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Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go!

Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go! (スーパー・ロボット・モンキー・チーム・ハイパーフォース GO!, Sūpā Robotto Monkī Chīmu Haipāfōsu GO!) (commonly known by its acronym, SRMTHFG) is an American/Japanese animated television series created by Ciro Nieli, one of the directors of Teen Titans,[citation needed] and produced by Jetix Animation Concepts with animation being done by The Answer Studio (who would later work on the Cartoon Network original series Transformers: Animated).[2] It was the first original show produced for the Jetix block and for the Jetix channels worldwide, where the show premiered in 2004.[1]

Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go!
Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go! logo
GenreAction
Adventure
Comedy-drama
Mecha
Science fiction
Created byCiro Nieli
Voices ofGreg Cipes
Kevin Michael Richardson
Tom Kenny
Kari Wahlgren
Clancy Brown
Corey Feldman
Mark Hamill
Ashley Johnson
James Hong
Hynden Walch
Composer(s)Sebastian Evans II
Country of originUnited States
Japan
No. of seasons4
No. of episodes52 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Ciro Nieli
Henry Gilroy
Randolph Heard
Running time30 minutes
Production company(s)
DistributorBuena Vista International Television[1]
Release
Original networkJetix[2]
Toon Disney
ABC Family
Picture format480p (4:3 SDTV)
1080p (16:9 HDTV)
Original releaseSeptember 18, 2004 (2004-09-18) –
December 16, 2006 (2006-12-16)

Set mainly on the fictional planet of Shuggazoom, the series follows the adventures of five cyborg monkeys and a human boy named Chiro as they struggle to protect their planet - and the rest of the universe - from the forces of evil.

PlotEdit

The Super Robot Monkey Team is set in Shuggazoom City, a city that takes up a good portion of its planet, named Shuggazoom. The rest of the planet is divided into sparsely or entirely uninhabited zones. The largest of these making up the majority of the visible surface outside of Shuggazoom city is "The Zone of Wasted Years" which is a barren wasteland.

The main character is a boy named Chiro. When he was exploring the outskirts of the city, he stumbled upon a giant abandoned robot partially overgrown with plants but still accessible. Once inside, his curiosity got the better of him and he pulls an old power switch among a series of stasis tanks. In doing so, he awakened the five robotic monkeys that form the Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce. In the process Chiro also fused himself with the mysterious supernatural energy of the Power Primate, allowing him to transform into a stronger, braver fighter and the leader of the team. With the aid of the five Robot Monkeys: Sparx, Antauri, Gibson, Otto and Nova, their mission is to save Shuggazoom City from the Skeleton King, the main antagonist of the series, as well as any other evil forces that may threaten it.

Since Chiro was not born a superhero, or with any enhanced abilities, the five Robot Monkeys take up training him to hone his abilities which results in him leading the team. With each member possessing a different set of skills Chiro acts as a unifying force keeping them on point where they otherwise might fall to differing opinions in addition to being familiar with the current culture of Shuggazoom. With the monkeys continuing to train Chiro he grows into the leader they need with the potential to fulfill his greater destiny as protector of the universe.

When fighting with larger enemies the Hyperforce uses the Super Robot, which can operate as a single entity or split into six separate vehicles for versatility. Its main attack, when combined as the whole robot, is Lasertron Fury. This powerful energy beam that is fired from its chest is capable of destroying large objects or hostile entities while an array of smaller weaponry is used to handle other lesser threats. The Super Robot also serves as Chiro and the Monkeys' headquarters and home while parked on its landing pad in Shuggazoom City.

Over the course of the series the history of both Shuggazoom and the Robot Monkeys is expanded upon revealing they were created long ago specifically to combat the evil Skeleton King by a brilliant inventor known only as the Alchemist. Having unintentionally released a great evil into the world with his experiments the Hyperforce was his attempt to prepare for an uncertain future where defenses would be needed. The hyperforce itself also expanded as the series ran to include various allies and a rogues gallery of enemies as recurring characters.

CharactersEdit

ShuggazoomEdit

Shuggazoom CityEdit

The only city on the planet, Shuggazoom, Shuggazoom city is the home of the Hyperforce. Containing an array of business along with housing, parks, and open spaces the cityscape was sufficient to hide an entire robot from view or interest until it had become overgrown with plant life. The city is also built effectively on stilts above a large reservoir that extends miles downward giving it a steady supply of clean drinking water.

Zone of Wasted YearsEdit

A rocky desert located on the outskirts of Shuggazoom City that landscapes the rest of the planet Shuggazoom. The Pit of Doom is located here, as well as the deep gorge where the Hyperforce found Captain Shuggazoom.

Savage LandsEdit

A tropical jungle hidden within a series of caves located beneath Shuggazoom's surface. The jungle contains large deposits of the black ooze that is used to create the Formless, and thus the environment is inhabited by various Formless creatures. It is likely that the Savage Lands were once occupied by some sort of ancient civilization, as it houses a great deal of seemingly ancient temples and tombs. One of these temples was used as Valeena's base of operations, which she ruled over the area from after receiving her powers from Skeleton King. The Alchemist's laboratory is also located here.

Sea of IceEdit

A frozen plain located on Shuggazoom's North Pole that is occupied only by Morlath and his snow monsters. The Ice Crystal of Vengeance was located here.

Blasted LandsEdit

A long forgotten realm located south of the Zone of Wasted Years. Centuries ago, a massive war struck here until everyone involved was destroyed. Unrelenting hatred rose. Since then, the Blasted Lands became a burning and unstable landscape. The Fire of Hate was located here.

Arcane IsleEdit

A small island housing a large monoliths that serves as a portal to the Netherworld, the home dimension of the Dark Ones.

Ranger 7Edit

The near uninhabited moon of Shuggazoom. This is where the supermax space prison is and where the fuzzy ball known as Thingy was found.

EpisodesEdit

BroadcastEdit

SRMTHG premiered on ABC Family's Jetix programming block on September 18, 2004.[1] It also aired on Toon Disney's Jetix block until the Jetix programming block was taken off of ABC Family in August 2006, and the series began to air exclusively on Toon Disney.

It was also shown on Jetix UK from January 1, 2005, but was taken off the air on July 22, 2006, for unknown reasons. The entire series was, however, broadcast in the UK on GMTV's Toonattik.

SRMTHG was produced for widescreen, but originally shown cropped due to network restrictions.[3]

Each episode runs for 30 minutes, with commercials.

Its theme song is performed by Japanese synthpop/new wave band Polysics.

Disney did not renew the show for a fifth season, leaving it with a cliffhanger ending.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d "Jetix Europe - Disney co-production Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go! to launch at MIPCOM". Jetix Europe. 2004-08-18. Archived from the original on 2004-10-14. Retrieved 2019-07-08.
  2. ^ a b c Desowitz, Bill (October 27, 2004). "Japan's New Answer Studio Builds on Animation's Past and Future". VFXWorld. Retrieved December 25, 2011.
  3. ^ "Super Robot Monkey Team Episodes Debut in Widescreen". Animation World Network. 2006-02-10. Retrieved 2011-09-04.

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