Mighty Orbots

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  • Episode Guide
  • S 1 : Ep 13

    The Invasion of the Shadow Star

    Aired 12/15/84

  • S 1 : Ep 12

    Operation Eclipse

    Aired 12/1/84

  • S 1 : Ep 11

    A Tale of Two Thieves

    Aired 11/24/84

  • S 1 : Ep 10

    The Cosmic Circus

    Aired 11/17/84

  • S 1 : Ep 9

    Leviathan

    Aired 11/3/84

  • Cast & Crew
  • Don Messick

    the voice of Crunch / Rondu

  • Gary Owens

    the narrator

  • Barry Gordon

    the voice of Robert Simmons

  • Jennifer Darling

    the voice of Dia

  • Robert Ridgely

    the voice of Returns

  • show Description
  • Mighty Orbots was a futuristic ABC cartoon series produced by Fred Silverman (yes, the same guy who was president of all three networks). Rob Simmons (along with Ohno, his sidekick), lead a group of Orbots who fought for justice against evil doers. Unfortunately, they couldn't defeat the competition of soft cartoons Muppet Babies (CBS) & The Smurfs (NBC).

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  • Notes (12)

    • It's established that when Mighty Orbots is formed it retains the individual personalities of its components rather than having its own identity.

    • Interestingly, although Dracos and Drax see Mighty Orbots separate into its individual components in order to get their ship through the asteroids, they don't recognize Bo or Boo when they see them later at the concert.

    • The special powers of the Orbots are explained in this episode. Tor's is great strength. Bort can transform into any other form. Bo controls the elements. Boo is a master of illusion. And Crunch can consume anything.

    • It is revealed that the Orbots have a secret base at Asteroid Alpha.

    • The footage of the Orbots combining into Mighty Orbots is recycled from Episode 1.

    • When Dia saw Bo and Boo in the first episode, "The Magnetic Menace", she seemed to have no idea who they were. Yet in this episode she clearly knows the individual identities of the Orbots.

    • In this episode we see that one of the Orbots (Crunch) can separate from Mighty Orbots and the combined form will still stay merged.

    • This is the only episode in which Shadow does not appear.

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    Trivia (9)

    • The name of the Orbots Commander, Rob, is also made up of a combination of letters from the word "Orbot."

    • The names of four of the six Orbots: Tor, Bort, Boo, and Bo, are made of different combinations of the letters in the word "Orbot."

    • This episode marks the first time we see that Crunch's voracious eating can be used to not only recharge him, but also all of the Orbots.

    • It is shown that the Orbots individual powers are shared when they are combined as Mighty Orbots. For example, Bort's shape-shifting ability is transfered to the arms made up of Bo and Boo.

    • The name of the impostor robot, Tobor, is an anagram of Orbot.

    • Despite the constant claims that nothing can escape the Sargasso Cluster's intense gravity, Captain Shrike's pirate ship and Mighty Orbots have no trouble coming and going from the cluster as they please.

    • Rob sends Boo to Galactic Patrol to retrieve a stasis device that is the only thing that can save Ohno. We are told several times that time is of the essence. We see Boo fly there, and then fly back, desperately trying to avoid the infected machines. Since she has the ability to teleport, and in fact does teleport later in the same episode, why didn't Boo just teleport there and then back with the device?

    • After the Orbots become afraid that Rob is going to replace them because he considers them old junk, Bort transforms into a rocking chair, which is often connected with old age.

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    Allusions (10)

    • Human Oh-No looks like Shirley Temple!

    • Oh-No becomes a female Pinoccio, even achiving --if only temporarity-- the same goal: To become a REAL girl!

    • The Dremloks, based on their name and appearance, seem to be derived from the Ewoks from Star Wars: Return of the Jedi.

    • Westerns: In this episode, just after Rob explains to Boo about the energy detector they are delivering, he leans back in his seat, props his feet up on the console, and rests his head on his arms. When Rondu calls about Idealla, Rob sits up and pushes the visor on his helmet up, giving Rondu his full attention. This is very much like something from a Western to me. Make Rob a sheriff in a cowboy outfit, and make Rondu a local --like maybe a miner-- rushing in to tell Sheriff Rob that some outlaw/outlaw gang has arrived, and Rob sits up and pushes his hat up on his head. How Western can you get? "_"

    • The sign at the entrance of Devil's Asteroid reads "Abandon hope all ye who enter here." This is the same as what is written on the entrance to Hell in Dante's The Divine Comedy.

    • In the opening scene at the bar on the Stellar Queen, one of the aliens appears to be an overweight Mr. Spock from Star Trek.

    • The Phoenix, refered to in the title, refers to the mythical bird which, after living for 1000 years, builds its own funeral pyre and then throws itself into the flames, only to be reborn and live another 1000 years, at which point the cycle repeats again and again.

    • Rob: Okay, Moby, hold it! In this instance Rob compares Leviathan to the great white whale from the classic 1851 novel, Moby Dick, by Herman Melville.

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  • Fan Reviews (4)
  • Great show, rotten time slot.

    By TriviaDude, May 06, 2011

  • 13 episodes???

    By Falconhood, Jan 26, 2007

  • Disney/Japan co-creation?

    By Knyte77, Oct 08, 2006

  • Deserved more respect!

    By enervator, May 08, 2006

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