Fantastic Four 1994 Tv Series
Fantastic Four, also known as Fantastic Four: The Animated Series, is the third animated television series based on Marvel's comic book series of the same name. Airing began on September 24, 1994, until ending on February 24, 1996. The series ran for two seasons, with 13 episodes per season, making 26 episodes in total.
Fantastic Four 1994 Tv Series
An action figure line based on the TV show was produced by Toy Biz, and ran for four series. The line included the main characters and many of the various guest-stars, as well as characters that never even appeared on the show, such as Dragon Man and Thanos.
Fantastic Four was the third series to air in the Marvel Animated Universe. It is the third series to focus on the Fantastic Four after Fantastic Four and Fantastic Four. The series premiered on September 24, 1994 and ended February 24, 1996. There were two seasons, with thirteen episodes per season, for a total of twenty-six episodes.
Larry Houston left working on X-Men to take over for the show's second season. "Having the freedom to accurately depict and adapt the classic Fantastic Four stories was the main reason that, after directing the first four years of the X-Men, I left the series. I grew up on Marvel in the 60s. With so many of those Kirby/Lee stories embedded in my imagination for decades, I had to jump at the chance to do them right. My personal approach has always been to adapt any book/story and follow it as closely as possible. You have to change things, when going from a book to moving cinema. But you only changes things when you have to, NOT because you can."
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As they do on nearly every Monday, the weekend box office numbers came in yesterday and the clear winner with summer theatergoers in the United States was Fox's big budget feature film adaptation Fantastic Four. It makes sense in every way that the same week the new Fantastic Four movie hit the big screen, Buena Vista Home Entertainment released "Fantastic Four": The Complete 1994-95 Animated Television Series. What better time to put a decade-old cartoon show on DVD than when the group of four superheroes are most on the mind? Buena Vista has utilized such opportunistic scheduling in the past, such as issuing episode compilations of the '90s "Spider-Man" series within days of Columbia Pictures' high-profile Spider-Man films.This time, the studio has opted for a pricier but more satisfying route, with a box set holding all twenty-six episodes from both seasons of this Saturday morning staple. If the Fox film's solid opening weekend performance is any indication, then plenty of people are ready to again embrace this superhero team. But if you're like I was not long ago, you may be wondering, "Just what is this 'Fantastic Four'?", in which case, you are invited to read on for all there is to know about this four-disc DVD debut, the show that is presented, and its characters' origins in Marvel comic books.The Fantastic Four were created in 1961 by legendary comic book writer Stan Lee and artist Jack Kirby. Just years before, DC Comics had revived the genre of superhero literature with their well-received series Justice League of America. Upon a request from his superior, Lee devised his own team of heroes who would fight evil together and never lose sight of their group dynamic. With the collaboration of Kirby and other artists, Lee would go on to give birth to such enduring comic book icons as Spider-Man, the Incredible Hulk, Daredevil, and the X-Men. But it was the Fantastic Four who first won over the public, announcing Lee as a unique genius in his field and ensuring that Marvel Comics would produce new works for years to come.Disney's highest-grossing and most critically-acclaimed film of last year was The Incredibles, Pixar Animation Studios' wonderfully imaginative tale about a family of superheroes. Some viewers drew parallels to the Fantastic Four and indeed the four central characters of Pixar's film and their respective superpowers do lend themselves to inevitable comparisons with the somewhat familial titular team of Lee and Kirby's brainstorming. Before they were the Fantastic Four, they were ordinary human beings. Well, "ordinary" to a degree; the four protagonists were a part of an outer space adventure which exposed them to cosmic rays and blessed/cursed them with their spectacular abilities. The clear leader of the pack is Reed Richards, an extremely intelligent scientist who has inherited the gift of elasticity and the name "Mr. Fantastic." His wife, Sue Richards, is the lone female in the group and the accident renders her with the powers of invisibility and force fields. Sue's younger brother Johnny Storm can now fly and self-combust at will, earning him the nickname "The Human Torch." Rounding out the group is Benjamin Grimm, a gravelly-voiced, robust orange rock creature aptly named "The Thing." This series covers the Fantastic Four's life in New York City, which, as in other comics, is a gateway to countless heroes and villains whom the ordinary public follow ardently.The '90s animated series featured here was actually the third "Fantastic Four" cartoon to grace television's airwaves. The first was a short-lived but fondly remembered Hanna-Barbera production that made its debut in 1967. Next was the even shorter-lived "The New Fantastic Four" in 1978 which controversially employed a "cute" robot called H.E.R.B.I.E. as the fourth member, replacing the Human Torch, who was being developed for a film that never panned out. In the fall of 1994, this "Fantastic Four" took to the air when other superheroes (Marvel's Spider-Man and the X-Men, DC's Batman) were dominating Saturday morning television. It aired alongside "Iron Man" as part of Fox Kids' "The Marvel Action Hour" programming block.Most would agree that the first season of this "Fantastic Four" is pretty cheesy stuff. From the catchy but silly theme song to the abundant puns, the initial impression the show makes is that it is tailored for kids and is rather light in comparison to other comic book-adapted cartoons. The running gag is that the Four keep raising the wrath of Miss Forbes, their helpless landlord at the only apartment complex to take them in, the Baxter Building in midtown Manhattan. Each episode of the series reinforces the central characters without much interest in developing them.A typical show proceeds like this: something strange happens, naturally the doings of some bisyllabic villain. Reed matter-of-factly explains everything going on. His explanations frustrate the rugged comic relief (The Thing). The Four eventually triumph over their imposing foe(s), but not before Sue can call Reed "sweetheart", Johnny can make use of his flammable nature while proclaiming his catchphrase "Flame on!", and The Thing can inform someone at some point about how he likes to clobber. The series wears its formulas on its sleeve and while not failing to entertain on occasion, it quickly feels repetitive. Things changed considerably for the second season, which begins here with the last episode on Disc 2. Out were the simplistic screenplays of Ron Friedman (who wrote almost everything in Season 1) and Baxter Building setting, in were a new instrumental theme song and a new home called Four Freedoms Plaza. "Beverly Hills, 90210" star Brian Austin Green was replaced as the voice of Johnny Storm. The animation became more polished, entailing among the changes that the Four's suits were no longer a bright blue, but a dark blue outlined in a lighter color. That echoed the series' changes in tone; it too became darker, easing up on the puns and striving for drama, thanks to new writers and never-ending storylines. The new opening sequence would now often follow an opening scene, and while three of the Four starring voices stayed aboard, it was clear the show had been substantially tweaked.Unfortunately, even with a more serious approach, "Fantastic Four" does not fare so well. Though critics should affirm the higher production values of Season Two as more aesthetically pleasing, the year's episodes are not noticeably more entertaining than Season One's and several are less interesting, leaving you to yearn the semi-charming cheesiness of the debut batch. Part of the disappointment stems from the excessively repetitive nature. Another shortcoming is that so many characters (mainly villains, though some have their redeeming qualities) are juggled about that it's hard to keep track of them and stay involved without prior knowledge of the comics. Furthermore, few of the characters are fleshed out, at least to the degree that they warrant our sympathy, and that includes our heroes. Nonetheless, there is something interesting about a group of humans with unique abilities living together. The Incredibles tread similar ground and positively dazzled with its exploration of the concept. From time-to-time, this "Fantastic Four" series offers inspired plot twists or inspiring moments that are easy to appreciate. Generally, these don't come in the standard action showdowns that comprise the bulk and climax of each episode. They come from quieter moments, like the blue-eyed musclehead Ben Grimm longing to be normal again in order to please his understanding blind girlfriend, the recurring character Alicia Masters. Other times, the show excels with a clever resolution posed by the stretchy brains of the operation Mr. Fantastic. While I didn't find them too captivating, some will sympathize with the hot-headed Johnny's lovelorn blues.Even in the most underwhelming of adaptations (and, although it's far from the best, I can't say this series fits that definition), the surefire thrills of comic book superheroes still emerge. It could be in a line (perhaps one of The Thing's wide selection of banter), or an image (the Four taking off in their cool flying vehicle, maybe), but there's a unique spark to the original creation that cannot be fully hidden even in the coldest and shoddiest of scripts.A star () denotes my six favorite episodes from the series. DISC 1 1. "The Origin of the Fantastic Four (Part 1)" (Originally aired September 24, 1994)On Dick Clark's Scholarship Telethon program, the Fan 4 reveal their story, recounting the discovery of their superpowers and their first encounter with The Puppet Master, a shady bald man who can manipulate anyone he builds a little clay sculpture of.2. "The Origin of the Fantastic Four (Part 2)" (Originally aired October 1, 1994)Chaos rules when The Puppet Master concocts a massive jail break by manipulating the warden. The Master's plan to rule the world collides with the Four's determined efforts to save the city.3. "Now Comes the Sub-Mariner" (Originally aired October 8, 1994)Namor, the pointed-ears, winged-ankles prince of Atlantis comes to the surface to warn against pollution. He kidnaps and tries to woo Sue in order to further his radical plans against mankind. 4. "Incursion of the Skrull" (Originally aired October 15, 1994)The Skrulls, a group of shape-shifting aliens, impersonate the Fantastic Four to have them imprisoned and out of their way to wreak havoc. Not only does this episode boast a clever plot that's a cut above the previous three episodes, but it also shows a sense of humor, including appearances by Stan Lee (who is voiced by himself) and President Clinton (who is not).5. "The Silver Surfer and the Coming of Galactus (Part 1)" (Originally aired October 22, 1994)The Four get a visit from The Watcher, a member of an ancient race, who warns of Galactus, a being who thrives on devouring worlds where life is abundant.6. "The Silver Surfer and the Coming of Galactus (Part 2)" (Originally aired October 29, 1994)Galactus and his henchmen commence in his plan to devour the planet, but the Silver Surfer discovers Alicia and decides Earth might be worth saving. The Four must battle both potential apocalypse and the threat of eviction. 7. "Super Skrull" (Originally aired November 5, 1994)The Skrulls create Super Skrull, a potent alien which can emulate the powers of each of the Fantastic Four. He drops by on New York City to wreak havoc as the Four try to record a music video to cover the damage fees they owe their landlord. DISC 28. "The Mask of Doom (Part 1)" (Originally aired November 12, 1994)Dr. Doom lures and kidnaps Sue, and when Reed, Ben, and Johnny race to her rescue, they too get captured. They plot their escape from Doom's castle while for her part, Sue agrees to dine with the Doc and keep him occupied.9. "The Mask of Doom (Part 2)" (Originally aired November 19, 1994)As Reed, Ben, and Johnny plow on in their escape efforts, Sue hears Dr. Doom's life story, from his father's actions to his gradual descent towards evil genius. 10. "The Mask of Doom (Part 3)" (Originally aired November 26, 1994)Dr. Doom sends Reed, Ben, and Johnny back in time to an age when the Persians and Greeks are fighting. The three Fantastics must find and retrieve a mysterious artifact for Doom within 48 hours or else Sue will be squashed.11. "Mole Man" (Originally aired December 3, 1994)The Fantastic Four's night out at a Rockefeller Center social function gets interupted by Mole Man, a shady character plotting to rob the Earth of its important landmarks.12. "Behold the Negative Zone" (Originally aired December 10, 1994)The Fantastic Four inadvertently open up a time warp which lets Annihilius and Blastaar, two individuals set upon destroying the Earth, into New York City. When the portal closes, they must recreate a phenomenon to reopen the fabric of time and save the world.13. "The Silver Surfer and the Return of Galactus" (Originally aired December 17, 1994)When images on the Four's television begin materializing in their apartment, they track down the energy source to Dr. Doom, whose latest evil plan seems to be too much for the Four, even with the help of the Silver Surfer. As the title implies, Galactus returns as well for one wild intergalactic showdown.14. "And a Blind Man Shall Lead Them" (Originally aired September 23, 1995)Dr. Doom renders the Fantastic Four powerless, a fact they struggle to come to terms with, except for Ben who revels in turning from "chunk to hunk." Helping the four overcome their foe is the blind superhero Daredevil. DISC 315. "Inhumans Saga Part 1: And the Wind Cries Medusa" (Originally aired September 30, 1995)Trapster, Hydroman, Madam Medusa, and The Wizard come together as a fearsome opposition to the Fantastic Four. They lure Ben into a dark alley and soon have him programmed to hate Reed Richards. The numbers and odds are against Reed, Sue, and Johnny as they must do battle with the evil foursome and their own friend.16. "Inhumans Saga Part 2: Inhumans Among Us" (Originally aired October 7, 1995)Johnny, who has been getting flak from Reed and Ben about letting Medusa go, takes off on a ride and soon Medusa's pointing a blaster at him and calling the shots. From Medusa and later a woman named Crystal, Johnny and company begin to put together the pieces about the inhuman race.17. "Inhumans Saga Part 3: Beware the Hidden Land" (Originally aired October 14, 1995)Following his love interest Crystal, Johnny winds up at the Great Refuse, a secret headquarters of the inhuman race. Into the mix, this arc conclusion's throws a number of characters (making it tough to follow) and a power struggle between Black Bolt and Maximus. Nonetheless, it proceeds in a fairly predictable manner, though it leaves things open-ended. 18. "Worlds Within Worlds" (Originally aired October 21, 1995)Reed discovers an element which is immediately sought by the evil Psycho-man, who is able to clone and manipulate the Four. Soon, Sue has become Malice with a fiery personality to match her name. It's up to the other three Fantastics to overcome one of their own.19. "To Battle the Living Planet" (Originally aired November 4, 1995)With an earthquake, Thor summons the Fantastic Four to his aid in outer space. They must grapple with Ego, the living planet, as well as Galactus. 20. "Prey of the Black Panther" (Originally aired November 11, 1995)The Fantastic Four travel to Africa and square off against the cat-like foe Black Panther. Once defeated, he tells them his life story and reveals that he's a tribal leader. He then joins forces with the Four to battle the threatening Claw.21. "When Calls Galactus" (Originally aired November 18, 1995)Johnny, still gloomy over the loss of Crystal, gets a new flame when he meets Frankie Raye, a redheaded woman who acquires his power to combust. But their love may not be, as apprentice destructor Terrax, his master Galactus, and others provide the usual world doom element. 22. "Nightmare in Green" (Originally aired November 25, 1995)The Thing does battle with The Hulk in the park and winds up in all the newspapers. Interestingly, Reed has brought in Dr. Bruce Banner (The Hulk's alter ego) to help him perfect gamma rays to concoct a solution to turn The Thing back to his old human self. Dr. Doom capitalizes on The Hulk's explosive nature to turn him against the Fantastic Four. DISC 423. "Behold, A Distant Star" (Originally aired February 3, 1996)Sue gets some shrapnel in her head and the only doctor who can save her is her father, who has been missing for years. Coincidentally, he performs the delicate surgery needed, but soon the authorities come to arrest him for murder. Has Mr. Storm lost it or is he simply a pawn in the Skrulls' efforts to eliminate the Fantastic Four?24. "Hopelessly Impossible" (Originally aired February 10, 1996)Impossible Man, a fast-talking green creature, reads about the Four's adventures in what amounts to more or less a Season 2 highlight show.25. "The Sentry Sinister" (Originally aired February 17, 1996)The Fantastic Four go on a vacation at a South Pacific island, where they come across a large robot called Sentry. Johnny stays home and gets reunited with Crystal when Black Bolt frees all the inhumans.26. "Doomsday" (Originally aired February 24, 1996)Doctor Doom preys upon Silver Surfer and takes his powers to live up to his name. As usual, he provides a formidable foe for the Fantastic Four to face off.Over 7,000 comics and counting... Marvel Digital Comics! 041b061a72