Chaotic (TV series)

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Chaotic
GenreAdventure
Science fantasy
Action
Created byMerlin P. Mann
Martin Rauff
Developed byNorman J. Grossfeld
Michael Haigney
Written byMichael Haigney
Jake Black
Mark Lickona
Alan Kingsberg
Voices ofJason Griffith
Darren Dunstan
Gary Mack
Rebecca Soler
Marc Thompson
Emily Williams
Theme music composerMatt McGuire
John Siegler
Ralph Schuckett
John Angier
Composer(s)Matt McGuire
Julian Harris
John Angier
Paul Rucker
Wayne Sharpe
Elik Alvarez
Ralph Schuckett
Freddy Sheinfeld
Louis Cortelezzi
Joel Douek
John Siegler
Country of originUnited States
Canada
Original language(s)English
No. of series3
No. of episodes79 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Norman J. Grossfeld
Alfred R. Kahn
Bryan C. Gannon
John T. Milito
Producer(s)Michael Haigney
Running time19 minutes
Production company(s)Chaotic of America
4Kids Entertainment
Bardel Entertainment
Release
Original networkCartoon Network/4Kids TV (United States)
Teletoon (Canada)
Picture format480i (SDTV)
Original releaseOctober 7, 2006 –
March 13, 2010

Chaotic is an American-Canadian animated science fantasy television series produced by 4Kids Entertainment and animated by Bardel Entertainment for Season 1 and Dong Woo Animation for Season 2-3. It is based on the Danish trading card game of the same name. Much of the plot is based on the original storyline of the Danish trading card game.

Premise[edit]

Chaotic tells the tale of a teenage boy named Tom and his friend Kaz. They both play the Chaotic Trading Card/Online Game. Kaz always tries to tell Tom about a secret code to play for real which Tom refuses to believe. While playing online Tom receives the special password. When he enters the password into his game scanner he is transported to a place called Chaotic that is able to take him to another world where the characters, locations and items in the card game came to life.

There are two parts to the Chaotic world, Chaotic itself and Perim. Chaotic is where the people play an advanced version of the card/online game where they transform into the creatures. The games can be watched via monitor by other players.

The second part is Perim. In Perim the creatures, locations and items from the game are real. Players from the Chaotic game can teleport into Perim and scan the locations, creatures and items with their scanners, gaining the ability to use them in their game. There are four tribes in Perim. Two tribes, the Overworld and the Underworld, have been at war over a great power called the Cothica. Despite their names, there is no definite Good and evil tribe, as both have different stories and interpretations of how the war began, with each tribe seeing the other as being evil. The Danians and Mipedians have since joined the war, turning it into a four-way conflict over the Cothica. It is said that the Mipedians were once united with the Overworlders and the Danians united with the Underworlders. It is still unknown why they separated.

Both Chaotic and Perim are made up of a mysterious code called the "Chaotic Code". The code is noted for constantly changing in random ways. Thus, it is considered "chaotic." In Perim, the Chaotic Code describes everything. It contains the information for all the creatures, BattleGear, attacks, Mugic, and locations. The Cothica, mentioned above, is the source of all the codes in Perim. The code also describes everything in Chaotic. The BattleDromes, Transporters, and CodeScanners can analyze and/or modify this code for matches, transport, or creation of virtual cards.

When the players are in Chaotic/Perim they exist simultaneously on Earth. When a Chaotic player leaves Chaotic they become one person again and the Earth version of the player gains the memories of anything they experienced in the Chaotic/Perim world. This is awkward the first time they transport, as their online deck is blocked so that their Chaotic self can use it and their scanner becomes non functional, causing many people to believe they have broken their scanners until they are re-united with their Chaotic self.

Broadcast[edit]

A short preview was shown on 4Kids TV on September 30, 2006 at 10:30 AM ET.[1] The show officially premiered on October 7, 2006 at 10:30 AM ET.[1] 4Kids Entertainment plans to "roll out the storyline over seven years", implying there were seven seasons planned for the television series.[2] A second season, called Chaotic: M'arillian Invasion, aired began airing in September 2008 on 4Kids TV.[3] While season 1 used flash animation, the M'arillian Invasion season is animated in traditional animation. Jetix (U.S.) bought the cable rights to the show and began airing it daily at 7:00 AM on October 1, 2007. The Secrets of Lost City season is animated in traditional animation, like the previous season.

Digital cable providers Comcast Cable, Cox Communications and Bresnan Communications premiered four new episodes in February 2008 on 4KidsTV's Video On Demand.

Teletoon and The CW4Kids air most of the premiere episodes for their respective countries. The CW4Kids premieres began in February 2009 with M'arillian Invasion episode 14, while Teletoon began airing the second season in January 2009.[4] Cartoon Network took over premieres for the final seven M'arrillian Invasion episodes in the U.S. in August 2009, but The CW4Kids regained the premieres when the third series- Secrets of the Lost City started on Halloween 2009 where the rest of the series would then have its premieres simultaneously on both Cartoon Network and The CW4Kids. Toon Disney aired the show on Jetix.[5][6] On February 13, 2009, Jetix along with Toon Disney merged into a new network called Disney XD (a new channel similar in scope to Jetix). The Jetix brand no longer existed in the United States, but series 1, the original Chaotic, continued to air on Disney XD.[7] Cartoon Network acquired the rights for the second and third seasons and began airing them and Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's in June 2009.[8] By airing the second season straight through, CW was able to premiere episodes before CW4Kids. The series finale aired on March 13, 2010, but the show continued to air on Cartoon Network and Disney XD until 2011.

Characters[edit]

Humans[edit]

  • Tom Majors (A.K.A. MajorTom) - Mainly an OverWorld player, Tom Majors is the main protagonist of the series. He is subsequently shocked and overwhelmed by his first transportation to Chaotic, transforming into the Card Game Creatures and experiencing the battle "for real." However, Tom eventually overcomes his fear and is presented as a bold risk taker and thrill seeker, meeting the Creatures and exploring the locations in the dimensional world of Perim. Tom is honest, truthful and trustworthy and cares deeply for his friends. Even if his rarest and favorite cards are on the line. Tom's favorite and trademark card is Maxxor, the leader of Perim's Overworld. His name and username are a reference to Major Tom, the fictional astronaut from the David Bowie song, Space Oddity.
  • Kazdan "Kaz" Kalinkas (A.K.A. KidChaor) - Mainly an UnderWorld player, Kaz focuses on the game, becoming a better player and improving his battle skills and his collection. He tends to be more cautious and less adventurous; preferring to calculate the odds before taking a risk, unless rare Creatures, BattleGear, or Mugics are at stake. Kaz is usually aided by his underworld friend H'earring who helps him locate desirable scans, usually at the price of some disgusting delicacies. Kaz frequently warns Tom about the dangers of Perim, but Tom usually ignores Kaz. Kaz's favorite and trademark card is Chaor, the leader of the Underworld.
  • Peyton (A.K.A. PeytonicMaster) - Peyton was introduced in the third episode of Chaotic when he won a battle against Tom. Mainly a Mipedian Player, Peyton is portrayed as a charismatic and eccentric Chaotic player. Peyton speaks in slang and has an encyclopedic knowledge of the game. His intense opinions, his appearance and his unorthodox style of battle and the way he expresses himself all lend themselves to comedy. He often tests unusual theories and strategies in battle, which, shockingly, lead to victory more often than not. He is also perfectly happy to show off cool new scans to his friends. Though he loves to win—especially with his Mipedian Creatures—Peyton will also battle using some of Perim's freakiest Creatures, just to have the experience of transforming into them and "feeling their vibes." While most Chaotic Players think that one tribe is better than the others, Peyton knows how to "look past the personalities and find the powers", though when he isn't testing out different creatures he prefers his Mipedian decks.
  • Sarah ( A.K.A. ChaotiKween) - introduced in the second episode of Chaotic when she saves Tom's butt when he is tricked into going to lake Ken-I-Po in Perim. Mainly a Danian player, Sarah is the smart, feisty female of the group with intentions of speaking her mind. A fearless and shrewd Chaotic player, she is often in situations of stumbling into a fight with the boys and/or the other Players. On few occasions, Sarah is shown to have enough courage when confronting a Creature who gets her angry and is often at the event of leading Tom, Peyton or Kaz to drag her out of danger. She is also known to be a hardcore Scanner, she will camp out for weeks just to get a rare scan. She is also very protective of the boys and is willing do anything to help them. Sarah is shown to have a close relationship with Tom. This is likely due to the fact that she was the first person he met in Perim and her introductory into the main character group.
  • Krystella and Klaybourne (A.K.A. Klayotic) - Krystella and Klay are a crafty team of pranksters who function as the main antagonists of the series. They met briefly after the series began. They are almost always together. The duo's favorite activity, besides battling in Chaotic, is sabotaging the lead characters. Krystella and Klay are snobbish, conceited, rude and patronizing. Klay is seen to have preferred using Lord Van Bloot over all his other cards.

Episodes[edit]

Principal voice actors[edit]

Additional voices[edit]

Crew[edit]

Video game[edit]

Chaotic: Shadow Warriors is a 2009 action video game based on the TV series. It was released in North America on November 10, 2009 on the PlayStation 3, Wii, Xbox 360 and Nintendo DS.[9][10][11][12]

References[edit]

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  3. ^ "All New Chaotic Premiered on FOX Saturday, Sept. 13th". .4kids.tv.com. September 11, 2008. Archived from the original on February 1, 2010. Retrieved September 10, 2016.
  4. ^ Liu, Ed (December 21, 2008). "TELETOON Announces January 2009 Programming Highlights". toonzone.net. Archived from the original on October 21, 2016. Retrieved October 10, 2016.
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  6. ^ "TC-Digital-Games-Chaotic-Sell-Sheet-Marrillian-Invasion" (PDF). tcdent.com. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 10, 2008. Retrieved October 6, 2016.
  7. ^ "Secrets of the Lost City Alliances Unraveled" (PDF). tcdent.com. Archived from the original (PDF) on September 15, 2012. Retrieved October 6, 2016.
  8. ^ "4Kids Entertainment Reports 2009 First Quarter Results". Business Wire. May 11, 2009. Archived from the original on September 27, 2016. Retrieved September 24, 2016.
  9. ^ "Chaotic: Shadow Warriors Release Information for DS". GameFAQs. Archived from the original on 2010-12-16. Retrieved 2011-01-29.
  10. ^ "Chaotic: Shadow Warriors Release Information for PlayStation 3". GameFAQs. Archived from the original on 2010-08-18. Retrieved 2011-01-29.
  11. ^ "Chaotic: Shadow Warriors Release Information for Wii". GameFAQs. Archived from the original on 2011-09-04. Retrieved 2011-01-29.
  12. ^ "Chaotic: Shadow Warriors Release Information for Xbox 360". GameFAQs. Archived from the original on 2012-05-23. Retrieved 2011-01-29.

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