Walter Melon (TV series)
Walter Melon is a 1998 animated TV show, very loosely adapted from the Franco-Belgian comic and television series Achille Talon. The show aired in the United States on the Fox Family Channel during 1998 and 1999. Produced and funded by France 2, Saban's and Scottish Television
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 all kinds of heroes spoofs, such as: Superman, Hulk, James Bond, Batman and Robin, Kirk and Spock, Tarzan, Luke Skywalker, Mad Max, Spider-Man, 2 of the Power Rangers, Alan Grant, Fox Mulder, Jim Phelps, Casper, White Rabbit and Mad Hatter, Peter Pan, Tin Man and Scarecrow, Aladdin, and Little Red Riding Hood. Walter is not a highly trained, intelligent and handsome macho man like most superheroes. Instead, he is a big jolly fellow with a large nose and a lot of luck. Despite his significantly greater size, nobody ever notices the difference, with his weight merely being commented on after his arrival and subsequently ignored. When he impersonates the heroes, he fights Sneero who represents the bad guys, such as spoofs of: Lex Luthor, Goldeneye, Joker, Darth Vader, Captain Hook, Doctor Octopus, Rita Repulsa, Cigarette Smoking Man, Queen of Hearts, Wicked Witch of the West, Jafar, King Kong, and the Big Bad Wolf.
In a second season, possibly to make the cartoon more educational, Walter and Bitterbug would receive cross-time distress messages from famous and important historical figures such as Thomas Edison, Lewis and Clark, and the Apollo 11 astronauts, rather than superheroes and fictional characters.
The series was available on Jetix Play (a channel for older cartoon series owned by Disney, which only aired in eastern Europe and the Arab World). The series is not available through any other outlet currently.
``Hero for hire. Reasonable rates. All major credit cards accepted.''
- 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