Animorphs (TV series)

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Animorphs
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Genre Science fantasy, drama, teen, suspense
Created by K. A. Applegate (book series)
Starring Shawn Ashmore
Boris Cabrera
Nadia-Leigh Nascimento
Brooke Nevin
Christopher Ralph
Theme music composer Craig Hazen, Julie Dansky, and David Wolfert
Opening theme "It's All in Your Hands",
"It's All in Your Hands" (instrumental; later episodes)
Ending theme "It's All in Your Hands" (instrumental; episode 3 onwards)
Composer(s) Norman Orenstein
Country of origin Canada
United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 26 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Deborah A. Forte
Bill Siegler
Production location(s) Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Running time 22–23 minutes per episode
Production company(s) Protocol Entertainment
Scholastic Productions
Release
Original network YTV/Nickelodeon (first season)
Global (second season)
Original release September 15, 1998 – October 8, 1999

Animorphs (also known under the promotional title AniTV) is a television adaptation made by Protocol Entertainment of the Scholastic book series of the same name by K. A. Applegate. It was made for YTV for Season 1 and Global for season 2 in Canada and Nickelodeon for the United States. The series was broadcast from September 1998 to March 2000 in the United States and Canada, and in May 2013, reruns began airing on Qubo until September 27, 2015.[1]

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The Animorphs television series was broadcast on YTV (season 1) and Global Television Network (season 2) in Canada and on Nickelodeon from 1998–2000.

Season 1 (1998–1999)[edit]

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11"My Name is Jake, Part 1"Timothy BondNeal Shusterman, Jeff VlamingSeptember 15, 1998 (1998-09-15)101
Jake, Rachel, Tobias, Cassie, and Marco, five teenagers only vaguely acquainted with one another, choose to take a shortcut through a construction site and wind up encountering Elfangor, an alien who offers them the power to morph into animals to save the Earth from the Yeerks and an insidious secret invasion. Based on The Invasion. Narrated by Jake.
22"My Name is Jake, Part 2"Timothy BondNeal Shusterman, Dan Angel, Billy BrownSeptember 15, 1998 (1998-09-15)102
Jake and his friends must decide how to make use of their newfound power to outsmart and fight back against the Yeerks, an alien race that have parasitically begun taking over humans through a group known as The Sharing. Based on The Invasion. Narrated by Jake.
33"Underground"Ron OliverNeal Shusterman, Jeff VlamingSeptember 22, 1998 (1998-09-22)106
The group begin acquiring morphs from the zoo where Cassie's mother works in their first attempt to confront the Yeerks. Meanwhile, Jake discovers his brother Tom has become a Controller—a human who has become a host for a Yeerk. Their assault is a failure; they don't free any humans and apparently lose both Tobias and the mysterious disc that Elfangor entrusted to him. Based on The Invasion. Narrated by Marco.
44"On the Run"Ron OliverScott PetersSeptember 29, 1998 (1998-09-29)103
When the Yeerks offer to exchange the Andalite disc for an Andalite, Jake and Marco come up with a risky plan to get a Controller to capture an animal instead. When the Yeerks realize they've been duped, they arrange for The Sharing to move forward with a plan to harvest more humans to become Controllers. Narrated by Jake.
55"Between Friends"Shawn LevyRon OliverOctober 6, 1998 (1998-10-06)104
Now that it's certain that Tobias is trapped in his hawk morph, Rachel attempts to rescue her friend, Melissa Chapman, from infestation. When it turns out that Melissa's father, Principal Chapman, is an important Controller and Rachel is captured and taken to Visser Three, the Animorphs must rescue her and avoid recklessly endangering themselves. Based on The Visitor. Narrated by Rachel.
66"The Message"William FruetMarc Scott Zicree, Neal ShustermanOctober 13, 1998 (1998-10-13)105
Cassie and Tobias suspect another Andalite is on Earth when a different thought-speak contacts them and Visser Three. It soon becomes a race between the Animorphs and the Yeerks to claim the Andalite. Based on The Message. Narrated by Cassie.
77"The Escape"Ron OliverJessica Scott, Mike WollaegerOctober 20, 1998 (1998-10-20)109
The Animorphs discover that a certain type of oatmeal is a stimulant to the Yeerks, and they are unable to control their hosts' actions. The usage of this "drug" also affects the hosts, but the Animorphs know they must use this advantage to inflict some serious damage upon the Yeerk pool. Based on The Underground. Narrated by Rachel.
88"The Alien"Don McCutcheonMarc Scott ZicreeOctober 27, 1998 (1998-10-27)110
Ax, seeming foreign to his new surroundings, tries to fit in with his new friends. After making the grave mistake of giving technology to humans, he must fix his error by Andalite law and defeat Visser Three—alone. Based on The Alien. Narrated by Ax.
99"The Capture, Part 1"William FruetNeal ShustermanNovember 3, 1998 (1998-11-03)107
Jake discovers Victor Trent, his father's business partner in opening a new health clinic, is actually Visser Three. When the Animorphs go to destroy the Yeerk pool in the building, Jake falls into the pool and unknown to his friends, becomes a Controller. Based on The Capture. Narrated by Jake.
1010"The Capture, Part 2"William FruetNeal Shusterman, Marc Scott ZicreeNovember 10, 1998 (1998-11-10)108
Ax realizes that after falling into the Yeerk pool they destroyed, Jake has become a Controller; the group must prevent Jake from using his morphing powers to escape and reveal the Animorphs to Visser Three. Jake and the Yeerk inside him struggle to maintain control of his body as Jake attempts to kill the Yeerk by depriving it of the nourishing Kandrona rays it needs. Based on The Capture. narrated by Ax.
1111"The Reaction"Graeme LynchCarl EllsworthNovember 17, 1998 (1998-11-17)111
Cassie rescues a boy from a crocodile pit during a field trip at the zoo and develops an allergic reaction to the crocodile DNA she has acquired and cannot control her morphing abilities. When she is invited to a popular television show featuring star Jason Jon McCole as a guest, the Animorphs must find a way to stop him from encouraging millions of fans to join the Sharing. Based on The Reaction. Narrated by Cassie.
1212"The Stranger"Don McCutcheonMarc Scott ZicreeNovember 24, 1998 (1998-11-24)112
Rachel spends time with her father, struggling whether she should move away with him or not. Meanwhile, Visser Three captures Ax and the rest of the Animorphs in a cunning trap until a mysterious figure known as the Ellimist arrives and offers them a dangerous choice. Based on The Stranger. Narrated by Rachel.
1313"The Forgotten"William FruetScott PetersDecember 1, 1998 (1998-12-01)115
Rachel's amnesia causes her to forget everything she knows, including everything about being an Animorph, and the battle against the Yeerks. When she unknowingly wanders into a human-Controller infested area and is about to be taken by the Yeerks, her friends must find a way to save her and restore her memory. Based on Megamorphs: The Andalite's Gift. Narrated by Rachel.
1414"The Leader, Part 1"Shawn LevyJessica Scott, Mike WollaegerJanuary 5, 1999 (1999-01-05)113
Jake finds out Visser One will be at the EGS Tower, where the Yeerk Kandrona ray generator is located. When Jake and Marco are captured while spying on the Yeerks and brought on board their spaceship, their escape is hindered when they discover Visser One's Controller is Marco's missing mother. Based on The Stranger and The Predator. Narrated by Marco.
1515"The Leader, Part 2"Shawn LevyJessica Scott, Mike WollaegerJanuary 12, 1999 (1999-01-12)114
Now that Marco has found his mother again, he is reluctant to leave the Yeerk ship without her. Cassie and Rachel destroy the Kandrona ray generator while Ax must devise a way to bring Jake and Marco back to Earth. Meanwhile, their actions have revealed the existence of a new enemy. Based on The Stranger and The Predator. Narrated by Marco.
1616"Tobias"Graeme LynchCarl EllsworthJanuary 19, 1999 (1999-01-19)116
Ax creates a device that allows an individual to relive their most cherished memories, which Tobias and Ax use to relive their past days. Tobias relives his pre-Animorph life, remembering how he met Rachel, how he first acquired animal DNA, and how awkward Ax was at first when he became human. Narrated by Tobias and Ax.
1717"Not My Problem"Stacy CurtisGeorge MelrodJanuary 26, 1999 (1999-01-26)117
When Jake succumbs to the pressures of being the Animorphs' leader, the Ellimist appears and grants him the wish. However, in the alternate reality, everyone but Tobias is infested by the Yeerks and Tobias must carefully plot his next move to avoid the same fate. Shares similarities to Megamorphs: Back to Before, although the book came out after the episode. Narrated by Jake.
1818"The Release"Robert K. SprogisMarc Scott Zicree, Carl EllsworthFebruary 2, 1999 (1999-02-02)118
With too many Controllers and not enough Kandrona rays, Yeerks are dying and losing control of their hosts, including Tom, whom Jake and Marco try to rescue. Among the Controllers regaining their freedom include Jake's science teacher, Mr. Perkins, who has begun a crusade to free other Controllers. Based on The Alien. Narrated by Jake.
1919"Face Off, Part 1"Graeme LynchJessica Scott, Mike WollaegerFebruary 9, 1999 (1999-02-09)119
At the basketball final, the Animorphs discover that all of their enemies will be in one place, giving them to opportunity to deal a blow to the Yeerks. However, a plan goes horribly wrong as Jake is trapped. The Animorphs must now split up to find the Andalite disk and free Jake. Based on The Change.
2020"Face Off, Part 2"Graeme LynchMike Wollaeger, Jessica ScottFebruary 16, 1999 (1999-02-16)120
Separated and surrounded by enemies, the Animorphs struggle to avoid being captured. Rachel manages to save Tobias by morphing into a Yeerk, but Jake remains in Tom's clutches as everyone else becomes dangerously close to being infested. Based on The Sickness.

Season 2 (1999)[edit]

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211"Face Off, Part 3"Don McCutcheonRhonda OlsonSeptember 3, 1999 (1999-09-03)221
With everyone in a desperate situation, Marco manages to save the day when he destroys a number of special Yeerks and creates a sufficient distraction for everyone else to escape. Jake almost gets caught after morphing into Tom to escape from Visser 3. Based on The Encounter. This, and its predecessors of the same name, are narrated by Jake.
222"My Name is Erek"Don McCutcheonJeff SchecterSeptember 10, 1999 (1999-09-10)222
The Animorphs witness a bizarre child with superhuman strength, who they soon discover is Erek, a member of the android race known as the Chee. Erek and the Chee need Jake and the other Animorphs' assistance to recover their hologram technology from the Yeerks. Based on The Android. Narrated by Marco.
233"The Front"Graeme LynchGeorge MelrodOctober 8, 1999 (1999-10-08)223
Ax lands a job at a new electronics store, where he is pressured to sell as many cell phones as possible. When Tom buys a cell phone for himself and his latest crush, Melissa Chapman, Jake and Marco become suspicious and investigate. However, they're horrified to discover what Ax is really selling. Narrated by Ax.
244"Changes, Part 1"Ron OliverRon OliverSeptember 17, 1999 (1999-09-17)224
The Animorphs decide that they've earned a break and plan to go to the spring dance. Cassie tries to urge Jake to help her stop a cosmetics factory's experiments with animals, but it ends up being a disaster. After the remaining Animorphs come to the rescue, Marco is caught on tape demorphing.
255"Changes, Part 2"Ron OliverRon OliverSeptember 24, 1999 (1999-09-24)225
The boy who taped Marco demorphing, Harold Nesbit, is about to reveal his finding for profit. Jake and Marco try to personally steal the tape, but are unsuccessful, so the group must find the tape and stop it from broadcasting. Meanwhile, Visser Three is using a TV executive morph to broadcast a new show that will make human infestation easier, and Ax is behaving strangely.
266"Changes, Part 3"Ron OliverRon OliverOctober 1, 1999 (1999-10-01)226
Tobias follows the trail of hawk images being left around town, but is shocked by what he finds. Meanwhile, when Marco notices a suspicious looking construction worker hanging around school, he investigates and discovers that friends and the rest of their classmates are in huge danger. Before he can tell anyone, however, Marco finds himself trapped, unbeknownst to his friends, who are now arriving at the dance. This, and its predecessors of the same name, are narrated by Tobias.

VHS releases[edit]

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (when they were known as Columbia TriStar Home Video) had released twelve episodes in four VHS volumes known as The Invasion Series, collecting episodes from the series. The first 12 episodes are only released on VHS and not re-released on DVD.

  • Part 1: The Invasion Begins ("My Name is Jake" parts 1 and 2, and "Underground")
  • Part 2: Nowhere to Run ("Between Friends", "The Message" and "The Reaction")
  • Part 3: The Enemy Among Us ("The Stranger", "The Leader" parts 1 and 2)
  • Part 4: The Legacy Survives ("The Capture" parts 1 and 2, and "Not My Problem")

Seven volumes spanning the first 20 episodes (only the first of which was identical to its U.S. counterpart) were released in Australia. The episodes were placed in chronological order. Each volume had three episodes apart from Volume 7, which had two ("Face Off", parts 1 and 2).

All 26 episodes are currently available on iTunes, Vudu and Amazon Video spread across three volumes. Also, all 26 episodes were previously available on Netflix.[2]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Issam. "Animorphs returns to Television!". hiracdelest.com. Hirac Delest. Retrieved 5 August 2015.
  2. ^ "Watch Animorphs Online - Netflix". netflix.com. 12 March 1998.

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