Walter Melon (TV series)
Walter Melon is a 1996 animated TV show, very loosely adapted from the Franco-Belgian comic Achille Talon. The show was produced and funded by France 2, Saban International and Scottish Television, and aired in the United States on the Fox Family Channel from 1998. Each episode consists of two shorter adventures, and a total of 52 episodes were produced.
Walter Melon and his assistant Bitterbug run a company as "heroes for hire". Whenever superheroes get in trouble, get sick, or fall victim to their villains' latest scheme, Melon and Bitterbug (Lefuneste) take their places temporarily. In the show, Walter and Bitterbug replaced spoofs of popular superheroes and fictional heroes, such as Superman, Batman, Spider-Man, Hulk, James Bond, Indiana Jones, Kirk and Spock, Luke Skywalker and Han Solo, Tarzan, Mad Max, two of the Power Rangers, Jason Lee Scott and Billy Cranston, the Terminator, Fox Mulder, John Rambo and Little Red Riding Hood. Unlike most heroes, Walter is a dim-witted, overweight jolly man with a large nose and a lot of luck, but nobody ever notices the apparent change in appearance, with his weight merely being commented on immediately after his arrival and subsequently ignored. When he impersonates the heroes, he fights Sneero, the main antagonist of the series who represents the main villain of the parody universe. Additionally, Walter is sometimes partnered with Ameila, a woman who represents the heroines and love interests of the story. In a second season to make the show educational, Walter and Bitterbug would receive cross-time distress messages from famous and important historical figures such as George Washington, Christopher Columbus, Thomas Edison, Lewis and Clark, and the Apollo 11 astronauts, rather than superheroes and fictional characters, unlike the first season.
The series was available on Jetix Play, but is not currently available through any other outlet.
- Richard Bell - Walter Melon
- Jeremiah Nagle - Bitterbug
- Michael McConnohie - Sneero
- Francine Elcar - Amelia
- Jaxqueline Tordjman, Vincent Chalvon-Demersay, Sandy Ross - Executive Producers
- Jamie Simone - Casting & Voice Director
- Micheal Dax - Music
- Natalie Altmann - Script editor