Western Animation / Mummies Alive!
Ja-Kal's brother is apparently more important than the fourth member of the mummies.
"A little boy named Presley found a secret out this year. That he was once a pharaoh when Egyptians ruled the world. Now a sorcerer named Scarab tries to get him day and night. But Presley has four guardians to protect his very life."
is an animated series by DIC Entertainment
that ran for one season with forty two episodes.
Presley Carnavon, a boy from San Francisco
, discovers that he's the reincarnation of Prince Rapses. As such, he inherits four mummy bodyguards who defend him from the evil sorcerer Scarab, who is constantly trying to use the boy's soul to become immortal.
The mummies also have to contend with many gods and spirits from Egyptian myth summoned to the modern world, including Anubis, Set, Apep, Bastet, Sekhmet, and many others
, who are usually a part of one of Scarab's schemes.
- Aborted Arc: Season 1 ends with the implication that Scarab and Heka are still on the loose and that something important will have to happen in the far future to defeat him for good, things that are never resolved due to the series' cancellation.
- Adaptational Villainy: Various gods, such as Anubis and Bastet, are portrayed as malicious, when they were benevolent figures in Egyptian Mythology. Even Ammut was originally a neutral force who was harmless to people who were good in life.
- A Day in the Limelight: Joe the police officer is the star of the series finale, which is actually a Clip Show.
- Affably Evil: Anubis, Nuhn, Geb, Bes, the list goes on.
- Aliens Speaking English: It's amazing how four people from another country, who have been dead for thousands of years, manage to speak perfect English the moment they wake up in modern day America.
- All Animals Are Dogs: Ammut, Devourer of Souls! Lion + hippo + crocodile averages out to dog.
- Ancient Egypt: It is featured once in Presley's vision of the past, as well as some flashbacks.
- Ancient Tomb: It is mentioned in a flashback.
- And I Must Scream: Before the start of the series, Scarab was sealed in a tomb for thousands of years. He was immortal at the time.
- Animal Motifs: There's Ja-Kal the falcon, Armon the ram, Rath the snake, Nefetina the cat, and Scarab the scarab.
- Animal-Themed Superbeing: The mummies and Scarab's transformed appearances.
- Animation Bump: The transformation sequence is notably better animated than the rest of the series.
- Another Dimension: The Western Gate leads to one.
- Arc Number: 3500 - years, usually.
- Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: In "The Face in the Mirror", Anubis gets possessed by the Eye of Darkness and gains immense knowledge, but he has other things concerning his mind:
Anubis: Hey, I know everything. Dead languages, subatomic things... The origin of mayonnaise.
- Artistic License – Astronomy: Neither solar eclipses nor planetary alignments actually occur in a 3500-year cycle.
- Artistic License – History: This series takes a few liberties with the history and mythology of Egypt.
- Artistic License – Religion: Many Egyptian gods are different from their Real Life counterparts. Here are a few examples:
- Seth and Anubis are companions. This didn't happen in the actual myths as Anubis opposed Seth for killing Osiris and helped Isis in resurrecting him. Seth's appearance is also a little different. Here he's a full-blown dog, while the real one was more a mishmash.
- Bastet was by all means a benevolent, if a relatively minor goddess compared to the more popular gods like Ra and Isis. Here she's a narcissistic jerk who think she's the grandest goddess in all of mankind and wants everyone to worship her.
- Sekhmet was a lioness-headed war goddess who was also involved with pestilence. Here is diseases her main aspect and she morphs into a vulture-like creature.
- Egyptians are portrayed as believing in reincarnation, which was not a part of their mythology.
- Back from the Dead: There's quite a bit of this, understandably of course.
- Beast Man: Apep, though he's more snake than man. There's also Bastet, the Cat Lady.
- Big Bad: Scarab.
- Body Swap: Happens in the episode "Who's Who".
- Bond Villain Stupidity: Scarab proves himself a match for the mummies in armed combat, yet on many occasions when confronted, he escapes, though he's not the only villain to fall into this habit.
- Boy Meets Ghoul: In "True Believer", Nefertina goes on a date with a living human.
- Brought Down to Normal: If the mummies don't sleep in their sarcophagi regularly they become depowered; basically amounting to the power source for their amulets running dry.
- Buried Alive: Scarab's punishment for murdering the Pharaoh's son.
- Butt-Monkey: Joe and Bob, the cops that often spot the Mummies driving over the speed limit usually end up being scared off.
- By the Power of Grayskull!: The mummies saying "With the strength of Ra!"
- Catch-Phrase: "Let's kick Tut!" for the mummies.
- Cat Girl: Bastet, Nefertina's patron goddess. Nefertina herself becomes one when Bastet transforms her into one.
- Cats Are Magic: Bastet.
- City of Adventure: The city of San Francisco.
- City of Weirdos: Living mummies often walk among regular people whlie wearing pathetic disguises. Regularly appearing on the news doesn't warrant much comment or outrage from the locals.
- Clip Show: The Series Finale.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Nuhn, to an insane degree.
- Conspicuous Trenchcoat: Rath once wears one in the episode "Dead Man Walking".
- Cool Airship: The Jetcycle and the Skycophagus.
- Cool Big Sis: Nefertina to Presley.
- Cool Car: The Hot-Ra.
- Dating Catwoman: Nefertina and Apep.
- Deadpan Snarker: Mostly Rath, although everyone gets one in every other episode. On the villain side, Heka never stops snarking.
- Demon Head: The mummies when they are furious.
- Duck Season, Rabbit Season: Brains vs. Brawn.
- Dumb Muscle: Armon is not the sharpest knife in the drawer.
- Everybody Hates Hades: Anubis is a rather stupid villain in the series, when he was a benevolent deity in charge of protecting the dead in Egyptian mythology. He is associated with Set, who disowned Anubis in the myths for choosing to side with Horus.
- Everybody Was Kung-Fu Fighting: The mummies know "egyptsu", which appears to be a blend of snake-style kung fu and aikido. Interestingly, there actually was an ancient Egyptian martial art, though it was certainly not called that and resembled boxing more.
- Evil Is Not a Toy: Practically a Running Gag in this series; at several occasions Scarab tries summoning to help him get Raspes' soul, only for that being to escape in control, forcing him to step back and let the mummies clean his mess.
- Expository Theme Tune: The page quote is part of it.
- Eye Of Horus Means Egypt: Presley has it on his amulet, which makes sense since he's the reincarnation of a Egyptian prince.
- Five-Man Band:
- Fish out of Temporal Water: Ancient Egypt, San Francisco is not.
- For Halloween, I Am Going as Myself: One episode actually has the mummies go to a Halloween party without costumes, though they managed to ruin the party for Presley anyway.
- Frothy Mugs of Water: Averted in episode 26 . The mummies are struggling to get back to base with their powers depleted, and spot someone trying to get into his car while clearly drunk. Ja-Kal uses his Demon Head to terrify him into running off.
- Henshin Hero: The mummies.
- Hollywood Density: A lot of the time the series isn't too bad about the weight Armor's golden arm should have. He is The Big Guy, and presumably has some degree of Super Strength while he's armored up which is the only time it's around. But in one episode where the mummies are trying to catch a group of Gold Rush prospector ghosts, he and Presley are both lifting it and tossing it around like it's made out of plastic.
- Home Base: The Sphinx.
- Hypnotic Eyes: One of the sorceress Chontra's abilities.
- Idiosyncratic Wipe: Scene changes are done by having a plate with the series logo do stuff.
- Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy: Scarab's army of Shabti.
- Impossibly Cool Clothes: The mummies and Scarab's armor.
- Incredible Shrinking Man: In one episode.
- Interspecies Romance: On a few occasions.
- Law of Chromatic Superiority: With a twist. As the leader of the mummies, Ja-Kal wears blue instead of the usual red.
- Living Statue: Talos and Scarab's Shabti minions.
- One episode has Rath replace the radio aerial in Presley's science-project radio with an obelisk, which makes it powerful enough to communicate with the beings Beyond the Western Gate.
- Another lampshades this:
"I am trying to teach you science. Now, do you want to learn how to turn a staff into a serpent or not?"
- Merlin and Nimue: Rath and his student Chantra.
- Mooks: Scarab has a neverending supply of clay minions to send at the mummies. They shatter when they are hit by pretty much anything.
- Motive Decay: Scarab. At first, he tries to take the immortal soul of Prince Rapses. By the last episode, he's stolen the youth of homeless people, set Ja-Kal and his brother against each other, and tries to sell overpriced stolen water in a bottle.
- Mummy: Unlike mummies that appear in many other works of fiction, Presley's four guardians act perfectly friendly towards most everyone.
- My Other Car Is an X : The mummies' chariot.
- Non-Lethal Warfare: The combat featured in the series.
- Paper-Thin Disguise: The mummies often walk around in San Francisco wearing civilian clothes, with their bandages and gray skin still on display. The regular people never even bat an eyelid at this. Even in Presley's mother's cafe, all one person had to say was that "they must really be starving!"
- Past-Life Memories: In the second episode, Presley experiences the memories of Rapses just before he died. It turns out, they're being caused by one of Scarab's spells.
- Powered Armor: The mummies gain armor when they use the phrase "With the strength of Ra!" to help them fight. Complete with stock transformation sequences.
- Punny Name: When Armon transforms, he puts his arm on.
- Recap Episode: The only noteworthy one being the series finale, which features a compilation of clips from the entire series.
- Right Hand vs. Left Hand: Sometimes Presley and the mummies survive only because of bickering and backstabbing on the villains side.
- Sadly Mythtaken: Sekhmet as a vulture.
- Samus Is a Girl: The other three mummies didn't actually know that Nefertina was a girl at first. Her disguise, judging by her form during her first appearance, consists of nothing but a hat, and does nothing for her narrow waist and noticeable chest.
- Seductive Mummy: Nefertina, especially in "True Believer".
- Subways Suck: On one occasion where the mummies take the subway, Rath takes one look at the subway map and thinks it's the first sign of actual intelligence in the modern world.
- Supernatural Martial Arts: Egyptsu.
- Sweet Polly Oliver: Nefertina. In ancient Egypt, she pretended to be a boy so she could drive chariots.
- Teenage Mutant Samurai Wombats: The mummies run around San Francisco with all sorts of magic, monsters, cool cars and gods completely unnoticed.
- Techno Wizard: Rath.
- Thememobile: All of the mummies' vehicles have an Egyptian theme going on. Especially the Hot-Ra.
- Those Two Bad Guys: Set and Anubis.
- Those Two Guys: Joe and Bob, the cops that often spot the Mummies driving over the speed limit usually end up being scared off.
- Transformation Sequence: Every time the mummies suit up.
- Trapped in Another World: One episode has Presley's science teacher trapped beyond the Western Gate by a Magitek-enhanced radio.
- Treacherous Advisor: Scarab.
- Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Geb the earth spirit, and his wife Net the air spirit.
- Villain with Good Publicity: Scarab masquerades as a respectable businessman, but it doesn't particularly impede the mummies. Then again, "Scarab" technically has no publicity whatsoever among civilians since the "respectable businessman" is an alter ego the mummies have no clue to.
- Villain Team-Up: Happened fairly often.
- Villainous Crush: Strangely enough, the metal giant Talos once fell for San Francisco's Statue of Victory.
- White Hair, Black Heart: Net, to a certain degree.
- World's Most Beautiful Woman: Nefertina becomes this once effected by Scarab's beauty potion by accident, going from nobody to celebrity model overnight. Of course, she looks the same as always except her skin tone and hair color are back to what she looked like when she was alive.
- Would Hurt a Child: Scarab is more than willing to kill a child to get him immortality.
- You're Not My Father: During the Father's Day episode "Reunion," Presley says this to Ja-Kal when he offers to take the boy fishing since his real father is in Memphis. It comes off particularly harsh when you take in the fact that Ja-Kal never got to see his own son grow up. Not to mention he has a nephew who was also like a son to him, and his father is Ja-Kal's evil brother.