Monster Allergy (TV series)

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Monster Allergy
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Genre Action/Adventure
Comedy
Urban fantasy
Science fiction
Created by Katja Centomo
Francesco Artibani
Alessandro Barbucci
Barbara Canepa
Written by Francesco Artibani
Bruno Enna
Earl Kress
Anne-Marie Perrotta
Tean Schultz
Kurt Weldon
Directed by Iginio Straffi
Creative director(s) Marco Storani
Michel Rodrigues
Voices of (Zick, Elena, Bombo and Timothy-Moth)
(Italian version)
Monica Ward (Both Zick and Elena)
Pietro Ubaldi
Oliviero Dinelli
(French version)
Olivier Martret
Caroline Combes
Michel Elias (Both Bombo and Timothy-Moth)
(German version)
(unknown)
(English version >)
Holly Gauthier-Frankel
Annie Bovaird
Rick Jones
Michel Perron
Composer(s) Roberto Belelli
Francesco Sardella
Country of origin Italy
France
Germany
Original language(s) Italian
English
German
French
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 52 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Joanne Lee (Rainbow S.p.A.)
Philippe Delarue (Futurikon)
Annita Romanelli (Rai)
Natalie Altmann (M6)
Nicole Keeb (ZDF)
Producer(s) Iginio Straffi
Editor(s) Beatrice Latini
Giorgia Tranquilli
Running time Approximately 30 minutes
Production company(s) Rainbow S.p.A.
Futurikon
Rai Fiction
ZDF
Release
Original network Rai 2 (Italy)
KiKa (Germany)
M6 (France)
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
Audio format Stereophonic Sound
First shown in Italy (2005)
Original release September 23, 2006 – August 18, 2009
Chronology
Followed by Monster Allergy Evolution
External links
Website
Production website
Monster Allergy Evolution
Country of origin Italy
Production company(s) Rainbow S.p.A.
Release
Original network Rai Gulp
Original release fall 2017
External links
Website

Monster Allergy is an Italian 2005 animated television series, jointly produced by Rainbow S.p.A., Futurikon, Rai Fiction and ZDF.[1] Based on the Italian comic book series of the same name, it was broadcast on Rai 2 in Italy, on KiKa in Germany, on M6 in France, on YTV in Canada, and on Kids' WB in the United States.

Plot[edit]

Monster Allergy is based on the comic book series of the same name. The series follows 12-year-old Ezekiel Zick (called Zick) who suffers from various allergies and has the ability to see the invisible monsters that live among us. Along with help of his best friend, Elena Potato and his talking cat, Timothy, Zick hopes to hone his powers to one day become a Monster Tamer just like his dad, Zobedja Zick.[2][3]

Episodes[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
PilotJanuary 31, 2009 (2009-01-31)
1262005 (2005)January 20, 2008 (2008-01-20)
226December 27, 2008 (2008-12-27)August 18, 2009 (2009-08-18)

Characters[edit]

Tamer[edit]

The Tamers are beings with special powers; their main characteristic is The Dom, an energy that is passed from parent to child. With the passing of the generations, powers and knowledge are passed on which lead to real dynasties of Monster Tamers.

The five Dom powers are:

  • Sight Dom - the ability to see monsters and ghosts invisible to ordinary people.[4][5]
  • Voice Dom - the ability of Tamers to force monsters and phantoms to do what they say.[5][6]
  • Gesture Dom - the power to control monsters by gesture, and to capture them in a DomBox.[5][7]
  • Enviro Dom - the ability to create an environment to be able to survive in an unfamiliar environment, and which also functions as a force field.[5][8]
  • Energy Dom - the ability to release an energy ray that affects monsters, dark phantoms and even ordinary things, but not witches.[5][9]

Dom Items[edit]

The Dom Items are valuable items that are given by the Tutors to experienced Tamers.

  • Universal DomBox - A gun-like container used by Tamers, it can capture any monster and multiple ones. Upon the monster's capture, the DomBox specifies the name, species, danger level, and status of the monster.[10] However, this DomBox can only contain a monster for two hours, then it must be transferred to its specific DomBox or else the monster will escape.[11] While the Universal DomBox can capture Dark Phantoms it will dissolve them rather than trapping them, since they are untrappable.[12] It also have the ability to analyze any liquid substance that it's invisible to the naked eye.[13][14][15]
  • Zick's Sunglasses - This item is a gift from Elena to Zick. At first, it was used to help cover Zick's eyes when they turn red, but it helps him intensify his power for the Energy Dom.[10]
  • Dom Glove - This item will improve the power levels of a Tamer by capturing every four monsters by giving the Gems of Power. The Red Gem is the basic first level, while Yellow Gem is at second level. At the third level, earning the Green Gem has the ability disintegrate Dark Phantoms, and while the fourth level is the Blue Gem. It is unknown to how to earn the White Gem, the fifth and final level although since Zick can earn a new gem by collecting 4 monsters in theory to earn the White gem Zick has to capture 20 monsters.
  • Regular DomBox - special boxes used to hold a captured monster. There are different types of DomBoxes for each monster.[9]
  • Tele-skates - These items will be earned along with the Green Gem.[13] They have the ability to allow the carrier to teleport anywhere to its destination of their choosing.[16] It can also be upgraded to teleport along with someone else.[17]
  • Dom Staff - This Dom weapon amplifies the Tamer's Energy Dom by firing a strong ray beam through the staff .[18]
  • Hypno-Disk - This device is used to erase and alter peoples memories if they see too much, and threaten to reveal the secrets of the world of monsters.[19]
  • Crystallizator - This device is mainly used for freezing monsters when no Dombox is available. It has a dial to adjust the ray's temperature.[20]
  • Radio-Worm - An anti-escape wristband. This tracking device makes a loud screech when the monster tries to remove it.[21]
  • Disco-Monster - A gun-like device that forces a monster to dance. This makes a monster exhausted so it can be captured easily.[22]
  • Densifier - This item can alter the body of a person by adjusting it to allow the body pass through any attack, walls and objective. It can also make the user body too heavy or can be use to weaken a monsters power.[17][23] It's also has to ability to make the user look like a Dark Phantom.[24]
  • Scepter Dom (ZetaDom Stick) - A wand with the ability to control monsters at will. It's considered to be the strongest Dom weapon. However, if the scepter is used too much, it becomes uncontrollable and the user becomes a small monster as a side effect.[25]

Broadcast[edit]

Despite RAI's involvement, Monster Allergy premiered on 19 December 2005 in Italy on Toon Disney. It landed on Italian terrestrial television on 6 February 2006 when it was premiered on Rai Due.

In France, the series premiered on 18 October 2006 on M6 in its M6 Kid strand.

In Germany, the series premiered on 23 October 2006 on KiKa, a joint operation of ZDF and ARD.

In Spain, the series aried on Antena 3 (2006-2007) and Disney Channel.

In the United States, the series premiered on 23 September 2006 on Kids' WB television block broadcast on the affiliates of then-newly formed The CW network.[26] It was shown with scenes edited or cut for time constraints and due to censorship,[27][28] and the airing order did not follow production order. The series was later made available in its unaltered English dub to watch on Netflix.

With the exception of the aforementioned case in the United States, most broadcasters purchased the English version, which was produced for Rainbow S.p.A., for English language broadcasts.

In Canada it was broadcast on YTV during Crunch and The Zone.

In the United Kingdom was aired on BBC One in 2006 and in 2008 on Cartoon Network UK and Cartoon Network Too

Being based on the comic series published by Disney in most countries, Monster Allergy is broadcast on Disney Channel (and/or its sister channels) among the specialty television channels in most countries, with exceptions being the aforementioned Kids' WB In the United States, and Nickelodeon in the Netherlands and Flanders.

Reception[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Monster Allergy at fantasymagazine.it
  2. ^ Monster Allergy on Toonarific.com
  3. ^ Monster Allergy summary in motionpic.com Archived 2009-03-31 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ See Season 1, Episode 1: "House of Monster"
  5. ^ a b c d e See Season 1, Episode 9: "Canned Monsters"
  6. ^ See Season 1, Episode 2: "Monster Pod Under Oldmill"
  7. ^ See Season 1, Episode 4: "The Monster Next Door"
  8. ^ See Season 1, Episode 8: "Terror in the Deep"
  9. ^ a b See Season 1, Episode 3: "Cat in the Pot"
  10. ^ a b See Season 1, Episode 5: "The Pyramid of Invulnerable"
  11. ^ See Season 1, Episode 13: "Mugalak!"
  12. ^ See Season 1, Episode 7: "Pirates Hideout"
  13. ^ a b See Season 1, Episode 17: "The Return of Magnacat"
  14. ^ See Season 2, Episode 32: "The Fall of Barrymore House"
  15. ^ See Season 2, Episode 33: "Moog's Revenge"
  16. ^ See Season 2, Episode 18: "The General Inspector"
  17. ^ a b See Season 2, Episode 40: "The Invisible Enemy"
  18. ^ See Season 1, Episode 22: "The Secret Door"
  19. ^ See Season 2, Episode 29: "The Dragon's Awakening"
  20. ^ See Season 2, Episode 35: "The Snowman"
  21. ^ See Season 2, Episode 36: "The Island Rebels"
  22. ^ See Season 2, Episode 38: "Sinistro's Circus"
  23. ^ See Season 2, Episode 39: "The Tamers' Tournament"
  24. ^ See Season 2, Episode 51: "The House in the Swamp"
  25. ^ See Season 2, Episode 52: "The Hundred and First Door"
  26. ^ [1]
  27. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VQMMtYCatbk
  28. ^ http://www.toonzone.net/forums/threads/kids-wb-on-the-cw-talkback-monster-allergy-september-october-spoilers.4204951/

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