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The series ran for 26 episodes on Fox Kids and featured, amongst others, the voice of Pamela Adlon (credited as Pamela Segall) as the voice of Rusty, and character actors R. Lee Ermey and M. Emmet Walsh. A line of toys based on the show was produced by Bandai, which can sometimes be found on eBay along with ephemera surrounding a brief promotional tie-in with Burger King.
The animated series, produced by Columbia TriStar Television and Dark Horse Entertainment, aired from 1999 to 2001, and in many aspects is a more mature and established series. Whereas the comic book seems like only an introduction to the robots, the animated series is full-fledged with a strong back story which links the episodes together. The plot and setting of the series is different from the comic book as the whole story is based around New Tronic City, a fictional American city clearly modeled after New York City. The series focuses on Rusty, the most advanced robot ever built, with a human emotional grid and "nucleoprotonic" powers. The plan is that Rusty will replace the Big Guy, a massive war robot that is the Earth's last line of defence against all threats alien or domestic. However, Rusty is too inexperienced to stand on his own, so the Big Guy is re-commissioned to teach Rusty the way of trade. Rusty idolizes the Big Guy, regarding him as the best robot ever. In reality, the Big Guy is actually a mindless battle suit piloted by Lieutenant Dwayne Hunter, who poses as his chief mechanic. The Big Guy's secret is known only to a few, and many situations involve Lt. Hunter's clever and impromptu excuses to hide the fact from Rusty for two reasons: that the truth could overload Rusty's emotional grid; and Rusty has trouble keeping secrets.
- 1st Season 1999
|Air Date||Episode Title|
|1- 1||101||18 Sep 1999||Creatures, Great and Small|
|1- 2||102||25 Sep 1999||Out of Whack|
|1- 3||103||2 Oct 1999||The Inside Scoop|
|1- 4||104||9 Oct 1999||Birthday Bash|
|1- 5||105||16 Oct 1999||The Reluctant Assassin|
|1- 6||106||23 Oct 1999||Really Big Guy|
- 2nd Season 2001
|Air Date||Episode Title|
|2- 1||112||30 Jan 2001||Little Boy Robot Lost|
|2- 2||113||2 Feb 2001||The Bicameral Mind|
|2- 3||108||Feb 2001||The Inside Out|
|2- 4||109||Feb 2001||Moon Madness|
|2- 5||110||Feb 2001||Wages of Fire|
|2- 6||111||Feb 2001||The Big Boy|
|2- 7||114||Feb 2001||World of Pain|
|2- 8||107||Feb 2001||Sibling Mine|
|2- 9||115||Feb 2001||Blob, Thy Name Is Envy|
|2-10||116||Feb 2001||Donovan's Brainiac|
|2-11||117||Feb 2001||Patriot Games|
|2-13||119||Feb 2001||5000 Fingers of Rusty|
|2-14||120||Feb 2001||The Champ|
|2-16||122||Feb 2001||Nephew of Neugog|
|2-17||123||Feb 2001||The Lower Depths|
|2-18||125||1 Mar 2001||Double Time (1)|
|2-19||126||2 Mar 2001||Double Time (2)|
|2-20||124||5 Mar 2001||Rumble in the Jungle|