AWESOME-tober-fest 2016: Mummies Alive! (1997)
In 1997 DIC Entertainment released the animated series Mummies Alive!
The premise is very mummy-y. Evil sorcerer Scarab kills the Pharaoh’s son but is entombed alive for his crime (why do they never KILL these guys? It’s always entombed ALIVE). He revives in modern day (1997) and searches for the reincarnation of the prince he killed. However, the prince’s protectors are also revived to protect him from harm. It’s a constant battle to keep Scarab from getting his hands on the reincarnated prince.
The prince’s guardians are all mummies each with the power of an Egyptian god. Ja-Kal uses the spirit of falcon, Rath uses the spirit of snake, Armon uses the spirit of ram, and Nefer-Tina uses the spirit of cat. They are able to call upon these powers for magical armor and abilities.
And in typical “cartoon magical transformations” form they call on the powers when they are in immediate danger but then it takes 30 seconds or more for all four mummies to fully transform and by then, in reality, they’d all be dead.
To trigger their powers, the mummies call out the phrase “With the Strength of Ra!” Using these magical abilities depletes their strength, so once their strength is exhausted, they must rest in their sarcophagi to regain their abilities.
Along with Scarab, the mummies had to contend with a litany of Egyptian gods and monsters like Anubis, Set and Sekhmet. But the best episode has to be the one where the mummies actually take a tour of Alcatraz (not even kidding). Here’s the cartoon version of Alcatraz Island.
The show only ran one season but managed to pump out 42 episodes.
You can check out the very first episode, Ra! Ra! Ra! below:
Here’s the episode called The Bird-Mummy of Alcatraz where the mummies take the tour of the infamous prison:
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