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August 12, 2005

Spawn: The Animation

Spawn: The Animation, what a terrible title! Besides the uncreative title it's great to see Spawn back in animated form. I haven't been keeping up with the comic book. They lost me after #32 (I think).

The original mini-series Spawn: The Animated series (clever!) ran on HBO for 3 season and produced 18 episodes from 1997-99. This series was rated R and was very dark, closer to the comic book and 10 times better than Spawn: The Movie (another clever title). Spawn: The Animation is a 70 minute direct to DVD which is to be out sometime in early 2006. Till then you can keep up to date with the latest info at Spawn.com

There's a trailer mostly comprised of stills that was unveiled at Comic-Con. [LINK]

Also a quick run down of what Spawn:Animation is and isn't:

- No. The new animation is not a continuation of the HBO series.
- We have been working on a new story to go along with the new and improved look for a long time to make sure tonally it was something entirely new and edgy.
- Todd along with Brian Holguin -- the writer of Spawn and KISS: Psycho Circus comic books -- have co-written the script.
- The animation will be "R" rated.
- Todd and TME president Terry Fitzgerald will be Executive Producing the animation. We are also thrilled to have a few of the directors and animators from the original HBO series returning to the animation team as well.
- Todd McFarlane Entertainment and some of its executives will provide consulting work on this project.
- The biggest difference you will notice is in the visuals. This time we'll be featuring a combination of 2D/3D characters on 3D backgrounds, as opposed to the HBO series where everything was exclusively 2D with touches of 2D CG.
- Yes, we are trying to get Keith David back as the voice of Spawn.
- Upon completion of the animation we intend to shop the project around Hollywood and are confident we will find a home on network or cable television for future installments of the animation.
- Currently we are planning to release the 70-minute movie direct to DVD via Anchor Bay Entertainment.
- The projected DVD release date is early 2006.

Posted by hypnobee at August 12, 2005 12:52 PM