War Planets (1998–1999)
"Shadow Raiders" (original title)

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The inhabitants of four mutually hostile worlds must unite their forces to face the grave menace of an invading planet & population.

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Paul Dobson ...
 Graveheart (8 episodes, 1998-1999)
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 Jade (6 episodes, 1998-1999)
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 Lamprey (6 episodes, 1998-1999)
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 King Cryos (6 episodes, 1998-1999)
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 Emperor Femur (5 episodes, 1998-1999)
Matt Hill ...
 Prince Pyrus (5 episodes, 1998-1999)
Scott McNeil ...
 Blokk / ... (4 episodes, 1998-1999)
Donna Yamamoto ...
 Tekla (4 episodes, 1998-1999)
Jim Byrnes ...
 Grand Vizier (4 episodes, 1998-1999)
Tegan Moss ...
 Lady Zera (2 episodes, 1998-1999)
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 Lord Mantel (2 episodes, 1998-1999)
Alec Willows ...
 Commander Feldspar (2 episodes, 1998-1999)
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 Captain Blaze (2 episodes, 1999)
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At the destruction of Planet Tek at the hands of the planet-consuming Beast planet, Princess Tekla is the sole survivor. In desperation, she reaches a system where four planets named respectively Fire, Bone, Rock and Ice who continually raid each other for the resources that each planet needs. She crashlands on planet Ice where one such raid by the Rock people was confronted by the Ice people. A raiding party from the Beast attacks to silence her, but while they exterminate almost all the combatants, they are beaten back with the help of Graveheart, a miner of the Rock people and King Cryos of Ice. Princess Tekla appoints Graveheart with a massive critical task. Against all odds, he must build an alliance among the worlds to face the horror that is to come. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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Lady Zera: Pyrus, I've activated the world engines. You'd best back off.
Prince Pyrus: Hey, you've got a license to drive that thing?
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The one show I would have saved from cancellation.
30 August 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The one show I would have saved from cancellation.

Significantly better than Reboot, though not as good as Beast Wars/Machines(but then again, what is?) , War Planets (I hate the name Shadow Raiders) is a grand space opera. I still remember how I came across it. I had gotten some of the toys, then one Saturday morning my mom was reading the network listings in the newspaper & told me how there was a show called War Planets. I thought this beared looking into, so as soon as it was time I sat down & waited for it. I wasn't really aware of the backstory, so I was overwhelmed by what I saw. Although it was the 2nd episode, I still managed to understand it & was, of course, hooked.

Aside from the unoriginal names for the planets (Rock, Fire, etc.) I would have had no idea that this was based on a toy line. Even as a kid, I was able to believe that some shows were based on a toyline (like Transformers, although that turned out to be my favorite cartoon series), and could even be called 20-minute commercials, but not War Planets. The toyline didn't have any distinct characters, so they had to create a bunch of original characters for the show. I liked all of them. None of them were annoying. My favorite was Graveheart. He had the best voice, & he was a very cool character. Oh, & I can't forget about the plots. They were intense, yet almost every episode had one bit that was funny (the writers at Mainframe really know how to tell a joke). They also had story lines that weren't resolved in one episode. I like it when it takes a bit for a story to resolve. That keeps you interested. The crowning touch was the animation. It was, simply put, the best CGI I have ever seen.

In short, this was a really good show. My mom even liked watching it with me, as she did with a few other of my favorites. The only complaint I have is how it was canceled after 2 seasons. I really wish that they could've gone on, since not everything was resolved. But at least it didn't have a cliffhanger ending like Reboot, all 26 episodes were sufficiently entertaining (unlike Reboot).

BOTTOM LINE: 10/10. Tied with Sonic the Hedgehog & SWAT Kats for 4th best cartoon ever.


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