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DVD Review: Generator Rex Volume 1

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Generator Rex is an action-packed animated series made by the creators of Ben 10. This series follows Rex, a teenage superhero who protects the world from exponentially variegated organisms (EVOs). The series, Generator Rex, appears on Cartoon Network and is popular with boys ages six to 14.

Rex is your average 15-year-old boy by appearance. He likes the same things any teenage boy likes, including girls, music, sports and cars. But he also has superhero powers as a result of a nanite explosion that happened five years prior to the show, and can become a super-fast motorcycle or grow a jet pack. He struggles to deal with many of the same things your average 15-year-old would deal with, like self-confidence and self-control, as well as the challenge of being a superhero. 

As a superhero, Rex works with Providence, an organization created to fight and destroy the mutant EVOs, and Agent Six, to fight the EVOs.  EVOs are basically evil mutated creatures. They were created by an experiment gone wrong that caused an explosion releasing nanites (tiny microscopic robots) into the atmosphere. Nanites infected their hosts and caused mutations which turned the hosts into evil monsters. Not all hosts infected by nanites are evil. Rex himself was infected which is why he has superhero powers. His companion, Bobo Haha, was also infected and is now a talking chimp.

Fans of Ben 10 are going to love Generator Rex. This series has everything a tween/teen boy could possibly want to watch, including giant machinery, superheroes, fast cars, cute girls, monsters, lots of action, and some pretty decent music. The series manages to entertain without being insulting or graphic, which is a plus compared to some animated programming geared toward teens. The fact that it’s entertaining to watch while not being too grown-up makes it the perfect animated programming for tween/teen boys in my opinion. I found the characters to be likeable and relatively realistic given the fact that they’re superheroes. I appreciated that Rex was someone that boys could relate to because he faces a lot of the same challenges they do.

This two-DVD set contains the first nine episodes of season one. They’re best watched in order so no important details are missed. Special features include a music video and an “Evos Evolution Slide Show.” Total run time is 207 minutes.

The series includes voices from Daryl Sabara (Rex) (Spy Kids films, Wizards of Waverly Place), John DiMaggio (Bobo Haha) (Futurama’s “Bender” and Kim Possible’s “Dr. Drakken”), Fred Savage (Noah) (The Wonder Years), Grey DeLisle (Dr. Holiday) (Avatar: The Last Airbender, Star Wars: Clone Wars, “Daphne” from Scooby-Doo), Wally Kurth (Agent Six) (General Hospital, Days of our Lives) and J. K. Simmons (White Knight) (Law & Order and “J. Jonah Jameson” of the Spider-Man films). It was produced by John Fang (Ben 10, The Batman) and created by Man of Action (Joe Casey, Joe Kelley, Duncan Rouleau and Steven T. Seagle).

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Ellen is a busy mom of two teenagers who left the corporate world in 2008 to focus on a more eco-friendly life. She lives in rural Vermont where she juggles family, two blogs and a career in social media. You can find her at http://www.confessionsofanover-workedmom.com/ and http://the-socialites-closet.blogspot.com/.