Marvel has announced Marvel Mash – Up, a humorous take on their old cartoons as part of their Marvel Universe programming block on Disney XD.
“We were inspired by things that fans had done on the internet with our old footage, and so we thought, ‘Well, what if we did some of that ourselves, but with a distinctive Marvel sense of humor,’” explains Vice President, Animation Development & Production Cort Lane of the series’ origins.
“We started on a pilot,” recounts Lane. “We decided ‘Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends’ is such an iconic, classic cartoon that that’s the first one we’re using. We will also be using the ‘Incredible Hulk’ series from 1982, and later on we’ll be using the ‘Fantastic Four’ series from 1978.”
“We just went at it, taking sections, re-editing them, trying to do dialogue with them, and we got in the booth with some amazing voice actors such as Tom Kenney, the voice of SpongeBob Squarepants and Doctor Octopus on ‘Ultimate Spider-Man.’ We even encouraged the voice talent to riff off of our script.”
“We’re doing eight of them, and they are focused on introducing kids to characters they’ll see in Marvel Universe block and want to know more about,” Lane divulges. “I can tell you that we’re doing them for Iron Man, Iron Fist, White Tiger, and even villains like Doctor Octopus.
Marvel Universe premieres on Disney XD at 11:00 a.m. ET 04/01/12