Superhero movies are top box office movies these days and I’m completely behind that trend. But as a kid I did not have movies of superheroes to watch, I had cartoons. I’ve been a cartoon fan for years and years. Many of my favorites had to do with superheroes and action. I’m totally jealous over the great superhero cartoons that kids today have access to watching. One such cartoon is THE AVENGERS: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes!
If you know anything about the state of superhero movies then you must know that THE AVENGERS will be a feature length live action movie in 2012. We’ve been meeting the members of THE AVENGERS team through movies like Iron Man, Thor, The Incredible Hulk and Captain America. This DVD set is a perfect introduction to these characters. I was lucky enough to be sent two DVDs of The AVENGERS: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes! These are Volumes 1 & 2. Volume 1 includes episodes 1-7 plus an exclusive look at the evolving characters and storyline of Season 2, and Volume 2 includes episodes 8-13 plus another exclusive sneak peek at Season 2 that reveals what makes the Marvel Super Heroes and Villains so unique. These DVDs will be available on April 26th from Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment.
I watched all seven of the episodes from the first DVD in one day and then went right to the second DVD. I got so into this series and wanted to watch them all in one night. At eleven I decided that it was time to get to bed and pick up the series tomorrow.
I was interested in the voice talent for the series and decided to check out IMDB. There I found out that there were 26 episodes for season one and I only have the first 13 episodes. Oh man I’m going to be jonesing for the rest of the episodes once I get to episode number thirteen.
The first seven episodes introduced us to the major players on the team like Iron Man, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Captain America but then also there were Ant Man, The Wasp and we saw some of Hawkeye and Black Panther who will join the team later on. I liked that we learned about each character in a single episode and some of the minor character in combined episodes. It was a good intro to everyone even if this series feels like you have to have some knowledge of these characters prior to watching. I was glad that I have a pretty good working nerds knowledge of these characters and their origins and back stories.
The central conflict in the first seven episodes is with S.H.I.E.L.D. and the Avengers. They don’t trust each other and each for their own reasons. While I think that overall S.H.I.E.L.D. would be helpful it makes many mistakes and through the course of the episodes seventy-four of the greatest super-villains of all time escape from inescapable prisons (S.H.I.E.L.D. prisons). The Avengers “assemble” to take on the recapture of these super-villains. The Avengers realize that together they are stronger than alone.
I enjoyed the overall storyline and got completely sucked into it. I like the art and the way the action is explosive. I was a little shocked at how Tony Star (Iron Man) sounds a little like Jack Black. It is strange. I picture Stark as more commanding and not such a wise ass. Granted I like Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man and he definitely has a wise ass quality about him, too.
As I said earlier I’m going to be wanting to watch Volumes 3 and 4 as well when they are released. This is a good series and will definitely get you pumped up for the upcoming Avengers movies. If my review hasn’t gotten you intrigued about the series then maybe these videos will.
Captain America (Film)
Thor’s Might (Film)
Return of Hulk (Film)
New Team Member (Bonus)
New Threats (Bonus)
Disclosure: I received these two DVDs to review and keep. The opinions about them are 100% mine. I’ll be talking more about the series on Geek Dads Weekly because this is definitely a Geek Dads Weekly sort of topic. Below is a formal press release with more information.
The First 13 Episodes of Marvel’s All New Animated Series To Debut on DVD April 26, 2011
BURBANK, Calif., March 2, 2011 – When the forces of evil are so overwhelming that no single hero can save the world… the Avengers assemble! Featuring Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and The Hulk, fans can now own the first 13 episodes of The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes! in two must-have, collectible DVD volumes, available April 26 by The Walt Disney Studios.
”the show unleashes enough action to be plenty mighty with boys”
– Variety Magazine
The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes! Volume 1 includes episodes 1-7 plus an exclusive look at the evolving characters and storyline of Season 2, and The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes! Volume 2 includes episodes 8-13 plus another exclusive sneak peek at Season 2 that reveals what makes the Marvel Super Heroes and Villains so unique.
Featuring your favorite animated Super Heroes – Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, and The Hulk – The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes! sees planet Earth threatened by Super Villains, time traveling conquerors, alien invaders, mythical beasts and rampaging robots — all bent on the total destruction of humanity. Unfortunately against these impossible odds, no individual hero has the power to save the world and just when all appears to be hopeless, the most skilled champions in the Marvel universe join forces to form the mightiest Super Hero team in history. The Avengers come to the rescue when the fate of the world rests on their shoulders.
“It’s all about the action, and “The Avengers: World’s Mightiest Heroes” delivers” – ComicBookResources.com
The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes! stars the well-known voice talents of Rick D. Wasserman (Planet Hulk, Marvel Vs. Capcom 3, “House M.D.”) as Thor, Brian Bloom (The A Team, Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2) as Captain America, Fred Tatasciore (Tron: Evolution, Hulk Vs., “Wolverine and the X-Men”) as The Hulk, Wally Wingert (“The Family Guy,” “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno”) as Ant Man, and Phil Lamarr (“Mad TV,” “Futurama”) as Jarvis.
Volume 1 Episodes:
1. Iron Man Is Born!
2. Thor The Mighty
3. Hulk Versus The World
4. Meet Captain America
5. The Man in the Ant Hill
6. Breakout: Part 1
7. Breakout: Part 2
Volume 2 Episodes:
8. Some Assembly Required
9. Living Legend
10. Everything Is Wonderful
11. Panther’s Quest
12. Gamma World: Part1
13. Gamma World: Part 2
April 26, 2011
Suggested Retail Price:
Volume 1 – Single Disc DVD = $19.99 U.S.
Volume 2 – Single Disc DVD = $19.99 U.S.
TV-Y7 (*Bonus materials not rated)
Volume 1 – Approximately 154 minutes (seven 22-minute episodes)
Volume 2 – Approximately 132 minutes (six 22-minute episodes)
1.78:1 (16×9 widescreen)
English 5.1 Dolby Digital Sound English & Spanish
ABOUT MARVEL ENTERTAINMENT, LLC
Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world’s most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of over 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media over seventy years. Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing and publishing. For more information visit www.marvel.com.
ABOUT THE WALT DISNEY STUDIOS:
For more than 85 years, The Walt Disney Studios has been the foundation on which The Walt Disney Company (DIS: NYSE) was built. Today, the Studio brings quality movies, music and stage plays to consumers throughout the world. Feature films are released under four banners: Walt Disney Pictures, which includes Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios, Disneynature, Touchstone Pictures and Marvel. Through the Home Entertainment division, innovative distribution methods provide access to creative content across multiple platforms. Original music and motion picture soundtracks are produced under Walt Disney Records and Hollywood Records, while Disney Theatrical Group produces and licenses live events, including Broadway theatrical productions, Disney on Ice and Disney LIVE! For more information, please visit www.disney.com. These press materials are available in electronic form at www.WDSHEpublicity.com.
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