Butt-Ugly Martians (Partially Lost 3D Animated Television Show 2001-2004)


Butt-Ugly Martians
Butt-Ugly Martians Title Card
Butt-Ugly Martians Title Card
Status Partially Lost

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.

Plot

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.

Reception

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.[1][2] 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.

Production

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.[3] Such merchandise included video games, books, toys, and possibly a magazine.[4]

Availability

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.[5]

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
*Mistakingly referred to as Once in Love With Angie on the Hoverboard Heroes DVD.

**Found, zoomed in.

References

  1. Animation World Network review of Butt-Ugly Martians http://www.awn.com/animationworld/tv-review-butt-ugly-martians
  2. 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
  3. Lubbock Avalanche Journal talks about Butt-Ugly Martians' arrival to the US. http://lubbockonline.com/stories/040601/upd_075-8904.shtml#.VwmECebqrDf
  4. Examples of merchandising found on a quoted USA Today article. http://nickdisk.yuku.com/topic/516/Nick-to-air-ButtUgly-Martians#.VwmDJObqrDd
  5. Animation World Magazine remarks about a Web series. http://www.awn.com/mag/issue5.08/5.08pages/younghusbandbugly2.php3

Comments


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Anonymous user #1

7 months ago
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This show was on TV all the time during the early 2000's. I probably saw every episode of it.
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Anonymous user #2

7 months ago
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I believe I have some VHS tapes that I recorded back when this show was airing. I'll have to find them and see if any of these episodes are on them.
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Anonymous user #3

7 months ago
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Don't know I tho helps but I have some butt ugly Martians merchandise
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Anonymous user #4

6 months ago
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Not sure if anyone's been alerted, but the episode "Mike in Space" is currently, as of this comment's post date, up on YouTube for those curious.
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MortoQueiba

6 months ago
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Just now noticed this comment. Article has been updated, and I will keep an eye on this 'HooplaKidz Show' channel for future uploads. Thanks for the tip.
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Anonymous user #5

5 months ago
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I don't remember which, but I recall owning one of the Burger King toys for this.
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TEOL

4 months ago
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With Nicktoons now around recording repeats wouldn't be such an issue to recover this one if they ever show it again like Rocko ect. that is.
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MortoQueiba

4 months ago
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HooplaKidz Shows, the Youtube channel that was uploading high-quality episodes of BUM, has randomly taken down its own videos and started re-uploading them. I've updated episodes 1 and 2 with the new links, but I'm still waiting for 3, 4, and 5. I've included alternative links in the meantime in case these go down again. Mike in Space (5) can't be found elsewhere, but I ripped the video while it was still available.
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Markiegee50X

3 months ago
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I hated this show
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Anonymous user #6

2 months ago
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Lives up to it's name.
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