Robotomy

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Robotomy
Robotomy logo.png
Also known as Horrorbots (working title)
Genre Comedy
Adventure
Format Animated series
Created by Michael Buckley
Joe Deasy
Written by Michael Buckley
Joe Deasy
Directed by Christy Karacas
Creative director(s) Christy Karacas
Voices of Patton Oswalt
John Gemberling
Dana Snyder
Michael Sinterniklaas
Kate McKinnon
Jessie Cantrell
Composer(s) Joe Wong & Didier Leplae
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 10 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Michael Buckley and Joe Deasy
Christy Karacas (co-executive producer)
For World Leaders Entertainment: Charlie Miller
For Cartoon Network Studios: Brian A. Miller and Jennifer Pelphrey
For Cartoon Network: Curtis Lelash, Nick Weidendfeld, Rob Swartz, and Rob Sorcher
Producer(s) Nisa Contreras
Rachel Simon (supervising producer)
Running time 11 minutes
Production company(s) World Leaders Entertainment
Cartoon Network Studios
Broadcast
Original channel Cartoon Network
Original run October 25, 2010 (2010-10-25) – January 24, 2011 (2011-01-24)

Robotomy is an American animated television series created by Michael Buckley and Joe Deasy, directed by Christy Karacas (Superjail!), voice directed by Michael Sinterniklaas, and produced by World Leaders Entertainment and Cartoon Network Studios. The series was developed after a long series of unaccepted ideas, and occasionally put in and out of production due to changing executives.[1] It was officially announced on August 31, 2009, and premiered on October 25, 2010, on Cartoon Network. Robotomy was canceled on January 24, 2011. It is Cartoon Network's shortest-running original series, as well as with the least number of episodes. Robotomy was officially removed from Cartoon Network's website on February 11, 2011.

On January 11, 2013, the series returned to television in reruns, albeit in a minor role. Episodes of the series could be seen from time to time on the revived Cartoon Planet block, though was shortly taken off the block. The entire series was put on Netflix shortly after.

Plot[edit]

Thrasher and Blastus are two outsider robots that live on the planet of Insanus. Insanus is a planet inhabited by murderous robots who seek to kill one another for no apparent reason. Slightly less horrific than their peers, the duo seek to make it through high school, and navigate their lives with varying degrees of success. While Thrasher wishes to gain the affections of an attractive female robot named Maimy, Blastus just wants to be recognized as popular.

Characters[edit]

Promo image featuring all the characters, with Thrasher (left) and Blastus (right) in the foreground.

Main[edit]

  • Thrasher (voiced by Patton Oswalt) - A tall, lanky robot who isn't very confrontational and has a crush on the popular female robot Maimy. Thrasher has a baby sister, who is considered very violent and dangerous towards him and others. Though calm and reserved, he often falls prey to Blastus' badly-thought out plans.
  • Blastus (voiced by John Gemberling) - As with Thrasher, and unlike most robots on Insanus, Blastus is a pretty sensitive and non-homicidal, to which his mother doesn't approve. In his quest to become popular, he is incredibly impulsive and overconfident in his abilities.
  • Weenus (voiced by Michael Sinterniklaas) - A nerdy robot that is even lower on the social pyramid than the two main characters, Weenus is a bipolar sociopath, whose giant arm is thought to be the most powerful weapon on the planet.
  • Dreadnot (voiced by Dana Snyder) - A sadistic teacher that finds joy in torturing and invoking pain into his students: all in his attempt to transform them into hyper-violent drones.
  • Thunderbite (voiced by Dana Snyder)- An oversized, skull-shaped robot, who is the principal of Harry S. Apocalypse High School, and is incredibly sweet and motherly to the students when he isn't causing pain. He is good friends with Thrasher and Blastus.

Recurring[edit]

  • Megawatt (voiced by Michael Sinterniklaas) - A spoiled rich kid at Harry S. Apocalypse High, Megawatt is quite dim and incredibly homicidal, which makes him attractive to female robots (most of whom he blows up), He is typically dating Maimy to Thrasher's disdain.
  • Maimy (voiced by Jessie Cantrell) - A popular student at Harry S. Apocalypse High, Maimy is Thrasher's crush, but she is barely even aware of the robot's existence and even then, would rather claw-out his face. She usually takes advantage of Thrasher's kindness for her own benefits.
  • Tacklebot (voiced by Roger Craig Smith) - a robot who represents the musclehead jock stereotype. He is good friends with Megawatt. He is typically violent and hostile towards Thrasher and Blastus.

Voice cast[edit]

Episodes[edit]

Season 1 was supposed to be 12 episodes, but production on the show finished early, leaving only 10 episodes completed. The show is rated TV-PG-V.

Season 1 (2010–11)[edit]

# Title Original airdate Production
code
U.S. Viewers
(millions)
1 "Frenemy" October 25, 2010 (2010-10-25) 101 1.74[2]
Thrasher and Blastus attempt to get friends on the social networking site "Frenemy", which leads to disastrous results when the site befriends them.
Guest star: Jack McBrayer as "Frenemy"
2 "Bling Thing" November 1, 2010 (2010-11-01) 102 1.51[3]
Jealous of Megawatt's upgrades and all the girls that he's getting, Thrasher and Blastus try to earn money to get upgrades of their own by getting a job at The Maul (an arena where robots get eaten and digested by a monster), but when that doesn't work, they try selling their coolant for easy cash.
3 "No Child Left Benign" November 8, 2010 (2010-11-08) 103 1.60[4]
Thrasher and Blastus feign being non-violent to join the Sunshine Group (a group of robots with faulty psycho-chips who act and are treated like mentally-challenged children) in order to avoid taking an upcoming standardized test, but soon discover that the Sunshine class is really a plot to get rid of non-violent robots.
Guest star: Kate McKinnon as Mrs. Crunshine
4 "Playdate" November 15, 2010 (2010-11-15) 104 1.57[5]
Thrasher inadvertently agrees to babysit Maimy's younger brother when he tries to impress her, and he and Blastus accidentally start a war in the process. Meanwhile, Weenus is chosen to be a part of Harry S. Apocalypse High's fireworks show.
Guest star: Gilbert Gottfried as the Tickle Me Psycho dolls and Lil Jon as "Mayor Amputator".
5 "El Presidente" November 22, 2010 (2010-11-22) 105 1.28[6]
After staging a violent coup, Thrasher becomes school president and his friendship with Blastus becomes strained when Maimy begins falling for Thrasher.
6 "Field of Screams" November 29, 2010 (2010-11-29) 106 1.46[7]
Thrasher and Blastus drink a strange performance-enhancing tonic given to them by the janitor in order to become great Mutilationball players, and end up getting sent to a planet of angry blue ball creatures.
7 "Mean Green" January 3, 2011 (2011-01-03) 107
N/A
On a field trip to a forest to chop down evil trees, Thrasher befriends a talking plant who is after a highly-guarded fertilizer called SuperFudge.
Guest star: Lewis Black as "The Gore-Ax"/"The Scrap Metal Spirit of Insanus" and Lisa Lampanelli as "The Green Spirit of Insanus"
8 "The Trials of Robocles" January 10, 2011 (2011-01-10) 108 1.26[8]
Thrasher and Blastus start going through puberty and must journey to Jockstrap Island and pass the Trial of Robocles in order to become men.
Guest star: Lil Jon as "King Suckerpunch"
9 "Nana's Run" January 17, 2011 (2011-01-17) 109
N/A
Thrasher and Blastus join a group that Maimy starts dedicated to hurling elderly robots at other planets to keep them from going nuclear on Insanus, but when one of the elderly robots turns out to be Thrasher's grandmother, Thrasher must choose between letting her go or keeping her.
10 "From Wretchneya With Love" January 24, 2011 (2011-01-24) 110 1.26[9]
Series finale: Blastus dates and nearly marries a sexy model from the planet Wretchnya, only for Thrasher to find out she is a pirate. Meanwhile, Megawatt and his parents wander the streets after believing that they're ghosts.
Guest star: Eliza Dushku as "Shockzana"

References[edit]

  1. ^ Scratch Pad Exclusive: Interview with Michael Buckley
  2. ^ Gorman, Bill (October 26, 2010). "Monday Cable Ratings: Monday Night Football Giant(s); Pawn Stars Way Up Real Housewives, WWE RAW, Weeds & Much More". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved March 19, 2011. 
  3. ^ Seidman, Robert (November 2, 2010). "Monday Cable Ratings : Monday Night Football Leads; Weeds, The Big C, WWE Raw, NeNe Rise; Pawn Stars Falls & Much More". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved March 19, 2011. 
  4. ^ Gorman, Bill (November 9, 2010). "Monday Cable Ratings : Monday Night Football Tops; WWE RAW, Weeds, Hoarders, Cake Boss & Much More". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved March 19, 2011. 
  5. ^ Seidman, Robert (November 16, 2010). "Monday Cable Ratings : Michael Vick Runs Over Redskins & Ratings + WWE RAW, Weeds, Hoarders, In Treatment & Much More". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved March 19, 2011. 
  6. ^ Seidman, Robert (November 23, 2010). "Monday Cable Ratings : Monday Night Football Down, But Coasts to Victory + WWE RAW & More". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved March 19, 2011. 
  7. ^ Gorman, Bill (December 1, 2010). "Monday Cable Ratings : Monday Night Football Down, But Tops All TV; Plus WWE RAW, Brew Masters & More". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved March 19, 2011. 
  8. ^ Seidman, Robert (January 11, 2011). "Monday Cable Ratings: Pretty Little Liars, Greek, Hoarders, Men of a Certain Age & More". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved March 19, 2011. 
  9. ^ Seidman, Robert (January 25, 2011). "Monday Cable Ratings: 'Pretty Little Liars,' 'Being Human,' 'Pawn Stars' Rise; 'Skins' Falls & More". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved March 19, 2011. 

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