Fillmore!

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Fillmore!
Fillmore!.jpg
Fillmore! intertitle
Genre Comedy-drama
Action Adventure
Mystery
Suspense
Created by Scott M. Gimple
Voices of Orlando Brown
Tara Strong
Horatio Sanz
Lauren Tom
Danny Tamberelli
Kyle Sullivan
Wendie Malick
Jeff Probst
Narrated by Don Lafontaine
Opening theme "Das Über Tuber, or, The Mystery of Mr. P." by Ookla the Mok
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 26 (List of episodes)
Production
Running time 22 minutes
Production company(s) Walt Disney Television Animation
Distributor Buena Vista Television
Broadcast
Original channel ABC (2002–2003)
Toon Disney (2004)
Picture format 480i (4:3 SDTV)
1080i (16:9 HDTV)
Audio format Dolby Surround
Original run September 14, 2002 (2002-09-14) – January 30, 2004 (2004-01-30)

Fillmore! is an American animated television series created by Scott M. Gimple[1] for ABC and, later, Toon Disney. Based on popular police dramas of the 1970s, Fillmore! is centered on reformed juvenile delinquent Cornelius Fillmore and his partner Ingrid Third, who solve crimes as members of the Safety Patrol at X Middle School. The series was aimed at young teenagers, but also skewed an older audience with its '70s references

It was the final series produced solely by Walt Disney Television Animation, before producing shows exclusively with Disney Channel, and also the final ABC Saturday morning cartoon. The series was cancelled in 2004 due to low ratings, but maintains a dedicated fanbase and is considered a cult hit. Reruns later aired on Disney Channel, Toon Disney, and Disney XD.

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 Saint 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 Ingrid solve crimes and mysteries. The series usually presents child-friendly versions of common crimes, such as stolen scooters instead of vehicular theft, smuggling tartar sauce instead of drug smuggling, and holding illegal frog races instead of illegal street races, Killing virtual pets as opposed to murder, counterfeiting collector cards instead of currency.

Production[edit]

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

The theme song for the show was written and performed by filk band Ookla the Mok. It 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 voice-over actor Don LaFontaine, best-known for his catchphrase "In a world...".

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[edit]

Fillmore! premiered on ABC's ABC Kids programming block on September 14, 2002.[1] However, due to poor ratings, the series was removed from ABC's lineup in September 2003. On September 1, 2003, reruns began airing on Toon Disney,[3][4] and the final five episodes aired on the channel in January 2004.[5]

In February 2003, Disney Channel added the series to their lineup, beginning with a two-hour marathon in primetime. Reruns continued until September 2, 2003, when the series (along with The Legend of Tarzan and Buzz Lightyear of Star Command) was pre-empted in favor of a 90-minute showing of Recess.[6]

Release[edit]

While the series has not been released on home video or DVD, all 26 episodes are available for digital download in German from iTunes Germany.[7]

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. ^ "Toon Disney - Schedule - This Week's Schedule". Toon Disney. Archived from the original on 2003-08-01. Retrieved 2003-08-01. 
    "Toon Disney - Schedule - This Week's Schedule". Toon Disney. Archived from the original on 2003-12-06. Retrieved 2003-12-06. 
  4. ^ Hao, Rita (2004-08-13). "22 Fillmore". SFist. Gothamist. Retrieved 2014-04-04. 
  5. ^ "Toon Disney's January Specials/Marathons". Talkdisney.com. 2003-11-26. Retrieved 2014-06-27. 
  6. ^ http://www.toonzone.net/forums/disney-pixar-forum/85070-disney-channel-september-info-now-up.html#.VJI18Yd-9E5
  7. ^ Fillmore! at German iTunes Store

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