Bucky O'Hare and the Toad Wars
|Bucky O'Hare and the Toad Wars|
Long John Baldry
|Country of origin||U.S.A.
|No. of episodes||13|
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Sunbow Productions
|Original network||BBC (UK)
first-run syndication (U.S.)
|Original release||September 8, 1991 – December 1, 1991|
Bucky O'Hare and the Toad Wars (Also known as Bucky O'Hare and the Toad Menace in Canada) is a French-American animated series created by Sunbow Productions, Abrams/Gentile Entertainment, Continuity Comics and the French company IDDH and distributed by Hasbro's subsidiary Claster Television. It was based on the cult comic Bucky O'Hare. Animated by AKOM, the show is remembered for its distinctive and popular theme tune.
It debuted in 1991 in the UK on the BBC, as well as in the United States.
Most of the ideas from the comic book were used for the cartoon, with three major differences: Bruce is transported into another dimension instead of killed, Willy can travel freely between Earth and the aniverse, and the omnipotent mouse is nowhere to be seen. The cartoon explored more of the aniverse and followed a loose unifying arc, with Bucky's home planet of Warren being captured by the toads in the season premiere and rescued in the finale (which was co-written by Neal Adams).
Almost all the characters from the comic book appeared in the cartoon. Most of the new ones that were introduced are listed below.
- Bruiser – Bruce's brother, a Betelgeusian Berserker Baboon who joins Bucky's team as space marine on the Righteous Indignation. He, like all berserker baboons, scares the toads out of their wits and loves to beat them up. He is dimwitted but well-meaning, and has great respect for Willy.
- Commander Dogstar – Bucky's ally, captain of The Indefatigable, another frigate fighting against the toads.
- Mimi LaFloo – A fox (so to speak) originally a captive of the toads, Mimi is rescued by Bucky and goes on to command her own mammal frigate, The Screaming Mimi. (eps. 4 and 10)
- Toadborg – a large, purple cyborg second-in-command under KOMPLEX.
- Frix and Frax – the Air Marshal's two bumbling subordinates.
- Al Negator – a sleazasaur (bipedal crocodile) spy and mercenary frequently hired by the Air Marshal. He dresses and speaks in a manner consistent to the cajun people.
For other characters, see List of Bucky O'Hare characters.
|Bucky O'Hare||Jason Michas|
|Willy DuWitt||Shane Meier|
|KOMPLEX||Long John Baldry|
|AFC Blinky||Samuel Vincent|
|Deadeye Duck||Scott McNeil|
|Pilot Jenny||Margot Pinvidic|
|Al Negator||Garry Chalk|
|Captain Mimi LaFloo||Margot Pinvidic|
|Commander Dogstar||Garry Chalk|
|Toad Air Marshall||Jay Brazeau|
|#||Original title||Directed by||Written by||Story by||Original airdate||Prod. code|
|1||"War of the Warts (1)"||Christy Marx||September 8, 1991||101|
|Bucky O'Hare and the Righteous Indignation crew learn that the Toad Empire has taken over his homeworld Warren, and must travel there to investigate. Meanwhile, an Earth boy named Willy DeWitt enters Bucky's universe using an experimental device.|
|2||"A Fistful of Simoleans (2)"||Christy Marx||September 15, 1991||102|
|Willy join Bucky's crew to Planet Warren where they find information relating to the world's recent climate change. The cause is revealed to be a new weapon called the Climate Converter. Meanwhile, a spy is hired by the Toad Empire to gain access through the Aniverse capital, Planet Genus.|
|3||"The Good, the Bad and the Warty (3)"||Christy Marx||September 22, 1991||103|
|It's a race against time as the Righteous Indignation crew infiltrate a Toad Mothership to retrieve Planet Genus's access codes. The only things standing in their way are gun-for-hire Al Negator and the deadly Toadborg.|
|4||"Home, Swampy, Home"||Christy Marx||September 29, 1991||104|
|Bucky plans to infiltrate a slave colony that is currently building a new Climate Converter.|
|5||"On the Blink"||George Arthur Bloom||October 6, 1991||105|
|The Toad Empire has taken control of a koala homeworld and has installed a defense system that prevents any mammalian access. It's up to the android Blinky to sneak onto the planet and shut it down.|
|6||"Kreation Konspiracy"||Martin Pasko||October 13, 1991||106|
|Rumor has it that a powerful device is located in a barren planet and Bucky's crew must intercept it before the Toads do. Meanwhile, Blinky is kidnapped by three elder toads, who may have a connection with the Empire's leader, KOMPLEX.|
|7||"The Komplex Caper"||Doug Moench||October 20, 1991||107|
|KOMPLEX uses the power of Toad TV to control the mammalian population. Bucky must travel to the Toad Homeworld to shut down the transmission and, with any luck, KOMPLEX himself...|
|8||"The Search for Bruce"||Rick Merwin||October 27, 1991||108|
|Brusier's brother, the former R.I. engineer Bruce, has returned in a spectral form but definitely alive. Meanwhile, the Toad Empire creates a new invention to teleport squads to anywhere in the Aniverse.|
|9||"Corsair Canards"||Christy Marx||November 3, 1991||109|
|A treaty between the UAC Security Council and Dead-Eye's former pirate mates is about to be finalized. But a small group of pirates' recent plunders is on the verge of endangering the treaty's process.|
|10||"The Artificers of Aldebaran"||Christy Marx and Bridget McKenna||November 10, 1991||110|
|Jenny's pupil, Princess Felicia, is abducted by Toadborg and it's up to her and Willy to save her. The source of power that the cybernetic villain is after may spell doom for Jenny's homeworld, Planet Aldebaran, and possibly the entire Aniverse.|
|11||"The Warriors"||George Arthur Bloom||November 17, 1991||111|
|The Toad Air Marshal is kicked out of his army after his most recent failure at the hands of Bucky O'Hare. To regain his status, he joins a samurai lizard, who is plotting to take over a nearby planet. The place: Kanopis III, Dead-Eye's homeworld.|
|12||"Bye Bye Berserker Baboon"||Roger Slifer||November 24, 1991||112|
|The Toads invade the homeworld of Bruiser and his fellow Beetlegeusian Baboons, using special goggles to prevent their fear of their most terrifying foes. Bucky and crew fight back and soon encounter the empire's secret weapon: the unstoppable Terror Toad.|
|13||"The Taking of Pilot Jenny"||Neal Adams and Peter Stone||December 1, 1991||113|
|Jenny has been captured by the toads. Toadborg is ordering a trade for a recently relinquished Climate Converter, unaware of Bucky's true objective.|
- Kogan, Rick (5 January 1992). "Getting into Bucky O'Hare". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 24 September 2010.
- "Interview with Doug Katsaros". The Bucky O'Hare Fan Fiction & Information Site. Retrieved 2010-01-20.
- "Interview with Christy Marx". The Bucky O'Hare Fan Fiction & Information Site. Retrieved 2010-01-20.