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The TV show Gigantor is the story of 12-year-old Jimmy Sparks, uncle Dr. Bob Brilliant, Police Inspector Ignatz J. Blooper, and the giant, metallic robot known as Gigantor. First created as a weapon by Jimmy's father, Gigantor becomes Jimmy's crime fighting partner via a remote control. Throughout the series, Jimmy and his team battle threats across the globe to avoid any nefarious villains from taking control of the world and his robot pal. Though showing little independent thought or emotion, Gigantor develops into a peacekeeper for the world of the early 21st Century.

Based on the original Japanese show Tetsujin 28-go, Gigantor was adapted to English speaking audiences by American writer and producer Fred Ladd. After seeing animation cells from the series, Ladd purchased 52 installments of the show in 1963. Voice actor and director Peter Frernandez handled creation of the English script. He also dubbed in many of the show's voices, along with actor Billie Lou Watt, who portrayed Jimmy Sparks, and radio actor Ray Owens, who played Inspector Blooper. In addition to these changes a new theme song was produced for the American version of the show.

Gigantor premiered on New York's WPIX-TV in 1964. While kids took to Jimmy and his robot, adults and critics were negative on the amount of violence the program displayed. Gigantor remained on the WPIX schedule with strong ratings until 1966, but returned numerous times on other television stations in the late 60s and early 70s. Ladd and his production company eventually distributed Gigantor to Australia and New Zealand. Premiering in 1968, the series gained a larger audience and more favorable reviews.

In the early 1990s, Ladd worked together with the TMS Animation Studio to produce a new, color version of Gigantor. Based on the Japanese series Shin Tetsujin 28, the show became The New Adventures of Gigantor in the United States. Though the character designs were based on those from the original Gigantor, they were streamlined and updated for modern audiences.

Fuji TV
2 Seasons, 79 Episodes
October 20, 1963
Animation & Cartoons
7.3/10
Cast: Ray Owens, Billie Lou Watt, Peter Fernandez, Gilbert Mack
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Gigantor Full Episode Guide

  • Captain Danger has built two gigantic dinosaur robots in his undersea base and launches an attack on Dr. Brilliant's laboratory while Gigantor is being repaired. Could this be the end?

  • Mr. Skee Matic kidnaps Jimmy and takes him to his secret headquarters where he shows him his robot collection - the largest in the world. Among them, his newest acquisition, Gigantor!

  • The evil Scrag and his henchman Sleek have been building a top secret weapon that uses a Tesla coil to generate lightning - just what they need to get rid of Gigantor for good!

  • Dr. Nutzen Boltz convinces Brainy, the robot with a dialectronic brain, to let him study his brain. In exchange, he will build a robot for Brainy that can destroy Gigantor!

  • Professor Stinger is back and this time he's got Big Fang's robot brother Irontron, who's been built for one purpose only - to defeat Gigantor and jimmy Sparks once and for all!

  • When scientists from the Atomic Factory are kidnapped by a giant whale, Gigantor dives into the sea to see what's going down. But the whale is actually a robot submarine form an undersea city!

  • No country will buy oil from poor Morabia. Rebels from neighboring Togaland have frightened all the customers away by setting oil fires. Can Gigantor take the heat and make everything cool again?

  • As Skull Duggery Prison, Goldy Brix is locked up with the monster Big Fang. Big Mistake. They break loose and with help from Professor Stinger's String Ray robots, they can't be stopped.

  • Escaped convict Goldy Brix is attacking luxury liners from his underwater base and using his own giant robot, Blastro. When Blastro disables Gigantor, it's anybody's game!

  • Gigantor is sent deep into the ocean to search for a sunken island and buried treasure. Instead, he finds the evil Thermal Updraft, whose hideout is guarded by the unbeatable Albatross robot!

  • A robot factory run by a man named Crank unleashes Magnaman, a super robot who's been programmed to destroy all of man's masterpieces, starting with the Eiffel Tower!

  • As a reward for rescuing him from the fires of a volcano, a powerful Firebird makes Swami Rivers the most powerful man on Earth. Now only Gigantor can put out his fire.

  • General Shark has a new secret weapon - termites that eat steel and concrete. Now, no city is safe from a Shark attack. Can Gigantor exterminate the growing problem?

  • Dr. Buzz Bugaboo is kidnapped by Brany Mantis and forced to turn over his formula for making huge insects. The big bugs are then unleashed on the city, in number too gigantic for even Gigantor to stop.

  • General Ising Nutcake of Beanie plans to take over the world. Using his Wave Image Maker, he take Gigantor, Jimmy and the Inspector prisoner. Can anything stop him now?

  • Magnaman is back and he's under the control of Muggs Muggler and his gang, who know his secret code. Only Gigantor can stop them now, but it'll be robot against robot in a duel to the finish.

  • Magnapussies from the planet Magnaforce plan to invade Earth. Able to take human shape at will, one of them has been working as Dr. Brilliant's assistant.

  • The Gypsy is back and this time he manages to unite two pieces of a secret Eskimo map. Now the untold wealth buried deep within Mount Blubber will be his.

  • The International Pirate gang is back in operation. This time, their leader is Rascal Rogue and he's built the largest atomic submarine in the world. Has Gigantor met his match?

  • It's the First World Robot Olympics, held in New York. First price, $1 million and a gold trophy. Taurus and Bulba, the favorite, and Gigantor, go head to head until Maxwell Schmoe kidnaps Gigantor!

  • Ambassador Scamp threatens to blow up a passenger plane unless he's given $1 million. Then he threatens to blow up Big Beaver Dam unless he gets a billion, and Gigantor must be the one who delivers it!

  • A master-thief, The Gypsy, sends a fire-breathing mouse robot into the Von Money Estate to steal half an ancient treasure map. Dick Strong joins The Gypsy's gang in a desperate attempt to bring him in.

  • When Gigantor takes off by himself without Jimmy at the control, then refuses to obey and crashes into the Boopadoop Embassy, he winds up in chains! What's gone wrong with the big guy?

  • The Keenymeanies have built hundreds of Gigantors to launch them against the planet Snork. Snork's only defense - a badly outnumbered Gigantor, Jimmy and Dick Strong.

  • Dr. Brilliant and his son Buttons are kidnapped by Professor Envee and forced to work on a duplicate version of Gigantor. Then Envee ties Buttons to its leg and sends it into battle...against Gigantor!

  • The Keenymeanies have built hundreds of Gigantors to launch them against the planet Snork. Snork's only defense - a badly outnumbered Gigantor, Jimmy and Dick Strong.

  • Captain Danger has built two gigantic dinosaur robots in his undersea base and launches an attack on Dr. Brilliant's laboratory while Gigantor is being repaired. Could this be the end?

  • Mr. Schematic kidnaps Jimmy and takes him to his secret headquarters where he shows him his robot collection - the largest in the world. Among them, his newest acquisition, Gigantor!

  • The evil Scragg and his henchman Slick have been building a top secret weapon that uses a Tesla Coil to generate lightning - just what they need to get rid of Gigantor for good!

  • Dr. Nuts and Bolts convinces Brainy, the robot with a dialectronic brain, to let him study his brain. In exchange, he will build a robot for Brainy that can destroy Gigantor!

  • Professor Stinger is back and this time he's got Big Fang's robot brother Irontron, who's been built for one purpose only: to defeat Gigantor and jimmy Sparks once and for all!

  • When scientists from the Atomic Factory are kidnapped by a giant whale, Gigantor dives into the sea to see what's going down. But the whale is actually a robot submarine form an undersea city!

  • No country will buy oil from poor Morabia. Rebels from neighboring Togaland have frightened all the customers away by setting oil fires. Can Gigantor take the heat and make everything cool again?

  • As Skull Duggery Prison, Goldy Bricks is locked up with the monster Big Fang. Big Mistake. They break loose and with help from Professor Stinger's String Ray robots, they can't be stopped.

  • Escaped convict Goldy Bricks is attacking luxury liners from his underwater base and using his own giant robot, Blastro. When Blastro disables Gigantor, it's anybody's game!

  • Gigantor is sent deep into the ocean to search for a sunken island and buried treasure. Instead, he finds the evil Thermal Updraft, whose hideout is guarded by the unbeatable Albatross robot!

  • A robot factory run by a man named Crank unleashes Magnaman, a super robot who's been programmed to destroy all of man's masterpieces, starting with the Eiffel Tower!

  • As a reward for rescuing him from the fires of a volcano, a powerful Firebird makes Swami Rivers the most powerful man on Earth. Now only Gigantor can put out his fire.

  • General Shark has a new secret weapon: termites that eat steel and concrete. Now, no city is safe from a Shark attack. Can Gigantor exterminate the growing problem?

  • Dr. Buzz Bugaboo is kidnapped by Brainy Mantis and forced to turn over his formula for making huge insects. The big bugs are then unleashed on the city, in number too gigantic for even Gigantor to stop.

  • General Icing Nutcake of Beany plans to take over the world. Using his Wave Image Maker, he takes Gigantor, Jimmy and the Inspector prisoner. Can anything stop him now?

  • Magnaman is back and he's under the control of Muggs Muggler and his gang, who know his secret code. Only Gigantor can stop them now, but it'll be robot against robot in a duel to the finish.

  • Magnapussies from the planet Magnaforce plan to invade Earth. Able to take human shape at will, one of them has been working as Dr. Brilliant's assistant.

  • The Gypsy is back and this time he manages to unite two pieces of a secret Eskimo map. Now the untold wealth buried deep within Mount Blubber will be his.

  • The International Pirate gang is back in operation. This time, their leader is Rascal Rogue and he's built the largest atomic submarine in the world. Has Gigantor met his match?

  • It's the First World Robot Olympics, held in New York. First price, $1 million and a gold trophy. Taurus and Bulba, the favorite, and Gigantor, go head to head until Max Von Schmo kidnaps Gigantor!

  • Ambassador Scamp threatens to blow up a passenger plane unless he's given $1 million. Then he threatens to blow up Big Beaver Dam unless he gets a billion, and Gigantor must be the one who delivers it!

  • A master-thief, The Gypsy, sends a fire-breathing mouse robot into the Von Money Estate to steal half an ancient treasure map. Dick Strong joins The Gypsy's gang in a desperate attempt to bring him in.

  • When Gigantor takes off by himself without Jimmy at the control, then refuses to obey and crashes into the Boop-A-Doop Embassy, he winds up in chains! What's gone wrong with the big guy?

  • The Teany-Meanies have built hundreds of Gigantors to launch them against the planet Snork. Snork's only defense: a badly outnumbered Gigantor, Jimmy and Dick Strong.

  • Dr. Brilliant and his son Buttons are kidnapped by Professor Envy and forced to work on a duplicate version of Gigantor. Then Envy ties Buttons to its leg and sends it into battle…against Gigantor!

  • There's a mystery on Mystery Island: where'd everybody go? Someone has created a huge seaweed monster and...

  • Dr. Brilliant is abducted by a flying saucer and taken to King Soress' secret base. There he's forced to work...

  • When Double Trouble destroys a flight to Jupiter and threatens to destroy the next launch unless he gets the...

  • The only way to stop Evil Wizard Dee Doo's plan to take over the world is to find his secret base, but it's...

  • With his new energy machine attached to a car, Wizard Dee Doo can make it go 1000 miles per hour. But to do...

  • With almost all their water stolen by the Ping Pangians, Bongo Bongo is vulnerable to an attack, especially...

  • With the water war still raging, Jimmy and the Inspector discover an underground dam on Bongo Bongo secretly...

  • Jimmy and the team go on Safari in Africa to collect animals for a zoo, but a battle breaks out when Ping...

  • The oil fields of Morabia are threatened by rebel Prince Abdul Von Hothead, who uses a giant robot cobra built...

  • An unmanned Snooper Rocket is headed for Earth and Gigantor intercepts it just in time. But now he's become...

  • While exploring an ancient Incan temple, Professor Dig-A-Dug finds gold. But when he's captured by the...

  • Swami Tommy takes Professor Brainy, Jimmy and Gigantor prisoner and forces the professor to divulge his...

  • Professor Dim Dome's daughter Dottie has been kidnapped by Oogleblabb, who will only release her in exchange...

  • At the great Robot Parade, Gigantor is a big attraction. But without Jimmy at the controls, Oogleblabb manages...

  • Dr. Birdbrain's secret plans for a new spaceship are stolen by a mysterious smoke robot made of super-strength...

  • Dr. Bob Brilliant is kidnapped by the diabolical Oogleblabb, whose plan is to control his mind, and force him...

  • Nefarious makes his attempts to take over the world using his mole drilling robot to steal a fortune from a...

  • When robot saucers hijack trucks off the streets, Jimmy and the Inspector trace them to the factory of the...

  • Dr. Diamond's hideout is discovered in the highest mountain range in the world, but it's protected by a herd of robotic bulls and a powerful torpedo rocket that freezes Gigantor in his tracks!

  • Jimmy, Inspector Blooper and Gigantor go to a world conference on robots in India and, disguised as holy men,...

  • Forced to land in Australia, the team encounters General Von Q Ball, an old enemy of the Inspector's who has a...

  • Captain Spider now has the Super Elex but there is still one thing preventing him from taking over the world:...

  • The team feels the sting of Captain Spider when he offers to exchange Dr. Emeritus for the powerful energy ray...

  • The Evil Captain Spider kidnaps Dr. Emeritus and brainwashes Inspector Blooper in an attempt to defeat...

  • Thinking Dr. Cat's Meow is out of the way, the team leaves Antarctica, only to be attacked by Meow's robotic...

  • Inspector Blooper, Jimmy, and Gigantor head for the South Pole to stop Dr. Cat's Meow, an evil genius who...

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