Birdz

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Birdz
Genre Animation
Format Saturday morning cartoon
Created by Larry Jacobs
Written by Bruce Clark
Kim Thompson
Directed by Larry Jacobs
Voices of Susan Roman
David Huband
Sally Cahill
Stephanie Morgenstern
Opening theme "Surfin' Bird"
Composer(s) Ray Parker
Tom Szczesniak
Country of origin Canada
United States
Germany
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 13
Production
Executive producer(s) Elizabeth Partyka
Patrick Loubert
Michael Hirsh
Clive Smith
Producer(s) Larry Jacobs
Running time approx. 22 minutes
Production company(s) Nelvana
Sony Wonder
TV Loonland
Broadcast
Original channel CBS
Original run 3 October 1998 – 2 January 1999

Birdz is an animated television series produced by Canada's Nelvana studio, and Scottish Television (now STV Central). The show was first broadcast in 1998 on CBS. Later, it was shown in Scotland in 2001, broadcast on Scottish TV and Grampian TV (now STV North) - now both known as STV.

History[edit]

The series debuted in October 1998 for CBS' Saturday Morning lineup.[1]

The show is about a ten-year-old bird named Eddie Storkowitz, who films his everyday life in aspiration of becoming a filmmaker.[2] His family includes his father, Morty, who is a psychiatrist; mother Betty, an artist; older sister Steffy; and baby sister Abby. Several episodes focus on Eddie's class, which includes an owl named Olivia, a robin named Spring, a turkey named Tommy, a woodpecker named Gregory, and a bat named Sleepy, plus teacher Miss Finch and principal Mr. Pip.[3]

Creator Larry Jacobs thought that the show received poor ratings because it aired after the news in most markets.[4]

Voice cast[edit]

Episodes[edit]

No. Episode title US airdate
1 "The Agony and the Eggstacy" October 3, 1998 (1998-10-03)
Steffy has to watch Betty's newly-laid egg, but bribes Eddie into watching it. He leaves it to warm on the television so that he can spend his bribe money at the arcade with friends.
2 "Can't Buy Me Love" October 10, 1998 (1998-10-10)
Eddie tries to win Miss Finch's attention by buying her a fancy gift with his father's credit card. He then buys gifts for his friends as well, angering his father.
3 "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" October 17, 1998 (1998-10-17)
Striving to be a reporter, Eddie spreads misinformation about a man who lives in a haunted house after assuming that the man is also the subject of a horror novel Morty is reading. The man in the house turns out to be friendly.
4 "One Giant Leap" October 24, 1998 (1998-10-24)
Eddie and Spring try to convince Tommy to get rid of the balloon he uses for flight. After he injures his foot in an attempt to fly, everyone comes to accept his balloon because he is a turkey and cannot fly.
5 "A Face in the Crowd" October 31, 1998 (1998-10-31)
Eddie and his friends make a film for an amateur film contest judged by his favorite actor. However, his friends turn on him after they dislike how they appear in the result.
6 "Birdman" November 7, 1998 (1998-11-07)
Eddie and Sleepy then follow Officer Pigeon with a video camera after hearing that a superhero named Birdman has been chasing bank robbers. Later, Birdman reveals himself to be Mr. Pip in disguise, and he and Eddie admit their guilt over interfering with Officer Pigeon's job.
7 "Let the Chicks Fall Where They May" November 14, 1998 (1998-11-14)
The Storkowitzes migrate southward with Mr. Nuthatch, but Eddie procrastinates and forgets to pack the necessary equipment. As a result, he gets lost and is unable to signal for help.
8 "Father and Son Camp Out" November 28, 1998 (1998-11-28)
Eddie is embarrassed by his father always wanting to spend quality time with him, so Betty encourages him to join Eddie's Bird Scout camping trip. The two bond after getting lost on a scavenger hunt.
9 "Gulls and Dolls" December 5, 1998 (1998-12-05)
Eddie auditions for the lead role of a school musical by lip-synching to Gregory's voice, to compensate both for Eddie's own inability to sing and Gregory's stage fright. Gregory then feels guilty about helping his friend, but steps in as his understudy after Eddie fakes losing his voice.
10 "Life of Riley" December 12, 1998 (1998-12-12)
Riley Raven, a bird that Eddie knew from childhood, joins his class. His rebellious behavior influences Eddie to disobey his parents' rules and then run away from home. After he realizes that Riley misbehaves because his parents ignore him, Eddie realizes that his parents discipline him because they care, and decides to return to them.
11 "Dollars and Sense" December 19, 1998 (1998-12-19)
Eddie's parents agree to buy him a zoom lens for his camera if he comes up with half the money himself. He convinces his friends to do various chores around the neighborhood for him, but the plan backfires. He then captures fish for money, but frees them after Steffy convinces him. The parents finally agree to buy him the lens for his good deed.
12 "Big Beak or Not Big Beak" December 26, 1998 (1998-12-26)
Eddie misconstrues Miss Finch's comments on his beak and tries various methods to reduce it, causing him to forget about the video essay he was assigned. After she tells him that she meant to compliment his beak, Eddie gains newfound confidence in his self-appearance.
13 "Birdz of a Feather" January 2, 1999 (1999-01-02)
After failing to enter a gang, Eddie and his friends form a comedy club and persuades everyone to join. As a result, his friends get in trouble for joking around in class and turn against him. He wins them back after beating the gang leader, and realizes that he does not have to belong to a club to have his friends.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Graham, Jefferson (8 September 1998). "Kids' TV is reigning with cats, dogs, lizards". USA Today. Retrieved 31 August 2011. 
  2. ^ Lockhart, Kim (September 1998). "TV's Top 10 New Toons". Disney Adventures 8 (11): 39. 
  3. ^ Lenburg, Jeff (2009). The Encyclopedia of Animated Cartoons (Third Edition ed.). Facts on File. p. 447. 
  4. ^ Erickson, Hal. Television cartoon shows: an illustrated encyclopedia, 1949 through 2003. McFarland & Co. p. 144. 

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