Thursday, January 20, 2011

Rein-toon-ation: Attack of the Killer Tomatoes (1990)

In order to distinguish itself from the more established networks, Fox opted to build its Saturday morning lineup largely around licensed properties that its audience would be familiar with. One such case was Attack of the Killer Tomatoes, an animated followup to the movie's 1st sequel, "Return of the Killer Tomatoes". The original "Killer Tomatoes" was released in 1978, with "Return", commissioned & released by New World Pictures, following a decade later. At the time, New World was Marvel Comics' parent company, so Marvel's television arm was commissioned to produce the animated Killer Tomatoes. Advanteege uploaded the open:

The one common link in the cast between the movies and this series was sitcom legend John Astin, who was the demented Dr. Gangreen. Attack lasted two seasons on Fox, and spent a short time on cable in repeats. Two more movies would follow in the series, but the cartoon hasn't been seen, save for, of course, YouTube, in the nearly 20 years since its' cancellation.

Rating: B.

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