Trivia / Jem


Cartoon & Toys

  • Back from the Dead:
    • Since Integrity bought the rights to Jem's merchandising in an attempt for a revival in 2012, they've released almost all of the unreleased dolls that had prototypes produced in the 80's, including the Stingers, Astral, Regine, the rumored "Hollywood Jem", and Rock n' romance Jem, the latter of which were an exclusive available only at SDCC. there's also plans for other fan favorite characters like Lind-Z and Tech rat.
    • A live action movie was released in 2015. Unfortunately, because of Adaptation Decay (among many other things), it bombed at the box office. Moreover, it was pulled from (first-run) theaters after only two weeks.
    • There's a 2015 comic book based on the series.
  • Executive Meddling:
    • The producers told Christy Marx they wanted a new bad guy working for Eric, so they scrapped Zipper and she created Techrat.
    • Jetta was meant to be Black however the producers didn't like the idea of a Black villain. They gave Christy Marx a choice between Jetta being Australian or British instead.
    • Techrat was supposed to be androgynous but the concept was nixed and he was made identifiably male.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes:
    • This show went in and out of print during the 80s, 90s, and even 00s. A brief release in the early 00s got up to two and a half seasons on DVD before Rhino lost the rights and they were swallowed up by Sony, leaving the entire third series out of print. However, in 2011, the series began airing on The Hub and a new complete series DVD release finally got a release date in October of that year.
    • The original five minute "mini-episodes" that were later expanded to five full length episodes are believed to have been lost or destroyed.
    • The mini-sodes were released on VHS in a movie compilation. Long out of print, yes, but if you search hard enough, it's out there.
    • Every episode is now available on Netflix.
  • The Merch: Shirts and other merchandise are available from WeLoveFine and/or 80sTees.com. There was also a lot of merchandise in the series heyday.
  • Name's the Same:
    • The "Misfits" is the name of a real life rock band (albeit punk rock, completely different from the show, plus they're an all-male group) formerly led by Glenn Danzig (that spot belongs to Jerry Only now).
    • One of the Misfits' (show) songs "Welcome to the Jungle", is also an example (and this was about a year before Appetite For Destruction was released).
    • Lyn-Z shares her name with the bassist for the band Mindless Self Indulgence.
    • An early band of Riot's (shown in flashbacks) is called Nirvana.
    • Abracadabra is another Misfits song that shares its name with a popular hit song.note 
    • "Gimme Gimme Gimme" was originally the name of a hit song by ABBA.note 
  • Non-Singing Voice:
    • Jem/Jerrica had a speaking voice provided by Samantha Newark, who is a singer, but the singing voice is provided by Britta Philips.
    • Rival Pizzazz was voiced by Patricia Albrecht when speaking, and Ellen Bernfeld (aka disco singer Menage) when singing.
      • Ellen Bernfeld also did backing vocals for The Holograms and The Misfits, and was the singing voice of Roxy in her only solo song. Roxy's speaking voice actress was Bobbie Block.
    • Riot of The Stingers spoke with the voice of Townsend Coleman and sang with the voice of Gordon Grody (who went on to become Lady Gaga's voice coach).
      • The other two Stingers were also dubbed for singing. When speaking, Minx was Kath Soucie and Rapture was Ellen Gerstell. For singing, both of them were usually dubbed by Diva Grey, but for Rapture's two solo lines in the song "Destiny", she was dubbed by Vicki Sue Robinson, the disco singer of "Turn the Beat Around" fame! Minx's accent becomes American whenever she sings, which admittedly is Truth in Television with many singers but is still jarring.
    • When Kimber and Stormer sang a duet, they were dubbed over by Florence Warner and Lani Grover respectively, though Cathianne Blore and Susan Blu perform their speaking lines. Interestingly enough, their singing voices don't match their speaking voices at all. Many fans think they have the same singing voice because they sound similarly deeper than their speaking voices.
  • Screwed by the Network:
    • Hasbro pulled the plug on the series in 1988, despite the fact that Jem was one of the most popular cartoons airing in syndication. The reason? Because of poor sales on the dolls.
    • Discovery Family removed the series reruns from its channel after the Live-Action Adaptation bombed.
  • She Also Did:
    • In "The Bands Break Up", Kimber's singing voice was done by Florence Warner, who many TV viewers may know as the voice of the "Hello (insert city and /or state here)" campaign done by various local TV stations throughout much of the 1980snote 
    • One of the singing voices of the female Stingers was none other than the late Vicki Sue Robinson of "Turn the Beat Around" fame.
  • Talking to Himself:
    • Charlie Adler voiced Eric Raymond, Zipper, and Techrat.
    • Terri and Pizzazz have the same voice actress, which acts as a meta example of Crowning Moment of Funny when you realize the shrill Pizzazz is also the rather timid Terri.
    • Susan Blu provides the voice for both Lin-Z and Stormer.
  • Tuckerization: Eric Raymond was named after creator Christy Marx's brother.
  • Unintentional Period Piece: The show's focus on then-current popular music, media, and fashion leads to the show feeling extremely dated several decades after its 1985 release.
  • Word of God: Christy Marx stated that, even if Stormer becomes friendly with the Holograms and isn't nearly as bad as the rest of the Misfits, her loyalties lie with the Misfits first and foremost.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • The Misfits were originally conceived as a trio of total sociopaths Eric Raymond found and molded into a band, but each member would've been totally willing to backstab the other two for their own agenda.
    • During season three, Hasbro scrapped the Jem toyline due to declining sales. Not only were several lines canned and the show canceled, but dolls for the new characters were never released, such as The Stingers. Furthermore, the fifth Misfit, Graphix was never introduced.
    • Jetta was originally going to be African-American. She was also originally a bass guitarist.
    • Christy Marx even said there were plans for a Jem movie with a pair of sound-controlling psychic twins named the Mongrels, as well as an evil counterpart to Synergy named Entropy. This got scrapped after the failure of Sunbow's Transformers film.
    • She also wanted to do a follow up episode about Danny, a one-off character Deirdre, Krissie and Ba Nee meet when they ran away in "The Music Awards". It would have dealt with Danny and his previously alcoholic father getting sober and happily reuniting, unfortunately, Hasbro stopped it from happening.
    • Dolls of the Stingers were planned, but were cancelled. Some were ones of Astral and Regine.
    • It was also stated by Christy that Techrat and Minx would've become a couple had the series continued.
    • Jem was originally named "M" however Hasbro could not trademark a letter. They then decided to name her "Misty" however they opted for "Jem" in the end, because they wanted something that sounded similar to "M". Jerrica's original name was "Morgan".
    • Minx was originally called "Jazz", Riot was "Chaos", and Rapture was "Fantasy". Pizzazz's name was originally spelled "Pizazz", Stormer was once "Rue", then "Roxy", and Roxy was "Rue" once too. Kimber's name was originally "Aja" while Aja's was "Jade". Ashley's original name was "Heather". Regine was originally named "Paris". Shana went by the names "Aria", "Chandra", and "Beverley" before she received her final name.
    • The Jem bible says Clash and Video were born on the same day however the show says Video is two years older than her cousin.
    • The mastertape version of "Surprise, Surprise" has several lines cut from the cartoon version.
    • Techrat was meant to have an Ambiguous Gender however Hasbro didn't like Marx's idea
    • Christy Marx wanted to make a second episode featuring Danny about why he ran away and how his father is an alcoholic. She wrote a detailed outline but the episode wasn't approved.
    • "Loves Not Easy" was a scrapped song from the episode "Island Of Deception". It was supposed to appear after Stormer said love wasn't easy for her.
    • "Jem Jam Part 1" originally had a scene showing how Clash got into Starlight Music.
    • There was an idea for "The Talent Search Part 1" for one of Raya's brothers to be in a gang and have them steal The Hologram's van, though it was scrapped because the episode was full enough already. The end of "The Talent Search Part 2" originally had a barbecue scene featuring Raya's family.
    • KJEM started out as a two-parter. One unused idea had for a subplot involving one of the engineers being an alcoholic and trying to deal with his alcoholism. After that was scrapped, a different subplot involved the character Switch desperately needing an organ transplant.
    • The oneshot villain Mr. Lassiter was meant to reappear however the series was cancelled before that could happen.
    • An unused episode concept was Pizzazz being reunited with her Missing Mom however it was canned due to the series ending.
    • "Blame It On Rio" is a script that never became a proper episode. It was about Jerrica and Rio arguing due to Rio wanting to know more about the stage effects Jerrica was keeping secret for him. We would meet one of Rio's roadies, named Pudge, and the only known song is "Striving".
  • Writer Revolt: Christy Marx originally envisioned the Misfits as a trio of self-absorbed sociopaths that Eric found and forged into a band, which could fall apart at any moment due to Pizzazz, Roxy, and Stormer being willing to betray each other at a moment's notice if it would advance their respective careers. Similarly, to appease moral guardians, their songs would be "anti-moral" as far as promoting the worst aspects of human nature. The other writers rejected this outright and we got the kinder, gentler, vitriolic True Companions Misfits everyone loved.
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