The Adventures of Hyperman (Partially Found Animated Series; 1995-1996)


The Adventures of Hyperman
The show's logo.
The show's logo.
Status Partially Found

The Adventures of Hyperman was an American animated TV miniseries which aired on CBS between 1995 and 1996, created by Kevin O'Donnell and Ken Corr.[1] It premiered on September 16, 1995,[2] and ran for one season consisting of thirteen episodes airing on Saturdays at 8 AM Eastern, concluding it's run on February 24, 1996[3], replaced the following week by Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles[4]. Each of these thirteen episodes in turn consisted of two segments, save for "Oceans a Leavin'," which ran for the entire episode's runtime.

The series was based on a 1995 IBM computer CD-ROM game of the same name. It centered around an alien superhero named Hyperman (voiced by Steve MacKall) and his dog Studd Puppy (voiced by Max Casella) who were sent to planet Earth to protect it. Teaming up with genius earthling Dr. Emma C. Squared (voiced by Tamera Mowry), who helps them learn about the planet, they battle villains that want to take over the planet, most notably the evil Entrobe (voiced by Frank Welker) and his minion Kidd Chaos (voiced by Maurice LaMarche). Each segment of the show also featured a brief "educational moment," where the story would momentarily stop and Dr. Squared would present the audience with some scientific facts relevant to the plot.

Currently, the original English dubs of all 25 segments of all thirteen episodes are considered lost. While the CD-ROM on which the show is based is fairly easy to find online, none of the episodes have ever seen a home media release of any kind, and so far, no full episodes have been found posted anywhere online. The only known surviving remnants of the show are a set of three still images of unknown episodes of the show hosted at blastfromthepasttv.com[5] and two videos, posted to YouTube by user animegxyz, of portions of the Spanish dubs of two of the episodes ("Evil Brian" and "The Good, the Bad, and the Emmas").

The series and game are also believed to have had an accompanying website called Hyperman Online ("The theme park of the mind").[6] This site was referred to in advertisements as "...the greatest place in space for children to have fun, meet friends and challenge their thinking."[7] However, it has yet to be seen if the site still exists on the Wayback Machine, as it is not known what its exact URL was.

There were also plans to further expand the world of Hyperman, all of which ultimately fell through. There was talk of a Hyperman home video release (possibly a direct-to-video movie) that was to be put out by Columbia Tristar Home Video in 1996, as well as at least two more Hyperman-themed games set for release in Spring and Christmas of 1996. They even sold a license to the Hyperman brand to American Cinema Industries, a subsidiary of American CinemaStores Inc.[7]

Part of the Spanish dub of the episode "The Evil Brian."
Part of the Spanish dub of the episode "The Good, the Bad, and the Emmas."

Episode List[8]

1 The Incredible Lightness of Beano Lost
2 Stuck on You Lost
3 Guess Who's Coming to Earth Lost
4 The Evil Brian PARTIALLY FOUND DUBBED
5 Cosmonaut Lost
6 The Brain Game Lost
7 Robotot Lost
8 Foul Weather Friend Lost
9 Emma is History Lost
10 Appalling 13 Lost
11 Have a Hyper Christmas! Lost
12 The Good, the Bad and the Emmas PARTIALLY FOUND DUBBED
13 Darwinator Lost
14 Studd Puppy Come Home Lost
15 E. Brian Strangelove Lost
16 Hypermeddling Made Easy Lost
17 Some Like It Hotter Lost
18 You Dirty Rats Lost
19 Immaculate Man Lost
20 Book 'Em Studdo Lost
21 Wanted: Dead or Alive... Oh What the Heck, Dead's Fine Lost
22 Hyperness Is Only Skin Deep Lost
23 Oceans a Leavin' Lost
24 Two's a Crowd Lost
25 The Promotion Lost

References

  1. https://www.linkedin.com/in/kevin-odonnell-670863b
  2. http://articles.latimes.com/1995-09-03/news/tv-41643_1_jim-carrey
  3. https://digital.library.wayne.edu/eTextReader/eTextReader.php?ItemID=wayne:DSJv1i14DSJ19960218#page/24/mode/2up
  4. https://digital.library.wayne.edu/eTextReader/eTextReader.php?ItemID=wayne:DSJv1i15DSJ19960225#page/24/mode/2up
  5. http://www.blastfromthepasttv.com/hypermanindex.htm
  6. http://www.tv.com/shows/the-adventures-of-hyperman/
  7. 7.0 7.1 https://www.thefreelibrary.com/HYPERMAN+license+to+American+Cinema+Industries.-a017400299
  8. http://www.tv.com/shows/the-adventures-of-hyperman/episodes/

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