Bucky O'Hare and the Toad Wars

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Bucky O'Hare and the Toad Wars (released in some countries as Bucky O'Hare and the Toad Menace) is a popular animated series based on the comic-book series starring Bucky O'Hare by Continuity Comics.

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[edit] Background

The series was the first (and only) animated series to be based on a Continuity Comics strip, and lasted for a total 13 episodes between 1991 and 1992, airing in the early hours before primetime viewing, thus depriving the series of adequate viewing figures.

Nevertheless, the series has proven popular, and has developed a cult following.

[edit] Series plot

Like the original comic books, the series followed the adventures of Captain Bucky O'Hare and his crew as they fought against the Toad Empire, who sought to conquer the Aniverse (a universe populated entirely by anthropomorphic animals).

With the exception of the first three episodes, which formed a single story-arc, all episodes featured self-contained storylines that were unified by the attempts of the protagonists to stop the evil Toads.

[edit] Cast

  • Shane Meier - Willy DuWitt
  • Sam Vincent - AFC Blinky

[edit] VHS and DVD release

Several videos of the series were released throughout the 1990's, each with a total of three episodes on each cassette. The episodes on these cassettes were shown randomly, and did not match the actual continuity of the series.

A Region 2 DVD was released in the UK in 2003, although no plans have yet been made for a Region 1 release.

[edit] Spin-off media

[edit] Video games

The series spawned a video game by Nintendo in 1992, which takes place on a variety of planets that function as levels of the game. This was shortly followed by an arcade game by Konami, which was the last form of Bucky O'Hare media to feature the original voice cast[1].

[edit] Web series

The series also spawned a web series, which continues from the television series and is currently ongoing, with each episode written to resemble a script for a television series. The web series is notably darker than the cartoon, introducing swearing and violence into the episodes as well as giving a more dystopian look to the series.[2]

[edit] Fan fiction

The creators of the new web series also maintain a large amount of fan fiction by authors not affiliated with either the television or web series.[3] Due to the wide variety of authors on the site, these fan fiction stories differ in style - some follow the camp, upbeat atmosphere introduced in the television series, whilst others follow the dystopian model of the web series.

[edit] Remake

Series creator Neal Adams is currently working on a remake of the series with CGI over the cel animation techniques used in the original series.[4]

[edit] References

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