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Spider-Man
Genre(s): Action/Adventure

Rating:

TV-Y
Created by: Avi Arad, Stan Lee

Voices of:

Christopher Daniel Barnes, Saratoga Ballantine, Linda Gary, Edward Asner, Jennifer Hale, Dawnn Lewis, Rodney Saulsberry, Nell Carter, Gary Imhoff, Patrick Labyorteaux, Liz Georges, and Julie Bennett

No. of seasons:

5

No. of episodes:

65

Running time:

21 minutes

Original run:

November 19, 1994 – January 31, 1998

Network(s):

FOX (Fox Kids)

Spider-Man, also known as Spider-Man: The Animated Series, is an American animated series starring the Marvel Comics superhero, Spider-Man.

The show ran on Fox Kids from November 19, 1994, to January 31, 1998. The producer/story editor was John Semper, Jr. and production company was Marvel Productions.

Takes place in Earth-92131. the series didn't have a origin episode because there was supposed to be a spider-man film by James Cameron to accompany the show, but do to Carolco Pictures going bankrupt, it was canceled

Plot

The series tells the story of a 19-year-old Peter Parker in his first year at Empire State University, and his alter-ego Spider-Man. As the story begins, Peter has already gained his powers, is single and a part-time photographer for the Daily Bugle.

The show features most of Spider-Man's classic villains, including the Kingpin, the Green Goblin, the Lizard, Electro, the Scorpion, Doctor Octopus, Mysterio, the Rhino, the Shocker, The Vulture, and the Chameleon, as well as more recent villains such as Venom, Carnage, and the Hobgoblin. Over the course of the series the single Peter Parker contends with the romantic interests of Mary Jane Watson, Felicia Hardy and her alter ego, the Black Cat.

Episodes

Season 1

Season 2

Season 3

Season 4

Season 5

Production overview

While Marvel's X-Men: The Animated Series was being produced by Saban, Spider-Man was produced by the newly formed Marvel Films Animation; it was the only series that in-house studio produced, but was animated by Tokyo Movie Shinsha with Korean studios. The series is the second longest-running Marvel show created, after X-Men, as well as the longest-running series based on Spider-Man. It is currently owned and distributed by The Walt Disney Company, which acquired all Fox Kids-related properties from News Corporation and Saban International in 2001.


Development and social issues

Avi Arad was the executive producer of the show. One of the obligations of working with Fox was to make the show educational by introducing resolvable, child-appropriate social issues. Semper said he believed Spider-Man to be particularly good for this because the show takes place in real world New York making it able to tackle problems "closer to home".

Examples of social issues dealt with in the series, include peace between waring nations ("Day of the Chameleon"), cults ("Sins of the Father"), the Make A Wish Foundation ("Sins of the Father"), the value of education and the evils of street gangs ("Sins of the Father 5: Rocket Racer", "Sins of the Father 9: Tombstone"), legal rights ("Sins of the Father 6: Framed"), drug addiction ("Partners in Danger (8): The Return of the Green Goblin") and the dangers of obsessive or stalking boyfriends ("Hydro-Man").


Animation

Concept art for Spider-Man.To reproduce the New York's style background illustrators undertook a large amount of visual research, using photo archives from above New York, particularly rooftops. Maps were consulted for references and buildings were faithfully reproduced.

It has been reported that the animation cells depicting Manhattan's Pan Am Building were scrapped after being complete because the California-based art staff learned the Midtown landmark had been given a new sign more than a year earlier.

The animation staff were directed to populate the city with cars and crowds on the street level. Semper believed that was one of the limitations of earlier Spider-Man animated projects.

Originally, Marvel Films planned to make the backgrounds completely CGI while Spider-Man 'webslinged' around New York, yet due to budget constraints were forced to use traditional cel based animation while occasionally using CGI backgrounds. As well, reuse of animation became more common as the series progressed, which also included reuse of animation involving a character speaking (these scenes were sometimes slowed down in order to better match the actor's voice to the animation).

Voice cast

Main voices

Recurring voices


Gallery

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