Challenge of the GoBots

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Challenge of the GoBots
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Directed byRay Patterson (Supervising)
Arthur Davis (season 2)
Oscar Dufau
Volus Jones (season 2)
Don Lusk (season 2)
Carl Urbano (season 1)
Rudy Zamora (season 2)
Alan Zaslove (season 2)
StarringLou Richards
Arthur Burghardt
Frank Welker
Bernard Erhard
Bob Holt
Marilyn Lightstone
Sparky Marcus
Leslie Speights
Morgan Paull
Phil Hartman
B.J. Ward
Brock Peters
Peter Cullen
Composer(s)Hoyt Curtin
Country of originUnited States
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes65
Production
Executive producer(s)William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Joe Taritero
Patrick S. Feely
Producer(s)Kay Wright
Lois Hanrahan
Running time30 minutes
Production company(s)Hanna-Barbera Productions
Tonka Corporation
Wang Film Productions (aka Cuckoo's Nest Studios)
DistributorWorldvision Enterprises
Release
Original networkFirst-run syndication
Original releaseSeptember 8, 1984 –
December 13, 1985

Challenge of the GoBots (or simply GoBots) is an American animated series produced by Hanna-Barbera, based on the Gobots toy-line released from Tonka.[1] The show was first broadcast in syndication on September 8, 1984,[2] then the show joined the weekday/weekend programming block The Funtastic World of Hanna-Barbera on September 15, 1985. It was later rerun on the USA Cartoon Express.

Summary[edit]

GoBots dealt with two opposing forces of transforming robots from the planet Gobotron: the heroic Guardians and the evil Renegades. The Guardians were led by Leader-1 while the Renegades were led by Cy-Kill. The characters rarely had guns, instead shooting energy blasts out of their fists. The female robots on the series, such as Crasher, were built like the males, but with some distinguishing female features. The GoBots' origin as GoBings accounted for the presence of genders among the robots.[3]

The series generally focused on a small number of robots from each faction (Leader-1, Turbo and Scooter vs. Cy-Kill, Crasher and Cop-Tur) who were virtually ever-present with other characters seeming to rotate in "guest-star" roles. GoBots had no clear division between the two factions. The characters had no identifying insignias or markings to indicate their allegiance, although it was indicated on the toy packaging. Likewise, there was no commonality of design within each faction. The only "theme" to a side was that anything that turned into a "monstrous-looking" robot or vehicle was a Renegade.

Plot[edit]

In the series’ backstory, thousands of years ago on the planet Gobotron, there lived a race of human-like organic beings referred to as “GoBeings.” Civil war erupted on the planet when the power-hungry terrorist group known as the Renegades arose, led by a madman dubbed the “Master Renegade,” who waged war against the peaceful Guardians.

When a Renegade sabotage operation inadvertently resulted in a gigantic asteroid colliding with Gobotron, the natural disasters that resulted from the asteroid’s impact pushed the GoBings to the verge of extinction. However, the genius who became known as the “Last Engineer” saved his people, taking his experiments to replace parts of his own body with mechanical substitutes to the ultimate extent and transferring the brains of the GoBings into large robots known as “GoBots.”

The GoBots possessed an additional ability; after being run through the device named the Modifier, the GoBots’ bodies were able to transform into other vehicles. His work done, the Last Engineer intended to retreat to a pre-prepared workshop elsewhere in the galaxy, but the Master Renegade stole his ship and escaped in his stead. The Last Engineer placed himself into suspended animation beneath the surface of Gobotron, while above, the war continued to rage between the Guardians and the Renegades, now all encased in GoBot shells.

In the last quarter of the 20th Century, the planet Earth became involved in the conflict between Leader-1’s Guardians and Cy-Kill’s Renegades. During one of these battles, one of Leader-1’s lieutenants, Turbo, became severely damaged. Unwilling to let his friend and teammate die, Leader-1 began his quest to find the legendary Last Engineer. Leader-1 found the person he believed to be the Last Engineer, but Leader-1 had unwittingly released the Master Renegade (though he did repair Turbo to gain the Guardians’ trust).

The Guardians later found the true Last Engineer, who was instrumental in frustrating the alliance between Cy-Kill’s Renegades and the Master Renegade. The Master Renegade later escaped the custody of the Renegades, and plagued both factions, notably attacking the UniCom colony of New Earth.

Characters[edit]

Episodes[edit]

  1. A Battle for Gobotron Episode 1 Battle for Gobotron
  2. A Battle for Gobotron Episode 2 Target Earth
  3. A Battle for Gobotron Episode 3 Conquest of Earth
  4. A Battle For Gobotron Episode 4 Earth Bound
  5. A Battle For Gobotron Episode 5 The Final Conflict
  6. It’s the Thought That Counts
  7. Renegade Alliance
  8. Time Wars
  9. Terror in Atlantis
  10. Trident’s Triple Threat
  11. Lost on Gobotron
  12. Cy-Kill’s Shrinking Ray
  13. The Quest for Roguestar
  14. Ultra Zod
  15. Sentinel
  16. Cy-Kill’s Cataclysmic Trap
  17. Speed Is of the Essence
  18. Genius and Son
  19. Dawn World
  20. Pacific Overtures
  21. Forced Alliance
  22. An Invasion from the 21st Level Episode 1
  23. An Invasion from the 21st Level Episode 2
  24. Doppelganger
  25. Scooter Enhanced
  26. Tarnished Image
  27. Cold Spell
  28. Crime Wave
  29. Auto Madic
  30. Renegade Rampage Episode 1
  31. Renegade Rampage Episode 2
  32. In Search of Ancient Gobonauts
  33. Gameworld
  34. Wolf in the Fold
  35. Depth Charge
  36. Transfer Point
  37. Steamer’s Defection
  38. The GoBot Who Cried Renegade
  39. The Seer
  40. Whiz Kid
  41. Ring of Fire
  42. The Gobotron Saga Episode 1 Cy-Kill’s Escape
  43. The Gobotron Saga Episode 2 Quest for the Creator
  44. The Gobotron Saga Episode 3 The Fall of Gobotron
  45. The Gobotron Saga Episode 4 Flight to Earth
  46. The Gobotron Saga Episode 5 Return to Gobotron
  47. Destroy All Guardians
  48. Escape from Elba
  49. Fitor to the Finish
  50. Clutch of Doom
  51. The Third Column
  52. A New Suit for Leader-1
  53. Renegade Carnival
  54. The Gift
  55. Nova Beam
  56. The Last Magic Man
  57. Braxis Gone Bonkers
  58. Inside Job
  59. Element of Danger
  60. Mission: Gobotron
  61. Et Tu, Cy-Kill?
  62. The GoBots That Time Forgot
  63. The Secret of Halley’s Comet
  64. Guardian Academy
  65. Quest for New Earth

Cast[edit]

Home media[edit]

Various episodes of the show had been released on VHS and Betamax by Vestron Video under its Children’s Video Library label in the 1980s.

On May 17, 2011, Warner Archive released Challenge of the GoBots: The Original Miniseries on DVD in Region 1 as part of their Hanna-Barbera Classics Collection.[4][5] This is a Manufacture-on-Demand (MOD) release, available exclusively through Warner’s online store and Amazon.com.[6] On May 6, 2014, Warner Archive released Challenge of the GoBots: The Series, Volume 1 on DVD in Region 1.[7] The three-disc set features the first 30 episodes of the series. The final volume Challenge of the GoBots: The Series, Volume 2, which contains the last remaining 30 episodes of the show, was released on March 10, 2015.[8] The 1984 Ruby-Spears television film, Robo Force: The Revenge of Nazgar, is included as a special feature.[citation needed]

Adaptations[edit]

The show spawned an animated, feature-length film Gobots: Battle of the Rock Lords which opened in theaters on March 21, 1986, a little over four months before The Transformers: The Movie (August 8). Clips from the show were also used in Errol Morris’s Fast, Cheap and Out of Control.[9] Additional GoBots storyline was later released on the Transformers Facebook pages “Ask Vector Prime” and “Renegade Rhetoric,” with GoBots characters also appearing in storyline from Fun Publications.

Stations[edit]

City Station
Albany WXXA 23[10]
Baltimore WBFF 45[11]
Beaumont KBMT 12[12]
Birmingham WTTO 21[13]
Boston WSBK 38[14]
Canton WOAC 67[15]
Charleston WTAT 24[16]
Chicago WFLD 32[17]
Cleveland WUAB 43[18]
Columbus WTTE 28[19]
Dayton WKEF 22[20]
Fresno KAIL 7[21]
Hamilton CHCH 11[22]
Hartford WTIC 61[23]
Houston KHTV 39[24][25]
Kansas City KSHB 41[26]
Los Angeles KCOP 13[27]
KTLA 5
Madison WMSN 47[28]
Miami WCIX 6[29]
Milwaukee WVTV 18[30]
Minneapolis KITN 29[31]
Nashville WCAY 30[32]
New York WPIX 11[33][34]
Oakland KTVU 2[35][36][37]
Oklahoma City KOKH 25[38]
Orlando WOFL 35[39]
Philadelphia WTXF 29[40][41][42]
Phoenix KUTP 10[43]
Pittsburgh WPTT 22[44]
Providence WSTG 64[45]
Reno KAME 21[46]
Sacramento KTXL 40[47]
San Diego XETV 6[48]
Seattle KSTW 11[49]
Spokane KAYU 28[50]
St. Louis KPLR 11[51]
St. Petersburg WTOG 44[52]
Washington, D.C. WDCA 5[53]
Winston-Salem WNRW 45[54]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Charles Solomon (2004-07-02). "3 Animated Films: Good, Bad, Ugly - latimes". Articles.latimes.com. Retrieved 2015-08-17.
  2. ^ http://www.warnerbros.com/tv/challenge-gobots-original-miniseries
  3. ^ J.D. Reed (1984-10-01). "Living: Hot Toys with a Special Twist". TIME. Retrieved 2015-08-17.
  4. ^ "Challenge Of The Gobots: The Original Miniseries : DVD Talk Review of the DVD Video". Dvdtalk.com. Retrieved 2012-10-20.
  5. ^ "Challenge of the GoBots DVD Review - IGN". Uk.ign.com. 2011-06-09. Retrieved 2012-10-20.
  6. ^ "Challenge of the GoBots DVD news: Announcement for Challenge of the GoBots - The Original Mini-Series". TVShowsOnDVD.com. 2011-04-28. Archived from the original on 2015-10-01. Retrieved 2015-08-17.
  7. ^ "Challenge of the GoBots DVD news: Announcement for The Series, Volume 1". TVShowsOnDVD.com. 2014-04-21. Archived from the original on 2015-10-02. Retrieved 2015-08-17.
  8. ^ "Challenge of the GoBots DVD news: Announcement for Challenge of the GoBots—The Series, Volume 2". TVShowsOnDVD.com. 2015-02-27. Archived from the original on 2015-08-03. Retrieved 2015-08-17.
  9. ^ Bellomo, Mark (2010). Totally Tubular ’80s Toys. Iola, WI: Krause. pp. 90–93. ISBN 1-4402-1282-1.
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  11. ^ "Retro: Baltimore/DC/Lancaster, Tuesday, November 19, 1985". Radio Discussions. August 22, 2018.
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  13. ^ "Retro:Birmingham, Alabama, Tuesday, January 21, 1986". Radio Discussions. September 13, 2010.
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  18. ^ "Retro: Youngstown/Cleveland/Pittsburgh, Monday, October 13, 1986". Radio Discussions. October 28, 2017.
  19. ^ "Retro: Columbus OH Metropolitan, Thur. October 16th, 1986". Radio Discussions. February 14, 2013.
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  21. ^ "Retro: Fresno Mon 2/23/87". Radio Discussions. August 12, 2005.
  22. ^ "Retro: Alberta Wed, Apr 22, 1987 (ch 7-56/Access Network)". Radio Discussions. February 21, 2006.
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  33. ^ "Retro: Eastern Pennsylvania, Wednesday, July 22, 1987". Radio Discussions. March 3, 2017.
  34. ^ "Cable Superstations, Monday, November 4, 1985". Radio Discussions. July 16, 2011.
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  36. ^ thundercats, gi joe, go bots, transformers, 1985 on YouTube
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  38. ^ "Retro: Oklahoma City - Week of April 5, 1987". Radio Discussions. January 12, 2019.
  39. ^ "Retro:Orlando-Daytona Beach-Melbourne, Florida, Tuesday, 11/5/85". Radio Discussions. August 10, 2010.
  40. ^ WTAF-TV 29 Cartoon Promos - Transformers, Gobots, Thundercats, Jem, Jetsons, My Little Pony on YouTube
  41. ^ 80's Commercials Vol. 679 on YouTube
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  43. ^ "Retro: Phoenix/Tucson/Flagstaff/Yuma, Monday, July 27, 1987". Radio Discussions. July 24, 2019.
  44. ^ "Retro: Youngstown, OH, Monday, May 11, 1987". Radio Discussions. April 27, 2018.
  45. ^ "RETRO: Providence/Boston/Hartford – Thursday, September 11, 1986 (1 of 2)". Radio Discussions. August 15, 2010.
  46. ^ "Retro: Reno, NV, Thursday, July 31, 1986". Radio Discussions. July 25, 2019.
  47. ^ August 26, 1986 commercials (Vol. 2) on YouTube
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  51. ^ "Retro: St. Louis Fri, Sept 19, 1986". Radio Discussions. September 19, 2012.
  52. ^ "Retro:Tampa Bay, Monday, May 5, 1986". Radio Discussions. July 9, 2011.
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  54. ^ "Retro: North Carolina Monday, January 6, 1986 (Part 3: Piedmont Triad)". Radio Discussions. January 6, 2016.

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