Monday, February 16, 2009

Robotboy British Animated Television Series

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Robotboy is a British/French co-produced animated television series which is produced by French production company Alphanim with TV Channels France 3 and Cartoon Network as well as Luxanimation. It was created and designed by Jan Van Rijsselberge and was directed in Alphanim's studio in Paris by Charlie Bean, who worked on other programs such as The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius for Nickelodeon and Camp Lazlo for Cartoon Network. It was first aired in the United Kingdom on 1 November 2005 on Cartoon Network. The pilot episode premiered in the United States on 28 December 2005 as part of a "sneak peek" preview week for the network's new Saturday morning cartoon lineup that debuted on 14 January 2006.
Robotboy is the latest creation of the world renowned scientist Professor Moshimo. Due to fears that Robotboy would be stolen by his arch-enemy Dr. Kamikazi and his main henchman Constantine to be used to take over the world, Professor Moshimo entrusts Robotboy to 10-year-old Tommy Turnbull, his biggest fan. While being protected by Tommy and his two friends Lola and Gus, or "G-man" as he calls himself, Robotboy learns how to behave and act as if he were a real boy.
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Most of the time, Robotboy has blue drums protruding diagonally on either side of the head. While Superactivated, they become horns. Deactivated and Activated forms look very much the same, except the deactivated form's head drums are withdrawn into the head, and his limbs are also withdrawn into his body. While activated, Robotboy has mechanical tentacles concealed in his palms and thrusters on the soles of lower part of his leg, enabling him to fly. While Superactivated, Robotboy's fists and feet and head are much larger and now have all kinds of lasers, homing missiles and machine guns. Briefly seen is an ink spray that can identify invisible targets and, of course, dramatically increased physical strength. Robotboy's most common Superactivated weapon is the machine gun arm. Many random weapons appear, and many are rarely seen twice, even in the same episode.
It also seems Robotboy is amphibious. In later episodes robotboy receives an unbreakable metal for his body to be made. This becomes seen as robotboy never takes damage.
The Activation controls for Robotboy are built into a special, orange watch that Tommy wears. The watch is in the shape of Activated Robotboy's head. In the episode "Robot Rebels", Robotboy smashes the watch after being tricked by Kamikazi. It is unknown how Tommy gets another watch, but it is safe to presume that Professor Moshimo had a spare one.
Robotboy, since he is a boy, had many cute designs on him throughout the show. (small voice, sparkle in his teeth, twinkle in his eye, etc.)(wikipedia)
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Batfink Cartoon Animated Television Series

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Batfink is an animated television series, consisting of five-minute shorts, that first aired in September 1967. The 100-episode series was quickly created by Hal Seeger, starting in 1966, to parody the popular Batman and The Green Hornet television series which had premiered the same year.
The cartoon was produced at Hal Seeger Studios, in New York City, and at Bill Ackerman Productions in Midland Park, New Jersey. It was syndicated by Screen Gems and continued to air on local stations throughout the 1980s. Nickelodeon briefly aired episodes of Batfink on its Weinerville and Nick in the Afternoon series in the 1990s. In September 2006, it returned to the U.S. as part of "Cartoons Without a Clue", Boomerang's mystery lineup on weekends.
The Batfink series was very popular in the UK, becoming a cult series like the later DangerMouse, and from 1967 onwards was shown at least once every year on UK terrestrial television up until 1983, initially on the BBC network where it was allocated an early evening slot just before the BBC News started, and latterly as part of Children's ITV; it subsequently reappeared in 1986 on the ITV Saturday morning magazine show Get Fresh. In the early 1990s it was repeated again as part of TV-am's Wide Awake Club/Wacaday series; after Wacaday finished in 1992, Batfink was consigned to the vaults in the UK for the next twelve years. It was introduced to a new audience in 2004 when it was included in a number of episodes of the BBC's Saturday morning show Dick and Dom in da Bungalow, and since April 2006 has been enjoying an extended, if somewhat irregular, repeat run on CBBC.
Batfink was made quickly and cheaply by re-using many common scenes to the series, instead of having to re-animate almost identical scenes for each episode. Although most serial animations do this to some extent, Batfink did it more than most. Commonly repeated scenes include the intro to the initial briefings by the Chief (the TV screen hotline buzzing into life), Batfink and Karate getting into the Battillac, the Battillac going round mountain bends, the Battillac going over a bridge, Batfink's radar and others.
Some scenes were reused every episode, some appeared sporadically and some were only repeated once or twice out during the entire series. Often, a scene would be used in more than one scenario, e.g. the Battillac going over a bridge on their way to get to a crime would also be reused during a chase scene or when they are looking all over the country for a specific item or person. Sometimes the repeated scenes would be cut short so that only sections of them could be re-used to fit the storyline more closely.(wikipedia)
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Baby Huey The Baby Giant

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Huey's official first appearance was in Quack a Doodle Doo, a Famous Studios cartoon directed by Isadore Sparber, which was released on March 3, 1950. It set the tone for many to come, with Huey, a very large duckling, triumphing over a hungry fox by dint of his superior bulk and clumsiness. Huey's voice was provided by Syd Raymond, also the voice of the same studio's Katnip. (The family situation, so reminiscent of the Jones cartoons, became more prominent later.)
Huey continued to appear in Famous Studios cartoons, directed by Sparber, Seymour Kneitel or Dave Tendlar, until Famous sold the character, along with Little Audrey, Herman & Katnip and all the others it owned, to its then-current comic book licensor, Harvey Comics. The last Baby Huey cartoon they released was Pest Pupil, directed by Tendlar, which came out on January 25, 1957.
Harvey was the second comics publisher to license the Famous Studios characters, including Huey. The first, St. John Publishing Co., put out only one comic with Huey in it — Casper the Friendly Ghost #1 — but that comic, dated September 1949, has the distinction of containing the real first appearance of Baby Huey. Apparently, the story was prepared from advance production materials, enabling it to appear on the stands months before Huey's first cartoon hit theaters. That's an odd distinction Huey shares with Disney's José Carioca and Donald Duck's nephews.
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Harvey took over the Famous Studios license in 1952, and made Huey a part of its anthology comic, Paramount Animated Comics. With its seventh issue (February, 1954), Huey became its permanent cover feature and his logo appeared larger than the comic's actual title. From #9 on, Huey's logo almost crowded the original off. Paramount Animated Comics ended with its July, 1956 issue. The first issue of Huey's own comic, Baby Huey the Baby Giant, was cover dated September of that year.
After buying the Famous Studios characters, Harvey began to produce cartoons of their own for the TV market. Huey has been animated several times in the ensuing years, and can sometimes be seen in out-of-the-way time slots on out-of-the-way channels. The most recent was a 1994 syndicated series, produced by Carbuncle Studios. His main venue in all this time has been the comic books.
The comic thrived during the 1950s and '60s, spinning off such ancillary titles as Baby Huey & Papa (1962-68) and Baby Huey Duckland (1962-66). It faltered during the '70s, but managed, in fits and starts, to make it to 1980. After another brief sputter in 1990, it finally bit the dust. The character uttered one last gurgle in comics during the late 1990s, when he made regular appearances in a magazine devoted to the Harvey characters; but that magazine, too, is no more.
Huey was last seen in a very low-budget, live action feature-length film, which was released direct to video in 1998. The future could be more of the same, or it could be — who knows? The company says it has plans for the character, but doesn't say anything specific about what they are.
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