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Alienators: Evolution Continues (Known as Evolution: the Animated Series in some regions including the United Kingdom) is an American animated comic science fiction television series based on the 2001 film Evolution.

Alienators: Evolution Continues
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Also known asEvolution: The Animated Series
Genre
Created byLouis Gassin
Based onEvolution, by Ivan Reitman
Directed by
  • Fabrice Beau
  • Pascal Gaugry
  • Camille Prinele
  • Will Meugniot (supervising director)
Voices of
Theme music composerL.A. Piccirillo
Opening theme"Evolution (Creepy Crawly)"
Ending theme"Evolution (Creepy Crawly)" (Instrumental)
Composer(s)L.A. Piccirillo
Jean-Michel Guirao
Country of originUnited States
Canada
Original language(s)English
No. of episodes26
Production
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s)
Running time22 minutes
Production company(s)
DistributorDIC Entertainment
Release
Original networkFox (Fox Kids)
Original releaseSeptember 15, 2001 (2001-09-15) –
June 22, 2002 (2002-06-22)

Created by Louis Gassin, the series is composed by 26 episodes of half an hour each; it is produced by DIC Entertainment L.P. in association with The Montecito Picture Company, DreamWorks Animation, DreamWorks SKG and Columbia TriStar Television. Although the Evolution intellectual property was owned by DreamWorks SKG (and is now the property of Paramount Pictures via its purchase of the studio's pre-2006 live action back catalog), the series itself is now owned by DHX Media.

The series was the basis for a Game Boy Advance game, that was developed by Digital Eclipse and published by Activision.

Contents

PremiseEdit

As with the film, the premise of the series is that a meteor carrying organisms that evolve at a very quick rate crashes into the Arizona Desert; single-celled alien organisms on this meteor quickly evolve into monstrous creatures, dubbed the "Genus". A team of scientists, the Alienators, must eliminate all these creatures before they destroy all life on Earth. Follows up to the Ivan Reitman science fiction film, Evolution. The characters, Ira Kane, Harry Block, Lucy Mai, and Wayne Green must study all these extraterrestrial lifeforms and find a way to defeat them all. The "Genus" is led by a "humanoid manifestation" named Scopes.

CharactersEdit

  • Scientist Ira Kane – A biologist fascinated by scientific discoveries and breakthroughs. His scientific knowledge, along with his excitement and passion about the theory of quick evolution, helps him lead the team in eliminating the Genus.
  • Scientist Harry Block – A coach who always keeps up on game scores, etc., and loves coaching the women's team. His strategies help the team to victory.
  • Lt. Lucy Mai – A tough and aggressive lieutenant trained by a Special Forces team called The Blue Berets. She believes everything should be done by the book, and if it is not explained in the book, they should avoid it.
  • Teenage "wannabe fireman" Wayne Grey (who's been renamed Wayne Green) – A 17-year-old firefighter-in-training. Being the first human infected with alien DNA, he develops a "sympathetic mutation", causing him to mutate parallel to any Genus strains encountered.
  • Scientist Allison Reed has no direct work with the alienators, but is mentioned a few times, no retaining a relationship with Ira like in the movie.
  • General Russell Woodman is the pompous windbag in charge of giving the alienators missions.
  • G.A.S.S.I.E.: Stands for "Genetically Altered Symbiotic Stasis in Evolution", and is the team's pet. It was an alien cell originally neutralized by Ira. It evolved into Gassie, a slime creature that yips and behaves like a dog, who can detect and track other Genus creatures. When Gassie detects the Genus, he quivers and emits a foul odor.
  • Scopes is the Genus' leader: Super intelligent and intent on taking over the universe. Though he occasionally evolves into various creatures, his most common form is as an alien humanoid octopoid. His name is a reference to the Scopes trial.

EpisodesEdit

No.TitleWritten byOriginal air date
1–3"Survival"Michael RyanSeptember 15, 2001 (2001-09-15) (Part 1)
September 22, 2001 (2001-09-22) (Part 2)
September 29, 2001 (2001-09-29) (Part 3)
4"Don't Drink the Water"Ben TownsendOctober 6, 2001 (2001-10-06)
The Alienators take down a target at The Glen Canyon dam. However, this results in its DNA mixing with the water supply, causing the populace to mutate into human-Genus creatures.
5"Slick"Michael RyanOctober 13, 2001 (2001-10-13)
6"Swarm"Ben TownsendOctober 20, 2001 (2001-10-20)
7"Fire and Ice"Kurt WeldonOctober 27, 2001 (2001-10-27)
8"Meltdown"Mark SeidenbergNovember 3, 2001 (2001-11-03)
9"Junkyard Dogs"Dick GrunertNovember 10, 2001 (2001-11-10)
10"French Underground"Nick Dubois and Lance FalkNovember 17, 2001 (2001-11-17)
11"Runaway Strain"Michael RyanDecember 1, 2001 (2001-12-01)
12"Dead Wayne Cells"Ben TownsendDecember 8, 2001 (2001-12-08)
13"Roman Holiday"Ben TownsendFebruary 9, 2002 (2002-02-09)
14"To Carthage Then I Came"Michael RyanFebruary 16, 2002 (2002-02-16)
15"Year of the Genus"Ben TownsendFebruary 23, 2002 (2002-02-23)
16"Hot Java"Michael RyanMarch 2, 2002 (2002-03-02)
17"Ira Knows Best"Ben TownsendMarch 9, 2002 (2002-03-09)
18"Itching for the Genus"Michael RyanMarch 16, 2002 (2002-03-16)
19"Genus in Your Tank"Kurt WeldonMarch 23, 2002 (2002-03-23)
20"Cradle Will Fall"Ben TownsendMarch 30, 2002 (2002-03-30)
21"Head Case"Dick GrunertMay 4, 2002 (2002-05-04)
22"End Game"Ben TownsendMay 11, 2002 (2002-05-11)
23"General Disorder"Ben TownsendMay 18, 2002 (2002-05-18)
24"REAPER 1: Countdown"Michael RyanJune 8, 2002 (2002-06-08)
25"REAPER 2: The Ark"Ben TownsendJune 15, 2002 (2002-06-15)
26"REAPER 3: Alpha Omega"Michael RyanJune 22, 2002 (2002-06-22)

Home Media releasesEdit

In the United States, Lions Gate Home Entertainment and Trimark Home Video released Evolution: The Animated Movie on VHS and DVD on January 29, 2002. This release consisted of the 3-part episode "Survival" in a feature-length format. It was re-released by Sterling Entertainment on November 13, 2003 with the DVD version containing the fourth episode "Don't Drink the Water" as a bonus feature. The entire series is also available on Amazon Video.

In the United Kingdom, Anchor Bay UK released a single DVD/VHS set of the series on June 28, 2004 containing the first four episodes. Avenue Entertainment would also release 2 DVDs containing 2 Episodes each.

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