Storm Hawks

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Storm Hawks
Storm HAWKERS.jpg
A promotional image for Storm Hawks.
Genre Action/Adventure
Science fiction
Fantasy
Comedy
Format Animated series
Created by Asaph Fipke
Directed by Asaph Fipke
Steve Ball
Voices of Samuel Vincent
Matt Hill
Colin Murdock
Chiara Zanni
Scott McNeil
Lenore Zann
Cathy Weseluck
Nicole Oliver
Composer(s) Robert Buckley
Country of origin Canada
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 52 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Asaph Fipke
Ken Faier
Producer(s) Chuck Johnson
Running time 22 minutes approx.
Production company(s) YTV
Nerd Corps Entertainment
Broadcast
Original channel YTV
First shown in United States (Cartoon Network)
Original run May 25, 2007 – April 6, 2009
Chronology
Preceded by Dragon Booster
Followed by League of Super Evil
Rated A for Awesome
External links
Website

Storm Hawks is an animated television series created by Asaph "Ace" Fipke and made by Nerd Corps Entertainment in conjunction and collaboration with Cartoon Network and YTV. It premiered on Cartoon Network on May 25, 2007. It started to air on YTV in September 2007. It started to air on Cartoon Network in the UK on August 6, 2007. In Poland, it started to air on Cartoon Network on November 10, 2007. Internationally, it first aired on ABC1 in Australia on February 26, 2008 and on Hero in the Philippines on March 12, 2008. The show also started airing in Singapore on okto, Bulgaria, Turkey, Portugal and Romania in 2008. Disney XD began airing the series on February 28, 2011.

Plot[edit]

The Storm Hawks

Storm Hawks is set in a fictional world called Atmos, a largely mountainous world consisting of scattered masses known as terras. Directly below the terras is the Wastelands, the most dangerous place on Atmos, with its infernal fires and wicked creatures. Because of the geography, travel is mostly dependent on flight. The technology of Atmos is based around energy-generating crystals, used to power the various devices in the series. Patrolling the skies of Atmos are the Squadrons, all led by a Sky Knight, groups of warriors who pilot motorcycle-like vehicles called Skimmers that can semi-transform into flying machines. These warriors are loosely managed by the Sky Knight Council.

In the backstory of the series, an evil ruler named Master Cyclonis and her servants, the Cyclonians, threatened Atmos. The original Storm Hawks led the Squadrons in a war against them, but were betrayed and defeated by one of their own (later known as The Dark Ace). Ten years later, the main characters of the series stumble upon the wreckage of the Storm Hawks' carrier, the Condor, and unofficially take on the Storm Hawks name in the hopes of becoming Sky Knights themselves, despite not being old enough to even legally fly the vehicle.[1] Their youth defeats their ambition, however, as neither friend nor foe take them seriously because of it.

This changes when they are brought into conflict with a new Master Cyclonis, granddaughter of the previous one. Among her followers are the Dark Ace, the man who betrayed the original Storm Hawks and now serves Cyclonis as her right-hand man; Snipe, a mace-wielding strong man with a fondness for smashing things; and Snipe's sister, Ravess, an archer who always brings violin-playing henchmen into battle for theme music.

Characters[edit]

Main characters[edit]

The Storm Hawks squadron consists of six members:

  • Aerrow — The daring leader and Sky Knight of the squadron, Aerrow is a mature, good-natured teenager with a tousled mop of bright red hair and emerald green eyes. Despite his youth, he's one of the most talented Sky Knights in the Atmos, at the point that he can beat the Dark Ace.
  • Piper — In charge of tactics, navigation, and crystals, Piper has excellent combat ability, and knows nearly everything about Atmos and its inhabitants. She has spiky midnight blue hair, orange eyes and is the only character thus far to take on Master Cyclonis alone and emerge triumphant through her own skills.
  • Finn — A wiry, wise-cracking guy, Finn is a sharpshooter with spiky blond hair and blue eyes. Finn seems to be in a perpetual sugar rush, although he attempts to act cool and collected. His personality traits are like a stereotypical surfer and/or skater. His passions are playing air guitar and flirting with hot girls, both of which he does horribly. He and Junko are always getting into trouble together, thus serving as the comic relief pair of the show.
  • Junko — A large, albeit gentle and good-natured person, Junko is a member of a species known as Wallops. He has greenish-blue hair and grey eyes and his appearance is similar to that of a brown anthropomorphized rhino. As the muscle of the Storm Hawks he possesses superhuman strength that is greatly increased by the use of his preferred weapons, the Knuckle Busters.
  • Radarr — Aerrow's close friend and co-pilot, Radarr is a vaguely rabbit/lemur-like creature of indeterminate origin and hates being called a "pet". Radarr has scruffy blue fur and yellow eyes.
  • Stork — The carrier pilot character and a gadget specialist with crippling paranoia and severe pessimism. Stork is a member of a species of green-skinned creatures called "Merbs". Though he appears menacing at first, he is easily frightened and meek, but in spite of that he consistently performs his expected duties. He has stated that he is only a member of the Storm Hawks until "something better comes along," but is loyal regardless and loves and cares about his teammates very much. He has jet black hair and yellow eyes with dots for pupils.

Recurring characters[edit]

  • Dark Ace - The main antagonist of the show. Aerrow's arch-rival who betrayed the original Storm Hawks and killed Lightning Strike.
  • Snipe - A Cyclonian strong man who often gets defeated by Junko.
  • Ravess - A Cyclonian known for her archery skills who strikes her opponents with her bow and arrow.
  • Repton - A ruthless leader of the Raptors who lives on Terra Bogaton. He has killed the Sky Knight squadron of Terra Mesa known as the Interceptors, with Starling being the only survivor.
  • Starling - A Sky Knight of the Interceptors whose squadron was brought down by Repton. She speaks with an English accent.

Additional voices[edit]

Comic books[edit]

DMF Comics and Beach Creative Studios will be working on a comic book series for Storm Hawks.

At the March Toronto Anime Con 2009, a special issue was given out. There are only 50 of said issues available. It featured one story, a short story, and a few pin-ups by various artists.

Also, a Storm Hawks comic book entitled "Storm Hawks: The Escape" is included free with the region 2 release of the Storm Hawks Season 1 Volume 1 DVD.

SkyRace[edit]

According to the official Storm Hawks website, a MMORPG called Storm Hawks: Skyrace is being developed by Bitcasters utilizing BigWorld Technology, a middleware game engine. As of November 7, 2008, the RPG has been announced as in beta.[2]

Plot[edit]

A virtual universe where you embark on an adventure traveling through the Terras of Atmos, racing your own customized Sky Ride, challenging friends and rivals, and increasing your skills and ranking. If you qualify for a full Sky Knight's license you will get the chance to battle the Talons head-on. Play alongside your friends and do all the things your favorite characters from the show do; cruise on your ride, find awesome crystals, race across the terras and have action packed adventures.

Features[edit]

  • Create your own Sky Knight.
  • Customizable characters and vehicles.
  • Tour through various worlds.
  • Visit shops to buy items, weapons or upgrades.
  • Trade collected items.
  • Challenge other players to races to win crystals & points.
  • Compete in tournaments for your chance at fame and fortune.[3]

Beta[edit]

The game was launched for beta testing in Australia on December 16, 2008, but is only available for Australians.[4]

It is available on the official website of Storm Hawks on YTV [1], but requires a registration on YTV.

Broadcast history[edit]

Country Network Release Date
 Canada YTV September 15, 2007 – December 14, 2009
Nick Canada November 2, 2009
Teletoon (English) May 25, 2008
 United States Cartoon Network May 25, 2007
Disney XD February 28, 2011
 United Kingdom Cartoon Network August 2007
Kix July 23, 2014
Poland Poland Cartoon Network November 10, 2007
Romania Romania
Hungary Hungary
Portugal Portugal Cartoon Network 2008
Philippines Philippines Hero March 12, 2008
Singapore Singapore okto 2008
Australia Australia ABC1 February 26, 2008
ABC3
Turkey Turkey Cartoon Network
TNT Turkey
Bulgaria Bulgaria Cartoon Network
Netherlands The Netherlands TMF Toons 2010
NickToons

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