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|Also known as||'Marcus and the Video Game world |
|Created by||Ahmed Guerrouache|
|Theme music composer||Nathan Wang|
|Country of origin||France|
|No. of seasons||5|
|No. of episodes||52 (list of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Mark Weston|
|Running time||12 mins|
|Production company(s)||Mondo TV France|
|Original network||TF1 (France)|
CITV (United Kingdom)
|Picture format||1080p (HDTV)|
|Audio format||Dolby Digital|
|Original release||April 1, 2016– December 24, 2017|
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Marcus Level is a French animated series, created by Ahmed Guerrouache and produced by 4K Media Inc and Mondo TV France with animation by Pictonovo. In 2016, It had a region-free DVD for Burger King as part of a kids meal, Three Volumes sets were released by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment on DVD that same year. Currently, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment has planned a series box set called "Marcus Level:The Complete Series" On September 3rd,2017 Brock Baker and Tom Kenny announced that Marcus Level would be ending somewhere in December 2017. On December 24,2017, its finale, "Marcus and the Colossus" was aired. Reruns continue on CITV in the United Kingdom, Foxtel and 9Go! in Australia, Disney XD in France, Teletoon and YTV in Canada and Televisa in Mexico. Currently, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment announced that hey are releasing the whole entire series on DVD called "Marcus Level:The Complete Series" on January 8, 2018.
Marcus Level is about a kid named Marcus who loves gaming. When Marcus gets the latest version of his favorite video game, "Gorbar and the Valley of the Seven Light Towers", he tells himself that while his parents are gone during the weekend, he'll finally be able to explore all of its worlds.
As soon as he turns on the gaming console and sticks in the game card, a flash of white lightning jumps out of the screen! Marcus suddenly finds himself transported inside the video game in the place of his hero Gorbar the Magnificent! Gorbar travels in the opposite direction and is quite puzzled to find himself in Marcus’ room. The roles might be reversed, but the rules of the game stay the same. Marcus knows that if he wants to go home, he has but one solution: finish the game and free Princess Aria from the clutches of the evil Vipkrad. But before he can do that, he’ll have to face countless challenges: strategies, enigmas, explorations, combats or platform games. Marcus wanted to play? He’ll get what he wants! The problem is that Marcus is no game hero. He neither has the strength nor the recklessness of Gorbar and mostly, he’s human. If he dives into a lake infested with Croc-O-Teeth or if he finds himself trapped by the worker-soldiers of Vikprad, his game just might be “over”! Of course, no one in the game knows this. All the characters in the game, especially his friends - Ephi the celestial magician, Gratrok the wild and crazy crab-rat and Loumi, the glowing fairy - he really IS Gorbar! Sure, he’s a different kind of Gorbar…he’s less muscular and smarter. Instead of big muscular arms, Marcus uses his head. He knows the logic of video games, the tricks, the treasures and the bonuses that give one superpowers. He also knows the games’ limits and its bugs. These are tools that will turn out to be indispensable to defeat Vipkrad! But what about Gorbar? He winds up in Marcus’ room, convinced that he’s still on his mission, looking for the princess. He’s going to have to deal with Seraphine, the babysitter, and learn to live the everyday life of a kid. It's obvious that things aren't going to be easy neither for Marcus, nor for Gorbar!
- Marcus Marcus is a lone dreamer with an overactive imagination. When you see him, you might think he looks like a prim and proper studious student. But in his head, he's a pirate, a knight, an explorer, a magician! So after his initial shock, Marcus quickly feels right at home in the Valley of the Seven Light Towers!
For unlike Gorbar, Marcus isn't a big mass of muscles but he always winds up understanding what has to be done and taking matters in hand! Marcus has inherited the helmet (that's too big) from Gorbar as well as Alkalone, his magic sword which was a lot easier to handle when it was on the other side of the joystick!
- Ephi She's a noble and refined celestial magician as they exist in almost all adventure games. Before Marcus' arrival, Ephi was the brains of the outfit. Close to the forest world, her magic allows her to control plants. She can also become invisible by putting on her hood. Like all the characters in the game, Ephi is convinced that Marcus IS Gorbar, but because she's smarter than the others, she's the only one to notice that he's changed quite a bit: he's less reckless and smarter, more sensitive... come to think of it, she likes him better this way!
- Gratrok He's a go-getter crab-rat who complains, makes things up and is often in a bad temper. He's also “typical” of video games.
He has special powers given to him by his pick (which he uses to climb and dig, etc.). He's courageous, a bit rash and often finds himself thrown out of the game for having spent his one-ups without thinking. He's also a truculent character who likes to laugh about everything... including himself!
- Vipkrad The bad guy of the game is evil, awful, twisted and nasty. Vipkrad the Terrible kidnapped princess Aria. He takes great pleasure in invading all the regions of the Valley of the Seven Light Towers with huge black clouds. Why? Because he's programmed for that, that's all. He does what he has to without batting an eyelash helped by hordes of minions: diabolical robots, worker-soldiers and other honey flies.
- Loumi She's the light-bulb fairy who guides the team. She's supposed to always know where to go and float in the right direction when the team is a little lost (a function that is well known by game players). But Loumi isn't quite perfected and often makes mistakes. On rare occasions, she can intensify her brightness to the point of making all the enemies present disappear. But this power drains a considerable amount of energy out of her.
- Gorbar He's the kind of hero that's all muscles and unshakable courage, the kind that doesn't think much and just forges right ahead. In fact, as a video-game character, he's just not programmed to think!
In the real world, he keeps talking to lightbulbs, as if it was Loumi, to find his way and wears his Marcus helmet which the boy fashioned out of colander and a plastic version of his magic sword whose only “magical” power is to go squeak-squeak when you push on it. He still thinks he's on his mission and always obeys Seraphine whom he thinks is there to guide him on his adventure like the oracle Sybilin.
- Seraphine Seraphine is a sixteen-year-old babysitter. She's a “serious” teenager who's just as concerned with her reputation for efficiency as to her image. So she's never seen Marcus when she got the job? No problem. Marcus' mother told her that he was very imaginative and somewhat peculiar? No problem. So when she discovers a six-foot-two barbarian in the child's room, Seraphine doesn't bat an eyelash. She's convinced that this is Marcus (who is indeed a little peculiar) and decides to make do with the situation. Good thing Marcus' parents are only gone for a three-day weekend. But for Seraphine, that's gonna be one loooong weekend!
- Maurice Marcus' former pet.
- Princess Aria She's very cute and vulnerable and is the princess of the Blue Realm. She doesn't have a very complicated program and basically just sits there waiting for Gorbar, her champion, to come and freer her. However, she is known to solve some of the problems of the valley dwellers. And Marcus knows that if he winds up saving her, she'll be able to send him home because the game will be finished.
- Sybiln He’s the oracle from the world of the Seven Towers.
Sybilin always appears in a rather incongruous manner. His function is to tell the heroes of the game the challenge which they must face in every adventure. He also can be the referee of the game.
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- Bella Hudson .... Marcus (I,2016–2017, Princess Aria (III, 2017–present)
- Kath Soucie .... Ephi (I, 2016), Princess Aria (I, 2016),Marcus (II,2016)
- Veronica Taylor .... Seraphine, Princess Aria (II, 2017), Additional Voices
- Eric Stuart ..... Gorbar,Sybiln,Additional Voices
- Thomas Ridgewell .... Maurice, Mini-Maurice, Additional Voices
- Anna Faris .... Ephi (II,2017), Additional Voices
- Brock Baker .... Vipkrad, Additional Voices
- Mark Weston .... Additional Voices
- Jace Norman .... Additional Voices
- Matt Hargreaves .... Additional Voices
- Tom Kenny .... Gratrok,Additional Voices
- Nicole Oliver .... Additional Voices
- Chris Pratt .... Additional Voices
In 2016, Burger King released a DVD along with some Marcus Level merchandise as a kids meal. On the DVD were the episodes My kingdom for a pony, Fat Aria, The Curse of the Mines and The Gruesome Ghouls of Galileo on it. It was sold for three months. Currently, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment announced that they would be releasing the whole entire series on DVD called "Marcus Level:The Complete Series" on January 8, 2018. It will have a bonus feature of the dubbed version of Ahmed Guerrouache's Interview and will have a PC version of the game of the same name.
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