both consisting of twenty-six episodes.
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There was some resistance at first about changing the costumes because of the toys. While it is all too easy for producers to harshly bad mouth toy company influences on shows, they do pay the freight, and have needs that should be adequately, while also creatively addressed. Toy Biz was more than reasonable with the crew, and quickly approved everything, with Avi Arad also on-board for getting the best quality show possible.
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For revamping the look of the characters themselves, much discussion was initially held about working in the Jack Kirby style. Tom Tataranowicz was not for that. Though Tataranowicz personally liked and admired Kirby's work, he felt that the strength of Kirby's own unique talent carried the look of his designs to such an extent, that trying to execute it in animation would require animators to try and capture that, and would surely disappoint. That was why Tataranowicz proposed using the John Buscema look to the characters. Not only was it Kirby-esque to some degree, it had the added value of being more realistic, a style, with which Tataranowicz felt that the PASI animators in the Philippines were comfortable, and could execute nicely. Also, John Buscema was hired to do some initial model designs of the characters' faces for them to use.
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Tom Tataranowicz said he would have liked to have adapted some more stories such as "This Man, This Monster", "Him", another Silver Surfer story.
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Iron Man makes a cameo in this episode with a different design from his own show, and doesn't speak (season two, episode six, "To Battle the Living Planet").
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Season two, episode nine, "Nightmare in Green", shares a similar plot to The Incredible Hulk (1996) season one, episode seven, "Doomed", in which Doctor Doom wants the power of the Hulk.
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When the Thing crushes Doctor Doom's hands at the end of season two, episode nine, "Nightmare in Green", the injury carries over to the future.
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For the season two opening sequence, Tom Tataranowicz wanted to cover the scope of the history of the Fantastic Four by not only showing their origins, but also featuring several classic Fantastic Four comic book covers brought to "life". The Series Composer, William Anderson, did a theme, and Tataranowicz drove around for several hours in his car listening to it over and over. He admitted that is one way that he likes to work on conceptual things, especially main titles, just letting images come to mind that the music inspires. Tataranowicz then wrote up a beat script, and Dick Sebast did the storyboard.
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Starting with the second season, Marvel Productions switched animation houses, and the series got a new look, feel and direction. The series was revamped with John Buscema in mind.
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Since this was a syndicated show, one of the advantages it had, was not having to deal with network interference. While network input is often sensible, and even constructive, any producer of any kind of show, be it animated or live action, can tell you that network input can often be puzzling at best.
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For the first time outside of the comics, Black Bolt is featured as the leader of the Inhumans. In The Fantastic Four (1978), the Inhuman's first animated appearance, Medusa was the leader of the Inhumans.
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Neil Ross took over the voice of Dr. Doom from John Vernon. It is unknown why Vernon left the show (season one, episode thirteen, "The Silver Surfer and the Return of Galactus").
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Brian Austin Green left the show after season one, and was replaced by Quinton Flynn, who took over the role of the Human Torch.
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