Brats of the Lost Nebula
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Created byDan Clark
Country of originUnited States
Canada
Original languageEnglish
No. of episodes13
Production
Executive producers
Running time21 minutes
Production companiesThe Jim Henson Company
Decode Entertainment
Wandering Monkey Entertainment
DistributorThe Jim Henson Company
Release
Original networkThe WB (U.S.)
YTV (Canada)
Original releaseOctober 10, 1998 (1998-10-10) –
January 20, 1999 (1999-01-20)

Brats of the Lost Nebula is a science fiction television series for kids. It combines puppetry and computer animation. The series follows five orphaned children from different war-torn planets. As they search for their surviving family members, they must also band together to fight an evil invading force known as "The Shock".

The series was created by Dan Clark, who was also an executive producer along with Brian Henson and Margaret Loesch. The puppet characters mixed both traditional hand puppetry and animatronics. These puppets were built by Jim Henson's Creature Shop. The computer graphics were created by C.O.R.E. Digital Effects.

In the United States, the series aired on The WB (during the Kids' WB block) in October 1998. It was removed from the channel after airing its third episode.[1] The remaining episodes were shown on Canada's YTV channel.

The Brats

The Brats, sometimes referred to as orphans, each have a different set of skills in addition to their otherworldly uniqueness. After the escape of Zadam and Triply from the Shock attack on their home world, the five kids meet on a living planetoid to start their rebellion against The Shock and find their lost parents.

They are aided in their quest by a long-eared animal named Splook, who has a missile-laden suit of armor, and by SMARTS, the smartest computer in the universe. The Brats themselves ride into battle on modified space cruisers.

Episodes

  1. What Mom Said
  2. Total Bratification
  3. Brain Dead
  4. A Lozian Necessity
  5. Heart Hunters
  6. Punk Chip
  7. The Runaways
  8. Mutant Freak
  9. Blite For a Day
  10. The Acceptors
  11. Faith
  12. Mom & Dad
  13. Papa's Got a Brand New Bag

Cast

Puppeteers

Voices

Broadcast

In the United States, the series premiered on the Kids' WB block on October 10, 1998. It was removed from the schedule after airing its third episode on October 24.[3] At the time, a publicist from the WB network said, "We're trying to figure out what works best in our lineup and when. The show has not been cancelled. It should eventually return, we just don't know when and where."[3] In Canada, all thirteen episodes aired on YTV from November 1998 onward.

In April 2020, hundreds of hours of Jim Henson Company productions were released on Roku, including Brats of the Lost Nebula.[4]

Unproduced follow-ups

In early 1999, a Playback article reported that "another thirteen [episodes] are on the way,"[5] but these new episodes were never produced. In September 2002, Kidscreen mentioned that the Dan Clark Company was "currently working on a Brats of the Lost Nebula direct-to-video title with Henson."[6]

References

  1. ^ "Muppet Central News - "Brats" removed from Kid's WB".
  2. ^ Ficner, Matt. "Media: Puppet Related Works". Matt Ficner Productions. Archived from the original on 6 February 2005. Retrieved 22 January 2021.
  3. ^ a b "Muppet Central News - "Brats" removed from Kid's WB".
  4. ^ "Hundreds of Hours of Jim Henson Content Hits Roku". 23 April 2020.
  5. ^ "On set with Brats of the Lost Nebula".
  6. ^ "Idea incubation…the Dan Clark way".