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Todd McFarlane's Spawn
Spawn The Animated Series Title Card
Genre Action/Adventure, Superhero, Horror, Suspense, Science Fiction
Format Animated Series
Created by Todd McFarlane
Starring Keith David
James Hanes
Dominique Jennings
James Keane
John Rafter Lee
Victor Love
Michael McShane
Michael Nicolosi
Kath Soucie
Country of Origin United States
Language(s) English
No. of Seasons 3
No. of Episodes 18 (List of Episodes)
Production
Executive Producer(s) Todd McFarlane
Running Time 30 minutes (approx.)
Production Company(s) HBO Animation
Todd McFarlane Entertainment
Broadcast
Original Channel HBO
First Shown 1997
Original Run May 16, 1997 – May 28, 1999
Status Ended
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Todd McFarlane's Spawn is an animated television series which aired on HBO from 1997 through 1999. It is based on the Spawn comic book series from Image Comics, and was nominated for and won an Emmy in 1999 for Outstanding Animation Program (longer than one hour).[1]

All three seasons have been released separately on DVD & VHS as three 2 hour movies, under the titles Todd McFarlane's Spawn, Todd McFarlane's Spawn 2, and Todd McFarlane's Spawn 3: The Ultimate Battle after editing these seasons into movies.

On July 24, 2007, HBO Video released a 4-disc 10th anniversary signature collector's edition on DVD with all 18-episodes and multiple bonus features.[2]

When the show's first and second seasons were released on video they were released in two formats. The first format was called the "Uncut Collector's Edition", which is the version that was shown on TV and held a TV-MA rating, and the other was an special edited version called the "Special Edited Edition" which held a PG-13 rating by toning down the violence.

An unrelated series titled Spawn: The Animation has been in production since 2009, with Keith David reprising his role as the titular character. [2]

PlotEdit

The series centered around the story of an ex-serviceman named Al Simmons, who fought in the Vietnam War as a commando. He was betrayed and killed by a man whom he believed to be his close friend (the man, Chapel, burned him alive with a flamethrower). Upon his death, Simmons vowed revenge on Chapel and hoped that he would one day return to his beloved wife Wanda.

In order to accomplish his vow, he makes a pact with the Malebolgia (who was the overlord on the eighth plane of Hell). The pact was a simple one: Simmons would become a Soldier in Malebolgia's army (known as the "Hellspawn" or "Spawn" for short) in return for the ability to walk the earth once again in order to see Wanda. However, Simmons was tricked and his body was not returned to him; instead he had been given a different body which was a festering, pungently cadaverous, maggot-ridden walking corpse that had a massive living red cape attached to it. The head of this new body had been rotten for some time and was in an advanced state of decay, which led to Simmons donning a mask in order to cover its grotesque appearance.

Upon his return to "life", Spawn seeks out Wanda, who had apparently gotten over the grief of having lost Al and married another man, Al's best friend Terry Fitzgerald with whom she seemingly had a daughter, Cyan. Terry, a respectable man, works for a man named Jason Wynn. Wynn is a black-market arms dealer, amongst other things (such as the head of certain government organizations, one of which dispatched Al and his team to Vietnam), and is revealed to be the man responsible for the death of Al Simmons due to a disagreement the two had between each other. Jason's actions would also prove dangerous to the lives of Terry, Wanda and their daughter as well. Realizing that he is no longer the man in Wanda's life, Al swears to protect her and her new family.

The series depicts Spawn nesting in the dark alleyways, killing any who invade his new-found territory. Rejecting these actions as unworthy of Spawn's time and power, Malebolgia then dispatches another of his minions (a demonic creature known as the Violator that assumes the form of an obese clown) to try to sway Spawn into committing acts of violence and savagery in the name of Hell.

Spawn struggles to fight the lure of evil as well as seeking to escape being hunted by not only the forces of Hell but also must defend himself from assailants from Heaven, who have a need to destroy the Hellspawn in order to cripple the forces of Hell so they do not gain an edge in the escalating war between the two spiritual hosts. As the war intensifies, the line between the forces of good and evil become increasingly blurry. Spawn finds help along the way in the form of a dishevelled old man named Cogliostro who was once a Hellspawn that overcame the demonic powers resting within, amongst a number of other characters.

CharactersEdit

Spawn / Al Simmons (voiced by Keith David)

Cogliostro (voiced by Richard Dysart)

Violator (voiced by Michael Nicolosi (human form); James Hanes (demon form))

Wanda Blake (voiced by Dominique Jennings)

EpisodesEdit

Todd McFarlane's Spawn has a total of 18 episodes spread over 3 seasons that were produced from May 1997 to May 1999.

ReferencesEdit

  1. "HBO and David Kelley Win Top Early Emmys ". The New York Times. August 30, 1999. http://select.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F10E13FA3B5F0C738FDDA10894D1494D81. Retrieved on 2010-12-14. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Todd McFarlane's Spawn: The Animated Collection (10th Anniversary Signature Edition) ". DVD Talk. http://www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/29309/todd-mcfarlanes-spawn-the-animated-collection-10th-anniversary-signature-edition/. Retrieved on 2010-12-14. 

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