Members of KISS, once crime-fighters in their own TV movie and comic book series, are back in the superhero business with a new animated theatrical short.

The foursome, cartoonish even in real life, will be seen in a cartoon short preceding Nickelodeon's upcoming feature film, Good Burger, due July 25. The short is based on the Action League Now! segments in the Nick TV series Kablam!

The Action League is a set of plastic action figures (like Barbie or G.I. Joe dolls) filmed in stop-motion, who constantly face threats that unseen humans place them in, &3224; la Mr. Bill.

For instance, one episode finds them escaping the "Sinkhole of Doom" (the garbage disposal) while another sees them battle "Spotzilla," a German Shepherd.

In the theatrical short, first in a collaboration between Nick and sister company Paramount Pictures, the Action League must save KISS action figures of Gene Simmons, Ace Frehley, Peter Criss, and Paul Stanley from the evil clutches of Big Baby, a large doll who will teethe anything. Big Baby is voiced by Harry Connick Jr.

KISS members were the stars of their own comic books in the late '70s, which were memorable only for the fact that the group bled into the ink batches for the initial print runs, meaning you could buy a collectors item featuring KISS' own blood.

Collecting was just about all they were good for as content-wise, the comics were as insipid as the arena rockers' 1978 made-for-television movie, KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park, where they battled an evil scientist.

Featuring Nick teen stars Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell, as well as cameos from Shaquille O'Neal, Sinbad, Carmen Electra and Robert Wuhl, Good Burger will also have a serious lineup of new tracks from Pharcyde, Warren G., Presidents of the United States of America, Spearhead and George Clinton but, suprisingly, not KISS.

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