Police Academy (TV series)

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For the live-action series, see Police Academy: The Series.
Police Academy: The Series
Police Academy Animated.jpg
Police Academy: The Series title card
Genre Animated comedy
Theme music composer Scott Thomas Canfield
Opening theme "They Wear the Blue" by Scott Thomas Canfield, performed by The Fat Boys
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 65
Production
Producer(s) Ruby-Spears Productions, Warner Bros. Television
Running time 30 minutes
Distributor Warner Bros. Television Distribution
Broadcast
Original channel First-run syndication (U.S.)
Italia 1 (Italy)
TV Tokyo (1992-1993), Animax (2002), TV Asahi (1993-1999) (Japan)
Sat.1 (German)
Original run September 10, 1988 – September 2, 1989

Police Academy: The Series, also known as Police Academy: The Animated Series, is a 1988 American animated television series based on the Police Academy series of films. The show was produced by Ruby-Spears Productions for Warner Bros. Television. It aired weekdays and lasted two seasons for a total of 65 episodes.

Some episodes feature a crime boss named Kingpin. His keen intelligence, girth, and stature are very similar to the Marvel Comics character of the same name. Other new characters were added to the show as well. Among them were a group of talking police dogs called the Canine Corps. They were made up of Samson (the bulldog leader), Lobo (the noble yet clumsy husky), Bonehead (the dimwitted giant St. Bernard), Chilipepper (the excitable chihuahua), and Schitzy (the only female golden retriever with an identity crisis). The theme song is performed by the Fat Boys who also make an appearance in two episodes as House's Friends: Big Boss, Cool and Mark.

While the character of Carey Mahoney did appear in the show, he did not appear in either Police Academy 5: Assignment Miami Beach, Police Academy 6: City Under Siege, and Police Academy: Mission to Moscow.

Synopsis[edit]

The animated series takes place chronologically between the fourth and fifth films of the series of films.

Twelve characters are re-created for this animated version, including a team of Academy graduates led by Carey Mahoney, a likeable rogue bachelor boy, who unconsciously—and consistently—does his best to make life miserable for Captain Harris and his knucklehead assistant Sgt. Proctor.

Mahoney's friends include the aptly named Moses Hightower, walking sound effects machine Larvell Jones, trigger-happy Eugene Tackleberry, sweet and timid Laverne Hooks, tough-as-nails Debbie Callahan, larger-than-life House, and the bread-&-butter duo of reformed gang member Zed McGlunk and his best buddy, Carl Sweetchuck.

Eric Lassard is the highly respected (albeit dreamy) Commandant, and Academy newcomer The Professor is also on hand, and also the cadets new friends, the K-9 Corps, a group of police dogs, and stocking our crime-fighting heroes with an endless supply of wacky gadgets as they combat a motley crew of Kingpin and other recurring villains such as Numbskull, The Claw, Mr. Sleaze, Lockjaw, and Amazona.

Production[edit]

The season 2 episode, Kingpin's Council of Crime, was produced and aired in European countries, but did not air in the United States.

Characters[edit]

  • Carey Mahoney – The most clever among the cadets. Mahoney is always ready to lend a hand to his companions. He is the patrol partner of Larvell Jones.
  • Larvell Jones – Mahoney's usual sidekick. He's a martial arts master, but his main talent is beatboxing – he is able to make every kind of noise (sirens, gunfire, helicopters, etc. ...).
  • Carl Sweetchuck – Sweetchuck is the most cowardly of the group. He is very accident prone and oblivious to the harm caused by his clumsiness. His patrol partner is Zed.
  • Zed McGlunk – Zed is the messy and unkempt member of the group. Zed usually drags his partner along in his wily and erratic pursuits.
  • Moses Hightower – Hightower is known for his great size and physical strength. His stature often comes into play when the characters find themselves in situations in which bars must be bent or walls need to smashed through. He is patrol partners with Laverne Hooks.
  • Laverne Hooks – Hooks is small, soft-spoken, and passive. However, she has shown herself capable of being extremely forceful and loud in situations in which she is provoked.
  • Thomas "House" Conklin – "House" is known for his large frame and his congenial nature. He is always hungry and proves himself to be cowardly. He patrols with Sweetchuck and Zed and often accompanies them in their escapades.
  • Eugene Tackleberry – Characterized by a pronounced jaw almost always wears glasses and helmet, is a weapons fanatic; has a weakness for his fellow patrol Callahan. Often uses the armored car of the police which he usually wrecks. Often uses a bazooka.
  • Debbie Callahan is the statuesque beauty of the group who is tough-as-nails and has a beautiful singing voice.
  • Capt. Thaddeus Harris – Always carries a walking stick and is almost always in the company of his sidekick Proctor. Often tries to humiliate the officers in order to gain a promotion.
  • Proctor is Capt. Harris' idiotic lieutenant.
  • Com. Eric Lassard – is the easygoing, idealistic commandant.
  • Professor – He is the inventor of numerous devices.
  • K-9 corps – They are trained dogs. They can talk, but only to themselves and other animals.

Other characters[edit]

Villains (criminals)[edit]

  • Kingpin – He is the largest of all the bandits of various episodes of the series, and together makes a great ceremony to the Council of Crime.
  • Weasel and Meat
  • Numbskull
  • Mr. Sleaze
  • Claw
  • Phoenix Amazona
  • Lockjaw
  • The Clown Gang
  • The Phantom
  • The London Bridge Gang
  • The Phantom of the Opera
  • George and Lenny
  • Seedy McLeech
  • Mr. Crameneil
  • The Highway Robbers (Auntie Bertha and Cousins Ed and Ned)
  • Madame Zelda and the Land Pirates
  • Krantz
  • The Magnificent Mystopholes
  • Dr. Kamaleon
  • Mr. Bimmelman
  • Flung Hi
  • The Hang Ten Gang
  • Mr. Glitch and Cratchit
  • Waxen Wayne
  • Barracuda and his Diamond Gang
  • Muggsy
  • King Neptune
  • Ace, Queen of Hearths and Chester
  • Dr. Mackle, Miss Bomb and Marsupialman
  • Falcon
  • Big Sal
  • Fox
  • Mr. Watkips and Watso
  • Lady Tina and Smalto
  • Skull Ned and the Rock Gang
  • Sheikh and the Guards
  • The Incredible Shandar
  • Maxine
  • Krutz and his gang
  • The Mexican Gang
  • Slik and his gang
  • Pop Corn and Family
  • Bad Knight and his Throttle Gang
  • The Twin Humongo
  • Professor Pilpers/Bates
  • Jaguar
  • Mr. Shee, Pork, Squitty and Fufy the crocodile
  • Big Burger
  • Mr. Ego and Charles
  • Prof. Pherril and Pack
  • Dr. Deadstone
  • The Hillbilly Sheriff and Jack
  • Noxo
  • The Junkman John Lurid and Freker
  • Mob Balsom
  • Old Clyde Barrow, Bonnie and Butch
  • Lidya and Pongo
  • Schubert Von Schuters
  • Robin Good
  • Tex and Mulgrew

Episodes[edit]

Season 1[edit]

  1. The Good, The Bad & The Bogus
  2. Puttin' On The Dogs
  3. Phantom of the Precinct
  4. Cops & Robots
  5. Police Academy Blues
  6. A Blue Knight At The Opera
  7. Worth Her Weight In Gold
  8. For Whom The Wedding Bells Toll
  9. Westward Ho Hooks
  10. My Mummy Lies Over The Ocean
  11. Numbskull's Revenge
  12. Proctor, Call A Doctor!
  13. Little Zed & Big Bertha
  14. Curses On You!
  15. Lights, Action, Coppers!
  16. Camp Academy
  17. The Tell Tale Tooth
  18. Mr. Sleaze Versus Lockjaw
  19. Spaced Out Space Cadets
  20. Sweetchuck's Brother
  21. Karate Cop
  22. The Hang Ten Gang
  23. Nine Cops And A Baby
  24. Fish & Microchips
  25. Precinct of Wax
  26. Cop Scouts

Season 2[edit]

  1. Professor Jekyll And Gangster Hyde
  2. Operation Big House
  3. Kingpin's Council Of Crime
  4. Ship Of Jewels
  5. Zillion Dollar Zed
  6. The Comic Book Caper
  7. The Monkey Trial
  8. Rolling For Dollars
  9. K-9 Corps And The Peking Pooch
  10. Santa With A Badge
  11. Suitable For Framing
  12. Rock Around The Cops
  13. Prince And The Copper
  14. Now You Steal It, Now You Don't
  15. Mad Maxine
  16. Trading Disgraces
  17. Champ
  18. Wheels of Fortune
  19. The Wolf Who Cried Boy
  20. Snow Job
  21. A Bad Knight For Tackleberry
  22. Supercop Sweetchuck
  23. Deja Voodoo
  24. Flights Of The Bumbling Blues
  25. Big Burger
  26. Fat City
  27. Elementary, My Dear Coppers!
  28. Dr. Deadstone, I Presume
  29. The Hillbilly Blues
  30. Survival Of The Fattest
  31. The Junkman Ransoms The Ozone
  32. Grads On Tour
  33. Like Coppers, Like Son
  34. Ten Little Cops
  35. Big Top Cops
  36. Alpine K-9s
  37. The Legend Of Robin Good
  38. Hawaii Nine-0
  39. Thieves Like Us

Voice cast[edit]

  • Ron Rubin as Carey Mahoney
  • Dan Hennessey as Zed McGlunk and Eugene 'Tack' Tackleberry
  • Howard Morris as Carl Sweetchuck and the Professor
  • Greg Morton as Larvell Jones and Moses Hightower
  • Len Carlson as Captain Thaddeus Harris
  • Don Francks as Thomas 'House' Conklin and Proctor
  • Denise Pidgeon as Debbie Callahan and Laverne Hooks
  • Tedd Dillon as Commandant Eric Lassard
  • Rex Hagon as Mauser
  • Noam Zylberman as Bobby and Bill
  • Suzette Myers as Anchor
  • Frank Welker as additional voices
  • Anthony Correa as additional voices
  • R. Nelson Brown as Elwin Bixby and additional voices
  • Dorian Joe Clark as additional voices
  • Charles W. Gray as additional voices
  • Gary Crawford as additional voices
  • Greg Swanson as additional voices
  • Elizabeth Hanna as additional voices
  • Catherine Gallant as additional voices

Other media[edit]

Home video releases[edit]

VHS[edit]

Police Academy was released through chronological volumes on VHS. At least 6 volumes were released, each including two episodes:

  • The Good, The Bad & The Bogus + Cops & Robots
  • Phantom of the Precinct + My Mummy Lies Over The Ocean
  • Worth Her Weight Gold + Westward Ho Hooks
  • Numbskull's Revenge + Mr. Sleaze Versus Lockjaw
  • Proctor, Call A Doctor + Puttin'On The Dogs
  • Little Zed & Big Bertha + Lights, Action Coppers!

DVD[edit]

On December 11, 2012, Warner Archive released Police Academy: The Animated Series- Volume 1 with 30 episodes on DVD in region 1 as part of their Hanna–Barbera Classics Collection. This is a Manufacture-on-Demand (MOD) release, available exclusively through Warner's online store and Amazon.com.[1] Will release Police Academy: The Animated Series- Volume 2 with 34 episodes.

Action figures[edit]

Kenner produced a line of Police Academy action figures based on the animated series. Each features multiple points of articulation and comical accessories. Two accessories, included with Claw and Eugene Tackleberry, would be reused for the Joker figures in Kenner's Dark Knight Collection.[2] Five of the vehicles and playsets planned were left unproduced; however, the Copper Corner playset would later be released through the Argentinian company Josca.[3]

Series 1 (1988)[edit]

  • Carey Mahoney and Samson Dog
  • Claw with Mouser Cat
  • Eugene Tackleberry with Armed Flak Vest
  • Larvell Jones and Bullhorn
  • Moses Hightower and Meter Reader Scooter
  • Mr. Sleaze with Fodo Dog
  • Numbskull with Smashing Helmets
  • Zed and Police Skateboard

Series 2 (1988)[edit]

  • Captain Harris (mail-away)
  • S.W.A.T. Eugene Tackleberry with Fistzooka
  • Flung Hi with Crazy Karate Gear
  • Kingpin with Thief-Trap Safe
  • Karate Larvell Jones

Special Assignment Rookies (1989)[edit]

  • Undercover Carey Mahoney
  • Snack Attack House with Hoagie Blaster
  • Stakeout Sweetchuck (mail-away)
  • Sky Glidin' Zed with Hang Glider

Vehicles and playsets (1988)[edit]

  • Crazy Cruiser
  • Crash Cycle
  • Precinct Police Station
  • Copper Corner (released through Josco)

Comic Books[edit]

Based on the cartoon series, Marvel comics released a short-lived comic book series under its "Star Comics" imprint.

Outsourced Production Work[edit]

References[edit]

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