Cover to the DVD release of WildC.A.T.s'
|Also known as||"WildC.A.T.s: Covert Action Teams"|
|Written by||David Wise|
|Voices of||Dennis Akayama
|Country of origin||USA
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||13|
|Production company(s)||WildStorm Productions, Nelvana Limited|
|Original run||October 1, 1994 – January 21, 1995|
WildC.A.T.s is a half-hour animated television series based on the comics series of the same name. WildC.A.T.s is about the universal war between two prehistoric alien races. One of the races is the heroic Kherubim while the other is the evil Daemonites.
Production and series run
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The WildC.A.T.s television series was created in 1994 and aired on CBS. The series was produced by WildStorm Productions in association with Nelvana. Although DC Comics owns the rights to the characters (due to DC's 1999 purchase of WildStorm), FUNimation Entertainment distributed the series' run on DVD, which was released on July 19, 2005.
WildC.A.T.s, along with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Skeleton Warriors, was grouped into the "Action Zone" showcase that used a wraparound animated fly-though pre-credit sequence to bookend the three very different programs. The series was canceled around the same time that the "Action Zone" concept was officially retired (although TMNT retained the "Action Zone" credit sequence until the end of its run two years later).
It had only thirteen episodes with a family-friendly storyline. Despite being a cartoon geared towards children, WildC.A.T.s featured considerably impressive battles scenes, along with a rock soundtrack, in an effort to appeal to older kids as well. The show was also notable for its theme song (performed by Sheree Jeacocke and Gerry Mosby).
The group was composed of all the original WildC.A.T.s. The major villain was Helspont, but the Troika and the Coda were featured. Mr. Majestic also made appearances, though not as a member of the group.
Differences between the comics and television series
The main differences of the series and the comic books were:
- Jacob Marlowe, the Kherubim Lord Emp, was an ordinary human here.
- Warblade just discovered his powers when he becomes part of the group, in the first episode. Because of this, he was the group's rookie, a position occupied by Voodoo in the comic book.
- Void was an android and a Kherubim artificial intelligence.
- Majestic was an antagonist, obsessed with finding the Orb and destroying the Daemonites.
- Max Cash, Grifter's comic universe younger brother, was the older brother, and the leader of an International Operations special unit called the Black Razors.
- Pike, who in the comics was a human/Kherubim hybrid working for the Daemonites, is a Daemonite himself in the TV series.
- Voodoo is a telekinetic in addition to being a telepath.
- Maul does not have a human form; his super-powered form is permanent. In addition, he becomes more enraged as he grows in size, as opposed to losing intelligence.
- Zealot and Grifter became a couple by the series' end.
- Spartan was a Kherubim rebuilt as a cyborg instead of being an android.
|No.||Ep. No.||Title||Director(s)||Writer(s)||U.S. Original Airdate|
|1||1||"Dark Blade Falling"||Bob Smith||David Wise||October 1, 1994|
|2||2||"Heart Of Steel"||David Wise||October 8, 1994|
|3||3||"Cry Of The Coda"||Brooks Wachtel||October 15, 1994|
|4||4||"The Evil Within"||Len Uhley||October 29, 1994|
|5||5||"The Big Takedown"||Bob Forward and David Wise||November 12, 1994|
|6||6||"Lives In The Balance"||Rich Fogel and Mark Seidenberg||November 19, 1994|
|7||7||"Soul Of A Giant"||Bob Forward and Sean Catherine Derek||November 26, 1994|
|8||8||"Betrayed"||Bob Forward and Brooks Wachtel||December 3, 1994|
|9||9||"Black Razor's Edge"||Bob Forward||December 10, 1994|
|10||10||"And Then There Were None"||Bob Forward||December 17, 1994|
|11||11||"M.V.P."||Bob Forward||June 3, 1995|
|12||12||"Endgame, Part 1"||Rich Fogel and Mark Seidenberg||June 10, 1995|
|13||13||"Endgame, Part 2"||Bob Forward||June 17, 1995|
- Dennis Akayama as Dockwell
- Paul Mota as Maul
- Roscoe Handford as Zealot
- Janet-Laine Green as Void
- Ruth Marshall as Voodoo
- Sean McCann as Marlowe
- Dean McDermott as Warblade
- Colin O'Meara as Grifter
- Rod Wilson as Spartan
- Maurice Dean Wint as Helspont
- Addison Bell as Slag
- Colin Fox as Pike
- David Hemblen as Commander
- Dan Hennessey as H.A.R.M.
- Lorne Kennedy as Karillion
- Jim Millington as Zachary Forbes
- Kristina Nicholl as Artemis
- Dave Nichols as Attica
- Bob Zidel as Professor Stone
Also, Playmates Toys released a toyline based on the TV series. The characters featured in the toyline were Grifter, Helspont, Maul, Max Cash (as a Black Razor), Mister Majestic, Pike, Slag, Spartan, Void, Voodoo, Warblade, Zealot and a generic Daemonite.
- Executive Producers: Patrick Loubert, Michael Hirsh, Jim Lee
- Co-Executive Producer: Toper Taylor
- Supervising Producer: Stephen Hodgins
- Coordinating Producer: Patricia R. Burns
- Producer: Hasmi Giakoumis
- Supervising Director: Bob Smith
- Story Editors: Bob Forward, David Wise
- Developed for Television by: David Wise
- Casting Director: Karen Goora
- Voice Director: Dan Hennessey
- Recording Coordinator: Elaine Justein
- Production Executive: Bob Higgins
- Production Supervisor: Steve Chadwick
- Overseas Animation Supervisor: David Simmons
- Production Manager: Lauri Towata
- Production Coordinator: Patricia Drury
- Storyboard Artists: Andrew Anthony, Patrick Archibald, Dell Barras, Shawna Cha, Travis Cowsill, Romeo Francisco, Curt Geda, Ernie Guanlao, Rick Hoberg, Elaine Hultgren, Rex Irvine, Brian Lee, Butch Lukic, Dan Nosella, Angel Pollard, J.C. Ponce, Steve Ressel, Bob Smith, Thom Tholen, Keith Tucker, Dan Veesenmeyer
- Designers: Rui Albino, David Baggley, Rich Dannys, Goran Delic, Rodney Dunn, Ben Jones, Mark Komza, Drazen Kosjanm, Brian Lee, Kurt Lehner, Grant Lounsbury, Ken Morrissey, Leif Norheim, Mark Petlock, Frank Reyes, Paul Rivoche, Troy Sullivan, Michael Tymochko, Dermot Walshe
- Design Coordinator: Glen Binmore
- Colour Stylist: Mary Aitken
- Background Stylists: Alex Hawley, Dimitri Kostic
- Paint Supervisor: Mary Bertoia
- Supervising Editor: Rob Kirkpatrick
- Post Production Managers: Ruth Pond, Lan Lamon
- Supervising Sound Editor: Mac Holyoke
- Picture Editor: Richard Bond
- Music Editors: Stephen Hudecki, Peter Branton, Anthony Crea, David Shaw
- Dialogue Editors: Keith Traver, Mark Grosicki, Melodie Vaughan, Scott McCrorie
- Pre Production Editors: Mike Reid, Sheila Murray, Rick Dubiel, Fred Spek, Darrell MacDonald, Ken Hurlbut, Shelley Mills-Hughes
- Sound Effects Editors: John Baktis, Eric Mattar-Hurlbut, Glenn Barna, Ryan Araki, Christopher Harris, Craig Marshall
- Assistant Picture Editor: Mhairi Kerr
- Video Transfers: David Bass, Aaron Holm
- Theme Song by: Sheree Jeacocke and Gerry Mosby
- Score by: Ray Parker and Tom Szczesniak
- Produced by: Parker Szczsmith Music Inc.
- Recording Engineer: Paul Shubat
- Re-Recording Engineer: Cory Mandell
- Additional Design Services: Funbag Animation Studios Inc.
- Additional Production Services: Bobtown Productions
- Directors: John Kafka and Russ Mooney
- Additional Production Facilities: A-1 Production, Inc.
- Online Editor: Frank Biasi
- Colourist: Bill Ferwerda
- Negative Cutting Services: Catherine Rankin Productions
- Laboratory Services: Magnetic North, Sounds Interchange, Multitrack Digital, Inc., International Image
Four VHS tapes with two episodes each were released in the 1990s. Funimation released the complete series on DVD in July 2005. It is now out of print, but a digital copy of the series is available through Amazon Instant Video at Amazon.com.
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