Spider-Man Unlimited

 
Spider-Man battles racism; better for older kids.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The chief villain here is the High Evolutionary, who has created a race of super-powered intelligent animals and thinks humans are an inferior race that should be stamped out.

Violence

Plenty of animated action, involving super powers, sonic blasts, laser cannons, fist fights, robot armies, and more. Though there’s little bloodshed, the quantity and intensity of the violence here seems a notch higher than some other shows aimed at kids.

Sex
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

There’s plenty of Spider-Man merchandise out there, and young fans of this series will probably want some. The show also features several well-known characters from the Marvel comic book universe and promotes other chapters of the Spider-Man saga, including other TV shows, movies, and comic books.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this action-packed animated entry in the Spider-Man saga transports the hero to Counter-Earth, a planet much like the real thing but controlled by the evil High Evolutionary, who thinks humans are an inferior nuisance that should be eradicated. The show's themes of eugenics and racial purity -- combined with a bit more violence than other action cartoons for children -- makes the series a better fit for older kids and tweens. It's worth noting that only 13 episodes of the show were ever aired; the last one ends in a never-completed cliff-hanger.

What's the story?

On a rescue mission to Counter Earth, Spider-Man discovers that the parallel world is controlled by the High Evolutionary, a super villain who's created a race of intelligent animal hybrids and believes that humans are inferior. The web-slinger falls in with a band of revolutionaries who oppose the High Evolutionary's plans to control the human population, but the daring gang faces a tough fight against their evil foe and his robot armies.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Counter-Earth, according to lore, is just like our own planet, but opposite -- a mysterious celestial body where anything can happen. Shifting the action in SPIDER-MAN UNLIMITED to this new locale gives the writers the freedom to tinker with the hero's well-known storyline and develop a series aimed at older kids. With its focus on racial purity, ethnic cleansing, and totalitarianism, this show is more complex than the average kids' superhero series.

It's also a bit more violent than other shows. Spidey and his revolutionary pals clash frequently with the High Evolutionary's henchmen and robot armies, and the tone and content of these fight scenes can be more complex than the standard rock-'em-sock-'em battles. Expect fewer quips and more actual anger. Some civilians even get caught up in the action, becoming collateral damage as Spider-Man fights to protect humanity. Bottom line? It's edgy, but this is the kind of cartoon that die-hard fans of the comic books will be able to appreciate.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about racism. Why does the High Evolutionary think humans are inferior to his animal-hybrid creations? How does he treat them? Do you think it’s fair for him to discriminate against humans? Does this seem similar to the way some people are treated in real life? Can you think of any historical characters who seem similar to the High Evolutionary?

TV details

Cast:Brian Drummond, Michael Donovan, Rino Romano
Network:Disney XD
Genre:Kids' Animation
Topics:Superheroes, Adventures
TV rating:TV-Y7
Available on:DVD

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Parent Written byadonis1789 June 3, 2012
age 5+
 

Realistic Review

This show was simply ahead of its time. The official review sees the racial purity/eugenics as a negative thing; did they miss the message of this? Did the writer of this review never take a history, philosophy, ethics etc... class? A variant of George Santayana, "Those who do not read history are doomed to repeat it," must have flew right over his/her head. In my opinion the inclusion of this topic is a positive; because why would it be a negative to expose how many people used to, and some people now think/act regarding ethnic cleansing? The earlier children are exposed to this type of topic the better, at least when it's coming from a ethical point of view, especially when it is from a cartoon superhero (also a role model at this age for kids) is condemning the actions of ethnic cleansing/eugenics. Anyways, this is a show your children will enjoy and you won't have to worry about graphic violence. It is fast-paced, a very complex message made very simple, that will keep them very entertained.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much consumerism
Kid, 7 years old August 1, 2013
age 4+
 

Ahh the best show in the world

The opening song is very cool i lile sonic the hedgehog as much as spider-man
Teen, 16 years old Written bymkalv October 21, 2010
age 9+
 

Okay Spider-Man series.

This series is a fine comic book series. It just isn't great. It isn't bad though, and spidey fans will adore it.
What other families should know
Too much violence

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