Wild C.A.T.s

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WildC.A.T.s
Wild C.A.T.s cover .jpg
Cover to the DVD release of WildC.A.T.s
Also known as "WildC.A.T.s: Covert Action Teams"
Genre Animation
Created by Jim Lee
Brandon Choi
Developed by David Wise
Written by David Wise
Brooks Wachtel
Rich Fogel
Mark Seidenberg
Voices of Dennis Akayama
Paul Mota
Roscoe Handford
Janet-Laine Green
Country of origin United States
Canada
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 13 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Jim Lee
Michael Hirsh
Toper Taylor
Producer(s) Hasmi Giakoumis
Production company(s) WildStorm Productions
Nelvana Limited
Release
Original network CBS
Original release October 1, 1994 – January 21, 1995

WildC.A.T.s is a half-hour animated television series based on the comics series of the same name. It aired on CBS for one season between October 1, 1994 to January 21, 1995. The series was produced by WildStorm Productions in association with Nelvana Limited. DC Comics now own the rights to the characters, due to their purchase of WildStorm in 1999.

Overview[edit]

WildC.A.T.s is about the universal war between two prehistoric alien races. One of the races is the heroic Kherubim while the other is the evil Daemonites.[1]

Production[edit]

It ran for thirteen episodes with a family-friendly storyline. WildC.A.T.s, along with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Skeleton Warriors, was grouped into the "Action Zone" showcase that used a wraparound animated fly-though pre-credit sequence to bookend the three very different programs.[citation needed] The series was canceled around the same time that the "Action Zone" concept was officially retired (although TMNT retained the "Action Zone" credit sequence until the end of its run two years later).[citation needed]

The group was composed of all the original WildC.A.T.s. The major villain was Helspont, and the Troika and the Coda were featured as supporting characters. Mr. Majestic also made appearances, though not as a member of the group.

WildC.A.T.s featured a rock soundtrack, and a theme song performed by Sheree Jeacocke and Gerry Mosby.

Differences between the comics and television series[edit]

The main differences of the series and the comic books were:

  • Jacob Marlowe, the Kherubim Lord Emp, was now an ordinary human.
  • Warblade discovers his powers when he becomes part of the group, in the first episode. Because of this, he is the group's rookie, a position occupied by Voodoo in the comic book.
  • Void is an android and a Kherubim artificial intelligence.
  • Majestic is an antagonist, obsessed with finding the Orb and destroying the Daemonites.
  • Max Cash, Grifter's comic universe younger brother, is the older brother, and the leader of an International Operations special unit called the Black Razors.
  • Pike, who in the comics is a human/Kherubim hybrid working for the Daemonites, is a Daemonite himself in the TV series.
  • Voodoo is a psychic with telekinetic as well as telepathic abilities; in addition, because the series was marketed toward children, her comic-book profession of exotic dancing is never mentioned (and is not wearing her first costume from the comics).
  • Maul does not have a human form; his Titanthrope form is permanent. In addition, he becomes more enraged as he grows in size, as opposed to losing intelligence.
  • Zealot and Grifter become a couple by the series' end.
  • Spartan was a Kherubim rebuilt as a cyborg instead of being an android.

Episodes[edit]

No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1 "Dark Blade Falling" Bob Smith David Wise October 1, 1994 (1994-10-01)
2 "Heart of Steel" Bob Smith David Wise October 8, 1994 (1994-10-08)
3 "Cry of the Coda" Bob Smith Brooks Wachtel October 15, 1994 (1994-10-15)
4 "The Evil Within" Bob Smith Len Uhley October 29, 1994 (1994-10-29)
5 "The Big Takedown" Bob Smith Bob Forward & David Wise November 12, 1994 (1994-11-12)
6 "Lives in the Balance" Bob Smith Rich Fogel & Mark Seidenberg November 19, 1994 (1994-11-19)
7 "Soul of a Giant" Bob Smith Bob Forward & Sean Catherine Derek November 26, 1994 (1994-11-26)
8 "Betrayed" Bob Smith Bob Forward & Brooks Wachtel December 3, 1994 (1994-12-03)
9 "Black Razor's Edge" Bob Smith Bob Forward December 10, 1994 (1994-12-10)
10 "And Then There Were None" Bob Smith Bob Forward December 17, 1994 (1994-12-17)
11 "M.V.P." Bob Smith Bob Forward June 3, 1995 (1995-06-03)
12 "Endgame, Part 1" Bob Smith Rich Fogel & Mark Seidenberg June 10, 1995 (1995-06-10)
13 "Endgame, Part 2" Bob Smith Bob Forward June 17, 1995 (1995-06-17)

Cast[edit]

Marketing tie-ins[edit]

A video game based on the TV series was published by Playmates Interactive Entertainment in 1995 for Super NES, with Spartan, Warblade and Maul as the only playable characters.

Also, Playmates Toys released a toyline based on the TV series. The characters featured in the toyline were Grifter, Helspont, Maul, Max Cash (as a Black Razor), Mister Majestic, Pike, Slag, Spartan, Void, Voodoo, Warblade, Zealot and a generic Daemonite.

Home video[edit]

Four VHS tapes with two episodes each were released in the 1990s. Funimation released the complete series on DVD in July 19, 2005.[2][3] It is now out of print, but a digital copy of the series is available through Amazon Video at Amazon.com, and the iTunes store.

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