“The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes” is a fun animated series that possibly competes with one of the best animated superhero series, “Batman: TAS”, with some great animation and interesting storylines that should satisfy fans and those on the outside of Marvel comic-lore alike.
Genre(s): Animation, Action, Adventure
Buena Vista | TV-Y7 – 298 min. – $19.99/ea. | April 26, 2011
Directed by: Various
Cast: Eric Loomis, Rick D. Wasserman, Brian Bloom
Number of Discs: 2 (combined)
Audio: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
Video: Widescreen 1.78
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish
THE MOVIE – 4/5
“The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes” is the latest animated series from Marvel and while I’ve always been more of a DC guy (and even then, mainly Batman); this is one great series full of action, adventure and some good animation to boot.
The series obviously takes its cues from the feature films where Tony Stark looks similar to Robert Downey Jr. and even the voice has the same cadence as RDJ; similarly, Bruce Banner kind of resembles Edward Norton. So for a new viewer, and one whose only exposure to Marvel have been the films, such as myself makes it a little easier to get right into.
The show, the first half anyway (more later), is a lot of fun as The Avengers come together to fight and capture escaped super villains who were held in super prisons run by S.H.I.E.L.D. and its leader, Nick Fury (also based on Samuel L. Jackson’s version I think). The team is comprised of Iron Man/Tony Stark who is the financier and leader, providing a technologically decked out mansion, Thor, Ant-Man/Hank Pym, the Wasp, Black Panther and eventually Hawkeye and Captain America plus the Hulk.
Buena Vista, the new distribution partner with Marvel, is releasing the first season in small chunks (like Warner is doing with “Scooby-Doo: Mystery Incorporated”) with Volume 1, entitled “Heroes Assemble!”, containing 7 episodes and Volume 2, called “Captain America Reborn!”, has 6 episodes so between these two there are 13 episodes of a 26-episode first season so expect volumes 3 and 4 to be released in conjunction with the Captain America feature film.
As someone isn’t overly familiar with Marvel Comics – I was drawn more towards Batman so my animated TV viewing consisted of Batman: The Animated Series and other Dark Knight incarnations – but for the most part these two volume “The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes” DVDs are fun, adventurous with good animation style and a wide array of decent voice talents.
SPECIAL FEATURES – 1.25/5
Each DVD comes with a glossy slip cover and standard grey discs inside.
Season 2 Sneaks: New Looks, New Heroes (7:33) gives fans a look-see on what you can expect for the second season of “The Avengers”. The featurette has interviews with those behind the scenes explaining the characters and what makes them compelling and how they will be expanded in season 2.
Season 2 Sneaks: New Stories, New Threats (5:59) – Like “New Looks, New Heroes”, this featurette covers the storylines that will be covered in season two. Nothing amazing but fans might find it interesting to see what to expect next season.
VIDEO – 3.75/5
AUDIO – 3.5/5
The Dolby Digital 5.1 is fine but unremarkable. There is plenty of action so each channel gets a fair amount of use along with dialogue levels also sounding good enough.
OVERALL – 3/5
Overall, “The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes” is a fun animated series that possibly competes with one of the best animated superhero series, “Batman: TAS”, with some great animation and interesting storylines that should satisfy fans and those on the outside of Marvel comic-lore alike.
Brian Oliver, The Movieman