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My Life as a Teenage Robot
My Life as a Teenage Robot Title Card.jpg
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Format Animation
Action
Adventure
Comedy
Created by Rob Renzetti
Starring Janice Kawaye
Chad Doreck
Audrey Wasilewski
Candi Milo
Quinton Flynn
Moira Quirk
Cree Summer
Eartha Kitt
Composer(s) James L. Venable
Country of origin United States
Canada
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 40 (List of episodes)
Production
Running time 11 minutes
Distributor Nelvana Limited
Broadcast
Original channel Nickelodeon
YTV
Original run August 1, 2003 (2003-08-01) – May 2, 2009 (2009-05-02)

My Life as a Teenage Robot is an American animated television series, created by Rob Renzetti for the Nickelodeon cable channel. It is a Frederator Studios production, the executive producers are Rob Renzetti and Fred Seibert. Apparently inspired by Otto Soglow's classic comic strip The Little King, the sci-fi series shares the strip's trademark thin-line circular drawing style, exaggerated body forms, and abstract/art-deco backgrounds. Season 3 episodes of the series have been airing as never before seen episodes on Nicktoons Network starting on October 4, 2008. It is distributed outside the United States by the Canadian animation studio, Nelvana Limited. The series ended on May 2, 2009, making rumors to why Eartha Kitt died and how the show was cancelled.

The series originally came from the 2nd season of Frederator's cartoon shorts incubator, Oh Yeah! Cartoons (1999) as My Neighbor was a Teenage Robot.

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Plot

XJ-9 ("Jenny" as she calls herself) is a highly sophisticated battle robot created by Dr. Nora Wakeman, but Jenny only wants to live the life of a normal teenage girl. Jenny and Wakeman live in the fictional futuristic town of Tremorton (a parody of Trenton, New Jersey), and live next door to Jenny's best friends Brad and Tuck Carbunkle

At school, Jenny has an ongoing rivalry with the Crust Cousins, Brit and Tiff, the popular girls in school, and puts up with Sheldon, a somewhat stereotypical loser who is completely obsessed with her. Adding to her trouble is that Jenny is constantly being dogged by the all-robotic Cluster Empire, whose queen, Vexus, wants her to join their world of robots (by force if necessary). Despite it all, however, Jenny still struggles to maintain some semblance of a mostly-human life.

The show often focuses on making lighthearted fun of typical teenage problems and other conventions of the teenage and superhero lives, mixed up with a combination of action, adventure and comedy sequences. There are 40 episodes, in total, of the series, which are currently airing on the US television network Nickelodeon. One error, however, is that the show's special "Escape From Cluster Prime" should have been considered the season finale of the second season on the show's episode guide.

Main characters

Jenny (XJ-9)

Jennifer "Jenny" Wakeman (XJ-9) (voiced by Janice Kawaye) is the main protagonist and the "teenage robot" to which the title refers, a state-of-the-art automaton created by Dr. Norene Wakeman five years prior to the series, though she was designed as a 16-year-old girl. Though XJ-9 was designed to be Earth's protector, armed to the teeth with a wide range of weapons, devices, and transformations, she desires to live the life of a normal teenager and often makes this desire quite apparent to her friends and creator. Jenny's personality is often friendly and optimistic, though this also comes with being rather naïve as to her surroundings. Often, people like the Crust Cousins or robots like Vexus take advantage of Jenny's friendliness to further their own goals. Jenny can also be somewhat of a sucker for trends, even when her mechanical designs prevent her from using them.

Brad

Bradley "Brad" Carbunkle (voiced by Chad Doreck) is Jenny's best friend and next-door neighbor. He's usually seen as outgoing and adventurous, and is the first actual friend Jenny ever made. Although he usually tends to cause more trouble than he prevents, he means well and tries to help Jenny in any way he can. Brad likes to think of himself as a "ladies' man", although nearly every girl Brad hits on rejects him, and it is a rare sight for any girl to truly show any interest in him. Note: Brad is voiced by Melissa Denton on Oh Yeah! Cartoons' "My Neighbor Was A Teenage Robot".

Tuck

Brad's little brother, Tucker Cornelius Carbunkle (voiced by Audrey Wasilewski), is usually tagging along with his brother and Jenny, though his aptitude for adventure is significantly less than Brad's. This can be chalked up to his many childish fears, among them the dark and giant wheels. Despite initial fears of Jenny, Tuck has since warmed up to her and now considers her to be his "best friend" too.Tuck has proven to be more clever than he looks on several occasions, often sweet-talking Jenny into doing favors.

Dr. Nora Wakeman

Dr. Noreen "Nora" Wakeman (voiced by Candi Milo) is an elderly spinster robotics scientist and the one who built Jenny, who often simply refers to her as "Mother" or "Mom". Though Nora does indeed love her "daughter", she'll often butt into her personal life and is known to call on her at the most awkward moments. She also has a difficult time with modern-day slang and other teenage fads, earning Jenny's annoyance on many occasions.

Despite being only human, Nora shows no reluctance in fighting when necessary. In her youth, Nora was a shining officer of Skyway Patrol before retiring to Tremorton. Even in her advanced years, Nora is still very able, and can even hold her own in a fight against Vexus.

Sheldon

Though not as heavily featured as the rest of the main cast, Sheldon Oswald Lee (voiced by Quinton Flynn) arguably qualifies as a core member of the group. Sheldon had fallen in love with Jenny (X-J9) when she saved him from the bullies in class one time. However, no matter what he tries, Jenny still refuses his romantic advances(though there are hints that she reciprocates his feelings).

Being skilled in robotics, Sheldon has created gadgets and modifications for Jenny, as well as doing minor repair work. He has even done more extreme modifications when requested by XJ9, usually when Dr. Wakeman refuses to do them herself or does not have time.

His skill has led to his creating a robotic alter-ego, The Silver Shell. Sheldon originally created the identity in an attempt to convince Jenny that robot boys were jerks, though this backfired when Jenny's affection for the robot grew even greater. As a hero, the Silver Shell has an imposing appearance, a "smooth" demeanor, and an excess of confidence, all qualities the human Sheldon lacks in his normal guise.

In an interview with Rob Renzetti, he revealed that he and his team would've loved to see Sheldon and Jenny as a couple before the series' premature cancellation.[1]

Villains

Vexus

Queen of the all-robotic Cluster Empire, Vexus (voiced by Eartha Kitt) is obsessed with the conquest of Earth, under the claim of "liberating robotkind" from the humans. About the only thing that matches her dreams of conquest is her obsession with Jenny, whom Vexus has continuously tried to induct into the Cluster (though with no lasting success).

In addition to her wicked cunning, Vexus is a master manipulator, often appearing in disguise to try and convince Jenny into joining her. This also reflects in her ruling of the Cluster homeworld, Cluster Prime, where she uses fear and propaganda to keep her loving subjects in line with her views while promoting herself as a peace-loving queen. When Vexus transforms into a teenager to sneakily blend in with the humans she is voiced by Cree Summer.

Vexus also has a daughter, Vega (voiced by Thora Birch) who is also among those blinded to the truth, though she and Jenny eventually exposed Vexus for what she truly is.

Smytus

Smytus (voiced by Steven Blum) is an arrogant Cluster commander with an overinflated ego. In comparison to the manipulative Vexus, Smytus prefers action, and is always quick to jump into battle. However, while he thinks highly of himself, Jenny and her pals often see him as something of a moron.

Krackus

Krackus is a Cluster inventor, though not a very good one at that. Although he is skilled at putting all sorts of nasty devices together, he usually misses the necessary details needed for them to work (and keeping it together), which usually results in humiliating defeats for the Cluster.

Minor characters

Dr. Phineas Mogg

Dr. Phineas Mogg is Nora Wakeman's top scientific rival. Mogg never hesitates to insult Dr. Wakeman and her inventions, which both her and Jenny do not take too kindly to.

He once built his own robotic "child", Kenny, who is fairly smart, but tends to act more like a domesticated dog than a human (fittingly, his code number is YK-9). Jenny once had a brief crush on Kenny, but called it off after seeing Kenny's canine habits in action.

Brit and Tiff

Brittany "Brit" (voiced by Moira Quirk) and Tiffany "Tiff" (voiced by Cree Summer), collectively known as the Crust Cousins, are a pair of snooty rich girls who take pleasure in making Jenny's life miserable. Normally, Jenny takes their insults in stride, but she isn't above competing with the Crusts just to show them up.

Don Prima

An extremely good-looking teen guy in Tremorton, Donald "Don" Prima (voiced by Quinton Flynn), considers himself the most handsome guy in town. However, he is obnoxiously shallow (a prima donna, hence his name), and is more likely to cry over ruined shoes than care for anyone besides himself. Jenny once had a crush on Don, but gave up on him after seeing his self-centered attitude for himself.

The XJ Line

Jenny isn't the only XJ robot in the line. Eight other models preceded her in development. Each one has a specific personality. There is also a rumored XJ-10 to replace Jenny.

  • XJ-1 is the first of the XJ Line but is ironically the baby, as her design shows. Unable to speak, she communicates in a series of beeps and whistles similar to R2-D2. Chronologically XJ-1 is the youngest of the XJ robots and Jenny. It is not known how long it takes for Dr. Wakeman to build a robot but, supposing that each model was built a year apart, XJ-1 would be 12 years old. (Jenny herself stated she is only five years old.)
  • XJ-2 looks like a small ray gun, and has a nasty habit of hiccupping lasers.
  • XJ-3 is a small, crudely-made humanoid robot. As an early prototype, she easily falls apart and lacks some balance.
  • XJ-4 is an octopus-like robot who is a notorious neat-freak. All her arms hold cleaning utensils of some sort. She is chronologically the first speech-capable XJ robot. If for nothing else she could make a rather nice maid if she weren’t so crazed about being clean.
  • XJ-5 is a literal chatterbox, often flying around and yakking everyone's ear off with all sorts of gossip and chatter. Her constant talking is shown to be useful during battle, as she is often seen being the leader of the other XJ robots, giving out orders and making sure that all the other XJs have something to do.
  • XJ-6 is one of the more abstract of the XJ series. She looks a bit like Jenny, but her design is more crude. This echoes her constant jealousy towards others for what they have. She isn't cheered up by nice complements and is basically a drama queen.
  • XJ-7 is a mopey, bulky robot with incredibly low self-esteem. To her, life is nothing but one miserable incident after another. (possibly based on Marvin the Paranoid Android)
  • XJ-8 is the largest XJ robot, and also the most obsessed with her duty. With hardly any emotion, her speech and attitude is almost all-robotic, compared to the other XJ robots and their human characteristics, she is often shown frowning. She also stated that Jenny is the "little sister," not the other way around (Sibling Tsunami).
  • XJ-10 is the unseen but next model of the XJ line. She isn't seen but mentioned a few times, such as in the episodes Sibling Tsunami and A Robot For All Seasons (incidentally, in All Seasons, Ms. Wakemen is seen overlooking blueprints for XJ-10 but quickly hides it when Jenny shows up.)

External links

References

  1. ^ http://www.awn.com/articles/drtoon/dr-toon-nuts-and-bolts-rob-renzetti/page/5%2C1

Quotes

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My Life as a Teenage Robot is a animated TV show on Nickelodeon about the misadventures of a robot with the mind of a teenager.

Contents

Season 1

It Came from Next Door / Pest Control [1.1]

Android / Class Action [1.2]

Brad: This year Tuck's gonna face his fears and ride the Ferris Wheel!
Jenny: Tuck's afraid of heights?
Brad: No, giant wheels. Anything bigger than a car tire gives him the heebie-jeebies.
Tuck: But this year, I'm gonna beat Mr. Ferris and his Giant Hoop of Horror!

Brad: (about Jenny) Come on Doc, I'm sure no one will notice her.
Dr. Wakeman: (skeptical) A six and a half foot mechanical girl, and no one will notice?

Attack of the 5 1/2 Ft. Geek / Doom with a View [1.3]

Ear No Evil / Unlicensed Flying Object [1.4]

Alien Karl: (as he and his wife walk back to their UFO) Yeah, well personally, I can't wait to get off this hick planet. Bunch of rip-off artists, these earthlings. Five bucks for a cup of coffee. No extraterrestrial discount at the hotel. And I know that bellboy stole my tricorder!

Mrs. Wakeman: Earrings? I designed a state-of-the-art, crime-fighting robot, not some simple mannequin to hang with googols and gimcrackery!

Party Machine / Speak No Evil [1.5]

Jenny: Your little girl is growing up.
Mrs. Wakeman: You're right XJ9. Well technically you're wrong because you're a robot and will remain a teenager forever, but metaphorically, you're absolutely right.

Jenny: How is it, again, that you know the Minutians will land here?
Mrs. Wakeman: They always land here. Why do you think I moved here?

See No Evil / The Great Unwashed [1.6]

The Return of the Raggedy Android / The Boy Who Cried Robot [1.7]

Sibling Tsunami / I Was a Preschool Dropout [1.8]

Hostile Makeover / Grid Iron Glory [1.9]

Dressed To Kill / Shell Game [1.10]

Daydream Believer / This Time With Feeling [1.11]

Saved by the Shell / Tradeshow Showdown [1.12]

The Wonderful World of Wizzly / Call Hating [1.13]

Season 2

Robot For All Seasons [2.1]

Future Shock / Humiliation 101 [2.2]

Last Action Zero / Mind Over Matter [2.3]

Love 'Em or Leash 'Em / Teen Team Time [2.4]

Sister Sledgehammer / Pajama Party Prankapalooza [2.5]

Dancing With My Shell / Around the World in Eighty Pieces [2.6]

Armagedroid / Killgore [2.7]

A Pain In My Sidekick / Crash Pad Crash [2.8]

Escape from Cluster Prime [2.9]

Victim of Fashion [2.10]

Designing Women / Robot Riot [2.11]

Bradventure / Mama Drama [2.12]

Toying with Jenny / Teenage Mutant Ninja Troubles [2.13]

Teen Idol/Good Old Sheldon [2.14]

Season 3

Weapons of Mass Distraction / There's No Place Like Homeschool [3.1]

No Harmony with Melody/Tuckered Out [3.2]

Stage Fright / Never Say Uncle [3.3]

The Legion of Evil / Infectuous Personality [3.4]

Agent Double-O Sheldon [3.5]

Voyage to Space Biker's Planet/Queen Bee [3.6]

Puppet Bride/Historionic [3.7]

Trash Talk/Who's The Fan [3.8]

Girl Of Steal / Weapons Of Mass Distraction [3.9]

Enclosure Of Doom/Ball and Chain [3.10]

Bad Mojo In The Dojo [3.11]

The Price Of Love/Mr. Indes-Tuck-Tible [3.12]

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