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Iron Man (1994, Season 1)

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Iron Man (1994, Season 1)
Iron Man Season 1.jpg
Oh, the Irony...
Genre: Superhero
Action
Adventure
Running Time: 26 Minutes
Country: United States
Release Date: September 24, 1994 – December 17, 1994
Network(s): Fox Kids
Toon Disney
Created by: Stan Lee
Larry Lieber
Distributed by: Genesis Entertainment
New World Entertainment
Starring: Actor Role(s)

Robert Hays
Dorian Harewood
Jennifer Hale
Tom Kane
John Reilly
James Avery
Jennifer Darling
Casey DeFranco
Katherine Moffat
James Warwick
Jim Cummings
Ed Gilbert
Robert Ito

Episodes: 13


Iron Man is a 1994 animated series based on the Marvel character of the same name. This page will only focus on the critically panned first season of the show.

Why This Season Sucks

  1. Terrible and choppy animation that is very substandard thanks to Rainbow Animation Group who are known for cheaply produced shows. One example includes the villain, Mandarin looking like a green alien elf man.
    • To add insult to injury, it also uses poorly rendered CGI for the Iron Man transformation sequences.
  2. The Masters of the Universe-style formula of "good against evil" would have been passable for the 1980s, not in the 1990s.
  3. Tacky and campy dialogue that is unintentionally funny.
  4. Mediocre voice acting which sounds cheesy and hammy as they keep whispering.
  5. The attempts at humor try to be funny, but fall flat.
  6. Awful writing that doesn't bother adapting any of the comic books.
  7. The music used in the show is repetitive and generic.
  8. Lack of character development and personal conflicts.
  9. Quite large amount of plot holes.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. The character designs are at least good.
  2. There are some likable characters.
  3. While the music is repetitive and generic it can be a bit catchy sometimes, but it depends on your point of view.
  4. The show's second season has a huge improvement over this season.

Trivia

  • The show was paired with the Fantastic Four 90s show in a package known as the Marvel Action Hour.
  • Starting with the second season, Marvel Productions switched animation houses and the series got a new look, feel, and direction. While Fantastic Four: The Animated Series (1994) was revamped with John Buscema in mind, the crew did not have another particular artist in mind for "Iron Man". They went for a more graphic and streamlined approach to the series.

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