The Adventures of Dudley the Dragon

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The Adventures of Dudley the Dragon
Genre Children's television series
Comedy
Musical
Created by Ira Levy
Peter Williamson
Alex Galatis
Developed by YTV Studios
Directed by Stan Swan
Richard Mortimer
Louise Shekter
Allan Novak
E. Jane Thompson
Sue Brophey
Darrell Wasyk
Shelagh O'Brien (assistant)
Laurie Carstens (associate)
Presented by Mark Gordon
Starring Daniel DeSanto
Kirk Dunn
Alex Galatis
Daniel Goodfellow
Natasha Greenblatt
Graham Greene
Anthony Scavone
Asia Vieira
Robin Weekes
Voices of Alex Galatis
James Rankin
Wende Welch
Sue Morrison
Patrick McKenna
Theme music composer Glenn Schellenberg
Opening theme Jackie Richardson
Ending theme Jackie Richardson
Composer(s) Glenn Schellenberg
Andrew Zealley
Cam Machinnes
Alex Galatis (song lyrics)
Evelyne Datl
Evelyne Datl
Randy Vancourt
Country of origin  United Kingdom
 United States
 Canada
Original language(s) English
French (Quebec)
No. of seasons 5
No. of episodes 65
Production
Executive producer(s) Ira Levy
Peter Williamson
Producer(s) Ira Levy
Peter Williamson
Breakthrough Films & Television Inc.
Editor(s) Darren Jennekens
Jay Houpt
Camera setup Steven W. Benson
John Dynes
John Fox
Steve Cruickshank
Ted Hart
Eric Schurman
Kim Stephenson
Tom Swartz
Alfie Kemp
Blair Locke
Running time 30 min.
Broadcast
Original channel TVO (1993-1996)
PBS (1993-1997)
YTV (1997-1999)
Original run September 13, 1993 – September 5, 1999

The Adventures of Dudley the Dragon is a children's television series which aired in Canada on YTV and the United States on public television stations, through Tampa, Florida PBS member station WEDU. The show ran for five seasons from 1993 to 1999. It was a live-action show incorporating actors, full body costume characters (notably the titular dragon) and puppets. The story follows Dudley, a dragon who recently woke up from centuries of hibernation and his new ten-year-old friends Matt and Sally. The two kids would guide Dudley around the modern world and the trio would learn about environmentalism, friendship and pro-social values.

Besides Matt and Sally, Dudley was later joined by other kids, Julia, Terry, Laura, and Mickey. Other recurring characters included a grouchy apple tree named Mr. Crabby Tree, a laid back frog named Sammy, a lovable caveman, and the Robins.

Graham Greene won a Gemini award in 1994 for his role,[1] and was nominated in 1998 for the episode The Tiny Little Raincloud.[2] Jackie Burroughs was also nominated in 1994 for the same award, for her performance in the episode High Flying Dragon.[3]

Main cast[edit]

Puppets[edit]

Dudley The Dragon - Alex Galatis (Seasons 1-2, costumed performer and voice; Seasons 3-5, voice only) and Kirk Dunn (Seasons 3-5, costumed performer). A lovable, innocent, happy-go-lucky green dragon. In the series premiere, Dudley wakes up from centuries of hibernation. He quickly befriends Sally and Matt, among others, and just as quickly adjusts to his new surroundings. However, Dudley still has childlike qualities, notably having to learn valuable lessons from his friends. Nevertheless, Dudley proves to be a great friend to everyone. Dudley lives in a colorful cave, with his favorite teddy bear, Freddy Bear. His favorites food is dragon berries. Dudley has a love for adventure, but sometimes, when the adventures get just a little out of hand, Dudley would prefer to be back at home with his friends. In the series finale, The Last Dudley, Dudley realized that he was the only dragon still around. Dudley decides to take on one more adventure, looking for another dragon. Dudley doesn't have much luck, but in the end learns that his friends are his "true dragon friends". At the very end of the episode, a dragon that looks and sounds similar to Dudley (but wears a bowtie and glasses) shows up and asks Dudley if he's seen any dragons around. He is the main protagonist in the series.

Dudley's debut actually predates the creation of the series "Dudley the Dragon" by several years. In 1983, the Ontario Ministry of Energy wanted to teach children the importance of energy conservation. Karen Waterman wrote a play (The Conserving Kingdom), that did just that. The play featured a bumbling dragon named Dudley. The Conserving Kingdom was performed in grade schools from 1984 to 1987, and also led to a TV special in 1986. Dudley was a full-body puppet performed by Alex Galatis. In 1992, when Dudley got his own TV show, Galatis continued to perform Dudley. Galatis performed Dudley by using his right arm to operate Dudley's head and mouth, and his left arm to operate Dudley's left arm. During the first seasons of Dudley the Dragon, Dudley's right arm rested on his chest, with no form a movement. In between the first and second season, the Dudley costume was modified, with the right arm moving thanks to the help of a fishing line attached to Dudley's arm. The same process is used to perform various full body Muppets, most notably Big Bird. The new puppet also had an eyelid mechanism, but it wasn't until the third season that Dudley's eyelids could move at will Also, beginning with the third season, actor Kirk Dunn took Galatis' duties as Dudley's costume performer. Nevertheless, Galatis continued to provide Dudley's voice for the remainder of the series. Dudley is the only character in the series to appear in every episode. In the short-lived French version of the series, Dudley was renamed "Arthur".

The remaining puppets were all hand puppets, performed by James Rankin, Sue Morrison, and (in early episodes) Wende Welch.

Sammy the Frog - James Rankin (Seasons 1-5). Sammy is a laid-back frog who has a love for playing the saxophone. Sammy is typically on the sidelines, commenting on the adventures of Dudley's and the others. However, Sammy also frequently acts as a mentor to Dudley and the kids. Sammy is typically the first one to feel that something bad is going to happen, and often warns Dudley (whom he often refers to as "Big Green") about getting into trouble. In "Have Yourself a Crabby Little Chrstimas", it is revealed that Sammy is Jewish. Sammy has a Spanish-speaking cousin named Yammi, who appeared occasionally, though never in any scenes with his cousin (most likely due to the fact that James Rankin performed both characters). Sammy's debut was in the series premiere, and his last appearance was in the second-to-last episode Lullaby Dragon. In the short-lived French version of the series, he was renamed "Ti-Louis".

Mr. Robin - James Rankin (Seasons 1-5). A chipper, though often forgettable robin. Mr. Robin is happily married to his wife, Mrs. Robin, and the two are almost always seen together. Like Sammy, Mr. Robin will also sometimes be the one to warn Dudley (whom he refers to as "Mr. Dudley") about getting into mischief. Mr. Robin's first name is Charles. His debut was in the series premiere, and his last appearance was in the series finale. In the French version of the series he was named M. Rouge-Gorge.

Mrs. Robin - Wende Welch (Season 1), Sue Morrison (Seasons 1-5). Like her husband, Mrs. Robin is very chipper, even when things go wrong. She's happily married to her husband, and also sometimes tries to talk Dudley out of getting into trouble. Mrs. Robin's first name is Tiffany. Her first appearance was in the series premiere, and her last appearance was in the series finale. Mrs. Robin was played by Wende Welch for the first few episodes (the last being "Dudley Meets Mr. Can"), but was quickly replaced by Sue Morrison. In the French version of the series, Mrs. Robin was named "Mme. Rouge-Gorge".

Grandpa Robin - James Rankin (Seasons 2-5). A wise elderly robin who has "been around the world seven times plus two". He is the grandfather of either Mr. or Mrs. Robin. Grandpa Robin has a good knowledge of the magic that goes on in the forest, including the origins of "Giggle Soup" and "Bubble Pie". Like Mr. and Mrs. Robin, Grandpa Robin is kind and cheerful, but can also be forgettable. He too often acts as a guide to Dudley and the kids. Grandpa Robin also apparently asks as a school teacher for some of the kids, as evidenced in the episode "Alphabet Dragon". His first appearance was in the season 2 episode "Dudley Through the Looking Glass". His last appearance was in the fifth season episode "The Wishing Well". In the French version of the series, he was named "Gran-Pere Rouge Gorge".

Junior Robin - James Rankin (Seasons 4-5). The Robin's infant son who appeared in the episode "Junior Robin's Big Day Out". At first, Junior was reluctant to fly and eat worms like other robins. He also initially had a fear of Dudley (although he liked Mickey). Eventually, with some help from Dudley and Mickey, Junior learned how to fly. Junior returned in the second-to-last episode "Lullabye Dragon". In the episode, Dudley was upset because he lost Freddy Bear. Dudley eventually found out that Junior Robin found Freddy Bear, and wanted to keep him. Dudley was reluctant to give up Freddy Bear, but eventually decided that Junior could take good care of Freddy.

Yammi the Frog - James Rankin (Seasons 2, 4, and 5). Sammy's Spanish-speaking cousin who only appeared in three episodes ("Dudley and the Great Race", "Dudley and the Lost City", and the series finale, "The Last Dudley"). Like his cousin, Yammi likes music, and plays an instrument (the guitar). Yammi looks and sounds similar to Sammy, but has a slight Hispanic accent, a black moustache and eyebrows, and a purple serape. In the French version of the series, Yammi was named "Ti-Gus".

Dodo - James Rankin (Seasons 1, 3, and 4). A happy, fun-loving dodo bird, who loves saying, "dodo!". Like Yammi, Dodo only appeared in three episodes. In his first appearance, the season 1 finale "Dudley and the Dodo", Dodo thinks that Dudley is his mother. However, Dodo quickly learned otherwise, and became good friends with Dudley and Sally. In his next appearance, "Dudley's Amazing Journey", we learn that Dodo lives in a cave, and has a love for worms and jelly beans. Dodo finds himself in danger in his last appearance, "The Royal Crown", where the Prince tries to pluck Dodo's feathers as decorations for his crown. However, the Prince quickly learned that Dodo's feather mean a lot to Dodo, and ultimately decides not to pull the Dodo's feathers.

Didi the Woodpecker - Wende Welch (Season 1), Sue Morrison (Seasons 1-2). A colorful female woodpecker who appeared occasionally during the first two seasons. Her first appearance was in the episode "Mr. Crabby Tree" (where she was portrayed by Wende Welch), and her last appearance was in the season 2 finale, "Imagine That!". In the French version of the series, Didi was renamed "Madame Lepic".

Katrina the Whale - Wende Welch (Season 1), Sue Morrison (Seasons 1-3). A whale that lived in the ocean and only appeared in a few episodes. She first appeared in the second episode, "Dudley's Tea Party" (where she was portrayed by Wende Welch), and made her last appearance, a short non-speaking cameo, in the episode "Mr. Crabby Tree's Really Great Adventure". In the French version of the series, Katrina was named "Irène".

Rosie the Skunk - Sue Morrison (Seasons 1 and 5). A sassy skunk who only appeared in two episodes, "Dudley Goes Camping" and "Doggone Dragon". In the French version of the series, her name was spelled "Rosi".

Bernardo - James Rankin (Season 2). One of Sammy's cousins. Appeared in the episode "Dudley and the Great Race".

Kostus - James Rankin (Season 2). Another of Sammy's cousins. Appeared in the episode "Dudley and the Great Race".

Radar the Dog - James Rankin (Season 2). A computer character created by Terry who appeared in the episode "Dudley Meets Flammo the Magician".

Rita the Frog - James Rankin (Season 4). A Native American frog who bears a strong resemblance to Sammy. However, when Dudley brings up Sammy, Rita claims that she's never heard of him. Like Sammy, Rita is musically gifted (she plays the drum). She only appeared in one episode, "Mama Crabby Tree".

The Kids[edit]

Sally - Asia Vieira (Seasons 1-5). A friendly, fun-loving girl, and Dudley's best friend. She was the first person that Dudley met when he woke up from his hibernation. Sally is a responsible person, often acting as an older sister to Dudley and some of the other characters. Sally is into gymnastics, as seen in the episodes "Mr. Crabby Tree's Really Great Adventure" and "The Red Sneakers". Sally also has a bag that coincidentally always has a specific item needed for a specific adventure. Sally's bag was a running gag throughout the series, with the mention of it often leading to somebody saying, "I've got to get one of those bags". Sally appeared in most of the episodes from the first two seasons, but appeared less in the remaining three seasons (five in season 3, two in season 4, and two in season 5). The reason for Sally's fewer appearances in later seasons most likely had to do with the lack of availability of Asia Vieira, who was working on several other projects around the same time. She was also featured in the series finale. For the first season of the short-lived French version of the series, Sally was renamed "Sophie", and was portrayed by Annick Obonsawin. During the second season of the French series, she was renamed "Annick", and was portrayed by future Dudley regular Andréanne Bendir. An older version of Sally (portrayed by Marcia Bennett in the English version, and Louise Nolan in the French version) appeared in the episode "Dudley Through the Looking Glass"

Matt - Daniel DeSanto (Seasons 1-3). Sally's brother and an aspiring detective. Whenever some sort of strange situation occurs, Matt will often say, "A mystery! Let's investigate!". Matt will then try to solve the 'mystery', often with the help of his sister. Like Sally, Matt appeared in most of the episodes during the first two seasons. However, he too made fewer appearances after the second season. Like Asia Vieira, this most likely had to do with DeSanto's commitments to other projects at the time (which included the voice of Carlos on The Magic School Bus, and portraying Tucker in the series Are You Afraid of the Dark?). Matt only appeared in three episodes during the third season ("The Spooky Castle", "The Tree House", and "Mr. Crabby Tree's Really Great Adventure") before vanishing from the series altogether (although he would be mentioned a few times by other characters in future episodes). For the first season of the short-lived French version of the series, Matt was renamed "Max", and was portrayed by Anael G. Roy. During the second season of the French series, he was renamed "Mathieu", and was portrayed by Owen Leitch.

Terry - Robin Weekes (Seasons 2-5). A clever boy, with a wristwatch computer and a knack for inventing things. Terry first appeared in the season 2 episode "Dudley Meets Flammo the Magician", but his official introduction was in the season 2 finale, "Imagine That!". In the episode, Terry is introduced as a loner with an antisocial personality, who isn't that fond of the activities that Dudley and the others take part in. However, Dudley's friendly personality brings Terry into befriending the gang. While Terry could still have his moments of pessimism, he would take part in Dudley's adventures just as much as the other kids would, with his computing knowledge being a great help. In the episode "Dudley and the Toothfairy", Terry helps the Chloe toothfairy get her wings. Terry continued to appear regularly for the remainder of the series, making his last appearance in the episode "Dudley and the Knight Club". In the short-lived French version of the series, Terry was renamed "Bastien", and was portrayed by Barnabè Geisweiller.

Mickey - Daniel Tordjman-Goodfellow (Seasons 3-5). Making his debut in the season 3 premiere, "The Living Doll", Mickey more or less took over the 'aspiring detective' role previously handled by Matt. Mickey was often friendly and helpful, but sometimes mischievous, as evidenced in the episode "The Boy Who Cried Witch". In the episode, Mickey has a bad habit of telling tall tales, but eventually learns his lesson. He has a love for sports, particularly basketball and baseball. Mickey also seems to look up to Terry as an older brother, trying to be like him in the episode "Dudley and the Lost City". Like Terry, he continued to appear regularly for the remainder of the series. His last appearance was in the episode "Which Witch?".

Julia - Natasha Greenblatt (Seasons 3-5). Julia was originally introduced in the season 3 premiere "The Living Doll". In the episode, Julia is introduced as a doll who wants to be a human. With the help of Dudley and Mickey, she comes to life. Strangely, after her debut, Julia's previous life as a doll was never mentioned again. In fact, in some later episodes, it's implied that Julia lives a pretty normal life (it's said that she has parents in "Dudley and the Tooth Fairy", and she mentions having a sister in the episode "Lullabye Dragon"). In most of her earlier appearances, Julia was depicted as the youngest of the group, the curious one who often had to be looked after by Dudley and the older kids. However, as time went on, Julia began to more or less occupy a similar role to Sally's, acting as a good friend and surrogate older sister to Dudley. Like Terry and Mickey, Julia appeared regularly throughout the remainder of the series, her last appearance being in the series finale.

Laura - Andréanne Bénidir (Seasons 4-5). Laura had a very similar personality to Sally's, acting as an energetic older sister to Dudley. Ironically, actress Andréanne Bénidir had portrayed Asia Vieira's French counterpart in the second and final season of the short-lived French Dudley series, "Les Aventures d'Arthur le Dragon". It seems that Bénidir's addition to the English-speaking Dudley cast had to do with Vieira's absence from the series. Bénidir's Laura character had very similar traits to Sally, such as being good friends with the Dodo, and being described as Dudley's best friend. At the end of the episode "Dudley's Big Decision", Laura moves away to join her parents out East. Throughout the episode, Dudley is upset because he's afraid of losing his "best friend". At one point, Laura gives Dudley a photo of the two of them (actually a photo of Dudley and Bénidir taken from an episode of the French Dudley series). Also of interest is that in the opening scene of the series finale, Sally meets up with Dudley, and the two act as though they haven't seen each other in a long time. All of this could lead to the possibility that "Dudley's Big Decision" was originally written for Asia Vieira's Sally. Whatever the case, both Laura continued to appear regularly during the fifth season (and finally appeared with Sally in one episode, "The Great Dragonberry War"). Her first appearance was in the fourth season episode "The Royal Crown". Her last appearance was in the second-to-last episode "Lullabye Dragon".

Recurring Characters[edit]

These characters, while mostly portrayed by well-known performers, made several appearances throughout the series.

Mr. Crabby Tree - Graham Greene (Seasons 1-5). A grouchy, wisecracking tree who made his debut in the third episode, "Mr. Crabby Tree". Mr. Crabby Tree, while frequently in a bad mood, still has his good side. He does often act as a mentor to Dudley and the kids, and even once called Dudley his best friend. In the episode "Mr. Crabby Tree's Really Great Adventure", Mr. Crabby Tree made a wish on a shooting star that for one day, he would be able to move around and do all of the things he wanted to do. A running gag during the fourth season involved Mr. Crabby Tree’s ability to walk, despite returning to life as a stand-still tree at the end of “Mr. Crabby Tree’s Really Great Adventure”. Oftentimes, a character would question how Mr. Crabby Tree is able to walk, which would be followed by a brief excuse from Mr. Crabby Tree (i.e. finding a lucky four-leaf clover, borrowing a luck rabbit’s foot, etc.). In the episode "The Wishing Well", Mr. Crabby Tree made yet another wish, this time to be human. However, Mr. Crabby Tree quickly grew tired of life as a human, and by the end of the episode, went back to living as a tree. Mr. Crabby Tree's mother (also played by Graham Greene) appeared in the episode "Mama Crabby Tree". Mr. Crabby Tree's last appearance was in the episode "The Boy Who Cried Witch". In the short-lived French version of the series, Mr. Crabby Tree was named "M. Pommier-Grognon". Unlike most of the other actors in the series, Graham Greene actually played his role in both the English and French versions of the series (though his voice was dubbed in the French version).

Caveman - Martin Julien (Seasons 3-5). The Caveman is a friendly caveman who first appeared in the episode "Dudley and the Caveman". In the episode, Caveman is introduced as a bully who constantly picks on other characters, and even steals Freddy Bear from Dudley. However, Dudley learns to be nice to Caveman, and eventually the two become good friends. In all future episodes with the Caveman, he's friendly and helpful. Like Dudley, Caveman has a love for dragonberries. This once led to an argument between the two in the episode "The Great Dragonberry War", where Dudley and Caveman fight over ownership of a dragonberry bush. Despite this argument, Dudley and Caveman are almost always the best of friends. Caveman often speaks in "caveman talk", talking in third person, among other things. His last appearance was in the episode "The Pumpkin King".

The Troll - Martin Julien (costume) and Patrick McKenna (costume and voice, and later voice only) (Seasons 2-5). A rather grumpy, but magicical troll who always cooks up different potions for different purposes. Despite the Troll meaning well, his magic often backfires, resulting in some sort tragedy. Patrick McKenna originally performed in the Troll's costume and did the Troll's voice at the same time. Later, Martin Julien took over the costume, but McKenna still provided the Troll's voice. He made his debut in the season 2 episode "Dudley and the Gingerbread House" and made his last appearance in the season 5 episode "Doggone Dragon". In the latter episode, the Troll accidentally turns himself into a dog named Buster. Buster was portrayed by Cliff Saunders. In the French version of the series, the Troll was named "Le Sorcier".

The Prince - Jesse Collins (Seasons 3-5). The Prince is the oldest son and heir apparent to the King of All Living Things. He is a generally stuck-up, arrogant character who finds himself incredibly handsome. The Prince often finds himself going by tradition and his arrogant instincts until Dudley and the gang teach him a lesson. The Prince has done his share of nasty things such as cheating in a foot race against Dudley, not inviting Julia to a ball because of her gender, and wanting to pull off the feathers of the Dodo in order to make a decoration for his crown. However, by the end of every episode, the Prince learns his lesson, proving that, like most of the show's villains, he was merely misguided rather than evil. The Prince made his first appearance in the episode "The Frog Princess", and his last appearance in the episode "Cinderella Ha-Ha".

Chloe the Fairy - Anne-Marie MacDonald (Seasons 4-5). Chloe is a rather sarcastic, but responsible and well-meaning fairy who doubles as both a fairy godmother and a tooth fairy. Originally, Chloe didn't have her fairy wings, but with the help of Dudley and Terry, she finally managed to earn them. Chloe appeared in three episodes, "Dudley and the Toothfairy", "Alphabet Dragon", and "Cinderella Ha-Ha".

Aggie - Jackie Burroughs (Seasons 1-2). Aggie is an adventurer who would sometimes join Dudley in his adventures. She appeared in four episodes: "High Flying Dragon", "Dudley in the Rainforest", "Dragon's Ahoy", and "Dudley and the Great Race". For her first two appearances in the French version of the series, Aggie was renamed "Rosi", and was portrayed by Marthe Moliki-Sassa. For her latter three appearances, she was renamed "Vivi", and was played by Lyne Tremblay.

Other Guest Stars[edit]

The Genie - Sky Gilbert (Seasons 1 and 3). A trouble-making Genie who appeared in two episodes. In his first appearances, "Dudley and the Genie", the Genie tries to get Dudley to waste his energy resources. The Genie eventually returned to his lamp, but was released when Dudley came upon the lamp in the episode "The Red Sneakers". In that episode, the Genie convinced Dudley, Sally, and Mickey (and unsuccessfully tried to convimce Sammy and Julia) to replace practicing for physical activities with a pair of magical red sneakers. In the end, Julia wishes for a pair of red sneakers for the Genie. The Genie winds up going out of control, and agrees to get rid of all of the red sneakers. Julia wishes for the sneakers to be off of everyone but the Genie. Ultimately, the Genie is stuck with the out-of-control sneakers. His fate afterwards is unknown. It is also unknown who portrayed the Genie in the short-lived French version of the series. He is the first antagonist in the series.

Clarence the Can - Ed Sahley (Season 1). A talking trash can who appeared in the episode "Dudley Meets Mr. Can".

Tiny Giant - Gary Farmer (Season 1). A normal-sized "giant" who appeared in the episode "Dudley Meets a Tiny Giant". In the French version of the series, he was portrayed by Bernard Gagnon.

The Toxin - Earl Pastko (Season 1). A scary skeleton-like character that appeared in Dudley's nightmare in the episode "Dudley and the Toxins". Earl Pastko reprised his role for the French version of the episode, with his voiced dubbed by another actor.

The Face of Nature - Jackie Richardson (Season 1). Appeared in the episode "Dudley Goes Camping". In the French version "Visage de la Nature" was portrayed by Louise Shekter, who directed and adapted many of the episodes for the French version of Dudley.

The Snowman - Keith Knight (Season 2). Appeared in the episode "Dudley and the Snowman".

The King of All Living Things - Jan Rubes (Season 2). The King appeared in the episode "Dudley and the King", where he attempted to take down Mr. Crabby Tree. He is the father of the Prince. In the French version of the series, he was portrayed by René Lemieux.

The Leprachaun - Eric Peterson (Seasons 2 and 3). A mischievous leprachaun who is able to produce magic, as well as transport from place to place, and even shift in size, by saying his name ("McCopper Bequick"). Dudley first met him in the episode "Dudley and the Leprachaun". The Leprachaun had a bad habit of smoking, and at the end of the episode promised Dudley that he would give up smoking. He returned in the episode "The Tree House", where it's revealed that he did not keep his promise. Dudley and Matt tried unsuccessfully to catch the Leprachaun, but Julia eventually managed to catch him. The Leprachaun later invited Dudley, Matt, and Julia to his home (in a tree) for some tea, but quickly turns them off, as his home is filled with cigarette smoke. The Leprachaun promised to transport Dudley and co. out of his home, but unfortunately bumped his head before he was able to do that. The bump caused the Leprachaun to forget his name, which meant that the gang had to take venture through the Leprachaun's entire smoke-filled house for an exit. The bump also caused the Leprachaun to wonder why he began smoking in the first place, and eventually led to him giving up smoking altogether. In the French version of the series, the Leprachaun was portrayed by Olivier L'Ècuyer, who also dubbed Dudley's voice for the French series.

Pablo Pickle - Diego Matamoros (Season 2). A famous artist who appeared in the episode "Dudley Meets Pablo Pickle". Mr. Pickle turned out to be prejudice, as evident by his hatred for the color green (including a dislike towards both Dudley and Sammy). However, Dudley and the gang taught Mr. Pickle to love everyone, no matter how different they are. In the French version of the series, "Pablo Picot" was played by Daniel Richer.

Flammo the Magician - Clark Johnson (Season 2). A magician who appeared in the episode "Dudley and Flammo the Magician". Flammo was initially a threat to the woods, as he dangerously used flammable material in his act. Angelo Cadet portrayed Flammo in the French version of the series.

The Alien - Julian Richings (Season 2). An alien from outer space who appeared in the episode "Dudley Meets the Alien". Julian Richings reprised his role for the French version, with his voice dubbed by a French actor.

The Daisy - Erica Luttrell (Season 3). A talking daisy whom Dudley and Mickey met in the episode "The Unhappy Garden". The Daisy was initially sick and covered in colorful spots (due to Dudley carelessly throwing away water filled with paint).

Lola the Butterfly - Diane Flacks (Season 3). A happy-go-lucky butterfly who appeared in the episode "The Unahppy Garden". Lola is an expert flyer, and also cares greatly about the garden that she lives in.

Venus Flytrap - Diane Flacks (Season 3). An extremely happy, wisecracking Venus flytrap who appeared in the episode "The Unhappy Garden".

Rose Queen - Diane Flacks (Season 3). A rose that acts as the Queen of a garden. She appeared in the episode "The Unahppy Garden".

Lou the Lion - Saul Rubinek (Season 3). A friendly, happy-go-lucky lion who befriended Dudley and Mickey in the episode "Dudley and the Lion".

Princess Pureheart - Mary Walsh (Season 3). Appeared in the episode "The Frog Princess". She was originally a frog who was turned into a human Princess thanks to a kiss from the Prince. The Princess tried several attempts to make the Prince fall in love with her, but the attempts failed due to the Prince's dislike towards Pureheart's frog-like behavior. The Prince led Princess Pureheart to believe that she was not of pure heart, but Dudley, Julia, and Sammy convinced her otherwise. The Princess has a very friendly, upbeat personality, but often displays frog-like mannerisms (particularly a bad habit of eating flies).

The Bear - Andrew Massingham (Season 4). A bear who is good friends with Caveman. Appeared in the episode "You and Me and Caveman Makes Three".

The Tiny Raincloud - Robin Duke (Season 4). A raincloud who appeared in the episode "The Tiny Little Raincloud". She wound up leaving the woods after Dudley, Mickey, and Julia hurt her feelings. The three eventually learned the importance of rain, and managed to convinced the Raincloud to return.

Brave Sir Poindexter of Knot - Albert Schultz (Season 4), Peter Keleghan (Season 5). Also known as "Pointy". A brave, but somewhat arrogant knight who first appeared in the episodes "Good Knight Dragon", where he was portrayed by Albert Schultz. In the episode, it is revealed that dragons and knights never got along with each other. As a result, Pointy and Dudley initially did not see eye-to-eye. But the two eventually became friends. Pointy returned for the episode "The Knight Club", where he was portrayed by Peter Keleghan. In the episode, Pointy is the founder of the Knight Club, an organization for people who are considered "cool". Terry is initially a member of this club, but eventually quits after seeing the mean tricks Pointy pulls on people, including several tricks used to initiate Dudley into the club. Dudley also eventually learns of Pointy's mean-spiritedness, and quits the club shortly after being accepted.

Sabrina the Clown - Linda Kash (Season 4). A circus clown who showed up in the forest in the episode "Dudley and the Balloon Forest". Sabrina had a need for being funny, which eventually led to trouble. She began to pull off a few mean-spirited pranks on the Troll, even going so far as to steal the Troll's book of magic. Things only got worse when she accidentally turned both Mrs. Robin and Sally into balloons. Like most of the characters in the series, Sabrina eventually learned her lesson.

Catherine Two Birds Flying - Michelle St. John (Season 4). Also known as "Cathy". A Native-American who helped Mr. Crabby Tree find his mother in the episode "Mama Crabby Tree".

Mama Crabby Tree - Graham Greene (Season 4). Mr. Crabby Tree's mother, who appeared at the end of the episode "Mama Crabby Tree".

Jacob Spookem - Greg Thomey (Season 5). A deceased lumberjack who eventually revised as a ghost. Appeared in the episode "Dudley and the Cowardly Ghost". Spookem was initially a coward, but found his courage with the help of Dudley, Mickey, and Laura.

Sprite - Catherine Fitch (Season 5). Lived inside of a necklace that the Troll created in the episode "Dudley's Big Decision". In the episode, Dudley asked the Troll to help stop Laura from moving away. Sprite used hypnotic poems in order to force Laura to stay in the forest. Sprite eventually caused Laura to become a temperamental loner. With the help of Dudley, Laura was able to get rid of the necklace, causing Sprite to vanish.

Gabby Tree - Sheila McCarthy (Season 5). A female talking tree whom Mr. Crabby Tree attempted to woo in the episode "Mr. Crabby Tree Falls in Love". Gabby Tree is essentially a female counterpart to Crabby Tree. She was initially turned off by Crabby Tree, but he eventually won her over.

Buster the Dog - Cliff Saunders (Season 5). Buster is actually what the Troll turned into in the episode "Doggone Dragon" after a mishap in one of his experiments.

The Face in the Well - Jackie Richardson (Season 5). The face inside of a wishing well in the episode "The Wishing Well". Granted Mr. Crabby Tree his wish to become a human being, and later changed him back into a tree after he learned that he preferred his old life.

Willomena the Witch - Mary Walsh (Season 5). A mischievous witch who appeared in the episodes "The Boy Who Cried Witch", "The Pumpkin King", and "Which Witch?". She is the most antagonistic of her family, ahead of her sister, Ernestina.

Ernestina the Witch - Cathy Jones (Season 5). Willomena's sister, who also appeared in the episodes "The Boy Who Cried Witch", "The Pumpking King", and "Which Witch?". While often assisting her sister in evil schemes, Ernestina also tends to be a bit more worldy and generous.

The Pumpkin King - John Neville (Season 5). Appeared in the episodes "The Pumpkin King" and "Which Witch?".

The Scarecrow - Daniel Kash (Season 5). Appeared in the episodes "The Pumpkin King" and "Which Witch?".

The Great Mezmra the Fortuneteller - Rick Mercer (Season 5). A fortune-teller who tricks Dudley into joining his sideshow in the series finale, "The Last Dudley". He is the final antagonist in the series.

Episode list[edit]

Season 1: 1993[edit]

Title Original Airdate Episode # Summary Characters Written/Directed by
"Dudley Finds His Home" 1 Dudley emerges from a 100-century slumber and finds to his horror that everything has changed. It's up to two children (who are as amazed at Dudley as he is about this new world) to convince Dudley that he is still on familiar ground.

First appearances of Dudley, Sally, Matt, Mr. and Mrs. Robin, and Sammy.

Dudley the Dragon
Sally
Matt
Mrs. Robin
Mr. Robin
Sammy the Frog
Written by: Alex Galatis
Directed by: Stan Swan
"Dudley's Tea Party" 2 A planned tea party goes awry when all the water around Dudley dries up.

First appearance of Katrina the Whale.

Dudley the Dragon
Sally
Matt
Mr. Robin
Mrs. Robin
Sammy the Frog
Katrina the Whale
Written by: Alex Galatis
Louise Shekter (French adaptation)
Directed by: Richard Mortimer
Louise Shekter (French director)
"Mr. Crabby Tree" 3 Mr. Crabby Tree gets his first appearance on the show and he ends up leaving Dudley spinning through the tree rings of time! Now, Dudley must try to do what he can do to get back to his own home timeline.

First appearances of Mr. Crabby Tree and Didi the Woodpecker.

Dudley the Dragon
Sally
Matt
Didi the Woodpecker
Featuring: Graham Greene as Mr. Crabby Tree
"Dudley and the Genie" 4 Is it all too good to be true for after Dudley finds a Genie? He really wants Dudley to waste his energy resources. Dudley the Dragon
Sally
Matt
Mr. Robin
Mrs. Robin
Sammy the Frog
Guest Starring: Sky Gilbert as the Genie
Written by: Alex Galatis
Louise Shekter (French adaptation)
Directed by: Stan Sawn
Louise Shekter (French director)
"Dudley Meets Mr. Can" 5 When Dudley awakes up of his birthday party, He runs into a nasty attitude problem from his garbage can. Dudley says he's totally absolved from the blame for making a pile of garbage, but is he? He must find the real truth! Dudley the Dragon
Sally
Matt
Mr. Robin
Mrs. Robin
Sammy the Frog
Featuring: Graham Greene as Mr. Crabby Tree
Guest Starring: Ed Sahley as Clarence the Can
Written by: Susin Nielsen
Louise Shekter (French adaptation)
Directed by: Richard Mortimer
Louise Shekter (French director)
"Dudley Gets a Tummy Ache" 6 Sally is convinced about the fact that Dudley has became poisoned, as a bitter wind comes through! Dudley the Dragon
Sally
Matt
Mr. Robin
Mrs. Robin
Sammy the Frog
Featuring Graham Greene as Mr. Crabby Tree
"Dudley Meets a Tiny Giant" 7 A Tiny Giant teaches Dudley several things about insects' relationship with plants. Dudley the Dragon
Sally
Matt
Sammy the Frog
Guest Starring: Gary Farmer as the Tiny Giant
Written by: Alex Galatis
Louise Shekter (French adaptation)
Directed by: Stan Swan
Louise Shekter (French director)
"High Flyin' Dragon" 8 Dudley leases a hot-air balloon, and in it, he winds up in a breathtaking hazard.

First appearance of Aggie.

Dudley the Dragon
Mr. Robin
Didi the Woodpecker
Guest Starring: Jackie Burroughs as Aggie
Written by: Alex Galatis
Louise Shekter (French adaptation)
Directed by: Stan Swan
Louise Shekter (French director)
"Dudley and the Toxin" 9 Dudley goes through one big time of a nightmare thanks to a poisonous substance called Vernon, that's causing it. Dudley the Dragon
Sally
Matt
Mr. Robin
Mrs. Robin
Katrina the Whale
Guest Starring: Earl Pastko as the Toxin
Written by: Susin Neilsen
Louise Shekter (French adaptation)
Directed by: Stan Swan
Louise Shekter (French director)
"Dudley Goes Camping" 10 Dudley and Sally want their camp-out to go swimmingly, but not if the Face of Nature can help it.

First appearance of Rosie the Skunk.

Dudley the Dragon
Sally
Matt
Rosie the Skunk
Guest Starring: Jackie Richardson as the Face of Nature
Written by: Robert Sandler and Allen Booth
Louise Shekter (French adaptation)
Directed by: Stan Swan
Louise Shekter (French director)
"Dudley in the Rainforest" 11 Dudley and Aggie are forced into a rainforest on a rescue mission, while trying to describe a lapsing into the usual diatribes. Dudley the Dragon
Sally
Mr. Robin
Mrs. Robin
Sammy the Frog
Featuring: Jackie Burroughs as Aggie
Written by: Alex Galatis
Louise Shekter (French adaptation)
Directed by: Stan Swan
Louise Shekter (French director)
"Dudley and the Dodo" 12 What's Dudley doing with a dodo? And what's the dodo doing with the notion that Dudley is his mother? Is this too good to be real? Find out!

First appearance of the Dodo.

Dudley the Dragon
Sally
Matt
Didi the Woodpecker
Sammy the Frog
Dodo
Written by: Alex Galatis
Louise Shekter (French adaptation)
Directed by: Stan Swan
Louise Shekter (French director)

Season 2: 1994[edit]

Title Original Airdate Episode # Summary Characters Written/Directed by
"Dudley and the Gingerbread House" 13 Dudley and Sally don't realize that the troll that they met, is really trying to use them in order to get a horrible "recipe"!

First appearance of the Troll.

Dudley the Dragon
Sally
Matt
Mr. Robin
Mrs. Robin
Sammy the Frog
Guest Starring: Patrick McKenna as the Troll
Written by: Alex Galatis
Louise Shekter (French adaptation)
Directed by: Allan Novak
Louise Shekter (French director)
"Dudley and the Snowman" 14 Dudley and the others build a snowman and try to prevent him from melting via a refrigerated dome built from old fridge parts, inadvertently producing chlorofluorocarbons. Spring, which the snowman wants to see, does not come as a result of ozone depletion and the snowman acquiesces his fate and requests the dome be shut down. Dudley the Dragon
Sally
Matt
Featuring Graham Greene as "Mr. Crabby Tree"
Guest Starring: Keith Knight as the Snowman
"Dudley Through the Looking Glass" 15 What Grandpa Robin's mirror shows Dudley is understanding for senior citizens.

First appearance of Grandpa Robin.

Dudley the Dragon
Old Dudley the Dragon
Sally
Sammy the Frog
Old Sammy the Frog
Grandpa Robin
Guest Starring: Marcia Bennett as Old Sally
Written by: Alex Galatis
Louise Shekter and Danielle Bouchard (French adaptation)
Directed by: Allan Novak
Louise Shekter (French director)
"Dudley and the King" 16 It's good to be the king, thinks the King of All Living Things. He is intent on taking down Mr. Crabby Tree, thinking he's nothing but trouble, but Dudley and friends know better. Dudley the Dragon
Sally
Sammy the Frog
Mrs. Robin
Featuring: Graham Greene as Mr. Crabby Tree
Guest Starring: Jan Rubes as the King of All Living Things
Written by: Alex Galatis
Louise Shekter (French adaptation)
Directed by: Stan Swan
Louise Shekter (French director)
"Have Yourself a Crabby Little Christmas" 17 Dudley and friends had saved Mr. Crabby Tree earlier in the year, so why can't he show a little respect come Christmastime? Dudley the Dragon
Sally
Matt
Mrs. Robin
Mr. Robin
Sammy the Frog
Didi the Woodpecker
Featuring: Graham Greene as Mr. Crabby Tree
Guest Starring: Geraint Wyn Davies as the narrator
Written by: Alex Galatis
Louise Shekter (French adaptation)
Directed by: Stan Swan
Louise Shekter (French director)
"Dudley and the Leprachaun" 18 Nothing but bad luck of the "Irish" here, as a leprachaun does his smoke-and-mirrors act, much to the hindrance of others' health. Dudley the Dragon
Sally
Matt
Didi the Woodpecker
Guest starring: Eric Peterson as the Leprachaun
Written by: Alex Galatis
Louise Shekter (French adaptation)
Directed by: Stan Swan
Louise Shekter (French director)
"Dragon's Ahoy" 19 Dudley is on the voyage that could cost him his life. Something has to be done to cure his "flu." And even if he gets cured, it won't change the people who wish to endanger his health, as we shall soon see and find out what happens. Dudley the Dragon
Matt
Mr. Robin
Katrina the Whale
Featuring: Jackie Burroughs as Aggie
Written by: Alex Galatis
Louise Shekter (French adaptation)
Directed by: Stan Swan
Louise Shekter (French director)
"Dudley and the Great Race" 20 Two teams of two stage an around-the-world race between a hot-air balloon and a faulty car. It's not so much a need for speed in this duel, as Dudley and Sally learn to their dismay.

First appearance of Yammi. Last appearance of Aggie.

Dudley the Dragon
Sally
Matt
Sammy the Frog
Yammi the Frog
Featuring: Jackie Burroughs as Aggie
Written by: Alex Galatis
Louise Shekter and Danielle Bouchard (French adaptation)
Directed by: Stan Swan
Louise Shekter (French director)
"Dudley Meets Pablo Pickle" 21 Dudley and friends have heard nothing but wonderful stories about the artist Pablo Pickle. What they don't know is that Pablo doesn't care to paint green, much to Dudley's dismay. Dudley the Dragon
Sally
Matt
Mr. Robin
Mrs. Robin
Sammy the Frog
Guest Starring: Diego Matamoros as Pablo Pickle
Written by: Luciano Casimiri
Louise Shekter (French adaptation)
Directed by: Stan Swan
Louise Shekter (French director)
"Dudley Makes a Movie" 22 Dudley assigns a role for everyone in the movie he plans to shoot. But something about Sally's role is just not right. Dudley the Dragon
Sally
Matt
Sammy
Didi
Katrina
"Dudley and Flammo the Magician" 23 A magical musical act comes to the woods and proves to be hazardous. There's no way anyone can confuse "flammable" and "inflammable" when all this is over.

First appearance of Terry.

Dudley the Dragon
Terry
Radar the Dog
Mr. Robin
Mrs. Robin
Guest Starring: Clark Johnson as Flammo the Magician
Written by: Alex Galatis
Louise Shekter (French adaptation)
Directed by: Stan Swan
Louise Shekter (French director)
"Dudley Meets the Alien" 24 An unfriendly alien tries to take command of the woods in general and of Sally and Terry in particular. Dudley the Dragon
Sally
Terry
Mr. Robin
Guest Starring: Julian Richings as the Alien
Written by: Siobhan Flanagan
Louise Shekter (French adaptation)
Directed by: Stan Swan
Louise Shekter (French director)
"Imagine That!" 25 Dudley holds another tea party, This time it's complete with big games. It seems that Terry doesn't want to join in, though, thinking their games are too silly.

First official introduction of Terry, despite having already appeared in a few episodes. Last appearance of Didi.

Dudley the Dragon
Sally
Grandpa Robin
Terry
Didi the Woodpecker
Written by: Louise Shekter (English and French adaptations)
Directed by: Stan Swan
Louise Shekter (French director)

Season 3: 1995[edit]

Title Original Airdate Episode # Summary Characters Written/Directed by
"The Living Doll" 26 Julia is a doll that has feelings. She also needs Dudley's help to solve a problem.

First appearances of Julia and Mickey.

Dudley the Dragon
Julia
Mickey
Katrina
Featuring Martin Julien and Patrick McKenna as the Troll.
"The Spooky Castle" 27 It's Halloween Night for Dudley and the Company, and everyone dresses up in their costumes! But it seems that Dudley may probably not be ready for what scary things haunts ahead. Sally tells the gang a scary story involving them exploring a spooky old castle. Grandpa Robin teaches Dudley that sometimes it's fun to be scared. Dudley the Dragon
Sally
Matt
Terry
Julia
Grandpa Robin
Written by: Alex Galatis
Directed by: Sue Brophey
"The Tree House" 28 Once again the leprachaun is out and about, blowing second-hand smoke everywhere, much to the dismay of Dudley and friends. After the leprachaun is caught by Julia, he invites her, Dudley, and Matt to his home inside of a tree. The group find out that the leprachaun's home is filled with cigarette smoke, they want out. Unfortunately, the leprachaun gets a bump on the head, causing him forget his name (the only way for him to use his magic is by saying his name). The only way to escape is by climbing all the way to the top of tree. Dudley the Dragon
Matt
Julia
Mr. Robin
Featuring: Eric Peterson as the Leprachaun
Written by: Alex Galatis
Directed by: Sue Brophey
"The Unhappy Garden" 29 A garden weeps for a clean environment. A friendly butterfly, with help from Dudley and Mickey, tries to solve the garden's dilemma. Along the way, Dudley and Mickey meet a troubled daisy, a silly Venus flytrap, and the Rose Queen. Dudley the Dragon
Mickey
Guest Starring: Erica Luttrell as the Daisy and Diane Flacks as Lola the Butterfly, Venus Flytrap, and the Rose Queen
Written by: Tess Fragoulis
Directed by: Dennis Saunders
"Dudley and the Lion" 30 Dudley and Mickey are taught (with help from their new friend Lou the Lion) the need to be safe. When the two first meet Lou, they help him get a thorn out of his paw. Lou remains loyal to his new pals, and even pitches gives the two a helping hand when their kite gets loose. Dudley
Mickey
Mr. Robin
Mrs. Robin
Sammy the Frog
Guest Starring: Saul Rubinek as Lou the Lion
Written by: Luciano Casimiri
Directed by: Sue Brophey
"Mr. Crabby Tree's Really Great Adventure" 31 Mr. Crabby Tree sees a shooting star, and wishes that for one day, he could be able to move around. With the help of Dudley and the gang, Mr. Crabby Tree is able to do every physical activity he always wanted to do, including play tag, do gymnastics, dance, and go fishing (in a different way). The group even throw a surprise party for Mr. Crabby Tree in honor of his special day.

Last appearances of Matt and Katrina.

Dudley the Dragon
Sally
Matt
Terry
Julia
Sammy the Frog
Katrina the Whale
Featuring: Graham Greene as Mr. Crabby Tree
Written by: Alex Galatis
Directed by: E. Jane Thompson
"Once Upon a Time" 32 Dudley and Mr. Crabby Tree teach Julia the world of imagination hidden in reading books. The three read the story of Little Red Ridinghood. Julia imagines herself and her friends in the story; she and Dudley respectively play "Little Little Red Ridinghood" and "Little Big Red Ridinghood", while Sally portrays their mother, Sammy plays a reluctant Humpty Dumpty, and Mr. Crabby Tree takes on a dual role as the Wolf and the Grandmother. Dudley the Dragon
Sally
Julia
Sammy the Frog
Featuring: Graham Greene as Mr. Crabby Tree
Written by: Alex Galatis
Directed by: Stan Swan
"Dudley and the Caveman" 33 Dudley encounters a caveman who probably dates back further than Dudley. Turns out that caveman is really an unrighteous bully. He steals Dudley's beloved teddy bear, Freddy. Dudley and Mickey attempt to get Freddy back, and in the process, Dudley learns how to deal with a bully.

First appearance of the Caveman.

Dudley the Dragon
Mickey
Sammy the Frog
Mr. Robin
Mrs. Robin
Featuring: Graham Greene as Mr. Crabby Tree
Guest Starring: Martin Julien as the Caveman
Written by: Alex Galatis
Directed by: Stan Swan
"Dudley's Amazing Journey" 34 There's a whole new world under the surface of the Earth, waiting for Dudley to visit it. He, Julia, and Sally journey the center of the Earth, and reunite with their old friend the Dodo. Meanwhile, Julia learns to be careful when exploring. Dudley the Dragon
Sally
Julia
Dodo
Written by: Alex Galatis
Directed by: Stan Swan
"The Trouble with Bubbles" 35 Look underneath the bubble screen. Has Dudley broken a promise? Grandpa Robin treats Dudley and company to a special lunch of Giggle Soup and Bubble Pie. He has the gang promise not to eat too much of either dish, but Dudley just can't help himself. After flying high with bubbles from too much Bubble Pie, Dudley learns to keep his promise. Dudley the Dragon
Julia
Mickey
Sammy the Frog
Grandpa Robin
Written by: Alex Galatis
Directed by: Peter Williamson and Ira Levy
"The Red Sneakers" 36 The biggest peace of mind comes from trying your best. Dudley, Sally, and Mickey bave to learn this in preparation for an athletic adventure, when a genie causes the group's activities to go out of control with a pair of red sneakers. Dudley the Dragon
Sally
Julia
Mickey
Sammy the Frog
Featuring: Sky Gilbert as the Genie
Written by: Siobhan Flanagan
Directed by: Stan Swan
"Dudley and the Lost City" 37 Dudley, Mickey, and Terry find a map leading to the Lost City, and decide to follow it. But Terry isn't too happy about Mickey tagging along. While on their journey, the trio also have to search for Mr. Robin, who was also headed for the Lost City. Meanwhile, Terry learns to appreciate Mickey. Dudley the Dragon
Terry
Mickey
Mr. Robin
Mrs. Robin
Yammi the Frog
Written by: Luciano Casimiri
Directed by: Stan Swan
"The Frog Princess" (a.k.a. "The Princess and the Pop Star") 38 Previously a frog, Princess Pure Heart returns to her initial human form after receiving a kiss from an arrogant Prince. She attempts to marry the Prince, but he is immediately turned off by her frog-like behavior (notably, a bad habit of eating flies). Dudley, Sammy, and Julia teach the Princess Pure Heart to truly keep a pure heart, and to also respect herself, despite what others may think of her.

First appearance of the Prince.

Dudley the Dragon
Julia
Sammy the Frog
Guest Starring: Jesse Collins as the Prince and Mary Walsh as Princess Pure Heart
Written by: Alex Galatis
Directed by: E. Jane Thompson

Season 4: 1996[edit]

Title Original Airdate Episode # Summary Characters Written/Directed by
"The Royal Crown" 39 There is still a dodo lying around, and the Prince wants the dodo's feathers for his crown. As the Dodo is the last of his kind, this really puts him in danger. Eventually, Dodo has no choice but to leave his home behind. But before he's able to leave, the Prince kidnaps him. It's up to Dudley, Laura, and Mickey to save their feathered friend. Eventually, the Prince learns that the Dodo's feathers are just as important to the Dodo has the Prince's crown is to himself.

First appearance of Laura. Last appearance of the Dodo.

Dudley the Dragon
Mickey
Laura
Dodo
Featuring: Jesse Collins as the Prince
Written by: Siobhan Flanagan
Directed by: Steve Wright
"You and Me and Caveman Makes Three" 40 Dudley and Laura plan a camping trip for just the two of them. But plans change when the lonely Caveman pays the two a visit. Laura warmly invites the Caveman to camp with them, much to Dudley's reluctance. Dudley grows jealous of Laura's attention towards the Caveman, but eventually learns the importance of friendship and respect towards others. Dudley the Dragon
Laura
Grandpa Robin
Featuring: Martin Julien as the Caveman
Guest Starring: Andrew Massingham as the Bear
Written by: Luciano Casimiri
Directed by: Darrell Wasyk
"Dudley's Birthday Surprise" 41 A pleasant birthday party makes Dudley want to have a birthday every single day! In a sense of a price, he ends up setting himself up! On his second birthday in row, Dudley becomes exceedingly bossy towards his friends. Tired of his attitude, they decide to teach him a lesson. Dudley learns to be courteous towards his friends, even if it is his birthday. Dudley the Dragon
Sally
Julia
Sammy the Frog
Written by: Alex Galatis
Directed by: Peter Williamson
"Dudley and the Tiny Raincloud" 42 Dudley wants the rain to stop, but that isn't at all what the forest wants. Certainly Mr. Crabby Tree is not pleased by the ensuing dry spell. Dudley, Julia, and Mickey upset a tiny raincloud after telling it to go away. The gang learn that Mr. Crabby Tree could deteriorate without any water. They try to do all they can to get the raincloud to return, and when they finally succeed, there's just one hitch: the raincloud doesn't know how to rain. Can Dudley save the day? Dudley the Dragon
Mickey
Julia
Featuring: Graham Greene as Mr. Crabby Tree
Guest Starring: Robin Duke as the Tiny Raincloud
Written by: Alex Galatis
Directed by: Stan Swan
"Dudley and the Tooth Fairy" 43 Dudley and Terry are put to the test when a tooth fairy does not have the sugar-coated image they had envisioned. Terry loses his tooth, and is advised by Dudley to put it under his pillow that night for the tooth fairy. Terry is initially skeptical of the tooth fairy's existence, but learns the truth when Chloe pays a visit. Unlike most fairies, Chloe doesn't have her wings, and has to spend the entire night traveling on soar feet. The only way for her to get her wings is to make all of her trips before morning. With the help of Dudley and Terry, Chloe finally becomes the fairy she always wanted to be.

First appearance of Chloe, the tooth fairy.

Dudley the Dragon
Terry
Julia
Featuring: Martin Julien as the Caveman and the Troll, and Patrick McKenna as the voice of the Troll
Guest Starring: Anne-Marie MacDonald as Chloe the Toothfairy
Written by: Alex Galatis
Directed by: Peter Williamson
"Good Knight Dragon" 44 The forest is divided into factions, with Dudley on one side and a Knight his polar opposite–or is he? Dudley the Dragon
Julia
Sammy the Frog
Featuring: Graham Greene as Mr. Crabby Tree
Guest Starring: Albert Schultz as the Knight
Written by: Luciano Casimiri
Directed by: Steve Webb
"Dudley and the Balloon Forest" 45 A mischievous clown coaxes Dudley and Sally to take a Troll's magic spell book. What they get is definitely not a touch of brilliance. Dudley the Dragon
Sally
Mr. Robin
Mrs. Robin
Featuring: Martin Julien as the Troll and Patrick McKenna as the voice of the Troll
Guest Starring: Linda Kash as Sabrina the Clown
Written by: Alex Galatis
Directed by: Peter Williamson
"Mama Crabby Tree" 46 Dudley and Julia get Mr. Crabby Tree to learn about genealogy and aboriginal culture. Dudley the Dragon
Julia
Rita the Frog
Featuring Graham Greene as Mr. Crabby Tree and Mama Crabby Tree
Guest Starring: Michelle St. John as Catherine
Written by: Alex Galatis
Directed by: Steve Swan
"Sammy the Flying Frog" 47 Everyone goes on vacation, leaving Sammy alone until he vacates the forest for his own jaunt. Dudley the Dragon
Julia
Sammy the Frog
Mr. Robin
Mrs. Robin
Written by: Peter Williamson
Directed by: Peter Williamson
"Junior Robin's Big Day Out" 48 Junior Robin, the infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Robin, is suddenly Dudley and Mickey's responsibility.

First appearance of Junior Robin.

Dudley the Dragon
Mickey
Mr. Robin
Mrs. Robin
Junior Robin
Written by: Peter Williamson
Directed by: Peter Williamson
"Showbiz Dragon" 49 It's a common theme: conduct a show to raise support for the needy. Dudley is ready for his own Live Aid to help the Roin family. But he'll need Laura to step out of her stage fright. Dudley the Dragon
Laura
Sammy the Frog
Mr. Robin
Mrs. Robin
Featuring: Graham Greene as Mr. Crabby Tree and Martin Julien as the Caveman
Written by: Peter Williamson
Directed by: Peter Williamson
"The Prince's New Clothes" 50 TV commercials are deceitful and dishonest about everything, say some. No one takes it to an extreme like Dudley, who wants to fool a Prince with his own brand of Deceit-O-Vision. Dudley the Dragon
Terry
Sammy the Frog
Mr. Robin
Mrs. Robin
Featuring: Jesse Collins as the Prince
Written by: Alex Galatis
Directed by: Peter Williamson
"Alphabet Dragon" 51 Dudley makes a wish to his fairy godmother that he go to school. He is confronted with the challenges of learning and how those challenges can be overcome as easy as A-B-C. Dudley the Dragon
Terry
Mickey
Grandpa Robin
Guest Starring: Anne-Marie MacDonald as Chloe the Fairy Godmother
Written by: Alex Galatis
Directed by: Peter Williamson

Season 5: 1997[edit]

Title Original Airdate Episode # Summary Characters Written/Directed by
"Dudley and the Cowardly Ghost" 52 Dudley hears stories of a legendary ghost, but when he does meet "Jacob Spookem," he finds this ghost doesn't know how to scare people. It's up to Dudley, Laura, and Mickey to embolden him. Dudley the Dragon
Mickey
Laura
Sammy the Frog
Guest Starring: Greg Thomey as Jacob Spookem the Cowardly Ghost
Written by: Alex Galatis
Directed by: Steve Wright
"Dudley's Big Decision" 53 When Laura and her parents move away from the forest, Dudley seeks the Troll's help to sabotage Laura's plans. Dudley the Dragon
Terry
Laura
Featuring: Graham Greene as Mr. Crabby Tree, Martin Julien as the Troll, and Patrick McKenna as the voice of the Troll
Guest Starring: Catherine Fitch as the Sprite
Written by: Alex Galatis (story)
Kirk Dunn
and Claire Dunn (teleplay)
Directed by: Darrell Wasyk
"Mr. Crabby Tree Falls in Love" 54 Who would have believed Mr. Crabby Tree would want to change his ways? He sheds his crabby ways on Valentine's Day in an effort to impress Gabby Tree, a lovely apple tree. Dudley the Dragon
Julia
Featuring: Graham Greene as Mr. Crabby Tree
Guest Starring: Sheila McCarthy as Gabby Tree
Written by: Alex Galatis (story)
Luciano Casmiri (teleplay)
Directed by: Stan Swan
"Doggone Dragon" 55 The mischievous Troll takes a turn for the worse as he tries to create a potion that will make him stronger. He turns himself into a dog, much to the delight of Dudley and Mickey. But Mickey will not be happy for long.

Last appearance of the Troll and Rosie.

Dudley the Dragon
Terry
Mickey
Rosie the Skunk
Featuring: Martin Julien as Troll and Patrick McKenna as the voice of the Troll
Guest Starring: Cliff Saunders as Buster the Dog
Written by: Alex Galatis
Directed by: Darrell Wasyk
"The Royal Cup" 56 It's a Tortoise and the Hare story as Dudley and the Prince race for the Royal Cup. Watch and find out to see who wins! Dudley the Dragon
Terry
Julia
Sammy the Frog
Mr. Robin
Mrs. Robin
Featuring: Jesse Collins as the Prince
Written by: Alex Galatis (story)
Luciano Casmiri (teleplay)
Directed by: Jesse Collins
"The Wishing Well" 57 Mr. Crabby Tree wants to roam around. When a wishing well grants him a human body, Mr. Crabby Tree soon regrets it.

Last appearance of Grandpa Robin.

Dudley the Dragon
Laura
Grandpa Robin
Featuring: Graham Greene as Mr. Crabby Tree
Guest Starring: Jackie Richardson as the Face in the Well
Written by: Alex Galatis
Directed by: Stan Swan
"Cinderella Ha-Ha" 58 The Prince commands a masquerade ball for his own amusement. This is evident when girls are deemed unfunny and are not considered for the ball. Chloe the Fairy Godmother has a plan in store for both the Prince and Julia to learn lessons.

Last appearances of the Prince and Chloe.

Dudley the Dragon
Mickey
Julia
Sammy the Frog
Featuring: Jesse Collins as the Prince
Guest Starring: Anne-Marie MacDonald as Chloe the Fairy Godmother
Written by: Alex Galatis
Directed by: Jesse Collins
"Dudley and the Knight Club" 59 Dudley wants to become a Knight in armor to improve his image. That prompts a knight called Pointdexter to put Dudley through dangerous tests to prove himself worthy of knighthood.

Last appearance of Terry.

Dudley the Dragon
Terry
Mickey
Sammy the Frog
Guest Starring: Peter Keleghan as Sir Poindexter
Written by: Alex Galatis (story)
Kirk Dunn
and Claire Dunn (teleplay)
Directed by: Darrell Wasyk
"The Great Dragonberry War " 60 Dudley and the Caveman go to war over care of a dragonberry bush called "Priscilla." Dudley the Dragon
Sally
Laura
Sammy the Frog
Featuring: Martin Julien as the Caveman
Written by: Alex Galatis (story)
Daphne Ballon (teleplay)
Directed by: Stan Swan
"The Boy Who Cried Witch" 61 The first in a three-part saga finds Mickey making up stories about witches that are out to get everyone in the forest. Part 2 is the next episode below.

Last appearance of Mr. Crabby Tree.

Dudley the Dragon
Mickey
Sammy the Frog
Featuring: Graham Greene as Mr. Crabby Tree
Guest Starring: Mary Walsh as Willomena the Witch and Cathy Jones as Ernestina the Witch
Written by: Alex Galatis
Directed by: Steve Wright
"The Pumpkin King" 62 In part two of the trilogy, Dudley, Laura and the Caveman all desire something badly à la The Wizard of Oz. They travel to the Pumpkin King, who will grant them their separate wishes if they can retrieve the hat of one of the witches who had threatened their habitat in the previous episode. The 3rd and final part is the next episode below.

Last appearance of the Caveman. Episode produced in memory of Dr. Irving Levy.

Dudley the Dragon
Laura
Featuring: Martin Julien as the Caveman, Mary Walsh as Willomena the Witch, and Cathy Jones as Ernestina the Witch
John Neville as the Pumpkin King, and Daniel Kash as the Scarecrow

Note: Daniel Tordjman-Goodfellow is listed as playing Mickey, despite being absent from this episode.
Written by: Alex Galatis
Directed by: Steve Wright
"Which Witch?" (a.k.a.) "Spooky Birthday to You" 63 In the third and final part of the trilogy, Willomena and Ernestina were the twin witches who had victimized Dudley and his friends. Now the two witches want to hold a birthday party. It seems impossible for the witches to agree on even that, and now Dudley and his friends may have to go what's coming up to them, by paying the price and that might cost their lives!

Last appearance of Mickey.

Dudley the Dragon
Mickey
Julia
Laura
Sammy the Frog
Featuring: Mary Walsh as Willomena the Witch, Cathy Jones as Ernestina the Witch, John Neville as the Pumpkin King, and Daniel Kash as the Scarecrow
Written by: Alex Galatis
Directed by: Steve Wright
"Lullaby Dragon" 64 Dudley's plans for a sleepover with his friends seems in jeopardy when he discovers he has lost his comforting teddy bear! Now Dudley will have to look for it!

Last appearances of Laura, Sammy, and Junior Robin.

Dudley the Dragon
Julia
Laura
Sammy the Frog
Mrs. Robin
Junior Robin
Note: Strangely, the end credits list Asia Vieira as Sally, rather than Andréanne Bénidir as Laura.
Written by: Alex Galatis
Directed by: Andrew Ainsworth
"The Last Dudley" 65 This is the last episode to be produced and aired in the TV series. Dudley needs companionship from another dragon. This promts a fortune-teller called the Great Mezmra to snare Dudley into his side show with the promise that they would find another dragon. Dudley the Dragon
Sally
Julia
Mr. Robin
Mrs. Robin
Yammi the Frog
Unnamed Dragon
Guest Starring: Rick Mercer as The Great Mezmra the Fortuneteller
Note: During the final scene, Dudley sees images of his "true dragon friends"; the following characters appear: Chloe the Fairy Godmother (Anne-Marie MacDonald), Mr. Crabby Tree (Graham Greene), Matt (Daniel DeSanto), Terry (Robin Weekes), the Troll (Martin Julien/Patrick McKenna), Mickey (Daniel Tordjman-Goodfellow), Laura (Andréanne Bénidir), the Prince (Jesse Collins), the Caveman (Martin Julien), Julia (Natasha Greenblatt), and Sally (Asia Vieira).
Written by: Alex Galatis
Directed by: Steve Wright

VHS Releases[edit]

VHS Tapes released from GoodTimes Entertainment and Malofilm Video.

List of Releases Episodes Company Release Date
The Dragon Tales "Dudley Finds his Home"
"Mr. Crabby Tree"
High Flyin' Dragon"
Malofilm Video 1994
The Fantastic Tales "Dudley Meets the Alien"
"Dudley and the Gingerbread House"
Malofilm Video 1994
Have Yourself a Crabby Little Christmas "Have Yourself a Crabby Little Christmas" Malofilm Video 1994
The Mystery Tales "Dudley's Tea Party"
"Dudley Gets a Tummy Ache"
Malofilm Video 1994
The Travel Tales "Dudley in the Rainforest"
"Dudley and the Great Race"
Malofilm Video 1994
Dudley Finds His Home "Dudley Finds His Home" GoodTimes Entertainment April 27, 1995
Dudley's Tea Party "Dudley's Tea Party" GoodTimes Entertainment April 27, 1995
Mr. Crabby Tree "Mr. Crabby Tree" GoodTimes Entertainment April 27, 1995
Dudley and the Genie "Dudley and the Genie" GoodTimes Entertainment April 27, 1995
Dudley Gets a Tummy Ache "Dudley Gets a Tummy Ache" GoodTimes Entertainment April 27, 1995

Production[edit]

Dudley first appeared in The Conserving Kingdom, a 1982 play, and the rights to the character were bought by Ira Levy and Peter Williamson, partners in Toronto's Breakthrough Films and Television Inc, who produced the show with provincial educational broadcaster TVO.[4] Dudley appeared as a six-storey tall float in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.[4] The creators have stated that the show does not directly compete with Barney, to which it has been compared and seen as more entertaining for adults, as Dudley was intended for what they claim is a slightly older age group of three years old to seven years old.[4] Jean Morphee-Barnard, an educational consultant on the show, said that, "We don't want to use violence or insults. We want to avoid stereotyping; girls have to be just as involved as the boys are. And usually our villains are misguided rather than evil." [4] The creators of the show have stipulated that merchandising, such as toys and clothing or food products, should be made from natural fibres or should not include any sugar or preservatives.[4] Series writer and co-creator Alex Galatis was inside the costume for the first two seasons, but later only did the voice.[4]

Broadcast history[edit]

In 2008 Breakthrough closed a deal with APTN to rebroadcast the show.[5] APTN also broadcast the series in French[6] as Les Aventures d’Arthur le Dragon.[7]

In 2009, Breakthrough offers Dudley the Dragon on Children's IPTV service Ameba.

Les Aventures d'Arthur le Dragon[edit]

During the production of the first two seasons of "Dudley", a French version was also produced. The series, "Les Aventures d'Arthur le Dragon" was a rarity, as very few TV shows had a foreign language version produced simultaneously with its regular production. For the French version, puppeteers Alex Galatis, James Rankin, and Sue Morrison (as well as Patrick McKenna, who played the Troll) continued to portray their characters, with their voices dubbed by French-speaking actors. These actors included Olivier L'Ècuyer, Christian Laurin, and Mireille Dumont. Asia Vieira, Daniel DeSanto, and Robin Weekes were replaced by French actors. The young actors portraying the kids would watch Vieira, DeSanto, and Weekes perform a scene, and then would do their version of the same scene. In addition, most of the Canadian guest stars on the show were replaced by French celebrities, with the exception of Graham Greene, who continued to portray "Mr. Crabby Tree" (with his voiced dubbed by a French actor).

French Cast

  • Alex Galatis as "Arthur le Dragon" ("Dudley", puppetry only)
  • Olivier L'Éuyer as "Arthur le Dragon ("Dudley", voice only), 'Le Lutin" ("The Leprachaun")
  • Annick Obonsawin as "Sophie" ("Sally", season 1)
  • Andréanne Bendir as "Annick" ("Sally", season 2)
  • Anael G. Roy as "Max" ("Matt", season 1)
  • Owen Leitch as "Mathieu" ("Matt", season 2)
  • Barnabé Geisweiller as "Bastien" ("Terry")
  • James Rankin as "Ti-Louis" ("Sammy", puppetry only), "M. Rouge-Gorge" ("Mr. Robin", puppetry only), "Gran-Pere Rouge Gorge" ("Grandpa Robin", puppetry only), "Ti-Gus" ("Yammi", puppetry only), "Dodo" (puppetry only), "Radar" (puppetry only)
  • Christian Laurin as "Ti-Louis" ("Sammy", voice only), "M. Rouge-Gorge" ("Mr. Robin", voice only), "M. Pommier-Grognan" ("Mr. Crabby Tree", voice only), "Gran-Pere Rouge Gorge" ("Grandpa Robin", voice only), "Ti-Gus" ("Yammi", voice only), "Bernardo" (voice only), "Kostas" (voice only), "Maluron" ("The Toxin", voice only), "Radar" (voice only), "Le Sorcier" ("The Troll", voice only), "Extraterrestre" ("The Alien", voice only)
  • Wende Welch as "Mme. Rouge-Gorge" ("Mrs. Robin", puppetry only, first few episodes), "Madame Lepic" ("Didi the Woodpecker", puppetry only, first few episodes), "Iréne" ("Katrina the Whale", puppetry only, first few episodes)
  • Sue Morrison as "Mme. Rouge-Gorge" ("Mrs. Robin", puppetry only), "Madame Lepic" ("Didi the Woodpecker", puppetry only), "Iréne" ("Katrina the Whale", puppetry only), "Rosi" ("Rosie the Skunk", puppetry only)
  • Mireille Dumont as "Mme. Rouge-Gorge" ("Mrs. Robin", voice only), "Madame Lepic" ("Didi the Woodpecker", voice only), "Iréne" ("Katrina the Whale",voice only), "Rosi" ("Rosie the Skunk", voice only), "Giselle La Poubelle" ("Clarence the Can", voice only)
  • Graham Greene as "M. Pommier-Grognan" ("Mr. Crabby Tree", performance only)
  • Patrick McKenna as "Le Sorcier" ("The Troll", performance only)
  • Marthe Moliki-Sassa as "Rosi" ("Aggie", season 1)
  • Lyne Tremblay as "Vivi" ("Aggie", season 2)
  • Ed Sahley as "Giselle La Poubelle" ("Carlence the Can", performance only)
  • Bernard Gagnon as "Grand et Petit Géant" ("Tiny Giant")
  • Earl Pastko as "Maluron" ("The Toxin", performance only)
  • Louise Shekter as "Visage de la Nature" ("The Face of Nature")
  • René Lemieux as "Le Roi" ("The King of All Living Things")
  • Daniel Richer as "Pablo Picot" ("Pablo Pickle")
  • Angelo Cadet as "Flammo"
  • Julian Richings as "Extraterrestre" ("The Alien", performance only)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Graham Greene". Native Networks. Smithsonian Institution. October 2005. Retrieved 2009-02-09. 
  2. ^ "Special Report on the Geminis: And the nominees are...". Playback. Brunico Communications Ltd. 1998-01-26. Retrieved 2009-01-22. 
  3. ^ "The 1994 Gemini nominees (page 4)". Playback. Brunico Communications Ltd. 1994-02-14. Retrieved 2009-02-09. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f Smallbridge, Justin. "Dudley is No Dud". McClean’s (February 19, 1986; Vol. 109, No. 8; page 62) (accessed through ProQuest). Rogers Publishing Limited. Retrieved 2009-01-22. 
  5. ^ Ball, Ryan (2008-09-19). "Breakthrough Inks Deals for Betty, Dudley". Animation Magazine. Retrieved 2009-02-09. 
  6. ^ PDF APTN Fall/Winter Schedule [www.aptncsr.com/files/east.pdf]
  7. ^ "APTN New Entertainment (Drama, Variety, Lifestyle)". Aboriginal Peoples Television Network. Retrieved 2009-02-09. 

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