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- This article is about the television series. For the robot, see Sym-Bionic Titan (mech).
Sym-Bionic Titan is an American animated action science fiction television series created by Genndy Tartakovsky, Bryan Andrews, and Paul Radish for Cartoon Network. The series focuses on a trio made up of the alien princess Ilana, the rebellious soldier Lance, and the robot Octus; the three are able to combine to create the titular Sym-Bionic Titan.
A preview of the series was first shown at the 2009 San Diego Comic-Con International, and further details were revealed at Cartoon Network's 2010 Upfront. The series premiered on September 17, 2010, and ended on April 9, 2011. Cartoon Network initially ordered 20 episodes; Tartakovsky had hoped to expand on that, but the series was not renewed for another season, as the show "did not have any toys connected to it".
While Sym-Bionic Titan has never been released to DVD in America, all 20 episodes were available for purchase on iTunes and the Windows Store. DVDs were produced for Austria and South East Asia regions. On October 7, 2012, reruns of the series began airing on Adult Swim's Toonami block along with the 2011 television series of ThunderCats.
As of 2015, Cartoon Network has written off Sym-Bionic Titan for financial reasons.
Billed as "an exciting hybrid of high school drama and giant robot battles", Sym-Bionic Titan features "the adventures of three beings from the planet Galaluna who crash-land on Earth while attempting to escape their war-torn world". The series follows the lives of Lance (voiced by Kevin Thoms), Ilana (Tara Strong) and Octus (Brian Posehn), two alien teens and a robot in the form of humanoids who arrive on Earth, an "identical" planet to Galaluna, while fleeing an evil general who has taken over their home planet with the help of monstrous creatures called Mutraddi.
The three main characters include Ilana, princess of the royal family; Lance, a rebellious but capable soldier; and Octus, a bio-cybernetic robot, all of whom must now blend into everyday life in Sherman, Illinois. Posing as high school students, Lance and Octus work to conceal Princess Ilana from General Modula (Don Leslie) and his hideous space mutants sent to kill the sole heir of Galaluna.
When called into battle, the Galalunans are outfitted with individual armor that provides more than ample protection. It is when the gravest of danger appears that Octus activates the sym-bionic defense program and he, Ilana, and Lance unite "Heart, Body and Mind" and come together to form the spectacular cyber-giant Sym-Bionic Titan.
Series co-creator Genndy Tartakovsky drew inspiration from many sources. He grew up with mecha anime series from the 1970s and 1980s like Speed Racer, Macross and Voltron and states: "For whatever reason, I have always loved the idea of kids driving giant robots." His biggest influence were John Hughes movies like Sixteen Candles and The Breakfast Club, but the relationship between the two teenage leads was also inspired by Hayao Miyazaki's Castle in the Sky.
An episode of Samurai Jack with a similar plot, "Jack and the Flying Prince and Princess" (having two aliens and a robot fleeing to seek help for their planet), may have also provided inspiration. Tara Strong voiced the princess in said episode as well.
He came up with Octus and the high-school setting first and then later together with co-creators Paul Rudish and Bryan Andrews added Ilana and Lance as protagonists. The creators of the show took a long time to develop the female lead, Princess Ilana. "A positive strong female character is something I've always wanted to create", Tartakovsky said.
Tartakovsky called Sym-Bionic Titan "the most challenging project I have ever done."
The Sym-Bionic TitanEdit
The Sym-Bionic Titan (referred to as "Titan" by humans) itself is the combined form of Lance's Manus armor, Ilana's Corus armor, and Octus's body, the result of the sym-bionic defense program that Octus possesses. Its interior structure is the combined Manus and Corus armors and its transparent exterior armor is Octus's outer shell. It is capable of flight and can fabricate weapons and defenses in response to the pilots' thoughts. The Titan is controlled by Ilana and Lance's thoughts, with Octus focusing on more technical matters such as weapon fabrication. Octus implies in the series premiere that there are hidden subroutines in his programming, that even he doesn't know about, which will presumably allow the Sym-Bionic Titan to access even more powers in the future.
The Mutraddis are monsters used by General Modula in his plot to conquer Galaluna and kill the princess. Their homeworld is a damaged planet called Mutradd. So far, only a few Mutraddis are known to be able to speak. Among the featured Mutraddis are:
- Fire Monster
- Robot Hydra
- Storm Creature
- Long Limb Monster
- Dark Shaman
- Blob Monster
- Tashy 497 (character) /Mushy/Tarax/497
- Electric Monster
- Phantom Chameleon Monster
- Bat Monster
- Dragon Creature
- Alien Beast
- Electric Entity
- Julius Steel
- Mike Chan
- Detective Blutosky
- Mr. A
- Steve Stevens
- Disfranchised Drummer
Main article: List of Sym-Bionic Titan episodes
Home media Edit
The entire series was released on DVD in Australia from Madman Entertainment on April 6, 2016.