Heavy Gear TV, the animated series
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Charlie has finished his role as Major Drake Alexander Wallis III on the new animated series "Heavy Gear" His character is the leader of the Northern guard representing the forces of the infamous vanguard of justice.

Dream Pod 9's Summary of Heavy Gear: the Animated Series follows the adventures of Marcus Steven Rover, a 16-year old Badlands Gear pilot just recruited into the Shadow Dragons, a special independent dueling squad of the Southern MILICIA. His team is pitted against the Vanguards of Justice, their counterparts from the Northern Guard. Both squads meet in a series of events and battles in the arena desert town of Trash City to determine who will take home the coveted Heavy Gear Championship cup and its associated glory. Major Alexander Wallis III, the leader of the Vanguards, will let his team do anything to secure a victory against the ragtag team of Southerners. Tensions are mounting between the polar confederations, and the stakes are high -- Marcus will need every ounce of his piloting skills to survive the coming conflagration.


They are finally here!! The first two DVD's of the series. Each has 5 episodes of the series and include some cast and director commentary. You can buy them at amazon.com


To find a lot more information on Heavy Gear, the TV series, check out this page at the dp9 website

Story and animations of the Heavy Gear TV series.


August 31st, 2001 official press release from Dream Pod 9

SONY PICTURES FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT
BRINGS HEAVY GEAR TO TELEVISION

Animated Action/Adventure Series Based on Dream Pod 9's Popular Game Debuts in Syndication Across the United States

[Marcus' Command Jager Heavy Gear -- Vehicle Design Copyright 1994 DP9; Image Copyright 200]

-- Dream Pod 9 is pleased to announce that Sony Pictures Family Entertainment (SPFE) is bringing the Heavy Gear animated television show to screens across the United States. The first 26 episodes began airing in mid-September 2001: the majority of the 171 stations -- covering 86% of the United States' television markets -- aired the show on Saturday mornings (see listing below)SPFE licensed the worldwide television rights to DP9's popular Heavy Gear game universe in November 1999, and has commissioned Mainframe Entertainment to create a 40-episode series using cutting edge computer graphics.

Known throughout the game industry as one of the most highly acclaimed properties since its 1994 introduction, the Heavy Gear universe, created by Dream Pod 9, currently includes an extensive line of roleplaying and tactical game books, miniatures, models and other products. Heavy Gear already has a very loyal and devoted fan base.

Heavy Gear: the Animated Series follows the adventures of Marcus Steven Rover, a young Gear pilot just recruited into the Shadow Dragons, a special independent dueling squad of the Southern MILICIA. His team is pitted against the Vanguards of Justice, their counterparts from the Northern Guard. Both squads meet in a series of events and battles in the arena desert town of Trash City to determine who will take home the coveted Heavy Gear Championship cup and its associated glory. Major Drake Alexander Wallis III, the leader of the Vanguards, will let his team do anything to secure a victory against the ragtag team of Southerners. Tensions are mounting between the polar confederations, and the stakes are high -- Marcus will need every ounce of his piloting skills to survive the coming conflagration!

The Heavy Gear animated series was shown on a number of television networks across the world, including Fox Kids Australia, VT4 in Belgium, MegaChannel in Greece, SBS in Holland, TV3 in Ireland and TVNZ in Australia.

Sony Pictures Entertainment's (SPE) global operations encompass motion pictures production and distribution, television programming and syndication, home video acquisition and distribution, operation of studio facilities, development of new entertainment products, services and technologies, and distribution of filmed entertainment in 67 countries.

Sony Pictures Family Entertainment (SPFE) produces animation and live-action properties for television and theatrical release around the world. The division will continue to expand SPE's leadership role by developing original content and proprietary franchises for its key family and children's audiences. SPFE also will seek to broaden its reach by developing filmed entertainment for underserved niches of its core audience, including the all-important young girl and pre-school audiences. The division's products will be designed for use across all of SPE's wide-ranging businesses, including feature film production, international film and television distribution, direct-to-video distribution, and licensing and consumer products.

Dream Pod 9 is a Montreal-based entertainment properties design studio. In addition to publishing games based on their creations, they also work on a large number of special projects, creating worlds and stories to order for a variety of clients. They are best known for their Heavy Gear, Jovian Chronicles, Tribe 8 and Gear Krieg universes, which have generated many games, models and miniatures. The company can call upon the talents of a well-rounded team of more than 50 writers, artists, graphic designers and modelers.

Heavy Gear premiered 12 may, 2001 on Fox Kids network in Australia and is now scheduled for the US in spring of 2002 withBKN as the distributor. Mainframe is still working on the animation of the 40 episodes that they are doing.

It was well worth the wait! It's very cool, lots of fun and it looks and sounds fantastic! The voice cast includes: Lukas Haas as Marcus Rover, David DeLuise as Dirx, Greg Ellis as Rank, Nicholas Guest as Groonz, Ed Hopkins as Sebastion, Vanessa Williams as Sonja Briggs, Michael Chiklis, Karen Maruyama as Yoji, Keith Szarabajka as Serge, Clancy Brown, Clyde Kasatsu, Jim Wise as Boom Boom Maddox, and Sarah Douglas as Rykka.

This 40-episode animated series debuted in January, 2001. "Heavy Gear" is the extremely popular CD ROM game created by Dream Pod 9.

This is the CD rom and strategy book that the show is based on. it's NOT for young kids, it has an ESRB rating of Teen, meaning 13 and over, but parents, as always should use their discretion.

Heavy Gear 2 (Linux) cover

Heavy Gear II : Official Strategy Guide cover

Original Press Release, November, 1999

SONY PICTURES FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT ACQUIRES RIGHTS TO BRING HEAVY GEARTO TELEVISION FOR FALL 2000

Animated Action/Adventure Series Based on Dream Pod 9's Popular Roleplaying Game Set for Fall 2000 Debut on Bohbot Kids Network

Sony Pictures Consumer Products Signs Bandai As Master Toy Licensee

November 3rd, 1999 -- Dream Pod 9 is pleased to announce that Sony Pictures Family Entertainment (SPFE) has licensed the worldwide television rights to its popular Heavy Gear game universe. SPFE has already begun development on a 40-episode animated series for a Fall 2000 debut on the Bohbot Kids Network. It was jointly announced by Sander Schwartz, President, SPFE; Alan Bohbot, CEO, Bohbot Entertainment & Media, Inc.; Fredrik Malmberg, founder and Executive Director of Target Games AB; and Pierre Ouellette, President of Dream Pod 9.

Known throughout the game industry as one of the most highly acclaimed properties since its 1994 introduction, the Heavy Gear universe, created by Pierre Ouellette and Dream Pod 9, currently includes an extensive line of roleplaying and tactical game books, miniatures, models and other products. The storyline includes more than 1000 personalities, 200 vehicles, 300 nations, factions and organizations; a complete 6000-year history; and an extensive coverage of units and emblems. Heavy Gear has a very loyal and devoted fan base on the Internet. Dream Pod 9 has also, in collaboration with Target Games AB, licensed the game universe to Activision to create the Heavy Gear and Heavy Gear II computer games.

"An animated series is the next natural step in extending the already popular Heavy Gear franchise. The new series provides another exciting vehicle for an established fan base to experience the thrill of Heavy Gear and with intriguing storylines, interesting characters and state-of-the-art animation. We will build on that base to grow a strong and loyal audience for the television show," said Sander Schwartz, President of SPFE.

"We are very pleased to be working with SPFE to bring the Heavy Gear franchise to a wider audience. The story is both exciting and fresh, and the hundreds of thousands of fans of the games will now be able to enjoy Heavy Gear in a new format. This is a breakthrough deal for Target Games, Dream Pod 9 and Heavy Gear, and brings the property to the next level," said Malmberg.

In conjunction with SPFE, Sony Pictures Consumer Products (SPCP) has signed Bandai America, Inc. as the master toy licensee for the property. SPCP will translate the property's gritty science fiction world into a wide variety of merchandizing, including: apparel, publishing, electronics, back-to-school, collectibles, food, and gifts and novelties.

The animated series' storylines will focus on the soldiers who pilot the Heavy Gears combat machines, combining state-of-the-art storytelling with the fascination of heroic dogfighter pilots and the dynamics of Japanese mechanical warriors. It will also deliver a tremendously rich storyline that lies beneath the action of Heavy Gear: politics, love, religion and unexpected mysteries as well as unexpected enemies all play their part in the saga of Heavy Gear.

Sony Pictures Entertainment's (SPE) global operations encompass motion pictures production and distribution, television programming and syndication, home video acquisition and distribution, operation of studio facilities, development of new entertainment products, services and technologies, and distribution of filmed entertainment in 67 countries.

Sony Pictures Family Entertainment (SPFE), established last February, produces animation and live-action properties for television and theatrical release around the world. The division will continue to expand SPE's leadership role by developing original content and proprietary franchises for its key family and children's audiences. SPFE also will seek to broaden its reach by developing filmed entertainment for underserved niches of its core audience, including the all-important young girl and pre-school audiences. The division's products will be designed for use across all of SPE's wide-ranging businesses, including feature film production, international film and television distribution, direct-to-video distribution, and licensing and consumer products.

The division currently produces GODZILLA(tm): The Series on Fox Kids Network, MEN IN BLACK: The Series on the Kids WBI; and JUMANJI and EXTREME GHOSTBUSTERS, airing on the Bohbot Kids Network. This fall, SPFE premiered three new series. BIG GUY AND RUSTY THE BOY ROBOT, on Fox Kids Network, is a 26-episode animated action/comedy series based on the Dark Horse comic book. ROUGHNECKS: STARSHIP TROOPERS CHRONICLES, on Bohbot Kids Network, is a 40-episode 3D CGI animated action/adventure series based on Robert Heinlein's classic novel. DRAGON TALES, a 40-episode, animated pre-school fantasy adventure series co-produced with Children's Television Workshop, premiered this fall as part of PBS' Ready to Learn block.

Dream Pod 9 is a Montreal-based entertainment properties design studio. In addition to publishing games based on their creations, they also work on a large number of special projects, creating worlds and stories to order for a variety of clients. They are best known for their Heavy Gear, Jovian Chronicles and Tribe 8 universes, which have generated many games, models and miniatures. The company can call upon the talents of a well-rounded team of more than 50 writers, artists, graphic designers and modelers.


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