The Annoying Orange

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Annoying Orange
Annoying-orange-logo.png
Current logo of Annoying Orange
Genre Comedy
Humour
Surreal humor
Off-color humor
Joke
Pun
Suspense
Animation
Adult animation
Created by Daneboe
Written by Spencer Grove
Daneboe
Robert Jennings
Directed by Daneboe
Robert Jennings
Kevin Brueck
Voices of Daneboe
Robert "Bobjenz" Jennings
Kevin Brueck
iJustine
Various guest stars
Composer(s) Dane Boedigheimer
The Convictions
Emma Kenny
Event Banditt
Kevin MacLeod
iLife Sound Effects
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 5
No. of episodes 249 (the list of episodes are incomplete) (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Daneboe
Aaron Massey
Kevin Nalty
Producer(s) Kevin Brueck
Production company(s) Gagfilms
Distributor Google
Broadcast
Original channel YouTube
Original run October 9, 2009 – present
Chronology
Related shows The High Fructose Adventures of Annoying Orange
The Misfortune Of Being Ned
External links
Website

The Annoying Orange is an American comedy web series created by former Minnesota film student and MTV production assistant Dane Boedigheimer in 2009. It stars its creator as an anthropomorphic orange who annoys other fruits, vegetables, and various other objects by using jokes, which are sometimes crude-humored. The YouTube channel "Annoying Orange" has over 3.5 million subscribers.

Despite the show's negative critical reception, the show's popularity after its first episode led it to become the subject of a TV series, a video game, a range of toys, and a t-shirt line. Other accessories, such as costumes of the series characters, have also appeared on the market for the company.

Plot[edit]

The show is centered on Orange (voiced by Dane Boedigheimer), who resides on a fruit cart display in a kitchen with other objects such as his best friend Pear, a Bartlett pear (also voiced by Boedigheimer). Other fruits include Passion, a (female) passion fruit played by iJustine, a grapefruit (voiced by Bobjenz), a tiny apple known as Midget Apple (though he prefers the name Little Apple), a small marshmallow and an elderly lemon named Grandpa Lemon, all of whom were not main characters until later episodes. Most episodes consist of Orange heckling other characters until they meet a sudden and gruesome end, usually by evisceration with a chef's knife (although the implements used to cut them up range from a blender to a toy pinwheel). Usually, Orange tries to "warn" them before it happens, blurting out the weapon-in-use, such as "Knife!" [1]

Orange has several recurring mannerisms. He often begins an episode by repeatedly yelling "Hey, (name of character)!" until the character responds. Orange also often refers to the character as something that plays on the object's name or appearance (such as calling Grapefruit "Apefruit"). If he does not like an object, he will often say "You're an apple!", even if the object is not (e.g., a tomato). Orange uses various tactics, such as telling rude and offensive jokes, burping and making childish noises with his tongue, to get attention.

Despite what other fruits and objects think, Orange often cannot control his tendency to be "annoying", and rarely intentionally tries to spite others; he usually means well for most fruits and objects. In one episode of the web series, a "life coach", Mango, suggests that Orange uses his annoying nature to try to cope with the destruction of the fruits he tries to make friends with. Regardless of his seemingly anti-social behavior, Orange can almost always find comfort in the company of his friends, and sometimes makes new ones.

Characters[edit]

From left to right: Midget Apple, Pear, Orange, Grapefruit, Passion Fruit, Marshmallow and Grandpa Lemon.

Main[edit]

  • Orange (voiced by Daneboe) is the lead protagonist and main character, appearing in every episode since the series began on October 9, 2009. He has yellow teeth, grey eyes, and a braying laugh. He is known for his annoying puns which he uses in every episode, although hardly any of the fruits seem to find his puns amusing. His standard reply, uttered after being taken to task for being annoying, is, "I'm not annoying, I'm an orange!"[1]
  • Pear (voiced by Daneboe) made his initial (albeit brief) appearance in the first episode, before becoming a main character since the episode "Passion of the Fruit". He is a Williams pear who inhabits the same fruit cart as Orange, his best friend. Despite their friendship, he is often annoyed by Orange, and initially wants to die early on, although he subtly warms up to Orange's antics afterwards. Pear tries to help others maintain control, and is depicted as more intelligent than Orange.
  • Midget Apple (voiced by Daneboe) debuted in the episode "Crabapple" on August 6, 2010 as a joke filler and became a recurring character in the episode, "Wazzup 3: Bonsai Tree." He is a tiny Red Delicious apple. A friend of Orange, Pear, Passion, and especially Marshmallow, he dislikes being called "Midget Apple", preferring the term "'Little Apple". Midget's catchphrase is "Neato Burrito" and he loves to wreck things up with his Monster Truck.
  • Marshmallow (voiced by Daneboe) debuted in the episode "Annoying Saw 2: The Annoying Death Trap" on September 24, 2010. A small, childlike, squeaky-voiced marshmallow that becomes friends with Orange in the episode, creators and characters often try to convince the viewers that Marshmallow is genderless. Marshmallow is typically presented as cheerful and happy, and claims to love "puppies, and unicorns, and bunnies, and rainbows, and clouds, and kittens, and bunnies, and rainbows", also shown to absorb significant damage from cuts, fire, and throwing stars, but still emerging largely unscathed. Despite his/her cuteness, size, and cheerfulness, when something or someone angers him/her, Marshmallow sometimes acts very destructively, both towards his/her friends (and possibly enemies) and the area around him/her, although on few occasions has this destructive power been demonstrated.
  • Passion Fruit (voiced by YouTube vlogger iJustine), or simply "Passion", debuted on February 19, 2010 in "Passion of the Fruit". Passion is offended by insults, attempts to settle issues, and scolds Orange and other characters. Unbeknownst to Passion, Orange has a crush on her. She has a twin sister named Mandy, who appeared in "Wishful Thinking", that is in love with Pear.
  • Grapefruit (voiced by Robert Jennings) debuted in "Passion of the Fruit" as Orange's archenemy. He often engages in juvenile insults with Orange. The character was killed by Knife in his debut, but returned after being resurrected as part of the Frankenfruit monster in "Frankenfruit." He becomes a recurring character since the episode "Best Fiends Forever."
  • Grandpa Lemon (played by Kevin Brueck) is an elderly, forgetful lemon who has a habit of falling asleep at rather odd and annoying times. Debuting in "Grandpa Lemon" on June 4, 2010, he is unfazed by Orange's taunts about his memory loss and sleeping habits. Sliced in half by Knife in his debut, he became part of the Frankenfruit monster in "Frankenfruit." He becomes a recurring character since the episode "Wishful Thinking."

Recurring[edit]

  • Knife (voiced by Kevin Nalty) was initially introduced simply as a kitchen tool in "Annoying Orange". He appears when Orange announces his presence, proceeding to slice up the other fruits and vegetables. His first appearance as a character was in "No More Mr. Knife Guy" Knife is shown to be at odds with his role in the series, hating his life because of how he is used. His mortal enemy is a knife sharpener due to the pain involved. However, he is replaced by Squash in more recent episodes.
  • Liam the Leprechaun (voiced by Bobjenz) first appeared in the episode "Luck o' the Irish" as a bad-tempered leprechaun, who loses his pot of gold to Orange. Orange tends to call him "Jolly Green Giant." Crushed by his pot of gold at the end of the episode, Liam is currently a recurring character, and is also the title character of a former spin-off series on his own YouTube channel. He still continues to return to the Annoying Orange series as a recurring character.
  • Squash (voiced by Daneboe) has appeared in quite a few episodes over 2011-2013. He is similar to Knife, only the fruits get squashed to death, not cut to death, and seems to be a replacement for him. When he lands on a fruit (or other food), he usually exclaims "Eww! Gross!" He also appeares as a main fruit in an episode on certain occasions.
  • Zoom (voiced by Bobjenz) first appeared in "ZOOM!!!". He is a high-caffeine energy drink that can make people "get a full night's rest in just 30 seconds". He is a recurring character who appears in several episodes over 2012-2013, his major appearance was in "WazZoom". He also exhibits two minor appearances in "Annoying Orange vs Angry Birds" and "Liam's Top Ten Most Annoying Annoying Orange Videos".
  • Copper Lincoln (voiced by Bobjenz) was once a penny and got transformed into a living copper version of Abraham Lincoln by a clam. His main purpose is to dance.
  • Captain Obvious (voiced by Steve Zaragoza) is a small onion who always states the obvious and is often almost as annoying as Orange. His first appearance was in "Angry Orange". One of his favorite things to say is "I'm wearing a hat".

Videos[edit]

The first Annoying Orange episode was aired in October 2009. Since then the Annoying Orange YouTube channel has uploaded 2-3 videos per week.

Songs[edit]

The Annoying Orange has sung many songs based on real songs, such as Gangnam Style.

  • Orange Nya nya Style (Gangnam Style)
  • Party Rock (Party Rock)
  • Fry-day (Black Friday)
  • Epic Rap Battles Of Kitchenry (Epic Rap Battles Of History)
  • Chiller (Thriller)
  • He Will Mock You (We Will Rock You)
  • What Does The Sock Say? (What Does The Fox Say?)
  • Monster Truck (Thunderstruck)
  • Beauty And A Beet (Beauty And A Beat - Justin Bieber)
  • No More Mr Knife Guy (No More Mr Nice Guy)
  • Pickleback (Nickleback)
  • U Can't Squash This (You Can't Touch This)

Spoofs[edit]

The Annoying Orange has spoofed many popular YouTube videos. These are:

  • Epic Peel Time (Epic Meal Time)
  • Talking Twin Baby Oranges (Talking Twin Babies)
  • Go! Bwah! (Go! Bwah!)
  • Epic Rap Battles of Kitchenry (Epic Rap Battles of History)
  • Kitchen Intruder (Bed Intruder)
  • Orange After Dentist (David After Dentist)
  • Nyan Nya Orange (Nyan Cat)
  • Sneezing Marshmallow (Sneezing Baby Panda)

Annoying Orange Lets Play[edit]

The Annoying Orange has played many well known video games

  • Minecraft
  • Fruit Ninja
  • Fifa 14
  • Flappy Birds
  • Street Fighter
  • Pacman
  • Mortal Kombat
  • Tiny Wings
  • Mario Kart
  • Pong
  • Angry Birds
  • Super Mario
  • Plants vs. Zombies
  • Duck Hunt
  • Call of Duty Ghosts
  • Super Ball Juggling
  • Giant Boulder Of Death
  • Happy Wheels
  • Temple Run 2

Lets Play Other Characters[edit]

Many of the other characters from the Annoying Orange have played video games as well

  • Donkey Kong - Grapefruit
  • Candy Crush - Marshmallow
  • Surgeon Simulator - Grandpa Lemon, Midget Apple
  • Happy Wheels - Grandpa Lemon, Orange, Midget Apple, Grapefruit
  • Slender - Grandpa Lemon
  • Flappy Bird - Orange, Midget Apple
  • Offroad Legends - Midget Apple
  • Fifa 14 - Orange, Marshmallow, Midget Apple, Grapefruit
  • Call of Duty Ghosts - Orange, Grapefruit, Marshmallow, Grandpa Lemon

Lets Play with The Whole Gang[edit]

Sometimes in video games the some, or all of the Annoying Orange game play.

  • Fifa 14
  • Call Of Duty Ghosts

Background[edit]

Creator Dane Boedigheimer (right).

Before The Annoying Orange, Boedigheimer had done many talking food videos for his channel and other sites including JibJab. He said in an interview that the idea for The Annoying Orange was a combination of the talking food videos, puns and special effects he came up with and did before.[2] The original video was planned to be title The Annoying Apple, but when he started animating the video he found it easier to put features on an orange than an apple and make it clear.[3]

The Annoying Orange video was initially meant to be the only one on YouTube. However, many viewers requested more videos,[1][4] and after the 4th one, Boedigheimer decided to make a full-time series. Following the success of the series, he created a channel dedicated to The Annoying Orange under the name "Annoying Orange" on January 11, 2010.

Reception[edit]

The series was rated as the most viewed web series of February and March 2010 by Mashable, with over 52 million views.[5][6] On April 26, 2010, the series had over 108 million views on YouTube.[1][7][8] In June 2010, the channel had received 137 million views.[4] By August 13, 2010, it had received 1 million subscribers. On June 2011, the channel was ranked as the eighth most subscribed and 30th most viewed, with more than 2,000,000 subscribers.[9][10] On January 13, 2012, the series hit 1 billion channel views and 2.3 million subscribers.[11][12] The Annoying Orange YouTube channel currently has over 3.5 million subscribers

Despite the show's popularity, it was universally panned by critics. Liz Shannon Miller considered the show to be "annoying for many reasons."[13] In the web series column Pass the Mustard, Ned Hepburn called the show "pure, pure unfunny, highly concentrated, in droplet form, just purely nonsensical riffing from an Annoying Orange." Hepburn concluded, "the Annoying Orange series is one of the few that I had a physically bad reaction to. It was horrible."[14] 411mania.com called the show "idiotic" and "creepy as hell",[15] while other publications have referred to it as "third grade humor."[1] However, among internet audiences, the show has garnered generally positive reviews, as opposed to the unanimously negative ones.

Lawsuit[edit]

The success of the series had received attention of Fargo advertising agency H2M, who, in 2006, created its own “Talking Orange”, which is the spokesman for an ad campaign for the North Dakota Department of Transportation. Both of the two characters were two anthropomorphic oranges with ties to the Fargo-Moorhead area. Despite only slightly resembling the “Talking Orange”, the Annoying Orange was looked into by H2M’s attorneys as an intellectual property matter. Boedigheimer stated he had not watched the “Talking Orange” videos before he was told about the disagreement, also believing that the characters weren’t very similar.[16] Boedigheimer and Grove were later sued by H2M in May 2013 for allegedly copying the character.[17] The case has been settled as of November 2013.[citation needed]

Merchandise[edit]

Since late 2011, The Collective has produced many accessories, toys and clothing with toymaker The Bridge Direct and clothing retailers such as JCPenney, Shopko and rue21.[18] On November 10, 2011, GeekDad announced a giveaway for an Annoying Orange T-shirt from JCPenney and a toy from Toys R Us. GeekDad started taking entries through Friday at 11:59 PM.[19] The Collective also announced a partnership in December of that year with costume manufacturer Rubie's Costume Company to produce children and adult Halloween costumes and accessories featuring characters such as Orange, Pear, Marshmallow, and Midget Apple from the web series.[20]

Comics[edit]

Annoying Orange comics are published by Papercutz (publisher)Papercutz.

  1. Secret Agent Orange (December 11, 2012)- Note: Reference to James Bond. Parody of Special Agent Oso.
  2. Orange You Glad You're Not Me? (May 28, 2013)- Note: This is a reference to the joke orange you glad you're not me?
  3. Pulped Fiction (August 27, 2013)- Note: Parody of Pulp Fiction.
  4. Tales of the Crisper (January 14, 2014)- Note: Parody of Tales from the Crypt.
  5. Fifty Shades of Orange (April 8, 2014)- Note: Parody of Fifty Shades of Grey.
  6. My Little Baloney (August 5, 2014)- Note: Parody of My Little Pony.
  7. Adventure Lime (December 9, 2014)- Note: Parody of Adventure Time and also many other!, including Regular Show, Pokémon and SpongeBob SquarePants.

Games[edit]

A video game developed by Bottle Rocket Apps named Kitchen Carnage was released for the iPod Touch and iPhone on April 7, 2011. The game was later released in HD for the iPad on May 6, 2011, and for Android devices on October 14, 2011. Players throw various produce items across the kitchen at a series of blenders and other kitchen utensils.

TV series[edit]

Country / region Series premiere Network
 United States May 28, 2012 Cartoon Network
 Australia July 15, 2013 ABC3
 Canada September 5, 2013 Teletoon
 Brazil September 9, 2013 Cartoon Network
 United Kingdom TBA Cartoon Network (UK and Ireland)
 Malaysia November 31, 2013 Cartoon Network
 Israel December 2013 Arutz HaYeladim

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Geoffrey A. Fowler (April 26, 2010). "Now Playing on a Computer Near You: A Fruit With an Obnoxious Streak". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved April 28, 2010. 
  2. ^ The Annoying Orange Wants Nathan Fillion!. Interview with Dana Ward. October 27, 2011. 
  3. ^ Harrison, Stacey (June 6, 2012). ""Hey, Apple!" The Annoying Orange is coming to Cartoon Network". Channel Guide Magazine. Retrieved June 10, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Brown, Damon (June 28, 2010). "How 'Annoying Orange' is taking over the world". CNN. Retrieved June 28, 2010. 
  5. ^ Samuel Axon (March 5, 2010). "The Top 10 Most Watched Web Series, February 2010". Mashable. Retrieved April 28, 2010. 
  6. ^ Samuel Axon (April 8, 2010). "The Top 10 Most Watched Web Series, March 2010". Mashable. Retrieved April 28, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Annoying Orange a certified YouTube citrus smash for Dane Boedigheimer". News Limited. April 27, 2010. Retrieved April 28, 2010. 
  8. ^ Chantal Martineau (April 26, 2010). "Annoying Orange Seeks to Irritate a Wider Audience via Television". The Village Voice. Retrieved April 28, 2010. 
  9. ^ "Channels". YouTube. Retrieved December 20, 2011. 
  10. ^ "realannoyingorange Channel". YouTube. Retrieved December 20, 2011. 
  11. ^ "Annoying Orange hits 1 BILLION VIEWS! - DANEBOEVLOG". YouTube. January 13, 2012. Retrieved January 14, 2012. 
  12. ^ Francich, Darren (January 25, 2012). "'Annoying Orange' hits one billion views... and gets roasted! -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved February 1, 2012. 
  13. ^ Shannon Miller, Liz (May 10, 2010). "No. 1 Web Series Annoying Orange is Annoying for Many Reasons". Online Video News. Retrieved November 25, 2011. 
  14. ^ Hepburn, Ned (March 10, 2010). "‘Annoying Orange’, ‘Wiener’, ‘The Basement’, ‘Copy & Pastry’ Try to Pass The Mustard". Tubefilter News. Retrieved November 25, 2011. 
  15. ^ Diaz, Porfirio (November 22, 2011). "Movies/TV's 3R’s 11.22.11: Dark Knight Rises, The Amazing Spider-Man, Twilight, Ricky Gervais, More". 411mania.com. Retrieved November 27, 2011. 
  16. ^ Benshoof, Sam (November 16, 2011). "Fargo Man Created Online Sensation 'Annoying Orange'". WDAZ. Accessed from December 26, 2012.
  17. ^ ND Ad Agency Sues Creators Of Cartoon Network Show. CBS Minnesota. May 22, 2013. Accessed from July 9, 2013.
  18. ^ Cohen, Joshua (December 16, 2011). "‘Annoying Orange’ Toys and Tees in Toys "R" Us and JCPenney". tubefittler news. Retrieved December 21, 2011. 
  19. ^ Cranford Teague, Jason (November 10, 2011). "Hey! Hey! It’s Annoying Orange — Exclusive Preview & Giveaway!". Wired. Retrieved November 27, 2011. 
  20. ^ Dickson, Jeremy (December 6, 2011). "Annoying Orange rolls into Halloween gear". Kidscreen. Retrieved December 28, 2011. 

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