Flying Rhino Junior High

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Flying Rhino Junior High
Format Animated
Starring Ashley Brown
Tracey Moore
Terry Hawkes
Tracy Ryan
Richard Binsley
Ron Rubin
Paul Haddad
Len Carlson
Lindsay Leese
Catherine Gallant
Eddie Glen
Theme music composer Pure West
Opening theme "Anything is Possible at Flying Rhino Junior High"
Ending theme "Anything is Possible at Flying Rhino Junior High" (instrumental)
Composer(s) Pure West
Country of origin Canada
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 26
Production
Running time 22 minutes
Production company(s) Big Daddy Productions
Flying Rhinoceros, Inc.
Neurones
STV Productions
Nelvana Limited
Broadcast
Original channel CBS Kidshow (U.S.)
YTV (Canada)
Scottish Television (UK)
Original run October 3, 1998 – January 22, 2000

Flying Rhino Junior High is a Canadian animated television series produced by Nelvana Limited and STV Productions. It originally aired from October 3, 1998 to January 22, 2000 on CBS Kidshow. Reruns used to be shown on Scottish Television in Scotland. Reruns returned to YTV after a four year absence in 2011. In the US, both seasons can be purchased as downloads from Amazon Instant Video, and in Scotland the first season can be watched on YouTube.

The series revolved around four kids: Billy O' Toole, Marcus and Ruby Snarkus, and Lydia Lopez. The series' main antagonists are Earl P. Sidebottom, AKA The Phanthom and his rat sidekick Ratticus. Earl is a boy genius who some time before the series' beginning got a "D" grade in shop class and retreated to the school's sub-basement boiler room in shame. In there, he built a supercomputer capable of altering reality, which uses to cause chaos in the school as revenge, leaving the protagonists to stop him.

Characters[edit]

Billy O'Toole[edit]

Voiced by: Ashley Brown

Billy is one of the main protagonists.

Marcus Snarkis[edit]

Voiced by: Tracey Moore

Marcus is an African-American boy who is Billy's best friend and his classmate. Marcus has a great knowledge of computers and has a mini-computer called a Megamind which helps him solve problems. His older sister is Ruby.

Ruby Snarkis[edit]

Voiced by: Tracy Ryan

Ruby is Marcus's older sister.

Lydia Lopez[edit]

Voiced by: Terri Hawkes

Lydia is a girl of Hispanic descent who is one of Billy's classmates. She is often shown wearing glasses and a green dress and her hair is tied back. She is considered the smartest girl in her grade level. Lydia is one of the brains of the protagonists as her knowledge helps the them get out of traps.

The Phantom/Earl P. Sidebottom[edit]

Voiced by: Richard Binsley

The Phantom is the antagonist of the show, he is the boy genius who got a bad grade in shop class and he went to the boiler-room in shame. His personality is that of an evil genius. But the downside is that he is very childish. He built a giant super-computer which alters reality and depending on the theme of each episode, the computer can alter the appearance of the school. However, most of the Phantom's schemes usually backfire. His voice sounds similar to American rapper Eminem, who is sometimes known as Slim Shady.

Raticus[edit]

Voiced by: Ron Rubin

The Phantom's bumbling pet rat who carries out the Phantom's schemes. Raticus is not very bright as he is often insulted by Earl due to his unintelligence. He often is treated bad by the Phantom.

Fred Spurtz[edit]

Voiced by: Eddie Glen

Mrs. Snodgrass[edit]

Voiced by: Lindsay Leese She is the children's teacher.

Principal Mulligan[edit]

Voiced by: Len Carlson

Principal Mulligan is the principal of Flying Rhino Junior High, in which he is in fact a fictional rhino. Principal Mulligan is usually oblivious to anything odd going on in the school. But he is portrayed as a caring, respectable administrator.

Johnny Descunk[edit]

Voiced by: Eddie Glen

Rod[edit]

Voiced by: Ron Rubin

Voice cast[edit]

  • The Phantom/Earl P. Sidebottom – Richard Binsley
  • Billy O'Toole – Ashley Brown
  • Ruby Snarkis – Tracy Ryan
  • Marcus Snarkis – Tracey Moore
  • Lydia Lopez – Terri Hawkes
  • Raticus/Rod – Ron Rubin
  • Fred Spurtz/Johnny Descunk – Eddie Glen
  • Mrs. Snodgrass/Edna – Lindsay Leese
  • Principal Mulligan – Len Carlson
  • Flo/Nurse Cutlip – Catherine Gallant
  • Buford/Mr. Needlenose – Paul Haddad
  • Kim Micheals – Tajja Isen
  • Leslie Orntine – Frank Meschkuleit
  • Jason Horg – Alex House

Cancellation and reruns[edit]

On February 2, 2000, CBS Kidshow announced that they had cancelled the series on January 22, 2000. YTV ran it in syndication until 2007, and then again beginning in 2011.

Episode list[edit]

Season one[edit]

# Title Original airdate
1 "Prehysterical" October 3, 1998 (1998-10-03)
Earl transforms the school into a prehistoric jungle with dinosaurs after "answering" questions to Mrs. Snodgrass's dinosaur edition of Jeopardy!. Billy, Lydia, Marcus and Ruby must wipe out the dinosaurs while dodging them.
2 "Underwaterworld" October 17, 1998 (1998-10-17)
During a lesson on undersea environment, Mrs. Snodgrass gives everyone a fish to place in an aquarium tank, when Earl transforms the school into an ocean environment. To reach the drainage pipes to drain the water Billy, Lydia, Ruby and Marcus use a high pressure cooking tank for a sub.
3 "Solar Flexus" October 24, 1998 (1998-10-24)
Mrs. Snodgrass is teaching Astronomy today. As Marcus and Billy present their science project in class, but Earl brings out his project and transforms the school into the solar system. Marcus observes that the planets are orbiting all wrong which would result in the earth going into the sun. Marcus, Billy, Ruby and Lydia travel in their space shuttle to correctly position the planets.
4 "Phantu's Curse" October 10, 1998 (1998-10-10)
After last night's movie of Pharaoh Phinster, Mrs. Snodgrass teaches Egyptian history in class, but Earl transforms the school into a pyramid. Billy, Lydia, Ruby and Marcus must get out of the pyramid before it seals itself, but Lydia takes the golden scarab and unleashes the mummy's curse.
5 "Frankensidebottom" October 31, 1998 (1998-10-31)
Mrs. Snodgrass teaches Mary Shelley's Frankenstein in class, when Lydia comes in late wearing a large pair of braces. Earl sends Ratticus to procure ingredients for his own incarnation of the Frankenstein Monster, but gets a wad of bubble gum instead of a brain. Earl activates and sends the Creature (called Milton by Ratticus) and transforms the school into a Town out of a horror Movie. While everyone runs away, Lydia who is mocked for her braces befriends Milton.
6 "The Game" November 28, 1998 (1998-11-28)
Marcus is intent on finishing designing his video game "Wolf Castle 3d" (based on Wolfenstein 3d) but loses his computer to Billy. Earl remembers how he lost his video game "Pongo Bongo" to the Confiscated Items Room and transforms the school into "Wolf Castle 3d". Billy and Marcus must survive through the castle and its passages, enemies and traps if they want to undo Earl's doings.
7 "A Star is Boring" November 14, 1998 (1998-11-14)
Ruby stars as the lead female role in the school musical becoming standoffish in front of her friends. Earl multiplies Ruby into hundreds of self multiplying clones, causing chaos throughout the school and scaring the original Ruby. Billy, Marcus and Lydia go to the Janitor to find the real Ruby and erase the clones before everyone in the school "Drowns in Rubies".
8 "Comicbook Chaos" November 7, 1998 (1998-11-07)
Mrs. Snodgrass is teaching about famous historical villains (excluding comic book ones), but Earl unleashses four comic book villains called Gravity Girl, Wedgie Woman, Magnet Maestro and the Living Vapour. Lydia leads the others to beat them taking advantage of their weak spots. After disposing of three of the villains, they become superheroes to face the newest comic book villain Gravity Girl.
9 "Quit Buggin' Me" December 5, 1998 (1998-12-05)
Everyone has brought a Arthropod into class, but Ruby who hates bugs brought what she thought was an inamimate crystalis. Earl remembers a hornet called Hornicus he once had as a good friend but had to cryogenically freeze him after he stung a bully and got squashed. Earl magnifies every bug in the school to a giant size. After that Earl revives, magnifies and unleashes Hornicus. Billy, Lydia and Marcus attempt to stop the bugs while Ruby tries overcome her fear for bugs.
10 "Phantom Christmas" December 12, 1998 (1998-12-12)
The Christmas holidays have begun. Earl is hating every bit of Christmas and refusing Ratticus' every kind offers until finally he leaves unhappy. The next morning Earl finds Ratticus as the phantom. To punish him for rejecting Christmas, Ratticus sends Earl into the school where he suffers humiliation and eventually all the previous chaos and terrors he once created until he gets eaten by a big fish. He wakes up from this nightmare with Christmas spirit in him, but his evil days continue.
11 "Inverted and Unglued" November 21, 1998 (1998-11-21)
Marcus shows a complete collection of America's stamps with a friend of his called Larry. Marcus has a rare stamp called Jenny inverted worth a Million Canadian dollars that arouses greed amongst the class. To complete his own stamp collection, Earl sends Ratticus disguised as Larry to swipe the stamp but Ratticus loses it. Earl transforms the school into a Victorian Era stamp factory to get all the Jenny Inverteds the day they were manufactured.
12 "Weather Waterloo" December 19, 1998 (1998-12-19)
Everyone in class has a project related to weather effects especially Billy with his Weather Nullifier, which is mail order. When Earl's Atmospheric Generator is rejected from the class, he activates it and sends a twister,a mudslide and a nimbostratus cloud to storm the school. The Weather Nullifier doesn't work and totals, so Billy, Lydia, Ruby and Marcus attempt to nullify the bad weather themselves.
13 "Pal 9000" December 26, 1998 (1998-12-26)
Marcus has created his very own Artificial Intelligent friend on his Mini Mega Mind called Pal 9000 for the main purpose of running a futuristic school. Envious Earl turns the school into the very one Marcus designed for Pal and proceeds to implant a virus in Pal when his guard is down, Which turns Pal against his creator and former friends. Marcus and Billy head to the Main Computer System to restore Pal and get into Earl's mainframe.

Season two[edit]

# Title Original airdate
14 "Live and Let Spy" October 2, 1999 (1999-10-02)
The class is learning forms of writing today. Lydia guards her secret journal closely, making the others mimic her privacy. Earl has a hunch they could be writing and gossiping about him. Earl sends spies to swipe the journals and transforms the school into a downtown. Billy, Ruby, Marcus and Lydia try hard to protect their journals and their contents with help from Buford as 009 and half.
15 "Wag the Rat" October 9, 1999 (1999-10-09)
Ruby and Billy are both candidates for election as class president. Earl decides to intervene in order to make up for his lost election and close down the school, by having Ratticus with a student identity named Hubert, which gets him a popular state. Meanwhile Ruby and Billy's competition for an election become fierce.
16 "It's Greek to Me" October 16, 1999 (1999-10-16)
After a Greek history lesson, the class head to the gym to practice for sports events (except for the overconfident Billy), when Earl transforms the school into a Greek Era Olympics Theatre. Zeus and the other gods give them the challenge for glory against eternal slavery. The students are untrained in the Olympic events so they challenge the gods to their own events. Before their glory can be granted, Marcus must beat Achilles in an obstacle course.
17 "Yo Ho Ho and the Phantom's a Bum" October 23, 1999 (1999-10-23)
Today Mrs. Snodgrass is teaching the class about pirates. Johnny and Rod decide to commit piracy. Earl transforms the school into a galleon in the ocean. Lydia, Ruby, Billy, Marcus, Johnny and Rod are put to work by the pirates, whilst trying to come up with a plan.
18 "Junior High Noon" October 30, 1999 (1999-10-30)
Lydia is made a Prefect. As Earl turns the school into a Wild West town, Lydia becomes a Sheriff and a mega control freak, jailing people (even her friends) for every offense taken. When the Harwood Gang advances, she releases everyone and gets help from her friends.
19 "Out of Time" November 6, 1999 (1999-11-06)
Earl completes his time machine to send Lydia, Marcus, Ruby and Billy to the Prehistoric Times. Instead he manages to send them back 20 years in the school, when Earl was a student. With his help they manage to get back to the present day.
20 "Career Day" November 20, 1999 (1999-11-20)
Today is career day at Flying Rhino. Insulted by Ruby's flippant remarks, Earl turns the school into a sewer complex. After braving the sewers of its dangers, Lydia, Ruby, Marcus and Billy engineer a dam to turn Earl's flooding against him.
21 "Daredevil O'Toole and the Amazon Adventure" November 27, 1999 (1999-11-27)
Before Earl can transform the school, he gets trapped in the school's ground floor and takes the guise as a girl called Ursula. Ratticus turns the school into an Amazon jungle with Earl in it with apparent way out.
22 "Raging Rubbish" December 4, 1999 (1999-12-04)
Today the school is learning about environmental preservation. Earl creates a monster out of a mound of garbage called Garbacus. Lydia, Billy, Ruby and Marcus take steps to biodegrade and melt Garbacus before they finish him off in the Recycletron 2000.
23 "Better Safe than Silly" December 11, 1999 (1999-12-11)
Today Firefighter Chief Don Sizzlestopper comes for a safety inspection around the school. Hoping the inspection will fail, Earl turns the school into a broken and unsafe place getting Sizzlestopper caught in multiple accidents. In addition Earl begins to set the school on fire.
24 "Phantomatic Voyage" December 18, 1999 (1999-12-18)
Today Mrs. Snodgnass teaches about body works and Nurse Cutlip informs Ruby about healthy diets to protect the Immune System. Earl transports the school inside his body. First Ruby, Billy, Marcus and Lydia take care of Earl's unhealthy body before they change his mind in his brain.
25 "All Green Thumbs" January 15, 2000 (2000-01-15)
Today the class is learning about plants and agriculture. Earl sends Ratticus to deliver a instanteous plant mutating fertiliser, which causes the plants to grow fast and gigantic and spread like weeds. Marcus, Lydia, Ruby and Billy attempt to cut off the plants' light and water supply.
26 "Seeing Double" January 22, 2000 (2000-01-22)
Today everyone's into the subject of appearances, while Johnny is trouble for a sink breakage, Marcus accidentally caused. Tired of his failures, Earl sends Billy, Marcus, Lydia and Ruby to a parallel dimension. The four attempt to avoid Buford's counterpart and seek parallel Earl's help, whilst their parallel selves cause riots in back in the first dimension. Series Finale

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