Sunday, July 31, 2011

Rein-Toon-Ation: Marvel Super Hero Squad (2009)

In order to sell a new line of miniature action figures, Hasbro & Marvel decided to produce an animated series based on said toys, hence The Marvel Super Hero Squad Show, which bowed in the US on Cartoon Network in 2009, but reportedly is headed over to DisneyXD later this year.

Unlike the more serious Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes, currently on DisneyXD, the Squad is a lighter, maybe even campy, take on the classic heroes & villains populating the Marvel Universe. Shoot, Stan Lee, who created a great deal of those characters, plays the Mayor of Super Hero City.

Following is a sample clip:

The target audience might love it, but older kids? I'm not entirely sure. Cartoon Network must've given up on it before the deal was struck to move the series to DisneyXD, because at last check, the Squad were airing in an earlier, ratings-challenged airslot. There are, however, better ways, to make a comedy show like this work......

Rating: C.

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