Sunday, December 09, 2007

Sunday morning cartoons

I got up early this morning and watched most of a DVD of Spiderman '67 cartoons. One episode, "Revolt in Dimension Five," seemed a far departure from the others with a long introduction of space aliens, a particularly free form jazz/fusion soundtrack, tripped out visuals and timing. My hunch about the episode's uniquity is confirmed by a one-minute net search.


"ABC did not air this episode with the rest of the third season due to the incidence of death, spatial creepiness, and great psychedelia. However, "Sting of the Scorpion/Trick or Treachery" was aired in it's place.

"This show's villian, Infinata, never appeared in the Marvel comics. He comes from another Kranz Films cartoon series, "Rocket Robin Hood". In fact, the entire plot of this episode, as well as much of the animation was lifted from the RRH story, "Dementia Five". "

IMDB: Two episodes of the series ("Phantom from the Depths of Time" and "Revolt in the Fifth Dimension") heavily recycle animation from episodes "From Menace to Menace" and "Dimentia Five" of the earlier series "Rocket Robin Hood" (1966) by simply substituting Spider-Man for Rocket Robin Hood on the animated cels.

YouTube: One of the most psychedelic cartoons ever made for childrens television. The same episode was re-made into a Spider-man episode called Revolt in the Fifth Dimension (1968). Both episodes have achieved true cult status for those in the know.

Check out the ORIGINAL Rocket Robin Hood episode here:

And the Spiderman "Revolt in the Fifth Dimension" episode:

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