Mummies Alive! is an American/Canadian animated television series produced by DIC Entertainment and Northern Lights Entertainment, which aired on syndication in the United States in September 1997.
In ancient Egypt, an evil sorcerer named Scarab kills the pharaoh's son, Prince Rapses, to become immortal. Entombed alive for his crime (Rapses' body was also never found), Scarab revives in the modern world and begins his search for Rapses' reincarnation, a San Francisco-dwelling boy named Presley Carnovan, to retrieve the spirit of Rapses so he can become immortal. Rapses' (Presley's) bodyguards, Ja-Kal, Rath, Armon, and Nefer-Tina, along with Rapses' cat, Kahti, awake from the dead to protect him from Scarab. They use the power of Ra to transform into powerful guardians. Each of the mummies is aligned with the power of an Egyptian god. Ja-Kal uses the spirit of the Falcon, Rath uses the spirit of the Snake, Armon uses the spirit of the Ram, and Nefer-Tina uses the spirit of the Cat. They are able to call upon it for magical armor and powers to fight superhuman evildoers. Although, once their strength is exhausted, they must rest in their sarcophagi to regain the ability. In order to access these powers, the mummies call out the phrase "With the Strength of Ra!", which triggers their transformation.
Why it Rocks
- Cool concept of Mummies returning to life and adapting to modern standards.
- Likeable characters, including the Mummies themselves and Presley.
- The animation is great especially for a DIC Entertainment cartoon (This mainly goes towards the Mook-animated episodes)
- Well-written episodes.
- The first two episodes explain how the events of the series came to be; like how Presley became the reincarnated spirit of Prince Rapses and why Scarab wants Rapses' body to become immortal.
- Catchy soundtrack and opening theme.
- The Italian opening theme also sounds cool.
- Well-done voice acting from the likes of Dale Wilson, Cree Summer, Bill Switzer, among others.
- Amazing Kick-Tut action sequences from the Mummies, the Shabti, Scarab, and a few others.
- The tie-in toyline for the series has some really well-designed recreations of Ja-Jal, Armon, Rath, and Scarab in action figure form.
- Outside of the United States, figures of Nefer-Tina and Presley were also made.
- Although the show's concept and idea is interesting, the show can be quite cheesy at times and the whole concept of "Ancient beings coming back and adapting to modern life" could easily pass off as a clone to Disney's Gargoyles.
- The Hang Yang-animated episodes don't look as fresh as the Mook animated episodes, and go towards more of DIC's usual cheap style.
- The show's tone can get a bit inconsistent.
- The series was meant to be a more darker-toned show, but was changed to be more lighter with a cheesy-feel to it.
- Many of Scarab's plots completely make his character more of a joke than a threat, like in the episode "Kid Scarab", where he ages himself down to a child.
- Being this kind of cartoon, the series can be quite repetitive.
- The show's planned second season was canceled due to poor toy-sales.
- Although the series didn't do well in the United States, Mummies Alive! was popular in Canada (where it aired on YTV) and in many European territories, especially in Italy.