Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends

Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends
Voice Director: Alan Dinehart

US Premiere: Sep 12, 1981
US Conclusion: 1983

Seasons: 3
Episodes: 24

Animation Studio: Marvel Productions

Popularity: 440th All Time, 673rd This Week

Franchise: Spider-Man
Characters on BTVA: 50
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The Doctor
said at 9:30 AM on Thu Sep 7 2017
 1 Shout Out!
I'm currently watching through this show for the first time and boy does this it love to overuse "heroes get in trouble by acting foolishly" - trope.

Namor: "Alright, I'm trapped by evil supervillain who wants me dead, so better be on my guar... Oh look! A pool! A quick swim probably wouldn't hu... OH GOD, IT WAS A TRAP! WHO COULD HAVE SEEN THIS COMING!"

I understand that this show probably wasn't aiming to be all that ambitious and was made mostly kids in mind (and, to be fair, so far it is completely serviceable by the standards of the 80's kids shows). It's just kinda disappointing how The Incredible Hulk cartoon from the same decade, which had some of the same people working on it, still holds up pretty well and this show shares none of its sensibilities.
said at 11:24 AM on Fri Sep 8 2017
@The Doctor The purpose of this show was more to have fun with the characters and stories, though it still has quite a bit of character developing moments.

The Hulk cartoon was aiming more for a tone similar to the 1977 live-action Hulk TV show, but more comic accurate.
EPA Deane
said at 1:49 AM on Sat Sep 9 2017
@The Doctor I'm not Really a Fan of Shows that are Reliant on 'Idiot Plots'....

I will argue that 'Ultimate Spider-Man' has it worse in that regard IMO.
said at 5:44 AM on Sat Sep 9 2017
@EPA Deane I don't think they're idiot plots. Superhero shows can't be serious all the time. You gotta learn to have fun with the characters and sometimes accept the fact that every single TV show has to rely on tropes.

For me, this show did deliver the promise of action, fun and adventure while also adding a lot of heart to the characters, which is something that makes me enjoy it to this day.
EPA Deane
said at 10:24 AM on Sat Sep 9 2017
@Starscreamsfan I.... find an Excess of Comedy to Try My Patience.....
said at 10:31 AM on Sat Sep 9 2017
@EPA Deane I have the same problem with drama. Excess of drama puts me to sleep, unless it's well handled.
The Doctor
said at 1:08 AM on Sun Sep 10 2017
@Starscreamsfan I'm not saying that superhero shows can't be comedic. 80's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and The Tick (for example) were full-on comedies and great shows. But just because you are writing a comedy, doesn't excuse you from lazy writing or plot contrivances.

But, to be clear, you are making my opinion of this show sound worse than it is. I don't hate it or even dislike it. It is fun to watch an episode in the morning, before getting to work (great way to catch up some cartoons, you haven't had time to watch yet, btw.). I just don't personally like it when conflicts come from characters, who are supposed to be competant people, make stupid mistakes that no one would in real-life, no matter the genre or story medium.
The Doctor
said at 1:11 AM on Sun Sep 10 2017
@EPA Deane Oh, this show is definitely 1000 times better than Ultimate Spider-Man. At least the main characters aren't unlikeable, pacing is better and same jokes (well, except Ms. Lion's shenanigans) aren't repeated constantly.
EPA Deane
said at 1:13 AM on Sun Sep 10 2017
@Starscreamsfan I think my Issue with the Comedy in Shows like this is that I find it Excessively Vaudevillian.

I prefer My Comedy to be Subtler than This.....
said at 6:45 AM on Sun Sep 10 2017
@The Doctor Well, it's just a matter of accepting the silliness at times.

And I don't think the writing was lazy at all, although this show did have it's share of oddball episodes (like some of the season three ones).

I was just pointing out stuff in my first comment, which was addressed to you. The other was addressed to the other user.

And yeah, it is good to watch cartoons in the morning, it kinda makes you optimistic for the rest of the day.
said at 6:45 AM on Sun Sep 10 2017
@EPA Deane Once again, to each his own.
8000 Saiyans
said at 1:02 PM on Sat Nov 18 2017
@EPA Deane Mr. Deane, you need to gain a sense of humor. Having no sense of humor makes you a very boring person.
EPA Deane
said at 1:51 PM on Sat Nov 18 2017
@8000 Saiyans Humour is a Subjective Concept.... Not Some to Be Forced Through Peer Pressure.

You Could potentially do Great Harm by Demanding a Person to Change their Standards .
8000 Saiyans
said at 1:52 PM on Sat Nov 18 2017
@EPA Deane Your tendency of having to capitalize every word will never cease to annoy me.
TylerMirage (Admin)
said at 2:00 PM on Sat Nov 18 2017
All right, everyone, let's simmer down here...
8000 Saiyans
said at 2:03 PM on Sat Nov 18 2017
@TylerMirage Okay.
EPA Deane
said at 2:10 PM on Sat Nov 18 2017
@TylerMirage Thank You.
EPA Deane
said at 2:13 PM on Sat Nov 18 2017
@8000 Saiyans my point still stands (regardless of the Capitalisation of my words ).
Shaun Ince
said at 6:41 PM on Mon Sep 4 2017
 4 Shout Outs!
You gotta love the music that plays in the more dramatic scenes. Like the music that plays in the Red Skull clip. It makes those tense moments way more intense.
said at 2:11 PM on Wed Sep 6 2017
@Shaun Ince Yeah, that's another one of the many things I liked about this show. The music and the performances from the actors playing the villains really sold those particular moments.
said at 5:28 PM on Sat Mar 4 2017
 2 Shout Outs!
Remember watching this when it was on Toon Disney it was kinda cool and would be dope if they do a reboot of it with stronger writing
said at 10:35 AM on Thu Dec 31 2015
 5 Shout Outs!
A.K.A. Prototype Ultimate Spider-Man
Shaun Ince
said at 3:03 PM on Tue Jul 14 2015
 7 Shout Outs!
Peter Cullen's performances in this show were definitely the highlight of this show. Mysterio & Red Skull are brilliant. It's also a good example of Cullen's range seeing as most people are more familiar with his Optimus Prime & Eeyore voices.
said at 4:43 PM on Wed Jul 15 2015
@Shaun Ince As I said before, all the villain performers were great in this show. Cullen is no exception.

And as I mentioned in my comment below, all the villains had some of the best evil laughs I've ever heard. You can hear some of them here:

said at 1:47 PM on Tue Mar 10 2015
 1 Shout Out!
Along with the 1967 Fantastic Four, the 1967 Spidey cartoons, the 1989 X-Men pilot and the 1982 Hulk cartoon, this is one of the best Marvel cartoons I've ever seen. All the stories, casting choices, voice direction and performances were perfect.

This show also gave us some of the best evil laughs ever. Whether it be Dennis Marks with his Green Goblin's cackle or Hans Conried's delightful Captain Hook laugh for the Chameleon, every villain was excellently portrayed.

Also, the use of radio veterans like Hans Conried, Shepard Menken, Michael Rye and June Foray was a great addition to this show (and something the solo cartoon really lacked). Also, you get stage veteran William Marshall, who had one of the most awesome deep voices I've ever heard, as the Juggernaut and Tony Stark.

It saddens me that this show, along with the others I've mentioned above, is becoming extremely underrated. I mean, come on guys. Old people know a lot more than us, and that makes us respect them. Why can't we respect old TV shows???

Anyway, this show was one of the best Marvel ever did.
EPA Deane
said at 7:02 AM on Wed Nov 23 2016
@Starscreamsfan "Why can't we respect old tv shows???"

Possibly because they can feel dated, be it from writing, animation or Voice Acting standards.

Lack of personal connections to older shows can also play a factor.

For Example, I prefer later versions of Scooby Doo (in particular 'What's New Scooby Doo') partly because I find Daphne to be less of a flaccid damsel in distress than she was in the original Hanna Barberra cartoons. That and there was less distracting recycled animation footage.

That's the best explanation I can think of.
said at 4:48 PM on Wed Dec 7 2016
@EPA Deane Animation, yes. However, I honestly think the writing in this show was really good. Really witty old timey writing which calls back to the old radio days.

Plus, the actors are really having a blast doing all these quirky and fun performances. I have seen shows that have dated badly (the 1978 Fantastic Four cartoon), but this one is not one of them. I really think this show is still fun to this day.
EPA Deane
said at 2:31 PM on Sat Dec 10 2016
@Starscreamsfan 'Quirky and fun performance's' can sometimes be ill fitting for specific characters (Australian Wolverine voices? REALLY?).

'Old Timey Writing' can also lead to flat characterisation and a lack of subtlety (There's a reason why I preferred Hordak to Skeletor as a main villain).
said at 4:58 PM on Sat Dec 10 2016
@EPA Deane Well, I really prefer to hear performers having fun and really getting into the character (Hans Conried's Chameleon, Michael Rye's Magneto and Shepard Menken's Dr. Doom are perfect examples of that).

And seriously, you need to listen to more radio shows.

Wit and sense of humor is something that is constantly getting lost in TV shows nowadays, which is why I don't watch a lot of TV as of now.
EPA Deane
said at 11:18 AM on Sun Dec 11 2016
@Starscreamsfan I'm partial to Agatha Christie and Francis Durbridge radio dramatisations actually.

The UK doesn't have that many Superhero Radio Serials.
said at 5:51 PM on Sun Dec 11 2016
@EPA Deane Well, if you want a recommendation, check the 1940s Superman radio show. It has great acting and really good writing (the Atom Man saga is really engaging).
Shaun Ince
said at 11:58 AM on Fri Nov 17 2017
@EPA Deane That does actually make me wonder exactly which older shows you have a connection to.
8000 Saiyans
said at 12:28 PM on Sat Nov 18 2017
@Shaun Ince I'm sure Mr. Deane just hates cheesy stuff in general.
8000 Saiyans
said at 12:31 PM on Sat Nov 18 2017
@Shaun Ince Oops, made a mistake. He does like Chris Latta's Cobra Commander, so he probably likes the old G.I. Joe cartoon.
EPA Deane
said at 1:41 PM on Sat Nov 18 2017
@Shaun Ince @Shaun Ince Off the Top of My Head? Looney Tunes, Tom and Jerry, Wacky Races (among other Hanna Barbera Classics),Murder She Wrote and to a Lesser extent Inspector Gadget and She Ra....
EPA Deane
said at 2:09 PM on Sat Nov 18 2017
@8000 Saiyans A Most Presumptuous and Dare I Say, Unpleasantly Derogatory Statement.

My Love of The 4Kids Dub of YuGiOh and the 2003 Teen Titans series shows that I Like Cheese When I Like It...

That being Said One Cannot always Sustain on Cheese and Cravings for Versatility in a Viewing diet is an Honest and VERY Human desire.

I Crave Shows that Reward me For Being a Viewer.....
said at 3:44 PM on Sat Nov 18 2017
@EPA Deane That's all well and good, but honestly, I personally think this is one of those shows that invites you to have fun. I don't mind darker shows as long as they're handled well and don't bore me, but you gotta understand that each individual has its own quirks and conceptions of what that "reward" is. For me, it's making the child inside me enjoy stuff.
Shaun Ince
said at 8:24 PM on Sat Nov 18 2017
@EPA Deane Interesting. Those are more or less my picks as well. Though Looney Tunes & the Hanna Barbera collection of cartoons resonates with me the most. And was what introduced me to these legendary voice actors. Which a majority of them were radio stars.

Sure there are aspects about older cartoons that are really dated & wouldn't fly nowadays but they also have a certain charm about them.
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