Eureeka's Castle

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Eureeka's Castle
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Genre Children's
Created by Judy Katschke
R.L. Stine
Starring Cheryl Blaylock
Noel MacNeal
James J. Kroupa
Pam Arciero
Lynn Hippen
Brian Muehl
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 6
No. of episodes 134
Production
Executive producer(s) Kit Laybourne
Producer(s) Kathleen Minton
Michael Holman (1989-1991)
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 25 minutes
Distributor MTV Networks
Broadcast
Original channel Nickelodeon
Original run September 4, 1989 (1989-09-04) – June 30, 1995 (1995-06-30)

Eureeka's Castle is an American children's television series created by Judy Katschke and R.L. Stine (under the alias of Jovial Bob Stine).

Production[edit]

R.L. Stine co-created the show with Judy Katschke and was the head writer.

The puppet design and construction for the characters were done at 3/Design Studio where the puppets were built by James Kroupa, John Orberg, Kip Rathke, and Matt Stoddart

Synopsis[edit]

The show follows various puppet characters (in the style of Sesame Street), including Eureeka, a sorceress-in-training. She and her friends live in a wind-up castle music box owned by a friendly giant. Other characters include Magellan, a good-natured dragon whose cumbersome tail seems to have a mind of its own. Bog and Quagmire, a brother and sister pair known as the Moat Twins, spend most of their time below the castle eating peanut butter sandwiches. The near blind Batly the bat attempts to improve his flying skills, but always crashes. Mr. Knack, a friendly tinkerer, sells his own knick-knacks in a pushcart. There are also various appearing creatures such as mice and singing fish statues called the Fishtones. Magellan has his own pets like Cooey and the Slurms (a portmanteau of slug and worm), who were animated with Clay animation. Batly also has a pet spider named Webster.

Also featured were animated segments such as the Weston Woods Studios films based on popular children's books and UK imports such as Roobarb, The Shoe People, and Gran.

The show was originally broadcast on Nickelodeon, and several years later, the show was picked up by Noggin/Nick Jr., and aired from 1999 to 2004.

Characters[edit]

  • Eureeka (performed by Cheryl Blaylock) - The title character. Eureeka is a friendly sorceress-in-training. Most of the time her spells are not successful, but she keeps trying until she gets it right.
  • Magellan (performed by Noel MacNeal) - A big, green dragon whose tail has a mind of its own. He's the youngest and inhabitant in the castle and as such, doesn't always understand new concepts. He tends to make great big sneezes that can shake the whole castle whenever he gets upset.
  • Bogge and Quagmire (performed by Brian Muehl and Pam Arciero) - The Moat Twins. They spend most of their time swimming in the castle moat and playing in the basement. Bogge is orange and has two arms while Quagmire is red and has four arms. They tend to argue with each other, but work together when it comes to causing trouble. They constantly try to steal Magellan's peanut butter sandwiches, but never succeed.
  • Batly (performed by James Kroupa) - A blue clumsy and egotistical bat who wears glasses. Despite being different in every way, he and Magellan are good friends. His flying usually ends with a crash landing prompting him to say "I meant to do that". He spends most of his time in the belfry and has a large bug collection.
  • Mr. Knack (performed by Brian Muehl in an Italian accent) - The castle's handyman and tinkerer. He uses many unconventional methods for fixing things around the castle. He also loves to barter when he sells some of his inventions that he has made. Mr. Knack always gets some postcards which he reads to the viewers.
  • Kate (performed by Lynn Hippen) - A pink mouse who frequently reports on what happens in the castle.
  • Fishtones - Three singing fish statues that spits water.
  • Cooey (performed by Lynn Hippen) - Magellan's pet of indeterminate species.
  • Giant (performed by James Kroupa) - A full-bodied giant with a long nose who owns the "castle music box" where the show takes place.

Episodes[edit]

Cast[edit]

Puppeteers[edit]

Additional Puppeteers[edit]

VHS release[edit]

Several episodes of Eureeka's Castle were released on VHS. To date, the series has not been released on DVD.

  • Eureeka's Castle: Sing Along With Eureeka [VHS] (1989)
  • Eureeka's Castle: Christmas at Eureeka's Castle [VHS] (1989)
  • Eureeka's Castle: Wide Awake at Eureeka's Castle [VHS] (1989)

Awards[edit]

In 1990, Eureeka's Castle won an Ace Award for best children's program.[1][2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hedegaard, Erik (1990-09-07). "Hand-to-Hand Comedy". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2012-04-06. 
  2. ^ "Eureeka's Castle: Sing Along with Eureeka". Archived from the original on 2013-01-27. Retrieved 2012-04-06. 

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