Animal Crackers (TV series)

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Animal Crackers
GenreAnimated series
Created byRoger Bollen (comic strip)
Directed byNadja Cozic
Louis Piche
Pascal Pinon
Voices ofMark Camacho
Teddy Lee Dillon
Kate Hutchison
Marc Montgomery
Terrence Scammell
Dawn Ford
Composer(s)Jeff Fisher
Country of originCanada
France
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes39 (78 segments)
Production
Executive producer(s)Micheline Charest
Christian Davin
Ronald A. Weinberg
Producer(s)Cassandra Schafhausen
Running time30 min.
Production company(s)Cinar
Alphanim
Release
Original networkTeletoon (Canada)
La Cinquième (France)
Original releaseSeptember 7, 1997 –
September 12, 1999

Animal Crackers is a 1997 French/Canadian animated television series produced by Cinar with association by Alphanim.[1] It is based on the comic strip Animal Crackers and tells about a group of animals that live in a fictional jungle in Africa called Freeborn. The show aired in Canada on Teletoon, the United States on Fox Family in 1998 and the Cookie Jar Toons block on This TV from November 2008 to August 2009.

Characters[edit]

Major characters[edit]

  • Lyle Lion (voiced by Mark Camacho): Passive, insecure and a momma's boy, Lyle is not what one might call "King of the Jungle". (He's more of a prince, who is trying to be king), intent on taking philosophy classes and ordering a pizza (preferably vegetarian) than to be the dominant predator. Despite multiple failed attempts, his number one goal in life is to date Lana. Outside his love life, his other goal is to be an astronomer.
  • Dodo (voiced by Teddy Lee Dillon): He is the last remaining dodo alive and is Lyle's best friend. Rash, impatient and slightly self-centered, he is extremely hot-headed and refuses to believe that he lacks the ability to fly. This leads to multiple failed attempts to take flight, sometimes using some very innovative and unusual techniques, all of which fail.
  • Eugene (voiced by Terrence Scammell): Despite his size and nature, this pachyderm is really an "overgrown baby" who craves attention. He is rather arrogant and obnoxious and is not afraid to bully others with his size and strength to get what he wants. Some of his secret pleasures include inhaling loads of peanut butter and stomping petunias but the sight of a tiny mouse will freak him out.
  • Gnu (voiced by Marc Montgomery): For a "supposed" leader of a herd, Gnu lacks any leadership qualities; rather, his traits show the exact opposite of a leader: lazy, timid and no sense of direction. Despite his nature, Gnu does mean well and is very dedicated to his herd, even though his presence there will hinder rather than help. A single father with a son he loves very much, he is a caring parent.
  • Lana (voiced by Kate Hutchinson): Lana is smart, attractive, strong-minded and the object of Lyle's affection. Lana is quite caring towards her fellow inhabitants of Freeborn and will put the group ahead of herself. She is an avid book lover and is often found with her nose in a novel. Despite showing little to no interest in Lyle's pursuits, it has been hinted that perhaps she does have a crush on him.

Supporting characters[edit]

  • Tito: a silent chameleon with no dialogue in the entire series. Often Tito can be found among the main characters, but due to his size and silent nature, he's usually either knocked aside, stepped or sat on, or used for some purpose, the characters mistaking him for an inanimate object. Despite this, Tito rarely holds any ill-will or contempt for the others and often shows to be very intelligent or at least at times on the same level as Lana, able to solve a problem or fix something when most of the other characters can't figure it out
  • Lance: Another lion who competes with Lyle for Lana's attention
  • Louie: Lyle's nephew. Being a cub still in diapers, Louie speaks in a manner similar to Mikey from Look Who's Talking where the audience can hear his thoughts, but the characters within the show are unaware what he's thinking. Unlike most animals on the Preserve, Louie doesn't think less of Lyle for his shortcomings, though he does show more self-awareness and intelligence than his uncle
  • Bud and Edna: Two recurring human tourists, both the common stereotype of the annoying tourist couple who bumble about, usually completely unaware of what's really going on around them and making things more uncomfortable for the locals
  • Junior and herd: Junior is Gnu's son (though never properly named in the series beyond 'Junior', so it is possible he shares his father's name) he is shown to be smarter and have more common sense than his father and is sometimes embarrassed by him, but understands Gnu's desire to be a leader and a good father and loves and respects him for this. The herd meanwhile don't show as much respect but are rather fittingly about as lazy as Gnu, often bailing on him whenever he calls for a stampede. Ironically, it is their lazy tendencies that keep Gnu as leader as any other leader (such as Roland the Waterbuffalo) would forcibly work them hard and into shape, which they don't want. Some of the herd have more distinct personalities, such as the gnu with a backwards baseball cap who speaks like a Californian surfer stereotype, an especially geeky gnu with an ID tag on his ear (these two can often be seen together), and a smaller gnu about Junior's age who appears to be the geeky gnu's little brother as they share similar characteristics, such as glasses and buck teeth
  • Elmo the Crocodile: A somewhat passive and laid back crocodile who usually just floats in the pond. He tends to be the butt of physical pain humor every now and then as someone ends up landing on his head when jumping into the pond. Although he's as docile as any of the other animals in the Preserve, he will on the rare occasion indulge his predatory instincts by trying and failing to convince smaller animals to allow him to eat them
  • Lamont the Hippopotamus
  • Roxanne the Ostrich (voiced by Dawn Ford)
  • Grandpa Tortoise and his grandsons
  • Sergeant Rhino
  • Snake
  • Frog and Toad

Episode list[edit]

Season one[edit]

Episode Segment 1 Segment 2 Writer Director Original Airdate
1 High Gnu'n Eu-genial Joseph Mallozzi Louis Piché and
Greg Bailey (supervising director)
7 September 1997
2 Dino-Sore-As-Heck Wilderness Training 101 Michael Leo Donovan (Segment 1) and
Joseph Mallozzi (Segment 2)
Louis Piché and
Greg Bailey (supervising director)
14 September 1997
3 Treasure Of The Preserva Freeborna Call Waiting Michael Leo Donovan and
Joseph Mallozzi (story editor)
Louis Piché and
Greg Bailey (supervising director)
21 September 1997
4 For Goodness Snakes Meat The Folks Joseph Mallozzi Louis Piché and
Greg Bailey (supervising director)
28 September 1997
5 If You Can't Be'em, Join'em Spring Fever Michael Leo Donovan and
Joseph Mallozzi (story editor)
Louis Piché and
Greg Bailey (supervising director)
3 October 1997
6 Pachyderm Epidemic Herd Mentality Joseph Mallozzi Louis Piché and
Greg Bailey (supervising director)
10 October 1997
7 Going Quakers Blockbusted Joseph Mallozzi Louis Piché and
Greg Bailey (supervising director)
17 October 1997
8 Pachy My Bags Mommy Dearest Ken Ross (Segment 1),
Kim Segal (Segment 2) and
Joseph Mallozzi (story editor)
Louis Piché and
Greg Bailey (supervising director)
24 October 1997
9 Sherlock Dodo Poultrygeist 7 November 1997
10 Lyle's Psychic Alliance Snowed Inn 14 November 1997
11 Svelte Veldt All The Preserve's A Stage 21 November 1997
12 It's A Date Bully For Woolly Wayne Millett 28 November 1997
13 Lights, Camera, Lyle! Bud And Edna's Excellent Adventure! 3 December 1997

Season two[edit]

Episode Segment 1 Segment 2 Writer Director Original Airdate
1 Sleepover Classified Casanova 5 February 1998
2 Eight Hooves Out My Brother's Keeper 6 February 1998
3 Lyle's Ark How To Be A Millionaire 7 February 1998
4 Lyle Files The Butler Did It 8 February 1998
5 Lyle In The Fast Lane A Wing and A Prayer 9 February 1998
6 Schooldays Call Of The Wild 9 February 1998
7 The Cold Scholder The Last Dodo Egg 10 February 1998
8 Lana Tuner Overdrive Trust Me 11 February 1998
9 Birthday Palooza Tito In Love 12 February 1998
10 Downsizing Gnus In Canoes 13 February 1998
11 Beauty and Eugene Freeborn For Rent 14 February 1998
12 Horrorscope Lights! Camera! Gnu! 15 February 1998
13 Loony Bin That's What Friends Are For 16 February 1998

Season three[edit]

Episode Segment 1 Segment 2 Writer Director Original Airdate Original air date (Teletoon)[2]
1 Look Who's Not Talking Paris, Freeborn 17 February 1999 August 28, 2000 (2000-08-28)[3]
2 Eugenius Citizen Eugene 18 February 1999 August 28, 2000 (2000-08-28)
3 Dial-A-Phobia Time Flies But Dodo Doesn't 19 February 1999 August 29, 2000 (2000-08-29)
4 Rumor Of Her Own Prime Time Crime 20 February 1999 August 29, 2000 (2000-08-29)
5 Dustbusters Freeborn Online Jacques Daviault & Wayne Millett (Segment 2) 21 February 1999 August 30, 2000 (2000-08-30)
6 Stop In The Name Of Lana Starstruck 5 September 1999 August 30, 2000 (2000-08-30)
7 Volcano Madness Love Is Blind 6 September 1999 August 31, 2000 (2000-08-31)
8 Wishing Well Eu've Got Mail 7 September 1999 August 31, 2000 (2000-08-31)
9 Message In A Bottle Fame, Fortune, Madness 8 September 1999 September 1, 2000 (2000-09-01)
10 Storyteller Animal Court 9 September 1999 September 1, 2000 (2000-09-01)
11 Boo Fountain Of Youth 10 September 1999 September 14, 2000 (2000-09-14)
12 Brand New Gnu Boyz Night Out 11 September 1999 September 15, 2000 (2000-09-15)
13 Fool's Gold Near Myths 12 September 1999 September 16, 2000 (2000-09-16)

Crew[edit]

  • Micheline Charest – executive producer
  • Ronald A. Weinberg – executive producer
  • Christian Davin – co-executive producer
  • Cassandra Schafhausen – producer
  • Nadja Cozic – director
  • Louis Piche – director
  • Pascal Pinon – director
  • Katell Lardeux – line producer
  • Justine Hyun Van Phong – line producer
  • Lesley Taylor – line producer
  • Natalie Dumoulin – associate producer
  • Jan Van Rijsselberge – animation supervisor
  • Heidi Blomkvist – timing director
  • Sebastian Grunsta – timing director
  • Alan Jeffery – timing director
  • Jean Pilotte – timing director
  • Pascal Pinon – co-director
  • Greg Bailey – supervising director
  • Andrew Gryn – talent coordinator
  • Eric Theriault – background design
  • Wayne Millett – background design supervisor

Writing credits[edit]

  • Roger Bollen – comic strip
  • Joseph Mallozzi – writer
  • Ian Boothby – writer
  • Wayne Millett – writer
  • Jennifer Kierans – writer
  • Pierre Colin-Tiebert – writer
  • Thomas LaPierre – writer
  • Jacques Bouchard – writer
  • Jacques Daviault – writer
  • Patrick Granleese – writer
  • Hugh Neilson – writer
  • Maureen Neilson – writer
  • Michael Palmeter – writer
  • Gerard Lewis – writer
  • John Handforth – writer
  • Ken Ross – writer
  • Amy Jo Cooper – writer
  • Greg Van Riel – writer
  • Kim Segal – writer
  • Rick Jones – writer
  • Natalie Dumoulin – writer
  • Heidi Foss – writer
  • Lynn Mason – writer
  • Brian Cameron Fuld – writer
  • Rowby Goren – writer
  • David Acer – writer
  • Michael Leo Donovan – writer
  • Bryan Michael Stoller – writer
  • Anne-Marie Perrotta – writer
  • Daniel Baldassi – writer
  • Michael F. Hamill – writer
  • Barry Julian – writer
  • Tean Schultz – writer
  • Thor Bishopric – writer
  • Todd Swift – writer
  • Vigeland Rubin – writer

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.gaumontanimation.com/catalogues/animal-crackers/
  2. ^ "Television Program Logs". Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission. 2016-03-02. Archived from the original on 2016-05-16.
  3. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20000823082133/http://www.teletoon.com/Highlights_En.htm

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