Yesterday was the first full day for aimed-at-children network ABC3. I ended up watching a fair bit of it, since there were superhero cartoons I was curious about. Also Skyland
, which as far as I can tell is Star Wars
but intend to keep watching anyway in case maybe it actually isn't.
The other shows were all based on Marvel Comics franchises (and bear in mind almost my only exposure to comicbooks is from cartoons like these, live action films, television series and lost_angelwings
). First, okay, first was The Spectacular Spider-Man
on a different channel which is fun, but I can never seem to tell where in the series we are.
Later was Wolverine and the X-Men
, which I had already watched most of so this time around is more to fill in the gaps than anything else. I prefer to call it 'The Wolverine Show' and although it is not bad, have a lot more fun talking about with lost_angelwings
than watching alone. Like the time Shadowcat phases through ice into the ocean during a battle and isn't seen again for several episodes.
After that was The Super Hero Squad Show
. I'd heard from lost_angelwings
that she dislikes the show. After watching an episode I also dislike it. The animation was unpleasant to watch and the show itself wasn't fun to me. Reminded me a bit of Muppet Babies
although maybe that show had redeeming qualities (I don't remember if it was good or bad). Maybe part of the problem is I am not fond of or attached to most of the characters, although that hasn't been a problem for me with Justice League
episodes and actually I think I recognised most of the characters - Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, Storm, Ms Marvel, Wolverine, Silver Surfer... probably missed a few. Wikipedia says I missed many.
In the first episode they ended up fighting Mole Man (not the one from The Simpsons
and a Japanese Kaiju movie. That sounds much more fun than it ended up being. Maybe the problem is the target audience is too young for me? I don't quite think so since it spent a lot of time being almost but not quite enjoyable, but I was a bad judge of what children would enjoy even when I was a child so maybe. There wasn't anything I saw on Wikipedia suggesting what age group it was targeted at though.
Iron Man is Batman, apparently. His mouth moves when he talks (as does Doctor Doom's) and that bugs me.
Hulk is Grimlock and that makes me sad.
That Silver Surfer was given a Californian Surfer accent confuses and angers me.
From what I heard I think I would enjoy seeing Ms Marvel in a different, fun context.
Last was the first four episodes of Iron Man: Armoured Adventures
which I was surprised to find is my favourite of these so far. I was going to say while talking about The Super Hero Squad Show
that just about anything describable with "... but as kids!" is almost bound to be bad (although they aren't actually younger in that show, the animation just makes that connection for me). Fortunately I did not, since this show stars a teenaged Tony Stark, Pepper Potts and James Rhodes.
In this version Tony's father Howard Stark was the founder of Stark Industries and killed by Obadiah Stane, who took over the company and now Tony has to attend high school.
In only vaguely related news, the final episode of Ergo Proxy
played last week. It had I think a nice blend of resolution and openness at the end, and I was quite fond of a lot of the devices used during the latter part of the series. Tomorrow they begin broadcast of Death Note
in the same timeslot, which is handy since as infinitely_late
may recall, I did not have access to ABC2 the last time it aired.