ALF: The Animated Series

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ALF: The Animated Series
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Created by Paul Fusco
Tom Patchett
Starring Paul Fusco
Peggy Mahon
Tabitha St. Germain (as Paulina Gillis)
Thick Wilson
Dan Hennessey
Rob Cowan
Country of origin USA
Canada
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 26
Production
Running time 30 minutes per episode
Production company(s) DIC Entertainment
(DHX Media)
Alien Productions
Lorimar-Telepictures
(Warner Bros. Television)
Saban Entertainment (1987-1989)
(Disney-ABC Domestic Television)
Broadcast
Original channel NBC
Audio format Stereo
Original run September 26, 1987 (1987-09-26) – January 7, 1989 (1989-01-07)

ALF: The Animated Series (also known as ALF on Melmac) is an animated cartoon spin-off based on the live-action Sitcom series ALF. It premiered on September 26, 1987 and ran for 26 episodes. ALF Tales was a spinoff from the series that ran on the NBC television network on Saturdays from August 1988 to December 1989. The show had characters from that series play various characters from fairy tales. The fairy tale was usually altered for comedic effect in a manner relational to Fractured Fairy Tales.[1]

Synopsis[edit]

Melmac in ALF: The Animated Series

This show is a prequel (to the live action sit-com ALF), depicting ALF's life back on his home planet of Melmac. Since the name "ALF" was an acronym short for Alien Life Form and only given to Gordon Shumway later on Earth, "ALF" is never used in the animated series except for its title. ALF would always be referred to as "Gordon", his true name, or "Gordo" by his friends Rick and Skip. In nearly every episode a live action ALF would appear at the introduction and conclusion of the episode; reading fan mail and saying that this show is a response to a huge demand of people wanting to know what his life was like on Melmac.

Much of the humor arises from the characters taking part in surrealistic activities while treating them as ordinary and unremarkable. For example, in order to prove their manhood and win their distinguished antlers, the sons of members of the Mayonnaise Lodge (formed of men who work in the mayonnaise mines) must wrestle a clam and make it sing. Other episodes had issues somewhat similar to Earth issues, such as when Gordon's parents take part in a free vacation, while failing to realize it is a time share scam: the scam artist literally steals the Shumway residence and transplants it to the time share plots, then uses brainwashing machines to convince Flo and Bob to buy a house they already own.

Another one which was a play on the original TV series was a TV show which ALF and his family loved about "the Earthling who crash landed on Melmac" where a human was shown saying "On my homeworld we keep cats as housepets" and a Melmacian telling him "Well, here we eat them!" Gordon/ALF from this series is one of the cartoon characters featured in Cartoon All-Stars to the Rescue.

Characters[edit]

  • Augie Shumway – Gordon's little sister, voiced by Tabitha St. Germain (as Paulina Gillis[2])
  • Bob Shumway – Gordon's father, voiced by Thick Wilson
  • Cantfayl – the commander, voiced by Len Carlson
  • Curtis Shumway – Gordon's little brother, voiced by Michael Fantini
  • Eggbert Petty, voiced by Dan Hennessey
  • Flo Shumway – Gordon's mother, voiced by Peggy Mahon
  • Gordon Shumway/ALF – The star of the show, voiced by Paul Fusco
  • Harry – Shumway family's pet bird
  • Larson Petty – the villain, voiced by Thick Wilson
  • Madame Pokipsi  – the fortune smeller, voiced by Deborah Theaker
  • Rhonda – Gordon's girlfriend, voiced by Tabitha St. Germain (as Paulina Gillis[2])
  • Sargent Staff, voiced by Len Carlson
  • Skip – Gordon's friend, voiced by Rob Cowan
  • Sloop – Gordon's other friend, voiced by Dan Hennessey
  • Rick Fusterman – Gordon's other friend, voiced by Paul Fusco
  • Stella – the waitress, voiced by Ellen-Ray Hennessy
  • Spudder – Curtis' friend
  • Neep – The Shumway family's pet dog; officially called a "vespa"

Episodes[edit]

Season 1 (1987–1988)[edit]

  • 1 Phantom Pilot – An unlikely ally helps Gordon defend Melmac when the evil Larson Petty returns to invade the planet.
  • 2 Hair Today, Bald Tomorrow – After Harry uses Gordon's hair to build his nest, Gordon finds himself heading to Madame Pokipsi's shack for a baldness cure, only to insult her and leave while cursed with a "Baldness Touch".
  • 3 Two for the Brig – Gordon and Sergeant Staff end up going to prison after mistaking their ship for a vacation cruise liner.
  • 4 Gordon Ships Out – Gordon, Rick, and Skip decide to pool their savings for a sailing yacht, but end up marooned on an island thanks to a Pit Termite that Skip names Woody.
  • 5 Birdman of Melmac – The Shumways' pet bird Harry is dubbed a rare Melmacian species, and Harry lets fame go to his head as a result.
  • 6 Pismo and the Orbit Gyro – The Orbit Gyro needs its regular maintenance, but it results in its main operator, a robot named Pismo, having a few screws loose.
  • 7 20,000 Years in Driving School – After getting "Gooped" on the highway, Gordon Shumway has his driver's license revoked and must attend driving school to regain it.
  • 8 Pride of the Shumways – Gordon is the star player for the Orbit Guard Bouillabaisse-ball team, but a blow to the head renders him amnesiac, putting him out of the game and his little brother Curtis in.
  • 9 Captain Bobaroo – A bump on the head has Bob Shumway thinking he is a "Captain Kangaroo"-esque TV show host.
  • 10 Neep at the Races
  • 11 Salad Wars
  • 12 Tough Shrimp Don't Dance – Gordon Shumway must rescue an alien shrimp race called the Muklukians from Larson Petty – with some unlikely help from one of their own.
  • 13 Home Away from Home

Season 2 (1988–1989)[edit]

  • 14 Flodust Memories – Flo Shumway becomes the Mom of the Millennium, but is her popularity becoming more important than her family?
  • 15 Family Feud – After losing to the Shumways on a noted game show, the Fustermans declare war on their former friends, and Gordon and Rick end up caught in the crossfire.
  • 16 Clams Never Sang for My Father – The traditional Mayonnaise Lodge rite of passage has Bob Shumway and Frank Fusterman pitted against each other in the clam-wrestling contest – but their sons want no part of it.
  • 17 A Mid-Goomer Night's Dream – The holiday of Goomer is upon Melmac, and Larson Petty is intent on getting his gift of foam – but while trying to kidnap the real Goomer, he ends up capturing Bob Shumway in a Goomer suit. Gordon and his sister Augie must then journey to find the real Goomer and rescue their dad.
  • 18 The Bone Losers
  • 19 Thank Gordon for Little Girls – Gordon invents an all-purpose object named the "Shumwidget", but Augie and her scout troupe end up with the bragging rights.
  • 20 Hooray for Mellywood – A movie crew has come to East Velcro to film the life of Gordon Shumway – but will Gordon himself end up a huge star, or on the cutting room floor?
  • 21 The Spy from East Velcro
  • 22 He Ain't Seafood, He's My Brother – Renegade Muklukians kidnap Curtis Shumway and return him to their planet as part of a scheme to claim the throne of Mukluk. Fescue returns to Melmac to ask Gordon for help in dethroning the renegades and finding the true king of Mukluk.
  • 23 Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places – Gordon tries to fix Rick up with a girl named Elaine – but a misunderstanding leads her to fall in love with Gordon.
  • 24 The Slugs of Wrath- The Shumway Family move to an abandoned farm to try their hands at raising giant slugs for a living during a severe mayonnaise shortage.
  • 25 Housesitting for Pokipsi – After Gordon's insults about Madame Pokipsi get out of hand, he and his friends, Rick and Skip, are stuck housesitting for the Madame while she is out of town.
  • 26 Skipper's Got a Brand New Dad – Larson Petty discovers that his family has left behind a huge fortune, but it can only be turned over to the rightful heir – Larson Petty's son. The only problem is, he has no children. Meanwhile, Gordon and Rick find out that Skip was orphaned as a youth and try to find his birth parents.

Cast[edit]

  • Paul Fusco - ALF (Gordon Shumway) (voice)
  • Tabitha St. Germain (as Paulina Gillis[2]) - Augie/Rhonda (voice)
  • Peggy Mahon - Flo (voice)
  • Thick Wilson - Larson Petty/Bob (voice)
  • Dan Hennessey - Sloop (voice)
  • Rob Cowan (II) - Skip (voice)
  • Ellen-Ray Hennessy - Stella the Waitress (voice)
  • Noam Zylberman - Curtis (1988) (voice)
  • Michael Fantini - Curtis (1989) (voice)

DVD release[edit]

On May 30, 2006, Lions Gate Home Entertainment released both the first nine episodes of ALF: The Animated Series as ALF Animated Adventures – 20,000 Years in Driving School and Other Stories; and the first seven episodes of ALF Tales entitled ALF and The Beanstalk and Other Classic Fairy Tales. on DVD in Region 1.

Currently, the Complete Series of both shows are available for viewing on Hulu Plus.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ CHARLES SOLOMON (1987-10-09). "Kidvid Reviews : Cartoon Debuts Are All Drawn Out - Los Angeles Times". Articles.latimes.com. Retrieved 2012-10-15. 
  2. ^ a b c Damian Inwood. "Pi Theatre, Independent Vancouver Theatre >> The Baroness and the Pig". Retrieved October 30, 2011. That’s what Vancouver actresses Diane Brown and Tabitha St. Germain do with the delightful black comedy, The Baroness and the Pig. (...) St. Germain – better known to Vancouver audiences as Paulina Gillis – plays the Baroness as a naïve gentlewoman, full of prissy mannerisms and twittering, bird-like movements. 

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