AWESOME-tober-fest 2016: The Mummy: The Animated Series (2001)
This year, despite my theme being mummies, I decided not to watch or review the most recent Universal The Mummy movies starring Brendan Fraser as Rick O’Connell. I liked those movies okay, but I had other lesser known movies I wanted to watch and talk about first. However, as a compromise, I decided to mention the animated series that is based on those movies.
In 2001, the WB aired The Mummy: The Animated Series. It was loosely based on the first two Stephen Sommers The Mummy movies.
The main characters are, of course, Evie and Rick O’Connell, their son Alex, Evie’s brother Johnathan and the evil mummy Imhotep. Rick O’Connell, surprisingly, is not voiced by Brendan Fraser (what, was he busy?). He’s voiced by none other than Bo Duke himself, John Schneider. There’s another character in here called The Minotaur that is voiced by Kevin Michael Richardson who voiced The Joker in the 2004 animated The Batman series as well as a slew of other roles in super hero cartoons like Avengers Assemble, Hulk and the Agents of SMASH, Ultimate Spider-Man, Young Justice, etc.
The plot somewhat retcons the movies a little. Back in ancient Egypt, Imhotep is in possession of the Scrolls of Thebes and is searching for the Manacle of Osiris. Just as he’s about to steal it, he’s caught and sentenced to be mummified alive (again, why ALIVE?!). Flash forward to present day, Imhotep is revived by Colin Weasler and he begins the hunt for the Manacle anew. Like in The Mummy Returns, Alex gets the Manacle on his own arm which causes Imhotep to hunt him to obtain it. Rick and Evie battle Imhotep to keep the Manacle away from him with the help of the Medjai, sacred protectors of ancient Egypt.
There’s a lot of Medjai back story in the cartoon as well as plenty of searches for things with “of” in the title (Manacle of Osiris, Scythe of Anubis, Lake of Eternity, etc, etc). It’s a not bad, if not great, animated cartoon adventure series. About as good as those last two Fraser Mummy movies.
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