I Am Weasel

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I Am Weasel
I Am Weasel intertitle.png
Genre Comedy
Format Animated series
Created by David Feiss
Written by David Feiss
Michael Ryan
Richard Pursel
Maxwell Atoms
Steve Marmel
Nora Johnson
Directed by David Feiss
Co-directors: Robert Alvarez (1 episode)
Robin Steele (12 episodes)
Voices of Michael Dorn
Charlie Adler
Theme music composer Bill Fulton
Opening theme "I Am Weasel", performed by April March
Ending theme "I Am Weasel" (Instrumental)
Composer(s) Bill Fulton
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 5
No. of episodes 79 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Sherry Gunther
Larry Huber
Producer(s) Vincent Davis[1]
Running time 7 minutes approx. (per episode)
Production company(s) Hanna-Barbera Cartoons
Cartoon Network Studios
Distributor Warner Bros. Television
Broadcast
Original channel Cartoon Network
Picture format 480i (NTSC)
Audio format Stereo
Original run July 15, 1997 (1997-07-15) – March 2, 2000 (2000-03-02)
Chronology
Related shows Cow and Chicken

I Am Weasel is an American animated television series produced by Hanna-Barbera with Cartoon Network Studios, created by David Feiss, and broadcast on Cartoon Network.

The series chronicles the adventures of I.M. Weasel, an internationally famous, rather eloquent, highly intelligent and much talented weasel who is adored by everyone, and I.R. Baboon, an ugly and idiotic baboon who is envious about Weasel's success and constantly tries to be better than him. The show premise begins from a humorous take on the classic nursery rhyme "Pop Goes the Weasel"; in fact, the series theme song, composed by Bill Fulton,[2] written by Richard Pursel, and sung by April March,[3] is based on the well-known musical version of the rhyme.[4]

I Am Weasel was originally a part of the Cow and Chicken show, often airing as the third of three segments in an episode, after two Cow and Chicken segments. Eventually, I Am Weasel was spun off into its own series, aired in 1999 with reruns airing until April 2006, with both new episodes and the episodes that had aired on Cow and Chicken included in this series, totaling 79 episodes.

Today, the series is labeled a classic of Cartoon Network's late 1990s collection of Cartoon Cartoons (a collective name for the network's original animated programming). Since April 13, 2012, it is being aired on Cartoon Network, on the block Cartoon Planet. This show also airs on Boomerang, but only airs seasons 1-4 with the Cow and Chicken segments.

Characters[edit]

The main characters: I.R. Baboon (left) and I.M. Weasel.

The series usually consists of two funny animal characters: I.M. Weasel and I.R. Baboon. Both characters' species are as suggested by their names.

I.M. Weasel[edit]

Voiced by: Michael Dorn.

I.M. Weasel is a globally-celebrated, heroic, kindhearted anthropomorphic weasel who serves as the titular character of the program. He is noted and admired for his endless, humongous assortment of unselfish, amazing, brilliant talents or achievements, and is honored and respected deeply for his extensive skill, knowledge, or experience in virtually every field imaginable. Wealthy and immensely successful, he resides in a mansion beside I.R. Baboon's filthy trailer. However, he is the primary object of I.R.'s animosity and envy for his admirability and fame, and I.R. often tries to emulate or surpass him with no success out of jealousy. On some occasions, I.R.'s hazardous goals may require Weasel's assistance in either rescuing him or helping him. Weasel is commonly accompanied by Loulabelle, an attractive young lady costumed as a nurse.

I.R. Baboon[edit]

Voiced by: Charlie Adler.

I.R. Baboon (I.R. or Baboon for short) is Weasel's rival; a dimwitted, ugly, and ridiculed baboon characterized by his intense stupidity and hunger for attention, and he therefore despises Weasel because of his success and talent. I.R.'s main goal throughout the series is to acquire fame and surpass his enemy somehow, though his utter lack of talent or skill presents numerous disadvantages in his chances of achieving this entirely unattainable goal. His supreme willingness to top Weasel may endanger him severely, and his unintelligence burdens him with great vulnerability to hazards, leaving Weasel to race to his aid in many occasions. I.R. is characterized by his large, smelly red buttocks, the subject of ridicule on countless occasions, and he resides in a dilapidated trailer outside of Weasel's immaculate mansion.

The Red Guy[edit]

See also: The Red Guy

Voiced by: Charlie Adler.

Starting with season two, The Red Guy became a regular character on I Am Weasel while still keeping his role on Cow and Chicken. In the series, he is also referred as "I.B. Red Guy", an allusion to Weasel's and Baboon's names.

Minor characters[edit]

  • Loulabelle - Weasel's assistant who usually dresses as a nurse. She debuted in the episode "I.R. Mommy", from season two. Her appearances are mostly in that season, with her only appearance in other season in the episode "Time Weasel", from season three, which is also her last appearance in the series. She is supposed to be a girlfriend to Weasel in some episodes.
    Voiced by: Susan Blakeslee (in season 2), Teresa Ganzel (in season 3).
  • Jolly Roger - A recurring character named for the ship flag. He usually wears a white T-shirt (or in some episodes a tuxedo) with shorts and a white sailor cap, and uses coke-bottle glasses. He appears only in season five and in the episode "Unsinkable I.R.", from season three.[5]
    Voiced by: Dee Bradley Baker.
  • Admiral Bullets - A Naval officer who relies on Weasel's help. He made appearances only in the episodes "This Bridge, Not Weasel Bridge" and "I.R. Mommy", from seasons one and two, respectively.
    Voiced by: Jess Harnell (in season 1), Michael Gough (in season 2).
  • Cow and Chicken characters - Besides the Red Guy, some other characters from Cow and Chicken made cameo appearances in I Am Weasel from season two. These include Cow (and Supercow), Chicken, Flem, Earl, Mom, Dad and Teacher.

Episodes[edit]

I Am Weasel has a total of 79 episodes in 5 seasons that were produced from 1996 to September 1999.[6] The series original run started on July 15, 1997 with the airing of the eleventh episode "Law of Gravity",[6][7] yet as a series of segments on Cow and Chicken. Later on, the series was separated and premiered as a half-hour show on June 10, 1999.[8] After the separation, 52 I Am Weasel episodes originally aired on Cow and Chicken began to air in the show own time slot, later being joined by 26 new episodes, totaling 79.[9] The series original run ended in 2000.[10]

Merchandise[edit]

DVD releases[edit]

Region 1

In United States, some episodes of the series were launched on Cartoon Network's special DVDs for Halloween and Christmas released in 2004 and 2005 and distributed by Warner Home Video.

  • Cartoon Network Halloween: 9 Creepy Cartoon Capers (August 10, 2004) - episode "I Am Vampire".
  • Cartoon Network Christmas: Yuletide Follies (October 5, 2004) - episodes "I.R.'s First Bike" and "Dessert Island".
  • Cartoon Network Halloween 2: Grossest Halloween Ever (August 9, 2005) - episode "Power of Odor".
  • Cartoon Network Christmas 2: Christmas Rocks (October 4, 2005) - episode "Happy Baboon Holidays".
Region 3

In Thailand, the series seasons have been released on DVD since 2009 by the Thai company MVD Company Limited. The season one's DVD was launched on December 23, 2009, and the season two's was officially announced in the company's website, but not launched yet.[11]

Title Content Release date
I Am Weasel - Season 1 / ข้าคือวีเซิล - ภาค 1 Complete season one December 23, 2009
I Am Weasel - Season 2 / ข้าคือวีเซิล - ภาค 2 Complete season two Unknown
Region 4

In Australia, a two-disc DVD release was launched on July 6, 2011 distributed by Madman Entertainment.[12] The same release was also launched in New Zealand on August 11, 2011.[13]

Title Content Release date
I Am Weasel - Collection 1 Complete season one July 6, 2011 (Australia)
August 11, 2011 (New Zealand)

Video games[edit]

Cartoon Network Racing

In the cart racing game, Cartoon Network Racing, I.M. Weasel, I.R. Baboon and The Red Guy are playable characters. Also in the game, the episodes "My Friend, the Smart Banana" and "Enemy Camp" are available as bonus that can be viewed if unlocked by winning the I Am Weasel races. The game is available for PlayStation 2 and Nintendo DS.

Cartoon Network Universe: FusionFall

In the online game, Cartoon Network Universe: FusionFall, there is one item named "I.R. Baboon shorts" which are shorts used to wear a character, based on I.R. Baboon's buttocks.

Comics[edit]

I Am Weasel was featured in the comic book "Cartoon Cartoons" along with other Cartoon Network's cartoons, such as Dexter's Laboratory, Johnny Bravo, Cow and Chicken, Ed, Edd n Eddy, Courage the Cowardly Dog, among others. The comic was published from 2001 to 2004 by DC Comics and had 33 issues.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The New York Times. "I Am Weasel - Cast, Credits & Awards". Retrieved November 20, 2010. 
  2. ^ Fulton, Bill. "Music Production". Retrieved September 29, 2010. 
  3. ^ Feiss, David (2000). "Songs from both shows - I Am Weasel". Retrieved July 6, 2011. 
  4. ^ Episode 19 / Season 2, Episode 6: "I Are Music Man" (1998): In a scene of the episode, The Red Guy repeatedly sings switches from the series' theme song and "Pop Goes the Weasel".
  5. ^ Season 3, Episode 32: "Unsinkable I.R." (1998)
  6. ^ a b Feiss, David (January 12, 2000). "Episode Guide: Cow and Chicken and I Am Weasel". Retrieved May 29, 2011. 
  7. ^ Boedeker, Hal (July 14, 1997). "Cartoon Network zany relief". Reading Eagle (Orlando Sentinel). Retrieved May 29, 2011. 
  8. ^ King, Susan (June 10, 1999). "From MTV Awards to Olsen Twins". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 30, 2011. 
  9. ^ Kilmer, David (June 11, 1999). "Cartoon Network sets premiere for I AM WEASEL". Animation World Network. Retrieved October 20, 2011. 
  10. ^ Lenburg, Jeff (2006). Who's Who in Animated Cartoons. New York: Hal Leonard Corporation. p. 81. ISBN 978-1-55783-671-7. Retrieved October 20, 2011. 
  11. ^ MVD Company Limited. "I Am Weasel Season 2". Retrieved April 26, 2011. 
  12. ^ Madman Entertainment. "I Am Weasel - Vol 1". Retrieved May 12, 2011. 
  13. ^ Madman Entertainment New Zealand. "I Am Weasel - Vol 1". Retrieved July 6, 2011. 

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