|Biker Mice from Mars|
Science fiction / Action-Adventure
65 (see List of episodes)
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 it was cancelled. It follows three anthropomorphic mice motorcyclists named Throttle, Modo, and Vinnie who escape a war on their home planet Mars before arriving to defend the Earth from the evil that destroyed their homeland (the Plutarkians) and to one day return to Mars. 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.
On the planet Mars, there existed a race of anthropomorphic mice who enjoyed motorsports and had a very similar culture and society to that of human beings. 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 find a spaceship and escape the Plutarkian takeover but they are soon shot down by a Plutarkian warship and end up crash-landing on Earth in the city of Chicago. There they meet a charming female mechanic named Charlene "Charley" Davidson and discover that the Plutarkians have come to Earth to steal its natural resources. The Biker Mice investigate the crumbling ghetto of the windy city and soon discover that Chicago's leading industrialist, Lawrence Limburger, is actually a Plutarkian who disguises himself as a human. Limburger enlists two henchmen, mad scientist Dr. Karbunkle and the idiotic Greasepit to help him steal Earth's natural resources and send them to Plutark. But the Biker mice from Mars themselves as heroic vigilantes come to save the day and stop Limburger from destroying Chicago, doing it to bring Plutark to justice as payback for the loss and powerful destruction of their home in process. And to defend the Earth from the similar fate. Thus, the Biker Mice become Limburger's chief foils, destroying his business tower at the end of nearly every episode.
- Main article: List of characters
- Main article: List of episodes
The Biker Mice from Mars returned to TV screens in 2006. The 2006 Biker Mice From Mars series is a continuation of the story.
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.
The new 28 episode series began airing in the UK on Toonattik on GMTV (now known at weekends as CITV) on August 26, 2006. 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.
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.
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.
|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|||
|The Masked Motorcyclist||Unknown||U||Tempo Video||PAL||English||None||The Masked Motorcyclist/|
A scent, a memory, a far distant cheese/
|It's Time to Ride||Unknown||U||Tempo Video||PAL||English||None||It's time to ride|||
|Steel Finger||Unknown||U||Tempo Video||PAL||English||None||Steelfinger|||
|The Reeking Reign Of The Head Cheese||Unknown||U||Tempo Video||PAL||English||None||The Reeking Reign Of The Head Cheese|||
|Once Upon a Time on Mars||Unknown||U||Tempo Video||PAL||English||None||Once Upon a Time on Mars|||
|Steel Finger||16 June 1997||U||4 Front||PAL||English||None||Steelfinger/A scent, a memory, a far distant cheese|||
|Were going to Cheesyland||16 October 2000||U||Cinema Club||PAL||English||None||Were going to Cheesyland|||
|Back to Mars||30 October 2000||PG||Cinema Club||PAL||English||None||Back to Mars|||
The first 13 episodes of Season One was released on DVD in the UK by Maximum Entertainment.
In the USA in 2008, Exposure Enertainment had released the 1st season on DVD as a two disc set.
Both the UK and US sets are now currentily 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, representing a growing community of fans numbering thousands of people on Facebook.
- The show has many similarities to the 1987 animated TV show Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, examples:
- 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 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.
- ↑ "Roll Over, Michelangelo, It's The Mice". Newsweek. http://www.newsweek.com/id/121018. Retrieved 2010-03-03.
- ↑ 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.
- ↑ 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.
- ↑ Official website
- ↑ http://www.itv.com/citv/?partid=14&src=http://www.bikermice.tv
- ↑ "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.
- ↑ "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.
- ↑ "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.
- ↑ "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.
- ↑ "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
- ↑ "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.
- ↑ "Biker Mice from Mars [VHS"]. amazon.co.uk. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Biker-Mice-Mars-Leah-Remini/dp/B00004R6V6. Retrieved 4 March 2012.
- ↑ "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.
- ↑ "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.
- ↑ Biker Mice From Mars - Season One [DVD - Universal]. Amazon.com.
- ↑ Biker Mice from Mars Complete First Season (2 Disc Set) (1993). Amazon.com.
- ↑ Biker Mice From Mars onto DVD". petitiononline.com/bikermfm/petition.html
- ↑ BMFM. Facebook.
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- Biker Mice From Mars at YouTube
- Biker Mice from Mars Fan site
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- Biker Mice from Mars (2015 video game) on App Store
- Biker Mice from Mars (2015 video game) on Google Play Store
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