"Oban Star Racers" Premieres with Hour-Long Special
The highly-anticipated intergalactic animated adventure “Oban Star Racers” is set to premiere during Jetix, the popular action/adventure block on Toon Disney, MONDAY, JUNE 5. Beginning with an hour-long special, “Oban Star Racers,” a unique 2D/3D animation combination and fusion of Japanese Anime with Western sci-fi styling, will be showcased in all-new half hour episodes through the end of the year.
Based on an original short which received the 2001 LEAF (London Effects and Animation Festival) Award, “Oban Star Racers” is set in the year 2082 and chronicles the adventures of competing teams participating from all over the universe as they vie to win the Greatest Race of Oban, which happens only once every 10,000 years. The winners of the race can take home the Ultimate Prize, a chance to have their deepest wish granted by the powerful Avatar, the most omnipotent being in the universe and mysterious organizer of the race.
After an alien spaceship arrives to collect Earth’s fastest star-racing heroes, the unlikely team leader becomes 15-year old rebellious teen Molly, a star pilot prodigy and the planet’s best chance of victory. As Earth is threatened by the aggressive and powerful alien race, the Crogs, Molly and her gunner Jordan, are the two young heroes who are fighting against overwhelming odds using their shrewdness and quick reflexes to progress through the stages of the competition to stay alive and win the race. But first, Jordan must overcome his resistance to a girl partner while Molly unwittingly reunites with her father Don Wei, who placed her in boarding school ten long years ago. As the manager of Earth’s most famous star-racing team, Don Wei doesn’t even recognize his own daughter and Molly, under this new alias, gets herself a job on her dad’s team. Now, Molly’s fate, as well as the future of the human race, are now inextricably intertwined.
“Oban Star Racers” is a co-production between Jetix Europe and Sav! The World Productions with additional co-production partners France 3, Super RTL, Bandai Visual and Hal Film Maker.