Yakkity Yak

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Yakkity Yak
Yakkity Yak (logo).jpg
Genre Comedy
Format Animated series
Created by Mark Gravas
Voices of Lee Tockar
Brian Drummond
Andrea Libman
Pam Hyatt
Ian James Corlett
Michael Daingerfield
Jason Schombing
Country of origin Canada
Australia
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 26
Production
Executive producer(s) Guy Moon
Tim Brooke-Hunt
Mark Gravas
Greg Ricca
Rob Simmons
Producer(s) Kathy Antonsen Rocchio
Jamie Turner
Sandra Walters
Running time 22 minutes
Production company(s) Studio B Productions
Kapow Pictures
Nickelodeon Productions
Distributor MTV Networks International
Broadcast
Original channel Teletoon (Canada)
Nickelodeon (Australia)
Original run November 9, 2002 (2002-11-09) – December 12, 2003 (2003-12-12)

Yakkity Yak is an Australian/Canadian animated television series created by Mark Gravas that ran on Teletoon in Canada and on Nickeldeon in Australia from November 9, 2002 to December 12, 2003. The show was known for its extreme lack of reality, and for its extreme silliness and featured a style of animation which broke with past Nickelodeon tradition. The show features an anthropomorphic yak named Yakkity who wants to make it to stardom by becoming a comedian. Along the way, he has adventures with his two best friends Keo (an actual anthropomorphic pineapple) and Lemony, a young human girl.

Theme song[edit]

A song from 1958 named Yakety Yak by The Coasters is used. Children sing parts of the updated version of the song.

Characters[edit]

  • Yakkity Yak (Lee Tockar): A 13-year-old yak student in Onion Falls High and the school's mascot who wishes to be a comedian. Yakkity got the job because his grandfather was mascot when the football team won the state championship in 1925. Much to Yakkity’s dislike, it’s the football team, not the mascot, who gets all the glory (even though they haven't won since 1925). Yakkity now lives with his Granny and her boarder Professor Crazyhair. His closest friends are Keo (who lives next door) and Lemony.
  • Keo (Brian Drummond): An anthropomorphic pineapple who is actually a human with a pineapple for a head. He is very intelligent but is camera shy and has stage fright. He has rivalrys with his father who is only a pineapple but deep down, he loves him.
  • Granny Yak (Pam Hyatt): Yak's grandmother. While she is a good sounding board in a parental way, she also has some of Yakkity’s impulsive genes.
  • Lemony (Andrea Libman): A blond-haired human girl who has a vivid imagination.
  • Mr. Reginald Highpants (Ian James Corlett): The town's leading vendor of candy and all things sugared. He runs many small businesses.
  • Trilo (Jason Schombing): Yakkity's trilobite agent and former circus performer who owns his own Entertainment Agency who does children's parties for the characters and is always looking for money. His clients are Yakkity, Fairy Wanda and Chuck Damage which he uses for parties.
  • Professor Crazyhair (Scott McNeil): A scientist and teacher at Onion Falls High who's hair changes color like a mood ring and rents out Yakkity's basement in his house, which he builds a laboratory in it.
  • Penelope (Tabitha St. Germain): A robot who works as Professor Crazyhair's assistant but lacks any social skills or confidence. Whenever she's embarrassed, her face turns red and she squirts out fire fighting foams from her arms transforming into fire hoses, squrting everything around her.
  • Rondo (Ian James Corlett): Lemony's football playing brother who is a senior in high school. He is one of Yakkity's main antagonists often competing for the spotlight.
  • Keo's Dad (Michael Daingerfield): A pineapple who can be bossy and rude at many times, and Keo's father.
  • Miss Wanda Harper (Brenda Circlow): Onion Falls High's librarian who is actually a fairy.
  • Jackie Pachyderm: An elephant comedian and successful movie star who is Yakkity's idol.

Broadcast[edit]

Yakkity Yak debuted on Canada's Teletoon on January 2003. It currently airs on BBC Kids. On January 17, 2004, it was added to the Nicktoons Network schedule for a few years, but it was removed from the rotation on March 2, 2007.

Episodes[edit]

Episode # Title Outline
Season 1: 2002-2003
1a "Hypnotic Yak" Yakkity hypnotises everyone into thinking he's funny.
1b "As the Worm Turns" Yakkity finds a magical talking ventriloquist dummy.
2a "The Yak and the Hat" Yakkity goes on a TV quiz show with Keo providing answers from within Yakkity's hat.
2b "Cowinator III" An historic grass-eating competition between Yakkity's grandfather and "The Cowinator" is replayed between Yakkity and the grandson of "The Cowinator".
3a "3 Cheers for Penelope" When Professor Crazyhair makes a robot girl, Lemony coaches her to improve her social skills.
3b "My Dad the Robot" Professor Crazyhair builds robot legs and arms for Keo's father.
4a "A Tree Grows in Onion Falls" Yakkity moves out of home and into a treehouse. But now he must save his family from a thief masquerading as a little boy.
4b "Spring Cleaning" Yakkity and Keo makes a mess in Professor Crazyhair's laboratory, and so must do some house cleaning to make amends. But soon, they turn everyone into zombies.
5a "Dial-a-Yak" When Yakkity breaks Rondo's war robot, Yakkity must take its place. He wears a phone for communication with Rondo.
5b "Darn-It Dog" Yakkity does not want to return a library book he borrowed when he was 5. So he tells Wanda he never took it out. Soon, he uses lying to get what he wants at least until he gets a taste of his own medicine.
6a "Yakstravaganza" Yakkity encourages Keo's dad to relive his showbiz days and join his new show.
6b "Curly Top" Yakkity's fur turns pink while experimenting with one of Granny Yak's hair products.
7a "I Want My Yak TV" Yakkity's new antler braces start picking up cable TV channels - a rare feat in Onion Falls. Yakkity becomes a popular stage act.
7b "Election Dysfunction" Keo runs against Lemony for school president, but will he promise more than he can deliver?
8a "And That's the Weather" Yakkity becomes an accurate weather forecaster thanks to Granny Yak's weather-predicting bunions. Complications arise, however, when Granny has her bunions removed.
8b "Pineapple Upside-Dead Cake!" When Keo's dad goes missing and everyone starts acting odd, Yakkity thinks that aliens have taken them.
9a "A Yak and His Fish" Yakkity's new pet fish likes to eat a variety of foods.
9b "Regarding Chuck" Yakkity accidentally gives Chuck Damage amnesia.
10a "Double Double Oil and Trouble" In a school project, Yakkity and friends try to improve the odor in Onion Falls.
10b "High Fashion Yak" Yakkity and Keo become fashion gurus thanks to Granny Yak's knitting skills.
11a "Nerds Are People Too" Yakkity unexpectedly excels in a test and is invited to a camp for teenage geniuses. But this is all a trap by Gary.
11b "The 10% Solution" When times get tough, Yakkity's agentm Trilo claims 10%... of everything Yakkity receives which is everything in his life.
12a "National Day of Yakking" It is the Onion Falls' centenary and a parade is announced. Yackity would like a float built to celebrate his idol - comedian Jackie Pachyderm.
12b "Fairy Yakkity" After Trilo asks Yakkity to disguise himself as Fairy Wanda, Rondo finds 'Victoria' strangely attractive.
13a "3 Minutes and Funny" The people of Onion Falls partake in a video competition where the most popular video featuring an onion will win. Yakkity favours a comedic genre.
13b "Nature Calls" Keo and Lemony are concerned when Yakkity starts behaving oddly. Has it something to do with the pimple on his nose?
14a "Fount Onion" Keo reveals Yakkity's secret swimming hole.
14b "Ice Scream, You Scream" Yakkity becomes a bike riding ice cream salesman. But he starts eating all the merchandise (which counts as stealing) in order to get free stuff.
15a "Cabin Fever" Keo, Keo's dad and Yakkity go camping, but seem to forget to pack vital items. At least Yakkity brings some marshmallows.
15b "Due Back Tomorrow" Keo and Yakkity find work in a video shop. Yakkity recommends all of Jackie Pachyderm's funny movies, except for A-Pach-Alypse Now.
16a "End of the Line" A nature documentary explains that yaks are an endangered species. Keo and Lemony must place Yakkity and his grandma inside a glass bubble in order to save them.
16b "House Sitters" Mr Highpants must attend a Confectionery Convention. He asks Yakkity and Keo to look after his hi-tech home, warning the boys not to touch any buttons... and only to feed Mr Littlepants "Chimp-Chow".
17a "Teachers Pet" Professor Crazyhair gives Lemony a high grade for her science project, but Keo believes that flattery had a lot to do with it.
17b "Yakeo" After failing to be picked for the football team, Yakkity and Keo invent their own sport.
18a "Sharing Bear" Yakkity still loves Sharing Bear - the children's television presenter, but Keo and Lemony think he is for babies.
18b "Lucky Undies" Everything is going right for Yakkity. Is it because of the underpants he has been wearing since last Tuesday?
19a "Techno Prisoners" When Grandma Yak turns against modern conveniences, Yakkity has to sneak off to the Techno-seum with his science class.
19b "It's a So-So Life" Yakkity leaves the services of Trilo to pursue a career as a headline act in the Circus Maximus.
20a "Camp Onion" The Onioneers are on winter camp, and Lemony is hoping to win all of the merit medals. But she and Mr. high pants get stuck on top of Mt. Onion. Now Yakkity, Keo, and Wanda must save them.
20b "Snow Biz" It is All Onions Eve, and the children of Onion Falls are getting ready to leave their boots of onion soup out over night for the Snow Cow to replace with chocolate milk. However Yakkity's friends no longer believe in the Snow Cow...
21a "The Fan" Yakkity's cousin Jasper is a cute yak with a natural stand-up comedy style. But Yakkity becomes envious and ruins Jasper's show.
21b "From Boom to Bust" When Professor Crazyhair's experiments in the basement blow up the dining room a second time, Granny Yak evicts him from the house.
22a "Rondo Reversal" Granny Yak is in hospital, and Keo has Pineapple Pox, so Yakkity has a sleepover at Lemony's place. There he discovers some embarrassing secrets about Lemony's brother Rondo. When he reveals all at school, Yakkity assumes the position of the school bully. This soon causes everything to be out of whack.
22b "The Damage is Done" When Chuck Damage becomes Yakkity's personal trainer, Yakkity begins to use him as his body guard. However how will Chuck Damage fare against The Cement Mixer?
23a "My Fair Crazy Hair" Granny Yak has a new boyfriend - Chatterbox Ox, but Yakkity is suspicious, and Professor Crazyhair tries to win back Granny's affections.
23b "Practically Funny" Things go wild in Onion Falls after Yakkity receives the Jackie Pachyderm Practical Joke box, but someone else knows a few good practical jokes.
24a "Onion Falls Most Wanted" A robber is stealing from homes by blowing bubblegum bubbles and floating up to upstairs windows. Trilo is suspected, but is he really the Bubblegum Bandit?
24b "Blue Rinse Test" When Granny Yak moves to a nursing home, Yakkity moves in with her.
25a "Daddy Uh-Ohs" Keo is embarrassed by his old bike, but his father won't let him spend his film school money on a new one. With poor finances, will the family have to move to freezing Bergville?
25b "Yaks A Plenty" Yakkity keeps putting off study for a biology test due the next day. However an educational cartoon video featuring Alan Amoeba helps teach Yakkity about cellular replication.
26a "Home School" Yakkity and Keo leave school to be taught by Keo's dad.
26b "The Onion Falls 500" A soapbox race is announced, and the prize is a year's supply of Professor Crazyhair's Egg Salad. When Lemony forms a team with Keo, Yakkity eventually pairs with a peculiar new neighbor. The inclusion of an egg salad recipe is a tribute to Woody Allen's What's Up, Tiger Lily?.
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Previously known as "The Yakking".

Awards[edit]

The show was nominated for a Leo Award for "Best Musical Score" in 2004. The creator Mark Graves was nominated for Australian Film Institute's Award for "Best Short Animation" in 2002.[citation needed]

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