Planetokio is an American animated television series based on the video game series of the same name. Produced by Gingo Animation and Universal Television Animation, the series premiered on UPN on November 24, 2002 and ended on May 18, 2003. UPN initially ordered 20 episodes of the series; however, the series was not renewed for another season due to low ratings. Reruns of the series began airing on Nickelodeon and Nicktoons from 2004 to 2005.
The series takes place in the near future, more specifically, in Planetokio, a number of floating cities full of life like the old Japan. It focuses on the adventures of Iken meeting many interesting characters and fighting alien robots known as Collect Aliens. The series is said to take place between the first game and its sequel Planetokio 2.
- Debi Derryberry as Iken, a 14-year-old blue-haired meal delivery boy who works in a Japanese ramen restaurant
- Lauren Tom as Naomi, Iken's girlfriend and Dr. Cambert's daughter
- George Takei as Dr. Hokin, a scientist that lives in the bottom of the ramen restaurant and the inventory of the energy ball gun
- Maurice LaMarche as Dr. Canbell, Naomi's father
- Corey Burton as Boro, Iken's robot assistant
- Tom Kane as Mr. Leakage, a brain ramen addiction
- Carlos Alazraqui as:
- Rob Paulsen as Akiba, the police chief
- Phil LaMarr as Stamp Robot
- Dee Bradley Baker
- Grey DeLisle
- John DiMaggio
- Jess Harnell
- Tom Kenny
- Laraine Newman
- Fred Tatasciore
- Kari Wahlgren
Universal and Gingo Animation announced in June 2000 that an animated series based on Planetokio was in development, and that series creator Osamu Sato would serve as an executive producer. Gingo then announced it would air on UPN to save their Sunday night timeslots, to which the show aired on Fridays.
The series' animation was produced by Film Roman and outsourced to Wang Film Productions in Taiwan and Saerom Animation in Korea. Wang did work on the odd number episodes ("The Adventure Continues-"From Future to the Past"), whereas Saerom did work the even numbers ("Girl on Blue"-"The Madness Isn't Over"). AKOM did additional work (on "Ramenart", "The Company Iken", "Route 179", "Iken Run But Iken't Hide", "Snuffed", E, Robot", "Tough Naomi") as well as Sunwoo Entertainment (main studio; for "Sushi Roll Pop", "Kiss Your Naomi Goodbye", "Dr. Hokin's Bizarre Problem, "Butter Plus Milk", "The Madness Isn't Over" (with help from Saerom), the remaining three Sunwoo episodes ( "Collect Alien Love", "Hotting Hill", "Tofu Eater"), were done through Sunwoo Digital International.
|Season premiere||Season finale|
|1||20||November 24, 2002||May 18, 2003|
|#||Title||Directed by||Written by||Storyboard artists||Original air date||Production code|
|1||"The Adventure Continues"||Michael Loya||Geo G. & Osamu Sato||Albert Calleros & Rodney Clouden||November 24, 2002||101|
|2||"Girl on Blue"||Peter Avanzino & Steve Samono||Chris Loudon||Dan Povenmire & Tuck Tucker||December 1, 2002||105|
|3||"Ramenart"||Wes Archer||Tony Gama-Lobo & Rebecca May||Clayton McKenzie Morrow & Paul Rudish||December 8, 2002||104|
|4||"Sushi Roll Pop"||Dominic Polcino||Kit Boss||Ashley Lenz & John Mathot||December 22, 2002||102|
|5||"The Company Iken"||Kyounghee Lim & Boohwan Lim||J. Stewart Burns||Chris Savino & Lauren Faust||January 5, 2003||103|
|6||"Collect Alien Love"||Steven Dean Moore||Etan Cohen, Sivert Glarum, Michael Jamin & Garland Testa||Bill Riling, Shawna Cha & Mark Zoeller||January 12, 2003||106|
|7||"Route 179"||David Silverman||Ken Keeler||Ronald Rubio & Craig McCracken||January 26, 2003||107|
|8||"Kiss Your Naomi Goodbye"||Brian Sheesley||Alex Gregory & Peter Huyck||Paul Rudish, Clayton McKenzie Morrow & Don Shank||February 9, 2003||109|
|9||"How Can It All Go Wrong?"||Jeffrey Lynch||Story by: Osamu Sato|
Teleplay by: Bill Odenkirk & J.B. Cook
|Cyndi Tang, Craig Kellman & Aldin Baroza||February 16, 2003||108|
|10||"Iken Run, But Iken't Hide"||Chris Sauve||Adam I. Lapidus||Jennifer Coyle, John Rice & Steven Dean Moore||February 30, 2003||110|
|11||"Snuffed"||Terry Ward||Nell Scovell||Vincent Waller||March 2, 2003||111|
|12||"Hotting Hill"||Michael Dante DiMartino||Ron Weiner||Kevin O'Brien & Audu Paden||March 9, 2003||112|
|13||"Tofu Eater"||Steve Samono||Phil Bennet & Terry Lloyd||Raymie Muzquiz||March 23, 2003||113|
|14||"Dr. Hokin's Bizarre Problem"||Chris Clements||Sivert Glarum & Michael Jamin||Dave Smith, Chris Savino, Lauren Faust & Craig Kellman||April 6, 2003||115|
|15||"E, Robot"||Peter Avanzino||Geo G.||Craig McCracken||April 13, 2003||114|
|16||"The Boy Who Knew Too Fast"||Wes Archer||Jon Vitti||Cindy Morrow & Paul Rudish||July 15, 2004||116|
|17||"Tough Naomi"||Bret Haaland||Kit Boss & Etan Cohen||Kevin Kaliher, Christopher Battle, Dan Krall & Craig Kellman||July 27, 2004||117|
|18||"Butter Plus Milk"||Michael Polcino||Dan Greaney & Allen Glazier||Kyounghee Lim, Boohwan Lim & Bill Riling||July 23, 2004||118|
|19||"From Future to the Past"||Terry Ward & Steve Samono||Etan Cohen||Carey Yost, Mark Zoeller, Shawna Cha, Bill Riling & Clayton McKenzie Morrow||August 15, 2004||119|
|20||"The Madness Isn't Over"||Jeffery Lynch & Chris Sauve||Osamu Sato||Craig Kellman, Paul Rudish, Lauren Faust & Chris Savino||August 27, 2004||120|
In the United States, the series premiered on November 24, 2002 on UPN. In Canada, it premiered on Teletoon on December 9, 2002. The series was picked up by CNX in the United Kingdom to premiere on December 23, 2002. In Latin America, it is broadcast on Cartoon Network as part of Toonami. In Italy, it is broadcast on Italia 1. After 15 of the 20 episodes aired, the series was cancelled. The remaining 5 episodes were shown on Cartoon Network in 2004.
Home media Edit
On August 3, 2013, Shout! Factory (under license from Universal Studios Home Entertainment) released the entire series on DVD. The set includes audio commentaries on all episodes with the series crew, as well as episode introductions with Geo G. and Osamu Sato, a behind the scenes featurette, and others.