Television: Fantastic Four: World’s Greatest Heroes

Fantastic Four: World's Greatest HeroesOkay, so I lied. I said that the only new show I’ll be watching this fall is Heroes on NBC. That was a falsehood almost before the words were on the page, thanks to my wife setting up a Season Pass for Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, also on NBC. Now, to add to the untruth, comes Fantastic Four: World’s Greatest Heroes, an animated series produced by Moonscope, a French animation studio.

I heard about the series earlier this year, but completely forgot about it until it was mentioned on one of the many podcasts I listen to. After a bit of a false start with the Season Pass, my trusty TiVo began recording the show at 8:00 on Saturday evenings. I missed the first couple of episodes, but the two I’ve seen—”My Neighbor the Skrull” and “Trial By Fire”—have both been pretty good. The storyline is classic Fantastic Four, introducing both the shapeshifting Skrulls (and setting the stage for the Super Skrull) and the Kree, a race of alien conquerors. These two races are at war with one another, which should make for an interesting story, especially if the Kree send Captain Mar-vell and his awesome nega-bands to Earth. ((Actually, including the nega-bands would almost certainly require the writers to introduce the ubiquitous Rick Jones, who uses the bands to bring Mar-Vell out of the negative zone.))

Johnny Storm
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The visual style of Fantastic Four borrows a lot from anime, which would be okay if not for Johnny Storm’s hair, which looks like it was ripped from someone in Dragonball Z, or perhaps Digimon. I can’t even conceive of the amount of hair gel Johnny must use every morning, and if those sideburns were any longer they’d be a chinstrap for his wacky hair helmet. Actually, Johnny’s sideburns may have been a chinstrap at some point, but if so it was surely severed by his pointy, pointy chin. (Click image to enlarge hair and chin alike.)

Tonsorial oddities aside, Fantastic Four is a fun show that looks promising. It’s geared toward 6 – 12 year-olds, so it lacks the edginess of some recent superhero fare, but the story so far has a lot of potential. I do regret missing the episode entitled “Doomed”, though, as I’m very interested to see how they treat the Fantastic Four’s arch-nemesis, Doctor Doom. If he’s done well, the series could quickly become a favorite.

5 thoughts on “Television: Fantastic Four: World’s Greatest Heroes”

  1. [Comment ID #3766 Will Be Quoted Here]

    I knew I was forgetting something! The show airs on Cartoon Network, Saturday nights at 8pm. Much to my dismay, the slot was occupied by the middle of Princess Mononoke this week. I’m hoping this does not bode ill for Fantastic Four.

  2. [Comment ID #3826 Will Be Quoted Here]

    Well, I do occasionally watch The Simpsons on FOX, and I regularly watch Family Guy and American Dad on the same network. I’m sure someone would point out that these are not so much cartoons as they are “animated series”. What’s the distinction? Probably that cartoons are allegedly not for adults.

  3. My God, you’re right, he IS pointy! But I do love his hair, for some reason. He looks like a girl, but minus the boobs. And he’s voiced by a Canadian actor, so it sounds like he’s trying hard to produce an American accent with Johnny, so at some points, he kinda sounds like a girl a bit, too. Okay, I’ve decided: This rendition of Johnny Storm is a he-she. XD But it’s all good, because he/she is still a great source of trouble, and is thus a great source of amusement, despite the blonde girly-ness. I love his hair SO MUCH… It’s made him an enemy of the fanbase, but I like it, I suppose…Feminine, but there you go; That’s Torch for ya! 🙂

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