Monday, July 6, 2009

Silver Surfer Animated Series

Anyone remember the Silver Surfer Animated series? It was a series that lasted for one season, but it remained in my mind as a good series. Jetix has been rerunning some of the episodes every once in awhile. This series was following on the heels of Marvel's two previous cartoon offerings, Iron Man, the Fantastic Four, and the Incredible Hulk. I recall how they handled the Silver Surfer in the FF cartoon - actually depicting him with surfing music. My word - I know he flies on a surf board, but how far away does the character have to get from the ocean before that stops being a gimmick?

The Silver Surfer series took the character in a far more dignified direction. The animation might have been rough at many points (as all Marvel shows where at the time) but the feel of the Silver Surfer remained. The series had an opera themed opening, and any time Galactus showed up - he was shown with awe and majesty. He was primarily a CGI character, mixing with normal Animation, but they gave the character deep shadowing, allowing it to mix well. He remained somewhat motionless, sitting in a chair to his world-draining machine - but his size and power was always felt. Again, I'm not going to claim the animation was always great - but it still left you with the wild inspiration of Jack Kirby and Jim Starlin's cosmic spaceways.

The series only last one season, and in fact ended on a cliff hanger with the Surfer battling Thanos. But it remains a nice memory of the Silver Surfer actually being depicted well, and not with idiotic surfer music.

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