Static Shock

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Static Shock
Static Shock (TV logo).jpg
GenreAction/Adventure
Superhero
Science fiction
Comedy-drama
Created byMichael Davis
Dwayne McDuffie
StarringPhil LaMarr
Jason Marsden
Danica McKellar
Kevin Michael Richardson
Michele Morgan
Composer(s)Richard Wolf
Max Gousse
Stanley Clarke
Country of originUnited States
No. of seasons4
No. of episodes52 (List of episodes)
Production
Running time22 minutes
Broadcast
Original channelThe WB
Original runSeptember 23, 2000 (2000-09-23) – May 22, 2004 (2004-05-22)
Chronology
Preceded byThe New Batman/Superman Adventures
Followed byJustice League
 
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For the character this series is based on, see Static (DC Comics). For shocks from static electricity, see Electrostatics and Triboelectric effect.
Static Shock
Static Shock (TV logo).jpg
GenreAction/Adventure
Superhero
Science fiction
Comedy-drama
Created byMichael Davis
Dwayne McDuffie
StarringPhil LaMarr
Jason Marsden
Danica McKellar
Kevin Michael Richardson
Michele Morgan
Composer(s)Richard Wolf
Max Gousse
Stanley Clarke
Country of originUnited States
No. of seasons4
No. of episodes52 (List of episodes)
Production
Running time22 minutes
Broadcast
Original channelThe WB
Original runSeptember 23, 2000 (2000-09-23) – May 22, 2004 (2004-05-22)
Chronology
Preceded byThe New Batman/Superman Adventures
Followed byJustice League

Static Shock is an American animated television series produced by Warner Bros. Animation. It is part of the DC animated universe. It was animated at the Slightly Offbeat Productions Studios in Penrose, Auckland, New Zealand. The New Zealand based Animation Studio originally animated the show reel and then went onto produce the series, which premiered in September 2000 on the Kids' WB! block and ran for four seasons, with a total of 52 half-hour episodes.

The series centers on the adventures of DC Comics superhero Virgil Ovid Hawkins/Static and is based on the original Milestone Media Static comics. After the show's initial run on The WB it was later picked up for rebroadcast by Cartoon Network, airing initially during the Miguzi block. Disney XD aired reruns of the series (starting with seasons 1, 2, 3 and 4) in February 2009 in the United States up until 2010. Currently, Warner Bros. has no plans to release the series on DVD. In 2011, the first season was made available for download on iTunes.

Plot[edit]

Virgil was a normal 14-year-old trying to survive high school. His best friend is Richie Foley, and he has a crush on a girl named Frieda. He also has a dispute with a bully named Francis, or "F-Stop," and was saved by a gang leader named Wade. Recently Wade had begun helping Virgil in hopes to recruit him, but Virgil is hesitant, as he knows his mother was killed in gangfire. Wade eventually leads Virgil to a restricted area for a gangfight against F-Stop's crew, which is interrupted by police helicopters, during the dispute between the gangs and police, a shot was fired releasing gas causing mutations among the people in the vicinity. (This event was later known as "The Big Bang".) It also caused Virgil to obtain the special power and ability to create, generate, absorb, and control electricity and magnetism and become known as "Static". But the gas also gave others in the area their own powers, and unfortunately, it also led several of them to become supervillains. The people who were mutated were then known as "Bang Babies", and their mutations apparently spread to other people around them, which explains how Richie obtained his own special ability of enhanced intelligence, and later became Virgil's partner named Gear.

Gear's Gadgets[edit]

Throughout the series, Richie (Gear) has made many inventions, mainly for Static and himself. These include:

Characters[edit]

Richie did not appear in the Static comics, but is an amalgam of two of Virgil's best friends in that series: Richard 'Rick' Stone (who was also blond and wore glasses) and Frieda Goren (with whom Virgil shared his secret identity as Static).

Cast[edit]

Additional voices[edit]

Crossovers[edit]

A future Static from the Justice League Unlimited series

Video Game[edit]

A Static Shock video game for the Game Boy Advance was to be released during 2004, with a story by Dwayne McDuffie. Unfortunately in the year 2002, despite advertisements in magazines and comic books, the game was cancelled when Midway Games stopped distributing GBA games because of a series of financial difficulties[citation needed].

Awards and nominations[edit]

2004 - Outstanding Music Direction and Composition - Richard Wolf (Won)

Home video release[edit]

The first six episodes were released to DVD on September 28, 2004, in a single DVD volume entitled "The New Kid".[3]

The first season of the show is available on the iTunes Store.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "A League of Their Own". Jl.toonzone.net. Retrieved 2011-01-02. 
  2. ^ "The World's Finest - Static Shock". Worldsfinestonline.com. Retrieved 2011-01-02. 
  3. ^ http://www.amazon.com/Static-Shock-The-New-Kid/dp/B002JUFPY0/

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