Monster Force
The first DVD volume cover of Monster Force, released in 2009
Developed byMarv Wolfman
Directed byChris Schouten
Voices of
ComposerEdmund Eagan
Country of origin
No. of episodes13
Production
Executive producerSheldon S. Wiseman
Producers
  • Kathi Castillo
  • Gerald Tripp
Production companiesUniversal Cartoon Studios
Lacewood Productions
DistributorMCA TV
Release
Original networkSyndication
Original release1994 (1994)

Monster Force is a 13-episode animated television series created in 1994 by Universal Cartoon Studios and Canadian studio Lacewood Productions. The story is set in approximately 2020 and centers on a group of teenagers who, with help of high tech weaponry, fight off against classic Universal Monsters and spiritual beings threatening humanity. Some of the crew have personal vendettas (e.g., one has the "curse of the Wolfman" that has been handed down through generations and another had a family member taken away from her by Dracula), while others fight for mankind out of a sense of altruism.[1] The series aired in syndication alongside another Universal animated series, Exosquad. Universal Studios Home Entertainment released the first seven episodes to DVD on September 15, 2009.[2]

Story

In the distant future, six college students and their professor have formed the Monster Force, a squad dedicated to keeping the world safe from the likes of Dracula, The Mummy and an evil legion of criminals known as the creatures of the night.

Characters

The "good guys" bear the name of "Monster Force" and are led by Dr. Reed Crawley. Creatures of the Night (de facto led by Dracula, the greatest vampire in history) represent the "bad guys".

Monster Force

A young yet brilliant scientist who is also the main tactician and strategist of the team. He has once been Dracula's captive and since then vowed to end his reign of terror. Apparently, he is the inventor of the entire cutting-edge weaponry and equipment used by Monster Force. One of his most brilliant inventions is the EMACS (Energized Monster Armed Containment Suit) or simply power suit, which allows normal humans to fight superhuman dark powers at the same level.

The only werewolf in the team and the only one (apart from Frankenstein) who doesn't utilize high-tech devices invented by Doc. He is actually a good-natured young man affected by lycanthropy, which has been the curse of his family for generations. During the full moon, when he cannot control the curse, his teammates have to restrain him but otherwise his Wolfman form makes him nearly invincible in a monster-to-monster fight.

He's apparently descended from Lawrence Talbot, the original wolfman.

A man of action and a self-confident optimist who enjoys fighting itself. A martial arts specialist, when aided by his power suit he becomes even more powerful and deadly. He also possesses a special technique called Storm Strike. His motto: "One monster at a time!"

The long-range weapon specialist of the team since his power suit contains the greatest amount of firepower and is capable of shooting beams of cold, heat, electricity, as well as other elements. In the normal life, he is a modest, rather shy but always good-spirited and curious young man.

The infiltration and intelligence specialist of the team. She is the only female member of Monster Force, as well as the only one whose power suit enables her to fly above the ground. However, she had to sacrifice most of her power suit's firepower for this ability. She is also capable of limited telepathy. Apparently, one of her family members has been killed by Dracula.

Her name is a play off Mary Shelley, author of the novel Frankenstein.

The same monster that was created by Victor Frankenstein in the novel under the same name. However, in the series he is with the "good guys" and is a member of Monster Force. He possesses incredible strength (can lift and throw ten times his own weight) and endurance as well as extremely resilient skin. Moreover, once killed, he can be resurrected if approximately 20 kV is applied to his body.) Frankenstein also has some familial ties to Shelley Frank.

Creatures of the Night

Episodes

No.TitleWritten byOriginal air date
1"Sign of the Dragon"Paul Edick1994 (1994)
Dracula and Renfield abduct Luke and try to destroy his humanity and make him embrace being a monster by forcing him to kill the rest of the Monster Force.
2"Stalking the Beast"Ken Ross1994 (1994)
Bela, the wolfman who cursed Luke's family with lycanthropy, attempts to get a hold of a cane that can allegedly control all werewolves.
3"Immortality of Evil"Darson Hall1994 (1994)
Dracula assembles other ancient vampires to help him perform a ritual that will supposedly remove all of their weaknesses and mutate them into Gods.
4"Return of the Creature from the Black Lagoon"Mary Crawford
Alan Templeton
1994 (1994)
A greedy researcher's plundering of a sunken city draws the ire of the Creature from the Black Lagoon.
5"Dark Deception"Patrick Granleese1994 (1994)
The Monster Force storms Dracula's castle with the assistance of a cantankerous and old-fashioned vampire hunter named Abraham Stoker.
6"He Walks Again"Ken Ross1994 (1994)
HoTep, an evil Egyptian sorcerer who was mummified alive, is awakened by archaeologists and pitted against the Monster Force by Dracula.
7"Dark City"Mary Crawford
Alan Templeton
1994 (1994)
The Monster Force becomes trapped inside a malevolent, living city that feeds on the life force of those it lures into it.
8"Prisoner of Kaliaga"Darson Hall1994 (1994)
While the rest of the team deals with a poltergeist, Tripp and Lance are taken prisoner by a secluded secret society.
9"The Rage of Frankenstein's Bride"Mary Crawford
Alan Templeton
1994 (1994)
The long-lost mate of Frankenstein's Monster resurfaces in Europe, on the run from a mad scientist who wants to replicate the process that created her and the Monster.
10"The Return of the Mummy"Mary Crawford
Alan Templeton
1994 (1994)
11"In Pursuit of the Wolf"Mary Crawford
Alan Templeton
1994 (1994)
12"Caged Fury"Darson Hall1994 (1994)
13"Operation Morning Light"Darson Hall1994 (1994)

See also

References

  1. ^ Erickson, Hal (2005). Television Cartoon Shows: An Illustrated Encyclopedia, 1949 Through 2003 (2nd ed.). McFarland & Co. pp. 562–563. ISBN 978-1476665993.
  2. ^ Lambert, David (June 19, 2009). "Monster Force - Universal to Release Volume 1 of the 1994 Animated Show". TVShowsOnDVD.com. Archived from the original on July 24, 2009. Retrieved 2009-10-21.