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Spawn
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TV Series / Animation / Action / Crime / Drama / Fantasy / Horror / Mystery / Sci-Fi / Thriller
Cast :
Keith David,Richard Dysart,Dominique Jennings
Type :
TV Series
Time :
30min
Rating :
8.1/10

After being betrayed and murdered by his employer, a government trained assassin named, Al Simmons, is resurrected as a Hellspawn and is forced to become the reluctant leader of Hell's army.

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Spawn is indifferent at first, but is pressed into action when a cop.

Spawn: The Animation is an upcoming American animated series produced by Film Roman and Todd McFarlane Productions. It is the sequel series to Todd McFarlane's Spawn. The series made it partially through pre-production before being put on indefinite hiatus. Some animations of the show exist, and the show was never put into animation production. This was due to the series' getting caught up in some "legal wranglings.

Todd McFarlane's Spawn is an adult animation television series which aired on HBO from 1997 through 1999. It is also released on DVD as a film series. It is based on the Spawn character from Image Comics, and was nominated for and won an Emmy in 1999 for Outstanding Animation Program (longer than one hour). A sequel series titled Spawn: The Animation was planned and started production back in 2004 and Keith David would have reprised his role as Spawn.

Watch Spawn Tv Series Show Online full episodes for Free. Stream cartoon Spawn Tv Series Show series online with HQ high quality. After being betrayed and murdered by his employer, a government trained assassin named, Al Simmons, is resurrected as a Hellspawn and is forced to become the reluctant leader of Hell’s army.

Info: After being betrayed and murdered by his employer, a government trained assassin named, Al Simmons, is resurrected as a Hellspawn and is forced to become the reluctant leader of Hell’s army. Genres: Action Crime Drama Fantasy Horror Thriller. Spawn Tv Series Season 3 Episode 6 Prophecy. Spawn Tv Series Season 3 Episode 5 Chasing the Serpent. Spawn Tv Series Season 3 Episode 4 Hunter’s Moon. Spawn Tv Series Season 3 Episode 3 Seed of the Hellspawn. Spawn Tv Series Season 3 Episode 2 Twitch is Down. Spawn Tv Series Season 3 Episode 1 The Mindkiller.

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We look back on the days of HBO animated Spawn series - is the show you watched behind your parents’ backs as good as you remember? . Spawn was the highest-selling independent comic in history, had been optioned for a movie within the first year of its release, and the property’s line of action figures had already expanded the toy market far beyond the grade school set.

Action & adventure, animation, drama. Todd McFarlane's Spawn is an animated television series which aired on HBO from 1997 through 1999. It is based on the Spawn comic series from Image Comics, and was nominated for and won an Emmy in 1999 for Outstanding Animation Program. An unrelated series titled Spawn: The Animation is in production since 2009, with Keith David reprising his role as the titular character. Like the comic book, the series features graphic violence, sexual scenes, and extensive use of profanity.

A government trained assassin in life, A vengeful hellspawn in death. Brought back from the dead to join Hell's army and release his carnage on anyone that may get in his way. Heaven and Hell battle for his already torn soul, while he wanders the alleys protecting the innocent and destroying the corrupt who disrupt the lives of the innocent. In the meantime he faces the tragedy of his death and the fact that he has been sent to Hell and he must also face the reality of losing his wife to an old friend.
Series cast summary:
Keith David Keith David - Spawn 18 episodes, 1997-1999
Richard Dysart Richard Dysart - Cogliostro 18 episodes, 1997-1999
Dominique Jennings Dominique Jennings - Wanda Blake 18 episodes, 1997-1999
James Keane James Keane - Sam Burke / - 17 episodes, 1997-1999
Michael McShane Michael McShane - Gareb / - 17 episodes, 1997-1999
John Rafter Lee John Rafter Lee - Jason Wynn 17 episodes, 1997-1999
Victor Love Victor Love - Bobby / - 12 episodes, 1997-1998
Michael Nicolosi Michael Nicolosi - Clown 11 episodes, 1997-1999
Kath Soucie Kath Soucie - Additional Voices / - 9 episodes, 1997-1998

The whip-crack sound effect of Spawn/Al Simmons' chains popping out from his robes is the same as the activation of the alien's heat vision in Predator (1987).

Overt-Kill was originally conceived during an episode of "The Comic Book Greats", a direct-to-video talk show about comic book artists and writers hosted by Stan Lee. In an episode, Stan Lee gave Todd McFarlane and Rob Liefeld the name "Overkill" and told them to make a character that would best suit the name. Overkill was changed to Overt-Kill for the Spawn comics possibly due to the original being trademarked since the name was being considered for a movie.

Originally, the Season 1 episodes had a 1996 copyright date, despite the fact that these episodes aired in May-June 1997. When the Season 1 episodes were re-released onto DVD, the copyright date was updated as being 1997 rather than 1996.

In the show, Spawn spares Billy Kincaid but roughs him up only to be shot by Violator. In the comics, Spawn brutally murders Kincaid and pins him up in Sam and Twitch's office.


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ladushka

ladushka

"Spawn: The animated series" is one of the best adaptations of one comic into animation, just like "The Maxx". The animation is excellent, full of details and with a dark and mysterious atmosphere, and the story is dark as well. While in the movie the characters are plain and uninteresting, in this show, all those characters are much better developed, and the story was interesting and well written.

the whole series was put together fabulously, and it is superior in every single detail in the movie. It stayed true to Spawns roots, it was dark, it was emotional, it was violent, it had a sick sense of humor. "Spawn" is one of the best animated series ever made.
Xar

Xar

I agree with what many reviewers said and I wont rehash the story line anymore - many folks have done so already.

What I'd like to add is that HBO Cable Networks did a wonderful thing in showing this as a weekly series. I was glued to the television weekly at midnight - not just me but all of my friends as well. I don't care what I was doing, I HAD to watch this. We all loved this animated working of Spawn. The animation was crisp, the storytelling was adult and intelligent, the vocal casting was superb. This is what adult animation and comic book adaptation was about. The first season was better than the second one to me but both were groundbreaking.

What I disliked more than anything -- was the feature film of "Spawn". It did not hold a candle to this series and just ruined what was already done. Sad thing, HBO hasn't re-shown repeats of this and they should. And HBO hasn't produced & adapted other comics, which it should be doing along these lines. There are many production lessons here as well as a great adaptation lesson.

Todd MacFarlane's creation is the best here. I hope they show it again, release a DVD if so, do not miss this. Be forewarned - adult themes run through this version. The first season is NOT for the kiddies or a PG-13 oriented. It is dark, it is wonderful and it is the world of Spawn as it should be seen and interpreted.
Brariel

Brariel

Spawn has, for quite some time, being the grounding stone of Image Comics. Image is the third largest retailer in the US and UK. Marvel, the leader, has names such as Spiderman, X-Men, Capt America, Hulk and a never-ending list of other heroes. D.C., the second, has Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and a whole load more. And Image has Spawn. There are a few others, but most would not have heard of them. This is just a brief glimpse at the popularity of this single character whose sales in comics alone support the mammoth of a company that Image is.

The animation runs over three seasons (also referred to as three feature-length movies) and each season is split into six twenty-five minute episodes. On DVD, the seasons run as individual films. This is a total running time of a little over seven hours, as each film is about two and a half hours. And within these seven hours, is everything one could possibly want from Spawn. Without giving away essential plot points, it is safe to say that the basic, original story of Spawn which is covered over the first couple of dozen comics and the not-so-well-received movie, is covered in the first season. The second and third seasons are also true to the comics, but are a deeper insight into the legend of Spawn.

The animations are slightly in manga style (only very slightly, taking the few better elements of manga and mixing it with conventional western cartoons), but are also western enough so as to keep the gritty feel that the original comics generated. There is an abundance of blood (I would say gore, but it is all spurting blood and little guts), plenty of swearing and a whole load of nudity. Now, I am a fan of Justice League which is pure and innocent enough to be shown on day time TV. But if I'm going to go out of my way to watch an evening adult show, I do appreciate it when the makers go all out to MAKE it an adult show. It is not for the pathetic, faint of heart. It is brutal, it is hard core, and I love it to bits.

Spawn is voiced by Keith David who had the most brilliant, atmospheric deep voice which captures the purest essences of what Spawn should sound like, and likewise the rest of the voice-casting is outstanding at worst. The voice overs are half what make a show like this, and when they are so precision perfect and so fantastically scripted it's no wonder that watching the film like this draws you deep into the world.

And animation is well above par. Not the best I've ever seen, but that is rare and often a sure-fire sign that too much time and money has gone into too specific an aspect of the overall project. The colouring/inking and shadow work are perfect for Spawn. Most of the time the majority of the characters are cast half in shadow, and the more mysterious a character, the less you see. This applies to Spawn too, but we see plenty of him so it's fine.

All in all, I can only wish there are more programs like this out there. I do believe that the audience they aim for is quite small considering all the people out there who would rather watch feel-good daytime talk shows and shopping channels than a brilliantly conceived film-noir style animation. So if this is your thing, I cannot recommend it more strongly. And if you are a fan of Spawn, lock yourself in a room with plenty of food and water for a day, because you will not be able to tear yourself away.
Risinal

Risinal

The comic books are rich in character backgrounds and, elevate rapidly through masterful story lines. Since when has a comic book character brought so much pain and adversity to our screens. Since when has a comic book character been adapted into an animated series and still creates an aura of harshness and entertainment. Maybe the Batman series of the early 90's reflected the true depiction of it's character; Bob Kane intended Gotham City to be a dark and disturbing reality. A world like David Fincher or Tim Burton. Spawn does indeed thrive in this blend of nightmarish fantasy, which still portrays a world that does exists. Maybe the thought of a soldier sent from Hell, inhabiting the streets dressed in a red cloak and a rubber costume, while ridding the slums of criminals seems far fetched, it is still entertaining. The fact that Todd Mcfarlane has worked on comic books such as Spiderman shows that he knows how intricate characters are to be depicted. So he knew fine well that for this series to work an in depth, complex and intriguing storyline had to prevail. Spawn the animated series is just that and if you take time to appreciate each character and their personalities you should find Spawn to be highly watchable. Moving away from this the animation is just sublime; playing with the shadows of Rat Alley, and blending the hatred of Spawn with his undying love for Wanda, we are led into a paradoxical imagination of two untouchable forces colliding - Heaven and Hell. Watch Spawn and if you can read the comics, they are of a very good quality.
betelgeuze

betelgeuze

During the year when the live-action adaptation of, "Spawn", was released, HBO released an animated series based on the comic-book series that ran from 1997 to 1999. This is one of the greatest animated series ever made.

The animation is excellent it make's the series look dark and edgy, the characters were great including Detectives Sam and Twitch, and the voice acting was good especially having Keith David provide the voice of the main character.

Overall, if you didn't like the live-action movie or looking for a good show to watch, "Spawn: The Animated Series", is really worth watching.
Shou

Shou

Spawn was an animated series based on Todd McFarlane's comic book series.The first season of the show and the movie version both came out in 1997.The movie was PG-13 rated and while it was not the worst movie ever, it was nowhere near as good as the comics or this animated series.This series is great.It's dark, disturbing, violent, gory etc.Definitely not for the kids.The show is about a man who is left for dead by his old boss.He now comes back as a hellspawn and exacts his revenge while trying to see his ex-wife Wanda who has re-married to his friend.The show has Spawn living in an alley with other homeless people, as well as one who was once a hellspawn earlier.He basically saves them from all the gangs and the mafia who come and attack them as well, while trying to exact revenge on his old boss.Season 1 was the best season in my opinion, season 3 was great as well.Season 2 was good but a bit disappointing in comparison to the other ones.Overall a great series! The show was released on 3 DVD's originally where they combine all the episodes of a season to make a movie.Now they have a 4 disk tin case box set.Worth watching!
Vit

Vit

Spawn was way ahead of it's time. I remember watching the original in the 90's on HBO and loving it. Here we are in 2014 and I'm rewatching it and just loving it...just loving it. Adult all the way, Spawn isn't for the kids. It's, of course, a Faustian tale and a superhero title but at it's core this is horror. The cartoon is very dark, chilling, and gritty. It's ultra-violent, suspenseful, animated beautifully, the voice-acting is precise and quietly subdued. It's as if all it's characters are speaking as shadows. Brilliant stuff here that outshines anything DC is doing currently and DC is the only one really doing anything worth a crud for American comic-book animation. Love Marvel but their animation is pathetic. If you're over 18 and want a good super-hero animation that lives and breathes in the dark...go buy Spawn. Mr. McFarland....please bring this back!
Freighton

Freighton

The movie was one of the worst I had seen in my life. I did not have high hope for the animated series but I was very much surprised. The dialogue and, bizarrely enough, the acting are a hundred times as good as the film and the plot and characters are also much more intriguing.

Sadly production ended before the 4th season of Spawn and it just seemed to be getting darker and darker. But the one thing I can be sure of from this is that it's going to have one hell of a send-off when the entire story finally climaxes (if HBO ever bring it back, which they should!!!)

I'd start watching this if I were you. But be prepared. The violence is quite graphic.
Xurad

Xurad

This is the ultimate expression of the Spawn character, engaging plots, amazing artwork and a propensity to the excellent. The voice casting is perfect, and a good job was done trimming the crap out of the comic book, and improving and streamlining the storyboards, it beats the ever living crap out of the movie and is the sort of thing that creates fanatics out of people.
Mall

Mall

Spawn was a 3-season long HBO animated series from 1997-1999.I was not there to watch it during it's original run, but I caught maybe one episode on Teletoon years ago.I watched the entire series on youtube about a year ago and I bought the Season 1 DVD.This review is for the third season? Why does it have it's own separate IMDb page? Well apparently, the seasons were combined and made into films for the older DVD's.I am not sure if they make it separate episodes for the new tin-case box-set DVD's.Season 1 was simply amazing, I loved it! Then Season 2 in my opinion was a disappointment.It was good just nowhere near as good as the first.Season 3 improved from Season 2 and came close to being as good as the first season.The series ended in a sort of cliffhanger and never came back, though there is talks for a continuation.You can either by the tin-case DVD set with all three seasons, or you can buy the 3 DVD's which are more like movies.At $6.00 a DVD, it's definitely worth it.The DVD for this season(the old one) has an interview with Todd McFarlane & the cast talking about the show, plus two music videos.One is "Bawbitaba" by Kid Rock and the other is "Play Around" by Lil Cease & Lil Kim.These are kinda random, they have nothing to do with Spawn.The songs are both decent in my opinion, but not great.
Moonshaper

Moonshaper

This TV series has a lot to credit itself to anime because of it's amazing animation technicques and dark ways. Story tells of a government soldier who dies in a fire and 5 years later comes back as a killing machine who is torn between protecting his once wife or serving his master Malbolgia (aka- Lucifer). Story twists around in more ways than one (especially in season 2 and 3), but that helps with the story, the mystery and the action. Great drama, provided by Todd McFarlane (who the cartoon was created by).
Deeroman

Deeroman

If you ask people around of why is animated Spawn good, you will have a 90% chance of getting this reply: It's cartoon for adults. BECAUSE CARTOONS ARE FOR KIDS!

Why isn't that cute; too bad I am an anime fan and those crazy Japs were making adult cartoons way before this one. Heck, Ralph Bakshi was making adult animation in America way before this one. Heck, MAD TV did adult animation after it. Anyone seen The Maxx by any chance? So in other words, this ITS FOR ADULTS doesn't fly to veteran viewers.

OK, let's see what else is there to it. Oh right, it has Spawn as the main character. Who doesn't like that half demon – half undead anti-hero who is stuck in the eternal war between heaven and hell? He has a cool cape that transforms to a dozen ecstatic weapons and fights demons and robots and mad assassins and other stuff. The artwork is super gritty and the world is one big sh1thole. Oh, right, and they say the word sh1t and f*ck a lot too. IT'S FOR ADULTS!

The set up is great; that's for sure. This guy wakes up with superpowers and a mutated body and goes around trying to rebuild his life and fight all sorts of freaks. That's cool. Of course in the animated version his enemies are limited to humans so don't expect any real threats for Spawn; most of them are n00bs before him while the really powerful ones like the demon clown and the angelic chick are never dealt with in the cartoon. That's right; the whole show is the prologue to the comic book and even that takes out most of the occult aspects.

This takes out a significant portion of the supernatural action and fun of the comic, but leaves room for far more psychology. Since almost everybody is mortal, they act in ways we can relate with instead of having unworldly demons that kill people just for kicks. When someone dies, he is a common man, and that multiplies the shock. Oh, and yes, people die in this cartoon FOR ADULTS all the time. Most for little to no reason. That is the main point of the whole show you see; when life and ideals have lost their values and everybody kills and tortures for power and money BECAUSE HE CAN. Neat concept for a cartoon but surely something you can find in any live action gangster film out there. Which if you ask me makes you wonder why didn't they add all the fantasy parts in a form or art that is there to depict things you DON'T find in live action. Jesus you guys, if I wanted violence and profanity around people, I would watch a life action title. If it is animated and you have the liberty to draw anything you like WHY DO YOU STICK SO MUCH TO THE BASICS? Oh right, it's for adults and we don't have much of that so it stands out. As far as cartoons go that is; anime do this stuff for over 50 years now.

And I am not saying it looks bad or anything; animation and voice acting are as gritty as they are supposed to be. The action and torture scenes are as gruesome as they need to be. The feelings of hopelessness and disgust are there. Thumbs up for presentation. But when it comes to plot or characters, well, you get a prologues where an undying grumpy super- powerful dude wastes a bunch of thugs who love to torture people. Where is the challenge in there? OK, sure, you get lots of that in the comic but the cartoon is like a walk in the park.

And no, the main focus was never the action but the atmosphere. To show a completely rotten and immoral society full of violence, profanity, and death. Bravo, they got that right. But don't go expecting for some sort of solid conclusion because all you get is Spawn and his indirect allies saying something corny like "Have hope, stay true to yourself, and things will be better tomorrow." Why thank you so much; I think Jack and Beanstalk had the same overall message. And that was a fairy tale. Spawn is in effect a dark fairy tale and an intro to things you need to read about in the comic. And even there, not after a certain point since after he deals with that Maleboja fellow the storyline becomes really messy and almost aimless.

So in all, yes, it is a good watch. But not a very good watch. It is too different from the comic, since most of the supernatural stuff are taken out. It doesn't have a solid conclusion either apart from some weird war we never see much about and a long monologue of a depressed Spawn looking at trashcans and attempting philosophy. It is gritty and serves its purpose but doesn't fully exploit its setting and ends up being just that ADULT CARTOON everybody remembers for being an ADULT CARTOON.

Kay, thanks, bye, 6/10 for the effort but have seen much better.
Dugor

Dugor

...does that make it good? I do find Spawn the animated series interesting. The characters are fairly well-developed, I suppose the gore is an accurate representation of what's going on. But...the thing drags. And it drags further because HBO only seems to air the show in 6-8 episode batches, once a year. Just when things get interesting, it's Whoosh! off the air for 6-8 months. There also seems to be a lot of unnecessary padding (more in the second year), and Cogliostro is just downright annoying, both as narrator and in his conversations with Spawn. Keith David's voice work is excellent as always, though. Generally, though, this doesn't inspire me to go out and read the comic books. It's one of those shows you like to watch, but don't inspire you to watch devotedly every week. And Todd McFarlane as the intro Serling-like host? Sheesh.
Foginn

Foginn

I love this show. It is so dark and so brilliant and so GOOD compared to the crap movie that i can't wait for the next season.

Which season are they on? 6 I think. Let's recap. At the end of season 5, Jason Wynn has his face burned off by an enchanted mask, but escapes. Jade makes Spawn kill her so the bounty hunters will stop chasing them, and so she won't be sent to hell. The crooked police chief who shot Twitch is confronted in a subway by Twitch's partner, and afterwards he kills himself.

There you have it; the genius that is Spawn.

Things to watch for: -Terry becomes Lightbringer -Wynn returns -Tony Twist comes back?
Brajind

Brajind

This animated TV series is based on Spawn, a comic that was quite popular when it came out. I think after a while the adoration cooled, but as someone who didn't think I'd like the story, I must say there is definite merit in this show. It is indeed quite dark, but it's not evil.

Spawn may be regarded as a superhero (he wears a mask and cape), but unlike Batman, Superman or Spider-Man, he's undead. He is sent by hell to kill evil people, so the devil (here called Malebolgia) gets their souls to use in war against heaven. Wouldn't the evil people die eventually without a Spawn? That question is my only problem with this idea. Anyway, Spawn struggles with his evil and humanity, with a former-Spawn named Cogliostro trying to get him to reject Malebolgia and evil.

The look of the show is quite dark (lots of shadow and night scenes), and that fits in with dark subject matter. Season 1 features a child rapist and killer; season 2 has a racist serial killer; season 3 has a brutal vampire. Adding to the adult nature, the fact that this show ran on HBO means the show featured heavy profanity and even some nudity. This darkness can sometimes be too heavy, so that watching several episodes on DVD at one time can become too much. But one or two episodes can be wonderful, unafraid to tackle darkness in reality. The nudity doesn't start out that great (one scene has two naked women being shot in bed, which comes a bit close to misogyny), but I loved seeing Jade's breasts during a naked ritual in season 3.

Season 3 is my favourite of the six-episode seasons; Jade, the powerful woman sent by heaven to kill Spawn, is an attractive character. The episode Hunter's Moon has heaven sending a vampire to kill Spawn. My favourite part of that episode is that the word "vampire" is never used, because we don't need to hear it to know she is one. But there also is some paradox that she would be sent by heaven, and indeed one driving concept of the show is that good and evil aren't pure, something stated by creator Todd McFarlane in one of the show's openings. It's a good point though some Christians might regard it as blasphemy.

One problem I have with this show is that in action scenes it can be hard to tell what's going on. Spawn works best as psychological horror (how many other cartoons can be characterized as horror?). It is this quality that will hopefully make the show remembered as the years go on.
Mr_NiCkNaMe

Mr_NiCkNaMe

Great insights brought together in imagery and story that reach crescendos of wrenching intensity. We are creatures born of carnality of many sorts. These of themselves lead us to terrible evil and yet also may be the source of or are opposed by transcendent good. Spawn explores this metaphorical brew of opposites at its most elemental and archtypal. We rolled on the floor when Todd (the originator of the series) narrated after the second season that some wanted to purchase rights for Saturday morning kiddie viewing because it was in a comic book format. This is mature audience animation at is very finest. As it aged (second and third season)like a fine wine it gained depth, bouquet, and mystery. It needs a fourth season to be complete. There are so many things still dangling.
Captain America

Captain America

This season was great. Although I am disappointed that this one, as well as the first two, was for Mature Audiences Only. As I said with Spawn 2, if they could tone it down a bit, then it would attract a bigger audience. In this Season, Spawn is stalked by a Bounty Hunter from Heaven named Jade, who, in my opinion, is much like Angela in the comic book series. This one also features a man eating Angel named Lilly. Some of it gruesome. I wish that Todd could make a Season 4 of Spawn. Nothing really happens to the characters in the end. Spawn is still in the process of being convinced to stop living a life of violence, Wanda's left pregnate, Wynn's still alive... If McFarlane decides to continue the series, he should rap it up. I hope he's planning on continuing it... We're all in suspense! C'mon! I give it 10 strong stars out of, well, 10. An awesome film... Take the kids! j/k 10/10
Manarius

Manarius

Its been a long time watching this horror cartoon ,they must show this on Adult Swim for a re-runs,it better then other show They should make more episode of Spawn or at less a new season.

I give this 8/10.
Uris

Uris

Last review I did of FMA: Brotherhood, I mentioned that adaptations of original source material are a touchy subject. While you want to be fair and objective in a review, you also have your opinion colored if you're familiar with the source material.

However, this one is a unique case. While the HBO series isn't a faithful adaptation of the comic books by any stretch, and while it contains the same premise and characters, it would be most fair to label this as a retelling.

And it's a rather fantastic retelling, as the animation is dark, stylish and slick, which adds to the series' dark roots.

The characters are from the comic books as well. You have Cogliostro, Bobby, Terry, Wanda, Cyan, the Violator, Malebolgia, Sam & Twitch, and the eponymous character, each are deeply realized and brought to life, with the title character being the star of the show because of Keith David's stellar voice acting.

The music is rather mood setting too, adding to the effect of certain scenes. One highlight is a scene with Cyan and Spawn. It's little things like this that make the series an excellent re- telling.

It's also not a series for children, as it's dark and surprisingly violent. Which is a given, considering the original comic books.

Overall, this gets a 9/10. This is a great retelling of the Spawn franchise, though it isn't faithful to the comic books, it manages to shine just as bright.
Erthai

Erthai

This is an absolutely fantastic cartoon, the big thing for me is the voice acting, it's flawless and probably some of the best in any cartoon. The storyline is perfect, the atmosphere is dark, mysterious, Gothic and eerie, unlike anything I have seen before. I have heard a lot of bad things about the film and I'm not even going to bother watching it. For those of you who have read the comics and enjoyed them, you need to watch this. You will find yourself saying "Wow" after even the first episode, you will keep wanting more the more you watch this and you need to watch every episode. The voice acting for the clown is absolutely outstanding, and that laugh he does sends a shiver down my spine. Great voice acting, gritty, dark, amazing animation, you need to watch this now!
Vozilkree

Vozilkree

this could have been a great show but it has a very disjointed plot and the pacing is awful.

random bad guys are thrown in and a lot of the time spawn is just creeping around having flashbacks. seizure inducing flashbacks for the viewer.

the animation is VERY good and the voice acting is also great. also gratuitous violence and nudity are always a plus.

I get the feeling that the director of the series and the writers weren't used to scripting TV...

only watch this if you a) haven't seen the movie (since you will be even more bored) and b) don't mind going 20 minutes at a time waiting for something meaningful and interesting to happen.
Nkeiy

Nkeiy

I thought the movie could have used some work, this show did some things better than said movie, however, it too could have used some work. Suffice to say, it is almost all talk and no action with some pointless nudity thrown in probably to draw a person in. I love nudity, but not really in the context this show used it in. The story is somewhat similar to that of the movie only there is no real conclusion through the episodes I saw of this show. I saw what was the equivalent of the first two seasons, and quite frankly the first two seasons were all set up with very little payoff. I am just afraid that Todd Macfarlene is just a guy who is to full of himself and who tries way to hard to make this particular comic hero more than what he is, but adding unnecessary depth where a few more awesome fight scenes might liven up the program a bit. I can see from the score here I am in the minority in this thinking, but Spawn is not all that popular in the mainstream because it is at times boring to read and watch. However, he has his fans so I will not say to much about it, this show had some potential and is better than the movie which seemed to take an opposite course of becoming to action oriented and lame.
OTANO

OTANO

I fondly remember that the 1997 animated series "Spawn" was one of the great forbidden fruits of my childhood 12 years ago. I was 12 in '97, not yet mature enough, according to my parents, to watch a fantasy/horror superhero show about a Hell-spawned demon looking to avenge his own murder at the hands of his former boss. The show was rife with dark subject matter that included Hell, demons and black magic, not to mention graphic violence and explicit sexuality/nudity.

All of this might seem like poison to a 12-year-old boy's eyes, ears, and mind. But I couldn't help it. Sometimes I would sneak off into the basement, out of my parents' close supervision, to watch the glorious "Spawn" animated TV show that aired late at night on HBO, around the same time a bunch of soft-core porn shows were also being aired.

"Spawn" was adapted from the creator-owned Image Comics comic book created by Todd McFarlane. I remember that after Batman, Spider-Man (my favorite superhero) and the X-Men, Spawn was the next major superhero to have a significant impact on my childhood. Spawn, you could say, was the first mature-themed comic book superhero I ever encountered as a pre-teen. It allowed me to grow up pretty fast when I got the chance to watch the animated TV series. I was also pretty hyped to see the 1997 live-action movie in theaters, too, which was more like Spawn-lite - more of a watered-down introduction to the character for the masses, rather than being a straight-forward adaptation of the comics.

The animated series is a lot more closer to McFarlane's original vision of the character. It's dark, violent, and more faithful to the comics from which he sprang to life from. The story follows the plight of Al Simmons, a former government assassin/mercenary who is betrayed and murdered by his former boss Jason Wynn. Simmons is sent to Hell, where he makes a deal with the demon Malebolgia to become leader of his demonic army to lead the conquest of Earth, and eventually, Heaven, leading to Armageddon, in exchange to be able to see wife Wanda one more time, who is now happily re-married to his best friend Terry Fitzgerald, and together they now have a young daughter named Cyan. Simmons is thus reborn as the demonic Hellspawn, a creature of almost limit-less supernatural abilities, which he uses to fight the legions of Hellish creatures and nearly every other manner of human scum on Earth including ruthless assassins, mob bosses, and serial killers; and he also forms sympathetic links with the homeless occupants of "Rat City," who he tentatively befriends and whom he also ends up protecting.

He is also watched over on Earth by Malebolgia's lieutenant, The Clown, who of course has the ability to transform into the reptilian beast Violator. The forces of good are also in on the conspiracy, specifically the benevolent mentor Cogliostro, who teaches Spawn to use his powers for good instead of evil, and who also teaches him that it is possible to break free of his deal with Malebolgia. There's also some detective-noir in here as well, and light comic relief, in the form of detective pair Sam and Twitch.

As I already stated earlier, "Spawn" is not for children; I know this from first-hand experience. In many ways, this is the definitive vision of the Spawn character. It's much more faithful to the tone of the comics; it's dark (there's very little light and when there is light, there is still a foreboding sense of darkness and dread), the music is appropriately grim and moody, and lastly, and most importantly, it also stresses the great dramatic possibilities of the character and the tug-of-war being played against him for possession of his soul. The 1997 movie was all right as an introduction, nothing more, since it had forsaken the darker elements of the story in favor of a larger commercial appeal.

Spawn is unquestionably one of my favorite comic book superheroes of all time. The animated series is quite possibly the best animated series of all time based on a comic book superhero character. Spawn is truly a sympathetic character you can latch onto and not hate yourself for doing so: he's a Hell-spawned demon, a product of evil, who has been manipulated by circumstances into serving the forces of good (like other demonic superheroes such as Ghost Rider and Hellboy). It's this sort of great dramatic potential that I look for so much in comic book superheroes these days, ever since Spider-Man taught me that it is possible for comic book superheroes to truly grow up.

10/10
Leyl

Leyl

Flat, colorless dialogue and characters just as one dimensional. The NYPD in Spawn is criminally stupid. One character, Twitch is the only one who approaches interesting. It's nice to see a strong black female character in Wanda Blake, but she only switches between that simple formulation and a few other clichés. The main saving qualities of this series are the animation quality, overall plot and concept (not the execution thereof, however), and the nostalgia factor.

Todd McFarlane's intros are absolutely stupid. They give an idea of how much he wants to force a narrative tone ("And now, Spawn. So turn out the lights.) rather than create one. The effect is a melodrama whose painfully cliché dialogue wastes Keith David's incredible skills. The show does little to improve upon the source material or explore new dimensions of the Spawn universe and fails to create a product that fits into HBO's family of top-notch programming.

McFarlane wasted an opportunity to tell a quality story that could attract a new audience, which was probably his intent, but he missed his mark so severely, ignores the potential of subtlety so thoroughly, that the end result is merely fan service in an attractive package.
Tegore

Tegore

The artwork is good, the story is not interesting enough to sustain interest through Spawn and Spawn 2. The animation is nothing awe-inspiring so we are just left with an animated film that isn't bad to watch if you've nothing better to do and have the time to kill. I expected more with Todd McFarlane's name attached to the project. I'd rate it a 4 in the scale of 1-10. I don't find the Spawn's inner turmoil something I can relate to as it is hard to understand why a hell spawned assasin would ever have touchy-feely thoughts of his past life while in the process of killing yet another merely evil mortal. The narration is present too often during the film. It's as if the writers knew any viewer would need help to navigate the waters but maybe should have just written better and dumped the narration. The clown just is irritating.