(Official press release)
NEW YORK, April 7, 2009 – Nicktoons Network, the fastest growing kids’ network, introduces Iron Man: Armored Adventures as the newest installation in the network’s partnership with Marvel Animation. The new animated half-hour series based on Marvel’s armored Super Hero, and which includes an original theme song from the rock band Rooney, follows a teenage Tony Stark as he attempts to balance the pressures of being a teen with his responsibilities as Iron Man. The 26-episode adventure begins with two back-to-back episodes Friday, April 24, from 7- 8 p.m. (ET), and continues regularly Fridays at 7 p.m. (ET) on Nicktoons Network.
“Iron Man: Armored Adventures continues our partnership with Marvel and offers the action our audience craves,” said Keith Dawkins, Nicktoons Network General Manager, Senior Vice President, Nickelodeon Programming Partnerships. “From the fans who loved the live-action film to those who can’t get enough of the comic books, this new iteration of the franchise offers a fresh take on the classic adventures.”
As heir to a billion-dollar corporation, teen tech-whiz Tony Stark is free to pursue his chief interests: seeking extreme thrills, solving scientific mysteries and creating mind-boggling inventions. But everything goes horribly wrong when a tragic accident robs him of his father and nearly costs him his own life. And it would have, had Tony not donned his newest invention – an experimental suit of invincible armor.
In his hi-tech flight armor, Tony is known to the world as Iron Man. To honor his father’s memory, he now uses his awesome armor and technical know-how to protect those who would also fall prey to tragedy and corruption. By constantly upgrading his armored suit, Iron Man can fend off a variety of villains, engage in epic battles and thwart diabolical conspiracies. He is a new hero for the digital age, a mechanized knight in ever-evolving, adaptable armor. Now dependent on his own impressive technology for survival and dedicated to battling corruption, he must balance the pressure of teenage life with the duties of a super hero.
In the first premiere episode, “Iron, Forged in Fire Part 1”, teen genius Tony Stark has just finished his greatest invention: the Iron Man armor. But before he gets to show his dad, Tony’s world is shattered. His father, his home, his entire life are all gone, and Tony is left picking up the pieces. But with help from his friends Rhodey and Pepper, he begins to unravel the mystery surrounding the attack on his father. As Iron Man, Tony takes his first steps toward becoming a hero.
In the second premiere episode, “Iron, Forged in Fire Part 2”,Obadiah Stane has taken over Stark International and is converting Tony and his feather’s inventions into weapons. Tony now believes Stane may be behind the attack that took his father from him. Iron Man intends to get answers, but standing in his way are the Earth Movers – Tony’s once peaceful inventions that have been corrupted into massive weapons of destruction. And if Iron Man survives fighting against his own creations, he will still have to confront the mysterious armored figure known only as The Mandarin.
Since I do not have this new Nicktoons Network, I will miss out on this series (just like I missed Wolverine and the X-Men). I can’t say I’m a fan of the ‘teenage adventures’ angle for Iron Man, but I don’t want to condemn the program before seeing it.
That said, here’s part one of the first episode:
The series does boast some of the best names out there in super hero cartoons including Christopher Yost (creator of Wolverine’s ‘daughter’ X-23 in the under-rated X-Men: Evolution cartoon), but… I’m still not sold. But after the rebirth of the character’s monthly comic and the recent hit movie, I’ve been hungry for all things Iron Man, so I hope that this cartoon delivers the goods.
Anyone who gets Nicktoons, please let me know how the premiere pans out!