Megas XLR

Megas XLR
Megas XLR Logo.jpg
Genre
Created byJody Schaeffer
George Krstic
Voices of
Opening theme"Chicks Dig Giant Robots", performed by Ragtime Revolutionaries
Composer(s)Shawn K. Clement
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes26 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Jody Schaeffer
George Krstic
For Cartoon Network: Linda Simensky and Jay Bastian
Editor(s)Roger Hinze
Running time26 minutes
Production company(s)Cartoon Network Studios
DistributorCartoon Network
Warner Bros. Television Distribution
Release
Original networkCartoon Network
Picture format1080i (4:3 480i)
Original releaseMay 1, 2004 (2004-05-01) – January 15, 2005 (2005-01-15)

Megas XLR is an American animated television series created by Jody Schaeffer and George Krstic for Cartoon Network. The series revolves around two slackers: mechanic Coop and his best friend Jamie, who find a mecha robot from the future called Megas (Mechanized Earth Guard Attack System) in a New Jersey junkyard. Coop modifies Megas and replaces his head, the control center, with a classic muscle car, and names him XLR (eXtra Large Robot). Together with Megas's original pilot Kiva, they must defend Earth from the evil alien race called "the Glorft". The series is a homage and parody of mecha anime. Krstic was originally one of the co-creators of MTV's Downtown.

Schaeffer and Krstic conceived the idea of an animated series where the main character would pilot a giant robot utilizing his video gaming skills. The pilot episode, LowBrow, was shown in 2002 during Cartoon Network's Cartoon Cartoon Weekend Summerfest, to determine which pilot would become a new Cartoon Cartoon; it was the most popular among viewers. It aired on the Toonami block from May 1, 2004 to January 15, 2005 for 2 seasons (totaling 25 episodes), before being cancelled due to low ratings.

The series was met with positive reception,[1][2] and was ranked at No. 4 on ToonZone's "Toons of the 2000s: Top 5 Cartoon Network Originals".[3] There have been various fan efforts and petitions to revive the show since its cancellation.

Megas XLR was produced by Cartoon Network Studios; Titmouse, Inc. animated the main title and did animation work on Season 1.

Overview

In the year 3037, Earth is fighting a losing war against the Glorft, a hostile alien race. In a last, desperate attempt to save the planet, the human resistance steals a prototype mecha robot from the Glorft and modifies it into a powerful war machine, renaming it MEGAS (Mechanized Earth Guard Attack System). Their plan is to use a time-traveling device called a time drive to send MEGAS and its assigned pilot, Kiva Andru (Wendee Lee), two years into the past to the Battle of the Last Stand, which was the last major offensive fought by humanity against the Glorft. Humanity lost that battle, but the members of the resistance, particularly Kiva, believe that MEGAS can tip the scales and hand the Glorft a decisive defeat.

Before the plan can be executed, however, an attack by the Glorft forces the human resistance to send MEGAS back in time before proper preparations are made. MEGAS' head is blown off in the attack and its time drive is damaged, and the crippled robot is inadvertently sent to a junkyard in early 21st-century New Jersey. It remains there until two slackers, mechanic Harold "Coop" Cooplowski (David DeLuise) and his best friend Jamie (Steve Blum) discover it in approximately the year 2004. Coop turns MEGAS into a hot rod project by giving it a flaming paint job, replacing its head with a classic muscle car (resembling a car from the '70s MOPAR family; most likely a Plymouth Barracuda) and adding XLR (eXtra Large Robot) to its name.

Kiva travels to the 21st century to retrieve MEGAS and, upon discovering that only Coop can now pilot the robot due to the modifications he has made, grudgingly agrees to train him in its use. However, the Glorft have followed her through time, forcing Kiva, Coop, and Jamie to team up and defend Earth against both them and various other threats.

Other Languages
العربية: ميغاس
español: Megas XLR
français: Megas XLR
italiano: Megas XLR
magyar: Megas XLR
Nederlands: Megas XLR
日本語: Megas XLR
polski: Megas XLR
português: Megas XLR
română: Mega XLR
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suomi: Megas XLR
Türkçe: Megas XLR