Monday, April 14, 2014

Saturday Morning's Forgotten Heroes: Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go! (2004)

Disney imported Japan's Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go! to the US in 2004, where it aired on Toon Disney (now Disney XD) & ABC Family. 4 13 episode "seasons" over 2 years was all we'd get, as the show was cancelled after a season 4 finale ended in a cliffhanger.

The show is set on the planet Shuggazoom, home to the Hyperforce team, consisting of a group of robot monkeys and one lone human, Chiro, who is being trained by the monkeys to eventually become the defender of the planet. And here all along, in what few episodes I'd seen, I thought the show was set on Earth, particularly, of course, in Japan. Naaaaaah.

There were people hoping the series would flip over to ABC to fill a need, but it never happened. ABC opted instead to use another import, W.I.T.C.H., to replace the popular Kim Possible. Neither series met the FCC E/I standards, although a case could be made that Super Robot Team could have qualified. Being denied a "promotion", if you will, would prove costly.

Following is the episode, "Depths of Fear":

Today, either the rights have lapsed, or Disney's just sitting on the show.

Rating: B.


magicdog said...

I wish the animation had been a bit better but it was a likeable series - not to mention it had lots of "nightmare fuel" in the form of the monsters/corruption from the evil Skeleton King.

I appreciated the show was NOT set on Earth. It gave the viewer a chance to see another planet's culture and that Earth wasn't the be all, end all for a change.

What bugged was the show was cut short - we had yet to learn about Chiro's family. It was hinted that the Skeleton King was his father (having been corrupted by some evil dimension) however we never got to know for sure. This show definitely deserved a more definite finale.

hobbyfan said...

Typical action fare, then. Since it has its origins in Japan, maybe someone there is thinking of closure.....