Fillmore!

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Fillmore!
Fillmore!.jpg
Fillmore! intertitle
Format Animation
Parody
Police Procedural
Mystery
Suspense
Action Adventure
Created by Scott M. Gimple
Starring Orlando Brown
Tara Strong
Horatio Sanz
Lauren Tom
Danny Tamberelli
Kyle Sullivan
Wendie Malick
Jeff Probst
Narrated by Don Lafontaine
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of episodes 26 (List of episodes)
Production
Running time 22 minutes
Production company(s) Walt Disney Television Animation
Broadcast
Original channel ABC (ABC Kids) (2002-2003)
Toon Disney (2004)
Picture format 480i (4:3 SDTV)
1080i (16:9 HDTV)
Audio format Stereo
Original run September 14, 2002 (2002-09-14) – January 30, 2004 (2004-01-30)

Fillmore! is an American animated television series which was produced by Walt Disney Television Animation. The series was created by Scott M. Gimple and directed by Christian Roman.[1] It was the last series produced by Walt Disney Television Animation alone, without association with Disney Channel.

Premise[edit]

12-year old Cornelius Fillmore (voiced by Orlando Brown), a juvenile delinquent with a record, was caught raiding the school's new chalk shipment. He was arrested and given a choice by the safety patrol officer who caught him, either help him solve another case or spend the rest of middle school in detention. Fillmore decided to help out and he eventually decided to join up with the safety patrol. The show is based around him and his partner Ingrid Third (voiced by Tara Strong) at X Middle School, which is located in the suburbs of Minneapolis and St. Paul. The show's format parodies that of hard-boiled police dramas. X's safety patrol is much more actively involved in student behavior than a typical school's safety patrol, and officers often seem to spend more time patrolling than actually attending class, although they can be seen attending at times. As part of the Safety Patrol at X Middle School, Fillmore and Third solve crimes/mysteries. The series usually presents child-friendly versions of common crimes, such as stolen scooters instead of cars, smuggling tartar sauce instead of drug smuggling, and holding illegal frog races instead of illegal street races.

Production[edit]

Every character is named after a street in San Francisco.[2]

The theme music for the show was written and performed by filk band Ookla the Mok and appears on their album Super Secret as the intro to the song "Das Über Tüber, or the Mystery of Mr. P."

The announcer of the series was longtime voiceover actor Don LaFontaine, popular for the phrase "In a world...".

Characters[edit]

  • Cornelius C. Fillmore (voiced by Orlando Brown): A seventh grader at X Middle School, where he is a member of the Safety Patrol. His middle name is revealed during a Christmas Special episode, but it is kept a secret throughout the series. Fillmore was a juvenile delinquent, his crimes included (according to his permanent record) "milk counterfeiting" and "back talkery". Fillmore's life changed when Safety Patrol member Wayne Liggit gave him a choice: spend the rest of middle school in detention or help him solve another case. Fillmore was recruited into the Safety Patrol as a result of his helping out. It is revealed he is an only child, has a pet dog, and a pet fish and is really good at mini golf. He is known for going above and beyond the standards of other Safety Patrol officers. He almost never loses a target even if it means destroying school property, which he happens to do a lot, much to the dismay of Jr. Commissioner Vallejo. Before moving to X Middle School, he lived in Cleveland.
  • Ingrid Third (voiced by Tara Strong): Fillmore's third partner in the X Middle School Safety Patrol. Her style represents her determined, understated personality: Her custom dress is a black dress and combat boots with a severe black haircut. Before her arrival at X Middle school, Third was sent to a reform school in Nepal for an incident involving a stinkbomb and a piñata. Ingrid, another former delinquent and a certified genius (She becomes the smartest kid in X middle school) due to her photographic memory, arrives at X Middle School and partners with Fillmore after he helped her clear her name in "Ingrid Third, Public Enemy #1". Her father is a professor and she has an older sister named Ariella. Her mother is seen but never mentioned. It is revealed in "The Unseen Reflection" that she played Little League for two years.
  • Horatio Vallejo (voiced by Horatio Sanz): The Mexican-American junior commissioner of the Safety Patrol and Fillmore's immediate superior. Vallejo has had some rough experiences in the Safety Patrol as an officer, such as losing his friend Malika when she joined the Red Robins, a crooked girl scout troop who stole rival troop's candy but could never get pinned for it, and after she went undercover, eventually went bad and left the force. Vallejo also had to unintentionally betray his partner and best friend, Frank Bishop, a profiler, after a case went wrong. During a chase Vallejo and his partner Frank were chasing a perpetrator, they ended up in the cafeteria kitchen and they had him cornered. To avoid the perpatrator from escaping, Frank threw a vat of gazpacho on him, which, unfortunately, the student was allergic to. The student's parents then threaten to sue Folsom and the school for their son's injuries unless Frank was removed from the Safety Patrol. Vallejo had put himself up for Safety Commissioner, and couldn't speak out against Frank's forced retirement for fear that it might jeopardize his chance of becoming Safety Commissioner. Frank was removed from the Safety Patrol and Vallejo became commissioner. Vallejo has problems with drinking too much cocoa, which is a kid-friendly version of problems with excessive coffee. Vallejo is often put at odds against Fillmore, such as when he is forced to take Fillmore off a case even though he doesn't want to, or Fillmore is close to solving it. He also often scolds Fillmore for his reckless destruction of school property, which usually allows Fillmore to catch the criminal, but makes both him and the safety patrol look bad. The only thing that gets Vallejo more mad is when he sees how much it's going to cost to repair the damages, caused by Fillmore. Vallejo's catchphrase is yelling "FILLMORE!", which he does in almost every episode when he hears of something Fillmore broke, like a waxer, and ordering expensive walkie talkies by tricking him into signing his signature. Another running gag is that his first name is either unknown or covered up throughout the series.
  • Karen Tehama (voiced by Lauren Tom): The Japanese-American crime scene investigator on the Safety Patrol who has a keen interest in forensics. Although she appears in almost every episode, she is more of a background character.
  • Joseph Anza (voiced by Danny Tamberelli): Partner of Karen Tehama, known for his bodyguarding training. He is Italian-American. Although he appears in almost every episode, he (like Tehama) is more of a background character.
  • Danny O'Farrell (voiced by Kyle Sullivan): The crime scene photographer for the Safety Patrol, though it is often joked that he shouldn't be qualified to be a Safety Patroller by Vallejo (where in one episode Danny's replacement was a tripod and in another episode comments "he isn't qualified to operate a stapler"). He has a tendency to get on other people's nerves and has some deep thoughts, overreacting, and weird ideas such as trying to photograph his own butt. O'Farrell serves as the primary source of comic relief on the show. He is also able to develop film with common household items as seen in "Masterstroke of Malevolence". His name, ginger hair and kilt (which he occasionally wears) characterize him as more or less Scottish.
  • Dawn S. Folsom (voiced by Wendie Malick): The principal of X Middle School, though she acts like a District Attorney or a mayor figure in crime shows or is similar to M from the James Bond series. In context of the show's police drama parody theme, she represents the over-stressed mayor archetype, where in every episode threatens to turn the Safety Patrol office into something else (yoga studio, spa, etc.) if they are unable to solve the case. Tough on the outside with looks that can stop any student in its tracks, she runs her school with a strong presence - but she does it for pride and honor. She does have a kind heart on the inside and does much for her students and staff, sometimes anonymously. It is stated that she is 40, as in "Next Stop, Armageddon" it is her birthday, and Vallejo mentions that "this year, it starts with a 4".
  • Raycliff (voiced by Jeff Probst): The school's vice-principal and Folsom's right-hand man. He does not really say much, but can be counted on to spout out school facts, figures and catchy metaphors at the drop of a hat. It is possible that he attended school with Folsom, according to an old school album. It's revealed in "Two Wheels, Full Throttle, No Breaks", that he gets seasick.

Recurring characters[edit]

  • Mr. Collingwood (voiced by Kyle Gass): One of the teachers at X Middle School.
  • COMAGY (voiced by Frankie Muniz in "Test of the Tested", Kiel Holmes in "This Savior, A Snitch"): His real name is Augie Sansome. In the former, he was suspected by Fillmore and Ingrid of stealing the answer sheets to the S.A.T.T.Y. 9 test, but what he really stole turned out to be packets of tartar sauce.
  • Librarian Lendrum (voiced by Brian George): X Middle School's librarian.
  • Cheri Shotwell (voiced by Debi Derryberry): The chipper, bubbly, blonde cheerleader who also serves as a reporter or interviewer.
  • Philsky (voiced by Michael Welch): The school's reporter, who co-anchors with Cheri.
  • Vern Natoma (voiced by Marcus Toji): Editor-in-chief of the school's newspaper. Like Karen, he is also of Japanese descent.
  • Professor Third (voiced by Anthony Head): College professor and the father of Ingrid and Ariella.
  • Jamie Townsend (voiced by Chris Marquette): A caucasian student, who wears a brown flattop and glasses.
  • Proper Kid (voiced by Shaun Fleming): A blond boy dressed like a sea captain. Which is appropriate, considering that he's a member of the Paddle Boat Club. He's so called due to his always pointing out what's fit.
  • Lab Coat Kid #1 (voiced by Chris Marquette): As his pseudonym suggests, is one of the kids who wear lab coats and often involved in the lab or science class.
  • Wade (voiced by Michael Welch): Another blond X Middle School reporter.
  • Wayne Ligget (voiced by Lukas Behnken): Fillmore's original Safety Patrol partner before he eventually moved away and was replaced by Ingrid when she came to X. He is best friends with Fillmore, and before Ingrid became Filmore's partner, he refused to have any partners because he was still greatly affected by Wayne's departure. He's caucasian and has light brown hair. As such, little is known about him and his background, but he's referenced a few times. However, he and Fillmore would meet up again in "South of Friendship, North of Honor", when the latter went to Tennessee where the former is based and resides currently to take on a case there. Fillmore helps Wayne take down the schools crooked patrol sheriff and Wayne is subsequently named as his school's new safety patrol sheriff
  • Frankie Polk (voiced by Lukas Behnken): A blond boy who has an affinity for sketching and painting, and as such, is president of the Art Club.

Guest stars[edit]

Note: Some names are those of the majority of the regular and recurring cast, which also appear here. In some cases, they may have had voiced various characters in a same episode or different ones. The same applies to the guest stars, some of whom have had voiced in this series more than once, often for different characters.

Episodes[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired
Season premiere Season finale
1 13 September 14, 2002 May 17, 2003
2 13 September 20, 2003 January 30, 2004

Broadcast history[edit]

The series premiered on the ABC Kids block on ABC on September 14, 2002.[1] On September 1, 2003, repeats began airing on Toon Disney. During January 2004, the last five episodes premiered on Toon Disney in the U.S. Reruns currently air on BET, as of December 31, 2009.

Release[edit]

While the show (as of 2013) has not been released on home video or DVD, all 26 episodes are available for digital download in German from iTunes Germany.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Disney's Fillmore!". www.bcdb.com, May 13, 2012
  2. ^ Hartlaub, Peter (February 25, 2003). "Creator of 'Fillmore!' inspired by San Francisco / Characters in series are (city) street-wise". San Francisco Chronicle. p. D - 1. Retrieved 23 January 2012. 
  3. ^ Fillmore! at German iTunes Store

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