Fred's Head

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Fred's Head
Fred's Head.png
From left to right: Benji, Fabienne, Fred, Penelope, GG, and Anette.
Genre
Format Animated series
Created by
  • Benoît Godbout
  • Malorie Nault-Cousineau
Composer(s) Alexis Pecharman
Country of origin
Original language(s)
  • English
  • French
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 26 (List of episodes)
Production
Running time 22 minutes
Production company(s)
  • Spectra Animation
  • Galaxy 7
Broadcast
Original channel
Original run January 12, 2008 (2008-01-12) – July 6, 2008 (2008-07-06)
External links
Website
Production website

Fred's Head (Blaise le blasé, translated Fred The Jaded or The Jaded Fred) is a France/Quebec co-production animated series made by Spectra Animation & Patoon Animation, and featuring Fred, a sixteen-year-old and his not-so-normal life. It is co-produced by France at 35% and by Quebec at 65%. The show premiered on January 12, 2008[1] and concluded its first season on July 6, 2008[2] with 26 episodes produced and aired. No new episodes of the series have been produced since the first season ended, although the show has not been announced as being cancelled but is officially on an indefinite hiatus.[3] It has been announced that Fred's Head will be returning to Teletoon on January 3, 2011 as part of their new programming schedule Tuesday-Saturday at 4:00am EST. Fred's Head DVD collection was release in January 9, 2012 at Europe in French [1] however here is still no date about a DVD release in North America

Plot[edit]

Fred's Head takes us in the whirlwind life of a teenager with serious reservations about the adult world. In the courses of his adventures, a multitude of eccentric characters pull him in all directions in search of his identity: among them, a psychotic psychologist, an extremely odd best friend, an exotic lady immune to his charms, fashion trends devotees, and a horror film aficionado.

This program is rated[by whom?] C8.

Meaning[edit]

The show is noteworthy for being a show about teens and dealing with problems like alcohol and cheating without venturing into "very special episode" territory, and actually talking about them outright.

Characters[edit]

Episodes[edit]

Cast[edit]

Voice director: Rick Jones

Awards[edit]

Actra Montreal Awards[edit]

  • (2008) Rick Jones (voice of Gregory-Gilbert Pyrowski) Winner of Outstanding Voice Performance

Gala des prix Gémeaux (Quebec's Geminy/Emmy Awards — Canada)[edit]

  • (2008) : Winner of "Best animated series".

Nominations[edit]

Actra Montreal Awards[edit]

  • (2008) Mathew Mackay (voice of Fred Leblanc) nominated for Outstanding Voice Performance
  • (2008) Holly Gauthier-Frankel (voice of Penelope Truehart) nominated for Outstanding Voice Performance

Gala des prix Gémeaux (Quebec's Geminy/Emmy Awards — Canada)[edit]

International Animation Festival in Annecy (France)[edit]

  • (2008) : Official selection — Best TV series

Cartoon on the bay : Pulcinella Awards (Italy)[edit]

  • (2008) : Official selection - "TV series for all ages"

The website[edit]

The official Fred's Head website is designed like Fred's brain. The main page is the control center, where one can move the eyes, see all his highscores, reach a specific section of the brain and finally, can pull something...

The brain is separate in five other sections, that are also divided from 1 to 3 sections. All these areas are flled up with things to click on, creating different effects.

The Ego section is separate between the feminine ego (represented by Penelope) and the masculine ego (represented by Benji). The two pages are two games: Male Basketball and Jump in the Fizz (explained lower).

The Opinion section (represented by Fabienne) opened not so long ago. The first section gives you the possibility of creating a character. The second section is filled with wallpapers and other stuff for your computer. The last section is Fabienne telling famous quotes of the series to Anette, and you have to choose the right character who said it. Per example, the answer is Penelope for the quote "You should always see a guy in bathing suit before you decide to go out with him".

The Grey Matter section is represented by Fred's mother. It contains three other sections: First, the De-Evolutor, a game explained lower. Then, an orientation test to see where one would go when getting a job. Last, a kitchen where Boon Mee and Madame Butterfly are, and in which you can either see the different quotes Fred said in previous episodes or picking up a fortune cookie that gives funny comments (i.e. Void if Open.)

The Memory section is represented by Madame Butterfly. In the memory section, there is the living room, where one can see small videos from the episodes, look at photos of Fred and his family, see the resume of past episodes and read the description of all students of St-Judes High School. There is also the map of the website.

Finally, the Subconscious part of Fred's brain is represented by GG. When one enters, he is welcomes by the school's psychologist, Anemone Worrynaut, and can pass a test to see if he is "blasé". By clicking on the dream machine, he can also access two dreams, a good dream and a nightmare. The good dream is the game "Play with your body", explained lower. The nightmare is "Buck Naked in St-Judes".

Games[edit]

Five computer games could be found on Fred's Head website.

Play with your Body Changing the posture of Fred, the goal of the game is to re-create the same posture as Anette. After five postures, a note out of 100 is given to the player.

De-Evolutor This game can also be played with the webcam. Fred must de-evolute falling UFOs. A very strange game.

Buck Naked in St-Judes Uh oh! For an unexplained reason, Fred is now naked... right in the center of St-Judes! He must catch all his clothes to end a level, but must avoid people's looks at his... organ by hiding himself.

Male Basketball Still in trouble, Fred has to make many good basket points or he will get entirely shaved... even the hidden parts of the body...

Jump in the Fizz Penelope participates to a contest. She jumps off a plane and must catch all pink clothes to win! Don't worry, she has a parachute...

References[edit]

  1. ^ "TV Guide AN F28 Page ? & ? (Page 1)" (PDF). Retrieved 2013-10-21. 
  2. ^ "Fred's head: SEASON FINALE: "Suprise Sixteen!" airing Sunday, July 6th @ 8:00 PM ET". TV.com. Retrieved 2013-08-22. 
  3. ^ Marie-Claude Girard. Toupie et Binou : la souris québécoise qui rivalise avec Mickey ("Toupie et Binou: Québécois mouse which concurrences Mickey"), October 3, 2009, La Presse.

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