Mike, Lu & Og

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Mike, Lu & Og
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Genre Comedy
Adventure
Created by
  • Mikhail Shindel
  • Mikhail Aldashin
  • Charles Swenson
Written by
  • Charles Swenson
  • Vera Duffy
  • Susan Sherman
  • Michael Ryan
  • Lance Khazei
  • Susan Meyers
  • Michael Karnow
Directed by
  • Alexander Guriev
  • Elena Rogova
  • Aleksandr Tatarsky
  • Mikhail Tumelia
  • Valery Konoplev
  • Slava Ushakov
  • Oleg Kuzovkov
  • Mikhail Aldashin (supervising director)
Voices of
Theme music composer Igor Yuzov
Oleg Bernov
Opening theme "Mike, Lu & Og", performed by The Red Elvises
Composer(s)
  • Songs: Igor Yuzov & Oleg Bernov (Season 1)
  • Vladimir Horunzhy (Season 2)
  • Scores: Vladimir Horunzhy
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 26 (whole)
52 (segments) (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Charles Swenson
Producer(s)
  • Artem Vasiliev
  • Igor Gelashvili
  • Vladimir Horunzhy
  • Mikhail Shindel (supervising producer)
Running time 22 minutes
Production company(s) Kinofilm[1]
Studio Pilot
Release
Original channel Cartoon Network
Original release November 12, 1999 (1999-11-12) – May 27, 2001 (2001-05-27)
Chronology
Related shows What a Cartoon![2]

Mike, Lu & Og is an American animated television series created by Mikhail Shindel, Mikhail Aldashin and Charles Swenson for Cartoon Network, and the seventh of the network's Cartoon Cartoons. The series follows a girl named Mike, a foreign exchange student from Manhattan; a self-appointed island princess named Lu; and a boy-genius named Og. The trio takes part in a variety of adventures as Mike and the island's natives share their customs with each other.

Twenty-six half-hour episodes were produced by Mikhail Shindel's Kinofilm Animation in Los Angeles and animated by Mikhail Aldashin at Studio Pilot in Russia, featuring two stories per episode. The series featured voice actors Nika Frost as Mike, Nancy Cartwright, (voice of Bart Simpson and other characters in The Simpsons) as Lu, and Dee Bradley Baker as Og. It began airing on Boomerang in May 2006 as reruns, though it is often removed from the schedule and put back on it on a frequent basis.

Plot[edit]

Mike applied as a foreign exchange student, and on a lark asked to be sent to a tropical island (which has the strange capability to briefly sink then and "pop up like a cork" every "few hundred years or so"). She found herself dumped on a forgotten, scantily mapped island populated by descendants of a British shipwreck. This island is called Albonquetine, named after one of their founders, Joshua Wendell Albonquetine. It may be based on the real-life Pitcairn Island. The castaways have "gone native" and are trying to behave like Polynesians, with varying degrees of success. Amongst other things, this explains Og's name and his fashion sense (or lack thereof).

Characters[edit]

From bottom to top: Mike, Lancelot, Lu, and Og
  • Mike (short for Michelanne)[3] (voiced by Nika Futterman) is an 11-year-old Manhattan-born girl who enjoys the features of the tropical island, but misses the life she had in New York and, as revealed in a particular instance, her school. Fortunately, Og is able to recreate many of the things that Mike misses most about the United States.
  • Lu (voiced by Nancy Cartwright), a 10-year-old self-proclaimed princess of the island, Og's cousin and Albert's niece is characterized by her loud and arrogant nature. She continually exploits Mike, Og, and her pet turtle, Lancelot. Og, being sagacious to a fault, frequently obliges to her will, even at the cost of her own well-being. Though she has a habit of tormenting everyone, she usually learns a lesson in humility by the end of each episode. Lu's unruly behavior is most likely a result of poor parenting on the part of her father, Wendell.
  • Og (voiced by Dee Bradley Baker), a 5-year-old[3] native of Albonquetine, Lu's cousin and Wendell's nephew, has a surprising predisposition to scientific theory and discovery. His inventions gone awry help develop the plots of many episodes. He is close friends with three animals; a pig named Pig (voiced by Kath Soucie), a goat named Goat (also voiced by Dee Bradley Baker), and a porcupine named Spiney (voiced by Carlos Alazraqui) who are capable of speech and well learned in philosophy. Together, they form the Philosophical Society, discussing such "great thinkers" as Nietzsche, matters of existentialism, and the relevance of time. Og enjoys experiencing new things. To name a few adventures, Og made a video game for himself in "A Boy's Game", performed nude in a fashion show in "Hot Couture" (possibly an homage to "The Emperor's New Clothes"), and made jujubombs in an episode of the same name.
  • Wendell (voiced by S. Scott Bullock) is Lu's father, and the Governor of the Island. He is wiry, weak-willed (as seen when he ate so many sweets that he returned into his former, "pre-workout" shape in the course of a few hours), and is seemingly unable to control his daughter or of delivering any sort of punishment to her. He is then apt to start crying. He has been the island's Governor for many years. This was misinterpreted by Mike, who thought he was an American-esque governor, which lead to an "election" on the island, not realising that the Islanders came to the island from England (and, as seen in the episode with "King Bob", they hold the "King of England" in great respect). He has a large collection of tea cosies, and speaks in a squeaky falsetto similar in style to Kenneth Williams, although whether this was intentional or not remains uncertain. His Wife is never seen or mentioned.
  • Alfred (voiced by Tom Kenny) is Og's father, and Margery's husband. He is eccentric and charismatic, and also has a noticeable speech impediment preventing him from pronouncing his Rs. He fancies himself to be the island's hunter, using suction-cup arrows to persistently hunt a single wombat. It appears that the island's inhabitants are vegetarian (though clams and chicken soup appear to be fair game), so one may wonder what happens if Alfred ever catches the wombat (Including Alfred himself).
  • Margery (voiced by Kath Soucie) is Og's mother and Alfred's wife, who fancies herself to be an artist and writer. Her arts including painting, sculpting, and cooking. The majority of Margery's artwork has to do with the island's ancestors. For this, she often seen working on a sculpture of several ancestors on the side of a mountain, reminiscent of Mount Rushmore. Every once in a while she will also be found painting food, and often found cooking it. Margery is the island's chef, preparing meals and tea for everyone on her side of the island, as well as preparing buffets and elaborate meals for special occasions. In writing, she is something of a historian. Throughout the series she is working on a book about the island's history titled "Cuzzlewits End". Margery is very level-headed compared to Alfred's eccentric behavior. An example of this is shown in "Scuba Dooby Doo" when Alfred valiantly offers to protect everyone from the mailman whereas Margery plans on serving tea and crumpets.
  • Old Queeks (voiced by Corey Burton) is the Island Elder and Medicine-Man whom the Islanders seek advice from. He is also seen to be able to perform a kind of magic, summoning dead spirits. He is often opposed to Mike's innovative ways, but sometimes gets caught up in the modern crazes to hit the island. Old Queeks claims to be psychic and he claims to "know all and see all". In one episode, Mike becomes suspicious of Queeks and decides to investigate him. She climbed up the opposite side of the mountain and found that Old Queeks was not psychic but that he spied on the Islanders through a telescope. Even after Mike informed the Islanders about Old Queeks' telescope, they still held onto their beliefs that he was psychic and communicated with a higher power(s). In some respects, this is truth enough. He can see all with a telescope, and he did bring ghosts to the island to plague Mike for annoying him. He lives alone on the top of a mountain in a cave, and enjoys using "bat products" (i.e.: products made with bat guano). This includes everything from toothpaste to snacks.
  • Lancelot is Lu's long-suffering pet land turtle. She dresses her up in gaudy outfits, forces her to perform weird and dangerous stunts, and often makes her carry Lu on her back. For this reason, Lancelot is always running away from Lu, which is why she keeps her on a leash. Despite this abuse, Lancelot tends to be the savior of Mike and the Islanders (especially Lu) when they're in trouble. Like the other animals on the island, Lancelot tends to exercise more common sense than the humans. Unlike the members of the Philosophical Society, she does not speak (except for a "squeaky" type scream when Lancelot's in danger or a snickering laugh and in "Night of the Living Relatives" where she shouted "BOO" to scare the daylights out of Lu). According to a Cartoon Cartoons book from 2001, Lancelot is female, though many times in the series Lancelot is referred to as a male by other characters.[citation needed]
  • Three pirates living nearby are descended from the pirates who caused the Brits to be shipwrecked in the first place, but were then shipwrecked themselves. Their leader is a captain with two wooden legs and two eye patches. Despite these handicaps he seems to get around without any problems. The pirates sometimes attempt to catch and eat Lancelot, but are always foiled by the three children. In one episode Mike invited the pirates to a Thanksgiving type feast but with only one catch, that the three Pirates had to dress up as Mike's (girl)friends visiting from Manhattan without causing concern with the others (with the exception of Lancelot who saw through their disguises). Their captain is known to force his men to put on blindfolds, so he can sneak into his treasury and put a rabbit puppet named Bunny on his hand, engaging in conversations with it, speaking for it in a squeaky voice. In its first appearance, its mouth moved as the captain spoke. In its following appearance, the mouth stayed still.
  • The Cuzzlewits, the other inhabitants of the island (whose very existence Lu eagerly denies), live on the other side of the island. Although they are shown to live in caves, one of their number, Hermione (voiced by Grey DeLisle), a Cuzzlewit girl, is seen to be an extremely experienced thinker. She is accompanied by two Cuzzlewit boys, twin brothers Haggis and Baggis (voiced by Brian George and S. Scott Bullock, respectively), who constantly batter each other with clubs and appear to be dimwitted and rowdy. In the only episode taking place on the Cuzzlewits' side of the island, "Queeks, Queeks Who Got the Queeks?", they are revealed to have a much larger population than the Albonquetanians. The elders of the Cuzzlewits and the Albonquetanians do not get along, hence their separation. This leads to a practical question: what do the Cuzzlewits call the island? Despite the adults' squabbles, Mike and Hermione become friends in "The Three Amigas". The Cuzzlewits are shown to all have the same genetic characteristics – an underbite which causes their lower central incisors to be bucked teeth.

Episode list[edit]

This is a list of episodes from the animated series Mike, Lu & Og. The show ran for two seasons consisting of 26 episodes.

Pilot[edit]

No. in
series
Title Written by Storyboarded by Original air date
0 "Crash Lancelot" Charles Swenson Mikhail Aldashin November 7, 1998[4]
Mike gets Og to build her a car to drive across the island. Lu gets a fancier model powered by a nuclear device that quickly goes out of control.
Note: The pilot was originally aired as part of The What a Cartoon Show.

Season 1 (1999–00)[edit]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Storyboarded by Original air date Prod.
code
1a 1a "Sultans of Swat" Valery Konoplev
and Slava Ushakov
Charles Swenson Slava Ushakov, Valery Konoplev,
and Oleg Kuzovkov
November 12, 1999[5] 101a
Mike introduces baseball to the island.
1b 1b "Tea for Three" Elena Rogova Charles Swenson Elena Rogova November 12, 1999[5] 101b
The last teacup from the Good Ship Betty Anne goes missing. Mike tries to find out who stole it.
2a 2a "The Tube" Alexander Tatarsky Charles Swenson Eduard Kiritch, Natalia Chernishova,
and Artur Kraus
November 19, 1999 102a
Og builds a television.
2b 2b "Roller Madness" Mikhail Tumelia Charles Swenson Vasiko Bedoshvili and Mikhail Tumelia November 19, 1999 102b
Mike introduces everyone to rollerskates.
3a 3a "Losing Lancelot" Valery Konoplev
and Slava Ushakov
Charles Swenson Slava Ushakov and Valery Konoplev November 26, 1999 103a
Lancelot risks life and limb to get away from Lu.
3b 3b "Buzz Cut" Alexander Guriev Charles Swenson Sergey Merinov, Alexander Guriev,
and Natalia Chernishova
November 26, 1999 103b
Og builds a helicopter.
4a 4a "Elephant Walk" Alexander Tatarsky Charles Swenson Eduard Kiritch, Vasiko Bedoshvili,
and Andrey Sokolov
December 3, 1999 104a
Lu wants to ride an elephant while Mike and Og creates a elephant wash.
4b 4b "Palm Pet" Mikhail Tumelia Charles Swenson
and Vera Duffy
Vasiko Bedoshvili, Artur Kraus,
Andrey Sokolov, and Mikhail Tumelia
December 3, 1999 104b
Feeling lonely, Mike befriends a young palm tree.
5a 5a "Yo, Ho, Who?" Elena Rogova Charles Swenson Elena Rogova December 10, 1999[5] 105a
The trio visit a pirate-infested island called The Barnacle.
5b 5b "A Boy's Game" Alexander Guriev Charles Swenson
and Vera Duffy
Sergey Merinov, Alexander Guriev,
and Natalia Chernishova
December 10, 1999[5] 105b
Og creates a gaming platform that bears a striking resemblance to a Game Boy.
6a 6a "Whole Lotta Shakin'" Mikhail Tumelia Charles Swenson, Michael
Karnow, and Lance Khazei
Vasiko Bedoshvili, Artur Kraus,
and Mikhail Tumelia
December 17, 1999[5] 106a
The Albonquetanians are thrilled about the volcanic activity while Mike and Lancelot express their fear.
6b 6b "The Mother of All Marathons" Alexander Tatarsky Charles Swenson and
Michael Karnow
Andrey Sokolov December 17, 1999[5] 106b
The Albonquetanians organize a marathon.
7a 7a "Hot Couture" Alexander Guriev Charles Swenson Sergey Merinov, Alexander Guriev,
and Natalia Chernishova
January 7, 2000 107a
In search of a new wardrobe, Mike hosts a fashion show.
7b 7b "Opposites Attack" Mikhail Tumelia Charles Swenson Vasiko Bedoshvili and Mikhail Tumelia January 7, 2000 107b
Og misses a Philosophical Society meeting while performing chores for his family and creates a army of rampaging robots that terrorizes the island after he stresses out with the work burden.
8a 8a "Scopin' It Out" Alexander Tatarsky Charles Swenson
and Vera Duffy
Eduard Kiritch and Andrey Sokolov January 14, 2000 108a
Old Queeks convinces everyone that he's psychic after finding a missing Lancelot, but Mike is skeptical about his claims.
8b 8b "The Good Ship Bad" Mikhail Aldashin and
Alexander Guriev
Charles Swenson Sergey Merinov, Alexander Guriev,
and Natalia Chernishova
January 14, 2000 108b
The trio explore an old pirate ship.
9a 9a "High Rise" Alexander Guriev Charles Swenson Sergey Merinov, Alexander Guriev,
and Natalia Chernishova
January 21, 2000 109a
Mike introduces everyone to the idea of an apartment building.
9b 9b "The Great Snipe Hunt" Alexander Tatarsky Charles Swenson, Susan
Meyers, and Lance Khazei
Eduard Kiritch and Andrey Sokolov January 21, 2000 109b
It's Og's seventh birthday, but very little goes his way including a hunting trip with Alfred that goes horribly wrong with his animal friends thinking Og has turned into a cold-blooded killer.
10a 10a "Jujubombs" Elena Rogova Charles Swenson, Susan
Meyers, and Lance Khazei
Elena Rogova January 28, 2000 110a
Og makes jujubombs for Mike and Lu becomes addicted.
10b 10b "Turtle Stew" Mikhail Tumelia Charles Swenson Vasiko Bedoshvili and Mikhail Tumelia January 28, 2000 110b
The pirates try to turn Lancelot into dinner.
11a 11a "A Bicycle Built for Me" Alexander Guriev Charles Swenson
and Susan Meyers
Sergey Merinov April 14, 2000 111a
Og builds a 27 speed bicycle for Mike and Lu wants it all for herself.
11b 11b "Crowded House" Elena Rogova Charles Swenson and
Michael Karnow
Elena Rogova April 14, 2000 111b
Mike gets Og to build a searchlight to attract a cruise ship filled with tourists, who prove to be nothing but trouble.
12a 12a "Nobody's Nose" Valery Konoplev Charles Swenson
and Susan Meyers
Valery Konoplev November 24, 2000[6] 112a
Mike is chosen to be The Nose for a springtime ritual.
12b 12b "Scuba Doobie Doo" Oleg Kuzovkov Charles Swenson
and Vera Duffy
Oleg Kuzovkov November 24, 2000[7] 112b
Everyone prepares for a visit from the flying mailman while Lu prepares for war against the "invader".
13a 13a "High Camp" Elena Rogova Charles Swenson Elena Rogova 2000 (2000) 113a
Og sets off to find a blue swallowtail butterfly and inadvertently invites Mike and Lu, while Lu tries to scare the daylights out of Mike and Og with the legend of the Wooly Mountain Elephant.
13b 13b "Sneeze, Please" Slava Ushakov Charles Swenson, Vera Duffy,
and Lance Khazei
Slava Ushakov 2000 (2000) 113b
Mike catches a cold after getting doused by ice water and Lu spreads it hoping it will get Mike off the island for good.

Season 2 (2001)[edit]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Storyboarded by Original air date Prod.
code
14a 1a "A Learning Experience" Elena Rogova Charles Swenson Elena Rogova January 7, 2001 201a
Mike attends her first day of school on the island and meets the Cuzzlewits.
14b 1b "We the People" Alexander Guriev Susan Sherman
Susan Sherman and Mikhail Shindel (story)
Sergey Merinov and
Alexander Guriev
January 7, 2001 201b
Mike and Wendell compete for the position of governor.
15a 2a "Money" Alexander Tatarsky Michael Ryan
Michael Ryan and Vera Duffy (story)
Eduard Kiritch and
Andrey Sokolov
January 14, 2001 202a
The Albonquetanians trade in clams and pigs for modern currency.
15b 2b "Repeat After Me" Mikhail Tumelia Susan Sherman Vasiko Bedoshvili
and Mikhail Tumelia
January 14, 2001 202b
Wendell's bird, Skipper, gets Mike into a lot of trouble.
16a 3a "Thanks, but No Thanks" Valery Konoplev Charles Swenson and Susan Sherman
Charles Swenson and Mikhail Shinden (story)
Valery Konoplev January 21, 2001 203a
The pirates are starving, so Mike invites them over for an "All Foodstuff's Eve" dinner but under the condition that the Pirates dress as Mike's friends visiting from Manhattan.
16b 3b "Hot Dog" Oleg Kuzovkov Vera Duffy Oleg Kuzovkov January 21, 2001 203b
Mike is sick of eating coconut-based meals, so Og creates a hotdog machine. Since everyone is more or less vegetarian, and the ingredients of the hotdog are vague, Og improvises causing a near riot with everybody who goes into a hot dog eating craze.
17a 4a "That Sinking Feeling" Elena Rogova Michael Ryan
Michael Ryan and Vera Duffy (story)
Elena Rogova February 4, 2001 204a
Wendell warns everyone that the island is sinking.
17b 4b "Founder's Day" Alexander Guriev Susan Sherman Sergey Merinov and
Alexander Guriev
February 4, 2001 204b
The Albonquetanians celebrate the founding of their island with a musical play.
18a 5a "Giant Steps" Slava Ushakov Michael Ryan Slava Ushakov February 18, 2001 205a
Mike and Lancelot must collect a piece of shell from the waga-waga bird, a piece of web from the geyser spider, and the eyetooth of the black shark to prevent a "Giant" from invading the island.
18b 5b "Night of the Living Ancestors" Alexander Tatarsky Charles Swenson Eduard Kiritch and
Vasiko Bedoshvili
February 18, 2001 205b
Queeks, who was in a very angry mood, attempts to curse Mike, by bringing the island's ancestors back from the dead. Instead they take a liking to Mike and cause misery to the others on the island.
19a 6a "For the Love of Mike" Mikhail Tumelia Vera Duffy, and Susan Sherman (story) Andrey Sokolov and
Mikhail Tumelia
March 4, 2001 206a
Haggis and Baggis declare their undying love for Mike.
19b 6b "Sparks" Alexander Guriev Michael Ryan, and Mikhail Shindel (story) Sergey Merinov and
Alexander Guriev
March 4, 2001 206b
Mike is having trouble sleeping through all the darkness, so Og invents the lightbulb.
20a 7a "Brave Sir Lancelot" Elena Rogova Susan Sherman Elena Rogova April 29, 2001 207a
Lancelot becomes covered in gold paint and worshipped by a tribe of land turtles.
20b 7b "The Big Game" Alexander Tatarsky Charles Swenson
Charles Swenson and Michael Ryan (story)
Eduard Kiritch and
Vasiko Bedoshvili
April 29, 2001 207b
Mike attempts to train a elephant named Abelard who has no confidence in himself in order to beat Lu and her elephant in a game of croquet/Polo for the Lady Smythe Trophy.
21a 8a "Flustering Footwear Flotsam" Mikhail Tumelia Vera Duffy, and Michael Ryan (story) Andrey Sokolov and
Mikhail Tumelia
May 6, 2001 208a
A intermodal container with a cargo-load of shoes wash up on the island and everyone goes crazy over them, while they just drive Queeks and Mike crazy.
21b 8b "Fathers and Pies" Alexander Guriev Susan Sherman Sergey Merinov and
Alexander Guriev
May 6, 2001 208b
After a freak accident in Og's workshop, Margery and Alfred believe that Og's been turned into a pie.
22a 9a "Queeks, Queeks, Who's
Got the Queeks?"
Alexander Tatarsky Michael Ryan Eduard Kiritch and
Vasiko Bedoshvili
May 6, 2001 209a
The Cuzzlewits kidnap Queeks and Mike sets off to rescue him.
22b 9b "Alfred, Lord of the Jungle" Elena Rogova and
Alexander Guriev
Vera Duffy Elena Rogova May 6, 2001 209b
A stereotypical North American documenter shows up on the island to film a documentary and winds up filming an action film starring Alfred.
23a 10a "The King of Curtains" Mikhail Tumelia Susan Sherman Andrey Sokolov and
Mikhail Tumelia
May 20, 2001 210a
Lancelot and the Islanders finds an old message in a bottle thinking it was from the king of England. But a salesman named Bob Johnson, King of Curtains, arrives on the island to sell curtains instead.
23b 10b "Margery the Duck" Alexander Guriev Susan Sherman Sergey Merinov and
Alexander Guriev
May 20, 2001 210b
Og's experiment accidentally hypnotizes Margery into thinking she's a duck.
24a 11a "A Freudian Split" Valery Konoplev Charles Swenson
Mikhail Shindel and Susan Sherman (story)
Valery Konoplev May 20, 2001 211a
Pig and Goat argue about peanut better and jelly and Og gets caught in the middle. While Mike suggest that they should have a debate and winds up as a free-for-all brawl.
24b 11b "Fitness Fever" Slava Ushakov Michael Ryan, and Mikhail Shindel (story) Slava Ushakov May 20, 2001 211b
Wendell despairs over his weight gain and Mike offers to help him lose it. Wendell also coins the term "Albonquetanian" in this episode.
25a 12a "The Hunter and the Hunted" Elena Rogova Susan Sherman Elena Rogova May 27, 2001 212a
Alfred nails the wombat on the wombat's birthday and upsets him by doing a victory taunt. The wombat retaliates, discouraging Alfred from hunting. And Mike acts like a envoy to have the two make up.
25b 12b "To Serve Lu" Alexander Tatarsky Michael Ryan Vasiko Bedoshvili
and Eduard Kiritch
May 27, 2001 212b
Mike becomes Lu's slave when Lu tricks her into giving up her Action Guy comic book after losing a bet. Lancelot is off the hook, but feels guilty for it and tells Mike thru pantomime of how Lu rigged the game to her favor.
26a 13a "The Three Amigas" Alexander Guriev Vera Duffy
Vera Duffy and Susan Sherman (story)
Sergey Merinov and
Alexander Guriev
May 27, 2001 213a
Lu is jealous of Mike and Hermione's newfound friendship and tries to ruin it.
26b 13b "Sleeping Ugly" Mikhail Tumelia Charles Swenson Andrey Sokolov and
Mikhail Tumelia
May 27, 2001 213b
Miss Hortense the Sleeping Ugly Hag is accidentally awakened by Queeks' kiss causing total misery for Queeks. Series Finale

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