In the future, Earth is threatened by various enemies, but none worse than the organization called Shadow, lead by the cybernetic menace known as Umbra. Against this, the Galactic Patrol strives to protect Earth, but the mild mannered young scientist, Robert Simmons, does more. In times of peril, he secretly fights as the leader of the Orbots, a team of unique artificially intelligent robots each equipped with their own unique capabilities that are invaluable in this war. Together, whether individually or united as parts of a giant combined robot, they represent Earth's most powerful defense. Written by
Kenneth Chisholm <firstname.lastname@example.org>
The series drew a lawsuit from the toy company, Tonka, on the allegation of basing the cartoon on their GoBots franchise, which was adapted from Bandai's Machine Robo line. Although that lawsuit proved to be baseless, the legal complications led to Mighty Orbots being canceled after one season. See more »
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Great animation, great action. Even some good in-humor from the announcer/narrator (Gary Owen).
I knew this show only lasted one season and was very disappointed, but I had no idea it floundered because of a lawsuit from the creators of the very very very inferior "Gobots". Figures. Ah well, if you want to look at the silver lining, they didn't have a chance to run this show into the ground with cut-budget or somehow less fantastic additional seasons. Not that they were likely to do so, it just seems like the best stuff we remember back then was short lived, maybe because it didn't get the chance to disappoint us.
And, by the way, you guys, the Orbots' arch enemy (the big round bright orange and red...sphere of plasma with multiple eyes) was named UMBRA.
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