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Spider-Man: The New Animated Series

For the original animated series, see Spider-Man (1994 TV series).
Spider-Man
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Genre Superhero
Action/Adventure
Drama
Created by Stan Lee
Steve Ditko
(characters)
Voices of Neil Patrick Harris
Lisa Loeb
Ian Ziering
Angelle Brooks
Keith Carradine
Composer(s) John Digweed
Nick Muir
William Kevin Anderson
Country of origin United States
Canada
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 13
Production
Running time 22 minutes
Production company(s) Mainframe Entertainment
Marvel Entertainment
Adelaide Productions
Sony Pictures Television
Release
Original channel MTV
Original release July 11 – September 12, 2003 (2003-09-12)
Chronology
Preceded by Spider-Man Unlimited
Followed by The Spectacular Spider-Man
External links
Website

Spider-Man: The New Animated Series (also known as MTV Spider-Man) is an American animated television series based on the Marvel comic book superhero character Spider-Man. It ran for only one season of 13 episodes, starting on July 11, 2003. It is a loose continuation of 2002's Spider-Man film directed by Sam Raimi.[1] The show was made using computer generated imagery (CGI) rendered in cel shading and was broadcast on MTV, and YTV. Eight months later after the series finale, episodes aired in reruns on ABC Family as part of the Jetix television programming block.

Series overview

The story follows the events of the first Spider-Man film.[2] Norman Osborn is dead. Peter Parker, Mary Jane Watson, and Harry Osborn attend Empire State University. Peter and Mary Jane try to establish a relationship without success. Peter's superhero duties, and later his involvement with Indira Daimonji, interfere with his romance with Mary Jane. Harry craves revenge on Spider-Man, whom he blames for the death of his father. Peter faces an assortment of other villains including Lizard, Kraven the Hunter and Electro while trying to maintain a job and his studies. He faces two psychic twins that ruin everything in the wallcrawler's life, causing Peter to give up being Spider-Man and try to live a normal life.

Cast and characters

Main voice talents

  • Neil Patrick Harris provided the voice of Peter Parker/Spider-Man, a superhero, an Empire State University student and photographer for the Daily Bugle. Peter confronts with the desire to use his incredible, spider bite-derived powers to do good, he finds it hard balancing his responsibilities of being a superhero with schoolwork and his romance with Mary Jane Watson.
  • Lisa Loeb provided the voice of Mary Jane Watson, a student at Empire State University and model/actress. She is the on-again off-again girlfriend to Peter Parker, but also seems to still hold some affection for Peter's alter-ego, Spider-Man.
  • Ian Ziering provided the voice of Harry Osborn, the son of deceased industrialist Norman Osborn. He attends Empire State University along with his friends Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson. He seeks revenge on Spider-Man, whom he blames for his father's death.

Recurring voice talents

  • Angelle Brooks provided the voice of Indira "Indy" Daimonji. An amalgamation of Gwen Stacy and Betty Brant, she is designed as a single character only for the series. Introduced in "Tight Squeeze", she is often described as a foil for Mary Jane and Peter's romantic interest at the Empire One Television Studio. The character showed an intense, flamboyant, and unabashed affection for Peter Parker, pursuing him publicly to MJ's consternation.
  • Keith Carradine provided the voice of J. Jonah Jameson, the Daily Bugle newspaper publisher. Consistent with his appearances in the comics and films, Jameson spent most of his appearances berating Spider-Man and adding political spin to his activities, usually in front of Peter Parker. Jameson is so passionate about this that he even appears on a competitor's news broadcast to denounce Spider-Man.
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Electro as seen in the series.
  • Ethan Embry provided the voice of Max Dillon/Electro. An alternative version of the comic book villain, he is designed as a geeky high school friend of Peter Parker who attended Empire State University. Before his accident, Peter tried to save Max from both his overly-aggressive desire for recognition and acceptance, as well as his own self-hatred recognizing aspects of these tragic flaws within himself. He had a minor role in "Head Over Heels", and two antagonistic roles in "The Party" and "When Sparks Fly".

Guest voice talents

Production

Development

Spider-Man: The New Animated Series was initially supposed to be an adaptation of the Ultimate Spider-Man comics. However, after the success of 2002's Spider-Man film, the show was reworked to follow that continuity.[2] The series was produced by Brian Michael Bendis, who wrote on Ultimate Spider-Man comics, for Sony Pictures Television, who had purchased the film and television rights to the character. The computer-generated imagery (CGI) was produced by Mainframe Entertainment.[3]

Peter Parker was originally supposed to wear baggier clothes to hide his superhero musculature, but cost-effective difficulties with the CG format prevented folds from being put into his everyday attire. As a result, Peter's street clothes were redesigned to be close-fitting and contemporary, while still managing to hide his physique (and the costume he wore under his clothes) as Spider-Man.[2] The character of Aunt May was not included in the series (except for a photograph in Peter's bedroom), because MTV executives feared that the appearance of any old people would deter their target youth audience from watching.[4]

The producers found that the more relaxed standards of MTV allowed them more creative freedom than usually allowed for a Saturday morning cartoon show.[2]

Cancellation

MTV decided that the ratings for the series were insufficient to warrant a second season, leaving the series to end on a cliffhanger. Director Brandon Vietti stated that had the series gone on he would have used the villains Mysterio, Vulture, and more of Kraven.[2]

Episodes

The air date Order is not the official order of the series,[5] at the end of each episode "on the next episode of spiderman" chronicles what happens next.[5]

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Reception

In 2004, the series was nominated for an Annie Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Animated Television Production while "Keeping Secrets" got a nomination in Outstanding Storyboarding in an Animated Television Production.[6]

Home video

The complete series was released on DVD as Spider-Man: The New Animated Series: Special Edition on January 13, 2004. Four separate DVD volumes containing three episodes each were also released from 2004 to 2005. The entire series was licensed by Marvel and Sony to DigiKids/Sentimental Journeys, who re-edited the footage from many episodes into one feature, which is sold as a personalized DVD in which the purchaser's face is revealed under Spider-Man's mask.[7]

References

External links

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