Saturday Monster Cartoons – Street Sharks

September 17, 2011

Street Sharks is a cartoon about crime-fighting half-man/half-sharks like a number of children’s cartoons created in 1994 – 95, it was created to promote an existing Mattel toy line of the same name.
In the first episode, a university professor named Dr. Paradigm tested his gene-manipulation techniques. Dr. Bolton, a fellow professor, attempted to destroy Paradigm’s research, and was transformed into an inhuman monstrosity by the evil scientist before escaping. Paradigm later kidnapped Bolton’s four sons — John, Bobby, Coop, and Clint — to transform them into sharks. The brothers planned to capture Paradigm so that they could force him to return them to their human selves and expose Paradigm’s genetic experiments.

In subsequent episodes, Paradigm began to convince the residents of Fission City that the Street Sharks (as they became known) were vicious, deadly killers who were mutated by their father, Dr. Bolton.

One of the characters’ favorite catchphrases was “Jawesome”, and their favorite food consists of Hamburgers, Hot Dogs and French fries (although they’re capable of eating just about anything – even if it’s not food). The brothers have also expressed an obvious and very vocal dislike for pizza, an in joke to make fun of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles at that time.

The toys for this cartoon were actually made before the cartoon was even created. Obviously inspired by the TMNT there was a phase where cartoons were about mutant teenagers in team would fight evil became popular. Good cartoons like these can teach kids that violence can be used to solve problems.

Kevin monster out


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