Robotboy (Seasons 3-4)
Robotboy is a British-French animated children's television series which is produced by French production company Alphanim for France 3 and Cartoon Network Europe, as well as the studios LuxAnimation and Cofinova 1. It was created and designed by Jan Van Rijsselberge and was directed in Alphanim's studio in Paris by Charlie Bean, who worked on other programs such as Dexter's Laboratory, The Powerpuff Girls, and Samurai Jack. However, for series 2, aka seasons 3 and 4, Bob Camp of The Ren & Stimpy Show fame (per Cartoon Network's orders) and Heath Kenny took over as directors, which caused the series to fall downhill.
Robotboy is the latest creation of the world-renowned scientist Professor Moshimo. Due to fears that Robotboy would be stolen by his arch-enemy Dr. Kamikazi and his main henchman Constantine to be used to take over the world, Professor Moshimo entrusts Robotboy to 10-year-old Tommy Turnbull, his biggest fan living in San Francisco. While being protected by Tommy and his two friends Lola and Gus (or "G-Man" as he calls himself), Robotboy learns how to behave and act as if he were a real boy while occasionally battling Dr. Kamikazi and Constantine who sought out to capture him.
- Robotgirl, a fan favorite, like the first two seasons, only appeared in one episode. To make matters worse, she never superactivates and was reduced to a damsel in distress.
- Robotboy's voice sounds irritating at times, especially when he screams or cries.
- There are some episodes that are too mean-spirited.
- Recycled animation is used.
- The soundtrack is blander and more generic.
- Most of the character designs, though nice, are kinda lazy with noticeable less details.
- Some of the new villains are lazily written like Aunty Gravitee (who is a floating, overweight humanoid alien who runs an intergalactic freakshow) and Klaus von Affenkugel (who is a rich disabled man with weak muscles bullied for his disease which is quite disturbing for a kids show).
- There isn't as much action scenes as the first.
- A jarring tone-shift from the first series, into being a crude and bizarre Ren and Stimpy-like show with some action elements.
- Several of the reoccurring villains are very forgettable and bland, such as Special Agent and Principal Culpepper.
- Kurt, Tommy's' school bully, becomes more sadistic, doing things like tying up Tommy on the school flag, trying to kill him with a racing car, a military satellite and a giant robot.
- Some unnecessary gross-out/toilet humor, particularly from Gus, along with unfunny moments and jokes, such as in The Revenge of Protoboy when Robotboy apparently dies, there's a random scene of Dwight talking in his sleep that lasts for 13 seconds, as if the makers think children can't take an emotional moment.
- Kurt, Tommy's bully, does get humiliated in the episode Science Fear, where he took off his clothes due to heat, gets covered in ants, being grabbed by his father for using his machine, and gets arrested, which is rather harsh for a young child.
- It was never properly explained why Protoboy comes back to life after being freaking killed several times like someone from Happy Tree Friends or Popee the Performer. Which doesn't work at all in a show like this, as it goes against the established logic of the show up until this point.
- Weird and random out of place humor, which doesn't fit the style and setting of the first two seasons, such as randomly talking animals.
- Several of the characters like, Superactivated Robotboy, Deb, Donnie, Special Agent, Bjorn, Bjornbot, and Ronald Rump got pointless redesigns.
- In the case of Ronald, he, a black man, for some reason had his skin color changed to white, which carries racist implications.
- Barely any superactivation.
- Not that many decent fight scenes.
- Bad episodes like Ooh That Smell, Aunty Gravitee, The Legend of Brainy Yak, and Udder Madness.
- Blander and more simplistic animation.
- Wonky, cheap, and lazy animation at times.
- Poor writing such as in The Revenge of Protoboy, where there are two instances of plot points being set-up, but they don't go anywhere and are forgotten about.
- Unfunny and arguably offensive jokes about ugly people (I Hero!) and homosexuals (Runaway Robot).
- The show has a brilliant and lively soundtrack despite being reused a lot.
- It has a story which appeals to younger audiences ages 4-7.
- Some of the villains can be enjoyable, funny, cool, and entertaining like Dr. Kamikazi, Constantine, Bjorn Bjornson, Bjornbot, and Protoboy (despite some of his poor writing).
- The backgrounds are colorful, detailed, and quite pleasant to look at.
- It has a great art style reminiscent of early-mid 2000s, similar to shows like Samurai Jack and Dexter's Laboratory.
- Constantine's goofy antics are sometimes funny. (Depending on your view)
- The opening sequence is very interesting.
- It has likeable characters (Tommy, Lola, Professor Moshimo, Robotboy, Miumiu, Robotgirl, etc.).
- Robotboy and Robotgirl have very creative and adorable designs.
- The animation is good for the most part.
- The transformation scenes are cool.
- The superactive modes look cool.
- The voice acting is decent if it's not annoying (Gus) or dull (Tommy sometimes).
- The voice acting stays true to the original French version.
- It has some funny moments.
- Some good/decent episodes.
- Some cool action scenes.
- There are some heartwarming moments.
- Protoboy doesn't die in his final episode.