Action Man (2000 TV series)

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Action Man
Action Man 2000 Title Card.jpg
Genre Animation
Action
Starring Mark Hildreth
Michael Dobson
Tabitha St. Germain
Peter Kelamis
Theme music composer Paul Gordon
Composer(s) Shuki Levy
Kussa Mahchi
Michael Whitaker
Paul Gordon
Country of origin Canada
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 26
Production
Executive producer(s) Ian Pearson
Paul Sabella
Jonathan Dern
Carol Monroe
Producer(s) Mark Ralston
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) Mainframe Entertainment
Distributor Saban Entertainment (2000-2001)
Release
Original network YTV
Fox Kids
Original release August 5, 2000 – 2002
Chronology
Related shows Action Man (1995 TV series)
A.T.O.M.

Action Man is a Canadian CGI animated TV series based on the toy line of the same name. 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.

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 stops at nothing to duplicate AMP Factor to rebuild Earth with the genetically enhanced neo-humanity.

Main Cast[edit]

Supporting Cast[edit]

Season One[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.

Episodes[edit]

# Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1 "Competitive Edge" James Taylor Marty Isenberg & Robert N. Skir August 5, 2000 (2000-08-05)
2 "Building The Perfect Beast" Steve Ball Marty Isenberg & Robert N. Skir August 15, 2000 (2000-08-15)
3 "Grey Areas" Steve Sacks Marty Isenberg & Robert N. Skir August 19, 2000 (2000-08-19)
4 "Storm Front" Greg Donis Steve Melching August 26, 2000 (2000-08-26)
5 "Gremlin In The Gears" Craig McEwen Greg Klein & Thomas Pugsley September 2, 2000 (2000-09-02)
6 "Double Vision" George Samilski Marsha F. Griffin September 9, 2000 (2000-09-09)
7 "Into The Abyss" William Lau Kaaren Lee Brown September 16, 2000 (2000-09-16)
8 "Out of The Shadows" Sebastian Brodin Andrew Robinson September 23, 2000 (2000-09-23)
9 "Lost In The Funhouse" Steve Sacks Andrew Robinson September 30, 2000 (2000-09-30)
10 "The Hereafter Factor" Gio Corsi Eric Karten October 28, 2000 (2000-10-28)
11 "Cold War" Ezekiel Norton Marsha F. Griffin November 4, 2000 (2000-11-04)
12 "Swarm: Part 1" Gino Nichele Kaaren Lee Brown November 18, 2000 (2000-11-18)
13 "Swarm: Part 2" George Samilski Marty Isenberg & Robert N. Skir November 19, 2000 (2000-11-19)

Season Two[edit]

Dr. X founded the Council of Doom with his evil cohorts: Asazi, Tempest, Gangrene, and Quake. 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.

Episodes[edit]

# Title Directed by Written by Original air date
14 "Green Thoughts" Andrew Duncan Eric Karten February 26, 2001 (2001-02-26)
15 "Thirst" Sebastian Brodin Marsha F. Griffin May 2, 2001 (2001-05-02)
16 "Ground Zero" Angela Stevenson Nick DuBois May 3, 2001 (2001-05-03)
17 "Tower of Power" George Samilski Len Wein May 4, 2001 (2001-05-04)
18 "Rumble - Part 1" Gino Nichele & Colin Adams Andrew Robinson May 11, 2001 (2001-05-11)
19 "Rumble - Part 2" Ezekiel Norton Kurt Weldon May 18, 2001 (2001-05-18)
20 "Search and Destroy" Chuck Johnson Sean Roche May 25, 2001 (2001-05-25)
21 "The Triton Factor" Steve Sacks Brooks Watchel June 1, 2001 (2001-06-01)
22 "Mann's Best Friend" Mark Schiemann Marsha F. Griffin September 14, 2001 (2001-09-14)
23 "Mann Hunt" Sebastian Brodin Nick DuBois
24 "Tangled Up in Green" Patrick Carroll Eric Karten
25 "The Ultimate Doom - Part 1" Gio Corsi Robert N. Skir & Marty Isenberg
26 "The Ultimate Doom - Part 2" Sebastian Brodin Marty Isenberg & Robert N. Skir

Home releases[edit]

DVD[edit]

DVD title Season Volume Episodes Time length Release date
Action Man 1 1 5 107 minutes 23 Aug 2004
Team Xtreme 1 2 5 107 minutes 25 Oct 2004
Cold War 1 3 3
Ground Zero 2 1 13

VHS[edit]

Several volumes of the show were released on VHS with three episodes on each tape.

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".[1]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1] www.imdb.com