Mighty Machines

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Cover of a Mighty Machines DVD.

Mighty Machines is a Canadian children's television series about machines and how they work. It airs on TVO, Treehouse TV and other channels in Canada, including Access in Alberta, the Saskatchewan Communications Network, and Knowledge in British Columbia. It also aired on Discovery Kids (UK) in 2005, on Qubo in the U.S., and a French-language version airs on TFO in Ontario and on channels in Quebec. It was nominated for a Gemini Award in 1996 in the category of Best Children's Program or Series. The full series is also available for instant viewing in the U.S. through Netflix and their streaming service.

Media[edit]

When it first aired as a production of Malofilm, the first season in 1994, second in 2004, and third in 2008 (done by Loten Media, and distributed by Seville Pictures). Instead of a human commentator talking to viewers, it uses voice-over actors to make the machines themselves talk to viewers, tell them what's happening, how the machines run, etc. Most of the episodes were filmed in Toronto, Ontario; Montreal, Quebec; and Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Names of Mighty Machines[edit]

The Airplanes[edit]

  • DC-10
  • A-320
  • Jumbo
  • Stearman
  • Super Stearman

The Front Loaders[edit]

  • American Loader
  • Irish Loader
  • Jaws
  • Sally
  • Scoop

The Fire Engines[edit]

The Diggers[edit]

  • Big Cat

The Trains[edit]

  • Freddie
  • "O" Train
  • GO Train
  • Shunty
  • Diesel

Others[edit]

List of episodes[edit]

The episodes were done in two formats for broadcast: twentiy-two minute full episodes, and five minute excerpts for use as filler.

All of the episodes are available on VHS and DVD, individually or in box sets. There is also a sixty minute VHS featuring all of the five minute episodes from season one.

Season One (1994) - Malofilms[edit]

1. At The Airport

At Toronto Pearson International Airport, DC, a Canadian Airlines DC-10 jet, explains (and shows) his journey from the hangar to the terminal, before picking up passengers and taking to the sky. He also shows the viewers how he gets cleaned in the hangar. Many other aircraft are featured in the episode including a Canadian airlines Boeing 737 (missnamed as an A320), a British Airways, Air Canada, and Lufthansa Boeing 747, and an American Airlines Boeing 757. This is the series premiere.

2. At The Quarry

Euclid, a dump truck, explains how he grinds rocks from the quarry, turning them into gravel. A gravel conveyor and front-end loader also explain about how they work in these tasks for moving the gravel and rocks around.

3. In The City

Little Mac, a small municipal pickup truck, takes viewers out onto the streets of Toronto to show how the city streets are cleaned and washed. The featured machines that do this include a street sweeper named Dusty, another truck named Gusher that sprays water on the pavement, and a tree trimmer named Stretch, all of which are to prepare the streets every morning for traffic.

4. In The Harbour

Murphy, a Toronto Police boat, takes viewers out into Toronto Harbour to show many of his harbour friends, including Blackie and Thor, two large freighters; Mckenzie, a fireboat; Oriole, a Toronto city tours boat; a working replica of a square rigger ship and the two ferries that go to Toronto Island, all of which explain their use of operating in the harbour.

5. At The Construction Site

A caterpillar shovel Named "Big Cat" shows viewers how he and his friends build a hospital from digging the foundation to building the walls. Also a tall Crane named SkyHook from downtown and his friend Carmen, who is also a Crane Build a Tall skyscraper that is almost finished.

6. At The Race Track

A Formula 3000 race car named Goldstar, takes viewers out onto the racetrack and explains how he is transported from the garage, as well as making pit stops and racing against all the other competitors.

7. At The Demolition Site

A Sheer Tractor named Deeno and with a bit of help from Dozer, a bulldozer, dynamite is used to demolish two water towers and a tall cement chimney.

8. At The Train Yard

Two Canadian Pacific and Canadian National freight trains named Shunty and Freddie explain how work goes on in the train yard, including switching, putting the cars on the right train and transporting materials long distances.

9. At The Fire Hall

King, a Mack ladder truck shows viewers how his ladders and tiller work, while Pumper, a pumper truck shows how the hoses work. The episode also features some members of the North York Fire Department doing their training exercise.

10. On The Road

A Semi-trailer truck truck named Big Hoss, takes viewers out on the road and also shows how his cab and trailers work.

11. At The Garbage Dump

A garbage truck explains his job of moving garbage from house to house and how the landfill works.

12. At The Cement Yard

A cement yard receives materials for concrete and a cement truck named Big Boy takes his load to a street and to a tall building.

The first six episodes of season one were written by Doug Atkinson and Fiona Zippan (Denzey), while the remaining episodes were written by Bryan A. Auld.

Season Two (2004) - Seville Pictures[edit]

13. In the Snowstorm

Buzz, Stretch, and Ranger, a team of snow removal crew go out to clear the streets after a big snowstorm. Blower, a snowblower machine explains how he shoots snow right into the trucks that will carry it to the dumping station. Bobcat, a Bobcat loader, pushes the snow along the streets and Big Dude, a snowplow, explains how he keeps the snow in rows so Blower can pick it up.

14. Deep Underground

Range, Driller, and Crusher, a series of machines operating in a salt mine, explain how to find the salt, scoop it up, and carry it to the surface of the mine.

15. At the Ski Hill

A number of snowmobiles and other ski hill machines explain how they are able to skim across the surface of the snow without getting stuck.

16. In The Sky!

A blue and yellow biplane named Stearman visits an airshow.

17. In the Forest Feller, a Feller Buncher machine, explains how he cuts only marked trees in the forest. Skidders then explain how they skid logs to the log loader, which demonstrates its agility between loading logging trucks.

18. At the Sawmill

At a busy sawmill, Jaws, a front-end loader, explains how the trees are turned into lumber. Buzz, Scoop, and Big Red are many of the other machines that explain how the lumber will soon be turned into wood.

19. All About Recycling

Backpack Jack, a green recycling truck, explains how he collects all the recycling and sends it through many other machines, so it can be reused again.

20. Building A Truck!

A number of machines explain and show how much work it takes to build a truck.

21. Making Waves!

Skipper takes viewers into Haxfeild Harbour, and while meeting many ferries, cargo ships, and navy ships, he shows how waves were formed.

22. Making A Road

Sammy, a large orange shovel, explains how, through the use of machines, a new road is built and prepared for cars to drive over.

23. On the Farm

Allis a tractor explains how see musy pull Polly a plowing machine to keep the fields ready for farming.

24. To the Rescue!

Sambraro, a coast guard lifeboat, and a rescue lifeboat explains how they recover a man overboard from stormy seas.

25. Trucks, Trucks, Trucks!

Vehicles include a gas truck, a carnival truck, and a cement pumper truck.

26. All Aboard Trains, Buses, and Subways!

Buddy, an OC Transpo bus, explains his job of picking up the passengers and dropping them off exactly where they want to be.

For season two, the scripts were by Bill Freeman, and the voice artists were Alan Bacchus, Edward Daranyi, Suzanne Hersh, Santo Lupo, Christopher Quinn, Patte Rosebank, Tanya Schneider, Oliver Svendsen, and Chuck Vollmar.

Season Three (2008) - Loren Media / Seville Pictures[edit]

27. Building An Airplane

JetGirl comes to visit the airport and tells her story why she left and was made.

28. Ride The Mountain Rails

Diesel locomotive number 95 dumps rocks in the Canadian river, while three White Pass trains take children a tour to see the mountains.

29. Car Wreckers

Forks shows children what he does in the car scrap yard.

30. Laying Down The Pipeline

Excavator, a backhoe, shows the kids how he digs deep in the ground for pipelines that are to be installed. His friends show how pipelines are connected and installed into the ground.

31. At The Steel Mill

Slabhaulers and other machines show how steel is made.

32. Hot Off The Press

Charlie, a printing press and other printing machines show how the Toronto Star newspaper is made.

33. Giant Tow Trucks

Tow Truck shows viewers all of the gear he carries to different jobs and with the help of another tow truck they pull a tanker that has tipped over

34. Bringing In The Harvest

A group of tractors retrieve tomatoes from the farm and put them into the Factory. Also features Clipper, who clips grapes and a truck who brings them to a factory to make wine.

35. Reach For The Sky

Stretch the crane is going to replace an ac on the top of a tall building, with a little help from another crane big brother stretch is ready to make the big lift while Gipsy Lady a Sikorsky s64 sky crane helps change ac units on the roof of a factory

36. Machines Go To School

Backhoes, earth-moving machines, bull-dozers, and other machines go to school to learn about how to dig, push dirt, carry dirt, and other construction procedures.

37. Go, Boats, Go!

Features a Canadian Coast Guard hovercraft, "Fast Forward", a Floridian air boat, and "Empress" a modern paddle wheel cruise ship.

38. Under The Waves

Features a Underwater tour Submarine who wants to tour passengers to see the Coral Reef, and a Submersible which goes underwater to find something for the boss, and a Navy Sub who takes kids to see whats inside

39. Board The Ferry

The Spirit of Vancouver Island, a BCFerries ferry, shows the kids what happens at the dock, the controls of the ship, and other things on the ship. This is the series finale.

DVD releases[edit]

  • Chomp! Crunch! Tear! features episodes: Car Wreckers, Giant Tow Trucks, and Laying Down the Pipeline
  • Tremendous Tools features episodes On the Farm, At the Sawmill and Deep Underground
  • Winter Blast features episodes In the Snowstorm, At the Ski Hill and In the Forest
  • Revved Up features episodes: Building an Airplane' , 'Ride the Mountain Rails and Reach for the Sky
  • Diggers and Dozers features episodes At the Construction Site, At the Demolition Site and At the Quarry
  • Machines on the Job features episodes Bringing In the Harvest, At the Steel Mill and Hot off the Press
  • Big Wheels Rollin features episodes At the Cement Yard, Building a Truck and Trucks, Trucks, Trucks
  • Lights and Ladders features episodes At The Fire Hall, At the Garbage Dump and In the City
  • Roadways to Runways features episodes At the Race Track, At the Airport and On the Road
  • Boats to the Rescue features episodes To the Rescue, Making Waves and In the Harbor
  • All About Garbage and Recycling features episodes All About Recycling
  • Making Tracks features episodes At the Train Yard, Making a Road and All Aboard
  • Mega Machines features episodes Go, Boats, Go, Machines Go to School, Under the Waves, Board the Ferry, and All About Recycling

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