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Robotboy is a British/French animated television series produced by French production company Alphanim for France 3 and Cartoon Network Europe, as well as the studios LuxAnimation and Cofinova 1.

The show

The show itself is about a battling and defensive robot called Robotboy, the latest creation of the world renowned scientist Professor Moshimo. Fearing that Robotboy would get stolen by his arch-enemy Dr. Kamikazi and his main henchman Constantine to be used to take over the world, Professor Moshimo entrusts Robotboy to his biggest fan: a 10-year-old boy named Tommy Turnbull. While being protected by Tommy and his two friends Lola and Gus, Robotboy learns how to behave and act as if he were a real boy but also protect his friends and the city of Bay Area from the dangers of the super-villains out there.

The series premiered on November 1, 2005 on Cartoon Network UK, with each new season set to premiere each year afterwards. With only four seasons produced, it included three episodes with holiday themes such as Halloween, Christmas and Valentine's Day, as well as episodes featuring space, sports and the internet, plus a few other subjects.

Production

Jan Van Rijsselberge has stated on an interview that the idea of Robotboy came from one of his children, whom was often bullied in school at the time and wishes he could have a robot as his bodyguard. He also believed that combining both the action-packed scenes with the comedy would make an entertaining show as possible.

The series was first announced in 2002 when the idea for the series was picked up by Alphanim. Following a co-production deal between Alphanim and Cartoon Network Europe for Spaced Out, the animation company teamed up with Cartoon Network US on the original 26x13 and a year later the 52x13′ toon.

On January 9, 2003 the first character designs, character names, background designs and plot of the series were brought out by Cartoon Network. Only the original design of Robotboy and the original logo can be found online this day (see the gallery on this page). All the other designs are not online anymore. Originally the series would center on three eight-year old kids, named Eric, Lola, and.. Chuckles. Eric receives a boxed package from his uncle Moshimo, a Japanese scientist. Inside the box is a prototype toy robot with battle capabilities, that Moshimo shipped to him to hide from his enemies, who want their hands on the technology. Later Eric was changed into Tommy and Chuckles became Gus. Moshimo was changed into a professor, and not a uncle. They were also facing a criminal organisation instead of various villains like Dr. Kamikazi.

In February 2003, Cartoon Network US officially presented the new cartoon on their February initiative. After that the series got some new designs and changes, but it became quiet about it in the media or from CN itself. In 2004, France 3 announced to collaborate with Cartoon Network and Alphanim to produce and air the series.

On May 9, 2005 Toon Boom Animation announced that its software will be used to complete Alphanim's Robotboy. Other animation duties divided among LuxAnimation in Luxemburg, Emation in Korea and Monigotes in Spain. ''Opus enables us to maintain a high level of quality throughout the entire production process and facilitate the production coordination between all parties involved," said Jean-Pierre Quenet, director of operations at Alphanim at that time. The new names, character designs and the final plot of the series were also announced that day. In August of 2005 it was announced that the series was almost finished and that the premiere of the series would start at November 1, 2005 on Cartoon Network UK. The premiere of Robotboy in the US was December 28, 2005. But before Cartoon Network, the France broadcaster MIPCOM first aired Robotboy on October 12, 2005. After the end of season 1, it was broadcasted on other Cartoon Network in other countries in December 2005 or February 2006. The last premiere of the series was with the launch of Cartoon Network Pakistan in 2010.

Before the launch, Cartoon Network started a big campaign to promote the series. CN took over all seven pages of advertising, including covers, using a series of comic strips, display ads and competition pages within the magazines Beano and The Dandy and their websites.

In 2006 the first big, live competition for Cartoon Network Europe was launched with Robotboy and the Island of Doom.

Season 3 and 4 were produced in late 2006 and 2007. Luxanimation and Cofinova canceled the collaboration for unknown reasons. Also the animation studio's changed. Therefore series 2 (seasons 3 and 4) are looking the same, but are different in style from series 1 (season 1 and 2). Charlie Bean told in a interview that new writers for episodes were added to the series as old ones didn't return. Alphanim and Cartoon Network were very strict and precise with the stories and writing for series 1. According to Bean, the writers and directors gained more freedom to do what they wanted with series 2. The episodes in series 2 therefore are a lot different then in series 1, while some are still in the same style. New characters were also being introduced, which was possible due to the more freedom. American directors Heath Kenny and Bob Camp were introduced as the new directors for series 2, giving a helping hand to Charlie Bean (who directed series 1 alone). Bean stayed a director for several episodes from series 2, but was also to busy with other projects.

New techniques were also being used and others (like 3d designs) were not used again. Season 3 and 4 aired at 4pm every weekday on Cartoon Network UK.

On March 5, 2008 Cartoon Network created its first viral marketing campaign, featuring Robotboy. It launched the (now defunct) website robotboy.co.uk. The website contained the game Robotboy: Professor Moshimo's Robot Testing Lab, to raise the profile of the cartoon.

Cartoon Network didn't ordered new series after series 2 (seasons 3 and 4) and left the production. The reason for this was probably because Cartoon Network ended many series and (Co-)productions in 2008 like to start a new line of fresh originals like Steven Universe, The Amazing World of Gumball and Adventure Time.

Jan van Rijsselberge announced in 2016 that there are no future plans for any new episodes. He also said that they never will be returning making new episodes and the production, and therefore the series, officially has ended.

Authors

Created and designed by: Jan Van Rijsselberge

Literary Bible by: Robert Mittenthal & Michael Rubiner.

Directed by: Charlie Bean, Heath Kenny & Bob Camp

Music by: Hans Helewaut.

Producers

Alphanim, France 3, Cartoon Network Europe. 

In association with LuxAnimation and Cofinova 1

With the participation of the Centre National de la Cinématographie.  

With the support of Film fund Luxembourg. 

Developed with the support of the MEDIA Programme of the European Union.

ROBOTBOY™Alphanim. © 2005 Alphanim, France3. All rights reserved.

Other Languages

Robotboy has been available in these dubbed languages: In alphabetical order:

  • العربية - Arabic
  • Azərbaycanca - Azerbaijani
  • Български - Bulgarian
  • Dansk - Danish
  • Nederlands - Dutch
  • English - English
  • Français - France
  • Deutsch - German
  • Galego - Greek
  • עברית - Hebrew
  • Magyar - Hungarian
  • Íslenska - Icelandic
  • Italiano - Italian
  • Bahasa Indonesia - Indonesian
  • 中文 - Mandarin
  • ‪Norsk (bokmål)‬ - Norwegian
  • Polski - Polish
  • Português - Portuguese Brazil/Portuguese Portugal
  • Română - Romanian
  • Español - Spanish Latin America/Spanish Spain
  • Svenska - Swedish
  • ไทย - Thai
  • Türkçe - Turkish


Other Channels

  • English Cartoon Network (2006)
  • Français France 3 (2007)
  • Nederlands Jetix (2007-2008)
  • Polski Cartoon Network (2009)
  • um Cartoon Network (2007-2009)
  • Deutsch ZDF (2009-2013)
  • Italiano Cartoon Network (2010-present)
  • العربية MBC 3 (2009-present), Spacetoon (2016-present)
  • Magyar Minimax (2011)
  • au Network Ten (2012)
  • Kanuri KBS1 (2012)
  • jp NHK (2013)
  • Português Gloob (2014)
  • Português Cartoon Network (2014)
  • Español LaTeleTuya (TLT) (2017)
  • עברית il KidsTV/Children's Channel (2007-2008)

In Popular Culture

  • In the Nintendo DS game; Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood, there is a place with some thin towers with white balls on top attached to blue tubes, resembling Robotboy's head. It hasn't been confirmed if this was intentional or not.
  • The series and in particular the episode Christmas Evil got a own title chapter in the book ''How the Movies Saved Christmas: 228 Rescues from Clausnappers, Sleigh Crashes, Lost Presents and Holiday Disasters''. This book was released in 2017 and written by William D. Crump. Click Here to read it.

Trivia

  • There were brief but unspecified rumors that Robotboy might have had a 5th Season, but it was never confirmed or produced as production ended with Season 4.
  • In some episodes where Tommy and his friends are playing video games, music and sound effects from Super Mario Land 2: Six Golden Coins can be heard.
  • This series was originally a 26x13 production, and became in 2004 later a 52x13 production. After seasons 3 and 4 were produced, it was changed to a 104x13 production.
  • The original design for Robotboy hasn't changed a lot since it's first reveal in 2003. The designs and names for Tommy, Lola, Gus and Professor Moshimo on the other hand were changed. The Original design for Robotboy can still be found online (see the gallery at the bottom of this page) but the other designs are completely disappeared.
  • Contrary to belief, the show never had an American dub version of it.
  • According to Jan Van Rijsselberge, there was never an unaired pilot for the show, they went straight into production on it.
  • The designer of the logo is Rian Hughes, known for his work as a British graphic designer, illustrator and comics artist.
  • Series 1 (Season 1 and 2) got in the U.S. a 6.4 rating among boys from ages 6-11 and a 4.5 among kids from 4-11. Both for the Saturday morning block rating. This was concluded after a online poll from Cartoon Network US in assignment of Alphaim.
  • All the dubbing rights for the series are property of The Turner Broadcasting Company, with the exception of the French dub. This is the reason why Robotboy was aired (and still is airing) on other channels in France besides Cartoon Network France. This is also the reason why Dvd's of the series only were sold with the French language and not any other, with exception of two CN related DVD's with the English, German and Polish dubs.
  • Series 1 was the number 1 prime-time show in 2005 on Cartoon Network UK.
  • Robotboy was the number 1 rating program among kids 4 to 14 on Cartoon Network France.
  • Robotboy got a 8.5 rating and a 43.6% market share on France 3 .
  • Robotboy was nominated for the cartoon awards Cartoons on the Bay in Italy in 2006 but lost to Camp Lazlo, another Cartoon Network show. The show was also nominated in 2006 for the category best cartoon in 2006 in Tunisia and in 2006 in Annecy, France. Robotboy also lost in these two countries, but received a honorable mention in France.

Gallery

Promo's

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EhWb3yxGm7U

Robotboy Marathon Cartoon Network UK Promo

Robotboy Marathon Cartoon Network UK Promo

Cartoon Network Europe - Robotboy Promo (April 2006)

Cartoon Network Europe - Robotboy Promo (April 2006)

Robotboy promo from Cartoon Network (2005)

YTV Promo - Robotboy (2005)

YTV Promo - Robotboy (2005)

Robot boy

Robot boy

A small publicity short made by alphanim to promote the series. It has never been used or seen or television. One of the animators uploaded it on YouTube. Therefore there is no sounds avaible.