Video games cartoons were all the rage back in the days of the first President Bush and the Gulf War. Between Captain N, Super Mario and Double Dragon, we were treated to watching the very games we loved to play. There were hits. And there were misses. And since this is Cheesy Cartoons, I, Devildriver1313, am going to look at perhaps a video game cartoon so cheesy that it barely lasted. That game show (pun intended) is Battletoads.
DiC Entertainment tried to capitalize on the popularity of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (they would try this again later on by producing Street Sharks and then later Extreme Dinosaurs). The story served as a prequel to the video game franchise. Set in Oxnard, California, it stars three junior high schoolers who are given the ability to transform into anthropomorphic toads (sound familiar) 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.
CHEESE FACTOR!! Besides the gaudy animation, Battletoads tried really hard to compete with the Ninja Turtles by tapping into the stereotypical California surfer lingo that made the Peter Laird and Kevin Eastman series popular. However, it was not done with the same finesse. The Toads used terms such as “Psycho-tronic” and “Cosmo-riffic” which were not real atypical surfer terms to begin with and were super cheesy. Even when the teens transformed into the Battletoads, via “Wonder Twins”, they’re “Let’s get Warty” catchphrase was more like a baseball chant than a battle cry.
WHY WE WATCHED!! The Battletoads game series became a hit and like other top notch video game franchises, fans wanted to see their favorite digital characters on TV without a controller.
However, despite comic-style ads in GamePro magazine claiming otherwise, only the pilot episode made it to the airwaves as it was never picked up as a full animated series. The lone episode was released in the United States on January 15, 1994. And here’s a little fact, the cartoon was adapted and written by David Wise who was the main writer of the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon series. So that explains the many comparisons.
Battletoads gets a cheesy rating of:
Because even though it lasted just one episode, it will not be forgotten.
Here’s the pilot of Battletoads!!
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