Butt-Ugly Martians (Partially Lost 3D Animated Television Show 2001-2004)
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Butt-Ugly Martians was a 3D animated television series produced by Mike Young Productions, LLC (now Splash Entertainment) in 2001. The series aired in the United Kingdom on ITV in 2001, and in the United States on Nickelodeon in early 2002. It consisted of two seasons with a total of 26 episodes and filled a 30-minute time slot.
The show revolves around three Martians that have landed on Earth in 2053 in order to conquer it. The martians - B-Bop, 2T, and Doo-Wah instead grow fond of Earth culture and quickly adapt. In order to stay on Earth, the martians keep their boss Emperor Bog and his henchman Dr. Damage in the dark by staging fake invasion reports with the help of three human allies - Mike, Angela, and Cedric. Eventually, an alien fanatic named Stoat Muldoon catches onto them and attempts to hunt them down. Using the power of "BKM" (Butt-Kicking Mode), the martians work together to fight the forces of other alien invaders and keep Earth safe so they can just relax and hang out.
Though the series saw mild success in the United Kingdom, Butt-Ugly Martians met with severe backlash from viewers in the United States. Critics panned the series for its lackluster 3D animation and model design, while viewers felt that the series was replacing Invader Zim - a more popular series at the time. These same viewers often claimed the series had stolen ideas from Invader Zim, despite the two series bearing little actual similarities besides the theme of aliens. These claims may have arisen when Butt-Ugly Martians premiered on Invader Zim's time slot.
Because of the 3D graphics used in the show, production costs were high per episode. This led to the show being heavily supported by merchandising, which itself was big. Such merchandise included video games, books, toys, and possibly a magazine.
As part of the heavy merchandising of Butt-Ugly Martians, many episodes have been released to DVD. Still, not every episode is available to the general public. Many missing episodes are available on Youtube, but 8 episodes remain missing. The show's relative unpopularity in the U.S. makes the likelihood of any more VHS recordings very limited. Though unconfirmed, potential web-based content may now be lost as well.
|Episode 1||Playback/Payback||Found, Alt||Episode 14||Bog in Charge||Found|
|Episode 2||Jax the Conqueror||Found, Alt||Episode 15||Muldoon's Big Catch||Lost|
|Episode 3||Meet Gorgon||Found, Alt||Episode 16||Emperor Damage||Found|
|Episode 4||You Bet Your Planet||Found, Alt||Episode 17||Bog's Missing Trophy||Found**|
|Episode 5||Mike in Space||Found||Episode 18||Better Off Without Us||Lost|
|Episode 6||Koo Foo||Found||Episode 19||Everybody Loves Angie*||On DVD|
|Episode 7||The Big Bang Theory||Found||Episode 20||Unbrainwashing Muldoon||Lost|
|Episode 8||Damage's Little Girl||On DVD||Episode 21||Bye Bye B-Bop||Lost|
|Episode 9||Introducing the Ultimate Infi-knight||Found||Episode 22||Big Bash in Britain||Lost|
|Episode 10||Brothers From Another Planet||Found**||Episode 23||Alien Games||Found|
|Episode 11||That's No Puddle, That's Angela!||Found||Episode 24||If the Suit Fits||Lost|
|Episode 12||Out of Sync||On DVD||Episode 25||Let's Make a Deal||Lost|
|Episode 13||Bog's Not So Dumb After All||Found||Episode 26||This Is... the Butt-Uglies!||On DVD|
**Found, zoomed in.
- Animation World Network review of Butt-Ugly Martians http://www.awn.com/animationworld/tv-review-butt-ugly-martians
- Toon Zone forum post from 2004 that claims Butt-Ugly Martians replaced Invader Zim's time slot. http://www.toonzone.net/forums/threads/any-butt-ugly-martians-fans.3734791/page-2#post-55531931
- Lubbock Avalanche Journal talks about Butt-Ugly Martians' arrival to the US. http://lubbockonline.com/stories/040601/upd_075-8904.shtml#.VwmECebqrDf
- Examples of merchandising found on a quoted USA Today article. http://nickdisk.yuku.com/topic/516/Nick-to-air-ButtUgly-Martians#.VwmDJObqrDd
- Animation World Magazine remarks about a Web series. http://www.awn.com/mag/issue5.08/5.08pages/younghusbandbugly2.php3