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The animation is interesting to look at, the story is quick-paced and exciting, and the dialogue has corny jokes and puns which are hilarious. They've even used the lesser-known villains, such as the Spot! Now THERE's an indication of a really good cartoon show.
It's a shame they had to end it due to legal problems. Will the world ever learn?
Anyway, the animated series "Spider-Man" is fantastic, a more-than-faithful adaptation of the comics. A lot of classic villains appear here, my favorite of which is Dr. Octopus, as well as my favorite Spider-Man character (other than Spidey himself), Venom - he's just the coolest anti-hero in the Spider-Man Universe!
I just wish this show would hurry up and come to DVD soon.
The villains in this series are amazing, my favorite is Carnage. If you actually compare this series to the original comics, it is actually so close to being exact. That's what people want! They want a classic Spiderman based off of the original comics. Not like the crap movies that have Toby McGuire in them. He is a terrible Peter Parker. This series is totally worth it. Check it out on Netflix.
Anyways, I like how they take all the original stories from the original Amazing Spider-Man comic books and they do a very good job with bringing the stories to life. Even the new Spider-Man movies don't capture Peter Parker and Spider-Man like this show does. In the movie, they need to make Spider-Man more sharp and witty like he was in the comic books. But, for the show, it kicks ass. I think if you like Spider-Man, adult, kid, or whatever age you are. You will probably enjoy it.
This show was a marvel of animation when it came out. In the spirit of Hollywood, cartoons coming out now are much blander and boring than what once was good, like this. The blended CGI which it was famous for was unique, and really helped to show New York in a "real" fashion (to us kids.) The story line can't be beat. While the comics go much deeper and have much broader character ties, this cartoon does the same thing as X-men and brings it to a realistic level that you can watch, and understand, without having to dig through comics to see what the hell just went on and who's who. Whereas the movies of both franchises have simple stories and characters (but big special effects), and the comics have HUGE stories and unlimited characters, the shows are a perfect zen of the two.
The best part of the whole series is easily the voices. The voices brought this show from the comic pages to the small screen. Christopher Daniel Barnes will always be Spider-man to me. Edward Asner (JJJ) and Jim Cummings (Shocker.) The absolute best is Roscoe Lee Brown as the Kingpin. The role was made for him.
The end of this show was really perfect, they redid the clone saga (which caused a HUGE upset in the comics) and gave it a much, much happier (and plausible) ending. Scarlet Spider is still there and he still kicks, along with Madam Web and the Beyonder. Spider-Carnage is also there, as evil as ever. Spider-Carnage's character represents a lot of hatred and malice that can be found in each and every person. The end of the series always gives me a sad/happy nostalgia.
This is one of the greatest shows ever made. Hands down.
Overall, I love Spiderman. It is a great series to watch, and it is great as an adaptation as well. 10/10 Bethany Cox
True believers will agree that this series did Spider-Man justice for not only it's impressive animation style but for staying true to the friendly neighborhood Spider-Man.
Marvel had many shows based on their comics on Fox Kids and the two that stick out the most to me are Spider-Man and X-men.
Many of the series episodes were inspired by the comic books like Venom saga and the six armed story line.
So props for the makers of this show for making it where kids can watch it but adults can enjoy it as well.
They really got some good voice actors to play the characters like Christoper Daniel Barnes was the right choice for Spider-Man and his alter ego Peter Parker.
Jennifer Hale, Sara Ballantine, Edward Asner, Roscoe Lee Browne and many more did very well with their characters as well.
The Animation for the show is very impression for the the 90s with hand drawn animation and some camera tricks where you get the feel of actually swinging with Spider-Man.
The villains for the show are many favorites from the fans like Kingpin, Scorpion, The Lizard, The Green Goblin, Venom, Carnage and many others.
The voice acting helps with fine writing tell the story of episode as they play into the next one.
Marvel hit a home run with one of the flagship characters for their brand.
Overall if you're a True Believer and a fan of Marvel you will enjoy this classic
It is not a perfect show. There was a lot of reused animation (scene cuts from previous episodes reused in later episodes). Sometimes it would fit and look alright, and other times it was pretty obvious. Also, even though some things were toned down for being a children's show, I never got the feeling or impression that anything was lacking (even in later viewings as an adult). Anyway, I seriously doubt there will ever be another Spider-Man show that comes close to the quality of this one. This IS Spider-Man.
I like the beginning 2-3 seasons more than the rest, maybe because after a few seasons, they went too Sci-Fi.
Speaking for only myself, this show has been so much more intriguing, attractive, interesting, emotional and educational, than any other cartoon I've ever watched, including X-Men, even though that one's got 0.5 more weighted ranking, than this one.
Any superhero is smart, strong or both of them combined, but the most special thing about Peter Parker was his famous opinion, about what it actually meant to be in power (With great power, comes great responsibility), oh and I almost forgot, his humor was magnificent.
There's no single part I actually dislike about this cartoon, except the fact, that they never exactly ended the story in a respectful manner.
So if you can find this series of the world's most famous wall-crawler/web-slinger, go ahead and watch it! Hopefully this will satisfy any Spiderman fan or anyone else of the other audiences. Catch it on Jetix!
I absolutely loved the theme song and the 'spidey sense' was so cool;the action sequences were very entertaining. This show however was different to the other 90's Marvel shows, it had guest appearances from every heron in the marvel universe. For those who don't want to read the comics to find out about the characters; just watch this show; the best episode is probably the Captain America episodes it has great character development; the voice actors do a fine job.
My first exposure to Spiderman, great times.
When Spidey got married and found out that the gal he thought was Mary Jane was actually a clone, the wheels most definitely fell of the wagon. Now the show is only of interest for guest spots for Captain America, Iron Man, Dr. Strange, the X-Men, the Punisher, Daredevil, and the Fantastic Four. Trying to make the secret wars Spider-Man centered was not a good idea, only leading to an anti-climatic ending that left you hanging/hoping he would find MJ.
The animation was pretty decent, even though it was obvious that they were reusing the same shots of Spidey swinging through the city. The show was never very violent though, as Spidey never really got physical with his enemies except for the occasional kick to the chest.
Here's hoping one day they'll give it a better treatment.
But recently I have been debating on whether if this show is really that bad after overseeing and guess what. This show, Ultimate Spider-Man and The new Spider-Man cartoon are easily the best shows. I do like Spectacular Spider-Man but I don't think it is as good as the ones I have mentioned above.
All though Season 4 was a massive disappointment because of the whole Mary Jane is a water clone thing I don't know how cartoon or anime logic works but I am pretty sure if she was a water clone Peter would known the difference for example her body temperature would have felt like a hot water bottle and she would have been more heavier than an average human. However The Six Forgotten Warriors arc and The Secret Wars arc was good. But in my opinion the show should have ended after the episode The Wedding because that episode felt more like an ending then the I really really hate clones part 2 episode because Madam Web promise Spider-Man that they will Mary Jane. But the show was left unresolved because we don't see him actually find Mary Jane.
If they were going to make a season 4 they should have also made season 5 where we would be introduced to Peter's parents, Gwen Stacy, Sandman, more of the other marvel characters like Iron Man's team from his series (Spider-Woman, Hawkeye and the other characters), Ghost Rider, etc. We could have even seen Black Cat and Spider-Man reveal their identities to each other.
But no Marvel threw all of that away for that abomination Spider-Man Unlimited.
However what was stupid was that Electro is Red Skull's son, Herbert England was a ripoff of Two Face, this version of Mary Jane was annoying (to the point where she was dead weight and Ptere should have married Falica instead) and they killed off Mysterio because he was in love with an actress. Also the Madame Web/Anna Watson moments were annoying as well.
But the Sinister Six, the venom and carnage and the hobgoblin episodes were good.
The art style, voice actors, stories were good.
Overall I would recomand this show if you are a hardcore Spider-Man fan.
From that point of view, here's my take on the show:
1. A lot of reviews on here complain about the censorship. This was not the writers' fault, and I don't find it annoying. Sure, whenever anybody wanted to say "kill" they said "destroy" instead, but they didn't say either one often enough to bug me. And the laser guns, though totally unbelievable in modern-day New York, didn't bother me because this is a New York where people walk on walls, J. Jonah Jameson has a TV show, and there's a giant invisible Heli-carrier suspended above the city.
2. The animation was very cheaply done. I noticed particularly in the two-part X-Men crossover, Beast starts out about a foot taller than Wolverine and ends up about a foot shorter. And they re-used their explosion footage till you'd think it would wear out. And I can't stand to look at Captain America's face in the "Secret Wars"--he looks sort of like a plush toy. But most of the villains look terrific; just compare this Venom and the Spider-Man 3 movie Venom, for example.
3. The scripting varied widely. For the most part, it was okay to great, but there were spots where it was just wince-producing. For example, I loved how Venom sacrificed himself to save the world (and his girlfriend), but the girlfriend sounding off about it afterwards--yeesh! That said, Venom himself was scripted much better (I thought) than in Spider-Man 3, with the same totally irrational sense of humor he had in the comics.
4. The voicecasting--wow. I'll just review some of the voices individually. Hobgoblin... This was the first time I'd ever heard Mark Hamill, and he was terrific! My whole family agrees that the Hobgoblin is much cooler than the Joker, mainly due to his voice (and scripting). Aunt Anna Watson... Majel Barrett-Roddenberry was totally perfect. As Star Trek: TOS fans, we think of her as Nurse Chapel rather than Lwaxana Troi, and when we found out who'd voiced Anna Watson we were all like, "My gosh, she's perfect!" Dr. Octopus... He sounds so German, and so Octopussy, it's hard to believe Efrem Zimbalist Jr. has been Batman's butler for years. Venom... This was the first Venom I ever saw or heard, my standard of comparison. The Eddie Brock voice got a little whiny at times, but Venom with that double echo was amazing--even if he never did get to say "spleen".
5. The story lines, while they were never taken directly from the comics, were usually interesting re-interpretations of comic-book story lines that respected the characters and their motivations. Granted, making Electro the Red Skull's son was completely off-the-wall, even if they were in a hurry to get into the whole Secret Wars/Spider Wars thing before they got canceled. But the "Make a Wish" two-parter--based on two comic-book stories, "The Boy Who Collects Spider-Man" and the storyline where an amnesiac Spider-Man teamed with Doc Ock--was a really terrific use of both ideas and neatly overcame the difficulty of putting supervillain fights in a kid-with-cancer story. (Not to mention, Mousie the cab driver was hilarious!)
On the whole, I've enjoyed this show, even if I find it advisable to shut my eyes in some places due to the sheer badness of the animation. I'd recommend it as an introduction to Spider-Man, with the caveat that you'd better check your facts against a Guide to the Marvel Universe before using them in any fan-fic or anything; I'd also recommend it for little boys who are not yet bored of explosions, and for people (like my mom) who are more interested in Peter and MJ's relationship than in fight scenes.
So, if you're only interested in good guys beating up bad guys, go watch a Bruce Timm show. If you're looking for high-end animation, try "The Incredibles." But if you want a fun, family-friendly show about the problems of a teenage science nerd who happens to walk on walls and get beat up by hi-tech lunatics... this is the show you've been looking for.
User Rating: 8/10
BOTTOM LINE: GREAT SERIOUS OUT OF A COMIC BOOK ALONG WITH EXCELLENT ANIMATION!