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The Bots Master is a French/American/Canadian 1993 cartoon series, produced by Jean Chalopin through his company "Créativité et Développement" ("C&D") in France (where the show was known as Le Maître des Bots) and Saban International. In total 40 episodes were made, each one having a special 3D segment and titles. The series was co-produced by Avi Arad and Associates. The show also had a toyline based on it.

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Story[]

The year is 2025 AD. The world hasn't ended. War didn't overwhelm the planet. Life goes on and technology advances. Robotics become a commonplace, doing menial tasks and working in industry. And for that, the world can thank the genius robotic engineer, Ziv "ZZ" Zulander and the Robotic Megafact Corporation (aka RM Corp). Ziv's creation of the 3A robot series revolutionized the world and its application with robotics; Sir Lewis Leon Paradim (aka "LLP", president of RM Corp) wasn't satisfied being one of the wealthiest men in the world, he wanted world domination. Having his assistants, Lady Frenzy and Dr. Hiss, LLP planned to take control of the world through a swift world coup, using the very same 3A's that ZZ created to benefit humanity. Dr. Hiss created a new chip, called the "Krang Chip", it can be used to override any 3A series bot to take orders from RM Corp to assist them in staging a world coup to swiftly take over the world with sheer robotic force. ZZ found out about LLP's plans and decided to defect from the company and intended to stop them from continuing manufacturing and distributing the "Krang Chips".

LLP and his cohorts originally wanted to capture ZZ in their attempt(s) to convince him to switch sides, but ZZ refused. Utilizing his A.I. robotic creations, the B.O.Y.Z.Z. (Brain Operated Zygoetopic Zoids), he was able to stage a robotic guerrilla war between his BOYZZ with RM Corps military bots. Shortly after ZZ escaped from the clutches of RM Corp, he quickly rescued his sister, Blitzy Zulander, and took his operations underground (his home is a massive manufacturing bot plant that can drill underground) to avoid enemy detection. After securing his base of operations, ZZ and his BOYZZ began their private campaign against RM Corp. ZZ secretly had a special system, called "mirrors", to help him monitor RM Corp plans within Lazy Frenzy's office PC. Often mirrors was their only means to get information to stage operations against RM Corp. Because ZZ is deeply attracted to Lady Frenzy, it was also a chance to admire her from a distance. However, Lazy Frenzy is also attracted to ZZ; she tries to limit harming him with whatever schemes they have. During ZZ's attempts to slow and/or stop "Krang Chip" delivery and/or production(s), ZZ and his BOYZZZ were incriminated in a series of false media reports of his rogue activities to get the public against him; no matter how many lives Ziv & the BOYZZ saved the day, LLP & the RM Corp continued to discredit and distort their heroic efforts as lies of terrorism in the public arena.

As the series progresses, the general public's opinion of ZZ begins to change as the Corp's actions are put into question. The series ends on a cliffhanger, as ZZ strikes a major blow against RM Corp by exposing LLP's underhanded tactics. LLP was suspected of kidnapping the US president's daughter, but the evidence was circumstantial and wasn't enough to have LLP arraigned; the evidence was enough to cause LLP to be suspected and he had his operations halted until he's no longer suspected. The series ended without a proper conclusion, only showing one of Hiss' scientists figured out his own A.I. technology that rivals ZZ's processing technology that created a "thinking bot" (the BOYZZ). The conclusion suggests ZZ and his Boyzz will encounter a new and formidable force of "thinking bots" against him. Because the story was incomplete, the ending is up to personal interpretation of its story.

Cast[]

  • Ian James Corlett - Dr. Hiss
  • Richard Ian Cox -
  • Michael Donovan - Genesix
  • Stefano Giulianetti - Toolzz, Bogie
  • Mark Hildreth - Ziv "ZZ" Zulander
  • Janyse Jaud - Lady Frenzy
  • Surya Kellar - Ninjzz
  • Terry Klassen - D'Nerd
  • Rob Lehane -
  • Cusse Mankuma - Jammerzz
  • Pamela Martin -
  • Crystaleen O'Bray - Blitzy Zulander
  • Kim Restell -
  • Chelan Simmons -
  • Samuel Vincent - Cook
  • Dale Wilson - Sir Lewis Leon Paradim

Lazer Time[edit][]

In addition to the credits, every episode of the show had a short segment in 3D. Using a method called the Pulfrich effect, the segment was acceptable for viewers with or without the special glasses packaged with action figures based on the series. To inform viewers to wear their glasses, a character - usually Zulander - would shout, "Lazer Time, boyzz!" followed by an image of the 3-D glasses on the screen. Once the 3-D sequence was over, ZZ would call "Game Over!" and an image of the 3-D glasses appear once more on the screen, this time with a no symbol superimposed over it. For the Bots Master series the effect was produced by Nuoptix 3-D.

Merchandise[]

In conjunction with the series, a short-lived toyline was produced under license by C&D. The line included action figures of Ziv Zulander, Doctor Hiss, and Jungle Fiver before being discontinued.

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