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Generator Rex

Generator Rex
Genre Action
Science fiction
Comedy-Drama
Created by Man of Action
Written by Man of Action
Scott Sonneborn
Paul Giacoppo
Alexx Van Dyne
James Felder
Rob Hoegee
Eugene Son
Ken Pontac
Tad Stones
Directed by Chris Graham
Rick Morales
Seung-Hyung Oh
Sam Montes
Kenji Ono
John Fang
Rob Hoegee
Voices of Daryl Sabara
Troy Baker
Grey DeLisle
John DiMaggio
Jennifer Hale
Wally Kurth
Freddy Rodriguez
Fred Savage
J.K. Simmons
Theme music composer Orange
Opening theme "Revolution", performed by Orange
Composer(s) Kevin Manthei[1]
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 60 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) For Cartoon Network Studios: Brian A. Miller and Jennifer Pelphrey
For Cartoon Network: Tramm Wigzell, Rob Swartz (Season 1–2), and Rob Sorcher
Producer(s) Ryan Slater
John Fang (supervising producer)
Running time 23 minutes
Production company(s) Cartoon Network Studios
Distributor Cartoon Network
Broadcast
Original channel Cartoon Network
Picture format 480i SDTV
1080i HDTV
Audio format Dolby Digital 5.1
Original run April 23, 2010 (2010-04-23) – January 3, 2013 (2013-01-03)
Chronology
Related shows Ben 10
External links
Website

Generator Rex is an American science fiction "nanopunk" action animated television series created by Man of Action Studios for Cartoon Network. John Fang of Cartoon Network Studios serves as supervising director. It is inspired by the comic M. Rex, published by Image Comics in 1999. The series premiered in the United States on April 23, 2010, on Cartoon Network. Generator Rex is rated TV-PG-V.[2] The last episode of the series had aired on January 3, 2013.

Contents

  • Plot 1
  • Characters 2
  • Episodes 3
  • Ben 10/Generator Rex crossover 4
  • Cast 5
  • Broadcast 6
  • Other media 7
    • Home video 7.1
    • Video game 7.2
    • Toy line 7.3
    • Publications 7.4
  • Awards 8
  • See also 9
  • References 10
  • External links 11

Plot

Five years prior to the series, a massive explosion released high concentrations of nanites into the atmosphere, infecting almost every living thing on Earth. These nanites may randomly activate inside their hosts, mutating the subject into a monster known as an E.V.O. (short for "Exponentially Variegated Organism"). Though some E.V.O.s retain human-level sanity, intelligence, and memory and are in full control of their special E.V.O. abilities: most go violently berserk and cause widespread chaos and destruction. An international organization known as Providence exists to combat the E.V.O. threat.

Rex is a fifteen-year-old (sixteen, later on in the series) amnesiac teenager who is an E.V.O. Unlike most E.V.O.s, he lacks any physical deformation but forgets about his past. He is also able to control his active nanites, allowing him to manifest a wide variety of various bio-mechanical abilities and powers. However, Rex is truly unique because he has the ability to deactivate nanites inside other E.V.O.s, effectively curing them of their monstrous mutations. Working for Providence under Agent Six, Rex uses his unique abilities to stop and cure rampant E.V.O.s. His archenemy is Van Kleiss, an E.V.O. scientist who hates and despises Providence. He believes nanite mutations are a gift and should be utilized accordingly. Van Kleiss is connected not only to the original Event which released the nanites upon the Earth, but to Rex himself. Though it was never stated Rex may have the ability to turn himself into the mechanical E.V.O. in the episode "Promises, Promises" in season one, this was shown to be theoretically possible when Rex started combining his E.V.O. powers so if he were to combine them all it could make him into the giant bio-mechanical E.V.O. previously seen and mentioned.

Characters

Episodes

Generator Rex currently does not air on Cartoon Network. Episodes 54 through 60 were released on iTunes for purchase before they aired. The episodes "Hermanos" and "Enemies Mine" are currently unaired.
Seasons Episodes First aired Last aired
1 21 April 23, 2010 (2010-04-23) December 10, 2010 (2010-12-10)
2 19 February 4, 2011 (2011-02-04) November 4, 2011 (2011-11-04)
3 20 November 11, 2011 (2011-11-11) January 3, 2013 (2013-01-03)

Ben 10/Generator Rex crossover

On July 11, 2011, the schedule for the 2011 San Diego Comic-Con revealed that during Cartoon Network's panel, a crossover special between the Ben 10 and Generator Rex series titled Ben 10/Generator Rex: Heroes United would be discussed. During the conference, show creators "Man of Action" revealed that the crossover would be a special, extended episode of Generator Rex, which aired on November 25, 2011.[3][4] The double-length special[5] revolved around Ben and Rex fighting a villain, originally created by Rex's older brother Caesar, the Alpha Nanite.[6]

Cast

Broadcast

The series first aired in India on January 16, 2011.[7] In September 2013, the series made its US debut on Boomerang.

Other media

Home video

Warner Home Video released Volume 1 DVD, a two-disc set that contains the first nine episodes of the series on October 19, 2010.[8]

Video game

A video game, entitled Generator Rex: Agent of Providence has been developed for Wii, PlayStation 3, Nintendo DS, Nintendo 3DS, and Xbox 360. The game was released on November 1, 2011, in the United States, published by Activision.[9][10] The plot involves Van Kleiss attempting to find blueprints to build an Omega-One Nanite. All voice actors reprise their roles from the series. Agent of Providence was given an E10+ rating by ESRB.[11] The game was also scored by the series' composer, Kevin Manthei.[12]

Toy line

Mattel has produced a toy line based on the series. For the main figures each is approximately 4 inches tall and packaged with an ordinary day E.V.O. There were also deluxe figures, EVO attack packs, as well as other waves and lines that were never released including a line from MEGA Bloks was announced (in 2010) featuring construction sets.[13]

Publications

Cartoon Network has featured Generator Rex and Ben 10 in their and DC Comics '​s Cartoon Network: Action Pack comic books.[2] Two 3D picture books (featuring cardboard 3D glasses) "EVOs and Heroes," a whole analysis on characters and their abilities and "The Swarm," an adaption of the episode of the same name, where Rex must fight insect E.V.O.s that feed on metal, have also been released.[2] For beginning readers, the story "Leader of the Pack" is also based on an episode and features Rex and Bobo being captured and locked in an underground prison cell.[2]

In February 2013, IDW Publishing announced a partnership with Cartoon Network to produce comic books and issues based on its properties. Generator Rex along with Ben 10 was one of the titles announced to be published.[14]

Awards

Year Award Category Recipients and nominees Result
2010 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Individual in Animation Chu-Hui Song and Nora Murphy-Breden for the episode "The Day That Changed Everything" Won

See also

References

  1. ^ 2.10 - Kevin scores Generator Rex!
  2. ^ a b c d Watch and Read: Super Teen Machine: Cartoon Network's 'Generator Rex'
  3. ^ SDCC2011: Generator Rex/Ben 10 Crossover Special Set For Thanksgiving
  4. ^ Ben 10 and Generator Rex News from Comic-Con - YouTube
  5. ^ CN to Air 'Ben 10/Generator Rex' Crossover Episode'
  6. ^ Ben 10 & Generator Rex Unite, The Season Finale Of Thundercats, And Ahsoka Returns To Clone Wars!
  7. ^ Johnson, Jesse (March 16, 2010). "ECCC: Man Of Action: Comics Into Media".  
  8. ^ CARTOON NETWORK: GENERATOR REX VOLUME 1
  9. ^ Generator Rex: Agent of Providence
  10. ^ Generator Rex Video Game Coming This Fall
  11. ^ Activision's High-octane Action Adventure Generator Rex: Agent of Providence Available Now
  12. ^ 5.11 - Generator Rex - Agent of Providence Game!
  13. ^ Turner generates licensing momentum for Rex
  14. ^ http://www.idwpublishing.com/news/article/2507/

External links

  • Official website
  • Man of Action's official web
  • Providence's official web, Providence wants You!
  • Official web, living with nanites
  • Generator Rex at the Internet Movie Database
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