Sym-Bionic Titan

Sym-Bionic Titan
Voice Director: Genndy Tartakovsky

US Premiere: Sep 17, 2010
US Conclusion: 2011

Seasons: 1
Episodes: 20

Animation Studio: Cartoon Network Studios

Popularity: 730th All Time, 506th This Week

Characters on BTVA: 24
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said at 9:40 PM on Thu Jun 7 2018
 1 Shout Out!
This was a really cool show with awesome animation and a great voice cast a shame it only lasted one season
Lps and pokemon fan
said at 4:15 PM on Fri Aug 12 2016
 2 Shout Outs!
i rember this show. aw memories
said at 2:30 PM on Thu Jan 28 2016
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This is getting a DVD release in Australia soon.

Same for Steven Universe:

I'm so preordering these!
said at 3:31 PM on Mon Jan 25 2016
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....... And to think that this piece of brilliance was cut down in its prime because its toys were not selling well at all, despite the high ratings and views (apparently) they just... UGH! ... CN, you're not Hasbro.
Polyester Funk
said at 12:31 AM on Tue Jan 26 2016
@Aussieroth Cartoons are meant to sell merchandise and when they don't, they get axed despite ratings. Sure it stinks, but that's the way it is.
said at 1:55 PM on Tue Jan 26 2016
@Aussieroth It had NO toyline though.
TylerMirage (Admin)
said at 3:39 PM on Tue Jan 26 2016
@D.A.V.E. Replace "sell merchandise" with "turn a profit" and the point remains.
said at 11:47 AM on Mon Feb 17 2014
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This is one of the best Cartoon Network shows history, and it must return with a new season. The voice acting is some of the best I've ever heard too, and Princess Iilana is my favorite Tara Strong role(next to Raven from Teen Titans).
said at 2:05 AM on Thu Apr 11 2013
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This is what I'd like to consider an example of a "serious-toned" show done right, especially in regards to the visuals.

The character design feels really organic and is very accessible all the same; the smaller details actually help define the bigger shapes that make up the characters and give them tangibility rather than bury the construction or float in arbitrary space, and the bigger shapes in question fit well together and create an immediately recognizable silhouette for each character. The faces, head and body shapes are also quite varied and hardly if ever repeat, which adds to the characters' specific quality.

Of course, no matter how well-designed a show's characters may be, it takes skilled, unsuppressed animators to really make them come alive, and this show's animators certainly got that job done. The quality of the character design allows the cast to move with extra flexibility, swiftness and clarity, and the action-oriented sequences benefit greatly from this and give these scenes the clear, fast-paced quality that's vital to keeping the audience's eyes glued to the screen. The show's calmer moments make very good use of line-of-action, character posing and specific expressions to keep character interactions interesting.

The story is largely episodic in nature, and while there is a definite sense of continuity, intently watching the series in order isn't necessary for the enjoyment of an individual episode.

The show does get serious when it feels like it, but it never lets that overtake its identity. It has the capacity to let the characters do their thing and live their lives in between the heavier stuff, and these lighter-hearted/"slice-of-life" moments are so frequent, so well-integrated and so well-balanced with the serious content that it feels incredibly natural as opposed to being an infrequent obligation to its audience to prove that it's not completely stone-faced (as many other "serious" shows would rather be).

The voice acting, while not the most distinctive in the world, does a pretty good job at making the characters sound distinguishable from each other. If this were a radio drama, I'd definitely not have too much of a problem telling which character is which.

All of this can be attributed to the simple fact that Genndy Tartatovsky is a REAL cartoonist who knows first-hand how to make a cartoon look good no matter what the tone is. He knows how to challenge the animators without making them want to kill themselves. He knows how to make the characters move, talk and emote as if they were actually living flesh beings as opposed to mannequins for a Korean assembly line. He knows how to keep the audience involved without alienating people who've just walked in. He even did the show's voice directing himself, which shows a true sense of discipline, responsibility and involvement in his own work that many other cartoon developers should really pick up on.

It is a pity the show wasn't able to go on, though the sheer effort put into this one season alone couldn't have been cheap, not to mention action figure lines just don't sell like they used to, so the premature end isn't entirely unreasonable. Oh well. If Tartatovsky can move on, so can we.

If sitting through that stiff, pretentious ThunderCats show on Toonami has had any benefit, it's that it makes this show look all the more better than it already is.
OptimusSolo (Admin)
said at 9:47 AM on Thu Apr 11 2013
@CatsTuxedo I have no problem with your review of this show but I have no idea why you would call ThunderCats stiff or pretentious???
said at 12:47 AM on Sat Apr 13 2013
@OptimusSolo I was actually holding off on railing on that show in favor of lavishing praise onto this one (mostly because I'm trying to get back on the admin team's good side), but if you'd really like my full opinion, I'd be happy to get it all down at the TC page.
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