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New Fantastic Four Animated Series Forges Ahead On Cartoon Network

The all-new FANTASTIC FOUR animated series will premiere Saturday, Sept. 2, 2006, at 8:00 pm during Toonami on Cartoon Network in the U.S. Cartoon Network has exclusive domestic rights to the 26-episode, half-hour FANTASTIC FOUR series produced in France by Moonscoop (formerly Antefilms, the creators of CODE LYOKO) with Marvel Studios Cartoon Network and M6.

Based upon the original Marvel characters and classic storylines, the FANTASTIC FOUR series follows the high-energy adventures of one of the comicbook world's most prominent crimefighting teams Mr. Fantastic, The Invisible Woman, The Human Torch and The Thing, as they battle villains and their ultimate rival, Dr. Doom.

When an experimental space voyage goes awry, four people are changed by cosmic rays. Reed Richards, scientist and leader of the group gains the ability to stretch his body into various contortions, and takes the name Mr. Fantastic. His wife, Sue Richards, receives the power to turn invisible and create force fields, calling herself the Invisible Woman. Her younger brother, Johnny Storm, gains the ability to control fire, including covering his own body with flame, becoming the Human Torch. And pilot Ben Grimm is turned into a super-strong rock creature calling himself Thing, who, once transformed, has the power of 1,000 horses. Together, they use their unique powers to help the world battle multiple threats, and to foil the evil plans of their equally powerful enemy, Doctor Doom.

The original 1967 animated action-adventure series, THE FANTASTIC FOUR, premiered on ABC with 19 half-hour episodes produced by Hanna-Barbera in association with Marvel Comics. The complex characters were conceived by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, who then enlisted the help of Hanna-Barbera to create a half-hour broadcast network series. It was faithful to the source, featuring plots and characters straight from the original comics series and complete with character designs from the late acclaimed artist Alex Toth.

The premiere episode, "Doomsday," airing Sept. 2, starts off with Reed accused of having purposefully exposed Susan, Johnny and Ben to the cosmic rays that transformed them into the Fantastic Four, the team is torn apart. But as Susan, Johnny and Ben individually wonder if Reed is capable of such a betrayal, they're attacked by the mastermind behind the plot against Reed Doctor Doom. Now the team has to escape Doom's prisons in order to save Reed and prevent Doom from plunging the city into the Negative Zone.

This latest FANTASTIC FOUR voice cast includes:

Hiro Kanagawa as Reed Richards/Mr. FantasticLara Gilchrist as Susan Storm/Invisible WomanChristopher Jacot as Johnny Storm/Human TorchBrian Dobson as Ben Grimm/ThingSam Vincent as H.E.R.B.I.E.Paul Dobson as Dr. Victor Von Doom/Doom & Mole ManLaura Drummond as Courtney Bonner-DaviesSunita Prasad as Alicia MastersAlvin Sanders as Phillip Masters/Puppetmaster

Exec producers are Christophe Di Sabatino, Benoit Di Sabatino and Nicolas Atlan with Stan Lee as co-exec producer. Creative manager is David Faure and Franck Michel directs the series with Christopher Yost as story editor.

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