The interview covers a number of topics about the classic cartoon, yielding all kinds of interesting tidbits. Die-hard Ruby-Spears enthusiasts will be especially pleased with the "rumor mill" portion in which Mr. Ruby comments on some of the rumors surrounding the show's production.
Can't put up the entire interview, but here are a few select portions of interest...
Some of the most persistent rumors concerning the cartoon series are about the third season that never happened. According to rumor, the season was cut after only one episode was finished (“Crime of the Century”, in which Wily uses remote-controlled toys to pull off heists), but was planned as a full 13-episode run.
Joe Ruby: Nothing was cut short. It was decided just to make the one additional episode. And that completed the package.
Another big rumor is that this third season would have introduced Bass, MegaMan’s new rival from the game series, who would replace ProtoMan as Wily’s Number Two in order to tie into the current game setup. And following that, Proto would become more the Racer-X to Mega’s Speed Racer, as is the setup in the games.
JR: Guess it was just a rumor. That thinking never reached us if that was true.
Of course, there’s the second-season episode “Mega X”, which featured the debut of Capcom’s related Mega Man X series to animation. Again, the rumor mill has it that Mega Man X was to get his own spin-off cartoon (and accompanying toy line), but that too never came to be.=====================
JR: Yes, that was true, as far as I can recall.
The interview is split into two parts across two sites: for all things related to the Mega Man toon, head on down to Sipher Says. For Ruby-Spears in general, hit up ASM Magazine. Included in the ASM portion, you'll find a handful of neat production images from the show -- storyboards and conceptual art. I don't believe these have been ever publicly released before, so give 'em a peek!
Thanks for the tip, Jimmy