Victor Cook

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Victor Cook
OccupationTelevision director, writer, producer

Victor Cook is an American television producer and director, perhaps best known for the animated series The Spectacular Spider-Man (2008–09), Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated (2010-13),Stretch Armstrong and the Flex Fighters (2017–2018).[2][3] and as an Executive Producer of Disney Junior's T.O.T.S.

Cook's other Disney credits include: Producer/Director for Lilo and Stitch the series and 101 Dalmatians the series, Director for Buzz Lightyear of Star Command, The Legend of Tarzan, Atlantis 2 and Mickey Mouse Club House. Victor started at Disney as a Storyboard Artist for Tail Spin, Darkwing Duck and Gargoyles among others shows.

Cook was also Producer/Director of Scooby-Doo!Stage Fright (DVD movie), Supervising Producer/Director of Ben 10 Destroy All Aliens (CG made-for-TV movie), and Director of Young Justice episode "Cold Hearted", Dante's Inferno (DVD) and 2007's Hellboy: Blood and Iron, the second of two Hellboy Animated films.[4][5][6]

The Spectacular Spider-Man[edit]

I wanted to make sure that this was an iconic Spider-man for the different generations of fans, but I also wanted to bring in a new generation of fans that had a passing interest in it. I also really wanted this to be a two dimensional Spider-man that moved like we've never really seen him move in animation before. I thought Sam Raimi set the bar of how he should move and I haven't seen that in animation.

—Cook on the animation style he chose for The Spectacular Spider-Man.[7]

Cook was called by Sony Entertainment to develop a DVD project about Spider-Man. Cook developed it with Greg Weisman, they wanted to base it on the early comic book publications of the character that showed him younger, which Cook had never seen done before in any adaption. The idea was reformatted to an animated television series, but they still kept a similar chronicle style where, as Cook describes, "each episode stands alone as its own story, but like the comic book itself it's a saga. Then each three episodes is a story and those three episodes are what would be on the DVD releases."[7] The original title for the series was The Amazing Spider-Man, based on the comic series of the same name, but by mid-2007 the name was changed to The Spectacular Spider-Man, as well a Spider-Man comic series.[8][9]

Cook wanted the animation to be squash and stretch style, and the action to be as good as the first two live action movies Sam Raimi, director of the Spider-Man films, as it had "set the bar" for the fluid movement for Spider-Man.[7][10] As they were on a specific budget, they wanted to allow the animation to "move" more than anything, giving it simple and stylistic designs.[11] He also looked back on Blood and Iron, which had a "fresh, young, look to it" that appealed to him visually. Cook wanted to make an "iconic" Spider-Man for both new and older generations and "really wanted this to be a two dimensional Spider-man that moved like we've never really seen him move in animation before."[7] The Spectacular Spider-Man became very successful in its first season on Kids WB! and entered its second season in America in 2009 on Disney XD.[12]

Subsequent works[edit]

After The Spectacular Spider-Man, Cook moved onto Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated and Stretch Armstrong and the Flex Fighters and Weisman on Young Justice for Cartoon Network and eventually the DC Universe streaming service. According to Weisman, the show's version of the character Artemis was partially based on Victor's daughter who is also Half Caucasian and Half Asian.


  1. ^ "Interview with Victor Cook". October 27, 2010. Retrieved January 14, 2020.
  2. ^ Goldman, Eric (2008-02-23). "WC 08: The Spectacular Spider-Man Premieres". IGN. Retrieved 2009-08-14.
  3. ^ "Spider-Chat: Spectacular Spider-Man Producer/Director Victor Cook". 2008-02-14. Retrieved 2009-08-20.
  4. ^ "Victor Cook". Retrieved 2009-08-20.
  5. ^ "Victor Cook from The Spectacular Spider-Man". Retrieved 2009-08-20.
  6. ^ Kistler, Alan (2008-08-19). "Interview: Greg Weisman on "The Spectacular Spider-Man" Animated Series". Comic Mix. Retrieved 2009-08-14.
  7. ^ a b c d Elliot, Sean (2008-04-04). "Symbiotically Bonding With 'Spectacular Spider-Man' Producer Victor Cook - Part 1". iF Magazine. Archived from the original on 2010-01-02. Retrieved 2009-01-16.
  8. ^ Goldman, Eric (2007-03-01). "New Spider-Man Animated Series Coming in 2008!". IGN. Retrieved 2009-08-14.
  9. ^ IGN Staff (2007-07-18). "Spider-Man Will be Spectacular on TV". IGN. Retrieved 2009-08-14.
  10. ^ Elliot, Sean (2009-03-08). "The Inside Swing on 'The Spectacular Spider-Man' With Producer & Writer Greg Weisman - Part 1". iF Magazine. Archived from the original on 2008-06-22. Retrieved 2009-08-14.
  11. ^ Goldman, Eric (2008-02-26). "The Spectacular Spider-Man: "Survival of the Fittest" Advance Review". IGN. Retrieved 2009-08-14.
  12. ^ Marcotte, John (2009-07-30). "Animated Spider-Man Is Simply Spectacular". Badmouth. Retrieved 2009-08-20.

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