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When the evil Beast Planet destroys the Planet Tek, only Princess Tekla escapes. She crashes on the distant Planet Ice and warns King Cryos and some raiders from Planet Rock of their imminent danger. Graveheart, a Stallone-type hero made of rock, swears to fight the menace. But defeating the Beast Planet's forces will require the four worlds of the solar system to abandon centuries of internecine warfare and unite. King Cryos and his feisty daughter travel with Graveheart to Planet Rock. King Mantle rejects the idea of an alliance and exiles Graveheart, but Graveheart's friend Jade joins the group. On Planet Fire, they recruit young Prince Pyrus, whose fiery hair unfortunately makes his head look like an unsuccessful flambé dessert. The dedicated cadre fights their first major battle on Planet Bone. King Femur, a leering Gremlins look-alike, tries to play both ends against the middle and finds himself attacked by Beast. This derivative motion-capture/computer-graphics series borrows heavily from the Star Wars films: Planet Ice looks like Hoth, Planet Rock resembles Tatooine, and the space battles with the Beast Drones are lifted from the attack on the Death Star. Rated "suitable for all ages," but violence and grotesque imagery are inappropriate for children under 8. Contains the first four episodes: 1. "Behold the Beast," 2. "On the Rocks," 3. "Born in Fire," 4. "Bad to the Bone." --Charles Solomon

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  • Actors: Paul Dobson, Enuka Okuma, Tasha Simms, Mark Oliver, Garry Chalk
  • Directors: Dwayne Beaver, Owen Hurley, Raul Inglis
  • Writers: Ken Pontac
  • Producers: B.F. Painter
  • Format: Animated, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Section 23
  • DVD Release Date: February 27, 2001
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000055WFP
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #225,310 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Shadow Raiders - Uncommon Hero (Vol 1)" on IMDb

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This is a great show not to be passed by.
LadyMatrix
Character and plot development, great soundtrack, impressive special effects, all the things you come NOT to expect from a kids show.
SRFireside
The writing was very good, and the animation remains the best looking of Mainframe’s shows & some of the best CGI I’ve ever seen.
Patrick Correa

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By ERIN on June 8, 2001
Format: DVD
Shadow Raiders is a show that is full of good twists.You can HATE Lord Mantel for exiling Graveheart from his home world, Planet Rock. I like he part when Graveheart's best friend Jade joins him on his mission(she would have to be my favourite). At some times I hate Emperor Femur because of all the truouble he courses for everyone(like the time he used Tekla to steel Planet Rock's Battle Moons).At times we see different views of each of the creatures in the show. But its a great show, worth watching.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By SiC on November 1, 2001
Format: DVD
This disc is great the quality of the picture an sound is supurb, and the extras are interesting and well organised throughout the set. The series is great and everyone who likes cgi stuff and Transformers should see it. It works quite well as a prelude to Transformers the Movie, kind of like a story of what unicron did before he got into what he did in that movie. Although of course the beast in this is not unicron but he could be, I think the series ran it's course and did all it could do, if it hd carried on longer it would just have gotten thinner and dragged out. Also it's great that every episode is here just as they were originally, only two tiny things to fault with this set. One, there is one episode that didn't really need to be there, but that's a problem with the original writing. Also all the episodes have 1 advert chapter break instead of two, but this is such a minor point it's not even worth mentioning.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By SRFireside TOP 1000 REVIEWER on January 3, 2005
Format: DVD
I saw this when it was a television series called War Planets, which alternately is based on a collection of rather interesting toys. I have no idea why they would change the title to Shadow Raiders, which says absolutely nothing about the series. Usually when you see a show based on toys all you really get is a shameful commercial for the toys. This time you get something that not only goes beyond most other toy-shows but actually is a lot better than most regular animated shows that came out at the time.

This show has it all. Character and plot development, great soundtrack, impressive special effects, all the things you come NOT to expect from a kids show. This first DVD volume gives you the creation of the underlying plot of the whole series... survival against the planet-eating Beast. In these four episodes you get a whole lot of story development and get introduced to a fascinating back-story of how these several planets who have an abundance of one resource constantly steal from each other to get the resources they sorely lack.

The actual computer generated animation was excellent for its time, rivaling that of similar shows like Reboot (even surpassing in my opinion). I'm guessing those of you used to seeing more modern CG like Shrek and Incredibles might balk at this earlier work, but if you do that's your loss. The voice talents they got for this series are perfect. Not an oddball in the bunch from the serious characters to the comedy reliefs. The extras on the DVD aren't plentiful, but it's better than nothing. You get some interesting background data (albeit a small amount) as well as 350 degree views of various stuff from the show.

This is a series worth getting if you're a fan of science fiction. The story premise alone is worth looking at, but it's even better with the fact the execution of said premise was done so well. You really gotta check this out.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By LadyMatrix on January 4, 2002
Format: DVD
This is a great show not to be passed by. The story line is superb the charcters are all great.
If you are a ReBoot fan who has never seen War Planets/Shadow Raiders do not hesitate to check it out you will not be dissapointed. I have only just recenty seen this show after buying it on DVD and fell in love with it and was disapointed when I found out there were only 2 seasons made, but those 2 seasons are both on DVD and play out extreamly well.
This is definatly not just a kids show.
If you are a scifi fan I highly reccommend Shadow Raiders!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Gary on April 27, 2001
Format: DVD
I saw this as War Planets a couple of years ago. If I'm correct either writers Len Wein and/or Marv Wolfman and Christy Marx may have written some episodes, meaning that it's an incredibly high-quality show. I think you love the explosive effects most of all, very cool. The main characters are not without personality and you will definitely be able to distinguish them apart. For anyone who likes military sci-fi or space wars, you're in for a great treat. So, go get it already !
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 22, 2001
Format: DVD
The series is CGI which means it was made entirely on computers. Many people use the term computer animated but CGI means the same thing. Personaly I like the look of most CGI series but they still have plenty of room for improvement(at the moment this series is the best). The first CGI series was Reboot that was made by the same company(Mainframe). Compared to the first and second seasons of Reboot (season three was made 5 years later) Shadowraiders is a obviously gigantic leap in quality and coloring. Compared to season three of Reboot I would say that Shadowraiders is moderately better in quality and coloring. For those who have never heard of Reboot this series looks great.
Shadowraiders has a so-so story that was made not by them but by the toy company that makes the toys for it. Basically a gigantic planet machine called the Beast Planet that eats planets is coming to the solar system of 4 worlds of Ice, Fire, Rock, and Bone. The story revolves around a miner of Rock who after discovering this goes out to unite the 4 warring worlds so they can defeat the Beast Planet. Even with this story the character development is pretty good for your average series and very good compared to your average animated series. I recommend getting this for anyone interested in a great looking series or for those who have liked other CGI series.
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