Buena Vista International Television Renovating Original Spider-Man Animated Series
Process involves remastering to HD format from original 35mm negatives
HAMMERSMITH, Australia (Nov. 04, 2002) -- In an ambitious restoration project, Buena Vista International Television (BVI-TV), a division of The Walt Disney
Company, will renovate the first-ever 1967 Spider-Man animated series, in which the web-slinging Marvel superhero was first seen on television.
In the restoration process, the rarely-seen Marvel ‘Classic Spider-Man’ 52 x half hour series will be remastered to a high definition format from the original 35mm film negatives. The episodes’ original English soundtrack, including the memorable title song, will be renovated and a new music & effects track added.
‘Classic Spider-Man’ and other Spider-man animated series from the ‘90s, ‘80s and ‘70s are part of the Fox Kids
Europe (FKE) and BVS portfolios (formerly known as Saban), of which BVI-TV services the distribution. The portfolios comprise of more than 6,300 episodes of children’s programming and have strong international appeal, with more than 1,500 episodes produced in Europe.
Tom Toumazis, Senior Vice President & Managing Director, BVI-TV, Europe, Middle East & Africa said: “We are delighted to be able to preserve the heritage of a character as iconic across all media as Spider-Man, whilst strengthening even further the resources of popular animated entertainment in the FKE and BVS portfolios.”
“By using today’s technology, we can both halt the severe deterioration of the original film and improve upon its sound and visual effects, whilst maintaining the series’ classic retro look and witty storylines. Our company has a historic commitment to high quality animation
and it is important to include both the driving forward of contemporary animation and the preservation of classic animation within this remit.”
The FKE and BVS portfolios include major programming franchises such as Power Rangers, Digimon, Inspector Gadget and classic Marvel heros such as The Incredible Hulk and X-Men, together with recent titles such as Action Man, So Little Time and Wunschpunsch. BVI-TV has been providing distribution services for the portfolios since May 1, 2002.
For more information, go to www.bvitv.com.