Too many times a cartoon series appears to be building to a giant resolution only to stop short of a true finale. Return to the Planet of the Apes and Thundarr the Barbarian never came to an end. Why such a tease? Mainly cause it detracts kids from watching the show over and over if they know how it ends. Marvel’s The Super Hero Squad Show dared to wrap up the series about Mini-Me sized versions of their superheros. After two seasons and 52 episodes on the Cartoon Network, they put down their brushes. The Super Hero Squad Show: The Infinity Gauntlet – Season 2, Vol. 4 doesn’t disappoint its fans when it announces “The Final Battle! (‘Nuff Said!).”
Mr. Fantastic and Ms. Marvel do their best to retrieve their friends from other dimensions in “Brouhaha at the World’s Bottom!” They don’t have much time to focus when HYDRA raids their Antarctic lab. “Missing: Impossible!” captures a domestic dispute between Mr. Impossible and Mrs. Impossible. The only way he can get back in her good graces is to battle the Dark Surfer. Shame she couldn’t settle for flowers and a puppy. “Revenge of the Baby Sat!” transforms a few of the Squad members into toddlers. They’re even smaller than before. “Soul Stone Picnic!” features them rescuing Captain Marvel (Not the DC version that said Shazam) from the Dark Surfer.
“When Strikes the Surfer!” starts the clock for the Dark Surfer’s destruction of the universe. One person that wants to stop him is Dr. Doom. He must save the world in order to conquer it. “The Final Battle! (‘Nuff Said!)” wraps up the show as the Squad must take on the Dark Surfer in a major battle at the Infinity Pool. Can they save the universe? The big battle isn’t that violent so kids won’t get too shocked.
The Super Hero Squad Show turned out to be a good way for younger kids to get a clue about various Marvel universe characters. The action isn’t too overwhelming and the stories too adult. Making the larger than life superheroes smaller didn’t diminish the fun. Even bringing a proper ending to the show worked out fine.
The video is 1.78:1 anamorphic. The animation is sharp and colorful on the screen. The audio is Dolby Digital Stereo. Things sound fine. The episodes are Closed Captioned.
Superheroes: What The..?! (5:57) features “It’s Coming,” “Secret (Prank) Wars and “Uncivil War.” These three shorts are comical adventures featuring stop motion animated action figures like they do on Robot Chicken. This time the X-Men and Avengers picking on each other.
The Super Hero Squad Show: The Infinity Gauntlet – Season 2, Vol. 4 wraps up the battle of mini-good and tiny-evil in the Marvel Universe. Can the superheroes save the world from the Dark Surfer? This is a fun show for small kids that like super hero action without the violence.
Shout! Factory presents The Super Hero Squad Show: The Infinity Gauntlet – Season 2, Vol. 4. Voices by: Jane Lynch, Michael Dorn, Kevin Sorbo and Stan Lee. Boxset Contents: Six episodes on 1 DVD. Released: August 21, 2012. Available at Amazon.com.
Tags: Avengers, Captain America, Hulk, Jane Lynch, Stan Lee, X-Men