Hammerman

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Hammerman
Hammerman Title Card.jpg
Title card
Created byAndy Heyward
MC Hammer
Directed byMichael Maliani
StarringMC Hammer
Voices ofNeil Crone
Clark Johnson
Jeff Jones
Miguel Lee
Joe Matheson
Susan Roman
Ron Rubin
Carmen Twillie
Louise Vallance
Maurice Dean Wint
Composer(s)The Music Team
Mark Simon
(additional music)
Country of originUnited States
Canada
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes13[1]
Production
Executive producer(s)Andy Heyward
Louis Burrell
Producer(s)Kevin O'Donnell
Editor(s)Mark A. McNally
Susan Odjakjian
Running time23 minutes
Production company(s)DIC Animation City
Bustin' Productions, Inc.
Release
Original networkABC
Original releaseSeptember 7, 1991 –
1992

Hammerman is a Saturday morning cartoon, produced by DIC Animation City in association with Reteitalia and Telecinco starring pop rapper MC Hammer, which aired for thirteen episodes on ABC in the fall of 1991.

Synopsis[edit]

Youth center worker Stanley Burrell (Hammer's real name) owns a pair of magical dancing shoes (which are alive and can speak), which when worn cause Burrell to transform into the superhero Hammerman. He frequently gets advice from his "Gramps", who was a former owner of the shoes and was known as Soulman. While in the guise of Hammerman, Burrell was dressed in MC Hammer's signature purple Hammer pants and myriad golden chains.

The show was hosted by the real MC Hammer, who also sang the show's theme song, telling about the origin of Hammerman. Back in the 1960s and 1970s, Gramps (Robert Nameson) was the superhero Soulman, but as he grew older, he grew weaker and was forced to retire. Gramps and his granddaughter Jodie traveled to find the next new superhero. Their search was over when they met Stanley and he put on the shoes. Each episode, Hammerman faced various social issues; at the end of each episode, a puppet version of the magic shoes would speak to a live child audience and provide methods the children could use to address these issues themselves.

Episodes[edit]

While the airdates and order of most episodes is unknown, "Defeated Graffiti", the first episode (as confirmed by MC Hammer's comments at the beginning of the episode), aired on September 7, 1991. The cartoon aired on Saturday mornings at 10 AM on ABC.

No.TitleOriginal air date
1"Defeated Graffiti"September 7, 1991 (1991-09-07)

It's time for Hammerman, the super hero with super cool dancin' shoes! In 'Defeated Graffiti', Hammerman and the Oaktown Rec Center Kids confront an ugly crime wave that's messin' up the neighborhood.

If anyone can save Oaktown... Hammerman can!
2"Winnie's Winner"October 19, 1991 (1991-10-19)
3"Rapoleon"November 16, 1991 (1991-11-16)
4"Will and the Jerks"November 23, 1991 (1991-11-23)
5"If the Shoe Fits"November 30, 1991 (1991-11-30)
6"Nobody's Perfect"December 7, 1991 (1991-12-07)
7"Practice Makes Perfect"Unknown (Unknown)
8"Bite the Bullet"Unknown (Unknown)
9"Lost"Unknown (Unknown)
10"The Wrong Turn"Unknown (Unknown)
11"Hide N Seek"Unknown (Unknown)
12"Operation: Rescue Hammerman"Unknown (Unknown)
13"Dropping Out"1992 (1992)

Cast[edit]

Additional voices[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

  • Entertainment Weekly journalist Dalton Ross listed Hammerman at the top of his list "Top 5 Most Ridiculous Things to Be Turned Into a Saturday Morning Cartoon", and said about the show, "When it comes to idiotic adaptations, u can't touch this."[2]

Home media[edit]

From 1992 to 1993, 3 of the 13 episodes were released on VHS by Buena Vista Home Video: "Rapoleon",[3] "Defeated Graffiti",[4] and "Winnie's Winner".[5] There are currently no plans for a DVD release.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Shows A - L". Dicentertainment.com. Archived from the original on 2003-04-02. Retrieved 2019-06-28.
  2. ^ Ross, Dalton (September 16, 2006). "Giving Him Paws". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved October 10, 2013.
  3. ^ https://www.amazon.com/Hammerman-Rapoleon-VHS/dp/B00000F8GN
  4. ^ https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B003G7LGTS/
  5. ^ https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B0000067LH/

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