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Mighty Max: Why isn't this on DVD yet?

by onOctober 29, 2009
 

Mighty Max, much to my chagrin, has not yet see a release on DVD. It’s a show that I remember quite fondly and the episodes I recorded off the television airings on VHS still hold up very well. During a time where there’s a push for 90’s nostalgia and series of lesser quality have seen DVD releases, it’s quite befuddling. Why? Confusion on who to approach to acquire the rights? Lack of interest from the licensor? Whatever the answer may be, it’s preventing me from having this series in my library.

I adored this show as a teenager. It took a completely absurd premise (boy finds magic cap that makes portals and fights evil alongside a bird man and Viking.) and makes it work with some really smart dialogue, a great visual style and a catchy theme. Giddy up, I say.

Mighty Max follows the adventures of a fantastically snarky teenager as he battles to save the world. Max discovers one day that he is part of an ancient prophecy and he will be the one to bring an end to the SkullMaster. While Max must largely rely on his wits to defeat his enemies, he is granted some power and is certainly not alone. Portals are scattered throughout the world, allowing access to every place imaginable, and Max holds the key to them in the form of a baseball cap. Guiding him on his adventures and instructing him in the ways of the hero is the last of the Lemurians, a wise and well-spoken  chicken fowl, named “Virgil” and Max’s guardian, referred to in the first episode as the ultimate body guard,  is a Norseman named, “Norm”.

Here’s the show’s opening theme for your viewing pleasure:

 



Mighty Max’s original incarnation was a toy linecreated by Bluebird Toys in the UK. This was a logical follow-up to the successful Polly Pocket girl’s line. It made use of miniature figures and sets, with a boys’ theme, where Max and company could battle SkullMaster. The show was created in order to market the toy in the States.

The cartoon series was a co-production between Canal+ and Film Roman, with Bluebird maintaining rights over creative approval.
Bohbot acquired syndication rights for the United States. Mighty Max began airing as part of the BKN kids block on various television stations throughout the country in 1993.

It featured a solid voice cast which included, Rob Paulsen, the departed Tony Jay, Richard Moll, Tress MacNielle, Corey Burton, Frank Welker and numerous other very recognizable names.

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  • June 24, 2015 at 2:03 pm

    I honestly only remember seeing commercials for the toys, don't think I ever saw episodes of the cartoon. I see it was a syndicated show, so maybe that's why I missed it, though I strongly remember "Conan the Adventurer", and that was syndicated as well.

    That was the early 90's, (1993 to be exact), that time period where "Batman: The Animated Series" and "Exosquad" were rewriting the rules of Saturday Mornings, so I think "Mighty Max" kind of got lost in the transition taking place during that time period.


  • June 24, 2015 at 2:33 pm

    This is an old as hell post that just had a comments thread generated for it.

    The series arc for Mighty Max was very strong, IMO. It ended on a very interesting note that left a lot of possibilities open. The quality of animation varied from episode to episode. It's possible that you caught one of the piss poor episodes and that turned you off. The bad episodes were very bad and the good episodes were very good.

    Unfortunately, the rights are all kind of murky on Mighty Max. I think when I was researching this years ago I found that Bluebird, the creators of the Polly Pocket and Mighty Max toys was absorbed by Mattel. I think Canal + had some distribution rights. I think Starz might have had Home Video rights when I last checked. I had contacted their legal team to check, but they never got back and I became busy with other things.


  • June 24, 2015 at 4:10 pm

    This is an old as hell post that just had a comments thread generated for it.

    Hmm, I see that now. To be clear, I was reading this thread on "Saturday Mornings Forever" and under "Similar Threads" it had a link to this thread. It said the most recent post from you was "Today at 6:12 PM". So I thought this was a new blog post. Conversion error, I suppose.

    Still: Mighty Max! Probably would've been right up my alley if I wasn't deeply wrapped up in all the Fox Kids shows back during that time period.


  • June 24, 2015 at 4:13 pm

    Yeah. A lot of my articles ended up under Hellcat's ID. As I slowly switch them over, they're creating a comments thread.

    It would have!


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