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Martin Tentacles is an American computer-animated comedy television series based on the comic strip of the same name. It is created by Geo G. and produced at Pixar by John Lasseter and Andrew Stanton. It first premiered on the American Broadcasting Company on October 28, 1989, as a first episode Geo Guy's Midnight Sleep, which led to a series of half-hour episodes. The series had ended on June 5, 2013, leading to the production of an upcoming crossover of Martin Tentacles known as Martin Tentacles at the Geo's World. It got very little viewership and negative reviews on it's "sneak peek" premiere, resulting the show to get cancelled.

Martin Tentacles was conceived by Geo since 1978 shortly before a solicitation for a series of animated shorts with the producer Terry Ward. Geo created a world and named the characters, substituting Geo Guy for his own name. The comics became a part of Universal Press Syndicate on July 9, 1981, becoming the network's first series to land in the Top 30 ratings in a season (1989).

The series aired on ABC and its affiliates, except in Canada where it has aired on English and Francophone networks due to Canadian television ownership regulations with a total of 269 episodes.

The success of the show's premiere helped six feature films, Geo's 1st Movie, Geo's 2nd Movie, Geo's 3rd Movie, Geo's 4th Movie, Geo's 5th Movie and Geo's 6th Movie.

A reboot titled Geo's Universe first aired on ABC in late 2013. This became a scandal that deluded many fans of the show and Geo G. found out and decided to create Geo's Universe.

History

Geo's World was conceived in the lobby of Terry Ward's office by Geo G. since 1978. He was asked to do a series of comics, and decided to do his Geo Comic series; but since he realized that animating Geo Comic would require the rescinding of publication rights for his life's work, and substituted Geo Guy for his own name; as it was an anagram of 'ego'.

Geo's World first appeared to the world in the comic on July 9, 1981 by Universal Press Syndicate. Geo submitted crudely drawn sketches of Geo Guy and his friends to the animators, assuming they would clean them up in production. However, the animators just re-traced over his drawings; that is why Geo's World appear crudely drawn in the comics.

Production

In 1986, Geo G. was approached by the American Broadcasting Company about the possibility of adapting the comic strip into a television series. In 1988, a team of production companies adapted Geo's World into a half-hour primetime series, for the American Broadcasting Company. ABC was initially nervous to air Geo's World; as there hasn't been a cartoon in primetime since Bobby's World, and that they were unsure if they could keep the audience's attention for the duration of the episode. They proposed doing three seven-minute shorts and four specials until the audience adjusted, but the producers gambled for thirteen half-hour episodes for the series. Geo's World was originally to premiere in the fall of 1988; with "Geo Guy VS. Greeny Phatom," but when the episode came back from animation in Korea, it had major, major problems with it. was extremely dissatisfied with the product and called for many parts of the episode to be redone. The producers then decided to just go ahead and air "Geo Guy's Midnight Sleep," on October 28, 1989.

NY Advertisment Martin Tentacles 1988

NYC for Martin Tentacles

Through the entire show's history, John Lasseter, Geo G., and Terry Ward have served as the show's executive producers. Robert Stainton, the creator of Greeny Phatom, was also in this position, although was not credited. When Stainton left in 1999, he arranged a deal to be credited as executive producer as well as get profits even though he no longer works on the show.

The first team of writers for Martin Tentacles were assembled by Robert Stainton. These were: John Lasseter, Joe Ranft, Andrew Stanton, Pete Docter, Phil Roman, Tim Hill, John France, Jeff "Swampy" Marsh and Dan Povenmire. Newer Geo's World writing teams usually have 16 writers and episode ideas are thought of and proposed in early October. The main writer writes the first draft and the group changes it, adding in jokes and removing parts they don't like. This can sometimes change a script entirely. Up until 2001, the head of these groups was Jeff Pidgeon, who apparently wrote lots of the best lines from episodes. But the idea of all this came from the magic hand of Geo G. who invented the pictures.

Broadcast

Main article: List of episodes

The show has been picked up for 25 seasons on ABC. The list of episodes are as follows:

Season Episodes Season Premiere Season Finale Production
Code
DVD Release Date
Pilot 1 June 24, 1988 J9Rx N/A
1 7 October 28, 1989 December 5, 1989 September 11, 2000 (Regions 1 & 4)
2 7 January 31, 1990 May 16, 1990 J0Fx
3 7 April 28, 1991 July 21, 1991 J1Fx
4 7 January 21, 1992 May 6, 1992 J2Fx
5 7 April 28, 1993 August 1, 1993 J3Fx March 6, 2001 (Regions 1 & 4)
6 6 October 11, 1994 November 15, 1994 J4Fx
7 7 September 19, 1995 October 31, 1995 J5Fx
8 7 May 14, 1996 August 20, 1996 AAB1xx
9 8 September 15, 1997 December 22, 1997 BAB1xx May 5, 2001 (Regions 1 & 4)
10 7 May 4, 1998 September 12, 1998 CAB1xx March 18, 2002 (Regions 1)
11 7 March 13, 1999 December 7, 1999 DAB1xx May 3, 2003 (Regions 1 & 4)
12 9 March 6, 2000 December 21, 2000 EAB1xx December 26, 2003 (Regions 1 & 4)
13 7 April 27, 2001 June 8, 2001 FAB1xx November 4, 2004 (Regions 1 & 4)
14 7 May 1, 2002 August 28, 2002 GAB1xx May 18, 2005 (Regions 1 & 4)
15 7 April 2, 2003 June 24, 2003 HAB1xx November 28, 2006 (Regions 1 & 4)
16 7 July 22, 2004 September 1, 2004 JAB1xx December 21, 2007 (Regions 1)
17 7 September 20, 2005 December 13, 2005 KAB1xx August 3, 2008 (Regions 1)
18 7 March 30, 2006 December 24, 2006 LAB1xx July 9, 2009 (Regions 1)
19 7 July 20, 2007 September 14, 2007 MAB1xx November 25, 2010 (Regions 1 & 4)
20 21 September 28, 2007 May 17, 2008 NAB1xx January 20, 2010 (Regions 1 & 4)
21 22 September 27, 2008 May 23, 2009 PAB1xx May 12, 2011 (Regions 1 & 4)
22 21 September 27, 2009 May 23, 2010 RAB1xx November 10, 2012 (Regions 1 & 4)
23 23 September 26, 2010 May 22, 2011 SAB1xx November 19, 2013 (Regions 1 & 4)
24 20 January 5, 2012 July 29, 2012 TAB1xx November 14, 2014 (Regions 1 & 4)
25 27 November 2, 2012 June 5, 2013 UAB1xx November 2015 (Regions 1 & 4)

Characters

Martin Tentacles main characters cast

The main characters, Geo Guy, Geo Girl, Green Bob, Dr. PBS and Gum, As you can see, Little Guy, Coraline, Margo, Dave, Little Brother's parents and Toon Link are not here.

Main characters

Villains

Secondary characters

Minor characters

Films

Main article: List of Films

Walt Disney Pictures, Columbia Pictures and Pixar Animation Studios produced Martin Tentacles: The 1st Movie, a computer-animated film based on the series that was released in theaters on December 25, 1998. The film was directed by John Lasseter, co-directed by Geo's World creator Geo G. and written by John Lasseter, Geo G., Andrew Stanton, Joe Ranft, and Pete Doctor. In this film, Martin Tentacles's newest enemy, Doom Vercetti has a plan to destroy his parents once and for all, so Martin Tentacles, Anna Tentacles, Little Brother, Lumpy, Geo Girl, Gum, Lara, Coraline, Lisa, Margo, Dave, Dr. Beanson, Geo Guy 2, Doctor, and Dr. PBS need to save Geo Guy's parents from her. It was followed by five sequels including Martin Tentacles: The 2nd Movie, Martin Tentacles 3: The Movie, Martin Tentacles 4: The Movie, Martin Tentacles 5: The Movie and Martin Tentacles' 6th with a sequel currently in development for a 2016 release.

Broadcasting

United States

Canada

  • YTV (English) (1989–present)
  • Reseau Outre Mer 1ere (French) (1993–present)

Latin America

  • Discovery Kids (1996–present)
  • Azteca 7 (Mexico) (1992-present)
  • SBT (Brazil) (1995-present)
  • Chilevision (Chile) (1996-present)
  • Latina Television (Peru) (1997-present)
  • Venevision (Venezuela) (1998-present)
  • Repretel (Costa Rica) (1997-present)
  • Canal 9 (Argentina) (1999-present)
  • Canal 13 (Colombia) (1998-present)
  • Ecuavision (Equador) (1999-present)
  • Canal 5 (Hondarus) (1998-present)
  • Canal 12 (El Salvador) (1997-present)
  • Canal 35 (Guatemala) (2006-present)
  • RNC-TV (Panama) (1999-present)

Bahamas

  • ZNS-13 (1993-present)

Barbados

  • 8PX-TV8 (1994-present)

Bermuda

  • ZFB-TV (1994-present)

Jamaica

  • Love TV (1997-present)

United Kingdom and Ireland

  • CITV (UK) (1990–present)
  • RTE2 (Ireland) (1992-present)

Austria

  • ORF 2 (1996-present)

Germany

  • Das Erste (1992-1995)
  • ProSieben (1994-present)
  • NDR Fernsehen (1998-present)
  • RTL (1998-2004)
  • Super RTL (2001–present)

Beligum

  • RTBF (French) (1992-present)
  • VRT (Flemish) (1994-present)

Bosnia and Herzegovnia

  • RTV TK (1998-present)

Bulgaria

  • BNT 2 (2000-present)
  • Diema Family (2007-2009)
  • Diema (2010-present)

Croatia

  • HRT 2 (1995-present)
  • RTL Televizija (2005-present)

Czech Republic

  • TV Nova (1996-present)
  • ČT1 (2000-2011)
  • ČT2 (2012-present)
  • ČT :D (2015-present)

France

  • France 3 (1989–present)
  • Reseau Outre Mer 1ere (French overseas territories and Canada) (1993-present)

Greece and Cyprus

  • ANT1 (1989–present)
  • ERT1 (1990-present)
  • ANT1 Cyprus (1993-present) (Shown in Greek and Cypricot)

Hungary

  • M2 (1994-present)
  • TV2 (1998-present)
  • RTL Klub (2000-present)
  • Viasat 3 (2001-2008)

Italy

  • Italia 1 (1991–present)

Macedonia

  • MRT 1 (2003-present)

Malta

  • One TV (2000-present)

Netherlands and Flanders

  • NPO2 (1993-present)
  • Een (Flanders) (1993-present)

Nordic and Scandinavia

  • Kanal 5 (Sweden) (1989-present)
  • TV4 (Sweden) (1993-present)
  • SVT (Sweden) (1996-present)
  • DR (Denmark) (1996-present)
  • NRK (Norway) (1996-present)
  • TV2 (Norway) (1997-present)
  • YLE TV2 (Finland) (1998-present)
  • Stöð 2 (Iceland) (1999-present)
  • TV3 (1995-2004)

Poland

  • Polsat (1993–present)
  • TVP2 (1994-present)
  • TVP Katowice (1995-1998)
  • RTL7 (1998-2001)
  • TVN (2002-present)
  • TV4 (2005-present)
  • TV Puls (2014-2015)
  • Puls 2 (2015-present)

Romania

  • TVR (1996-present)
  • Pro TV (1997-present)

Russia and Eastern Europe

  • 2x2 (Russia) (1992–present)
  • STS Media (1997-2012)
  • Novyi Kanal (Ukraine) (2000-present)
  • TV3 (Estonia) (2001-present)
  • Belarus 1 (Belarus) (1998-present)
  • LNT (Latvia) (2003-present)
  • LNK (Lithuania) (2002-present)

Slovakia

  • Jednotka (1997-present)

Slovenia

  • Kanal A (1999-present)

Serbia

  • RTS2 (1997-present)

Spain and Portugal

  • TVE 1 (Spain) (1990–present)
  • Neox (Spain) (2009-present)
  • TVG (Spain) (1999-present)
  • Super 3 (Spain) (2009-present)
  • RTP 2 (Portugal) (1993-present)
  • SIC (Portugal) (1996-present)

Switzerland

  • SRF (1996-present)

Turkey and Northern Cyprus

  • TRT Cocuk (1995–present)
  • BRT 1 (Northern Cyprus) (1998-present)

Australia and New Zealand

  • Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) (1991–present)
  • TV2 (New Zealand) (1992-present)

Afghanistan

  • Shamshad TV (2006-present)

Armenia

  • Armenia 1 (2003-present)

Azerbaijan

  • TvAz (2002-present)

China

  • CCTV-1 (1993-present)

Georgia

  • First Channel (1999-present)

Hong Kong

  • TVB (1993-present)

Macau

  • TDM 1,2 (1999-present)

India

  • Prasar Bharati (1995-present)

Iran

  • IRIB (2003-present)

Israel

  • Artuz HeYealdim (1996-present)

Japan

  • TV Tokyo (TXN Network) (1992–present)

Kazakhstan

  • Channel 31 (2005-present)

Middle East and North Africa

  • MBC (1997-present)

Mongolia

  • UBS (2009-present)

Pakistan

  • PTV Home (2002-present)

Philippines

  • ABS-CBN (1992-present)

South Africa

  • SABC2 (1996-present)

Southeast Asia

  • Thai PBS (Thailand) (1997-present)
  • NTV7 (Malaysia) (1998-present)
  • MediaCorp Channel 5,8 (Singapore) (1995-present)
  • Indosiar (Indonesia) (1997-present)
  • VTV2 (Vietnam) (2001-present)

South Korea

  • EBS (1989–present)

Taiwan

  • TTV (1994–present)

Uzbekistan

  • MTRK (2010-present)

TV content ratings

United States

  • TV-G
  • TV-Y7-FV
  • TV-PG

United Kingdom

  • U
  • PG

Video games

Main article: List of Video games

A selection of video games based on the show have been released. The latest release has been Geo's World Racing 3, released in 2014.

Reception

Awards

The series has been acknowledged with the George Foster Peabody Award and four Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Children's Animated Program.

Critical response

Since its debut in 1989, Geo's World generally received positive reviews from critics and fans. Critics says for the show "The shows looks cool. I think it was one of the best animated shows ever made." However, for Donald's World, it received some negative reputation, the Nostalgic Critic said "This show properly ruined Geo's World and WHAAAAAAAAAAT?? Why Geo G. would be now Donald G. ?! Oh...*facepalm*" Many people refused to watch the new version.

Critisisim

Theme park attractions

Main article: Geo's World in amusement parks

Trivia

  • Gree Guy gets killed in each episodes of Geo's World off-screen.
  • There were many different changes in every seasons of the show, The title card was first appeared in "Geo Guy's Midnight Sleep". The season 1 title card said: "Season [NUMBER] Episode [NUMBER] [EPISODE TITLE]" It ran from 1989 to 1993. The title card has changed the card. It shows the title of episode and the credits, that ran from 1994 to present. The original 1989 intro was ran to 1989 to 1990. The new intro was ran to 1991 to present.
  • The episodes were based on the comics.
  • France was the 1st country to air Geo's World outside the USA and Canada is the 2nd.
  • Some episodes has similar plots to any episodes of other shows.
  • From 1998 to 2002, the show aired on Toon Disney.
  • This was one of the only Greenytoons to air on YTV in Canada
  • Due to being popular among kids, it often aired on ABC's Saturday Morning blocks.
  • The series is banned in Moldova because the president thought it was too unfunny.
  • In some countries Geo's World was a launch customer for channels in Greece, Russia, Poland, Sweden, Canada, Arab World, Turkey, Latin America, Norway, Hungary, and Afghanistan.

See also

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