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RoboCop

 
 

 

 

 

Prod. Notes:


 

1988,  syndicated

Marvel, Akom Productions Ltd.

 

Cast:

 

Unknown .......................................................................... Robert Bockstael

Unknown ................................................................................ Barbara Budd

Unknown ..................................................................................... Len Carlson

Unknown ................................................................... Alan Stewart-Coates

Unknown ....................................................................................... Rex Hagon

Unknown ................................................................................ Dan Hennessy

Unknown ....................................................................................... Ron James

Unknown .............................................................................. Gordon Maston

Unknown ................................................................................... Greg Morton

Unknown .................................................................................. Susan Roman

Unknown ..................................................................................... Chris Ward

 

 

 

Synopsis:

 


 
This cartoon series was based on the hit 1987 feature film by the same name. New episodes of the animated RoboCop were shown as part of the 90-minute Marvel Action Universe, along with new episodes of Dino-Riders and reruns of Spider-Man And His Amazing Friends.

The cartoon's opening segment summarized the series:

"Detroit... the near future. Officer Alex J. Murphy and his partner Anne Lewis fight to rid the decaying city of the criminal element which infests it. After being mortally wounded in the line of duty, officer Murphy is outfitted by OCP with bulletproof titanium robotic parts, and a computer enhanced motor with sensory capabilities. He has become the ultimate super-cop... RoboCop!"

In the near dystopian future described, desperation brought the city to privatize its police department, charging the mega-corporation Omni Consumer Products with jurisdiction of the law. OCP was interested in rebuilding "Old Detroit" and replacing it with what they called "Delta City." Before this large construction project could begin, OCP wished to end crime in the city, and so created RoboCop.

While the animated series didn't go into as great of detail regarding Alex Murphy's former life as the feature movie, the storylines for the cartoon followed many of the same themes as those explored in the film. Given that Murphy's brain was damaged at the time he was mortally wounded - and in the process of his mechanical transformation programmed with four prime directives that would subsequently govern his actions - moral questions arose regarding RoboCop's humanity and whether he should be used as a tool for others to use. While he was viewed as a asset by many on the police force, some (mainly the disagreeable Lieutenant Hedgecock) saw RoboCop as mechanical abomination and a menace to be mistrusted, and wished to have his services terminated.

On the plus side, RoboCop could face and overcome many obstacles that normal humans could not. He was equipped with an external titanium shell that rendered him practically bullet-proof. His hands and legs were enhanced by hydraulic motors capable of exerting 420 foot pounds (570 Nm) of energy. Stored in a retractable holster built into his right thigh was a modified Beretta 93R machine pistol, which he could shoot with unparalleled accuracy due to his automated targeting system. RoboCop had several other useful features such as thermal vision, voice recognition and an inbuilt video recorder, a retractable input/output jack built into his right hand used to access computers, and a built-in radio transmitter that allowed OCP and government officials to track his location and also enabled computerized dispatching programs to communicate with RoboCop and make him aware of situations requiring his presence.

On the down side, despite RoboCop's high end performance capabilities and impressive array of gadgetry, his volatile encounters while in the line of duty had a habit of causing a lot of property damage, as well as chronically hampering him with an array of system malfunctions. These not-so-insignificant weaknesses burgeoned the arguments of his detractors.

Main supporting characters included officer Anne Lewis, who remained Murphy's dedicated partner even after his transformation, and the overprotective female scientist Doctor Tyler; RoboCop's primary maintenance service caretaker.

The first animated outing for RoboCop ran for a mere 12 episodes, but the cyborg super-cop saw new life in 1998 with his second animated series, Robocop: Alpha Commando.

 


 

 
 
Episodes:
 

 

Crime Wave

The Scrambler

Project Deathspore

The Brotherhood

The Man In The Iron Suit

The Hot Seat

No News Is Good News

Night Of The Archer

Rumble In Old Detroit

A Robot's Revenge

Into the Wilderness

Menace Of The Mind

 

 

 

 

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