Teen Wolf (1986 TV series)

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Teen Wolf
Teen Wolf (1986 TV series).jpg
Also known as The Cartoon Adventures of Teen Wolf
Genre Adventure
Animation
Written by Linda Woolverton
Rowby Goren
Gordon Kent
Michael Reaves
Bruce Reid Schaefer
Directed by Gordon Kent
Creative director(s) Chris Cuddington
Voices of Townsend Coleman
James Hampton
Don Most
June Foray
Stacy Keach, Sr.
Theme music composer Opening Theme:
John Lewis Parker
Barry Mann
Closing Theme:
Ashley Hall
Stephanie Tyrell
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 21
Production
Executive producer(s) Jonathan Dana
Buzz Potamkin
Producer(s) Gordon Kent
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) Southern Star Productions
Clubhouse Pictures
Distributor MGM Television
Broadcast
Original channel CBS
Original run September 13, 1986 (1986-09-13) – November 7, 1987 (1987-11-07)
Chronology
Preceded by Teen Wolf
Related shows Teen Wolf
Teen Wolf Too

Teen Wolf, known as The Cartoon Adventures of Teen Wolf in the United Kingdom, is an animated American television series broadcast from 1986 to 1987 that was produced by Southern Star Productions in association with Clubhouse Pictures. It was based on the 1985 live-action film, Teen Wolf.[1]

Summary[edit]

The series is about a teenage boy and his family who can transform into werewolves, focusing on themes of coming of age and fitting in. While generally keeping true to the main ideas, this version made some changes from the film.

Scott Howard and his family live in the fictional town of Wolverton, a small town that draws tourists because of its history of werewolf sightings. Unlike the film, Scott's status as a werewolf is a secret.

Despite the youth audience, the cartoon series delivered very powerful critiques of disability-as-civil rights. Freely invoking an asthma attack or seizure, the series centered on how Scott felt "weird" immediately before and during his werewolf transformation.

Although he never hurt anybody while he was a werewolf, Scott was conscious of his difference from other teenagers and had to make accommodations for himself. He also expressed frustration that the residents of this town had stereotyped "his people". A jock named Mick constantly picks on Scott for being the "outsider" at Wolverton High.

Characters[edit]

From left to right: Boof, Scott, Harold (above), Lupe (below) and Grandpa Howard.

Scott Howard[edit]

The main character, Scott, is constantly chasing after local cheerleader and popular girl Pam, while being thwarted by Pam's boyfriend Mick McAllister, a mean jock. Scott spends much of his time worrying about social acceptance and the possibility of people finding out he's a werewolf. Townsend Coleman provided Scott Howard's voice.

Harold Howard[edit]

Scott's father Harold is a laid-back hardware store owner, generally uninterested in the social problems of his son. He seldom transforms. As in the film, he is a single father. Voiced by James Hampton. He was the only actor that reprised his role from the live-action film.

Lupe Howard[edit]

Scott's younger sister is one of the new characters added for the cartoon. She is not old enough to know whether she is a werewolf or not, but she desperately wants to be one. In one episode, she is able to transform because of a magic spell, but since the spell turns anyone into a werewolf temporarily, she still does not know her true status. She started to grow fangs.

Grandpa Howard[edit]

Scott's grandfather is an immigrant from Transylvania. He spends most of his time in his werewolf form, only assuming a completely human appearance when he must. He is a constant source of embarrassment to Scott, because he is always running around on all fours, chasing cats, and getting into trouble with the neighbours. Voiced by Stacy Keach, Sr.

Grandma Howard[edit]

Scott's grandmother is also from Transylvania and, like Grandpa, she stays in werewolf form most of the time. She is not as embarrassing to Scott because she is better behaved than Grandpa. She becomes Scott's ally in his attempts to keep Grandpa's behavior under control. She is sometimes represented as a fortune teller similar to a stereotypical Gypsy, and has sometimes performed other magic, such as brewing potions, making her seem similar to a witch in some ways. She is voiced by June Foray.

Rupert "Stiles" Stilinski[edit]

Stiles is Scott's best friend, in on the werewolf secret. He is supportive but often gets under-appreciated in Scott's quest to be "in" with the cool crowd. Like Lupe, he wishes to be a werewolf and is upset that Scott doesn't appreciate the "gift". Voiced by Don Most.

Lisa "Boof" Marconi[edit]

Lisa "Boof" Marconi is a friend of Scott's, and is also in on his family's werewolf secret alongside Stiles. She is romantically interested in him, but he seems oblivious of this, chasing after Pam instead. Voiced by Jeannie Elias.

Pamela Wells[edit]

The most popular girl in Wolverton High and serving as a cheerleader, Pamela is Scott's romantic interest. She is the girlfriend of Mick McCallister, who sometimes thwarts Scott and picks on him for being an outsider. Pam is unaware that Scott is a werewolf like his family before him, like everybody in Wolverton who doesn't know the Howard family's secret.

Mick McAllister[edit]

A mean jock at Wolverton High, Mick McAllister is the boyfriend of Pamela Wells who thwarts Scott and picks on him for being an outsider in Wolverton. Mick, like Pam and everybody else in town, is unaware that Scott and his family are werewolves. Voiced by Craig Sheffer.

Mrs. Seslick[edit]

Mrs. Seslick is the Howard family's nosy neighbor who is always a step away from figuring out the family's secret and outing them to the community. She is voiced by June Foray.

Episodes[edit]

Season 1
No. Title Original air date Production code
1 "Teen Wolf's Family Secret" 1986-09-13 01
2 "The Werewolf Buster" 1986-09-20 02
3 "Shopworn Wolf" 1986-09-27 03
4 "The Beast Within" 1986-10-04 04
5 "Up a Family Tree" 1986-10-11 05
6 "Grandpa's In the Doghouse" 1986-10-18 06
7 "Wolf Pride" 1986-10-25 07
8 "Wolf of My Dreams" 1986-11-01 08
9 "Leader of the Pack" 1986-11-08 09
10 "The Curse of the Red Paw" 1986-11-15 10
11 "The All-American Werewolf" 1986-11-22 11
12 "Under My Spell" 1986-11-29 12
13 "Teen Wolf Punks Out" 1986-12-06 13
Season 2
No. Title Original air date Production code
1 "Teen Wolf's Curse" 1987-09-19 14
2 "It's No Picnic Being Teen Wolf" 1987-09-26 15
3 "Toot Toot Tut Tut and All That Rot" 1987-10-03 16
4 "Down on the Farm" 1987-10-10 17
5 "Diary of a Mad Werewolf" 1987-10-17 18
6 "Teen Wolf Come Home" 1987-10-24 19
7 "Scott and the Howlers" 1987-10-31 20
8 "Howlin' Cousins" 1987-11-07 21

Changes from the movie[edit]

The town, named "Beacontown" in the movie, is now called "Wolverton" in the series.

Scott's supernatural status, which was common knowledge to the public in the movie, is known only to his family, Stiles, and Boof in the series.

Scott's grandparents and a younger sister named Lupe, absent in the movie, live with them in the cartoon. In the movie Scott is an only child.

Harold sported grey fur while transformed in the movie, however he is dark-furred in the series.

Mick, who attended a rival high school at age 21 (due to a short prison stay) in the movie, is 18 in the series and attends Wolverton High with the other teens. He is a jock.

Pam is a light blond in the movie. In the cartoon, she is a dark blonde who is a cheerleader for Wolverton High.

Cast[edit]

History[edit]

Although the cartoon series ran for three years, the third year was entirely reruns. The live action television show Big Wolf on Campus exhibited many characteristics inspired by the Teen Wolf cartoon, more than the Teen Wolf movie. The main character dressed in similar clothing to the cartoon Scott Howard, the "wolfman" design was nearly identical, and the quests to hide the secret and fit in at high school are presented more like in the cartoon.

Seasons[edit]

  Season Episodes Originally aired Notes
Season premiere Season finale
1 13 1986-09-13 1986-12-06
2 8 1987-09-19 1987-11-07
3 This season is composed solely of repeats

Home media[edit]

Video releases[edit]

United Kingdom[edit]

Release name
Release date
Classifaction
Publisher
Format
Language Subtitles Notes
REF
Teen Wolf - Teen Wolf's Curse/ Howlin' Cousins Unknown U Video Gems PAL English None [2]

United States[edit]

Release name
Release date
Classifaction
Publisher
Format
Language Subtitles Notes
REF
Teen Wolf: All American Werewolf 1 January 1998 Unknown Avid Home Entrainment NTSC English None containing two episodes [3]
Teen Wolf: Wolf of My Dreams 14 September 1993 Unknown Family Home Entrainment NTSC English None containing four episodes [4]

DVD release[edit]

Title Episodes Region 1 Region 2 Region 4 Notes
Teen Wolf: The Complete Animated Series 1–21 - - 18 April 2008[5] Three disc box set

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Saturday Morning: Good And Bad". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2012-10-15. 
  2. ^ "Teen Wolf's Curse". amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 10 November 2011. 
  3. ^ "Teen Wolf: All American Werewolf [VHS]". amazon.com. Retrieved 10 November 2011. 
  4. ^ "Teen Wolf: Wolf of My Dreams [VHS] (1986)". amazon.com. Retrieved 10 November 2011. 
  5. ^ "Teen Wolf: The Complete Animated Series". atlanticdvd.com. Retrieved 10 November 2011. 

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