#99 Our Spider-Man Is A Classic.

The Spiderman animated series was watered down with censorship yet it found a way to be great. Sure they weren’t allowed to show Spidey punching any bad guys or even saying the world “kill”… And it kind of strayed away from the comics, and  there were a lot of storylines involving Peter Parker’s mushy, gushy love for Mary Jane but ultimately, it entertained 90s kids. The show featured all of the classic Spiderman villains like Kingpin, Doctor Octopus, Scorpion, Green Goblin, Mysterio, Hobgoblin, Venom, Carnage and Chameleon; and that was a huge part of its appeal. The Spiderman films had some hope; that is until the catastrophic, massacre Spiderman 3 came out, making us want to shoot web into our eyes and run back to 1994 to relieve the animated series.

As avid watchers of animated 90s Spidey, at what moment did you realize the films had failed you? For me, it was Tobey (Peter Parker) dancing down the street in Spiderman 3. Shameful. Relive the painful scene below.


19 responses to “#99 Our Spider-Man Is A Classic.

  1. Gristle McNerd

    I can’t quite recall the exact moment, but I didn’t care much for the first 2 movies, either. Everything related to Spidey has to keep a careful balance between quippy buttkicking and teenage angst, and the movies were way too heavy on the angst.

  2. Totally agree! Spiderman was the SHIT! The movies werent nearly as good as the animated series. The webshooters being different in the cartoon vs. the movie sucked.

    about the cartoon, was anyone as bothered as me about norman osbourne’s hair? it was red, and “corn-row”-y


  3. I enjoyed the first two movies, but after the atrocious reviews I never, ever got around seeing the third. And I’ve heard about this particular scene, but I never saw it – until now. WOW. I don’t know what the context is, but how do you film something like that and be okay with it?

    • Gristle McNerd

      The context is that he just got possessed by Venom so now he’s all self-confident and whatever but because he is a NERRRRD he still doesn’t know how to be cool.

  4. I agree with Mr. McNerd. Waaaaaay too much angst. Love the 90s Spiderman series.

  5. Balam del Monte

    i’m so glad i chose not to watch that movie. And yes, the 90s series was the best!

  6. The 90s series was pretty great as a kid. If I remember correctly it did some neat crossovers with the 90s X-Men show, also.

    The movies were pretty good (‘cept for the third obviously), but as a whole the downfall of the movies for me was that Peter spent too much time crying and not enough time making smartass remarks at bad guys.

    It’ll be interesting to see what they do with the reboot… but so far it looks like they’re trying to make it too “hip” or something. Like the Twilight version of Spiderman. At least they’ve got Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy.

  7. I just had one of those mind-blowing 90s revelations recently:

    Guess who did the voice for Peter Parker in Spider-Man: The Animated Series? Christopher Daniel Barnes — the same guy who was the voice of Prince Eric in The Little Mermaid!

    Mind blow.

  8. This show was great. If Sony wants a good Spiderman they need to have him kick ass and be funny.

  9. I loved the theme song for the animated series and the animation was top notch. I thought the movies looked really lame when they first came out, but I watched all three of them recently and they were better than I expected…well, the first 2 at least. I don’t know how you can screw up Venom but they did it.

  10. What killed it for me was in all three movies, where it always looked like Tobey MacGuire was smiling. Whether he was sad, happy, angry, confused, distraught, regretful, or struggling against a villain. He always had a smirk on his face. I hope Andrew Garfield does something good with the reboot, aside from that god-awful new Spidey costume.

  11. Fox was definitely on the ball with their acid-metal guitar riffs to open up spiderman and x-men….how could you not watch after being sucked in by the vanhalen-esque tunes?

  12. I remember LOVING the show growing up. I had all the toys and even a poster on my wall with the intro logo and shit.

    It wasn’t until I caught it on KIDSWB the other day that I realized how tame and censored it was. Definitely not as great as I remember it. Spider-Man can’t even strike enemies, he has to use spider-webbing to knock some inanimate object on them? I wonder what bug crawled up FOX’s ass… even X-Men: The Animated Series had plenty of physical action and violence.

    Batman: The Animated Series trumps all IMO. Great voice-acting, animation, stories, villains and action. It was the best superhero cartoon of the 90s and of all-time.

  13. For the 100th realization I, personally, would say

    that I somehow came to find that 90% of all my most beloved childhood memories came from stuff which originated in Japan.

    It was about ten years ago that I realized it. I’m 24 years old now, living in Japan, and completely fluent in Japanese.

  14. HappySunshineFun

    AII 90s EPs of Spiderman are on instant view on NetfIix now!!

  15. I never noticed the censorship until about a decade later, on a YouTube video. Theirs is probably the only method of censorship I consider to be creative.

  16. Censored? The show is amazing, that’s all I know. The movies are gay as shit but so is almost everything after 1996.

  17. Loved the cartoon but hands down the worst cliffhanger ending of a show ever! Fox dropped the ball when they switched to a different spiderman show

  18. spiderman 3 derailed for me when they killed off venom…i probably should have caught it before

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