A.T.O.M. – Alpha Teens on Machines (Action Man A.T.O.M. in some countries) is a French-American superhero animated television series produced by SIP Animation in association with Jetix. The series focuses on the adventures of five teenagers in the fictional Landmark City. The eponymous Alpha Teens, which consist of Axel Manning (the main character), Catalina Leone, Crey Kingston, Zack Hawkes, and Ollie Sharker, test prototype vehicles and weapons for Lee Industries, and use these prototypes to combat criminals, particularly the nefarious and sadistic bad guy Alexander Paine.
Action Man A.T.O.M.
The "Alpha Teens on Machines" team shown from left to right: Shark, Hawk, Axel, King and Lioness
|Also known as||Alpha Teens on Machines|
|Created by||Ariane Desrieux|
|Based on||Action Man by Hasbro|
|Directed by||Olivier Jongerlynck|
|Voices of||Clancy Brown|
James Arnold Taylor
|Country of origin|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||52 (list of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Michael Lekes|
Olivier Dumont (season 1)
Stephanie Kirchmeyer (season 2)
Greg Klein (season 1)
Tom Pugsley (season 1)
Sylvie Barro (season 2)
Cyone Clark (season 2)
Steve Granat (season 2)
|Running time||22 minutes|
|Production company(s)||SIP Animation|
Jetix Europe N.V.
Hyung Young Animation
|Distributor||Buena Vista International Television|
Multicom Entertainment Group
|Original network||Jetix (international)|
Toon Disney (United States)
|Original release||August 27, 2005 –|
November 18, 2006
The series debuted on August 27, 2005 on Jetix with its first season consisting of 26 episodes. It was renewed for a second season, also consisting of 26 episodes, which concluded on November 18, 2006.
Set in the fictitious Landmark City, Janus Lee is the head of Lee Industries who holds a television contest as a front to recruit a group of talented teenagers. The winners of the contest, Axel, King, Lioness, Hawk and Shark are given prototype weapons, gadgets and vehicles and join forces to battle against the criminal mastermind Alexander Paine, who's also responsible for the death of Axel's father, and his minions Spydah and Flesh. In the end of the first season, they manage to defeat him and his gang.
However, it is revealed that Lee's true purpose was to use the teens' DNA to create clones powered with animal genes. During the second season the Alpha Teens once again have to team up to stop Lee and his army of mutants.
|Season||Episodes||Originally aired|
|First aired||Last aired|
|1||26||August 27, 2005||April 15, 2006|
|2||26||September 2, 2006||November 18, 2006|
- James Arnold Taylor as Axel Manning, Sebastian Manning, Tilian
- Brian Donovan as Ollie "Shark" Sharker, Rayza
- Charlie Schlatter as Zack "Hawk" Hawkes, Stingfly, Cannonball Bros.
- Alli Mauzey as Catalina "Lioness" Leone, Firekat
- Aldis Hodge as Crey "King" Kingston, Wrecka
- Tom Kenny as Janus Lee, Spydah, Ratman
- Clancy Brown as Alexander Paine
- Bill Fagerbakke as Albert "Flesh"
- Keith Szarabajka as Dragon
- Kari Wahlgren as Samantha "Magness" Paine
- Jeff Bennett as Edge
- Susan Egan as Buffy
The series was first announced by Jetix on 6 September 2004 with the working title of The Insiders. It was specifically designed to appeal to young boys ages 6 to 9 with an Autumn 2005 release. Originally, while the series was going to feature a team of rebellious teenagers, it was only going to focus on the main character who "has the task of tracking down and catching 100 of the worst villains and the mastermind who set them free from prison, the notorious Mr. Pain." Hasbro was announced as the master toy licensee for The Insiders later the same month. Interim CEO of Jetix Europe, Paul Taylor said that "The Insiders is a strong urban action-adventure series."
On 15 November 2007, Jetix Europe announced their Year End results and stated in their report that they were not planning a third series of A.T.O.M., effectively cancelling the series.
In the United States, the DVDs are distributed through Liberation Entertainment. The first DVD of the series was released on August 28, 2007 titled "Vol. 1: Touch of Paine". Following that, the second DVD titled "Vol 2.: Enter the Dragon" was released on August 28, 2007.
The first season was released on Amazon Prime in the United States in 2016, with distribution through Multicom Entertainment Group, who currently own full distribution rights to the first season under license from Disney.
In the UK, Volume 1: Feel the Paine was released for DVD and UMD Video by Sanctuary Visual Entertainment on January 23, 2006. A second volume titled The Terror Continues was planned but was cancelled for unknown reasons.
Common Sense Media, in their review of the show said: "The animation here — a blend of classic comic book and anime — is pretty good." and that "because of its relatively high level of cartoon violence [...] A.T.O.M. is best for older grade schoolers." and awarded the series 2 out of 5 stars.
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The A.T.O.M. toy line is an action figure line, partially based on the Action Man franchise owned by Hasbro. Distinctly different from other Action Man story line variations, A.T.O.M.'s selling point is that the figures are the standard size of normal action figures and not of a doll format. Much like Action Man however, these figures are sold individually, usually with figure accessories, from the vehicles distributed to accompany them.
The franchise has vastly similar concepts to the 1980s' M.A.S.K. story line from Kenner (which Hasbro bought in 1991), even down to the code name lettering, as each vehicle for the A.T.O.M. members changes from one ordinary looking terrain vehicle to anything that ranges from a jet car with unfolding door wings, to a bike that soon propels its driver into the air as a helicopter.
In 2007, Hasbro released 12-inch versions of A.T.O.M. action figures, similar to the original Action Man action figures. The toy series was composed mostly of several versions of Axel Manning, the main character, and Paine, Flesh and Tilian as the villains. A plane, a sport car and several minor vehicles were included for this line of A.T.O.M. toys. The line was discontinued shortly thereafter.
A video game based on the show was developed by Brain in a Jar and published by Mastertronic Group under their budget game label Blast! Entertainment for the PlayStation 2. It is a racing and action game akin to the Driver series.
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