Camp Lakebottom

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Camp Lakebottom
Title card
Genre
Format Animated series
Created by
  • Eric Jacobson
  • Betsy McGowen
Developed by
  • Meghan Davies
  • Shelley Hoffman
  • Robert Pincome
Voices of
Country of origin Canada
Original language(s)
  • English
  • French
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 52 (104 segments) (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Eric Jacobson
  • Betsy McGowen
  • Kevin Gilles
  • Vince Commisso
  • Steve Jarosz
Running time 22 minutes (11 minutes per short)
Production company(s)
Broadcast
Original channel Teletoon
Picture format HDTV 1080i
Audio format Surround
Original run July 4, 2013 (2013-07-04) – present
External links
Website
Production website

Camp Lakebottom is a Canadian animated series produced by 9 Story Entertainment[1] that first aired on Teletoon[2] starting July 4, 2013[3] and in the United States on Disney XD as of July 13, 2013.[4] On April 7, 2014, Teletoon has renewed the show for a second season of another 26 episodes.[5]

Overview[edit]

It is about a boy named McGee who boards the wrong summer camp bus and has all sorts of adventures in Camp Lakebottom, while trying to protect the camp from his nemesis Jordan Buttsquat at Camp Sunny Smiles. Every episode opens with a postcard that McGee sends to his mother, with him narrating what occurs in the episode, beginning with the phrase "Dear Mom...". The series features many parodies of various horror films and horror genres.

Cast and Characters[edit]

  • McGee (Scott McCord): Described as being a 12 year old daredevil and mastermind, McGee is a thrill seeker whose curiosity often leads him to act before he thinks.[6] He has a habit of ignoring the counselor's warnings and as a result constantly gets himself and his friends into trouble, but it is his eager mind which always gets them back out as well. This has led him to developing the catchphrase "Probably should've thought that through." Out of all of the campers he is the most intrigued and tolerant of Camp Lakebottom, being fascinated by all of its potential sources of fun and adventure. He is a self-proclaimed master of pranks, as revealed in "Pranks for nothing", but his pranks are actually quite lame.
  • Gretchen (Melissa Altro): She is a girl who is described as being anything but "sugary sweet", she is sardonic and indifferent about everything.[7] Her lack of enthusiasm is made up with her sharp, critical tongue. With a black belt in karate, and an intolerance wrongdoing, Gretchen is not a girl you want to mess with. However underneath the tough exterior she has a huge heart, and secretly wishes she could be like any normal girl (though she would never ever reveal this). Her catchphrase is "Ya think?!" usually said to McGee when a plan has gone awry and he points out the obvious. She is revealed to have a severe phobia of chipmunks in "Cheeks of Doom".
  • Squirt (Darren Frost): McGee's best buddy. He is always cheerful, and a friend to all living things, even if they're trying to kill him.[8] He has befriended just about every monster ever to set foot in Camp Lakebottom. While his omnibenevolence sometimes comes in handy in dealing with the monsters that constantly appear, his ignorance often makes him susceptible to control from several villains, the most prominent example being "Mindsuckers From the Depths" where an evil, giant leech attaches to his head and mind-controls him. In "Late Afternoon of the Living Gitch" it's revealed he has worn the same pair of underwear all his life.
  • Sawyer (Cliff Saunders): A lovable zombie, with a multipurpose tool taking the place of his left hand, which is frequently a chainsaw. He is one of the camp's counselors, and the one who usually accompanies the kids on their adventures. As a zombie, his head and limbs constantly fall off, but can be reattached. He has distanced himself from the stereotype that zombies are mindless monsters who hunger for brains and has revealed that he has a heart (quite literally as he takes it out of his chest), he has vowed to look after the human campers, and often acts as a grandfatherly figure to them.[9] He serves as the camp's handy man, and has constructed bizarre inventions over the course of the series, including a Frankenstein's Monster in "Frankenfixer". In "Zombie Dearest" Sawyer is revealed to have a zombie mother who acts like a stereotypical brain eating zombie, who Sawyer abandoned out of defiance to her habits.
  • Armand (Adrian Truss): A sasquatch with a passion for the performing arts, and dreams of becoming an actor.[10] He is another one of the camp's counselors. While he is usually very kind, easygoing, and quite difficult to anger, the rare instances in which he has, have proven to be dangerous to everyone's safety. The episode "Marshmallow Madness" reveals that he has an severe addiction to marshmallows, he will be driven into a unstoppable, hunger-filled rage if he is ever in close proximity to the delicacies.
  • Rosebud (Jonathan Wilson): A short, bitter woman with a German accent, who serves as the camp's cook and the final counselor. She takes pride in her cooking, however her meals are not only inedible, but frequently threaten the lives of the campers. She is known to use whatever foul things she manages to find as ingredients in her meals.[11] Squirt appears to be the only one who enjoys her cooking. She is the strictest counsellor, and is least tolerant of McGee's antics, however underneath it all she means well.
  • Jordan Buttsquat (Carter Hayden): Buttsquat is the spoilt-rich son of the owner of "Camp Sunny Smiles" (Lakebottom's rival camp) and McGee's archnemesis. He serves as the main antagonist of the series, constantly going to Camp Lakebottom in attempt to wreck the rival camp, or to mock the Bottom Dwellers' poor living conditions by showing off some new, fancy, high-tech item available at his camp.[12] However Buttsquat is severely lacking in the intellectual department and McGee is able to outsmart him every time, which will lead him to say the reoccurring catchphrase "I will have revenge." McGee has saved Buttsquat's life on the many occasions his nemesis has been threatened by the various monsters, but he never displays gratitude afterwards.
  • Suzi (Bryn McAuley): McGee's older sister, who is a pageant queen, and became queen of "Sunny Smiles" on her first day. She is Gretchen's arch-nemesis, who has held a grudge against her ever since she beat to Gretchen in a beauty pageant contest.[13] She has a crush on Buttsquat, and often accompanies him in his schemes to thwart Lakebottom. She always refers to McGee as "Baby Bruv", and while the two siblings sometimes bicker, they are usually shown to care for each other. Despite having less evil intent than Buttsquat, there are several occasions where she has posed as a far huger threat and danger to everyone's safety, as she has a tendency to get entangled by one of the supernatural monsters or phenomena that have appeared. Examples of this include: "Stage Fright" where she uses stage bad luck and inadvertently summons an evil spirit which possesses her and nearly destroys Lake Bottom. Another example is "28 Suzis Later" where she is cloned by a mystical mud, causing the camp to be overrun by Suzi clones.
  • Slimy: A gigantic octopus like creature who lives in the lake, and the most frequent appearing reoccurring character in the series. While he terrified the campers on their first appearance by grabbing them and tossing them in the air, it's revealed he actually wants to play with them. He later becomes quite good friends with the campers, especially Squirt, and will often provide them with fun by tossing them into the air when they're swimming so that they can dive. He obeys any of the counselors, and will quite often aid the campers during their adventures involving the lake. Only his tentacles are shown, so it is unknown what his body looks like.

Episodes[edit]

Series overview[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired
Season premiere Season finale
1 26 July 4, 2013 July 29, 2014
2 26 TBA TBA

Season 1 (2013-2014)[edit]

No. in
series
Title Directed by Written by Original air date Prod.
code
Canada United States
1 "Escape From Camp Lakebottom / Rise of the Bottom Dwellers" July 4, 2013 (2013-07-04) July 13, 2013 (2013-07-13)
2 "Late Afternoon of the Living Gitch / Mindsuckers From the Depths" July 11, 2013 (2013-07-11) July 20, 2013 (2013-07-20)
3 "Jaws of Old Toothy / Arachnattack" July 18, 2013 (2013-07-18) July 27, 2013 (2013-07-27)
4 "Cluck of the Were-Chicken / Gnome Force" July 25, 2013 (2013-07-25) August 3, 2013 (2013-08-03)
5 "Stage Fright / Frankenfixer" August 1, 2013 (2013-08-01) August 10, 2013 (2013-08-10)
6 "Cheeks of Dread / Doo Doo Doomsday" August 15, 2013 (2013-08-15) August 17, 2013 (2013-08-17)
7 "Marshmallow Madness / 28 Suzis Later" August 29, 2013 (2013-08-29) August 24, 2013 (2013-08-24)
8 "Pranks for Nothing / Zombie Dearest" September 5, 2013 (2013-09-05) September 7, 2013 (2013-09-07)
9 "Terror From the Toybox / Slimeball Run" September 12, 2013 (2013-09-12) August 5, 2013 (2013-08-05)
September 14, 2013 (2013-09-14)
10 "Bite of the Buttsquat / Sword of Ittibiticus" September 26, 2013 (2013-09-26) September 21, 2013 (2013-09-21)
August 12, 2013 (2013-08-12)
11 "It's a Headless Horse, Man / Voyage to the Bottom of the Deep" October 3, 2013 (2013-10-03) September 28, 2013 (2013-09-28)
12 "Pirates of Ickygloomy / Attack of the 50-Foot Squirt" October 17, 2013 (2013-10-17) October 12, 2013 (2013-10-12)
13 "Bloody Marty / Ghost in the Mower" October 24, 2013 (2013-10-24) October 5, 2013 (2013-10-05)
14 "Trouble in Spit Creek / The Spy Who Quatched Me" July 3, 2014 October 26, 2013 (2013-10-26)
15 "Ants in My Camp / Fanboy Freakout" July 10, 2014 November 2, 2013 (2013-11-02)
16 "Are You My Mummy? / Slimey Come Home" July 17, 2014 (2014-07-17) October 19, 2013 (2013-10-19)
17 "The Superfantastic Mega-Buds / It Came From My Nose" August 7, 2014 (2014-08-07) July 7, 2014 (2014-07-07)
18 "McGee T / The Great Tiki Hunt" August 28, 2014 (2014-08-28) December 5, 2013 (2013-12-05)
19 "McGee the Mermaid / Welcome to Buttcon" July 8, 2014 (2014-07-08)
20 "High Plains Garbage Eater / Dream a Little Scream" July 9, 2014 (2014-07-09)
21 "Camp Plantbottom / Game Over" July 10, 2014 (2014-07-10)
22 "Clockwork Slime / Ride the Haunted Howler" July 14, 2014 (2014-07-14)
23 "Buttastic Journey / Monkey See, Monkey Kung Fu" July 21, 2014 (2014-07-21)
24 "Red Drawn / Pandora's Jock" July 22, 2014 (2014-07-22)
25 "Ring Around the Gretchen / Chili Con Carnage" July 28, 2014 (2014-07-28)
26 "Valley of the Iguanasquat / The Legend of Wiggly's Gold" July 29, 2014 (2014-07-29)

Season 2 (2015)[edit]

On April 7, 2014, Teletoon has renewed the show for a second season of another 26 episodes.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "9 Story Show details - Camp Lakebottom". 9story.com. Retrieved 2013-07-07. 
  2. ^ "Camp Lakebottom". Teletoon. Retrieved 2013-07-07. 
  3. ^ June 19, 2013 (2013-06-19). "PR: TELETOON's New Original Series "Camp Lakebottom" Premieres July 4, 2013 - Toon Zone News". Toonzone.net. Retrieved 2013-07-07. 
  4. ^ June 13, 2013 (2013-06-13). "PR: Disney XD Zooms into a "Non-Stop Summer" Beginning Monday, June 17 - Toon Zone News". Toonzone.net. Retrieved 2013-07-07. 
  5. ^ "9 Story Gets Season Two Order for ‘Camp Lakebottom’". Animation Magazine. Animation Magazine. Retrieved 2013-07-07. 
  6. ^ http://thetvdb.com/?tab=series&id=271353
  7. ^ http://www.teletoon.com/en/tv/campLakebottom
  8. ^ http://www.teletoon.com/en/tv/campLakebottom
  9. ^ http://www.teletoon.com/en/tv/campLakebottom
  10. ^ http://www.teletoon.com/en/tv/campLakebottom
  11. ^ http://www.teletoon.com/en/tv/campLakebottom
  12. ^ http://thetvdb.com/?tab=series&id=271353
  13. ^ http://www.teletoon.com/en/tv/campLakebottom
  14. ^ "9 Story Gets Season Two Order for ‘Camp Lakebottom’". Animation Magazine. Animation Magazine. Retrieved 2013-07-07. 

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