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A promotional image for Storm Hawks.
|Created by||Asaph Fipke|
|Directed by||Asaph Fipke
|Country of origin||Canada|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||52 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||22 minutes approx.|
Rai 2, Rai Gulp (Italy)
France 3 Nickelodeon Boing Cartoon Network
|First shown in||United States (Cartoon Network)|
|Original release||May 25, 2007 – April 6, 2009|
|Preceded by||Dragon Booster|
Storm Hawks is a Canadian animated television series created by Asaph "Ace" Fipke and was produced by Nerd Corps Entertainment in association with Cartoon Network and YTV. It premiered on Cartoon Network in the United States on May 25, 2007. It began airing on YTV in Canada on September 8, 2007. It started to air on Cartoon Network in the UK on August 6, 2007. In Poland, it started to air on Cartoon Network on November 10, 2007. Internationally, it first aired on ABC1 in Australia on February 26, 2008 and on Hero in the Philippines on March 12, 2008. The show also started airing in Singapore on okto, Bulgaria, Turkey, Portugal and Romania in 2008. Disney XD began airing the series on February 28, 2011. In 2016 it returned to Canada on Family Chrgd.
Storm Hawks is set in a fictional world called Atmos, a largely mountainous world consisting of scattered masses known as terras. Directly below the terras is the Wastelands, the most dangerous place on Atmos, with its infernal fires and wicked creatures. Because of the geography, travel is mostly dependent on flight. The technology of Atmos is based around energy-generating crystals, used to power the various devices in the series. Patrolling the skies of Atmos are the Squadrons, all led by a Sky Knight, groups of warriors who pilot motorcycle-like vehicles called Skimmers that can semi-transform into flying machines. These warriors are loosely managed by the Sky Knight Council.
In the backstory of the series, an evil ruler named Master Cyclonis and her servants, the Cyclonians, threatened Atmos. The original Storm Hawks led the Squadrons in a war against them, but were betrayed and defeated by one of their own (later known as The Dark Ace). Ten years later, the main characters of the series stumble upon the wreckage of the Storm Hawks' carrier, the Condor, and unofficially take on the Storm Hawks name in the hopes of becoming Sky Knights themselves, despite not being old enough to even legally fly the vehicle. Their youth defeats their ambition, however, as neither friend nor foe take them seriously because of it.
This changes when they are brought into conflict with a new Master Cyclonis, granddaughter of the previous one. Among her followers are the Dark Ace, the man who betrayed the original Storm Hawks and now serves Cyclonis as her right-hand man; Snipe, a mace-wielding strong man with a fondness for smashing things; and Snipe's sister, Ravess, an archer who always brings violin-playing henchmen into battle for theme music.
The Storm Hawks squadron consists of six members:
- Aerrow — The daring leader and Sky Knight of the squadron, Aerrow is a mature, good-natured teenager with a tousled mop of bright red hair and emerald green eyes. Despite his youth, he's one of the most talented Sky Knights in the Atmos, at the point that he can beat the Dark Ace. Looking at the whole Squadron together, Aerrow and Stork seem to be the tallest. Radarr come up to about Aerrow's hip, which most people believe Radarr is around 3 foot and some odd inches, making it possible for Aerrow and Stork to be in the 6 foot range.
- Finn — A wiry, wise-cracking guy, Finn is a sharpshooter with spiky blond hair and blue eyes. Finn seems to be in a perpetual sugar rush, although he attempts to act cool and collected. His personality traits are like a stereotypical surfer and/or skater. His passions are playing air guitar and flirting with hot girls, both of which he does horribly. He and Junko are always getting into trouble together, thus serving as the comic relief pair of the show.
- Junko — A large, albeit gentle and good-natured person, Junko is a member of a species known as Wallops. He has greenish-blue hair and grey eyes and his appearance is similar to that of a brown anthropomorphized rhino. As the muscle of the Storm Hawks he possesses superhuman strength that is greatly increased by the use of his preferred weapons, the Knuckle Busters.
- Piper — In charge of tactics, navigation, and crystals, Piper has excellent combat ability, and knows nearly everything about Atmos and its inhabitants. She has spiky midnight blue hair, orange eyes and is the only character thus far to take on Master Cyclonis alone and emerge triumphant through her own skills.
- Stork — The carrier pilot character and a gadget specialist with crippling paranoia and severe pessimism. Stork is a member of a species of green-skinned creatures called "Merbs". Though he appears menacing at first, he is easily frightened and meek, but in spite of that he consistently performs his expected duties. He has stated that he is only a member of the Storm Hawks until "something better comes along," but is loyal regardless and loves and cares about his teammates very much. He has jet black hair and yellow eyes with dots for pupils. Looking at the whole Squadron together, Aerrow and Stork seem to be the tallest. Radarr come up to about Aerrow's hip, which most people believe Radarr is around 3 foot and some odd inches, making it possible for Aerrow and Stork to be in the 6 foot range. This could be because of the Merb species natural height for Stork.
- Radarr — Aerrow's close friend and co-pilot, Radarr is a vaguely rabbit/lemur-like creature of indeterminate origin and hates being called a "pet". Radarr has scruffy blue fur and yellow eyes.
- Dark Ace - The main antagonist of the show. Aerrow's arch-rival who betrayed the original Storm Hawks and killed Lightning Strike.
- Snipe - A Cyclonian strong man who often gets defeated by Junko.
- Ravess - A Cyclonian known for her archery skills who strikes her opponents with her bow and arrow.
- Repton - A ruthless leader of the Raptors who lives on Terra Bogaton. He has killed the Sky Knight squadron of Terra Mesa known as the Interceptors, with Starling being the only survivor.
- Starling - A Sky Knight of the Interceptors whose squadron was brought down by Repton. She speaks with an English accent.
- I.J. Domiwick - A famous explorer who seeks for the Forbidden City. He was Piper's idol.
- Captain Scabulous - A relentless and vicious sky pirate who is the leader of the Murk Raiders. He lives in Terra Deep, which had wrecked airships.
- Carver - A traitorous Sky Knight of the Red Eagles who attempted to claim the Aurora Stone.
- Tritonn - A Sky Knight of the Neck Deeps who lives on Terra Aquanos.
- Mr. Moss - The Cyclonian warden of Terra Zartacla.
- The Colonel - A spider-like gangster who speaks in a Spanish accent.
- Wren - A resident of Terra Gale who speaks in a French accent.
DMF Comics and Beach Creative Studios will be working on a comic book series for Storm Hawks.
At the March Toronto Anime Con 2009, a special issue was given out. There are only 50 of said issues available. It featured one story, a short story, and a few pin-ups by various artists.
Also, a Storm Hawks comic book entitled "Storm Hawks: The Escape" is included free with the region 2 release of the Storm Hawks Season 1 Volume 1 DVD.
According to the official Storm Hawks website, a MMORPG called Storm Hawks: Skyrace is being developed by Bitcasters utilizing BigWorld Technology, a middleware game engine. As of November 7, 2008, the RPG has been announced as in beta. However, as of August 5, 2011, the game has been taken down and is no longer available to play.
A virtual universe where you embark on an adventure traveling through the Terras of Atmos, racing your own customized Sky Ride, challenging friends and rivals, and increasing your skills and ranking. If you qualify for a full Sky Knight's license you will get the chance to battle the Talons head-on. Play alongside your friends and do all the things your favorite characters from the show do; cruise on your ride, find awesome crystals, race across the terras and have action packed adventures.
- Create your own Sky Knight.
- Customizable characters and vehicles.
- Tour through various worlds.
- Visit shops to buy items, weapons or upgrades.
- Trade collected items.
- Challenge other players to races to win crystals & points.
- Compete in tournaments for your chance at fame and fortune.
It is available on the official website of Storm Hawks on YTV , but requires a registration on YTV.
|Canada||YTV||September 15, 2007 – December 14, 2009|
|Teletoon||May 25, 2008|
|Nickelodeon||November 2, 2009|
|CHRGD||January 2, 2016|
|United States||Cartoon Network||May 25, 2007|
|Disney XD||February 28, 2011|
|United Kingdom||Cartoon Network||August 2007|
|Kix||July 23, 2014|
|Poland||Cartoon Network||November 10, 2007|
|Philippines||Hero||March 12, 2008|
|Australia||ABC1||February 26, 2008|
|The Netherlands||TMF Toons||2010|
Common Sense Media gave the series three out of five stars, stating "Tweens -- especially thrill-seeking boys -- are sure to enjoy the Storm Hawks' high-flying adventures, and parents can rest assured that, aside from the prevalence of typical cartoon peril (extensive falls, midair collisions, etc.) that never seems to cause lasting injury, there's not much to be concerned about. That said, there aren't too many overwhelmingly positive messages or strong role models. But on the whole, it's a cartoon vacation for the brain that kids and tweens will welcome and parents shouldn't fret over." In another review by Jeffrey Harris of IGN, Harris states that "For an animated kids show, Storm Hawks is OK. However, it's somewhat difficult to get wrapped in the story since it plays for laughs and cheap, dumb comedy. The stakes of the story never really feel serious or all important. When you look at other animated action/adventure cartoons such as Avatar: The Last Airbender today, which contains superior storytelling, it's harder to get into a story such as Storm Hawks. There's nothing particularly interesting or cool about any of the characters. Aerrow seems to desire recognition and respect over helping people. Stork is a bit of a cowardly lion type, and usually opts to stay out of battle with the other Storm Hawks while he pilots their airbase the condor. Despite that, Stork turns out to be one of the more genuine, funny, and interesting characters, at least an extreme opposite to the rather plucky and flat personalities of the other Storm Hawks."
- Ryan Ball (July 2007). "Riders on the Storm". Animation Magazine.
- "Storm Hawks Common Sense Media Review". Common Sense Media. Retrieved November 26, 2015.
- "Storm Haws: Heroes of the Sky DVD Review". IGN. Retrieved November 26, 2015.
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