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Biker Mice from Mars (2006 TV series)

Biker Mice from Mars is a British-American animated series, a revival of the show with the same name which aired from 1993–1996. The 2006 version of the show has previews of the show on YouTube.[4]Jim Ward won a 2009 voice-actor Daytime Emmy for his performance as Eyemore in the episode "Manchurian Charley" and as the Crusher in the episode "Here Come The Judge". The series aired on the 4KidsTV block on FOX in the fall of 2008.[5] In the UK, the series was picked up for a second window by CSC Media Group, who scheduled it to air on April 2, 2010 on the Kix channel.

Biker Mice from Mars
Biker Mice From Mars 2006.jpg
U. S. Promotional Poster
Genrescience fiction, action comedy-drama
Created byRick Ungar
Developed byRick Ungar
Tom Tataranowicz
StarringClancy Brown
Dorian Harewood
Jess Harnell
Rob Paulsen
Dina Sherman
Jim Ward
Lisa Zane
Ian Ziering
Theme music composerWilliam Kevin Anderson
Country of originUnited Kingdom
United States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes28[1] (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Running time30 minutes
Production company(s)
  • Criterion Licensing
  • Brentwood Television Funnies
  • Philippines Animation Studio[2]
Release
Original network
Original releaseAugust 26, 2006 (2006-08-26) –
July 26, 2007 (2007-07-26)
Chronology
Preceded byBiker Mice from Mars

PlotEdit

Taking place a few years after the events of the original series, the Biker Mice return to Earth. In this series, the lead antagonists are the evil Catatonians, a race of creatures cat-like who desire the greatest prize on Mars, the Regenerator. In the process of obtaining it, they destroy it leaving the Biker Mice (including Stoker – see below) to flee to Earth to build a new one.

CharactersEdit

Returning charactersEdit

  • The Biker Mice (voiced by Dorian Harewood as Modo, Rob Paulsen as Throttle, Ian Ziering as Vinnie) - The Mice themselves are, character-wise, almost the same as before, except that now they have been properly formed into a special commando squad; as such, Throttle's leadership role has been formally recognized with the rank of Commander. There have also been minor changes in costume: Throttle has new sunglasses and a solitary green shoulder belt under a new, shorter vest and his one powered glove has been replaced with twin powered gloves that also act as laser blasters, Modo has new boots and a cutting torch in his mechanical arm, Vinnie carries powered shuriken and powered gloves identical to Throttle's, and all three have new helmets. But more controversially for fans of the original series, they have been drawn substantially slimmed-down and less muscular, noticeably less furry and more anthropomorphic than originally. All three also have new bikes: Vinnie has a red superbike similar to his old one, Modo has a purple-blue three-wheeled chopper he calls "Hard Case", and Throttle has a green cruiser or bobber in place of his old black chopper or Softail. All three bikes are augmented with new weapons, improved artificial intelligence, and flight, aquatic, and all-terrain capabilities.
  • Charlene "Charley" Davidson (voiced by Lisa Zane) - Essentially Charley is the same character-wise, but with a new, short haircut and a more contemporary outfit suited to motorcycling rather than mechanics. Although not present in every episode, she appears in the majority and plays a more prominent role than in the original series. Her relationship with Vinnie has been toned down for the new series, but (in true absence-makes-the-heart-grow-fonder fashion) Charley appears to reciprocate Vinnie's feelings towards her more readily than in the original series. She was previously voiced by Leeza Miller McGee in the 1990s series.
  • Carbine (voiced by Dina Sherman) - Carbine, revealed to be Stoker's niece, has gained a slight costume change and plays a substantially more prominent role than originally, even appearing on Earth several times. Her (strained) relationship with Throttle still exists, emphasizing the strain of the War and their relative military responsibilities. She was previously voiced by Leah Remini in the 1990s series.
  • Stoker (voiced by Peter Strauss in 2006–2007, Jim Ward from 2007–present) - Stoker is the classic series minor character who has had the most significant increase in importance, acting as the catalyst for much of the 2006 series' plot. The founder (and leader) of the Freedom Fighter movement, in the new series he has been missing in action for several years and is wrongly (but widely, except by Vinnie) held to have turned traitor. He is the inventor of the Regenerator, a matter-conversion device crucial to produce the water needed for the survival of the Martian population. Some years earlier, he had been forced to build a second Regenerator for Ronaldo Rump. When the Martian Regenerator was accidentally destroyed by the Catatonians the Biker Mice were dispatched to Earth to recover Rump's machine, the plot of the new series. His alter-ego is Nightshift, a black-clad masked biker. The disguise was originally adopted when he was still regarded as a traitor, but is now used to protect him from sunlight, which (because of overexposure to radioactive tetra-hydrocarbons, the power source of the Regenerator) causes him to temporarily mutate into a wererat. In the final episodes, he is revealed to have a young teenage daughter named Spitfire, who aids the Mice and helps return him to normal by using the Regenerator on him when applied with the fur sample of a Catatonian shapeshifter.
  • Rimfire (voiced by Jess Harnell) - Modo's nephew, briefly selected as Throttle's replacement when Throttle is promoted to one-star general and to be reassigned to Mars; Carbine decided to rescind Throttle's promotion after seeing that Rimfire still wasn't up to spec as a "Biker Mice," even after a year's training for such a placement. He was previously voiced by Brian Austin Green in the 1990s series.
  • Lawrence Lactavious Limburger (voiced by W. Morgan Sheppard) - A Plutarkian who returns for revenge on the Biker Mice after years of being a (literal) bootlicker for the Pit Boss. He later worked on his latest evil plot to get even with the Biker Mice. The Catatonians later used the Regenerator on him that turned him into a fish.
    • Dr. Karbunkle (voiced by Susan Silo) - A human-shaped alien mad scientist that worked for Limburger and has also spent years of being a bootlicker for the Pit Boss. Also returning for revenge on the Biker Mice with Limburger and even had to collaborate with Dr. Phineas P. Catorkian.
    • Greasepit (voiced by Jess Harnell) - A grease-covered criminal that was one of Limburger's minions and had briefly became a henchman of Ronaldo Rump in the Catatonians' plot to disguise the aliens that Limburger gathered as the different world leaders. He was previously voiced by Brad Garrett in the 1990s series.
  • Pit Boss (voiced by Jess Harnell) - The ruler of the Pits beneath the Rump Mini-Mart. Lawrence Limburger and Dr. Karbunkle became bootlickers for the Pit Boss since the Biker Mice defeated them. He was previously voiced by Stu Rosen in the 1990s series.
  • Napoleon Brie (voiced by Luke Perry) - A Plutarkian and rival of Lawrence Limburger who returned in "Once Upon a Time on Earth" Pt. 2 in a plot to use the Regenerator to conquer Chicago. He even tried to turn Limburger over to Lord Camembert only to discover that he and the Plutarkians with him were Catatonian shapeshifters in disguise. The Catatonians later used the Regenerator on Napoleon that turned him into a fish.
  • Lord Camembert (voiced by Jess Harnell) - The ruler of the Plutarkians who was impersonated by a Catatonian shapeshifter. He was previously voiced by Jeff Bennett in the 1990s series.
  • Harley (voiced by Jennifer Hale) - Harley is Vinnie's former sweetheart. Before the Biker Mice went to earth, Harley was kidnapped by a rat, got half her face blown off, and then was shown mercy by other rats. Therefore, she turned on her own people and aided the rats in their fight. Since then, she has come to hate the Biker Mice because she feels that they gave up on her, although this was not the case (Vinnie in particular had searched extensively). However, near-cataclysmic eruptions that threaten to doom Mars snap Harley back to reality, driving her to sacrifice herself to save Mars. She was previously voiced by Kath Soucie in the 1990s series.

New charactersEdit

  • Catatonians - The Catatonians are a race of cat-like aliens that seek to claim the Regenerator. The three-part episode "Once Upon a Time on Earth" revealed that they were rivals of the Plutarkians.
    • Hannibal T. Hairball (voiced by Rob Paulsen in a Russian accent) - Assistant Supreme Commander of the Catatonian Army who is very short and is not very bright.
    • Cataclysm (voiced by Clancy Brown in most episodes, understudied by Dorian Harewood in "Biker Mice Down Under" and "Once Upon a Time on Earth" Pt. 1) - While officially the second-in-command to his younger brother Hannibal, it is Cataclysm who really calls the shots in the Catatonian quest for the Regenerator.
    • Dr. Phineas P. Catorkian (voiced by Jess Harnell impersonating Boris Karloff) - A very tall and thin Catatonian mad scientist who is the force behind most of the inventions that Hannibal and Cataclysm use against the Biker Mice.
    • Catalina Catacall (voiced by Martha Madison) - A female Catatonian shapeshifter.
  • Ronaldo Rump (voiced by Jess Harnell) - A parody of Donald Trump and Ricky Ricardo, with an oversized butt, a large Toupée and a pencil mustache. Ronaldo used to be a used car salesman who came across Stoker and the Regenerators in his possession. He uses a Regenerator to make himself more wealthy, but it is running out of power and he is trying to force Stoker to build a new one. At the time when he built his tower over where Limburger Plaza used to be, Ronaldo was approached by Hannibal and his Catatonian army where Ronaldo formed an alliance with him.

EpisodesEdit

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
1"The Adventure Begins: Part 1"Tom TataranowiczRich UngarAugust 26, 2006 (2006-08-26)
Mars is running out of water, and soon the Martian mice will perish. Their only hope is the Regenerator, a machine capable of converting dirt into any substance required (including water). But the evil Catatonians, led by Supreme Commander Hairball, have launched an attack in hope of capturing the Regenerator for their own purposes. Will the Biker Mice from Mars be able to hold out against the Catatonian assault?
2"The Adventure Begins: Part 2"Tom TataranowiczRich UngarAugust 27, 2006 (2006-08-27)
With the only Regenerator destroyed, things are looking bad for Mars. The Biker Mice must take General Stoker (creator of the Regenerator) to Planet Earth where he can find the necessary tetra-hydrocarbons required to build another machine. But there is a surprise in store for the Biker Mice on their return to Chicago in the form of developer Ronaldo Rump, who has joined forces with the Catatonians to obtain a Regenerator (the ultimate land-development tool).
3"Changes"Tom TataranowiczBob Forward & Eve ForwardAugust 28, 2006 (2006-08-28)
General Stoker's exposure to tetra-hydrocarbons has worsened his condition, turning him into the mad "Stoker Rat". He is loose in New York City, where Rump has captured him ito force Stoker to build another Regenerator for Rump so he can become richer. Will Stoker turn traitor? Can the Biker Mice rescue him from the clutches of Ronaldo Rump and get him back to work in the effort to save Mars?
4"Rumpity-Dumpster"Tom TataranowiczBob Forward & Eve ForwardSeptember 2, 2006 (2006-09-02)
Due to a freak accident Ronaldo Rump is wandering the streets of Chicago without memory (or hairpiece), holding onto the Regenerator. Of course this news makes its way to both the Catatonians and the Biker Mice, who are both chasing Ronaldo.
5"The Tender Mouse Trap"Rich AronsBob Forward & Eve ForwardSeptember 9, 2006 (2006-09-09)
The Biker Mice turn their motorcycles into radical Swamp Cycles when they discover a mouse damsel-in-distress stuck in the mud. Is this attractive mouse really what she appears to be—or could she be the Catatonian shape-shifter, Catalina Catacall, on a secret mission to trick the Biker Mice into revealing Stoker's secret lab where he is building a new Regenerator for Mars?
6"It's the Pits"Tom TataranowiczBob Forward & Eve ForwardSeptember 16, 2006 (2006-09-16)
The Biker Mice are lured into a secret underground world carefully hidden beneath a Rump Mini-mart where they encounter not only one of the nastiest baddies of all time in the form of the Pit Boss, but an unexpected group of enemies they have not seen for a long time....Lawrence Limburger and Dr. Karbunkle!
7"The British Invasion"Tom TataranowiczBob Forward & Eve ForwardSeptember 23, 2006 (2006-09-23)
Things heat up for the Biker Mice when the infamous Sir Richard Brand-Something arrives with hopes of winning a Regenerator for his own purposes. Joining forces with Supreme Commander Hairball, Sir Richard puts his plans (and his evil robots Bangers and Mash) into action—giving the Biker Mice a ride for their money. In the meantime, General Stoker is finding that the Earth's tetra-hydrocarbons are producing some unexpected (and unwanted) side effects.
8"Break Up"Tom TataranowiczBob Forward & Eve ForwardSeptember 30, 2006 (2006-09-30)
Throttle is promoted, and must return to Mars with Carbine; his replacement, Rimfire (Modo's nephew), does not fill his shoes very well, forcing Carbine to rescind Throttle's promotion.
9"Here Come the Judge!"Rich AronsRich UngarOctober 7, 2006 (2006-10-07)
The Biker Mice are arrested and tried before... Judge Ronaldo Rump, which leads to their bikes being impounded.
10"Desperado"Tom SitoRich UngarOctober 28, 2006 (2006-10-28)
Throttle is a victim of mistaken identity; an injury leaves him thinking he is a character out of a famous Christmas movie, which leads him to be captured by Doctor Catorkian.
11"Surfer Cats from Saturn"Tom TataranowiczBob Forward & Eve ForwardNovember 4, 2006 (2006-11-04)
The Biker Mice get their hands on Rump's Regenerator in time to be accidentally transported to Saturn, thanks to Hairball's clumsy control of a transporter machine. With no way off the ringed planet, the mice turn to a race of local hip cats. However, they discover that these wave-riding kitties are descendants of the Catatonians (sworn enemies of the Mice). Will the slick, surfing cats of Saturn turn out to be friend or foe?
12"Manchurian Charley"Rich AronsBob Forward & Eve ForwardNovember 11, 2006 (2006-11-11)
The Biker Mice are challenged to a motocross race, where they encounter some serious foul play. As usual Charley uses her mechanical skills to keep the bikes on track, but strange things keep happening. Could it be that Charley is the mechanic behind the mayhem?
13"Biker Mice Down Under"Rich AronsBob Forward & Eve ForwardNovember 25, 2006 (2006-11-25)
Rump hires the felonious Flare to create a landslide inside Stoker's cave-bound laboratory, leaving General Stoker trapped inside and his research vulnerable to discovery. It is up to the Biker Mice to don spelunking gear and rev up their cave-cycles to save the General and his work before Rump and the Catatonians can get their paws on him.
14"Driver's Ed"Tom SitoBob Forward & Eve ForwardDecember 16, 2006 (2006-12-16)
The Biker Mice are reduced to the Minivan Mice from Mars when their motorcycles are stolen by Ronaldo Rump and his evil minions. Just one problem—while they may be the universe's best bikers, nobody ever taught them how to drive a car!
15"New Cats in Town"Tom TataranowiczSteve CudenDecember 23, 2006 (2006-12-23)
The high commander of the Catatonians has had enough of Hairball and Cataclysm's failure to acquire a Regenerator on Planet Earth, and sends them to the bench. In their place three wily, female Catatonian shape-shifters led by Catalina Catacall are sent to give the Biker Mice a race for the prize!
16"First Mice on the Moon"Tom TataranowiczSteve CudenFebruary 24, 2007 (2007-02-24)
The Mice discover a race of small rabbits living on the moon, and realize they have new allies who despise the Catatonians as much as they do.
17"Cyber Mice from Mars"Rich AronsBob Forward & Eve ForwardApril 20, 2007 (2007-04-20)
When Stoker discovers Rump has planted a super-virus into his secret computer data banks which contain the secrets of the Regenerator he transports himself into the World Wide Web, intent on killing the virus. But time is running out for Stoker; it is up to the Biker Mice to take out the cyber-threat before they are deleted permanently!
18"Between Rump and a Hard Race"Tom TataranowiczBob Forward & Eve ForwardJuly 14, 2007 (2007-07-14)
Ronaldo Rump launches his Regenerator into orbit over the Arctic Nature Preserve, planning to turn acres of natural wilderness into Rump Amusement Park! It is up to the Biker Mice to foil Rump's evil plot and preserve this important animal habitat, while taking on the world's top motocross racer on a track designed to keep the best bikers in the world struggling to stay aboard!
19"Bringing Up Vinnie"Tom TataranowiczBob Forward & Eve ForwardJuly 14, 2007 (2007-07-14)
Things turn a little wacky for the Biker Mice when Vinnie is accidentally turned into a baby mouse by Dr. Catorkian. If you thought keeping Vinnie under control was a problem before, watch as the Biker Mice attempt to battle the Catatonians and Ronald Rump while struggling to keep Vinnie in clean diapers!
20"Once Upon a Time on Earth: Part 1"Tom TataranowiczBob Forward & Eve Forward2007 (2007)
Stoker finishes his new Regenerator and the Biker Mice are ready to take it back to Mars. Unfortunately, Stoker himself has other plans for it even when an unlikely enemy of the Biker Mice poses as a government agent to collect the aliens hiding out on Earth.
21"Once Upon a Time on Earth: Part 2"Tom TataranowiczBob Forward & Eve Forward2007 (2007)
The Biker Mice are trapped in Detroit. Their old archenemies Limburger and Napoleon Brie are planning to conquer Chicago with the Regenerator and the aliens in their custody. In addition, our heroes have other things to worry about: Has Stoker switched sides? Meanwhile Charley and Carbine are searching for the Biker Mice, but they meet an unknown mouse from Stoker's past....his daughter Spitfire.
22"Once Upon a Time on Earth: Part 3"Tom TataranowiczBob Forward & Eve ForwardDecember 7, 2007 (2007-12-07)
The Biker Mice have big problems: Stoker has been kidnapped by Rump and the Catatonians who have used the Regenerator to turn Limburger and Brie into fish while Carbunkle collaborates with Dr. Catorkian. Rump himself wants to conquer Earth by replacing world leaders with Greasepit and the aliens that Limburger apprehended while Dr. Carbunkle and Dr. Catorkian work to modify the Regenerator. Can the Biker Mice save Stoker and the Earth before it's too late?
23"Vigilante Vengeance"Tom TataranowiczBob Forward & Eve ForwardSeptember 6, 2008 (2008-09-06)
Ronaldo Rump starts a TV show where ordinary citizens can hunt people and bring them in for a reward. This leads to a million-dollar bounty on the Biker Mice's heads, and they have all Chicago after their tails.
24"A Hairy A-Bomb"Tom TataranowiczBob Forward & Eve ForwardNovember 15, 2008 (2008-11-15)
The Biker Mice discover they are not the only ones searching for tetra-hydrocarbons when they encounter an educated, soft-spoken Abominable Snowman-type creature named "A-Bomb". But will there be enough to save A-Bomb's family and give the Mice what they need to finish the Regenerator?
25"Carbine's Conundrum"Tom TataranowiczBob Forward & Eve ForwardNovember 22, 2008 (2008-11-22)
The Catatonian shape-shifter, Catalina Catacall, infiltrates Freedom Fighter Headquarters on Mars and captures Carbine. Catalina's objective? To download Biker Mice computer files and get her claws on Carbine's new secret weapon: the Surgerator, a device boosting the Regenerator's power ten thousandfold. However, Carbine is not so easily fooled or defeated and it becomes a showdown between these two enemies with the future of Mars at stake!
26"Swimming with Sharks"Tom TataranowiczBob Forward & Eve ForwardDecember 27, 2008 (2008-12-27)
Vinnie's crazy pirate Aunt Mago comes to Earth intending to steal its water to sell on Mars.
27"Cat and Mouse"Tom TataranowiczBob Forward & Eve Forward2007 (2007)
Hairball hypnotizes Throttle to reveal all the secrets about Stoker and the Regenerator. Fortunately Throttle isn't as easily hypnotizable as Hairball thought he would be.
28"Turf Wars"Tom TataranowiczBob Forward & Eve ForwardJuly 26, 2007 (2007-07-26)
The Mice finally find Harley, only to realize she hates them because she wrongly assumed they gave up on her. The entire episode is done in the style of a rock opera.

Toys, video games, and broadcast historyEdit

Giochi Preziosi (GP) was selected as worldwide toy licensee. GP retained Pangea as developers of the toy line. Home entertainment, merchandise, publishing and promotions agency for the series was Sharpe Company.[2]

Pre-production was started in May 2005 with UK broadcaster GMTV signed on.[2] Biker Mice from Mars aired in the UK & Ireland and Finland in 2006. It aired in the US on Fox 4Kids TV block, beginning on August 9, 2008. Italia 1 began broadcasting the show in late 2008 with Mediaset making a big merchandising campaign to support the show.[3]

In 2006 Biker Mice From Mars was released, based on its 2006 revival in Finland, Australia and the United Kingdom, for the Nintendo DS and Sony PS2 consoles. While the game itself did not receive major positive ratings, though it sold successfully throughout Scandinavia, the reboot series performed exceptionally well, placing number 2 in Finland and in the top 10 in other Scandinavian, Northern European, and African territories.

Home mediaEdit

As of 2011, four volumes of Biker Mice from Mars DVDs are available in the UK through Abbey Home Media.[6] Two volumes were released in Australia and New Zealand by Madman Entertainment.[7] Volume one was released in Bulgaria on October 17, 2008. Eight volumes (each with three episodes) have been released.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Episodes and trailers Archived 2007-05-04 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved 2011-05-26.
  2. ^ a b c d "Biker Mice return to GMTV". C21 Media. May 22, 2005. Retrieved January 21, 2016.
  3. ^ a b "Biker Mice From Mars Roll Into FOX This Saturday". Animation Magazine. Retrieved March 7, 2010.
  4. ^ YouTube channel Retrieved 2011-05-26.
  5. ^ Ball, Ryan (7 August 2008). "Biker Mice Ride Again with 4KIDSTV". Retrieved 23 April 2019.
  6. ^ DVD info Retrieved 2011-05-26.
  7. ^ "Biker Mice from Mars (2006)".

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