ChalkZone

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ChalkZone
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Created by Bill Burnett
Larry Huber
Voices of E. G. Daily
Hynden Walch
Candi Milo
Robert Cait
Jess Harnell
Miriam Flynn
Rodger Bumpass
Jim Cummings
Rosslynn Taylor
Rob Paulsen
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 4
No. of episodes 42 (2 unaired) (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Bill Burnett
Larry Huber
Fred Seibert
Running time 22-23 minutes
Production company(s) Frederator Studios
Nickelodeon Animation Studio
Distributor Mike Young Productions
Nelvana (International)
Broadcast
Original channel Nickelodeon
Original run March 22, 2002 (2002-03-22) – August 23, 2008 (2008-08-23)
Chronology
Preceded by Oh Yeah! Cartoons

ChalkZone is an American animated television series created by Bill Burnett and Larry Huber for Nickelodeon. The series follows Rudy Tabootie, an elementary school student whose magic chalk allows him into the ChalkZone, an alternate dimension where everything drawn on a blackboard and erased becomes real. The show concentrates on the adventures of Rudy, his sidekick Snap, and classmate Penny Sanchez within the zone.

ChalkZone originally aired as part of Fred Seibert's Oh Yeah! Cartoons animated shorts showcase in 1998. The series ran on Nickelodeon from March 22, 2002 through August 23, 2008, with 42 episodes in total, although the last two episodes remained unaired. It was produced by Frederator Studios and Nickelodeon Animation Studio.

Overview[edit]

Rudolph "Rudy" Tabootie (voiced by E. G. Daily) is a 10-year-old[1] fifth-grader who likes to make cartoon drawings, but Reggie Bullnerd (voiced by Candi Milo), the school bully, is always teasing him or getting him into trouble with Mr. Wilter (voiced by Robert Cait), Rudy's grumpy school teacher who strongly dislikes cartoons. One day Rudy discovers a piece of "White Lightning" chalk, which allows access to the ChalkZone, a place where everything and everyone that has ever been drawn in chalk and erased takes form as living or is tangible. He soon makes friends with Snap (voiced by Candi Milo), a small, blue, humanoid drawing made by Rudy when he was eight years old. Snap wears a superhero uniform and is very adventurous and witty. Rudy only lets one other person know about ChalkZone, his best friend and crush Penny Sanchez (speaking voice, Hynden Walch; singing voice, Robbyn Kirmsse), who acts as the genius of the group.

While in ChalkZone, the trio are introduced to Cyclops (voiced by Rodger Bumpass), the kilt-wearing guardian of the magic chalk mines where Rudy obtains his magic chalk (Rudy later draws a second eye for him and renames him "Biclops"); Queen Rapsheeba (voiced by Rosslynn Taylor), ChalkZone's song artist whom Snap has a crush on; and Blocky (voiced by Robert Cait and Candi Milo in his earlier appearances), a light green block friend of Snap's and Rudy's first-ever drawing. They are also faced with villains such as Skrawl (voiced by Jim Cummings), a drawing who blames Rudy for being ugly and wants to destroy him, and the Craniacs (voiced by Rob Paulsen), a series of robot drawings obsessed with collecting futuristic devices.

Characters[edit]

Episodes[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired
Start date End date
1 6 March 22, 2002 April 26, 2002
2 8 May 30, 2003 November 2, 2003
3 15 February 2, 2004 December 9, 2004
4 13 June 6, 2005 August 23, 2008

Production[edit]

The show was originally featured as the first segment of the first episode of Nickelodeon's Oh Yeah! Cartoons.[2] The series was announced in 1999, but was delayed.

Broadcast[edit]

ChalkZone officially premiered on March 22, 2002, as the highest rated new show premiere in Nickelodeon's history up to that point.[3][4]

The show went on hiatus from June 22, 2005, to June 4, 2008.[citation needed] The remaining episodes aired on Nick between June 4, 2008 and August 23, 2008.[citation needed]

Home media[edit]

During the show's original run, there weren't any DVD releases specifically for Chalkzone, the "Christmas" episode was featured on the 2006 DVD Nick Picks Holiday. Two episodes and a music video ("Gift Adrift", "French Fry Falls", and "Escucha Mi Corazón") were released for the Nickstravaganza! 2 DVD. On October 13, 2014, ChalkZone: The Complete Series was released on DVD as a manufacture-on-demand title on Amazon, however the episode "The Smooch" was excluded from the set due to music licensing issues. A soundtrack album In the Zone has also been released.[5] The entire series is now available on Amazon Instant Video and the PlayStation Store.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Liebenson, Donald (March 17, 2002). "'ChalkZone' ventures behind the blackboard". Chicago Tribune (Tribune Company). Retrieved 2012-12-12. 
  2. ^ Ellin, Harlene (July 18, 1998). "New Cartoon Show Will Honor Irreverence". Chicago Tribune (Tribune Company). Retrieved 2012-12-12. 
  3. ^ Ball, Ryan (May 8, 2003). "Nickelodeon Chalks Up More Chalkzone". Animation Magazine. Retrieved 2012-12-12. 
  4. ^ "Nickelodeon Draws Best Kid Ratings in Four Years, Ranks as Number-One Net for First Quarter '02, SpongeBob SquarePants and ChalkZone Etch Out Top-Rated Territory, Kids Find The Fairly OddParents Fairly Fascinating". Viacom. April 2, 2002. Archived from the original on 17 August 2002. Retrieved 2012-12-12. 
  5. ^ "Rudy & Chalkzone Gang: In the Zone [EP, Soundtrack]". Amazon.com. ASIN B000084U51. 

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