Here’s some hot news from the gang at Shout! Factory — they’ve inked a deal with Marvel Entertainment to han­dle the home video dis­tri­b­u­tion for their pop­u­lar car­toon show The Super Hero Squad.  This show uti­lizes sev­er­al clas­sic Marvel char­ac­ters and host of pop­u­lar car­toon-voice tal­ent as well as plen­ty of name actors from film and tele­vi­sion to sup­port its humor­ous take on the comic book uni­verse.  Sounds like a Marvel-ized ver­sion of Super Friends shot through with the kind of gen­re-satire humor found in The Incredibles.  Read on for more details on the Shout!/Marvel plans…



Shout! Factory Secures Home Entertainment Rights to Marvel Animation’s The Super Hero Squad Show

Los Angeles, Calif., – Shout! Factory and Marvel Animation, Inc. announced today a new alliance to bring Marvel’s suc­cess­ful ani­mat­ed series The Super Hero Squad Show to the home enter­tain­ment mar­ket­place. Under the mul­ti-year deal, Shout! Factory will be the exclu­sive U.S. home enter­tain­ment dis­trib­u­tor with licens­ing rights to the action-packed half-hour episodes of The Super Hero Squad Show, Marvel Animation’s high­ly suc­cess­ful ani­mat­ed series cur­rent­ly air­ing on Cartoon Network.  The announce­ment was made by Shout! Factory found­ing part­ners Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos and Marvel Animation President Eric Rollman.

We are thrilled with this excit­ing oppor­tu­ni­ty to work close­ly with Marvel Animation, a glob­al­ly rec­og­nized stu­dio for its fan­tas­tic pro­duc­tions and pop cul­ture con­tent. This strate­gic part­ner­ship with Marvel con­tin­ues to build on our con­tin­u­ing suc­cess in dis­trib­ut­ing some of the most pre­mière brands to the mar­ket­place,” stat­ed Shout! Factory found­ing part­ners. “The Super Hero Squad Show has become one of the most pop­u­lar ani­mat­ed series on tele­vi­sion. There’s a lot of inter­est from loy­al fans, and we plan to do a great job with upcom­ing releas­es. We hope that this is just the start of a mutu­al­ly ben­e­fi­cial rela­tion­ship.”

We have found a tremen­dous and pas­sion­ate part­ner in Shout! Factory who bring some of the most inno­v­a­tive DVD releas­es to mar­ket, and always with unique bonus fea­tures and pack­ag­ing that deliv­er the best val­ue to the fans,” stat­ed Eric Rollman, President of Marvel Animation.  “We have some great ideas for the upcom­ing Super Hero Squad Show DVDs and look for­ward to con­tin­u­ing the Super Hero Squad expe­ri­ence from Cartoon Network to our fans on DVD.”

The Super Hero Squad Show launched on Cartoon Network US in October 2009 to tremen­dous rat­ings and con­tin­ues to deliv­er impres­sive num­bers in its reg­u­lar M-F 8:30am and Saturday 7:30pm time slots.

Boasting a stel­lar ensem­ble of voice tal­ent from Hollywood , The Super Hero Squad Show ani­mat­ed series fea­tures super-styl­ized ver­sions of Marvel’s pop­u­lar char­ac­ters (includ­ing Captain America , Silver Surfer, Thor, Hulk, Wolverine and Iron Man) with a comedic twist.  Marvel has attract­ed some top voice tal­ent to play the roles of Marvel’s icon­ic heroes and vil­lains of Marvel Super Hero Squad, includ­ing Tom Kenny (aka Spongebob) as Iron Man, Captain America and M.O.D.O.K., Grey DeLisle (Fairly Oddparents) as Ms. Marvel and the Enchantress, Alimi Ballard (NUMB3RS) as the Falcon, and Charlie Adler (Cow & Chicken, Transformers 1 & 2) as Dr. Doom. In addi­tion, super­star guests have joined the cast to play var­i­ous vil­lains and heroes from through­out the Marvel uni­verse, includ­ing Shawn Ashmore (X-Men films) as Iceman, LeVar Burton (Ali, Roots) as Rhodey, Taye Diggs (Private Practice) as the Black Panther, Robert Englund (A Nightmare on Elm Street) as Dormammu, Greg Grunberg (Heroes) as Ant-Man, Mark Hamill (Star Wars) as the Red Skull, Lena Headey (Sarah Connor Chronicles) as the Black Widow, Tricia Helfer (Battlestar Galactica) as Sif, Cheryl Hines (Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Ugly Truth) as Stardust, Wayne Knight (Seinfeld) as Egghead, James Marsters (Smallville, Buffy The Vampire Slayer) as Mr. Fantastic, Jennifer Morrison (Star Trek, House) as the Wasp, Adrian Pasdar (Heroes) as Hawkeye, Kevin Sorbo (Hercules, Meet The Spartans) as Ka-Zar, George Takei (Heroes, Star Trek) as Galactus and Michelle Trachtenberg (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Gossip Girl) as the Valkyrie. The cast is also joined by comics leg­end Stan Lee (co-cre­ator of Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, the X-Men, Iron Man, the Hulk, Thor and many oth­er Marvel char­ac­ters) in a recur­ring role as the Mayor of Super Hero City.

When the great­est heroes on the plan­et unite to face the world’s great­est vil­lains, you get the biggest, most fam­i­ly-friend­ly Super Hero team-up in TV his­to­ry… The Super Hero Squad Show. It’s no small job pro­tect­ing Super Hero City from the wild, weird (& even wacky) vil­lainy of Villainville’s infa­mous bad­dies… but Iron Man, Wolverine, the Hulk, the Silver Surfer, Thor and the Falcon are always up for the job. Shouting “Hero Up!” as they rush into bat­tle, the Squad must keep Dr. Doom’s min­ions from gath­er­ing pieces of the Infinity Sword. Otherwise, Doom will use the Sword to rule the uni­verse! Luckily, the City is filled with Marvel super-hero guest-stars to help out in a pinch. These brave heroes total­ly deliv­er the action – but with plen­ty of humor on the side.

Shout! Factory plans a strate­gic roll­out of The Super Hero Squad Show home enter­tain­ment pro­duct-line lat­er this year, uti­liz­ing the same sales and mar­ket­ing strengths that has made them one of the lead­ing inde­pen­dent stu­dios in the enter­tain­ment indus­try.

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The Super Hero Squad Show: Quest For The Infinity Sword, Vol. 1

The Super Hero Squad Show: Quest For The Infinity Sword, Vol. 1

The most pow­er­ful object in the uni­verse, the INFINITY SWORD, has been shat­tered (oops!) in a bat­tle between IRON MAN and DR. DOOM. But Doom doesn?t give up eas­i­ly; he?ll leave no stone unturned until he recov­ers every last shard. Iron Man snags the best heroes around to beat Doom at his own game: WOLVERINE, HULK, THOR, the SILVER SURFER and a hot­shot fly­er named THE FALCON. With friends like CAPTAIN AMERICA and MS. MARVEL, and with tons of oth­er heroes help­ing out, Iron Man can lead the Super Hero Squad to vic­to­ry! This release fea­tures the first 7 episodes from Season One plus all-new bonus fea­tures! Featuring the guest voic­es of Adrian Pasdar (Heroes), Robert Englund (A Nightmare On Elm Street), Tricia Helfer (Battlestar Galactica), Greg Grunberg (Heroes), James Marsters (Buffy The Vampire Slayer), Lena Headey (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles) and Stan Lee!