Monster Warriors

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Monster Warriors
Created by Wilson Coneybeare
Starring Jared Keeso
Mandy Butcher
Lara Amersey
Yani Gellman
Seán Cullen
Alan Royal
Adam Growe
Mike 'Nug' Nahrgang
Country of origin Canada
No. of episodes 52
Production
Running time 25 minutes
Release
Original network YTV
Picture format 480i (4:3 SDTV)
Original release March 18, 2006 – July 26, 2008

Monster Warriors is an original Canadian television series which aired on YTV in Canada and also on Jetix since April 2006 in the United Kingdom. It was created by Wilson Coneybeare and produced by Coneybeare Stories Inc. The series concluded its run on July 26, 2008 with a TV movie titled Monster Warriors Finale on YTV.[1]

Plot[edit]

Season one[edit]

The series, a purposely campy cross between the Power Rangers and Ghostbusters, follows the adventures of four teenagers fighting to safeguard Capital City from the vengeful wrath of insane and disgruntled old B-Movie director Klaus Von Steinhauer who possesses the ability to bring his cinematic monsters to life ("I make ze monsters big!"). Over the course of the series, various story arcs occur that expand the series cast and city locations. Each week sees the teens customize common household objects into useful weapons to fight against monstrous creations.

Season two[edit]

The battle continues as the Monster Warriors work from their new hideout: a deserted secret bomb shelter beneath Luke's house. The newly outfitted warriors get caught in the battle between Von Steinhauer and the new Mystery Monster Maker (who is later revealed as Superintendent McClellan's son, George Junior). The new monsters are half animal, half machine.

Characters[edit]

Core characters[edit]

  • Luke

Luke is the reserved yet tough leader of the Warriors. He is rich, tall and handsome and holds the keys to the group's sweet purple convertible and their headquarters at his home. He is Tabby's love interest. Although he acts tough most of the times, he still has certain fears, particularly of forests. His family fortune comes from his environmental activist parents' invention of coin deposit locks on shopping carts.

  • Antonio

Antonio is the darkly handsome scientific genius of the gang. As a recent immigrant to Capital City, he devoted his considerable intellectual abilities to learning to speak English without any trace of a foreign accent, and he has wide knowledge of fields like zoology, astronomy, geology and history. Although he is shy and kind of nerdy, he still has many female admirers.

  • Tabby

This blond 17 year old fancies herself the second in command of the group and is Luke's love interest. She is an ace inventor who can turn ordinary household gadgets into monster blasting weaponry. She is also the captain of the volleyball team and school class president and is an all round goody two-shoes- although she doesn't like being called one.

  • Vanka

She is bravest of the Warriors and a dedicated practitioner of obscure martial arts. Tough, fierce and virtually fearless, the athletic brunette is, however, particularly uncomfortable with heights, has failed her driving test multiple times and has had a string of hopeless boyfriends. She later develops a relationship with Antonio.

Other recurring characters[edit]

  • Klaus Von Steinhauer - Monster movie director turned mad monster-maker.
  • Missy Gore - Perky, narcoleptic city power company worker turned villainous sidekick (Season 1). Although she developed feelings for the much older Klaus, in Season 2 she left for dentistry school.
  • Mayor Mel - Mayor of Capital City, a former actor in Von Steinhauer movies turned above ground pool salesman turned politician with a never-ending faith in the Monster Warriors. (Possibly based on former Toronto mayor Mel Lastman)
  • Henry - A young boy who sends messages from the future and is the leader of the future Capital City Rebellion.
  • Kreeger - Big, bearded monster movie expert and owner of the Monster Video movie rentals/comics and collectibles shop.
  • Superintendent McClellan - Mayor Mel's ambitious and incompetent adviser who constantly suspects teenagers are behind all wrongdoing in Capital City. He becomes mayor in the second season. He is always on the phone or yelling.
  • Dink Doorman - A news reporter whose stories often revolve around the Monster Warriors and their battles and who also hosts a call-in movie show called "The Big Money Movie". Apparently does not know the meaning of the word "incredulous", often using it instead of "incredible".
  • Fire Chief Holswade – Tabby’s father, the fire department chief.
  • Eustace McCafferty – nerdy high school student that is in the school science club and astronomy club.

Cast[edit]

New characters in Season 2[edit]

  • Mystery Monster Maker – an unsuspected citizen of Capital City, the aliens' new agent to create more dangerous monsters.
  • Lucy - a brilliant and, as Antonio puts it, cute girl that Luke meets at the hockey rink.
  • George Junior – Superintendent McClellan's son, who eventually is revealed as the Mystery Monster Maker (freed from alien control, he is not evil anymore).
  • Dana the Diner Waitress – a happy go-lucky, no-nonsense girl who works at the local diner and the local tech support company.
  • General Grabjaw – The leader of the aliens.

Monsters[edit]

  • Mysterious aliens – An unknown race of colorful bald, big-headed aliens secretly controlling those who create the monsters. They can take human form, and their plan is to destroy Capital City, though the reason is unknown.
  • Giant Spiders – The first of the monsters that the warriors battle. (possibly based on Kumonga)
  • Kraken – A giant squid that destroys the harbor day in the city and sucks one of the Warriors in.
  • Giant Alligators – Found in the sewers.
  • 60-foot Bumblebee – Tried to drain Capital City's power supply.
  • Skeleton Crew – A small tactical strike team of living green skeletons that tried to poison Capital City's water.
  • T. Rex – Found in a carnival.
  • Giant Anaconda – Found in the North Woods. (possibly based on Manda)
  • Alien Zombie from the Planet Zeenom – Not related to the mystery aliens although it does resemble them, it was created by accident when Klaus' Monster Machine broke and zapped Missy's comic book. This intelligent and benevolent giant monster is featured in season 1 and 2.
  • Pterodactyls – This monster is featured in season 1 and season 2. (possibly based on Rodan)
  • Praying Mantis – This monster was also featured in both seasons. (possibly based on Kamacuras)
  • Killer Vine – A vine that grows and grows and is later killed by the giant slug.
  • Giant Slug– A monster sent by Klaus to stop the killer vine from eating him.
  • Carnivorous Butterfly – A butterfly that eats meat and can enchant its victims with its beauty so it can catch them more easily. (possibly based on Mothra)
  • Cockroaches – Were fried by a gas explosion underneath capital city.
  • Dragon – A dragon that captures Vanka.
  • Ice Monster – A 25-foot (7.6 m) tall ice monster. This monster is featured in both seasons.
  • Lobster – Emerged from a beach in Capital City.
  • Blob – A monster that somehow appears to consume Mayor Mel and almost did the same to Vanka.
  • Worm – An earthworm that eats subway trains.
  • Giant Metal-Eating Radioactive Junk Monster – One of Klaus' seemingly failed experiments, but when he threw it out it started absorbing all the metal in the junkyard, becoming a radioactive menace so deadly even Klaus wanted to destroy it.
  • Termites – Found in the fire station's basement. Then the queen trapped Mayor Mel in City Hall.
  • Giant Mud Monster – A monster made out of mud. (possibly based on Hedorah)
  • Man-Eating Piranhas – Man-eating fish that can fly and come out of water.
  • Enormous Ladybug – Was shrunken back to normal size by Tabby's weapon that was later smashed. Klaus never got a chance to finish it so it is one of the few "frendly" Monsters.
  • Giant Sea Cucumber – Eats Vanka's new teacher, who was apparently a "mysterious alien" in disguise.
  • Giant Frog Army – 25-foot (7.6 m) tall frogs.
  • Stink Bugs – Unlike other monsters, these giant swarms of stink bugs are a great danger to Capital City. They use their stink powder to choke or poison enemies.
  • Mechanical Monkey – A giant robotic monkey, set on hunting Superintendent McClellan. (possibly based on Mechani-Kong)
  • Giant Jelly Fish– A natural monster Antonio accidentally brought out when he was testing underwater research equipment.
  • Big Foot – A natural monster found in the North Woods.
  • Mega Bat – Giant bats with large tusks that can impale victims below.
  • Leeches – 50-foot (15 m) tall leeches.
  • Monumonsters – Statues out of Capital City park.
  • Troglothals – One-eyed troll-like monsters made out of action figures.
  • Astrosaurus – A molten lava dinosaur.
  • Gigantobeast – A giant robot.
  • Computer Bugs – Emerged from the computer system.
  • Lagoon Man – A monster born out of a Capital City legend.
  • Ratblaster – A giant rat that ate Luke's monsterblaster and mutated. It's Antonio's belief that the rat came from other monsters they've defeated in the past, specifically the giant carnivorous butterfly and the Junk monster, and that the rat was once normal sized.
  • Gigantic Penguins
  • Gnomes – Garden Gnomes come alive after one of Klaus Von Steinhauer's inventions goes off accidentally.

Episodes[edit]

Season 1[edit]

This * means the Episodes that are available on DVD.

Episode Number Episode Title Monster
01* "The Giant Spider Invasion" Giant Spiders
02* "The Beast From Beneath the Sea" Kraken
03* "Gators" Alligator Family
04* "Buzz!" Bumblebee
05* "The Terror Underground" Worm
06* "The Super Colossal Ice Monster" Ice Monster
07* "Dawn of the Dragon" Dragon
08* "Anaconda Of The North Woods" Anaconda
09* "The Giant Lobster Invasion" Giant Lobsters
10* "Last Ride of the Skeleton Crew" Skeleton Gang
11* "Attack of the Junk Monster" Giant Metal-Eating Radioactive Junk Monster
12* "Pterodactyl Terror" Pterodactyls
13* "Fall of the Haunted House of T-Rex" T.Rex
14* "Attack of the Giant Carnivorous Butterfly" Carnivorous butterfly
15 "Capital City vs. the Plant Thing" Killer Vine & Giant Slug
16 "Beware the Blob Thing" Blob
17* "Alien Zombie from the Planet Zeenom" Alien Zombie
18 "Terror of the Giant Cockroaches" Cockroaches
19* "Marauding Mantis" Praying Mantis
20 "Revenge of the Mud Maniac" Giant Mud Monster
21 "Termites" Termites
22* "Day of the Piranha" Man-Eating Piranhas
23* "Attack of the Enormous Terrifying Ladybug" Ladybug
24* "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea Cucumber" Giant Sea Cucumber
25* "Ribbit" Giant Frogs
26* "Ribbit 2: Froggy's Revenge" Giant Frog Army

Season 2[edit]

Episode Number Episode Title Monster
01 "Attack of the Stinkbugs: Part I" Stinkbugs
02 "Attack of the Stinkbugs: Part II" Stinkbugs
03 "Terror at the Drive-In" Praying Mantis
04 "Alien Returns" Alien Zombie & Space Monkey
05 "Monkey Machine: Part I" Mechanical Monkey
06 "Monkey Machine: Part II" Mechanical Monkey
07 "Beast from Below" Giant Jellyfish
08 "Megabatua" Giant Bats
09 "Terror in the North Woods" Big Foot
10 "The Secrets of the Lost Canyon" Pterodactyls
11 "Attack of the Leaping Leeches" Leeches
12 ”Attack of the Monumonsters” Monumonsters
13 ”Terror of the Troglothals” One-eyed troll-like monsters
14 ”Astrosaurus vs. Gigantobeast” Molten-lava dinosaur and a Giant Robot
15 ”Invasion of the Computer Bugs” Computer bugs
16 ”Curse of the Lagoon Man” Lagoon Man of Capital City legend
17 ”Ratblaster” Giant Mutated Rat
18 ”Return of the Icemonster” Ice Monster
19 ”Penguins” gigantic penguins
20 "Gnomes for the Holiday" Gnomes
21 "Trick or Treat" Ants
22 "Attack of the Abominable Snowman" Abominable Snowman
23 "Zaal: Kirubian Bird Of Prey" Kirubian Bird
24 "The Skeleton Crew Rides Again" Skeleton Gang
25 "UltiBeast: Part 1" UltiBeast
26 "UltiBeast: Part 2" UltiBeast, Giant Frog, Giant Mud Monster, Giant Cockroaches, Astrosaurus, Gigantobeast, Pterodactyls, Dragon, Mechanical Monkey, Giant Leaping Leeches, Praying Mantis

DVD releases[edit]

Monster Warriors Vs. Creepy Crawlers: Volume 1 was released on June 30, 2009.

Features 5 Episodes:

"The Giant Spider Invasion"(Episode #1)

"Buzz!"(Episode #4)

"Attack of the Giant Carnivorous Butterfly"(Episode #14)

"Marauding Mantis"(Episode #19)

& "Attack of the Enormous Terrifying Ladybug"(Episode #23)

Monster Warriors:War of the Water World - Volume 2 was released on August 25, 2009.

Features 5 Episodes:

"The Beast From Beneath the Sea"(Episode #2)

"Day of the Piranha"(Episode #22)

"Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea Cucumber"(Episode #24)

"Ribbit"(Episode #25)

& "Ribbit 2: Froggy's Revenge"(Episode #26)

Plus 1 Bonus Episode: "The Giant Lobster Invasion"(Episode #9)

Monster Warriors:Mutant Madness - Volume 3 was released on November 24, 2009.

Features 5 Episodes:

"The Terror Underground"(Episode #5)

"Last Ride of the Skeleton Crew"(Episode #10)

"Attack of the Junk Monster"(Episode #11)

"Fall of the Haunted House of T-Rex"(Episode #13)

& "Alien Zombie from the Planet Zeenom"(Episode #17)

Monster Warriors:Creature Feature - Volume 4 was released on March 30, 2010.

Features 5 Episodes:

"Gators"(Episode #3)

"The Incredible Ice Monster!"(Episode #6)

"Dawn of the Dragon!"(Episode #7)

"Attack of the Giant Anaconda!"(Episode #8)

& "Pterodactyl Terror!"(Episode #12)

So far there are 21 Episodes from the First Season on DVD but North Video of Czech Republic got all episodes on DVD in Czech and English. http://www.northvideo.cz/e-shop/monster-warriors-01.html

Trivia[edit]

Show creator Wilson Coneybeare is the son of Canadian icon Rod Coneybeare who makes a cameo appearance in one episode as the homeless former mayor of Capital City.

References[edit]

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