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Bucky O'Hare and the Toad Wars (also known as Bucky O'Hare and the Toad Menace in Canada) is a French-American animated TV show based on a comic book series named Bucky O'Hare. The series ran 13 episodes from the 7th of September 1991 till the 1st of December the same year.



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Detailed Plot[]


Deviation from the Comics[]

The comic book and the show do differ on various points. The first apparent change is Willy being American instead of Canadian, and resident of San Francisco. Willy in both the show and the comics doesn't have a strong relationship with his parents though the reason differs slightly. In the the show his parents are both as in the comics happily married but also in his mind rather average and unexciting. In the comics his parents are economically and socially left while Willy is more of the political right. His parents tend to leave him alone at the house to go to political rallies and protests. This element is left out of the show but in the comics plays a role in why he doesn't tell his parents about the Toad Wars- he knows they would not support him going to war as they are both devoted pacifists. They do however as in the show deeply love their son which makes what happens in the final issue both terrifying and tragic. That being that his parents turn off the machine that allows Willy to travel between worlds believing he accidentally left it on despite them reminding him about energy conservation (in the show the power bill is mentioned instead). Since he never told them about the Toad Wars they have no idea that they just sealed him in another dimension, nor that turning the machine back on will allow him to return. In both the comics and show this is Willy's fate.

A minor and less immediately apparent difference is that in the comics the Toad built AI named Komplex was evil as soon as it was activated while in the show it initially functioned as the Toads intended it to with an apparent benevolence only to have changed for reasons unknown to S.P.A.C.E. This change regarding the primary antagonist gives way to another in that in the comics Komplex lobotomized the scientists who built it shortly after activation while in the show those who built it had time to escape, having observed concerning changes in Komplex before it's take over of Toad society. In this iteration of events, the creators made an error of not creating a turn-off switch or means of deactivating Komplex as it was 'never intended to be deactivated'.



  1. War of the Warts
  2. A Fistful of Simoleons
  3. The Good, the Bad, and the Warty
  4. Home Swampy Home
  5. On the Blue
  6. The Kreation Konspiracy
  7. The Komplex Caper
  8. The Search for Bruce
  9. Corsair Canards
  10. The Artificers of Alberberan
  11. The Warriors
  12. Bye Bye Berserker Baboon
  13. The Taking of Pilot Jenny


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