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    A 1993 action/adventure series that ran a total of 40 episodes, Mighty Max was based loosely on the toys produced by British toy company, BlueBird, makers of the original Polly Pocket. The series focused on the exploits of Max, an American teenager who learns he has been "destined" to protect mankind and the earth from a variety of nasty creatures and cataclysmic events. Guding him are Virgil, a three-foot-tall sage of a chicken-like race known as Lemurians, and Norman the Gaurdian, a ten-thousand year-old Norseman. Other recurring characters include Max's schoolfriends, Bea and Felix, and his mother, a gung-ho single parent and respected archeologist.

    Max faces a variety of forgettable villains in regukalr episodes, and more foreboding recurring ones in plot-oriented threads. His arch nemesis is SkullMaster, a proto-Voldemort figure trapped deep within the earth, surrounded by his lava-beast minions and servants such as the crablike Warmonger. Skullmaster seeks not only to destoy Max, and avoid verifiying the prophecy that states Max will be his downfall, and also to harness the power of Max's ballcap , which is actually an ancient artifact known as the Cosmic Cap. Max's cap allows he and his companions to travel all over the earth through a series of portals and gates, following the ancient instructions set down on Virgil's scrolls.

    While Mighty Max began as a standard TV series of the mid-ninties, by the beginning of the second season it had proved itself to be capable of humour, self-mockery and startling maturity. Mighty Max had an all-too short run, and is very difficult to find these days, but remains as an example of what a good cartoon can be. Mighty Max had quippable lines, comprehensible plots, and the world's most kick-ass theme song.

    And a talking chicken. Don't forget the talking chicken.