Power Players

Power Players is an American-French CGI animated television series created by Jeremy Zag and developed by Man of Action for Cartoon Network that premiered on September 21, 2019.[2] Around March 2020, Power Players started airing reruns on Boomerang and Netflix.

Power Players
Genre
Created byJeremy Zag
Developed byMan of Action
Directed byTarik Hamdine
Yohan Parents
Voices of
Theme music composerJeremy Zag
Cash Callaway
Composer(s)Jeremy Zag
Noam Kaniel
Country of originUnited States
France
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes78[1]
Production
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s)Jeremy Zag
Aton Soumache
Running time11 minutes
Production company(s)
DistributorZagtoon
Method Animation
Release
Original networkCartoon Network
Original releaseSeptember 21, 2019 (2019-09-21) –
present

PremiseEdit

A child brings his toys to life and goes on various adventures.[3]

CharactersEdit

MainEdit

  • Axel (voiced by Kieran Walton)[4] - Andrew's nephew, who gains the ability to transform into an action figure after discovering the Power Bandz.
  • Masko (voiced by Carlos Salazar)[4] - A toy luchador whose arms, legs and head stretch and who wears various masks based on his emotions.
  • Sarge Charge (voiced by Greg Chun)[4] - A tough, grizzled toy soldier who is an expert in toy weapons.
  • Bearbarian (voiced by Jamieson Price)[4] - A powerful, yet sensitive plush bear who wields a toy sledgehammer nicknamed the “Worldbreaker".
  • Bobby Blobby (voiced by Reba Buhr)[4] - A small doll-like toy who pilots a purple mech suit that can fire colored clay.
  • Galileo (voiced by Todd Haberkorn)[4] - A blue lizard-like toy who is able to turn invisible.
  • Slobot (voiced by Landon McDonald)[4] - A robotic inventor who moves slowly, but is a valuable asset of the team.
  • Zoe (voiced by TBA) - Axel's friend, who is the only human who knows Axel's secret.

RecurringEdit

  • Andrew (voiced by Scott Whyte)[4] - Axel's uncle, a brilliant toy inventor.
  • Luka (voiced by Aleks Le)[4] - A friend of Axel.
  • Cleo LeBall (voiced by Carolina Ravassa)[5] - Zoe's competitive rival.
  • Joyride (Ronin in French) (voiced by Zach Aguilar) - A robotic tank-like toy who was brought to life by Madcap, but later betrayed him and became an ally to the Power Players.

VillainsEdit

  • Madcap (voiced by Paul Haapaniemi)[4] - A villainous robotic toy who wants to drain the power of Axel's Power Bandz to conquer the world. Madcap has the power to absorb and control Minergy and can use it to bring toys to life.
  • Orangutank and Porcupunk (voiced by Steven T. Seagle[4] and Scott Whyte[6] respectively) - Two of Madcap's henchmen. Orangutank can fire energy disks from his back and arms, while Porcupunk can launch explosive missiles from his body.
  • Princess Sugar Salt (voiced by Sona Movesesian)[7] - One of Madcap's henchmen, a fairy-like toy who wields a wand that is able to create a giant hand and can use magic.
  • Dynamo (voiced by Todd Haberkorn)[4] - One of Madcap's henchmen, who has electromagnetic powers.
  • Ice Crusher (voiced by Steven T. Seagle)[7] - One of Madcap's henchmen, a hockey player toy who can control ice and has a Canadian accent.
  • Dr. Nautilus (voiced by Richard Horvitz)[8][7] - One of Madcap's henchmen, a mutant cephalopod toy with one eye and four stretchable arms who resides in the sewers. He is able to generate both acid and sentient eyeball creatures.
  • Pyrant (voiced by TBA) - One of Madcap's henchmen, a pyramid toy who can answer any question and has mind-control powers.

Development and productionEdit

The show was originally greenlit in 2016 under the working title Power Toys before being renamed Power Players in the final version of the series.[9]

On February 11, 2019, the series was officially picked up by Cartoon Network, making it the first Zagtoon production to be made and produced for this channel, and Playmates became the master toy licensee for the series.[10][11] Power Players premiered on Cartoon Network UK on February 3, 2020.[12]

EpisodesEdit

Season 1 (2019-20)Edit

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
code
1
2
1
2
"Unboxing"
"Origins"
Tarik HamdineMichael Delachenal
Story by: Man of Action
Jeremy Zag
August 29, 2019 (2019-08-29) (online)
September 21, 2019 (2019-09-21) (TV)
897
Axel ventures into his uncle's strictly off-limits basement lab in hopes of fixing a broken toy, and ends up unleashing living ones instead: the renegade Madcap and a team of superpowered toys dedicated to stopping him.
33"Attack Of The Thermometron 9000"
"Dereglement"
Tarik HamdineSimon Lecocq
Story by: A.J. Marchisello
August 29, 2019 (2019-08-29) (online)
September 28, 2019 (2019-09-28) (TV)
105
Slobot invents a super thermostat to appease an argument between Bobby Blobby and Galileo, but it soon goes haywire.
44"The Dynamo Dynamic"Tarik HamdineMichaël Delachenal
Story by: Marcus Rinehart
August 29, 2019 (2019-08-29) (online)
September 28, 2019 (2019-09-28) (TV)
104
Axel finds himself at the center of a disagreement between Sarge and Masko over what is more important in battle - the weapon or the one who wields it - after Dynamo bonds the trio together using magnetism.
55"Access Denied"
"Access Refuse"
Tarik HamdineSimon Lecocq
Story by: Man of Action
August 29, 2019 (2019-08-29) (online)
October 5, 2019 (2019-10-05) (TV)
101
When Axel and the team try to figure out what Sarge Charge's secret weapon is, they get ejected from the house by his newly upgraded security system and must fight their way back inside before Madcap does.
66"Swing Set Jet Set"
"L'Echange"
Tarik HamdineMichaël Delachenal
Story by: A.J. Marchisello
August 29, 2019 (2019-08-29) (online)
October 5, 2019 (2019-10-05) (TV)
102
Axel and the team battle Princess Sugar Salt for possession of Bearbarian's hammer, which was traded to her by Galileo.
77"Side Kicked"Tarik HamdineMichaël Delachenal
Story by: Marcus Rinehart
August 29, 2019 (2019-08-29) (online)
October 12, 2019 (2019-10-12) (TV)
105
Axel's friend Zoe builds her own battle suit in hopes of joining Axel's team, and tries to assist them in a battle against Pyrant and his army of mind-control drones.
88"Porcupunk Rock"
"Porkepunk Rock"
Tarik HamdineTBAOctober 12, 2019 (2019-10-12)103
Madcap turns to Axel and his team for help after an upgrade to his minion Porcupunk threatens to bring down the house.
99"All Trick No Treat"Tarik HamdineTBAOctober 19, 2019 (2019-10-19)106
On Halloween, Axel gets too caught up in the scares and loses track of the fun, just in time for an infiltration by the worst trick ‘r’ treater of all - Madcap.
1010"Iced Out"
"Briser la Glace"
Tarik HamdineTBAOctober 19, 2019 (2019-10-19)107
Madcap’s latest creation, the Ice Crusher, puts the whole city in a deep freeze, forcing Axel and the team to face him in a game of high-stakes hockey or risk entering another ice age.
1111"Gathering Dark"
"Dans le Noir"
Tarik HamdineTBAOctober 26, 2019 (2019-10-26)108
Axel must help Bearbarian overcome his fear of the dark in order to defeat Dynamo.
1212"Bobbie Not Blobby"Tarik HamdineTBAOctober 26, 2019 (2019-10-26)112
Bobbie Blobby's mech-suit is stolen by Dr. Nautilus, who is intent on using it to flood the sewers.
1313"Sand Trap"
"Piege de Sable"
Tarik HamdineTBADecember 27, 2019 (2019-12-27) (online)
January 19, 2020 (2020-01-19) (TV)
113
Axel and the team take to the desert dunes of a playground sandbox as Madcap attempts to unearth an army of Spy Lizards from the same toy line as Galileo.
1414"Dodge City"Tarik HamdineTBAJanuary 3, 2020 (2020-01-03) (online)
January 19, 2020 (2020-01-19)(TV)
110
Axel must embrace the spirit of dodgeball to stop Madcap and Princess Sugar Salt's battle over who is the better villain from spilling over into Zoe and Cleo's argument over who is the better coach.
1515"The Best Team"
"La Meilleure Equipe"
Tarik HamdineTBAJanuary 3, 2020 (2020-01-03) (online)
January 26, 2020 (2020-01-26) (TV)
111
When Madcap and his minions crash a soapbox derby, the team must stop the baddies and help Axel - who is stuck in a car with Luka - cross the finish line.
1616"Joyride AltTitle = Ronin"Tarik HamdineTBAJanuary 3, 2020 (2020-01-03) (online)
January 26, 2020 (2020-01-26) (TV)
112
At a rummage sale with Uncle Andrew, Axel and Zoe must stop Madcap from turning her long-lost tank toy, Joyride, into an agent of mayhem.
1717"Savage Axel"
"L'instinct Primaire"
Tarik HamdineTBAJanuary 3, 2020 (2020-01-03) (online)
February 2, 2020 (2020-02-02) (TV)
113
Bearbarian helps Axel get in touch with his wild side as they try to prevent Orangutank from "liberating" nature from an apartment building, tossing potted plants out the window and onto innocent bystanders below.
1818"The Scratch Pack"
"Le Gratte Pack"
Tarik HamdineTBAJanuary 3, 2020 (2020-01-03) (online)
February 2, 2020 (2020-02-02) (TV)
116
Axel and the team must run damage control after a loose spark of Minergy accidentally turns Zoe's old toys - a group of three kittens - into a pack of snarling beasts.
1919"Knockout"
"Chut!"
Tarik HamdineTBAJanuary 3, 2020 (2020-01-03) (online)
February 9, 2020 (2020-02-09) (TV)
117
Axel and Masko juggle not waking Uncle Andrew from his nap and stopping Orangutank from stealing Andrew's latest invention: the Knockout Box.
2020"Sarge in Charge"Tarik HamdineTBAJanuary 3, 2020 (2020-01-03) (online)
February 9, 2020 (2020-02-09) (TV)
120
Axel and the team must rescue Sarge Charge from a solo mission in the backyard, which Orangutank has turned into his own personal heart of darkness.
2121"The Other Side"Tarik HamdineTBAJanuary 31, 2020 (2020-01-31) (online)
February 23, 2020 (2020-02-23) (TV)
114
Axel must 'save' Bobbie Blobby after she defects to Madcap's team, tempted by Porcupunk and his assertion that she belongs with the bad toys.
2222"Bare-Knuckle Brawl AltTitle = Un Barbare Tout Doux"Tarik HamdineTBAJanuary 31, 2020 (2020-01-31) (online)
February 23, 2020 (2020-02-23) (TV)
115
Axel and Bearbarian must team up to stop Madcap from transforming Luka's stuffed bear collection into an invincible army.
2323"Saving Private Masko AltTitle = Il Faut Sauver le Soldat Masko"Tarik HamdineTBAJanuary 31, 2020 (2020-01-31) (online)
March 1, 2020 (2020-03-01) (TV)
116
Masko takes Axel's call for more discipline too seriously and loses sight of his own identity in the process, becoming a no-nonsense soldier who is set on toeing the line and ill-equipped for a lucha libre with Madcap.
2424"On Your Toes"Tarik HamdineTBAJanuary 31, 2020 (2020-01-31) (online)
March 1, 2020 (2020-03-01) (TV)
118
After a Porcupunk sighting, Axel leads a recon mission that slowly but surely proves to be a wild goose chase devised by Sarge, who is secretly pursuing a hobby that he is afraid to share with his teammates.
2525"Friend Wars"Tarik HamdineTBAJanuary 31, 2020 (2020-01-31) (online)
March 15, 2020 (2020-03-15) (TV)
119
Princess Sugar Salt dupes Axel into hanging out with Cleo LeBall and usurps his role as team leader, forcing Zoe to step in and keep the toys together.
2626"The Slobot is No Bot of Mine"Tarik HamdineTBAJanuary 31, 2020 (2020-01-31) (online)
March 15, 2020 (2020-03-15) (TV)
121
Axel and the team compete against themselves in tests of skill, strength, and stamina, but when SloBot gets belittled, he splits into three separate robots - each with their own evil personalities.
2727"Bowling for Balllers"Tarik HamdineTBAJanuary 31, 2020 (2020-01-31) (online)
March 22, 2020 (2020-03-22) (TV)
122
Axel and the team must intervene when Madcap, Porcupunk, and Dynamo interrupt Zoe's bowling competition with Cleo LeBall.
2828"Countdown"Tarik HamdineTBAJanuary 31, 2020 (2020-01-31) (online)
March 22, 2020 (2020-03-22) (TV)
123
Axel has to clean up the living room in time for his uncle's dinner party, but trying to do too much at once leaves him stuck as a toy with Orangutank on the loose and less than an hour until the guests arrive.
2929"Joke's on You, Bro"Tarik HamdineTBAFebruary 28, 2020 (2020-02-28) (online)
March 29, 2020 (2020-03-29) (TV)
124
Axel and the team turn Galileo's camouflaging pranks on him and convince him that he is permanently invisible, with disastrous results.
3030"Out of My Head"Tarik HamdineTBAFebruary 28, 2020 (2020-02-28) (online)
March 29, 2020 (2020-03-29) (TV)
125
Axel must help Sarge and Bobbie learn to walk in each other's shoes - literally - after Luka unwittingly switches their heads.
3131"Freeze!"Tarik HamdineTBAFebruary 28, 2020 (2020-02-28) (online)
April 5, 2020 (2020-04-05) (TV)
126
Axel and his team find themselves in a tough position after Ice Crusher makes it too cold for them to fight back at full speed.
3232"King Axel"Tarik HamdineTBAFebruary 28, 2020 (2020-02-28) (online)
April 5, 2020 (2020-04-05) (TV)
127
After a screening of the King Arthur tale, Axel holds out his sword and declares himself king, but when Dynamo uses his magnetism to steal the weapon and bestow it upon Masko, it casts doubt among the team over who is the true leader.
3333"The Trojan Bear"
"Nounours de Troie"
Tarik HamdineTBAFebruary 28, 2020 (2020-02-28) (online)
April 12, 2020 (2020-04-12) (TV)
128
When Axel opens a subscription gift-box he didn't even order, the team finds their ranks divided by a robotic bear who turns out to be a disguised Princess Sugar Salt.
3434"Thrist for Power"Tarik HamdineTBAFebruary 28, 2020 (2020-02-28) (online)
April 12, 2020 (2020-04-12) (TV)
130
Axel and his toys deploy the Joyride in a battle against Dr. Nautilus, who has punctured a water main to flood the sewers and establish himself as "Admiral Nautilus".
3535"Party On"Tarik HamdineTBAFebruary 28, 2020 (2020-02-28) (online)
April 19, 2020 (2020-04-19) (TV)
129
As Zoe preps Cleo LeBall's birthday party, Axel and the team run damage control against a jealous Princess Sugar Salt, who turns the decorations and gifts into instruments of chaos.
3636"Bringing Up Baby"Tarik HamdineTBAFebruary 28, 2020 (2020-02-28) (online)
April 19, 2020 (2020-04-19) (TV)
145
Zoe leaves Axel in charge of her school project of watching over an infant simulator doll, but when Madcap brings the doll to life, Axel and the team must stop the baby without damaging it or risk getting a failing grade.
3737"Stretched Too Thin"
"Raplapla"
Tarik HamdineTBAApril 26, 2020 (2020-04-26)144
After a new combo-move leaves Masko permanently limp, Axel and the team must help him get his stretch back.
3838"From Below"Tarik HamdineTBAApril 26, 2020 (2020-04-26)147
Axel juggles looking after Luka and defending the house from Dr. Nautilus's latest creation, a tentacled monster that attacks from every drain, pipe, and faucet in the building.
3939"Winner Takes All"
"Le Jour du Luchador"
TBATBAMay 3, 2020 (2020-05-03)143
After months of training for Luchador Day, Axel needs Masko to coach him against a pair of uninvited competitors - Madcap and Dynamo!
4040"Prepare for the Worst"TBATBAMay 3, 2020 (2020-05-03)142
Axel and Bobbie Blobby skip out on Sarge's disaster-prep drills, thus leaving enough of a gap in the team's defenses for a crow to swoop in and snatch Sarge! Feeling responsible, Axel leads the team on a search-and-rescue mission.
4141"Stuck on You"TBATBAMay 17, 2020 (2020-05-17)141
Tired of Axel and the team taking him for granted, Masko tries to get kidnapped and ends up stuck to Dynamo, who is less than enthused with his rubbery new sidekick.
4242"Opposites Attract"TBATBAMay 17, 2020 (2020-05-17)139
Claiming to be good at heart, Dynamo convinces Axel and the team to help him find a battery that can power his centrifuge and free him from Madtrap's control - but Bobbie Blobby isn't buying the baddie's story.
4343"The Thing in the Wall"TBATBAMay 24, 2020 (2020-05-24)138
When Axel and the team accuse Galileo of stealing their possessions, the lizard must hunt down the true culprit - a mysterious creature behind the wall - to prove his innocence.
4444"Madtrap"TBATBAMay 24, 2020 (2020-05-24)140
Madcap and Princess Sugar Salt trap Axel and the team inside a Minergy-powered labyrinth that attacks them with their greatest fears, forcing them to work together and escape as a unit.
4545"To Tame the Perilous Skies!"TBATBAMay 31, 2020 (2020-05-31)136
With Axel’s drone-wing broken, the team must find another way to stop Madcap and his minions as they take to the skies in toy airplanes for an aerial assault on the city park.
4646"Four Color Fallout"TBATBAMay 31, 2020 (2020-05-31)137
Madcap uses Minergy to transport Axel, Galileo, and Sarge into the pages of Axel's favorite comic book, the hero of which turns out not to be so cool after all.
4747"Grin and Bear It"TBATBAJune 7, 2020 (2020-06-07)135
When a toothache sends Axel to the dentist, the team must fight off Princess Sugar Salt, who confuses Axel's new "crown" for the real thing.
4848"Green with Envy"TBATBAJune 7, 2020 (2020-06-07)150
When the local news interviews Uncle Andrew about his toy inventing, an envious Galileo stages a play in the park with the help of Axel and the team, only to be interrupted by an equally envious Madcap, who is out to steal the spotlight for himself.
4949"Bring on the Bad Guys"TBATBAJune 14, 2020 (2020-06-14)146
Axel, Zoe, and the team confront Madcap and his minions as they terrorize a local supermarket.
5050"Spies Like Us"TBATBAJune 14, 2020 (2020-06-14)134
Uncle Andrew warns Axel that his vintage "Agent Danger" action figure is off-limits, only to have the toy escape on its own! Axel and the team must return Danger to its rightful place before Uncle Andrew finds out.
5151"Return of Thermometron 9000"TBATBAJune 14, 2020 (2020-06-14)131
During a brutal heatwave, Axel and his team must track down Thermometron 9000, which has been stolen by Ice Crusher to keep his hockey rink from melting and bait them into a rematch with him.
5252"The End"TBATBAJune 14, 2020 (2020-06-14)132
Axel and the team find themselves bested by Madcap when he uses digital devices to track their every move in combat, forcing them to act unpredictably in order to defeat him.

ReferencesEdit

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