Hammerman (partially lost ABC animated series; 1991)
Hammerman is a short-lived American-Canadian animated series produced by DIC Entertainment and Bustin' Productions, created by pop rapper MC Hammer. It features the voice of Clark Johnson as a youth center worker named Stanley Burrell (Hammer's real name) who owns a pair of magical dancing shoes (which are alive and can speak). When he wears them, he transforms into the superhero Hammerman. The cartoon was aired from September 7th to December 7th, 1991, on ABC for a total of 13 episodes. The show's copyright was owned by Bustin' Productions, Inc., although the company was suspended in 1993.
Availability[edit | edit source]
As of February 2022, 10 full episodes of the series have resurfaced online. Of these, 5 are in full English, and 5 are in English with a Polish overdub.
Findings[edit | edit source]
On November 7th, 2017, YouTuber areyoustilllistening uploaded an episode of the show titled "Nobody's Perfect" to his channel.
On November 25th, 2018, YouTuber Peter Lavalle uploaded some clips from an old VHS recording of Hammerman onto his channel (specifically a clip of the show's intro, the first commercial break and a small bit of the episode's title card). It was later found out that Peter Lavalle's recording was actually of a previously unknown Hammerman episode entitled "Dropping Out." On January 9th, 2019, Lost Media Wiki user "YoshiKiller2S" contacted Peter Lavalle and inquired him if he could release the full episode onto YouTube or in case Peter didn't want to risk a possible copyright strike if he could send him a digital copy of the episode. Peter then later responded to him and agreed to upload the entire episode in 4 parts onto YouTube on January 12th.
On February 12th, 2019, user "JetAviator00" contacted an anonymous user that claimed to have some Hammerman episodes in the Latin American Spanish dub. One of the episodes he listed was a previously unknown episode entitled "Work This" and supplied a 1-minute clip from the episode.
On October 24th, 2019, a YouTuber named Viihdekonserni uploaded VHS recordings of the show to his YouTube channel. These recordings contained Finnish dubs of 3 lost Hammerman episodes.
On February 21st, 2020, Lost Media Wiki user "YoshiKiller2S" uploaded a higher-quality rip of the episode "Nobody's Perfect" to YouTube. This rip came from an old VHS recording he found on eBay.
On June 1st, 2021, Lost Media Wiki user "MushroomMan" discovered the titles of the 3 remaining unknown Hammerman episodes via a series of documents created by DIC Entertainment in 1998 that had been uploaded to the United States Copyright Office's website (these episodes sharing the exact same composers as all other Hammerman episodes). This discovery also revealed that "Will and the Jerks" was never an episode of the show to begin with (as Lost Media Wiki user "Elizabello" had previously claimed in a comment).
On February 23rd, 2022, YouTuber TheSym uploaded a series of Hammerman VHS recordings to their channels that contained Polish overdubs of several episodes. Not only did these contain audible English audio tracks for several episodes that previously lacked them, but they also featured the episode "Work This" in full for the first time.
Episode List[edit | edit source]
Episodes[edit | edit source]
|1||Defeated Graffiti||Found||Released on VHS.|
|2||Rapoleon||Found||Released on VHS.|
|3||Winnie’s Winner (1 | 2)||Found||Released on VHS.|
|4||If the Shoe Fits||Found||Polish overdub.|
|6||Dropping Out (1 | 2 | 3 | 4)||Found||Badly damaged video and staticy audio.|
|7||Lights, Camera, Hammer! (1 | 2)||Found||Polish overdub.|
|8||Blast From the Past||Found||Polish overdub.|
|9||Who’s Who? (1 | 2)||Found||Polish overdub.|
|10||Work This (1 | 2)||Found||Polish overdub.|
|12||Real Friends, the Musical||Lost|
|13||Stanley's Big Break||Lost|
Gallery[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
- Archived DIC Entertainment show list with Hammerman. Retrieved 16 Dec '20
- Hammerman: no. 221-101., PA0000673394, (12 November '93), United States Copyright Office Retrieved 3 Sep '22
- California Secretary of State Business Search Retrieved 3 Sep '22
- Document created by DIC Entertainment that mentions "Cupid's Sting" (056). Retrieved 01 Jun '21
- Document created by DIC Entertainment that mentions "Real Friends, the Musical" (106). Retrieved 01 Jun '21
- Document created by DIC Entertainment that mentions "Stanley's Big Break" (025). Retrieved 01 Jun '21