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The Super Hero Squad Show: The Infinity Gauntlet, Volume 1

Shout! Factory // 2011 // 154 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge David Johnson // August 21st, 2011

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All Rise...

Judge David Johnson was kicked off The Super Hero Squad for public urination.

Editor's Note

Our reviews of The Super Hero Squad Show: Volume 1 (published July 7th, 2010), The Super Hero Squad Show: Volume 2 (published November 3rd, 2010), The Super Hero Squad Show: Volume 3 (published February 27th, 2011), and The Super Hero Squad Show: Volume 4 (published May 29th, 2011) are also available.

The Charge

Huh?

The Case

I think I'm missing something here. Whose bright idea was it to take Marvel's main characters and turn them into goofy, wise-cracking morons? That appears to be the premise of Super Hero Squad, a half-hour cartoon that considerably lightens the mood and amps up the cheese.

Seven episodes to kick off the second season…
• "Another Order of Evil, Part 1"
• "Another Order of Evil, Part 2"
• "World War Witch"
• "Villainy Redux Syndrome!"
• "Support Your Local Sky-Father!"
• "Whom Continuity Would Destroy"
• "Double Negation at the World's End"

The Super Hero Squad Show: The Infinity Gauntlet, Volume 1 launches the Infinity Gauntlet storyline. For those unaware, this was major arc in the Marvel universe (I was never a prolific comic book reader growing up, but I did manage to digest this particular series), where Thanos captures the legendary Infinity Gauntlet and goes about and does a number of horrible things with it, most notably wiping out half the universe's population to please his lover, Death.

The interpretation of these events in Super Hero Squad is, no surprise considerably lighter and stocked with a far greater amount of corny one-liners and broad, slapstick comedy.

Yeah, that doesn't really work. Even setting aside the weirdness of transforming largely serious characters into goofballs and serious arcs into featherweight comedy plots, there remains an inescapable truth: the humor just isn't that funny. There is, of course, the caveat that my age group isn't the target demographic for these shenanigans, but sucking is sucking and the laughs just aren't there.

The show look snappy in its 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer. Sound is 2.0 stereo. One extra: an interview with voice actor Travis Willingham.

The Verdict

Didn't do it for me, but I can see kids liking it. Hung Jury, I guess.

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Scales of Justice

Judgment: 65

Perp Profile

Studio: Shout! Factory
Video Formats:
• 1.78:1 Anamorphic
Audio Formats:
• Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)
Subtitles:
• English (CC)
Running Time: 154 Minutes
Release Year: 2011
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Genres:
• Action
• Adventure
• All Ages
• Animation
• Comedy
• Superheroes
• Television

Distinguishing Marks

• Interview

Accomplices

• IMDb
• Official Site








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