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Battletoads (TV)

Original title
Battletoads (TV)
Running time
30 min.
Canada Canada
David Wise, Phil Harnage. Videogame: Chris Stamper, Tim Stamper, Rare
Kipp Lennon, Ron Hicklin, Susan Boyd, Jon Joyce, Jim Haas
DiC Entertainment
Animation. Sci-Fi. Comedy | Aliens. Based on Video Games. Half-length Film
Movie Groups
Battletoads also spun-off a Canadian half-hour, traditionally animated television special produced by DIC Entertainment, airing in syndication in the United States on the weekend of Thanksgiving 1992. It is assumed that the series was an attempt to capitalize on the popularity of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Incidentally, DiC Entertainment would try this again later on by producing Street Sharks and then later Extreme Dinosaurs. However, only the pilot episode made it to the airwaves; it was never picked up as a full animated series, despite comic-style ads in GamePro magazine claiming otherwise. A VHS tape with the pilot was released in the United States on January 15, 1994. It was developed and written by Phil Harnage and David Wise. (who has no relation to the composer of the Battletoads video games of the same name.)

Set in Oxnard, California, the show stars three teens (despite the fact that the comic's story revolved around three video game testers). The trio is given the ability to transform into anthropomorphic toads with superhuman strength and the ability to change their arms and legs into weapons in techniques called "Smash Hits". They are charged with protecting Professor T. Bird and Princess Angelica from the Dark Queen, who wants to steal Angelica's magical amulet for her plans of universal conquest.

The pilot served more as a prequel to the video game franchise. The comic with the backstory of Battletoads, written by Rare employee Guy Miller, was also published in Nintendo Power. In 2008, Battletoads was given the #5 place on the list of The 5 Worst One-Shot TV Cartoons Ever Made by Topless Robot. According to Gawker, "Some say it was nothing more than a blatant Ninja Turtles rip off, but Shredder had nothing on the Toads' sexy nemesis, The Dark Queen."
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