A.T.O.M.
Alpha teens on machines.jpg
The "Alpha Teens on Machines" team shown from left to right: Shark, Hawk, Axel, King and Lioness
Also known as
Genre
Created byAriane Desrieux
Paul-Patrick Duval
Directed byOlivier Jongerlynck
Voices of
Composers
Country of originFrance
Original languageEnglish[a]
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes52 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producersMichael Lekes
Jacqueline Tordjman
Olivier Dumont (season 1)
Stephanie Kirchmeyer (season 2)
ProducersBruno Bianchi
Greg Klein (season 1)
Tom Pugsley (season 1)
Sylvie Barro (season 2)
Cyone Clark (season 2)
Steve Granat (season 2)
Running time22 minutes
Production companySIP Animation
DistributorBuena Vista International Television
Release
Original networkJetix
Picture formatHD (16:9)[b]
Original releaseAugust 27, 2005 (2005-08-27) –
April 3, 2007 (2007-04-03)

A.T.O.M.[1] – Alpha Teens on Machines[2] (known as Action Man: A.T.O.M. in some countries) is an English-language[a] French superhero animated television series produced by SIP Animation in association with Jetix Europe.

The series focuses on the adventures of five teenagers in the fictional Landmark City. The eponymous Alpha Teens, which consist of Axel Manning (the team leader), Catalina Leone, Crey Kingston, Zack Hawkes, and Ollie Sharker, test prototype vehicles and weapons for Lee Industries, and use these prototypes to combat criminals, particularly the nefarious and sadistic crime boss Alexander Paine.

In countries such as Australia, France, Germany, Italy, and the United Kingdom,[c] and in Latin America, the series was branded as Action Man: A.T.O.M., with Panini Comics publishing a tie-in comic book series by that title.[3]

Synopsis

Set in the fictional Landmark City, Janus Lee is the head of Lee Industries who holds a television contest as a front to recruit a group of talented teenagers. The winners of the contest, Axel, King, Lioness, Hawk and Shark are given prototype weapons, gadgets and vehicles and join forces to battle against the crime boss Alexander Paine, who's also responsible for the death of Axel's father. Paine is assisted by his minions Spydah and Flesh, his daughter Magness, and the mysterious ninja Dragon.

At the end of the first season, they manage to defeat Paine's group. However, it is revealed that Lee's true purpose was to use the teens' DNA to create clones powered with their respectful animal genes. During the second season, the Alpha Teens once again have to team up to stop Lee and his Mu-Team.

Episodes

Main article: List of A.T.O.M. episodes

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
126August 27, 2005 (2005-08-27)April 15, 2006 (2006-04-15)
226September 2, 2006 (2006-09-02)April 3, 2007 (2007-04-03)

Cast

Main article: List of A.T.O.M. characters

Production

The series was first announced by Jetix on 6 September 2004 with the working title of The Insiders. It was specifically designed to appeal to young boys ages 6 to 9 with an Autumn 2005 release. Originally, while the series was going to feature a team of rebellious teenagers, it was only going to focus on the main character who "has the task of tracking down and catching 100 of the worst villains and the mastermind who set them free from prison, the notorious Mr. Pain." Jetix Europe were confirmed to handle all worldwide TV rights for the series, while in France and other French-speaking territories, SIP Animation would handle the TV rights, with servicing through Buena Vista International Television.[4] Hasbro was announced as the master toy licensee for The Insiders later the same month.[5] Interim CEO of Jetix Europe, Paul Taylor said that "The Insiders is a strong urban action-adventure series."[6]

On 15 November 2007, Jetix Europe announced their Year End results and stated in their report that they were not planning a third series of A.T.O.M., effectively cancelling the series.[7]

Release

Broadcast

In France, A.T.O.M. first aired on Jetix in 2005.[citation needed]

In the United Kingdom, the show premiered on Jetix on August 27, 2005.[8]

In the United States, the series debuted on the Jetix block on Toon Disney on January 30, 2006.[9]

Home media

In the United Kingdom, Volume 1: Feel the Paine was released on DVD on January 23, 2006 (and UMD Video on January 30) by Sanctuary Visual Entertainment, with a second volume titled The Terror Continues planned.[10] However, volume 2 was cancelled for unknown reasons.[citation needed]

In Australia, 7 DVD volumes were released on September 13, 2006 (volumes 1 to 5) and February 5, 2007 (volumes 6 and 7) by MRA Entertainment Group.[11][12][13]

In the United States, DVDs of the series have been distributed through Liberation Entertainment. The first two DVD volumes were both released on August 28, 2007, respectively titled "Vol. 1: Touch of Paine"[14] and "Vol. 2: Enter the Dragon".[15]

Streaming

The first season was previously available to stream on Tubi TV,[16] as well as Amazon Prime via Multicom Entertainment Group.[17] Multicom formerly had the full series listed in its distribution catalogue,[18] which was later changed to only one season[19] before being removed entirely.[20]

According to US Copyright Database these series are still underlying property of Disney's defunct subsidiaries Jetix Europe and SIP Animation but doesn't streaming on Disney+.

Reception

In Europe, A.T.O.M. was the second-most popular Jetix original series for third-party sales as of fiscal year 2007, when the second season was delivered. All of the major Jetix Europe originals, including A.T.O.M., ranked "as one of the top two shows in their timeslots in all of the markets in which they aired."[7]

Common Sense Media, in their review of the show said: "The animation here — a blend of classic comic book and anime — is pretty good." and that "because of its relatively high level of cartoon violence [...] A.T.O.M. is best for older grade schoolers." and awarded the series 2 out of 5 stars.[21]

The Brazilian comic book website Universe HQ took notice of the show, owning to its depiction of Lioness, who is of Brazilian ancestry.[22]

Other media

Toyline

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Hasbro launched a line of action figures to tie-in with the show, marketed as a reboot of Hasbro's discontinued Action Man toy line. Distinctly different from other Action Man lines, A.T.O.M. figures were the standard size of normal action figures and not of a doll format. Much like Action Man however, these figures are sold individually, usually with figure accessories, from the vehicles distributed to accompany them.

The franchise has vastly similar concepts to the 1980s' M.A.S.K. story line from Kenner (which Hasbro bought in 1991), even down to the code name lettering, as each vehicle for the A.T.O.M. members changes from one ordinary looking terrain vehicle to anything that ranges from a jet car with unfolding door wings, to a bike that soon propels its driver into the air as a helicopter.

In 2007, Hasbro released 12-inch versions of A.T.O.M. action figures, similar to the original Action Man action figures. The toy series was composed mostly of several versions of Axel Manning, the main character, and Paine, Flesh and Tilian as the villains. A plane, a sport car and several minor vehicles were included for this line of A.T.O.M. toys. The line was discontinued shortly thereafter.

Comic book

Panini Comics published a tie-in comic book series in the United Kingdom from 2006 to 2007. This title replaced their long-running Action Man series, and featured stories by Simon Furman and art by Jack Lawrence.[3]

Video game

A video game based on the show was released for the PlayStation 2 in 2007, developed by Brain in a Jar and published by Mastertronic Group under their budget game label Blast! Entertainment.[23] It is a racing and action game akin to the Driver series. Much like the Hasbro toy line and Panini comic book series, the video game was released as Action Man: A.T.O.M., and would be the final video game to be associated with the Action Man franchise.

Notes

  1. ^ a b All of the writers for the series, including season 1 co-producers Greg Klein and Tom Pugsley, are known to be from English-speaking countries and/or have written for English-language projects exclusively.
  2. ^ Most versions have the series cropped, pillarboxed or shrunken to a 4:3 SD ratio.
  3. ^ In the UK, only merchandise was branded under the Action Man name; the series itself used the regular title without the Action Man prefix.

References

  1. ^ "SIP Animation". 8 February 2009. Archived from the original on 2009-02-08. Retrieved 24 September 2018.
  2. ^ Terrace, Vincent (2008). Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2010, 2d ed. North Carolina: Macfarland & Company Inc. Publishing. ISBN 9780786486410.
  3. ^ a b Furman, Simon (June 1, 2007). "... AND THEN TWO COME AT ONCE!".
  4. ^ "Jetix Europe announces dynamic new action adventure co-production". Jetix Europe. Jetix. Archived from the original on 16 December 2017. Retrieved 5 November 2016.
  5. ^ "Jetix Europe Secures Hasbro As Master Toy Licensee For Latest Action-adventure Property". Jetix Europe. Jetix. Archived from the original on 16 December 2017. Retrieved 5 November 2016.
  6. ^ "Jetix Europe signs up Hasbro for The Insiders". The Retail Bulletin. Retrieved 9 February 2017.
  7. ^ a b "Jetix Europe N.V. announces results for the year ended September 30, 2007" (PDF). Jetix. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 November 2017. Retrieved 5 November 2016.
  8. ^ "A.T.O.M DVD". www.femalefirst.co.uk.
  9. ^ "Disney Sees New Original Movie & Series In January". Animation World Network.
  10. ^ "About "Feel The Paine" – A.T.O.M. Alpha Teens On Machines". Archived from the original on 2006-02-19.
  11. ^ "MRA Entertainment Group :: DVDs, CDs and more..." January 17, 2007. Archived from the original on 2007-01-17.
  12. ^ "Trove". trove.nla.gov.au.
  13. ^ "DVD Title search results for 'A'". February 28, 2016. Archived from the original on 2016-02-28.
  14. ^ "A.T.O.M. Alpha Teens On Machines Vol. 1 Touch of Paine". Amazon. Retrieved 2 February 2017.
  15. ^ "A.T.O.M. Alpha Teens on Machines Vol. 2 Enter the Dragon". Amazon. Retrieved 8 February 2017.
  16. ^ "Watch A.T.O.M.: Alpha Teens on - Free TV Series Full Seasons Online | Tubi". Tubitv.com. Retrieved 2019-12-28.
  17. ^ "Amazon.com: A.T.O.M. Alpha Teens On Machines". www.amazon.com. Retrieved 15 September 2018.
  18. ^ "A.T.O.M.: Alpha Teens on Machines". October 23, 2018. Archived from the original on 2018-10-23.
  19. ^ "A.T.O.M.: Alpha Teens on Machines". January 24, 2020. Archived from the original on 2020-01-24.
  20. ^ "a.t.o.m.: alpha teens on machines". multicom.tv. Retrieved 4 August 2021.
  21. ^ "A.T.O.M. TV Review". Common Sense Media. 13 July 2006. Retrieved 31 January 2017.
  22. ^ Ramone, Marcus (February 8, 2006). "Super-heroína brasileira estréia no canal Jetix". Universe HQ (in Portuguese). Archived from the original on November 5, 2021. Retrieved November 5, 2021.
  23. ^ "Action Man A.T.O.M.: Alpha Teens on Machines". GameSpot. Retrieved 2019-12-28.