History Series / Animorphs

16th Nov '17 5:39:35 PM zealots
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* CallARabbitASmeerp: The Yeerks are described as slug-''like'' in the books, although they look more alien upon closer inspection. In the show, they're just slugs.

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* CallARabbitASmeerp: The Yeerks are described as slug-''like'' in the books, although they look more alien upon closer inspection. In the show, they're literally just slugs.slugs, with actual living (Earth) slugs used in every scene that needed a Yeerk.



* CoconutSuperpowers: One of the reasons why the Ani-TV has such a poor reputation among fans.

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* CoconutSuperpowers: One of the reasons why the Ani-TV has such a poor reputation among fans.



* LetUsNeverSpeakOfThisAgain: The fandom's reaction to this show. Even the author hated it, going so far as to insert a TakeThat to AniTV in one of the later books.

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* LetUsNeverSpeakOfThisAgain: The fandom's reaction to this show. Even the author hated it, going so far as to insert a TakeThat to AniTV Ani-TV in one of the later books.



** The video game seen in the very first episode is the ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' video game; ironic, considering that Hasbro then came out with a line of Animorph TFs shortly after this...

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** The video game seen in the very first episode is the ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' video game; ironic, considering that Hasbro then came out with a line of Animorph TFs Franchise/{{Transformers}} [[KibblesAndBits toys]] released shortly after this...
16th Nov '17 5:32:09 PM zealots
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** Tobias is this from day one, due to being portrayed by TallDarkAndSnarky Christopher Ralph. In the books he's a meek, gangly bully magnet, while in the show he carries himself with quiet confidence, and due to Ralph being the oldest teen actor on set at 19 we got treated to the absurdity of seen Tobias "bullied" by a boy who's both smaller and shorter than his supposed victim. And while Tobias is an often IneffectualLoner in the books, at least early on, Ani-TV definitely downplayed the "ineffectual" part of that trope with him.

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** Tobias is this from day one, due to being portrayed by TallDarkAndSnarky Christopher Ralph. In the books he's a meek, gangly bully magnet, while in the show he carries himself with quiet confidence, and due to Ralph being the oldest teen actor on set at 19 we viewers got treated to the absurdity of seen seeing Tobias "bullied" by a boy who's both smaller and shorter than his supposed victim. And while Tobias is an often IneffectualLoner in the books, at least early on, Ani-TV definitely downplayed the "ineffectual" part of that trope with him.
16th Nov '17 5:22:34 PM zealots
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* AdaptationDyeJob: Tobias has black hair here, dark blond hair in the books.

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* AdaptationDyeJob: Tobias has black hair here, dark blond hair while in the books.books his hairy is described as dirty blond (and at least one book cover used an outright blond model for him).



* AdaptationalBadass: Marco instantly becomes one in the season one finale when he [[spoiler:''single-handedly destroys the Yeerk Pool''. In line with his book characterization, he feels no remorse for this genocide.]]

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* AdaptationalBadass: Marco instantly Oddly enough, two Animorphs get this treatment.
** Tobias is this from day one, due to being portrayed by TallDarkAndSnarky Christopher Ralph. In the books he's a meek, gangly bully magnet, while in the show he carries himself with quiet confidence, and due to Ralph being the oldest teen actor on set at 19 we got treated to the absurdity of seen Tobias "bullied" by a boy who's both smaller and shorter than his supposed victim. And while Tobias is an often IneffectualLoner in the books, at least early on, Ani-TV definitely downplayed the "ineffectual" part of that trope with him.
** Marco, on the other hand,
becomes one only in the season one finale (though instantly) when he [[spoiler:''single-handedly destroys the Yeerk Pool''. In line with his book characterization, he feels no remorse for this genocide.]]]]
* AdaptationalEarlyAppearance: The episode ''Not My Problem'', which focused on an ItsAWonderfulPlot where Jake was given a choice to rewrite history so that he and the other Animorphs never met Elfangor, predated the fourth Megamorphs book (which used this premise near-wholesale) by almost two years. Despite this, it's generally believed that Applegate came up with the premise independently of the TV show, as she has claimed in interviews to [[LetUsNeverSpeakOfThisAgain only have been able to stomach the first two episodes]].



* AdaptationalWimp: Rachel suffers from this as a symptom of her BadassDecay. She goes from a legitimate ActionGirl in the books to a FauxActionGirl.
** Visser Three counts as well. In the books, he is a legitimate threat. In the show, though, he doesn't actually accomplish much in his plans, and what he ''does'' accomplish is more due to the Animorphs' incompetence than his own efforts.
* AdaptationSpeciesChange: Variation; the series rarely used the signature morphs of the protagonists, most likely due to the budget. Rachel's bear morph becomes a lion, Marco's gorilla becomes a wolf. Cassie, whose primary morph in the book is a wolf, uses a horse morph most often in the TV series. Then the Transformers toys got into it, with things like a Jake-bear and Jake-stingray toy...
* AdaptedOut: David, the team's SixthRangerTraitor, never made an appearance in the show. Several extraterrestrial races, such as the Taxxons and the Pemalites, were cut from the show altogether, without even one mention of them.
* AgeLift: In the book series, the protagonists started off as middle school students, and progressively got older. Here, they're already in high school. This is unintentional on the show writers' part, though, as the team members' exact ages were not given until ''The Answer'', which was written and published after the series' cancellation.
* AnachronismStew: The setting. Ostensibly set during the late nineties, the computers seen recall late eighties tech and the movie they see in one episode is straight out of the fifties.

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* AdaptationalWimp: More than a few examples, owing to the LighterAndSofter nature of this adaptation.
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Rachel suffers from this as a symptom of her BadassDecay. She goes from a legitimate ActionGirl (and eventual BloodKnight) in the books to a FauxActionGirl.
** Visser Three counts as well. In well, due to the books, series simply just not having the budget to portray even of his menagerie of alien monster morphs. While he is a legitimate threat. In the show, though, arguably more successful than his book counterpart, he doesn't actually accomplish much in his plans, and what he ''does'' accomplish is more due to the Animorphs' incompetence than his own efforts.
** Erek King can also be considered this, as while he is still shown to have enough NighInvulnerability to tank being hit by a truck, his OneManArmy scene from the books is cut entirely.
* AdaptationSpeciesChange: Variation; the series rarely used the signature morphs of the protagonists, most likely due to the budget. Rachel's bear morph becomes a lion, Marco's gorilla becomes a wolf. Cassie, whose primary morph in the book is a wolf, uses a horse morph most often in the TV series. Then the Transformers toys got into it, with things like a Jake-bear and Jake-stingray toy...
toy (neither of which Jake morphs), and most egregiously a FusionDance toy that portrayed Jake, Cassie and Marco all combining to fuse into a "Tri-Rex".
* AdaptedOut: David, the team's SixthRangerTraitor, never made an appearance in the show. Several extraterrestrial races, such as the Taxxons and the Pemalites, were cut from the show altogether, without even one mention of them.
them (the Pemalites in particular were a bizarre case as their creations the Chee ''did'' appear, at least in the character of Erek).
* AgeLift: In the book series, the protagonists started off as middle school students, and progressively got older. Here, they're already in high school. This is was unintentional on the show writers' part, though, as the team members' exact ages were not never given until ''The Answer'', which was written and published after the series' cancellation.
cancellation of the TV series.
* AnachronismStew: The setting. Ostensibly set during the late nineties, the computers seen recall late eighties tech and the movie they see in one episode is straight out of the fifties. It's not clear if this was a deliberate choice of setting or if it was just another consequence of Ani-TV's low budget.



* BigBad: Visser Three.

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* BigBad: Visser Three.Three, as per the books. Even after his boss Visser One is revealed, Esplin remains the primary foe of the team.



* CoconutSuperpowers: One of the reasons why the TV Series is so reviled.

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* CoconutSuperpowers: One of the reasons why the TV Series is so reviled.Ani-TV has such a poor reputation among fans.



* DiminishingVillainThreat: Visser One. In the books, she's a menacing, proactive and dangerous figure. In the show, she spends most of her onscreen time watering plants.
* DirtyCoward: The Yeerks run like children at the first sight of any wild animal.

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* DiminishingVillainThreat: Visser One. In the books, she's a menacing, proactive and dangerous figure. In the show, she spends most of her onscreen time watering plants.
* DirtyCoward: The Yeerks run away like children little girls at the first sight of any wild animal.



* {{Expy}}: The Ellimist becomes one of Obi Wan Kenobi. Old man, same cloak, blue and transparent. Similarly, Visser Three's human morph is a dead ringer for Lex Luthor.

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* {{Expy}}: The Ellimist becomes one of [[Characters/StarWarsObiWanKenobi Obi Wan Kenobi.Kenobi]]. Old man, same cloak, blue and transparent. Similarly, Visser Three's human morph is a dead ringer for Lex Luthor.ComicBook/LexLuthor.



* ImprobableWeaponUser: One episode memorably focuses on the Animorphs attempting to weaponize ''instant oatmeal'' against the Yeerks [[ItMakesSenseInContext Via water balloons, even]]. Amazingly, this was ''not'' of the original episodes of Ani-TV, instead being adapted from more or less the same premise as the 17th Animorphs book, ''The Underground''.



* InexplicablyIdenticalIndividuals: Despite Ani-TV's attempt to assert the Hork-Bajir as the shock troops of the Yeerks as they are in the books, there's always exactly ''one'' Hork-Bajir in a scene, and it's obvious that it's always the same guy in the same costume.



* LetUsNeverSpeakOfThisAgain: The fandom's reaction to this show. Even the author hated it.
* LighterAndSofter: Compared to the books. Most episodes were rated PG, and later ones were often G.
** This resulted in some very clumsy [[ShadowDiscretionShot Shadow Discretion Shots]] when it came to the gory scenes.

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* LetUsNeverSpeakOfThisAgain: The fandom's reaction to this show. Even the author hated it.
it, going so far as to insert a TakeThat to AniTV in one of the later books.
* LighterAndSofter: Compared to the books. Most episodes were rated PG, and later ones were often G.
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G. This resulted in some very clumsy [[ShadowDiscretionShot Shadow Discretion Shots]] when it came to the gory scenes.



* PragmaticAdaptation

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* PragmaticAdaptationPragmaticAdaptation: Played with. Despite being saddled with a very low budget by Nickelodeon, the writers rarely played to this show's strengths, tending to focus less on the actors (which were by far Ani-TV's strongest point) and more on the setting (by far its ''weakest'' point). Locations from the books, most notably the Yeerk Pool, were also scaled down heavily.



* RepeatCut: When the Controllers break open the door of the observatory, the shot is played 3 times.

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* RepeatCut: When the Controllers break open the door of the observatory, observatory in the final episode, the shot is played replayed 3 times.


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** Visser One is a character-specific example. In the books, she's a menacing, proactive and dangerous figure. In the show, she spends most of her onscreen time watering plants, and while she threatens Visser Three with execution should he fail, these threats turn to be [[IneffectualDeathThreats utterly impotent]].
** Visser Three can also be considered this, to the low budget of Ani-TV neutering him of his arsenal of alien monster morphs and making him a mostly ineffectual presence who rarely did more than stand around ranting.
3rd Sep '17 10:21:40 PM GroLor
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* ItsAWonderfulPlot: In ''Not My Problem'', Jake wishes he could be a normal human again.

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* ItsAWonderfulPlot: In ''Not My Problem'', Jake wishes he could be a normal human again. The episode notably predated the fourth ''Megamorphs'' book, which had the same premise.
24th Aug '17 2:13:06 PM dsneybuf
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The popularity of the ''{{Literature/Animorphs}}'' book series eventually led to a live action television series. This was initially met with a ''lot'' of resistance within the fanbase, due to feelings that this would eventually cheapen the great book series, and that the books would translate more easily to an animated adaptation due to their truly alien aliens and the premise of morphing. But even in the midst of the backlash, Scholastic went ahead with production and the series premiered September 15, 1998 on {{Creator/Nickelodeon}}. The series didn't gain the same popularity as the books, and only lasted 26 episodes. Reruns currently air on {{Qubo}}. The series is also now available on Netflix.

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The popularity of the ''{{Literature/Animorphs}}'' book series eventually led to a live action television series. This was initially met with a ''lot'' of resistance within the fanbase, due to feelings that this would eventually cheapen the great book series, and that the books would translate more easily to an animated adaptation due to their truly alien aliens and the premise of morphing. But even in the midst of the backlash, Scholastic went ahead with production and the series premiered September 15, 1998 on {{Creator/Nickelodeon}}. The series didn't gain the same popularity as the books, and only lasted 26 episodes. Reruns currently air on {{Qubo}}. The series is also now available on Netflix.
19th Mar '17 12:17:05 PM nombretomado
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The popularity of the ''{{Literature/Animorphs}}'' book series eventually led to a live action television series. This was initially met with a ''lot'' of resistance within the fanbase, due to feelings that this would eventually cheapen the great book series, and that the books would translate more easily to an animated adaptation due to their truly alien aliens and the premise of morphing. But even in the midst of the backlash, Scholastic went ahead with production and the series premiered September 15, 1998 on {{Nickelodeon}}. The series didn't gain the same popularity as the books, and only lasted 26 episodes. Reruns currently air on {{Qubo}}. The series is also now available on Netflix.

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The popularity of the ''{{Literature/Animorphs}}'' book series eventually led to a live action television series. This was initially met with a ''lot'' of resistance within the fanbase, due to feelings that this would eventually cheapen the great book series, and that the books would translate more easily to an animated adaptation due to their truly alien aliens and the premise of morphing. But even in the midst of the backlash, Scholastic went ahead with production and the series premiered September 15, 1998 on {{Nickelodeon}}.{{Creator/Nickelodeon}}. The series didn't gain the same popularity as the books, and only lasted 26 episodes. Reruns currently air on {{Qubo}}. The series is also now available on Netflix.
27th Oct '16 4:06:49 PM themisterfree
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* OpeningNarration: Delivered by Jake, which replaces the kickass vocal theme in the middle of season 1.
11th Aug '16 4:54:41 PM drac0blade
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* [[SirNotAppearingInThisTrailer Sir Not-Appearing-in-This-Show]]: David. There was a teaser at the end of ''The Threat'' which implied he might show up in Ani-TV, but he never did and to add insult to injury, his lion morph was taken by his archnemesis Rachel.
* SlidingScaleOfAdaptationModification: This series covers the whole gamut. Some episodes are very faithful adapations of the source material (such as ''The Alien''), whereas others [[InNameOnly borrowed the title and not much else]] (such as ''The Reaction'').
* StatusQuoIsGod: In ''Changes'' Ax builds himself a spaceship out of spare parts, pre-empting [[MemeticMutation Tony Stark]] by a decade. Though this was the series finale, Ax's spaceship still failed to get off the ground, presumably because he was never able to leave Earth in the books.

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* [[SirNotAppearingInThisTrailer Sir Not-Appearing-in-This-Show]]: David. There was a teaser at the end of ''The Threat'' which implied he might show up in Ani-TV, but he never did and to add insult to injury, his lion morph was taken by his archnemesis arch-nemesis Rachel.
* SlidingScaleOfAdaptationModification: This series covers the whole gamut. Some episodes are very faithful adapations adaptations of the source material (such as ''The Alien''), whereas others [[InNameOnly borrowed the title and not much else]] (such as ''The Reaction'').
* StatusQuoIsGod: In ''Changes'' Ax builds himself a spaceship out of spare parts, pre-empting preempting [[MemeticMutation Tony Stark]] by a decade. Though this was the series finale, Ax's spaceship still failed to get off the ground, presumably because he was never able to leave left Earth in the books.



* ThemeTune: "It's All In Your Hands", which is admittedly pretty good.
* TookALevelInDumbass: Compared to their book counterparts? Pretty much all of them.

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* ThemeTune: "It's All In Your Hands", Hands," which is admittedly pretty good.
* TookALevelInDumbass: Compared to their book counterparts? Pretty much all of them.everyone.
11th Aug '16 4:51:45 PM drac0blade
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* ShoutOut: Rachel's dialog in the television adaptation of "The Stranger." After the Ellimist shows the kids what the future of Earth will be like if they continue to fight, Rachel asks a familiar question: [[Literature/AChristmasCarol "What you showed us...is it the definite future or just a possible one"]]?

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* ShoutOut: Rachel's dialog in the television adaptation of "The Stranger." After the Ellimist shows the kids what the future of Earth will be like if they continue to fight, Rachel asks a familiar question: [[Literature/AChristmasCarol "What you showed us...is it the definite future or just a possible one"]]?one?"]]
11th Aug '16 4:50:45 PM drac0blade
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* RefugeInAudacity: Used the heroes and villains alike. The Animorphs at one point memorably defeat the Yeerks with ''water balloons'', and the Yeerk plots in season two range from 'sell people cell phones with Yeerks inside them' to 'air an awful sitcom that will brainwash people'.

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* RefugeInAudacity: Used the heroes and villains alike. The Animorphs at one point memorably defeat the Yeerks with ''water balloons'', and the Yeerk plots in season two range from 'sell people cell phones with Yeerks inside them' to 'air an awful sitcom that will brainwash people'.people.'



* ShoutOut: Rachel's dialog in the television adaptation of "The Stranger". After the Ellimist shows the kids what the future of Earth will be like if they continue to fight, Rachel asks a familiar question: [[Literature/AChristmasCarol "What you showed us...is it the definite future or just a possible one"]]?

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* ShoutOut: Rachel's dialog in the television adaptation of "The Stranger". Stranger." After the Ellimist shows the kids what the future of Earth will be like if they continue to fight, Rachel asks a familiar question: [[Literature/AChristmasCarol "What you showed us...is it the definite future or just a possible one"]]?



* TheBadGuyWins: In "Not My Problem". Too bad for the Yeerks it's just an ItsAWonderfulPlot episode.

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* TheBadGuyWins: In "Not My Problem". Problem." Too bad for the Yeerks it's just an ItsAWonderfulPlot episode.
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