Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm (1995– )

TV Series  -   -  Action | Animation | Sci-Fi
6.0
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.0/10 from 485 users  
Reviews: 3 user | 1 critic

Fighters from Mortal Kombat tournaments from other worlds and dimensions are invading Earth through dimensional tears, using it as their practice ground and for more-sinister purposes. An ... See full summary »

0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 25 titles
created 03 Sep 2012
 
a list of 46 titles
created 18 Sep 2012
 
list image
a list of 29 titles
created 03 Dec 2012
 
a list of 28 titles
created 11 months ago
 
a list of 44 titles
created 8 months ago
 

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm (1995– )

Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm (1995– ) on IMDb 6/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm.

Season:

1

Year:

1996
Edit

Cast

Complete series cast summary:
...
 Raiden / ... (13 episodes, 1996)
...
 Liu Kang (13 episodes, 1996)
...
 Sonya Blade (13 episodes, 1996)
...
 Princess Kitana (13 episodes, 1996)
...
 Sub-Zero (13 episodes, 1996)
...
 Jax (13 episodes, 1996)
...
 Kurtis Stryker (13 episodes, 1996)
...
 Nightwolf (13 episodes, 1996)
Edit

Storyline

Fighters from Mortal Kombat tournaments from other worlds and dimensions are invading Earth through dimensional tears, using it as their practice ground and for more-sinister purposes. An elite group of highly-trained fighters has been assembled to locate these intrusions and fight off the aliens before Earth is laid waste and its dimensional structure is destroyed. Written by Cynan Rees <cynanrees@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Certificate:

TV-Y7

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

21 September 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mortal Kombat: The Animated Series  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The series was intended as a "sequel" of sorts to the Mortal Kombat (1995) movie (identifiable by the fact that many characters flash back to events that happened during it). However, the second movie, Mortal Kombat: Annihilation (1997), disregards this animated series altogether and serves as a direct sequel. See more »

Quotes

Sub-Zero: Nothing breaks harder than ice!
See more »

Connections

Spun-off from Mortal Kombat (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

It Has Begun
Written by Daniel Lenz
Performed by Psykosonik
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
This is not a Fatality, or a Brutality. This is stupidity
24 January 2010 | by (Singapore) – See all my reviews

What kind of Outworld demon possessed mind would make an animated series aimed at youngsters out of a game that has never gotten any rating below "M"?! Barring a few bright spots here and there, Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm is a boring, badly animated, sorry excuse for an TV series sequel.

Set after the events of the Paul WS Anderson Mortal Kombat movie and thankfully discarding the events of the o-so-horrible "Mortal Kombat Annihilation", Defenders of the Realm sees the chosen fighters of earth team up under the leadership of the thunder god Raiden to battle against the evil invaders from not just Outworld but "other domains as well". Essentially, it is G I Joe styled "good team vs bad team" all over again except with special powers and stiff kung fu replacing laser guns.

There are some episodes that stand out, offering a deeper insight into the characters. The character of Jax is particularly well developed as he comes to terms with his inferiority complex and no longer relies on his bionic arms as a "crutch". Sadly the rest of the team are as two-dimensional as they are drawn; nothing beyond lame jokes, stock character archetypes and cheesy one-liners. Honestly! Yelling "Kombat Time" every time a fight is about to start might have sounded cool to a 6 year old but even a kid would find it really silly after an episode or two.

And speaking about the fights, no one would have faulted the creative team if an animated series based on a fighting game had a weak plot and characters but at least delivered some intense, beautifully choreographed fight sequences. Instead, what this show delivers is highly inconsistent animation that tends toward the "terrible". One wonders where most of the animation budget went into. Definitely not the art, as all the characters sport an angular, highly stylized look with minimal art detail and flat coloring. I also could not have been the animation as most of the characters' movements are very stiff thanks to an embarrassingly low frame-rate. Obvious animation errors pop up occasionally, as well as the regular "off model" drawings.

The overall quality of the animation did improve a lot by episode 13, featuring smoother movements, higher frame-rate and a greater level of detail in the art. But alas it was already the final episode(which by the way is one HUGE letdown of a conclusion).

With none of the games' trademark violence or even the fight choreography, production design and witty dialog of the movie, "Mortal kombat: Defenders of the Realm" is nothing short of the ultimate brutality on the brain. At most, you can get a kick out of seeing your favorite characters in animated format and a big laugh or two at the cheesiness. This series scores a "flawless victory" in the realm of "stupidity and shoddy", even among other animated shows based on games.


6 of 7 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Why Stryker and not Johnny Cage? Leonhart_v2
how many episodes ? mircica_mirciulica
Any cartoon movie? jumpingjackflash23
Terrible voice acting dawggie_2000
Edenia Episode Oracle_Thunder
scorpion Mjenner23

Contribute to This Page