Synopsis of Saturday Morning Show
How they got away with this one is anyone’s guess. Cartoons had been made from R-rated films before (the animated Rambo, for instance), but the Toxic Avenger films made John Rambo look like John-Boy Walton. Created by New Jersey-based Troma, Inc., a company famous for such low-budget classic schlockfests as Chopper Chicks in Zombietown, Class of Nuke ‘Em High, and Sgt. Kabukiman, NYPD, the animated Toxic Crusaders departed significantly from its live-action source.
The Toxic Avenger series (four films in all) starred Melvin Junko, a scrawny nerd who, through exposure to toxic waste, transformed into a “hideously deformed” mutant. In the films, “Toxie” took his revenge on industrial America by means of gory violence and bloodbaths. True to Troma’s reputation, other R-rated material abounded as well.
Toxic Crusaders cleaned up Toxie’s act considerably. He was still a grotesque mutant endowed with superhuman powers, but underneath it all, he was a good-hearted, law-abiding citizen. The villains were still polluters, albeit polluters from a different world. Hailing from the planet Smogula, Zarzosa, Dr. Killemoff, Bonehead, and Psycho wreaked ecological havoc with the help of Tromaville’s corrupt Mayor Grody.
Joining Toxie’s crusade were fellow mutants NoZone (known for his powerful sneezes), Junkyard, and Headbasher, whose two heads were known as Benderman and Fenderman. Also on the team was non-mutant Major Disaster, who had the ability to control plants. Toxie’s weapon of choice was a superpowered mop, which had a mind of its own, and he had a furry pink pet called Blobbie. One of the few “normal” humans on the show was Yvonne, Toxie’s buxom blonde girlfriend.
Only thirteen syndicated episodes of Toxic Crusaders were produced, but like the feature films, the episodes became cult favorites, spawning a successful video game and action figure line.
Release History1991 syndicated
TV Sub Categoriesanimated
TV StudioMurikami-Wolf-Swenson, Troma Films
Television CastBonehead Hal Rayle
Dr. Bender Hal Rayle
Psycho Michael J. Pollard
Voices Gregg Berger
Voices Susan Blu
Voices Rodger Bumpass
Voices Paul Eiding
Voices Ed Gilbert
Voices Chuck McCann
Voices Susan Silo
Voices Kath Soucie
Voices Patric Zimmerman