Challenge of the GoBots
|Challenge of the GoBots|
On-screen title card.
|Original release:||October 29, 1984—December 13, 1985|
|Run time:||22 minutes|
|Executive producer(s):||William Hanna|
Patrick S. Feely
|Music composed by:||Hoyt Curtin|
Ray Patterson (supervising)
Gordon Hunt (voices)
|Second title card|
Mini-series' title card.
Challenge of the GoBots is an American animated sci-fi action-adventure TV series produced Hanna-Barbera for syndication on stations that took part in The Funtastic World of Hanna-Barbera programming block (although the preceding miniseries aired in syndication outside of the block). It ran from 1984 to 1985, airing 65 episodes in total that spanned one season. The TV series is an adaptation of Tonka's toyline, which was intended as direct competition to Marvel/Sunbow's adaption of Hasbro's The Transformers, even to the point where Hanna-Barbera combated Marvel/Sunbow's The Transformers: The Movie in 1986, with its own theatrical movie, GoBots: Battle of the Rock Lords.
Two warring sentient robotic factions, the peaceful Guardians and the evil Renegrades, take their fight from their homeworld of GoBotron to Earth, where both sides find human allies.
The music was composed by Hoyt Curtin, which for the miniseries, he was credited for conducting and composing, whereas for the series proper, he was credited with arranging and composing. In the case of Paul DeKorte he was credited as music director then music supervisor.
The series is rife with continuity errors and not even the most thoroughly researched order could avoid some of these issues.
- Lou Richards as Leader-1
- Arthur Burghardt as Turbo
- Frank Welker as Scooter, Blaster, Rest-Q, Screw Head, and Zeemon
- Bernard Erhard as Cy-Kill
- Bob Holt as Cop-Tur
- Marilyn Lightstone as Crasher and Path Finder
- Sparky Marcus as Nick Burns
- Candy Brown (miniseries) and Leslie Speights (regular) as A.J. Foster
- Morgan Paull as Matt Hunter
- Brock Peters as General Hardcastle
- Peter Cullen as Pincher, Spoiler, and Tank
- Rene Auberjonois as Doctor Zebediah Braxis