The ‘Marvel Knights Animation Presents Black Panther’ DVD collects all six episodes of the animated television series fhat appeared on the BET Network in the U.S. and ABC 3 in Australia.
The series’ look is what I would call psuedo animation because it really looks like a collection of still comic book panels with additional motion, movement or camera movement to take the place of animation. The look works most of the time with some beautiful artwork. Unfortunately, the limited animation style occasionally falls very flat in big action sequences.
Fortunately, the story is fun and manages to keep the audiences’ attention and the excellent cast helps as well. There are also some cool appearances of characters from the Marvel Universe – both good and bad. It’s too bad there were only six episodes produced because I would definitely enjoy seeing more from this series.
Jack Kirby and Stan Lee created the ‘The Black Panther’ in 1966 for Marvel. He is no ordinary superhero; he’s the king of the scientifically advanced country of Wakanda. It’s an advanced and unconquerable civilization. A family of warrior-kings possessing superior speed, strength and agility has governed this mysterious nation as long as time itself. The latest in this famed line is young King T’Challa, the great hero known worldwide as the Black Panther.
Now, outsiders once again threaten to invade and plunder Wakanda. Leading this brutal assault is Klaw, a deadly assassin with the blood of T’ Challa’s murdered father on his hands, who brings with him a strong army of super-powered mercenaries. Even with Wakanda’s might and his own superhuman skills, can the Black Panther prevail against this deadly invading force?
The DVD features an all-star voice cast including Djimon Hounsou (Blood Diamond) as Black Panther; music artist and actress Jill Scott as Storm; Kerry Washington (For Colored Girls) as Princess Shuri; Alfre Woodard (True Blood) as both Dondi Reese and Queen Mother; Carl Lumbly (Alias) as Uncle S’Yan; and the legendary Stan Lee as General Wallace.
Extensive DVD Special Features
* Looking Back at Black Panther with Reginald Hudlin
* Exclusive Music Video