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Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot was an American animated TV series based on the comic book of the same name by Frank Miller and Geof Darrow.

The series ran for 26 episodes on Fox Kids and featured, amongst others, the voice of Pamela Adlon (credited as Pamela Segall) as the voice of Rusty, and character actors R. Lee Ermey and M. Emmet Walsh. A line of toys based on the show was produced by Bandai, which can sometimes be found on eBay along with ephemera surrounding a brief promotional tie-in with Burger King.


The animated series, produced by Columbia TriStar Television and Dark Horse Entertainment, aired from 1999 to 2001, and in many aspects is a more mature and established series. Whereas the comic book seems like only an introduction to the robots, the animated series is full-fledged with a strong back story which links the episodes together. The plot and setting of the series is different from the comic book as the whole story is based around New Tronic City, a fictional American city clearly modeled after New York City. The series focuses on Rusty, the most advanced robot ever built, with a human emotional grid and "nucleoprotonic" powers. The plan is that Rusty will replace the Big Guy, a massive war robot that is the Earth's last line of defence against all threats alien or domestic. However, Rusty is too inexperienced to stand on his own, so the Big Guy is re-commissioned to teach Rusty the way of trade. Rusty idolizes the Big Guy, regarding him as the best robot ever. In reality, the Big Guy is actually a mindless battle suit piloted by Lieutenant Dwayne Hunter, who poses as his chief mechanic. The Big Guy's secret is known only to a few, and many situations involve Lt. Hunter's clever and impromptu excuses to hide the fact from Rusty for two reasons: that the truth could overload Rusty's emotional grid; and Rusty has trouble keeping secrets.


1st Season 1999
Ep. Prod.
Air Date Episode Title
1- 1 101 18 Sep 1999 Creatures, Great and Small
1- 2 102 25 Sep 1999 Out of Whack
1- 3 103 2 Oct 1999 The Inside Scoop
1- 4 104 9 Oct 1999 Birthday Bash
1- 5 105 16 Oct 1999 The Reluctant Assassin
1- 6 106 23 Oct 1999 Really Big Guy
2nd Season 2001
Ep. Prod.
Air Date Episode Title
2- 1 112 30 Jan 2001 Little Boy Robot Lost
2- 2 113 2 Feb 2001 The Bicameral Mind
2- 3 108 Feb 2001 The Inside Out
2- 4 109 Feb 2001 Moon Madness
2- 5 110 Feb 2001 Wages of Fire
2- 6 111 Feb 2001 The Big Boy
2- 7 114 Feb 2001 World of Pain
2- 8 107 Feb 2001 Sibling Mine
2- 9 115 Feb 2001 Blob, Thy Name Is Envy
2-10 116 Feb 2001 Donovan's Brainiac
2-11 117 Feb 2001 Patriot Games
2-12 118 Feb 2001 Harddrive
2-13 119 Feb 2001 5000 Fingers of Rusty
2-14 120 Feb 2001 The Champ
2-15 121 Feb 2001 Sickout
2-16 122 Feb 2001 Nephew of Neugog
2-17 123 Feb 2001 The Lower Depths
2-18 125 1 Mar 2001 Double Time (1)
2-19 126 2 Mar 2001 Double Time (2)
2-20 124 5 Mar 2001 Rumble in the Jungle