The Mummy: The Animated Series is an animated television series produced by Universal Animation Studios to capitalize on the success of The Mummy Trilogy. It premiered on Kids' WB on September 29, 2001.Set sometime between 1920 and 1934, the characters and plot were derived from the film, but the series could not replicate its success; efforts to make it consistent with real-world features were almost non-existent as, for example, Lake Titicaca being described as both puma-head shaped and as being found below the ruins of Macchu Picchu. Also, the poor quality of the animation disappointed fans of the special effects-laden movie.It was retooled and rechristened The Mummy: Secrets of the Medjai for its second season, which began on February 15, 2003. Although the quality is considered to have improved between the first and second seasons, the show failed to find an audience and was cancelled on June 7, 2003. It eventually aired reruns on Toon Disney, but after the network's rebranding to Disney XD, it is no longer on television.Based loosely on hit movies The Mummy (1999) and The Mummy Returns, the O'Connells find themselves being chased around the world by the undead corrupt High Priest, Imhotep, and his lackey, Colin Weasler, while trying to get the Manacle of Osiris off Alex's wrist. This takes their trip across the world, trying to locate the lost scrolls of Thebes, the only things that can remove the manacle. However, the scrolls had to be destroyed to prevent Imhotep from possessing the manacle. Now in the second season, Alex is trained as a Medjai to combat the mummy as well as facing new threats along the way.
The Series Has Examples of:
- Adventurer Archaeologist: The O'Connells are this to a T. It seems every time they go looking for an artifact, or even doing any research in a library, they're always either attacked by mummies or giant sand monsters or some kind of monster!
- Action Mom: Evey O'Connell may be an archeologist bookworm, but she can dish out some major hurt when called for.
- Action Dad: Carried over from the movies and keeping his Foreign Legion background in, Rick goes into action in nearly every episode.
- Adaptation Dye-Job:
- Evy - dark hair in the films, orange hair here
- Rick - brunette in the films, blonde here
- Alex - Blonde in the films, a light ginger here
- Adaptational Villainy: Anck-Su-Namun is actually worse here. She ends up betraying Imhotep and his response to finding her in the Underworld is just to leave in a "And I Must Scream state.
- Alternate Continuity: Unlike the films, Imhotep is sentenced to mummyhood for trying to steal the Manacle of Osiris.
- Animated Adaptation: Of the first two films of The Mummy Trilogy.
- Back from the Dead: Imhotep, Ankh-Su-Namun, there's quite a long list actually.
- Battle Couple: The O'Connell parents as they are often fighting side by side and definitely qualify since they are obviously married.
- Expy: Weasler is clearly based off Beni Gabor from the first Mummy film.
- Hypocritical Humor: In an episode where they went to a supposedly haunted house.Evy: There's no such things as haunted houses.
Jonathan: Yeah, like there's no such things as living mummies.
- Possibly a nod to Evy's skepticism in the first film.
- It Will Never Catch On: Alex's opinion of surfing.
- Rick has similar sentiments about TV.
- Lovable Coward: Jonathan Carnahan, Alex's uncle. Overlaps with The So-Called Coward quite often, as even though he is obviously terrified he never abandons his family, and does a lot of astonishingly brave things to help or defend them.
- MacGuffin: The main plot point of the first season was the Manacle of Osiris, which was stuck around Alex's wrist. Imhotep wanted it to claim its power, while Alex just wanted it off.
- Mama Bear and Papa Wolf: Don't mess with the O'Connell's kid. Even if you're an almost all-powerful mega mummy able to summon armies of the undead, if you touch their son they will take you down. Hard.
- Ms. Fanservice: Evy. A beautiful, well endowed, redhead, all wrapped-up in a tight, buttoned down blouse and Painted-On Pants.
- New Powers as the Plot Demands: The Manacle of Osiris can do pretty much anything that's needed, to fill out any plot holes. Lampshaded at least once with Alex being excited by whatever it did and then admitting he has no idea how he had done it.
- Sweet Polly Oliver: Yanit. Her being a girl is revealed when she can cross a bridge with a sign that says that no man can cross. And Alex can't get away with "I'm not a man, I'm a boy"; the bridge does still try to kill him.
- This Is Reality: A friend of Alex's who reads too many comics says he thought mummies were slow and Alex tells him "This one isn't!"
- The Renfield: The website for the show called Weasler Imhotep's "Renfield-like servant." Appropriate given Imhotep's origins as a Dracula expy in the 1932 film.
- Would Hurt a Child: Imhotep; he sends multiple disasters towards the heroes and in the beginning of the series, was willing to either kill Alex or chop his hand off to get the Manacle.