Martin Mystery (French and Italian: Martin Mystère) is an French-Italian-Canadian animated television series based on the Italian Martin Mystère comic by Alfredo Castelli. The show was produced by Marathon Media, Rai Fiction, and Image Entertainment Corporation along with the Japanese animation studio, Tatsunoko Production.
The series re-imagines the comic books main characters (Martin Mystery and Diana Lombard) as 16-year-old step-siblings attending Torrington Academy, a high school in Sherbrooke, Quebec. They work for a covert organization referred to as "The Center", which covertly protects the people of Earth from supernatural threats.
As a covert organization, their work must be kept secret and for this reason, anyone who comes too close to their missions will have their memories of the event erased. Despite the fact that they deal with the supernatural and such, not everyone who works for the organization is a modern human. Billy (a small, green-skinned alien), is actually one of Martin's best friends. Java (a Neanderthal caveman from 200,000 years ago), works as a janitor at Diana and Martin's school. He also aids Martin and Diana on their missions for “The Center”.
As far as "The Center" is concerned, Martin's vast knowledge of the supernatural and his remarkable intuition compensate for his poor personal hygiene and huge ego. Diana resents these flaws at times, as Martin often does not seem to understand the seriousness of his missions, but generally loves him like any sister.
- Martin Mystery - Samuel Vincent
- Diana Lombard - Kelly Sheridan
- Java the Caveman - Dale Wilson
- M.O.M. - Teryl Rothery
- Billy - Samuel Vincent
Over the course of the show's 3 year run, The show was created, developed, written and animated in Tokyo, produced in Paris, and the English-Language voice acting took place in Toronto.
Crossovers in other series
Marathon and Image also produced Team Galaxy, Totally Spies!, and The Amazing Spiez!. Male characters resembling Martin, Diana, and Martin's rival Marvin have appeared in Totally Spies!, such as in the episode "Super Agent Much?", and many others. Martin's character guest starred in the 2007 Totally Spies! episode "Totally Mystery Much?" which had him team up with the spies to investigate Yeti sightings. The only other Martin Mystery character to appear in a Totally Spies! episode was M.O.M., in the same episode that Martin appeared in.