1 9 9 7 – 1 9 9 9 (USA/UK/France/Germany)
52 x episodes
Adapted from a French comic called Achille Talon, this animated series (a co-production between Saban International Paris, ARD/Degeto, France 2 and Scottish Television) revolved around the titular character.
Advertising himself as “Hero for Hire”, average Joe Walter Melon would stand in for heroes from movies, television shows or literature (everyone from Captain Kirk to Superman to James Bond) and save the day in their place.
He was frequently assisted by his sidekick, Bitterbug.
The second season scrapped the concept of him taking the place of fictional characters and had him becoming historical figures like Christopher Columbus, Thomas Edison and Neil Armstrong in an attempt to make the show more educational.
The series aired in the UK on CITV and in the US on the Fox Family channel. Ownership of the series passed to Disney in 2001 when Disney acquired Fox Kids Worldwide, which also included Saban Entertainment.
Mary Kay Bergman