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Hot Wheels Battle Force 5

Hot Wheels: Battle Force 5 is an American—Canadian 3D CGI animated television series created by Mattel, Nelvana Limited, and Nerd Corps Entertainment, based on the Hot Wheels toy line by the American toy maker, Mattel which was introduced in 1968. A two-episode preview aired on Cartoon Network in the United States on August 24, 2009; it was shown on Cartoon Network India starting on April 30, 2010 and on Cartoon Network Philippines from July 3, 2010. The series made its official debut on August 29. According to a HotWheels.com page as of July 14, 2010 describing "BATTLE FORCE 5 Battle Action Assortment" toys, vehicles combine forces to create even more powerful combat machines.[1] The second season began airing September 18, 2010. The series does not follow or ever referenced the events from the World Race or AcceleRacers franchise, with the exception of the character, Vert Wheeler, who appeared in both of the franchises.

Hot Wheels: Battle Force 5
HWBF5 logo.jpg
Series logo
Based onHot Wheels, by Mattel
Voices of
Theme music composerSpaceman Music Productions
Opening theme"Hot Wheels Battle Force 5"
Ending theme"Hot Wheels Battle Force 5" (Instrumental)
Composer(s)Brian Carson
Country of originUnited States
Canada
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes52 (1 movie) (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Doug Murphy
  • Barry Waldo
  • For Teletoon: Travis Williams, Michael Goldsmith, and Caroline Tyre
  • For Cartoon Network (S02 only): Tramm Wigzell and Brian E. S. Jones
Producer(s)
  • Ira Singerman
  • Irene Weibel
  • Tina Chow (Season 2; line producer, S01)
  • Ken Faier, Ace Fipke, Chuck Johnson, Pam Lehn, and Audu Paden (supervising producers)
  • Associate producers: Vincent Edwards and Luis Lopez
  • Haven Alexander (Season 2 only)
Running time22 minutes, approx.
Production company(s)
DistributorWarner Bros. Television
Nelvana Limited
Release
Original network
Original releaseAugust 29, 2009 (2009-08-29) –
July 16, 2011 (2011-07-16)

The first trailer for the series was released on the official Hot Wheels Battle Force 5 website on June 25, 2009.[2] The first two episodes aired on Monday, August 24. This is the fourth production by Nerd Corps Entertainment, following Storm Hawks, League of Super Evil, and Dragon Booster.

PlotEdit

One day driving out in the Salt Flats, expert driver Vert Wheeler comes across a dimension called a Battle Zone where he meets a life form called a Sentient named Sage. Together, they assemble a racing team equipped with state-of-the-art weaponized vehicles to compete against the robotic Sark and the animal-like Vandals in the Battle Zones for the devices that control the zones called Battle Keys to determine the fate of Earth.

Battle Force 5 lives on the planet Earth at Vert's garage/race circuit at a town called Handler's Corners. When Tornado-like portals called Storm Shocks appear, they provide access to dimensions in the Multiverse called Battle Zones. All Battle Zones have a Battle Key that allows access to the home world of the ones who accessed the Zone through Storm Shocks. This obligates Battle Force 5 to secure the Keys before the Vandals or the Sark in prevention of the Vandals looting Earth and the Sark taking over Earth.

The Battle Zones were created by the Sentients. There are two types of Sentients: Blue and Red. The two types lived on two separate Homeworlds as rivals, until the blue homeworld was taken over by the Vandals. Throughout the story, Battle Force 5 encounter situations that make them access the Vandal, Sark, and Sentient homeworlds.

At the end of season 2, the Sentient war ends and Krytus and his team are banished. The Blue and Red Sentients are united once again. However, Rawkus informs Battle Force 5 that the Ancient Ones have awakened. Now, Battle Force 5 have to challenge this new threat as well as the Alpha Code and the Green Sark (of which Zemerik is one) in the feature film "Full Revolution".

CharactersEdit

EpisodesEdit

Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 26 August 29, 2009 (2009-08-29) May 14, 2010 (2010-05-14)
2 26 September 18, 2010 (2010-09-18) July 16, 2011 (2011-07-16)

Home releaseEdit

Season 1 Volume 1 of Hot Wheels Battle Force 5 was released by Warner Home Video on DVD February 16, 2010. Volume 2 was released by Warner Home Video on DVD June 8, 2010. Season 1 Volume 3 was released on DVD December 7, 2010. Season 2 was released on DVD by Cinedigm in late 2014.

As of July 2018, there are still no plans to release the film on DVD.

AwardsEdit

In 2010, Battle Force 5 was nominated for the Daytime Emmy Awards in Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, and Music Direction/Composition.[3] They were recently nominated for another Emmy in Sound Editing.[4] The Battle Force 5 marketing team also won three awards in the Web Marketing Association's 2010 Internet Advertising Competition. They won for "Best Toy & Hobby Online ad," "Best TV Online ad," "Best of Show Online ad.".[5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Car Collector – Hot Wheels Diecast Cars and Trucks – Hot Wheels". hotwheels.com. Archived from the original on July 13, 2010.
  2. ^ "Kids' Online Games – Kids' Videos – Battle Force 5". battleforce5.com. Archived from the original on July 4, 2009.
  3. ^ "Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards – 37th Annual Nominations Announcement". emmyonline.tv. Archived from the original on May 15, 2010. Retrieved June 6, 2010.
  4. ^ "Welcome to Facebook – Log In, Sign Up or Learn More". Facebook.
  5. ^ "Mattel & Razorfish Wins 2010 Best Toy & Hobby Online Ad, Best Tv Online Ad, Best Of Show Online Ad Internet Advertising Award for Hot Wheels Battle Force 5". iacaward.org.

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