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Time Squad
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Genre Animated Series, Science Fiction, Comedy
Created by David Wasson
Directed by David Wasson
Voices of Pamela Adlon
Mark Hamill
Rob Paulsen
Country of origin United States
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 26 (List of episodes)
Production
Running time 22 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel Cartoon Network
Original run June 8, 2001 (2001-06-08) – November 26, 2003 (2003-11-26)

Time Squad is a Annie Award nominated American animated television series created in 2001 by David Wasson, following the adventures of a trio of hapless "time cops", who travel back in time attempting to correct the course of history.

This is the first Cartoon Network Original Series in the 21st century.

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Plot

The show is set in the year 100,000,000 A.D., on a satellite which orbits Earth. This future Earth is never visited directly, though it is referred in dialogue as a peaceful utopia where there are no longer any problems to solve. All nations of the world have merged into one, and, according to Tuddrussel, there are "no wars, no pollution, and bacon is good for your heart."

Despite this cheerful vision of the future, the space station on which the characters live and from which they travel to the past is remarkably dystopic. It features a shooting range, a terrarium, and a prison for repeat offenders, but it is dank, outdated (for the time) and unclean. Mostly this seems to be down to Officer Buck Tuddrussel, a scruffy and immature perennial bachelor, who nevertheless happens to be the station's most senior officer. There were also several accidents aboard the Time Squad Space Station; most notable of which is the terrarium being broken after Tuddrussel plays golf and breaks the glass shell of the station. This action seems to have no consequences in future episodes.

The only other official member of Buck's unit is Larry 3000, a translator robot and former diplomat who was rendered more or less obsolete when all of the world's nations merged together. Buck's mindless machismo clashes with Larry's effete sensibilities, and the two bicker terribly. Added to this the fact that neither of them has any great knowledge of history, they made a rather poor team together.

However, when they encounter Otto Osworth, an eight-year-old orphan who happens to be a history genius from the 21st century, he is quickly recruited and added to the team. Otto is shown to be the only one on the team with any enthusiasm or competence for the job. The problem is, neither of the other two are particularly willing to listen to his advice, and he must often resort to trickery to make sure the mission is completed.

Premise

Time Squad from top to bottom, Otto Osworth, Buck Tuddrussel, and Larry 3000

According to Larry 3000, an android time cop, "time is like a rope," and, as it is woven at one end, ages and gradually unravels and frays at the other. In the context of the show, this often means that historical figures have made different, and often anachronistic, choices in life (see free will), and as such will not be able to fulfill the role that history says they fulfilled. An early example of this shows Eli Whitney failing to invent the cotton gin, instead creating a horde of flesh-eating robots (stemming from a desire to create something beneficial to mankind, and a failure to realize that flesh-eating robots would not in fact fulfill that). The Time Squad organization was set up to ensure that history was maintained, and the future protected. Only three units of Time Squad are introduced on the show - one of which is that of Tuddrussel and Larry. All three have a single human officer and a robotic assistant, so it can be assumed that every unit follows the same formula.

Characters

  • Beauregard "Buck" Tuddrussel (voiced by Rob Paulsen): A burly time cop in the peak of physical condition, Buck is less like a father to Otto and more like a carefree uncle. His obsessions are guns and beating people up, although he has a generally nice disposition. Tuddrussel is a total fanatic when it comes to justice, which is why he had a "Maximum Security" prison installed on the station for people in history who refused to set history right. He takes every opportunity on a mission to shout out his catchphrase: "IT'S GO TIME!" He frequently bickers with Larry, whose gentlemanly behavior and seriousness often clash with Tuddrussel's immature machismo. Tuddrussel's facemask and goggles seem to be permanently stuck to his head, (his goggles resemble those of the X-men's Cyclops) as it is the only part of his uniform he has never removed. He takes immense pride in his Southern heritage, most of his history knowledge centered around events such as the Alamo and Western characters such as Billy the Kid. His intellect seems to fluctuate depending on the situation, as he has expressed scientific knowledge from time to time. According to Dr. Freud, Tuddrussel suffers from an over-active super ego, which causes him to force his will on those around him, which in turn causes Larry to resent him. For a man whose job involves the stability of time, Tuddrussel has shown an ironic disinterest and ignorance to the historical events he maintains.
  • Lawrence "Larry" 3000 (voiced by Mark Hamill): Originally designed as a diplomat, Larry was put into Time Squad service when the world's nations all joined together in the year one million, an event which turned out to be the worst thing to ever happen to him, second only to being saddled in Tuddrussel's unit. He is the only one capable of operating the time-traveling technology and most of the technology aboard the space station. Although Otto is smart, he does not know how to operate the actual console. He often expresses feminine tendencies, although he does show his masculine-side from time to time[citation needed]. Larry is also often shown to be grumpy and pessimistic, but it is not uncommon for him to show enthusiasm and joy. He is an expert chef, although Otto is the only one who seems to appreciate his rare delicacies. He is also skilled at needlepoint, computers, and household chores, though he gets little to no appreciation from Tuddrussel. Although Larry expresses deep disdain for Tuddrussel, deep down he does value his friendship[citation needed]. David Wasson, the series creator, admits[citation needed] that Larry is a parody on Star Wars's C-3PO (and is in fact voiced by the actor who played Luke Skywalker, Mark Hamill).
  • Otto Osworth (voiced by Pamela Adlon): Otto was "adopted" (admittedly kidnapped) by Larry and Buck when they miscalculated a mission to the 21st century. He was more than willing to leave the orphanage and became an unofficial member of the team. Although Otto has an enormous memory of history in nearly every field, deep down he is still a child, and easily gets along with Tuddrussel's immature, childlike attitude. In truth, he is the only member of the team to actually enjoy the history aspect of his job. Though a self proclaimed book worm, and shown as being a weak child, Otto can sometimes enjoy activities such as fishing and playing baseball. Also it has been mentioned once that he has a natural talent for shooting with a gun.

Episodes

Time Squad ran for 26 episodes, divided into 2 seasons, with the series ending on November 26, 2003. The first episode aired on June 8, 2001.

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Quotes

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikiquote

Time squad is a TV series that ran from 2001-2003. The show featured an Intellectuall orphan named Otto, a feminized egotistical Robot named Larry 3000, and a slighlty imature brute named Buck Tuddrussel. Together, the trio would go back in time to fix history when the people of that time made a choice to go through a different path in life.

Planet of the Flies [1.14]

Tuddrussel: WHAT KIND OF MAN HOUSE IS THIS!? WHAT KIND OF MAN HOUSE IS THIS!?
Larry: Ya finished?
Tuddrussel: Yup pretty much

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Floundering Fathers [2.17]

Buck Tuddrussel: Well, mission accomplished. It took some doing, but we talked Karl Marx out of building the world's largest igloo and back to writing the Communist Manifesto
The Larry 3000: Yes, once you kicked him in the belly.
Buck Tuddrussel: Hey, if you're gonna make an omelet, you gotta break a few eggs

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Forget The Alamo [2.19]

Otto: Let me hear that Time Squad motto.
Tuddrussel: Ensuring the pat to protect our farmers.
Otto: Close enough.







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