Action Man (2000 TV series)

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Action Man
Action Man 2000 Title Card.jpg
Also known asAction Man – The Greatest Hero of them All
GenreAnimation
Action
Biopunk
Cyberpunk
Created byHasbro (original toys)
Developed byMarty Isenberg and Robert N. Skir
StarringMark Hildreth
Michael Dobson
Tabitha St. Germain
Peter Kelamis
Theme music composerPaul Gordon
ComposersShuki Levy
Kussa Mahchi
Michael Whitaker
Paul Gordon
Country of originCanada
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes26
Production
Executive producersIan Pearson
Paul Sabella
Jonathan Dern
Carol Monroe
ProducerMark Ralston
Running time30 minutes
Production companiesMainframe Entertainment
Saban Entertainment
DistributorSaban International[1]
Release
Original networkFox Kids
YTV
First shown inMay 20, 2000 (2000-05-20) (movie special)
Original releaseAugust 5, 2000 (2000-08-05) –
August 20, 2001 (2001-08-20)
Chronology
Related showsAction Man (1995 TV series)
A.T.O.M.

Action Man is a 2000 Canadian CGI animated TV series based on the toy line of the same name.[2] The show is unrelated to the 1995 show. In this series, Alex Mann is an extreme sports athlete known as "Action Man" and is a member of Team Xtreme. A video game named Action Man: Search for Base X was released based on the 2000 series. The show's theme song "Amp it up Action Man" was written and performed by Saban Entertainment's Paul Gordon. It is aired on Fox Kids and CITV in the United Kingdom.

Synopsis[edit]

Alex Mann, Action Man's civilian identity, is an extreme sports athlete of Team Xtreme, taking part in the Mastervision Network's Acceleration Games, a series of unconventional televised sporting activities all over the world. Danger and adrenaline trigger hidden mental powers called AMP (Advanced Macro Probability) Factor, a result of secret experiments by his former high school coach Simon Grey. With it, Alex is able to calculate all future possibilities, choosing the best course of action. Alex "Action" Mann, Desmond "Grinder" Sinclair, Agnes "Fidget" Wilson, and Ricky Singh-Baines must stop arch-enemy Doctor X, a brilliant geneticist and bio-engineer, who will stop at nothing to duplicate Alex's AMP Factor to rebuild Earth with the genetically enhanced neo-humanity.

Cast[edit]

Main[edit]

Supporting[edit]

Episodes[edit]

Season 1 (2000)[edit]

Dr. X captured and physically tested Alex Mann repeatedly, as well as his best friend Brandon Caine. Dr. X also added nanotech enhancements to Brandon, making him superior to Alex in battle and in athletics. The culmination of the experiments was to mind transfer Dr. X into Brandon's body to become a nanotech cyborg, able to change his appearance and infect others. Following the ninth episode the series becomes more simplified. Dr. X founded the Council of Doom with his evil cohorts: Asazi and Tempest. Dr. X's nanotech trilobites appeared to gain collective intelligence and rebel against him; but this was actually Brandon Caine's uploaded mind punishing Dr. X.

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
1"Competitive Edge"James TaylorMarty Isenberg & Robert N. SkirAugust 5, 2000 (2000-08-05)
First Appearance of: Alex Mann (Action Man), Grinder, Fidget, Ricky, Brandon Kaine, Doctor X (original body) and Nick Masters. Coach Grey also makes an appearance only as a voice.
2"Building The Perfect Beast"Steve BallMarty Isenberg & Robert N. SkirAugust 12, 2000 (2000-08-12)
Cameo Appearance by: Coach Grey (Voice Only).
3"Grey Areas"Steve SacksMarty Isenberg & Robert N. SkirAugust 19, 2000 (2000-08-19)
First Appearance of: Coach Grey and Asazi. Cameo Appearance by: Nick Masters.
4"Storm Front"Greg DonisSteve MelchingAugust 26, 2000 (2000-08-26)
First Appearance of: Tempest. Cameo Appearance by: Nick Masters.
5"Gremlin In The Gears"Craig McEwenGreg Klein & Thomas PugsleySeptember 2, 2000 (2000-09-02)
Cameo Appearance by: Coach Grey, Nick Masters and Doctor X (original body)
6"Double Vision"George SamilskiMarsha F. GriffinSeptember 9, 2000 (2000-09-09)

A number of crimes take place with what appears to be Alex Mann and following and second crime Agent Diana Zurvis is determined to have Alex locked behind bars. It is up to Alex and his team to try and prove that Alex is innocent.

First Appearance of: Agent Diana Zurvis. Cameo Appearance by: Doctor X (original body), Branden Kaine, Coach Grey, Nick Masters.
7"Into The Abyss"William LauKaaren Lee BrownSeptember 16, 2000 (2000-09-16)

Branden Kaine begins trying to prevent Doctor X from controlling him and seeks help from Alex and his team to try and stop X and his plans. This involves returning to the now sunk oil rig in a bid to access information, but all is not as quiet as first thought.

First Appearance of: Doctor X (new body). Cameo Appearance by: Coach Grey and Branden Kaine. Final Appearance of: Doctor X (original body).
8"Out Of The Shadows"Sebastian BrodinBrynne Chandler ReavesSeptember 23, 2000 (2000-09-23)
Cameo Appearance by: Branden Kaine, Nick Masters and Agent Diana Zurvis.
9"Lost In The Funhouse"Steve SacksAndrew RobinsonSeptember 30, 2000 (2000-09-30)
Cameo Appearance by: Nick Masters, Coach Grey and Asazi (regular from here).
10"The Hereafter Factor"Gio CorsiEric KartenOctober 28, 2000 (2000-10-28)
Cameo Appearance by: Nick Masters, Tempest (regular from here), Coach Grey.
11"Cold War"Ezekiel NortonMarsha F. GriffinNovember 4, 2000 (2000-11-04)
Cameo Appearance by: Coach Grey and Agent Diana Zurvis.
12"Swarm: Part 1"Gino NicheleKaaren Lee BrownNovember 11, 2000 (2000-11-11)
Cameo Appearance by: Agent Diana Zurvis, Nick Masters and Coach Grey.
13"Swarm: Part 2"George SamilskiMarty Isenberg & Robert N. SkirNovember 18, 2000 (2000-11-18)
Final Appearance of: Coach Grey, Branden Kaine and Agent Diana Zurvis.

Season 2 (2001)[edit]

The Council of Doom continues to grow after Brandon was saved from Dr. X. Featuring new villains: Gangrene & Quake.

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
14"Green Thoughts"Andrew DuncanEric KartenFebruary 26, 2001 (2001-02-26)
First Appearance of: Gangrene. Cameo Appearance by: Nick Masters.
15"Thirst"Sebastian BrodinMarsha F. GriffinMay 2, 2001 (2001-05-02)
Cameo Appearance by: Nick Masters.
16"Ground Zero"Angela SteNick DuBoisMay 3, 2001 (2001-05-03)
Cameo Appearance by: Nick Masters.
17"Tower Of Power"George SamilskiLen WeinMay 4, 2001 (2001-05-04)
Cameo Appearance by: Nick Masters.
18"Rumble: Part 1"Gino Nichele & Colin AdamsAndrew RobinsonMay 11, 2001 (2001-05-11)
First Appearance of: Quake. Cameo Appearance by: Nick Masters.
19"Rumble: Part 2"Ezekiel NortonKurt WeldonMay 18, 2001 (2001-05-18)
20"Search and Destroy"Chuck JohnsonSean RocheMay 25, 2001 (2001-05-25)
Cameo Appearance by: Nick Masters.
21"The Triton Factor"Steve SacksBrooks WachtelJune 22, 2001 (2001-06-22)
Cameo Appearance by: Nick Masters.
22"Mann's Best Friend"Mark SchiemannMarsha F. GriffinJune 26, 2001 (2001-06-26)
Cameo Appearance by: Nick Masters.
23"Mann Hunt"Sebastian BrodinNick DuBoisJuly 27, 2001 (2001-07-27)
Note: Grinder, Fidget and Ricky do not make an appearance in this episode.
24"Tangled Up in Green"Patrick CarrollEric KartenAugust 10, 2001 (2001-08-10)
Cameo Appearance by: Nick Masters.
25"The Ultimate Doom - Part 1"Gio CorsiRobert N. Skir & Marty IsenbergAugust 17, 2001 (2001-08-17)
Final Appearance of: Nick Masters.
26"The Ultimate Doom - Part 2"Sebastian BrodinRobert N. Skir & Marty IsenbergAugust 21, 2001 (2001-08-21)
Final Appearance of: Alex Mann (Action Man), Grinder, Fidget, Ricky, Doctor X, Gangrene, Asazi, Tempest and Quake.

Home media releases[edit]

In many regions, the series was released on VHS by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment and later Buena Vista Home Entertainment, containing three episodes per tape.

The series has only seen DVD releases outside of the United States by many distributors. In the United Kingdom, the complete series was released by Maximum Entertainment throughout 2004-2008.

United Kingdom[edit]

DVD name Episodes Release date Running time Additional information
Storm Front Competitive Edge, Building the Perfect Beast, Grey Areas, Storm Front & Gremlin in the Gears 2005 107 Minutes Released by Jetix
Competitive Edge Special Edition 2 Disc Set Competitive Edge, Building the Perfect Beast, Grey Areas, Storm Front & Gremlin in the Gears, Gremlin In The Gears, Double Vision, Into The Abyss, Out Of The Shadows, Lost In The Funhouse & The Hereafter Factor 2005 180 Minutes Released by Jetix
Action Man Mega Disc Competitive Edge, Building the Perfect Beast, Grey Areas, Storm Front, Gremlin in the Gears, Double Vision, Into the Abyss, Out of the Shadows, Lost in the Funhouse & The Hereafter Factor 27 November 2006 2 Hours and 56 Minutes Released by Jetix
Volume 1 Competitive Edge', Building the Perfect Beast', Grey Areas, Storm Front & Gremlin in the Gears 27 November 2006 107 minutes Released by Jetix
Cold War Cold War, Swarm Part 1 & Swarm Part 2 27 November 2006 110 minutes Released by Jetix
Team Extreme Double Vision, Into the Abyss, Out of the Shadows, Lost in the Funhouse & The Hereafter Factor 4 June 2007 107 minutes Released by Jetix
Action Man Triple DVD Value Pack Competitive Edge, Building the Perfect Beast, Grey Areas, Storm Front, Gremlin in the Gears, Double Vision, Into the Abyss, Out of the Shadows, Lost in the Funhouse, The Hereafter Factor, Cold War, Swarm Part One, Swarm Part Two. 2008 4 hours 46 minutes Released by Jetix
Ground Zero - Season 2 Green Thoughts, Thirst, Ground Zero, Tower Of Power, Rumble Part I, Rumble Part II, Search And Destroy, The Triton Factor, Mann's Best Friend, Mann Hunt, Tangled Up In Green, The Ultimate Doom Part I & The Ultimate Doom Part II 21 April 2008 4 hours 46 minutes Released by Jetix

Awards[edit]

In 2001, the show won a Golden Camera Award at the U.S. and International Film and Video Festival for 'Best Animation' in the episode "The Swarm: Part 2".

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.awn.com/news/mainframe-toys-action-man-series
  2. ^ Perlmutter, David (2018). The Encyclopedia of American Animated Television Shows. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 4. ISBN 978-1538103739.

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