Project G.e.e.K.e.R.

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Project G.e.e.K.e.R.
Created by Douglas TenNapel
Doug Langdale
Written by Doug Langdale
Voices of Billy West
Cree Summer
Brad Garrett
Jim Cummings
Charlie Adler
Theme music composer Terry Scott Taylor
Composer(s) Shawn Patterson
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 13
Production
Executive producer(s) Douglas TenNapel
Doug Langdale
Producer(s) Audu Paden
Production company(s) Doug²
Adelaide Productions
Columbia TriStar Television
Distributor Sony Pictures Television
Broadcast
Original channel CBS
First shown in September 14, 1996
Original run September 14 – December 7, 1996
Chronology
Related shows Phineas and Ferb
Earthworm Jim
Catscratch
The Weekenders
Dave the Barbarian

Project G.e.e.K.e.R. is an animated television series that premiered on CBS on September 14, 1996. It was created by Douglas TenNapel, creator of Earthworm Jim, and Doug Langdale, later creator of The Weekenders, with original music by Shawn Patterson (main title theme by Terry Scott Taylor). TenNapel and Taylor also collaborated on the video games The Neverhood, Boombots and Skullmonkeys, and in 2005, re-united for the Nickelodeon cartoon Catscratch. The series is rated TV-Y7-FV, and was produced by Columbia TriStar Television.[1]

Synopsis[edit]

Set in the future, the show was based around a genetic shapeshifter experiment known as Project GKR (Geno-Kinetic Research), who had been stolen by Lady MacBeth (a short-tempered female cyborg with a bionic arm) before he could get the programming he needed to be a deadly and powerful weapon at the hands of the evil Mister Moloch, head of Moloch Industries. Due to the lack of his final programming, "Geeker" is left to be a totally random, permanently salivating, four-fingered klutz. He only occasionally manages to use his powers to any full extent, a blessing and a threat to his friends and their enemies. Lady MacBeth and her partner-in-crime Noah (a green, baseball cap wearing and intelligent Tyrannosaurus rex) must now prevent Moloch and Geeker's creator Dr. Maston from ever obtaining Geeker at all costs.

Cast[edit]

  • Billy West as G.e.e.K.e.R., Additional Voices
  • Cree Summer as Lady MacBeth, Nanny, Sonny, Additional Voices
  • Charles Adler as Dr. Maston, Jake Dragonn, Gene Damage, Additional Voices
  • Jim Cummings as Mister Moloch, Will Dragonn, Cosmotto, Additional Voices
  • Brad Garrett as Noah, Captain Wormhole

Additional voices[edit]

Characters[edit]

  • G.e.e.K.e.R. (voiced by Billy West) is a crazy and unstable random idiot, that looks like a citizen of "Cartoonland". He can shapeshift into anything, but they usually come at random. He also usually talks about wanting a Chocolate Monkey.
  • Lady MacBeth (voiced by Cree Summer) is a tough-as-nails character with a robotic arm. She was nicknamed by G.e.e.K.e.R. and Noah as "Becky". MacBeth is what G.e.e.K.e.R. assumed is a good person, instead of a thief in the black-market. Even though she has a hatred to G.e.e.K.e.R.'s annoyance, she has a soft spot inside of her, and likes G.e.e.K.e.R. as a friend.
  • Noah (voiced by Brad Garrett) is an intelligent T-Rex, and is Becky's partner in crime. He may seem vicious, but he is friendly, and usually enjoys a good breath mint.
  • Mr. Moloch (voiced by Jim Cummings) is a slick, smooth-talking villain. He may seem like a deadpan, as no one shows his emotion. Despite his appearance, Moloch is a heartless creature that won't stop until he got G.e.e.K.e.R. back, and ruling the universe.
  • Dr. Maston (voiced by Charlie Adler) is a brilliant, but unstable scientist, that is part-human, part-elephant. He usually fails to create another G.K.R., and usually goes in a rage of anger, as someone questions his brilliance, or something goes bad.
  • Will Dragonn (voiced by Jim Cummings) and Jake Dragonn (voiced by Charlie Adler) are mutated dragon thugs that work for Moloch.
  • Stonebender (voiced by Kevin Michael Richardson) and his army of Pinkers are futuristic cops with pink shirts. They also work for Moloch to steal G.K.R. back.

Episodes[edit]

Project G.e.e.K.e.R. only aired one 13-episode season in its time on CBS.

No. Title Airdate
1 Destruct Sequence September 14, 1996
Premiere Episode. After stealing GeeKeR from Dr. Maston, GeeKeR's self-destruct mode initiates, a feature Dr. Maston put in to keep GeeKeR from falling into the wrong hands. Becky and Noah have no choice but to seek Maston's help in this matter. Can Becky and Noah defuse GeeKeR before he makes like a bomb and goes BOOM!?
2 In Space, No One Can Hear You Sneeze September 21, 1996
GeeKeR, Becky and Noah go into hiding on Space Station Zebra, but Mister Moloch sends his most insidious operative, Larry the Virus. Larry is an intelligent mutant strain of the common cold who takes control the bodies of those he infects. GeeKeR alone is immune, and soon he finds himself attacked by everyone on the Space Station... including Becky and Noah.
3 Nightmare Park September 28, 1996
GeeKeR, Becky and Noah are on the run from the vicious, bio-engineered street thugs known as The Junkers. The Junkers, employed by Mister Moloch, chase our trio into Nightmare Park, an abandoned amusement park full of still-functioning systems which are programmed to respond to any aggressive act with deadly combat games. Becky must control her raging temper or the park's mechanisms will destroy them all.
4 Geekasaurus October 5, 1996
When GeeKeR morphs into a dinosaur and finds himself unable to change back, Noah must hide him in Dinopolis, the hidden city of the Dinosaurs where no human is allowed. But this brings the wrath of Mister Moloch down on Dinos everywhere, and soon Noah must choose between protecting his friend and saving his people.
5 Smell of the Wild October 12, 1996
GeeKeR starts emitting a hideous stench and can't stop. His smell draws an attack from Mister Moloch's goons, as well as the ire of Becky and Noah. Feeling rejected by his friends, GeeKeR runs away to the Wildlife Refuge, declaring that "animals like stinky things." But in the Refuge, GeeKeR faces a danger even greater than Mister Moloch: hordes of mutant wildlife led by the mighty Toxic Moose.
6 23 October 19, 1996
Doctor Maston finally succeeds in creating another artificial human, GKR 23. GKR 23, equipped with a computer brain, is even more powerful than GeeKeR. 23 soon breaks free of Mister Moloch's control and sets out to destroy all humanity so that he can repopulate the earth with superior, artificial beings like himself. Now it is up to GeeKeR to defeat the virtually indestructible 23.
7 Thing Called Love October 26, 1996
GeeKeR experiences love at last, falling hard for Sirena, a bizarre, tentacled alien woman. Becky is suspicious; it seems as if this alien has some strange power over men. But even when it becomes obvious that Sirena is working for Mister Moloch, GeeKeR refuses to abandon his "true love" and walks willingly into Moloch's clutches. Can GeeKeR break the chains of love and do the right thing?
8 In the GeeK of the Night November 2, 1996
A strange monster is wreaking havoc on the city of Neo-Denaire. Becky and Noah are shocked to discover the "monster" is actually a sleep-walking GeeKeR. Noah learns the cause of GeeKeR's Jekyll-and-Hyde transformations; a signal beamed at GeeKeR from an orbiting satellite. But GeeKeR is forced to stay awake to avoid becoming a monster, and his sleep deprivation-induced hallucinations cause no end of trouble for our trio.
9 Independence Daze November 9, 1996
Mister Moloch sets hundreds of ravenous, mechanical Cyberplants loose on Neo-Denaire, programming them to capture GeeKeR and his friends. When Becky and Noah are captured, the fuzz-brained GeeKeR must prove that he can be independent and track them down all by himself. GeeKeR's attempts at sleuthing are ridiculous in the extreme, and matters are complicated when the Cyberplants get out of control and start wrecking the whole city.
10 Worm November 16, 1996
GeeKeR gets a pet alien worm. Becky can't stand worms, and convinces GeeKeR to set the worm free in the tunnels under the city. But neither of them realizes that this type of worm grows to fit whatever it is kept in; down in the tunnels it becomes enormous. Moloch harnesses the giant worm and uses it to track down GeeKeR. Soon, both GeeKeR and Noah are captured, and the only way Becky can save them is to overcome her revulsion and team up with the worm.
11 Noble Savage November 23, 1996
Doctor Maston implants a tracer in Noah so that Mister Moloch can track him and capture GeeKeR. But the tracer affects Noah's brain, causing him to gradually revert to savagery. Noah soon goes off on a berserk rampage, and Becky and GeeKeR have to track him down. But when they find him, they discover that the nine-foot dino would just as soon chow down on friends as strangers.
12 GeeKMan November 30, 1996
GeeKeR gets hold of a bunch of old comic books and decides that the best way for him to be accepted by normal people is to become a superhero. Donning a garish costume with huge inflatable muscles, he becomes GeeKMan, Champion of Justice. Unfortunately, "GeeKMan's" rather destructive heroics turn the people of Neo-Denaire against him. Soon, the whole city is out for his blood.
13 Future Shocked December 7, 1996
GeeKeR, Becky and Noah travel a hundred years into the future and discover that Mister Moloch has gained control of GeeKeR and used his powers to conquer the galaxy. Our trio find an extremely elderly Noah languishing in a cell, his mind addled by his long imprisonment. "Old Noah" gives them a few murky tips on how to foil Moloch's plan, and they return to the present to fight a seemingly doomed battle to change the course of future history and save the galaxy.

Credits[edit]

Reception[edit]

Project G.e.e.K.e.R. received generally positive reviews from critics and audiences, and was very popular, becoming one of CBS's most popular shows during the time.

Cancellation[edit]

Despite the high ratings and good reviews, Project G.e.e.K.e.R. got cancelled, and was taken off the air in its early stages. This was caused by the Government, requiring 3 hours of educational programs. CBS was onto this, and started to replace their cartoon shows with low-budget live-action shows, and G.e.e.K.e.R. happened to be on the list of being removed.

Music[edit]

Terry Scott Taylor (friend of creator Doug TenNapel) was contracted to write the main title theme for the show, while Shawn Patterson was selected to be the series score composer. Two days before the show was set to air, Columbia TriStar discovered a licensing issue with Terry and Patterson was asked by the producers to compose and produce a main title theme to go on the air. Shawn completed this and Project GeeKeR aired with Shawn's original main title music. Weeks into the series, the licensing problem with Terry Scott Taylor was cleared up and the show's creator Doug TenNapel requested that Terry's original main title theme be reinserted into the series. Patterson's main title music was then removed from the remainder of the series.

Availability[edit]

The show has not been released on DVD and no plans have been announced to do so. However, unlike many other short-lived children's series, all 13 episodes of this series used to be available for viewing on the website Hulu at no charge. The episodes can also be downloaded from iTunes for $1.99 each.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.sonypictures.com/tv/projectgeekerseason1/

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