Robot and Monster
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GenreComedy
Adventure
Animation
Created byDave Pressler
Joshua Sternin
J.R. Ventimilia
Voices ofCurtis Armstrong
Harland Williams
Jonathan Slavin
Maurice LaMarche
Jeff Bennett
Megan Hilty
Cree Summer
Theme music composerBrad Joseph Breeck
ComposerJeff Sudakin
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes26 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producersDave Pressler
Joshua Sternin
J.R. Ventimilia
ProducersMonique Beatty
Supervising Producers:
Martin Leeper
Jim Schumann
Running time22 minutes (11 minutes per segment)
Production companiesSmasho! Productions
LowBar Productions
Nickelodeon Animation Studio
Release
Original networkNickelodeon (2012)
Nicktoons (2013–2015)
Noggin (app) (2015)
Picture formatHDTV 1080i
Original releaseAugust 4, 2012 (2012-08-04) –
March 4, 2015 (2015-03-04)

Robot and Monster is an American CGI animated television series created by Dave Pressler, Joshua Sternin and J.R. Ventimilia.[1] Main characters Robot and Monster are voiced by Curtis Armstrong and comedian Harland Williams, respectively.[1] It began production in 2009 and was ordered for a full 26-episode season in 2010, before finally premiering on Nickelodeon on August 4, 2012.[2] The entire series was released on DVD exclusive to Amazon.com in 2014. The series was taken off Nickelodeon the same year it premiered and the remaining episodes aired on Nicktoons. One episode remains unaired but it was still released on a 2014 DVD and later through the Noggin app.

Synopsis

The series focuses on the day-to-day adventures of Robot Default, a genius inventor, living with his roommate Monster Krumholtz, a cheerful and enthusiastic purple creature, and their pest-turned-pet Marf.

The duo work at the Blinking Light Factory, owned by Robot's snobby older brother, Gart, who loves to make his little brother as miserable as possible; as well as run-ins with their neighbor Ogo, who is obsessed with the both of them.

Characters

Main

Recurring

Episodes

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
code
US viewers
(millions)
1a"Monster's Great Escape"Sam LevineJulia MirandaAugust 4, 2012 (2012-08-04)1102.9[3]
Monster is shocked to discover that Robot had played a practical joke on him during their childhood. Monster decides to get even by pulling an elaborate prank on Robot. However, practical jokes do not come naturally to Monster and the joke he pulls ends up being on himself.
1b"Game Boys"Gary ConradJulia MirandaAugust 4, 2012 (2012-08-04)1062.9[3]
Monster helps Robot achieve his life-long dream of playing in a Pole-O game (this world's most popular sport, a cross between football and caber tossing). This could very well be the highlight of Robot's life, assuming he survives despite his failure.
2a"Between Brothers"Sam LevineJoshua Sternin and J.R. VentimiliaAugust 11, 2012 (2012-08-11)114N/A
When Robot's mean-spirited older brother Gart becomes the landlord of Robot & Monster's building, the boys must put their heads together to get their apartment back.
2b"Safety First"Sam LevineGary ConradAugust 11, 2012 (2012-08-11)113N/A
After another injury at the Blinking Light Factory, Gart commissions Robot and Monster to make a safety film. Robot is the director, a position he relishes, until he has to replace Monster, the film's star, with Ogo.
3a"How to Train Your Marf"Adam HenryJulia MirandaAugust 11, 2012 (2012-08-11)111N/A
Marf's behavior takes a destructive turn for the worse, forcing Robot & Monster to institute emergency pet training. They each draw on their personal strengths to devise training methods for their beloved pet, only to discover he may not be all that he appears.
3b"Blinking Light"Sam LevineDave SchiffAugust 11, 2012 (2012-08-11)112N/A
Gart leaves the factory to receive an award. Due to this, he leaves Robot in charge of the Blinking Light Factory, but things don't go as planned.
4a"The Blimp"Adam HenryKacey ArnoldAugust 12, 2012 (2012-08-12)1032.5[4]
Robot and Monster want to buy a blimp, but their obsession with bacon gets in the way. What will they do when they have so much bacon grease in their bodies that the blimp is unable to fly with them in it?
4b"Come On, Get Happy"Gary ConradJoshua Sternin and J.R. VentimiliaAugust 12, 2012 (2012-08-12)1022.5[4]
When Robot and Monster discover Perry, a mechanical co-worker of theirs who always seems to be smiling, Monster is distressed that he may no longer be The Happiest Guy in the World. Robot takes it upon himself to help his friend regain his smile, but then Perry's smile turns out to be just the way his face is stuck.
5a"Nobody Panic"Adam HenryLaurie Israel and Rachel RudermanAugust 12, 2012 (2012-08-12)1072.5[4]
When Nessie takes her first vacation, Robot and Monster agree to fill in for her - cooking and serving bacon at The Makin' Bacon. The arrangement, however, soon sends the eatery out of control.
5b"Adventures in Babysitting"Adam HenryJulia MirandaAugust 12, 2012 (2012-08-12)1192.5[4]
When Globitha (Monster's younger sister who has a fanatical crush on Robot) comes to stay with the boys, she inadvertently wreaks havoc on Robot's preparations for the city's Big Blimp Race.
6a"Speeding Ticket"Gary ConradKenny ByerlyAugust 18, 2012 (2012-08-18)1172.6[5]
When Monster's Uncle Cuffley loses his confidence, Robot and Monster set out to ignite his passion for the law.
6b"Hornica"Sam LevineJoshua Sternin and J.R. VentimiliaAugust 18, 2012 (2012-08-18)1182.6[5]
Monster's father comes to visit, and Monster loses his horns just before Hornica.
7a"Cheer Up Wheelie"Sam LevineJeremy ShippAugust 18, 2012 (2012-08-18)1482.2[5]
After Mr. Wheelie raises their rent, Robot and Monster set out to discover what makes him so angry in the hopes that, once they cheer him up, he'll stop being cruel to everybody.
7b"Ogo's Friend"Sam LevineKenny ByerlyAugust 18, 2012 (2012-08-18)1262.2[5]
Ogo befriends Robot's nemesis, Lucy. Together, they create a two-color blinking light before Robot can create even one, to Robot's surprise and jealousy.
8a"Biker Girls"Adam HenryKenny ByerlyAugust 19, 2012 (2012-08-19)1152.4[5]
J.D. comes to stay with Robot and Monster after she and Spitfire have a big fight. However, Robot and Monster feel she might not be the best roommate.
8b"The Prince of Scamtown"Adam HenryKenny ByerlyAugust 19, 2012 (2012-08-19)1042.4[5]
Monster starts giving all of the money Robot gives him to pay the house bills to a strange figure called The Prince of Scamtown who promises to pay Monster back.
9a"Pinball Wizard"Gary ConradJeremy ShippAugust 19, 2012 (2012-08-19)1081.7[5]
Robot becomes Monster's guinea pig when Monster starts playing "pinball", a game where you have to throw spiky balls at a target.
9b"Speak Marf Speak"Adam HenryPeter Tibbals and Eric GoldbergAugust 19, 2012 (2012-08-19)1161.7[5]
Robot invents a device to translate Marf's speech into English, but when the pet tires of being treated as such, he enslaves Robot and Monster through blackmail.
10a"Security Risk"Gary ConradKenny ByerlyAugust 25, 2012 (2012-08-25)1092.4[6]
Robot decides to create a dangerous security system after having his apartment burglarized.
10b"Ogo's Birthday"Gary ConradPeter GoldfingerAugust 25, 2012 (2012-08-25)1052.4[6]
While attempting to avoid attending Ogo's birthday party, Robot and Monster visit the city's Sewage Treatment Plant and discover it is a wondrous theme park. Soon, they discover they were the only ones invited to Ogo's party and they end up going anyway.
11a"Doctor? No!"Gary ConradDave SchiffAugust 25, 2012 (2012-08-25)1232.0[6]
After contracting a disease called "robies" from being bitten by Marf, Robot decides to endure the ever-worsening symptoms in order to avoid seeing a doctor. Unfortunately, he soon turns into a mime as a side-effect of the robies, so Monster has to find a way to help him.
11b"Monster Invention"Sam LevineKenny ByerlyAugust 25, 2012 (2012-08-25)1452.0[6]
Robot creates laser-pointed pop-bacon and hopes for it to become a great invention. However, he becomes jealous when Monster creates a head-scratching invention made of found objects that becomes an overnight success.
12a"Litterbug"Sam LevineDave SchiffSeptember 1, 2012 (2012-09-01)1212.8[7]
Monster believes that Robot has been unfairly accused of littering and takes his case to court.
12b"Model Citizen"Gary ConradLaurie Israel and Rachel RudermanSeptember 1, 2012 (2012-09-01)1222.8[7]
Robot is declared the new standard of beauty by a famous fashionista.
13a"Grandma's Day Out"Adam HenryJulia MirandaSeptember 1, 2012 (2012-09-01)1202.5[7]
Robot must find his Grandma when she goes missing.
13b"Spare Robot"Gary ConradGabriel GarzaSeptember 1, 2012 (2012-09-01)1462.5[7]
Robot creates a replica of himself to do tedious tasks.
14a"Apartment 3 1/2"Adam HenryKenny ByerlySeptember 8, 2012 (2012-09-08)1432.6[8]

Robot teaches Monster how to be an adult, but soon Robot starts to see Monster's imaginary friend, Fuzzy Slippers.

Special guest star: Adam Wylie as Fuzzy Slippers.
14b"Don't! Walk!"Gary ConradJase RicciSeptember 8, 2012 (2012-09-08)1442.6[9]
After a tragic fair accident, Monster loses his walking license.
15a"Lil' Lugnuts"Sam LevineSindy Boveda-SpackmanSeptember 15, 2012 (2012-09-15)1312.7[10]
Robot discovers that Monster's childhood idol is a thief.
15b"Letterology"Adam HenryJulia MirandaSeptember 15, 2012 (2012-09-15)1322.7[10]
Monster and Robot find out about "letterology," a new form of horoscopes that has to do with what "letter" you are. When Monster finds out Robot's "letter," he tries to keep Robot awake because he thinks Robot will wake up to disaster.
16a"The Party"Gary ConradJulia MirandaSeptember 22, 2012 (2012-09-22)1352.7[11]
Robot must keep his crazy cousin Gizmo from learning about a family party, because he's afraid Gizmo will ruin the party.
16b"First Impressions"Sam LevineJim MortensenSeptember 22, 2012 (2012-09-22)1362.7[11]

Robot's hero is in town and looking for an apprentice.

Special guest star: Jon Polito as Sir Cranklin.
17a"Game On"Adam HenryDave SchiffSeptember 26, 2012 (2012-09-26)1371.7[12]
Robot and Monster compete with J.D. and Spitfire on a game show, threatening their friendship.
17b"Bad News Baconeers"Gary ConradKenny ByerlySeptember 26, 2012 (2012-09-26)1381.7[12]
Robot coaches a team of young Pole-O players.
18a"Anger Management"Adam HenryDave SchiffOctober 13, 2012 (2012-10-13)1471.5[13]
Monster takes classes to learn how to be angry.
18b"Family Business"Chuck AustenJase RicciOctober 13, 2012 (2012-10-13)1501.5[13]
After being disrespected by his family, Robot quits their business to go work for a competitor.
19a"The Bacon Tree"Sam LevinePeter GoldfingerOctober 27, 2012 (2012-10-27)1241.6[14]
Robot and Monster are growing bacon trees. Robot tries to engineer one with an invention, but fails. Monster successfully grows a bacon tree exclusively with love, so when the bacon tree becomes jealous, it turns evil and attacks all of his friends.
19b"The Dark Night"Chuck AustenJoshua Sternin and J.R. VentimiliaOctober 27, 2012 (2012-10-27)1341.6[14]
Monster befriends Howly, the rampaging cyber-monkey, so Robot decides to learn self-defense.
20a"The Package"Chuck AustenKacey ArnoldNovember 3, 2012 (2012-11-03)1402.1[15]
Robot and Monster decide to make a little extra money for a color Tube by delivering a secret package to a series of suspicious characters, but they realize too late that they've entangled themselves into something much bigger.
20b"Ogo's Cool"Adam HenryGary RolinNovember 3, 2012 (2012-11-03)1392.1[15]
After testing Robot's latest invention, the Cool Ray, Robot and Monster find themselves desperate for thecool Ogo's attention.
21a"Super Pole"Gary ConradJulia MirandaNovember 10, 2012 (2012-11-10)1251.6[16]
Monster becomes overly aggressive while rooting for a rival sports team, resulting in tension between him and Robot.
21b"Boomerang"Chuck AustenDave SchiffNovember 10, 2012 (2012-11-10)1491.6[16]
Monster sets out to prove the existence of karma. In a subplot, Robot tries to find a way to get revenge on Gart.
22"Baconmas"Gary Conrad
Adam Henry
Joshua Sternin and J.R. VentimiliaDecember 8, 2012 (2012-12-08)129/1302.1[17]

Tensions run high when both Robot and Monster's families are invited to celebrate Baconmas at their apartment.

Special guest star: Jeffrey Tambor as Saint Crispy.
23a"Dirty Money"Gary ConradDave SchiffDecember 26, 2013 (2013-12-26) (Nicktoons)127N/A
Robot and Monster want to be caught up on the newest trend, "Giggle Sticks." They think it's their lucky day when they find money on the ground, but problems arise when they argue about what to do with the money.
23b"What J.D. Wants"Sam LevineJulia MirandaDecember 26, 2013 (2013-12-26) (Nicktoons)128N/A
Robot and Monster compete and try to impress J.D. to see who can win her over.
24a"J.D. Loves Gart"Adam HenryKenny Byerly and Jase RicciFebruary 14, 2015 (2015-02-14) (Nicktoons)1410.13[18]
When it appears that J.D. has fallen for Gart, Robot sets out to reveal Gart's true character to J.D., while Monster desperately clings to his ideals of true love.
Note: This episode was first released November 17, 2012 on Amazon Video, and later on November 11, 2014 on DVD.
24b"Misery Date"Gary ConradJulia MirandaFebruary 14, 2015 (2015-02-14) (Nicktoons)1420.13[18]
Robot is forced to be Globitha's date to the school dance.
Note: This episode was first released on November 17, 2012 on Amazon Video, and later on November 11, 2014 on DVD.
25a"A Better Marf Trap"Sam LevineJoshua Sternin and J.R. VentimiliaMarch 4, 2015 (2015-03-04) (Noggin)101N/A
Robot and Monster recount on how they got their pet Marf. They found a mysterious mechanical creature living in the wall of their apartment, which they named Marf and made their pet.
Note: This episode was first released on November 11, 2014 on DVD.
25b"Monster Lie"Adam HenryKenny ByerlyMarch 4, 2015 (2015-03-04) (Noggin)133N/A
Robot and Monster lie to Perry that his homemade, terrible-smelling cologne smells good. To keep up the lie, they must continue to buy and wear the cologne, no matter how much it makes them stink.
Note: This episode was first released on November 11, 2014 on DVD.
26"Monster Hit"Chuckles Austin
Gary Conrad
Joshua Sternin and J.R. VentimiliaJuly 19, 2014 (2014-07-19) (Nicktoons)151/152N/A

Robot and Monster become a musical sensation when Robot's invention creates a catchy song for Monster to perform. In a not-so-subtle parallel to the break-up of The Beatles, Monster then falls for a rival performer, the screeching "Robo Ono," whom everyone else considers terrible; Ono proceeds to drive a wedge between Robot and Monster, jeopardizing the latter's chance at stardom.

Special guest stars: Kari Wahlgren as Robo Ono, Leon Thomas III as Monster's Singing Voice in the song "I Love Love", Greg Cipes as Vapid Milquetoast and Maurice LaMarche as Jerry.

Note: This episode is 30 minutes in length.

Reception

Emily Ashby of Common Sense Media gave the series 4 out of 5 stars; saying that, “Robot and Monster is a hilarious animated series that celebrates friendship and explores kid-related issues with comedy and quirkiness. [...] Each story includes a lesson about being a good friend, overcoming fear, or some other issue that kids will relate to.”[19]

Home media

On November 11, 2014, the entire series was released on DVD as a manufacture on demand Amazon exclusive in region 1 (though two episodes remain unaired at the time it was released until the first episode aired on Nicktoons and the second episode was released through the Noggin app).

The complete series was made available for streaming as part of Nickelodeon's Noggin app on March 4, 2015.

The show was also added to Paramount+ on November 10, 2020.[20]

References

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