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Genre

Science fiction / Action-Adventure

Created by

Rick Ungar

Voice actors

Rob Paulsen
Dorian Harewood
Ian Ziering
W. Morgan Sheppard

Counrty

United States

Language

English

Seasons

3

Episodes

65 (see List of episodes)

Run time

30 minutes

Production company(s)

Brentwood Television Funnies
Marvel Productions (season 1)
New World Animation
Worldwide Sports & Entertainment
Galoob Toys

Network

Syndication

Biker Mice from Mars is a science fiction action animated series created by Rick Ungar that began airing in 1993 in the United States and lasted for three seasons before its cancellation. The mice's weapons of choice consist of a Cestus and a Laser (Throttle's two signature weapons), a Bionic arm (Modo's signature weapon), and Flares (Vinnie's signature weapons); thus no blood is shown, no firearms are used and many villains are monsters, aliens, and robots. These elements allowed the show to still be considered suitable for children.[1][2][3]

PlotEdit

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From left to right: Throttle, Modo and Vinnie.

On the planet Mars, there existed a race of anthropomorphic mice who enjoyed motorsports per very similar culture and society to that of humans. At some point in time, they were all but wiped out by the Plutarkians, an alien race of obese, foul-smelling, fish-like humanoids who exploit other planets for natural resources because they have wasted all of their own. Three survivors, Throttle, Modo and Vinnie, manage to escape the Plutarkian takeover but are soon shot down by a Plutarkian warship and end up crash-landing on Earth in the city of Chicago. They meet a charming female mechanic named Charlene Davidson and discover that the Plutarkians have arrived on Earth as well. All the digging operations are commanded by a Plutarkian in the guise of Chicago's leading industrialist, Lawrence Limburger, and his two henchmen, mad scientist Dr. Karbunkle and the idiotic Greasepit. To defend Earth from their similar fate back home, the Biker Mice from Mars ride as the windy city's heroic vigilantes to save the day and thwart Limburger's plots as payback for their home. As a running gag, all of Limburger's foiled plans end with his business tower destroyed at the end of nearly every episode.

MediaEdit

The Biker Mice from Mars returned to TV screens in 2006 as a continuation of the story.[4]

The new series launched in autumn of 2008 in Italy on Italia 1, and on August 1 of the same year on 4Kids TV on FOX. The series is on hiatus in the US, but according to the official website (www.bikermice.tv) would return later in 2009, on CW4Kids. However, as of 2012, it has yet to return to US airwaves.

In the 1990s, the series was repeated on Channel 4 and from 1998-99 on its youth strand T4.

The new 28 episode series began airing in the UK on Toonattik on GMTV (now known at weekends as CITV) on August 26, 2006.[5] However, due to production problems at the studio in the Philippines the series was not finalized until late 2007, resulting in the launch in the USA and many other countries being delayed until 2008 as it still needed to be dubbed.

CITV on ITV2 re-ran the original 1990s series at 07.55 Monday to Friday for a 10 week strip from early September 2006. It was repeated on ITV2 at 08.25 Monday to Friday for 10 weeks from March 27, 2007.

The series also launched successfully in Finland on MTV3 and in Australia on Channel Ten in October 2006.

Video gamesEdit

A Biker Mice from Mars video game was released by Konami for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System in 1994. The European version features extensive advertisements for Snickers candy bars.

In 2006, Biker Mice from Mars was released based on the 2006 Revival in Finland, Australia & The United Kingdom for the Nintendo DS & Sony PS2 consoles.

In 2015, Biker Mice from Mars was released for Apple iPhone, iPad and Android devices through the App Store and Google Play Store. The game is divided into episodes, each with a different storyline which unfolds as the player completes the levels. Commenting on the new game, series creator Rick Ungar said that Biker Mice fans would enjoy the snappy banter, classic catchphrases and irreverent satire that they would expect from the series, in addition to the non-stop action.

Comic booksEdit

Marvel Comics published a three issue series in the early 1990s. A fourth issue was solicited on the reader's page. Marvel UK published its own series. The whole American series and portions of the British series were published in Germany (also by Marvel UK) in 7 magazine-sized issues from 1994 to 1995.

Home mediaEdit

VHS releasesEdit

United KingdomEdit

Release name Release date Classifaction Publisher Format Language Subtitles Episodes REF
A Mouse and his Motorcycle Unknown U Tempo Video PAL English None A Mouse and his Motorcycle [6]
The Masked Motorcyclist Unknown U Tempo Video PAL English None The Masked Motorcyclist/
A scent, a memory, a far distant cheese/
The pits
[7]
It's Time to Ride Unknown U Tempo Video PAL English None It's time to ride [8]
Steel Finger Unknown U Tempo Video PAL English None Steelfinger [9]
The Reeking Reign Of The Head Cheese Unknown U Tempo Video PAL English None The Reeking Reign Of The Head Cheese [10]
Once Upon a Time on Mars Unknown U Tempo Video PAL English None Once Upon a Time on Mars [11]
Steel Finger 16 June 1997 U 4 Front PAL English None Steelfinger/A scent, a memory, a far distant cheese [12]
Were going to Cheesyland 16 October 2000 U Cinema Club PAL English None Were going to Cheesyland [13]
Back to Mars 30 October 2000 PG Cinema Club PAL English None Back to Mars [14]

DVD releasesEdit

The first 13 episodes of Season One was released on DVD in the UK by Maximum Entertainment.[15]

In the USA in 2008, Exposure Enertainment had released the 1st season on DVD as a two disc set.[16]

Both the UK and US sets are now currently out of print.

An online petition demanding the release of the full original series in DVD has so far collected the signatures of several hundred fans from around the world,[17] representing a growing community of fans numbering thousands of people on Facebook.[18]

In Other CountriesEdit

Language Name Studio
Brazil Esquadrão Marte Rede Globo and TV Colosso
Denmark Motormus fra Mars
Finland
France
Germany
Italy
Mexico
Poland
Portugal
Spain
Sweden

GalleryEdit

CoversEdit

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TriviaEdit

  • The show has many similarities to the 1987 animated TV show Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles:
    • Both are crime fighters.
    • Both live in a hideout.
    • Both feature alien invasions.
    • Raphael and Throttle are both voiced by Rob Paulsen.
    • Bebop and Rocksteady from TMNT and Greasepit from Biker Mice from Mars have similar klutz personalities.
  • The character design of the Martian Mice has inspired furry artists.
  • Many actors from the TV show Beverly Hills, 90210 appeared in Biker Mice from Mars, such as Ian Ziering and Luke Perry.

ReferencesEdit

  1. "Roll Over, Michelangelo, It's The Mice". Newsweek. http://www.newsweek.com/id/121018. Retrieved 2010-03-03.
  2. Schmeltzer, John (1993-09-19). "3 Mice From Mars A Cause For Hype, Hope". Chicago Tribune. http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1993-09-19/features/9309190291_1_biker-mice-action-figures-plastic-toys. Retrieved 2010-08-28.
  3. Fowler, James E. (1994-08-19). "The locally conceived 'Biker Mice From Mars' series is seen in more than 50 countries. The stars make a live appearance Saturday.". The Los Angeles Times. http://articles.latimes.com/1994-08-19/news/va-28817_1_biker-mice. Retrieved 2010-08-24.
  4. Official website
  5. http://www.itv.com/citv/?partid=14&src=http://www.bikermice.tv
  6. "Biker Mice from Mars-Mouse [VHS"]. amazon.co.uk. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Biker-Mice-Mars-Mouse-Dorian-Harewood/dp/B00000B39Q. Retrieved 4 March 2012.
  7. "Biker Mice from Mars - The Masked Motorcyclist [VHS"]. amazon.co.uk. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Biker-Mice-Mars-Masked-Motorcyclist/dp/B00002448O. Retrieved 4 March 2012.
  8. "Biker Mice from Mars-Rock & [VHS"]. amazon.co.uk. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Biker-Mice-Mars-Rock-VHS/dp/B000N0SLF8. Retrieved 4 March 2012.
  9. "biker mice from mars (steelfinger)vhs pal". amazon.co.uk. http://www.amazon.co.uk/biker-mice-mars-steelfinger-vhs/dp/B000P4LA4Q. Retrieved 4 March 2012.
  10. "Biker Mice From Mars - The Reeking Reign Of The Head Cheese [VHS"]. amazon.co.uk. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Biker-Mice-From-Mars-Reeking/dp/B00008T6N3. Retrieved 4 March
  11. "Biker Mice from Mars-Once Upon a T. [VHS"]. amazon.co.uk. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Biker-Mice-Mars-Once-Upon-VHS/dp/B00008T6I2. Retrieved 4 March 2012.
  12. "Biker Mice from Mars [VHS"]. amazon.co.uk. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Biker-Mice-Mars-Leah-Remini/dp/B00004R6V6. Retrieved 4 March 2012.
  13. "Biker Mice from Mars-to Cheesyland [VHS"]. amazon.co.uk. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Biker-Mice-Mars--Cheesyland-VHS/dp/B000056YSB. Retrieved 4 March 2012.
  14. "Biker Mice from Mars-Back to Mars [VHS"]. amazon.co.uk. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Biker-Mice-Mars-Back-Mars-VHS/dp/B000056YSC. Retrieved 4 March 2012.
  15. Biker Mice From Mars - Season One [DVD - Universal]. Amazon.com.
  16. Biker Mice from Mars Complete First Season (2 Disc Set) (1993). Amazon.com.
  17. Biker Mice From Mars onto DVD". petitiononline.com/bikermfm/petition.html
  18. BMFM. Facebook.

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