This month has seen some obscure rarities come to the archive.
MP 200 Pandamonium
Added model sheets, height comparison charts and background layouts for Pandamonium. One of two co-productions in 1982 between Marvel and Intermedia Entertainment (on behalf of MGM/United Artists).
The series revolves around an alien artifact, sought by the sorcerer Mondraggor, which falls to Earth and breaks into pieces. American brother and sister Pete and Peggy observe the piece which makes planetfall in Tibet. Upon flying out to examine it, they discover three pandas have been turned into talking bipeds: Chesty, Timothy and Algernon. The siblings and the pandas are now in a race against Mondraggor to reunite the pieces of the artifact.
The series was presented as a comedy with the panda's personalities being expys of The Three Stooges. It and fellow Marvel/Intermedia show Meatballs & Spaghetti were among the last US animated shows to include a laugh track. Both were cancelled after one season and have had no modern home release.
MP 700 Transformers
The Hasbro briefing binders, originally purchased from the Ron Friedman auctions, have been uploaded to the archive.
These include binders for the initial 1984 cast, including early names and designs. As well as separate briefing material covering Shockwave, Jetfire, the Dinobots, Insecticons and Constructticons.
Added the Sunbow press kit for what would have been the next Sunbow/Marvel co-production for 1987. Development work by Doug Booth and Ron Friedman during the summer of 1986 led to a three-part pilot script written by Friedman and ready by January 1987.
Unfortunately, low retail orders of $30 million at Toyfair in February, combined with Hasbro's decision to abandon funding for full-length animation once the existing contracts were fulfilled, led to the pilot being cancelled.
Dedicated to the preservation and showcase of scripts, storyboards and other production material from Sunbow Productions, Marvel Productions and their co-production partners. This is an unofficial site that has no affiliation with any company responsible for the commission or production of the cartoons depicted herein.
- Marvel Superheroes 1981-1989
- Dungeons & Dragons 1983 - 1985
- G.I Joe, Part 1 1983 - 1985
- MP 600 G.I Joe: A Real American Hero Part 2 1986 - 1992 (Sunbow Productions/Marvel Productions) part 2
- The Marvel Muppet Connection 1984-1991
- The Transformers, Part 1 1984 - 1985
- The Transformers The Movie 1986
- MP 700 The Transformers, Part 2 1986 - 1987 (Sunbow Productions/Marvel Productions)
- Sunbow Syndication 1985-1987
- Jem 1985-1988
- Defenders Of The Earth 1985-1986
- My Little Pony N Friends 1986
- Marvel's New World 1989-1996
- Sunbow Round Two 1991-1996
- Briefing/Reference Binder galleries
- Storyboard viewing gallery
- Toyfair Catalogues
- Unproduced projects
Friday, 28 August 2020
Wednesday, 12 August 2020
Marvel Productions Behind The Scenes
A documentary made in 1981 during the production of Spider-Man And His Amazing Friends. Spider-Man On The Move, presented by Stan Lee. According to documentary producer Arthur Greenwald, Stan's star turn on this programme led to NBC requesting he record narration for seasons 2 and 3 of Amazing Friends, as well as narration retroactively added to repeats of season 1 and to The Incredible Hulk.
8mm home video of Marvel Productions' head office, filmed in 1984 and uploaded by Bryce Malek, as he and Dick Robbins worked as story editors on The Transformers
Sadly, the main production office (flat-topped, single story building) featured in this documentary burned down in March 1984.
A floor plan of the head office from February 1986, from John Semper's files
More of Bryce Malek's home video, this time of the office Christmas Party in 1986. Putting faces to a lot of the names on the above floor plans.
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