Robotboy (Seasons 1-2)
Robotboy is a British-French animated children's television series which is produced by French production company Alphanim for France 3 and Cartoon Network Europe, as well as the studios LuxAnimation and Cofinova 1. It was created and designed by Jan Van Rijsselberge and was directed in Alphanim's studio in Paris by Charlie Bean, who worked on other programs such as Dexter's Laboratory, The Powerpuff Girls, and Samurai Jack.
Robotboy is the latest creation of the world-renowned scientist Professor Moshimo. Due to fears that Robotboy would be stolen by his arch-enemy Dr. Kamikazi and his main henchman Constantine to be used to take over the world, Professor Moshimo entrusts Robotboy to 10-year-old Tommy Turnbull, his biggest fan living in San Francisco. While being protected by Tommy and his two friends Lola and Gus (or "G-Man" as he calls himself), Robotboy learns how to behave and act as if he were a real boy while occasionally battling Dr. Kamikazi and Constantine who sought out to capture him.
Why These Seasons Rock
- The show has a brilliant and lively soundtrack.
- It has a story which appeals to kids ages 4-7.
- Some of the villains, even the one-time ones, can be enjoyable, funny, cool and even sometimes sympathetic, such as Dr. Kamikazi, Constantine, Bjorn Bjornson, Bjornbot, Protoboy, Agent Kalaschiknov, Stevie, General Yakitori, Robotman and Mona Lethal.
- The backgrounds are colorful and quite pleasant to look at.
- It has a great art style reminiscent of early-mid 2000s, similar to shows like Samurai Jack and Dexter's Laboratory.
- Constantine’s goofy antics are sometimes funny. (Depending on your view)
- The opening sequence is very interesting and has great 3D animation.
- It has likeable characters (Tommy, Lola, Professor Moshimo and Robotboy).
- Robotboy and Robotgirl have very creative and adorable designs.
- The animation is good for the most part.
- The transformation scenes are cool.
- The voice acting is solid.
- It stays true to the original French version.
- It has some funny moments.
- Robotboy and Robotgirl (and arguably Tommy) are simply adorable.
- Some good episodes.
- Cool action scenes.
- There are some heartwarming moments.
- The use of the word "jackass" twice sparked controversy. However, the show is French, and France has different standards regarding what counts as child-friendly.
- Tommy can be an unlikable protagonist at times which makes Timmy Turner look tolerable.
- Robotgirl, a fan favorite, doesn't appear much in the show. Only appeared in two episodes, one in the second series.
- Robotboy (and Robotgirl, Protoboy and a few others) almost always speaks in the third person. This is something that quite a lot of the viewers of the show really didn't like.
- Bambi is an unlikeable crush and love interest of Tommy.
- Robotboy’s voice sounds irritating at times, especially when he screams or cries.
- There are some bad episodes that are mean-spirited.
- Recycled animation is used.
- The soundtrack is repetitive.
- Most of the character designs are kinda lazy.
- Seasons 3 and 4 had a considerable dip in quality, though season 3 could be considered decent.
- There are some unlikable characters in this show:
- Tommy's parents are rip offs of Timmy Turner's parents, but are disrespectful to him and they favor his older brother, Donnie, because he is better at sports than him. They also make fun of Tommy because he plays with 'dolls' (Robotboy) which is sexist. In the episode, "I Love That Toy", where they gone too far to treat Tommy like a villain, where they ground him for taking Robotboy in a toy store.
- The kids at Tommy's school are very bland American stereotypes.
- It also has bullies that are bland stereotypes than the kids at Tommy's school:
- Tommy's bullying brother Donnie (being a rip off of Terrence from Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends) who has a pleasure of bullying him and is proud of it. But, his parents do care and love him for that.
- Kurt is a rip off of Biff Tannen from Back to the Future and he is notable for putting Tommy to the school flag but is never punished.
- Gus can be a jerk towards other characters. He even made Robotgirl cry and wail in one episode. He manipulates and coerces others, especially Robotboy, to serve for him. He's similar to Eric Cartman form South Park but he's less funny and more annoying.
- The show was overplayed on Cartoon Network in Europe in the mid-late 2000s. It was, however, underplayed in the USA when it almost never aired, despite being a CN production (it aired one time a week if it did).
- Some unnecessary grossout/toilet humor, particularly from Gus, along with unfunny moments and jokes.
- There are some mean-spirited scenes.
- Robotboy is one of the few Cartoon Network shows to be primarily produced in Europe.
- It's somewhat similar to Sonic X with Mega Man influence, where robot built for peaceful purposes, who is learning about the world is sent to a poor, lonely boy and they become best friends. Tommy reminds of Chris Thorndyke, where Robotboy reminds of Mega Man and Professor Moshimo acts like Dr. Light. Robotgirl, Dr. Kamikazi and Protoboy remind of Roll, Dr. Wily and Bass respectively.