Cobbled together from the first three episodes of the Kids WB! Series, “The Spectacular Spider-Man: Attack of the Lizard” captures spirit of the original comics and, to a lesser degree, Sam Raimi’s blockbuster films, with Peter Parker overwhelmed with giddiness at the power to swing through the air. Wouldn’t every kid?
This feature-length film (well, if you count 70 minutes as feature-length) is geared toward younger viewers, so Mary Jane is more of a friend than a girlfriend, and violence is minimal as he takes on the titular Lizard, plus Electro and The Vulture.
Character design is this program’s best asset. Its animation is not ultra-smooth, but far better than the cheap, clunky mid-Nineties Fox series and the utterly unwatchable, short-lived MTV attempt in 2003. The voice work is completely competent, although nothing special. Same goes for the film as a whole; however, I suspect its intended audience “ for whom the big-budget movies may be just a tad too scary and intense “ would lap it up like Cap’n Crunch.
The DVD features a music video, which is little more than scenes from the show set to a studio-slick theme song. In other words, skippable. Head the kids directly to the main feature, and prepare to hear it from the next room, over and over for several days.