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- MP 4000: Specials, pilots, miniseries and movies
- Unproduced projects
- Spider-Man And His Amazing Friends 1981-1983
- The Incredible Hulk 1982
- Pandamonium 1982
- Dungeons & Dragons 1983 - 1985
- Jim Henson's Muppet Babies 1984 - 1991
- G.I Joe: A Real American Hero, Part 1 1983 - 1985
- G.I Joe, Part 2 1986 - 1987
- The Transformers, Part 1 1984 - 1985
- The Transformers The Movie
- The Transformers, Part 2 1986 - 1987
- Jim Henson's Little Muppet Monsters 1985
- Defenders Of The Earth 1985-1986
- My Little Pony 1984-1986
- Moondreamers 1986
- Jem 1985 - 1988
- Inhumanoids 1986
- Visionaries 1987
- Air Raiders 1987
- Fraggle Rock 1987
- Bucky O'Hare And The Toad Wars 1991
- Biker Mice From Mars 1993-1996
- The Tick 1994-1996
- Other shows/companies
Wednesday, 31 March 2021
An ongoing project at the archive for this month will be to add the relevant catalogue sections to each show page. Links and listings will be updated here as needed:
The newest addition to the archive, auctioned off by Flint Dille and scans contributed by new owner Steve Chu, are storyboards for Megatron's Master Plan, Part 2.
Drawn by Keith Tucker, they cover the Additional Material insert that was added to Act 3 of the episode. As Don Glut's script ran three to four minutes short of the required runtime. This copy was sent to Flint Dille, in his role as Associate Producer of the show and was uncovered from his storage in late 2020.
Recently, I stumbled upon the unofficial fansite www.bikermice.com , which had lain untouched since 1998. From the site, I salvaged and formatted two full scripts. One for the season 2 episode Return To Mars, Part 3 and the late season 3 episode Caveat Mentor.
Biker Mice From Mars was the last show commissioned under the banner of Marvel Productions. Solicited in trade adverts in 1992 and debuting in September 1993. During 1993, changes within Marvel Entertainment Group saw the production company reorganised and renamed to New World Animation. The writing of the series was reaching its conclusion at the end of summer 1994. However, because the show remained on weekends during it's initial run and did not make the jump to weekday afternoons, new episodes kept airing until February 1996.
Friday, 4 December 2020
With thanks to Jim Sorenson, the show bible for Robotix has been added to the MP 4000 section. Along with the 14 scripts for episode recap, with correspondence by story editor Alan Swayze
Background keys for select episodes of Season One have been added to the archive, thanks to Ryan King.
Elaine Hultgren, co-owner of and layout artist at XAM Productions in Utah, made the jump to storyboard artist for Marvel in 1985. For her storyboard test, the Transformers episode Blaster Blues was used for story. Those storyboards are now available at the archive. Elaine would go on to be credited for the entire runs of Jem, Inhumanoids and Dino-riders. Her career would continue to be involved with shows covered by the archive throughout the 1990s. First with Marvel, then with Graz Entertainment and the final involvement with a Sunbow co-production coming with Generation O! in the year 2000.
All 31 storyboard sequences for the movie have been cropped to the original two-panel pages. All pages have been straightened, vertical pans rotated and file sizes reduced for ease of loading and viewing.
The full storyboard for the main title sequence has been added to the archive.
Thursday, 17 September 2020
Uploads by Transformers At The Moon
MP 4023 The Transformers - Day 1 (in five parts)
MP 4025 The Transformers - Day 3
02 Roll For It
03 Divide And Conquer
04 Fire In The Sky
05 S.O.S Dinobots
07 War Of The Dinobots
08 The Ultimate Doom, Part 1
09 The Ultimate Doom, Part 2
10 The Ultimate Doom, Part 3
11 Countdown To Extinction
12 A Plague Of Insecticons (including Insecticon Body English for sound library)
13 Heavy Metal War
Laserbeak ADR session - Chris Latta and Wally Burr
Ravage ADR session - Frank Welker and Wally Burr
Friday, 28 August 2020
MP 200 Pandamonium
Added model sheets, height comparison charts and background layouts for Pandamonium. One of two co-productions in 1982 between Marvel and Intermedia Entertainment (on behalf of MGM/United Artists).
The series revolves around an alien artifact, sought by the sorcerer Mondraggor, which falls to Earth and breaks into pieces. American brother and sister Pete and Peggy observe the piece which makes planetfall in Tibet. Upon flying out to examine it, they discover three pandas have been turned into talking bipeds: Chesty, Timothy and Algernon. The siblings and the pandas are now in a race against Mondraggor to reunite the pieces of the artifact.
The series was presented as a comedy with the panda's personalities being expys of The Three Stooges. It and fellow Marvel/Intermedia show Meatballs & Spaghetti were among the last US animated shows to include a laugh track. Both were cancelled after one season and have had no modern home release.
MP 700 Transformers
The Hasbro briefing binders, originally purchased from the Ron Friedman auctions, have been uploaded to the archive.
These include binders for the initial 1984 cast, including early names and designs. As well as separate briefing material covering Shockwave, Jetfire, the Dinobots, Insecticons and Constructticons.
Added the Sunbow press kit for what would have been the next Sunbow/Marvel co-production for 1987. Development work by Doug Booth and Ron Friedman during the summer of 1986 led to a three-part pilot script written by Friedman and ready by January 1987.
Unfortunately, low retail orders of $30 million at Toyfair in February, combined with Hasbro's decision to abandon funding for full-length animation once the existing contracts were fulfilled, led to the pilot being cancelled.
Wednesday, 12 August 2020
More of Bryce Malek's home video, this time of the office Christmas Party in 1986. Putting faces to a lot of the names on the above floor plans.
Thursday, 30 July 2020
MP 600 G.I Joe
Due to the official Hasbro YouTube channel releases reaching 50 out of 95 full episodes. The GI Joe section of the archive has been split into two parts, in the same manner as Transformers.
For production material from season 2, as well as the full script and storyboard samples from GI Joe The Movie. Update your bookmarks to: https://sunbowmarvelarchive.blogspot.com/2020/07/mp-600-gi-joe-real-american-hero-1983.html
MP 900 Defenders Of The Earth
To streamline the DoE page, only full episodes which are supported by available production material will be uploaded.
MP 5205 Jem
A trio of music video storyboards have been made available to the archive:
First up we have There's A Melody Playin' by future Shrek director Vicky Jenson, from the episode In Search Of The Stolen Album. Jenson took visual ideas from Madonna's Papa Don't Preach video, the single for which was only released less than two months before these storyboards were finalized.