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The Jumpin' Space Rats Present:
An Introduction to
Jayce and the Wheeled Warriors

Introduction | J&WW Overview | Wheelies? | Credits

 

Introduction: In Ages Past...

J&WW Title Image All right, so maybe it wasn't that long ago. In 1985, back during what I tend to think of as the golden age of Science Fiction/Adventure cartoons, DIC Audiovisuel produced an excellent series called Jayce and the Wheeled Warriors. It contained a strange mix of science fiction and fantasy, magic and technology. It had complex characters, and generally excellent animation. Great music. An unusual premise. Basically, it had a little bit of everything, and is, in my humble opinion, one of the best cartoons to come out of the mid-80's time period.

Originally syndicated (I saw it on WSBK-TV38 in Boston), it ran on various stations from fall of 1985 until the end of summer 1987. Then, as far as I know, it was off the air in the United States until the USA network re-broadcast it (in slightly edited form) in 1994. And, then, unfortunately, it was only on cable. It also ran in Canada, and in many other countries around the world (a college friend of mine watched it in the Netherlands). Unfortunately, it's not being shown anywhere in the United States at present.

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Wheelies? Say What?

"Wheelies" is my shorthand name for Jayce and the Wheeled Warriors. My father started it. He's the one that noticed I was spending a lot of time watching, listening to (my family had no vcr when the show first came on, so my sister made audio tapes for me, and then we used to spend hours listening to the tapes and talking about the action in the eps), and later taping this wacky cartoon show. One day he asked me if I was "watching wheelies" again--and the name stuck. I have referred to the show as Wheelies for more than ten years now, and old habits die hard. So I thought I'd include this section in my intro page so that when I type "Wheelies" elsewhere in my WWW Wheelies pages, other fans or interested people will know what in the seven galaxies I'm talking about. :-)

"Wheelies" may also soon be the name for fans of J&WW. It has been discussed a little bit on the J&WW Mailing list, but I don't believe we fans have decided yea or nea on the idea just yet.

 
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