Animorphs (TV series)

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For the book series, see Animorphs.
Animorphs
Genre Science fiction, drama, teen
Created by K. A. Applegate (book series)
Starring Shawn Ashmore
Boris Cabrera
Nadia-Leigh Nascimento
Brooke Nevin
Christopher Ralph
Theme music composer Craig Hazen, Julie Dansky, and David Wolfert
Opening theme "It's All in Your Hands",
"It's All in Your Hands" (instrumental; later episodes)
Ending theme "It's All in Your Hands" (instrumental; episode 3 onwards)
Composer(s) Norman Orenstein
Country of origin Canada
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 26 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Deborah A. Forte
Bill Siegler
Location(s) Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Running time 22–23 minutes per episode
Broadcast
Original channel YTV/Nickelodeon (first season)
Global (second season)
Original run September 15, 1998 – April 23, 2000

Animorphs (also known under the promotional title AniTV and the working title The Changelings) is a 26-episode television adaptation made by Nickelodeon of the Scholastic book series of the same name. The series was broadcast from September 1998 to March 2000 in the United States and Canada, and in May 2013, reruns began airing on Qubo. The episodes lasted about 30 minutes (including commercials), had stereo sound, and closed captions.

Cast[edit]

Main cast members
Frequent regulars on the show included

Episodes[edit]

The Animorphs television series was broadcast on YTV (season 1) and Global Television Network (season 2) in Canada and on Nickelodeon from 1998–2000.

Season 1[edit]

# Original title Directed by Written by Original air dates Prod. code
1 "My Name is Jake, Part 1" Timothy Bond Neal Shusterman, Jeff Vlaming Canada Sept. 15, 1998
United States Sept. 4, 1998
101
Jake, Rachel, Tobias, Cassie, and Marco, five teenagers only vaguely acquainted with one another, choose to take a shortcut through a construction site and wind up encountering Elfangor, an alien who offers them the power to morph into animals to save the Earth from a insidious secret invasion. Based on The Invasion.
2 "My Name is Jake, Part 2" Timothy Bond Neal Shusterman, Dan Angel, Billy Brown Canada Sept. 15, 1998
United States Sept. 11, 1998
106
Jake and his friends must decide how to make use of their newfound power to outsmart and fight back against the Yeerks, an alien race that have parasitically begun taking over humans through a group known as The Sharing. Based on The Invasion.
3 "Underground" Ron Oliver Neal Shusterman, Jeff Vlaming Canada Sept. 22, 1998
United States Sept. 18, 1998
102
The group begin acquiring morphs from the zoo where Cassie's mother works in their first attempt to confront the Yeerks. Meanwhile, Jake discovers his brother Tom has become a Controller—a human who has become a host for a Yeerk. Their assault is a failure; they don't free any humans and apparently lose both Tobias and the mysterious disc that Elfangor entrusted to him. Based on The Invasion.
4 "On the Run" Ron Oliver Scott Peters Canada Sept. 29, 1998
United States Sept. 25, 1998
103
When the Yeerks offer to exchange the Andalite disc for an Andalite, Jake and Marco come up with a risky plan to get a Controller to capture an animal instead. When the Yeerks realize they've been duped, they arrange for The Sharing to move forward with a plan to harvest more humans to become Controllers.
5 "Between Friends" Shawn Levy Ron Oliver Canada Oct. 6, 1998
United States Oct. 2, 1998
104
Now that it's certain that Tobias is trapped in his hawk morph, Rachel attempts to rescue her friend, Melissa Chapman, from infestation. When it turns out that Melissa's father, Principal Chapman, is an important Controller and Rachel is captured and taken to Visser Three, the Animorphs must rescue her and avoid recklessly endangering themselves. Based on The Visitor.
6 "The Message" William Fruet Marc Scott Zicree, Neal Shusterman Canada Oct. 13, 1998
United States Oct. 9, 1998
105
Cassie and Tobias suspect another Andalite is on Earth when a different thought-speak contacts them and Visser Three. It soon becomes a race between the Animorphs and the Yeerks to claim the Andalite. Based on The Message.
7 "The Escape" Ron Oliver Jessica Scott, Mike Wollaeger Canada Oct. 20, 1998
United States Oct. 16, 1998
109
The Animorphs discover that a certain type of oatmeal is a stimulant to the Yeerks, and they are unable to control their hosts' actions. The usage of this "drug" also affects the hosts, but the Animorphs know they must use this advantage to inflict some serious damage upon the Yeerk pool. Based on The Underground.
8 "The Alien" Don McCutcheon Marc Scott Zicree Canada Oct. 27, 1998
United States Oct. 23, 1998
110
Ax, seeming foreign to his new surroundings, tries to fit in with his new friends. After making the grave mistake of giving technology to humans, he must fix his error by Andalite law and defeat Visser Three—alone. Based on The Alien.
9 "The Reaction" Graeme Lynch Carl Ellsworth Canada Nov. 17, 1998
United States Nov. 6, 1998
111
Cassie rescues a boy from a crocodile pit during a field trip at the zoo and develops an allergy to the crocodile DNA she has acquired and cannot control her morphing abilities. When she is invited to a popular television show featuring star Jason Jon McCole as a guest, the Animorphs must find a way to stop him from encouraging millions of fans to join the Sharing. Based on The Reaction.
10 "The Stranger" Don McCutcheon Marc Scott Zicree Canada Nov. 24, 1998
United States Nov. 13, 1998
112
Rachel spends time with her father, struggling whether she should move away with him or not. Meanwhile, Visser Three captures Ax and the rest of the Animorph in a cunning trap until a mysterious figure known as the Ellimist arrives and offers them a dangerous choice. Based on The Stranger.
11 "The Forgotten" William Fruet Scott Peters Canada Dec. 1, 1998
United States Nov. 20, 1998
115
Rachel's amnesia causes her to forget everything she knows, including everything about being an Animorph, and the battle against the Yeerks. When she unknowingly wanders into a human-Controller infested area and is about to be taken by the Yeerks, her friends must find a away to save her and restore her memory. Based on Megamorphs: The Andalite's Gift.
12 "The Capture, Part 1" William Fruet Neal Shusterman Canada Nov. 3, 1998
United States Jan. 10, 1999
107
Jake discovers Victor Trent, his father's business partner in opening a new health clinic, is actually Visser Three. When the Animorphs go to destroy the Yeerk pool in the building, Jake falls into the pool and unknown to his friends, becomes a Controller. Based on The Capture.
13 "The Capture, Part 2" William Fruet Neal Shusterman, Marc Scott Zicree Canada Nov. 10, 1998
United States Jan. 10, 1999
108
Ax realizes that after falling into the Yeerk pool they destroyed, Jake has become a Controller; the group must prevent Jake from using his morphing powers to escape and reveal the Animorphs to Visser Three. Jake and the Yeerk inside him struggle to maintain control of his body as Jake attempts to kill the Yeerk by depriving it of the nourishing Kandrona rays it needs. Based on The Capture.
14 "Tobias" Graeme Lynch Carl Ellsworth Canada Jan. 19, 1999
United States Jan. 17, 1999
116
Ax creates a device that allows an individual to relive their most cherished memories, which Tobias and Ax use to relive their past days. Tobias relive his pre-Animorph life, remembering how he met Rachel, how he first acquired animal DNA, and how awkward Ax was at first when he became human.
15 "The Leader, Part 1" Shawn Levy Jessica Scott, Mike Wollaeger Canada Jan. 5, 1999
United States Feb. 7, 1999
113
Jake finds out Visser One will be at the EGS Tower, where the Yeerk Kandrona ray generator is located. When Jake and Marco are captured while spying on the Yeerks and brought on board their spaceship, their escape is hindered when they discover Visser One's Controller is Marco's missing mother. Based on The Stranger and The Predator.
16 "The Leader, Part 2" Shawn Levy Jessica Scott, Mike Wollaeger Canada Jan. 12, 1999
United States Feb. 12, 1999
114
Now that Marco has found his mother again, he is reluctant to leave the Yeerk ship without her. Cassie and Rachel destroy the Kandrona ray generator while Ax must devise a way to bring Jake and Marco back to Earth. Meanwhile, their actions have revealed the existence of a new enemy. Based on The Stranger and The Predator.
17 "The Release" Robert K. Sprogis Marc Scott Zicree, Carl Ellsworth Canada Feb. 2, 1999
United States Feb. 21, 1999
118
With too many Controllers and not enough Kandrona rays, Yeerks are dying and losing control of their hosts, including Tom, whom Jake and Marco try to rescue. Among the Controllers regaining their freedom include Jake's science teacher, Mr. Perkins, who has begun a crusade to free other Controllers. Based on The Alien.
18 "Not My Problem" Stacy Curtis George Melrod Canada Jan. 26, 1999
United States Jan. 24, 1999
117
When Jake succumbs to the pressures of being the Animorphs' leader, the Ellimist appears and grants him the wish. However, in the alternate reality, everyone but Tobias is infested by the Yeerks and Tobias must carefully plot his next move to avoid the same fate. Shares similarities to Megamorphs: Back to Before, although the book came out after the episode.
19 "Face Off, Part 1" Graeme Lynch Jessica Scott, Mike Wollaeger Canada Feb. 9, 1999
United States Feb. 28, 1999
119
At the basketball final, the Animorphs discover that all of their enemies will be in one place, giving them to opportunity to deal a blow to the Yeerks. However, a plan goes horribly wrong as Jake is trapped. The Animorphs must now split up to find the Andalite disk and free Jake. Based on The Change.
20 "Face Off, Part 2" Graeme Lynch Mike Wollaeger, Jessica Scott Canada Feb. 16, 1999
United States Mar. 7, 1999
120
Separated and surrounded by enemies, the Animorphs struggle to avoid being captured. Rachel manages to save Tobias by morphing into a Yeerk, but Jake remains in Tom's clutches as everyone else becomes dangerously close to being infested. Based on The Sickness.

Season 2[edit]

# Original title Directed by Written by Original air dates Prod. code
1 (21) "Face Off, Part 3" Don McCutcheon Rhonda Olson Canada Sept. 3, 1999
United States Feb. 20, 2000
221
With everyone in a desperate situation, Marco manages to save the day when he destroys a number of special Yeerks and creates a sufficient distraction for everyone else to escape.Jake almost gets caught after morphing into Tom to escape from Visser 3. Based on The Encounter.
2 (22) "My Name is Erek" Don McCutcheon Jeff Schecter Canada Sept. 10, 1999
United States Feb. 20, 2000
222
The Animorphs witness a bizarre child with superhuman strength, who they soon discover is Erek, a member of the android race known as the Chee. Erek and the Chee need Jake and the other Animorphs' assistance to recover their hologram technology from the Yeerks. Based on The Android.
3 (23) "Changes, Part 1" Ron Oliver Ron Oliver Canada Sept. 17, 1999
United States Apr. 9, 2000
223
The Animorphs decide that they've earned a break and plan to go to the spring dance. Cassie tries to urge Jake to help her stop a cosmetics factory's experiments with animals, but it ends up being a disaster. After the remaining Animorphs come to the rescue, Marco is caught on tape demorphing.
4 (24) "Changes, Part 2" Ron Oliver Ron Oliver Canada Sept. 24, 1999
United States Apr. 16, 2000
224
The boy who taped Marco demorphing, Harold Nesbit, is about to reveal his finding for profit. Jake and Marco try to personally steal the tape, but are unsuccessful, so the group must find the tape and stop it from broadcasting. Meanwhile, Visser Three is using a TV executive morph to broadcast a new show that will make human infestation easier, and Ax is behaving strangely.
5 (25) "Changes, Part 3" Ron Oliver Ron Oliver Canada Oct. 1, 1999
United States Apr. 23, 2000
225
Tobias follows the trail of hawk images being left around town, but is shocked by what he finds. Meanwhile, when Marco notices a suspicious looking construction worker hanging around school, he investigates and discovers that friends and the rest of their classmates are in huge danger. Before he can tell anyone, however, Marco finds himself trapped, unbeknownst to his friends, who are now arriving at the dance.
6 (26) "The Front" Graeme Lynch George Melrod Canada Oct. 8, 1999
United States Feb. 27, 2000
226
Ax lands a job at a new electronics store, where he is pressured to sell as many cell phones as possible. When Tom buys a cell phone for himself and his latest crush, Melissa Chapman, Jake and Marco become suspicious and investigate. However, they're horrified to discover what Ax is really selling. Based on The Decision.

VHS releases[edit]

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has released twelve episodes in four VHS volumes, collecting episodes from the series. The first 12 episodes are only released on VHS and not re-released on DVD.

  • Part 1: The Invasion Begins ("My Name is Jake" parts 1 and 2, and "Underground")
  • Part 2: Nowhere to Run ("Between Friends", "The Message" and "The Reaction")
  • Part 3: The Enemy Among Us ("The Stranger", "The Leader" parts 1 and 2)
  • Part 4: The Legacy Survives ("The Capture" parts 1 and 2, and "Not My Problem")

Seven volumes spanning the first 20 episodes (only the first of which was identical to its U.S. counterpart) were released in Australia. The episodes were placed in chronological order. Each volume had three episodes apart from Volume 7, which had two ("Face Off", parts 1 and 2).

All 26 episodes are currently available on iTunes and Amazon Instant Video spread across three volumes.

All 26 episodes are currently available on Netflix for a limited time.[1]

All 26 episodes will be released on DVD in the future by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

Games[edit]

Animorphs: The Invasion Game was a board game based on the series, released in 1998 by the Milton Bradley Company. The game was intended for 2 to 4 players with a recommended age of 7 and up. Players could choose to play as Jake, Marco, Rachel or Cassie. Certain locations featuring in the books, such as the school and mall, were featured on the board with different routes leading to them (land, air or sea). Players were then instructed to choose a morph card, which they would then "acquire" to travel there. There were also "danger zones" located on the board, where players had to battle Yeerks controlling various enemies (such as Hork-Bajirs or Taxxons); after moving around the board and acquiring three cards, a player could morph into an elephant and destroy the main Kandrona ray generator.

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