New Spider-Man animated series


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Sony Pictures Television is becoming the first major television studio to enter the direct-to-DVD market for series. SPT has launched Culver Entertainment, a company focused on developing and producing drama, comedy and animated series exclusively for DVD and international distribution. The first project under the Culver Entertainment banner will be a new animated Spider-Man series. The first 13 half-hour episodes of the show are expected to be released next year.

After the world is gone, all that will be left is cockroaches and a new Spider-Man cartoon every few years.

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Sony Pictures Television is becoming the first major television studio to enter the direct-to-DVD market for series. SPT has launched Culver Entertainment, a company focused on developing and producing drama, comedy and animated series exclusively for DVD and international distribution. The first project under the Culver Entertainment banner will be a new animated Spider-Man series. The first 13 half-hour episodes of the show are expected to be released next year.

After the world is gone, all that will be left is cockroaches and a new Spider-Man cartoon every few years.

Haha! Very true. I for one will be sitting this one out.

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Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures Television have increased their production commitment for the new The Spectacular Spider-Man animated television series from 13 half-hour episodes to 26.

The new series from Culver Entertainment, which follows Spidey's journey as a not-so-typical 16-year-old entering his junior year of high school, will premiere in early 2008 on Kids’ WB! on the CW Network. So far, Kids' WB! has commited to airing 13 episodes.

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http://www.playthings.com/article/CA6477820.html

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4Kids Takes Over The CW's Saturday Morning Block

4Kids released this announcement today saying they are taking over the Saturday morning block on The CW which is now from Kids' WB!. It currently includes such superhero shows as "The Batman," "Legion of Super Heroes," and "The Spectacular Spider-Man":

4Kids Entertainment, Inc., a global provider of children's entertainment and merchandise licensing, announced today that it has partnered with The CW Network to program its Saturday morning kids block for five years beginning with the 2008-2009 broadcast season. 4Kids will be supplying five hours of children's programming per week to The CW Network for the block, which is broadcast on The CW on Saturday mornings between 7 a.m. and 12 p.m. 4Kids will also sell the national commercial advertising in The CW Network's kids block.

"We are delighted to be in business with The CW and secure distribution of 4Kids'content for the next five broadcast seasons," said Alfred R. Kahn, 4Kids Entertainment's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "We have had tremendous success over the years collaborating with CW Network partner Warner Bros., to whom we licensed 4Kids' hit TV series and movies such as Pokemon and Yu-Gi-Oh! We think The CW's outstanding affiliate lineup and young target demographic make the network a perfect fit for our programming and business initiatives," said Kahn.

"The last number of years have seen significant consolidation in the world of Kids' programming," said John Maatta, Chief Operating Officer, The CW. "It is important to us to continue to present young viewers with quality entertainment choices on free-over-the-air television. This is a great transaction for both The CW and 4Kids Entertainment. It is especially gratifying to work again with 4Kids, a recognized leader in children's programming, with whom we have shared so much past success. The agreement with 4Kids with its substantial resources and laser-focus in this arena, will position The CW to continue as a leading supplier of kids programming on broadcast television."

Under the terms of the deal, The CW and 4Kids will share in national ad revenue from the block, with the network's share of revenue to be applied against a guarantee to be paid by 4Kids to The CW. 4Kids and The CW will work closely to maximize the ratings and economic success of the block.

"We have tremendous faith in Saturday morning kids television, and with this deal we've renewed our commitment to remain a major player in children's entertainment," said Norman Grossfeld, President of 4Kids' subsidiary 4Kids Productions. "We look forward to embracing the fans of Kids WB! and we welcome the opportunity to work with all the production companies, program distributors and advertisers that share our passion for the kids business. We also continue to value our relationship with the Fox Network and its affiliates. Fox recently exercised its option to extend the term of our deal with them through the end of the 2008-2009 broadcast season."

Saturday morning cartoons making a comeback? I hope so.

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The premiere of 'The Spectacular Spider-Man' is coming up fast -- Saturday, March 8 at 10:00 a.m. on Kids' WB! on The CW.

The series will debut with back-to-back episodes. Check out these summaries of the launch episodes, along with the first episodic image from the show:

In "Survival of the Fittest" (10:00 a.m. ET/PT), summer is over for Peter Parker and school's ready to start -- both literally (it's his junior year of high school), and in the real world of crime-fighting -- as Spider-Man faces his first real challenge (The Enforcers) and his first real super-villain (Vulture). Peter Parker is voiced by actor/musician Josh Keaton, and Robert Englund ("A Nightmare on Elm Street") voices Vulture. Victor Cook directed the script, which was written by Greg Weisman.

In "Interactions" (10:30 a.m. ET/PT), Peter Parker and Spider-Man both try to make connections. Nerdy Pete attempts to tutor the popular Liz Allan, while Spidey reaches out to stop a new menace: Electro. Alanna Ubach ("Legally Blonde," "Waiting") and popular video game and voiceover specialist Crispin Freeman provide the voices of Liz Allan and Electro, respectively. Troy Adomitis directed the script by Kevin Hopps.

http://www.comics2film.com/index.php?a=story&b=31214

Robert England is perfect for Vulture.

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Though Electro was kind of lame, I liked that he's not a "I'm going to use my powers to rob banks" villain... yet. He's simply pissed off at Kurt Connors for not being able to cure him, and at Spider-Man for instantly assuming he was a bad guy.

Overall, I loved the first two episodes. If I have time, I plan on writing reviews for the site this week.

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I agree with you on the Electro thing he looked LAME my 3 year old brother could have designed a better Electro. Although, I have a few knitpicks

  • 1) isn't Liz Allen a blond?
  • 2) Isn't Liz a Caucasian?
  • 3) can anybody else stand Liz's accent
  • When electro fell and landed on the grass shouldn't the grass catch on fire
  • Liz texts superfast NOBODY can type that fast
  • 6) No teen talks like Liz in real life
  • 7) Vulture is flatout retarted

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This 'toon is taking the Ultimate Spider-Man approach, where anything (save the core idea) can be changed. Eddie Brock wasn't Peter's high school chum in the comics, but here they have a friendly past. Gwen wasn't smart enough to intern at a laboratory, but by making her that way in the cartoon it will provide more tension between her and Peter. And, yeah, Liz was white in the comics, and here... well... okay, that changed to diversify the cartoon and adds nothing to the overall experience. Ignoring that, most of the changes made this an awesome show that's different enough from the comics so that it doesn't feel tired. There's a nice blend of the core Marvel Universe, the Ultimate U and new material to make this its own, exciting universe.

Best of all, the animation looks just like Scott "Atomic Robo" Wegener's style.

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I have to agree with the fish-eyed thing; it didn't seem right for a Spider-Man cartoon. Same with the shoe-shaped noses. But I'm sure it's just a matter of me getting used to it. So far the series is starting pretty decently.

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