A.T.O.M. (TV series)
|Alpha Teens on Machines|
"Alpha Teens on Machines" team shown from left to right- Shark, Hawk, Axel, King and Lioness
|Also known as||'A.T.O.M.'|
James Arnold Taylor|
|Country of origin||France|
|Original language(s)||English, French|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||52 (list of episodes)|
Sylvie Barro Morincome|
|Running time||24 minutes|
|Production company(s)||SIP Animation|
|Distributor||Buena Vista Television|
Jetix (2005-2007) |
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|Original release||27 August 2005 – 18 November 2006|
A.T.O.M. (Alpha Teens on Machines) is a French action animated television series produced by SIP Animation. The series focuses on the adventures of five teenagers in the fictional location Landmark City. The eponymous Alpha Teens, which consist of Axel Manning (the main character), Catalina Leone, Crey Kingston, Zack Hawkes, and Ollie Sharker, test prototype vehicles and weapons for Lee Industries, and use these prototypes to combat criminals, particularly the sadistic Alexander Paine.
The series debuted on 27 August 2005 on Jetix with its first season consisting of 26 episodes. It was renewed for a second season, also consisting of 26 episodes, which concluded on 24 February 2007. Following the second-season finale, despite high viewership and toy sales, the series wasn't renewed for a third season.
Set in the fictional town of Landmark City, Janus Lee who's the head of Lee Industries, holds a television contest as a front to recruit a group of talented teenagers. The winners of the contest, Axel, King, Lioness, Hawk and Shark are given prototype weapons, gadgets and vehicles and join forces to battle against the criminal mastermind, Alexander Paine who's also responsible for the death of Axel's father. In the end of the first season they manage to defeat him. However, after Paine's defeat, it is revealed that Lee's true purpose was to use the teens' DNA to create clones powered with animal genes. During the second season the Alpha Teens once again have to team up to stop Lee and his army of mutants.
The series was first announced by Jetix on 6 September 2004 with the working title of The Insiders and was specifically designed to appeal to young boys ages 6 to 9 with an Autumn 2005 release. Originally, while the series was going to feature a team of rebellious teenagers, it was only going to focus on the main character who [has the task of tracking down and catching 100 of the worst villains and the mastermind who set them free from prison, the notorious Mr. Pain]. Hasbro was announced as the master toy licensee for The Insiders later the same month.
- Alpha Teens: Night Ops Mode, Turbo Board, Earth-buggy, Hypersonic Stratojet, Slamma, Mechcavators, A115, Hydraulix Jamma
- Axel Manning: XT-9000, Turbo Board Prototype, Thunderbike 3000, Mecha Speeder, Protojet-5000, Nitrobike XT-7, Jet-Mech and Airjet
- Crey Kingston (King): Thunderquad 3000, Power Ram, Destructo-Mech and Trackerjet
- Zack Hawkes (Hawk): Rotorbike 3000, Jetwing, Strato-Mech and Bladejet
- Catalina Leone (Lioness): MTX 9000, Tagblaster Prototype and Crossjet
- Ollie Herbert Surfer Sharker (Shark): Speedshark 3000, Sharkski 3000, Scubashark, Aqua-Mech and Subjet
- Paine's Gang: Mechcavators
- Alexander Paine: Street Shredder, Jet Burner, Tagblaster
- Spydah: Bike Fang 8X8X8 and Wall Walker
- Flesh: Barbell (called a Dumbbell on his toy)
- Tilian: Fang-Pack and Snakebike 3001
- Wrecka: Street-Bow
- Firekat: Claw-Climber
- Stingfly: Jet-Sting
- Rayza: Vipah-Fish
- D-Zel: Half of himself (parts of a motorbike)
- Optical: Mechcavator
- Luis Badlam: death machine
Main voice cast
- James Arnold Taylor - Axel Manning, Sebastian Manning, Tilian
- Brian Donovan - Ollie "Shark" Sharker, Rayza
- Aldis Hodge - Crey "King" Kingston, Wrecka
- Alli Mauzey - Catalina "Lioness" Leone, Firekat
- Charlie Schlatter - Zack "Hawk" Hawkes, Stingfly
- Clancy Brown - Alexander Paine
- Tom Kenny - Janus Lee, Roger AKA "Spydah"
- Bill Fagerbakke - Albert AKA "Flesh"
- Kari Wahlgren - Samantha Paine AKA "Magness"
- Alexander Polinsky - Garrett
Additional voice cast
- Jeff Bennett - Edge, Icarus
- Jeff Black - Hybridon
- Brian Cummings - Vinnie "The Mass" Rossi
- Susan Egan - Buffy
- Erin Fitzgerald - Dr. Rachelle Logan
- Jess Harnell - Col. Richter, Optical, D-Zel
- Yuri Lowenthal - Silas Greene
- Maurice LaMarche - Eel, Fender
- Danny Mann - Recombo, Boon, Director
- Jason Marsden - Master Guan
- Andy Milder - Kip Hawkes
- Pat Musick - Momma Rossi
- Pete Sepenuk - Dr. Nimbus, Bonez
- James Sie - Terrance Yao
- Keith Szarabajka - Dragon
- Isabella Way - Laura
- Thomas F. Wilson - Bogey
The A.T.O.M. story line is an action figure replacement line of the Action Man franchise owned by Hasbro. Distinctly different from other Action Man story line variations, A.T.O.M's selling point is that the figures are the standard size of normal action figures and not of a doll format. Much like Action Man however, these figures are sold individually, usually with figure accessories, from the vehicles distributed to accompany them.
The franchise has vastly similar concepts to the 1980s' M.A.S.K. story line from Kenner (which Hasbro bought in 1991), even down to the code name lettering, as each vehicle for the A.T.O.M members changes from one ordinary looking terrain vehicle to anything that ranges from a jet car with unfolding door wings, to a bike that soon propels its driver into the air as a helicopter.
In 2007, Hasbro released a 12 inch version of A.T.O.M action figures, similar as the original Action Man action figures. The toy series was composed mostly of several versions of Axel Manning, the main character, and Payne, Flesh and Tilian as the villains. A plane, a sport car and several minor vehicles were included on this edition of A.T.O.M. toys. After 2007, the A.T.O.M figures returned to their habitual size.
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