Biker Mice from Mars (2006 TV series)
|Biker Mice from Mars|
U. S. Promotional Poster
|Genre||Animation, science fiction, action|
|Created by||Rick Ungar|
|Theme music composer||Will Anderson|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||28 (List of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Rick Ungar, Ted Bather, Michael Loveland|
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Original run||August 26, 2006– July 26, 2007|
|Preceded by||Biker Mice from Mars|
Biker Mice from Mars is an animated series, a remake of the show with the same name which aired from 1993–1996. The 2006 version of the show has previews of the show on YouTube. Jim Ward won a 2009 voice-actor Daytime Emmy for his performance as Eyemore in the episode "Manchurian Charley" and as the Crusher in the episode "Here Come The Judge". The series was slated as a mid-season replacement in the 4Kids block on the CW network in fall 2009, but the series did not air. In the UK it was picked up for a second window by CSC Media Group, who scheduled it from April 2, 2010 on the Kix channel. The series features as a show on YouTube. An episode has been launched each Saturday on YouTube since November 2010.
The mice come to Earth (not by accident this time, unlike the first series). In this series, the lead antagonists are the evil Catatonians, a cat-like race of creatures who desire the greatest prize on Mars, the Regenerator. In the process of obtaining it they destroy it, leaving the Biker Mice (including Stoker – see below) to flee to Earth to build a new one.
- The Biker Mice (voiced by Dorian Harewood as Modo, Rob Paulsen as Throttle, Ian Ziering as Vinnie): The Mice themselves are, character-wise, almost the same as before. However, Throttle's leadership role has now been formally recognized with the rank of Commander. There have also been minor changes in costume (Throttle now has a green crossbelt across his chest under his jacket and new shades; Modo's boots are different, and all three have new helmets). But more controversially for fans of the original series, they have been drawn substantially slimmed-down and less muscular. All three also have new bikes. Vinnie's features minor alterations; Throttle's is of similar design, but green rather than black and Modo now has a three-wheeled bike he calls "Hard Case" or "Lil' Darlin."
- Charlene "Charley" Davidson (voiced by Lisa Zane): Essentially Charley is the same character-wise, but with a new, short haircut and clothes more suited to a 21st-century heroine. Although not present in every episode, she appears in the majority and plays a more prominent role than in the original series. Her relationship with Vinnie has been toned down for the new series, but (in true absence-makes-the-heart-grow-fonder fashion) Charley appears to reciprocate Vinnie's feelings towards her more readily than in the original series.
- Carbine (voiced by Dina Sherman): Carbine has had a costume change and plays a substantially more prominent role than originally, even appearing on Earth several times. Her relationship with Throttle still exists, emphasizing the strain of the War and their relative military responsibilities. Carbine has also been revealed as Stoker's niece.
- Stoker (voiced by Peter Strauss in 2006–2007, Jim Ward from 2007–present): Stoker is the classic series minor character who has had the most significant increase in importance, acting as the catalyst for much of the 2006 series' plot. The founder (and leader) of the Freedom Fighter movement, in the new series he has been missing in action for several years and is wrongly (but widely, except by Vinnie) held to have turned traitor. He is the inventor of the Regenerator, a matter-conversion device crucial to produce the water needed for the survival of the Martian population. Some years earlier, he had been forced to build a second Regenerator for Ronaldo Rump. When the Martian Regenerator was accidentally destroyed by the Catatonians the Biker Mice were dispatched to Earth to recover Rump's machine, the plot of the new series. His alter-ego is Nightshift, a black-clad masked biker. The disguise was originally adopted when he was still regarded as a traitor, but is now used to protect him from sunlight (which causes him to mutate temporarily into a rat-like creature). These mutations are the result of overexposure to tetra-hydrocarbons, the power source of the Regenerator.
- Lawrence Limburger (voiced by W. Morgan Sheppard): Returns for revenge on the Biker Mice after years of being a (literal) bootlicker for the Pit Boss.
- Dr. Karbunkle (voiced by Susan Silo): Also returning for revenge on the Biker Mice with Limburger.
- Harleen "Harley" is a lot like Charley only as a mouse. She had a very close relationship with Vinnie. Before the bros went to earth, Harley was kiddnapped by a rat, got half her face blown-off and then was shown mercy by other rats. Therefore she turned on her own people and aided the rats in their fight. Since then she has come to hate the biker mice because she feels that they gave-up on her. She also hates everyone who they care about.
- Hairball (voiced by Rob Paulsen): Assistant Supreme Commander of the Catatonian Army. Very short, speaks with a stereotypical Russian accent, and is a dunce.
- Cataclysm (voiced by Clancy Brown): While officially the second-in-command to Supreme Commander Hairball, it is Cataclysm who really calls the shots in the Catatonian quest for the Regenerator. He is Hairball's brother.
- Ronaldo Rump (voiced by Jess Harnell): A parody of Donald Trump, with an oversized behind. He uses his Regenerator to make himself more wealthy, but it is running out of power and he is trying to force Stoker to build a new one.
- Doctor Catorkian (voiced by Jess Harnell): A mad scientist, the force behind most of the inventions against the Biker Mice. Very tall and thin.
Video games, DVD and broadcast history
In 2006 Biker Mice From Mars was released, based on its 2006 revival in Finland, Australia and the United Kingdom, for the Nintendo DS and Sony PS2 consoles. The game did not receive major positive ratings, though it sold successfully throughout Scandinavia. It has not yet been released in the United States.
As of 2011, four volumes of Biker Mice from Mars DVDs are available in the UK through Abbey Home Media. Two volumes were released in Australia and New Zealand by Madman Entertainment. Volume one was released in Bulgaria on October 17, 2008. Eight volumes (each with three episodes) have been released, but it does not appear that more DVDs will be released unless demand for the series increases.
Biker Mice from Mars aired in the UK and Ireland in 2006. It aired in the US on 4Kids TV, beginning in summer 2008. It was scheduled to return on CW 4kids in fall 2009 but as of early 2011, it had not returned.
- Episodes and trailers Retrieved 2011-05-26.
- YouTube channel Retrieved 2011-05-26.
- DVD info Retrieved 2011-05-26.
- "Biker Mice From Mars Roll Into FOX This Saturday". Animation Magazine. Retrieved 2010-03-07.