After listening to the Gundam Experience panel Japanator was gracious enough to post from this year’s Anime Central I was unable to attend (thanks, college graduation), the first thing that came to mind was to share this little jewel to even more of the internet. Behold: Doozy Bots!
What is this, you ask? Well, as the ’80s became the ’90s, Sunrise wanted to bring Gundam to the States. However, for some reason, I guess Sunrise didn’t think little kids piloting robots of death in a war would appeal to us Yankees. Guess they didn’t see Robotech.
Instead, we got a pilot for a chibi-fied bastardization of Gundam that almost (almost) makes Superior Defender Gundam Force look acceptable.
The premise? Professor Doozy created this machine that puts human souls into robots. His teen science club obviously proves better than guinea pigs to test this out, so the professor puts them in to transfer their minds into a Gundam, a Zeta Gundam (or a Re-GZ, not sure), a Guncannon, a Guntank and a pink GM. Why transfering their minds made their bodies vanish, I have no idea. These teens now have to battle evil robots that escaped from the professor’s lab. Of course, these would be Zeonic mobile suits, which begs the question: why was Professor Doozy building Zeon?
Now you’re probably going, “This concept sounds like a surefire hit. Why did it never get made into a series?” Probably because at this point, God still loved us, or maybe God didn’t find putting the wheelchair kid into the Guntank as funny as I do. Really, if you could give people seemingly perfect robotic bodies, forcing the kid who can’t walk into the mobile suit that doesn’t have legs is a pretty dickish thing to do.
That’s only the most glaring oddity of this clip. We cannot forget the Guncannon that shoots UP gumballs that have to be subsequently hit by a hockey stick, the girl in the pink GM with a thick Southern accent and a lasso. Oh, and wheelchair boy, he gets relegated to cleanup duty. Then there’s the robotic chicken that lays Dom eggs, and I could go on and on.
Honestly though, I don’t think the world is any poorer or richer for the failure of Doozy Bots to get off the ground. It took almost a decade later for a Gundam series to hit it relatively big when Gundam Wing premiered on Toonami. Perhaps it would have happened sooner when people learned of this thing called Gundam in Japan, or perhaps no one would have ever made the connection. Either way, Doozy Bots exists to show us a simplier time when political correctness didn’t matter as much and Gundam was about being a teenager and having fun, instead of all the war and gloom it is today (and yesterday, and 30 years ago).