|Created by||Joanna Ferrone
|Voices of||Sue Rose
|Country of origin||Canada
|No. of seasons||3|
|No. of episodes||65 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||22 minutes|
|Production company(s)||C.O.R.E. Digital Pictures
|Original network||Teletoon (Canada)
Fox Kids (U.S.)
|Original release||October 4, 1999 – November 29, 2001|
Angela Anaconda is a Canadian–American children's television series created by Joanna Ferrone and Sue Rose, the latter of whom who also voices the title character. The show began as a series of shorts on the KaBlam! program. It centers on the adventures of an eight-year-old girl named Angela in the fictional town of Tapwater Springs. Other characters include Angela's three best friends and several antagonists, such as a snobbish girl named Nanette and a manipulative teacher named Mrs. Brinks.
The show features cutout animation, in which characters are created using black-and-white photographs. The production studio, C.O.R.E. Digital Pictures, used Elastic Reality software to superimpose models' faces onto computer-generated bodies and backgrounds.
DHX Media and C.O.R.E. Digital Pictures developed Angela Anaconda into a long-form series in 1999. The show aired on Nickelodeon networks in the United States and internationally. Teletoon aired it in Canada, and Fox Kids temporarily carried the program until Disney repositioned the network in 2001.
|First aired||Last aired|
|1||26||October 4, 1999||November 8, 1999|
|2||26||September 18, 2000||February 26, 2001|
|3||13||September 17, 2001||November 29, 2001|
- Angela Anaconda (voiced by Sue Rose) is a tomboyish, imaginative, freckle-faced girl who eschews the femininity commonly associated with other girls her age. She resides in the town of Tapwater Springs with her parents, two dimwitted elder brothers; Mark and Derek, her baby sister: Lulu, and closest friends; Johnny Abatti, Gina Lash, and Gordy Rhinehart. In every episode of the series, Angela will engage in at least one dream sequence. The majority of these feature her rivals Nanette Manoir and Mrs. Brinks seeking vengeance on her in unrealistic fashions. Angela often imagines unusual things happening to her enemies, including getting tossed into the air during an ice routine and falling through the ice.
- Johnny Abatti (voiced by Ali Mukaddam) is a sweet but dim child of Italian descent. His parents are never seen in the show and he appears to be under the care of his grandmother Carmella and uncle Nicky, the latter of whom often pressures Johnny into manhood (particularly in the episode "Johnny Learns to Swing"). Regarded as an attractive student, Johnny takes pride in his pompadour hairstyle. Nanette Manoir harbors a crush on him and tries to flirt with him frequently, referring to him as "John" and inviting him to exclusive Manoir events. He normally brings Angela, Gina, and Gordy along against their will. Despite this preferential treatment, Johnny remains utterly clueless about Nanette's affections. Although he never admits it, Johnny may have strong feelings for Angela, as he becomes resentful of any rival for her affections. On every Valentine's Day, Johnny sends Angela flowers but forgets to sign the attached card, accidentally giving the credit for his gift to Angela's imaginary boyfriend Bob. Johnny likes to pick his nose and shoot spit balls.
- Gina Lash (voiced by Bryn McAuley) is the smartest child in her grade. Possessing encyclopedic knowledge, an impressive vocabulary, and a voracious appetite, Gina routinely dispenses reason and insight to her friends. However, she will always participate in whatever scheme they are partaking in. Gina shares many interests with her friends, but her thirst for knowledge has led her to pursue a variety of other hobbies; she owns a microscope and other scientific paraphernalia. Gina is best known for her appetite, which rivals that of any adult. She is always hungry and can even fall prey to Nanette Manoir if she is bribed with her gourmet chef's cooking. Gina's favorite foods include Abatti's Pizza, cinnamon swirls, jiggly fruit, and Tastee Swirl ice cream. Gina worships the mascot for Tastee Swirl, a man with a whipped ice cream head who dispenses frozen treats from his truck to the local children. She also idolizes the maker of her favorite cupcake snack, Tiny Dottie, as a professional food entrepreneur she wants to be like. Gina lives with her mother, who is single (until she begins dating Gordy's father Coach Rhinehart). Her father is never seen or mentioned on the show, implying that her mother is divorced. Gina also owns a pet turtle named Sheldon who loves to eat carrots.
- Gordy Rhinehart (voiced by Edward Glen) is a kind, sensitive, and artistic boy with asthma who prefers pressing flowers, housework, and writing poetry to "dangerous" activities like tag or hide-and-seek. He is best known for his many allergies. Gordy wears large, square spectacles and a blue vest. He is the complete opposite of his burly and macho ex-Army soldier father Coach Rhinehart. Despite being so unalike, their father/son relationship is very strong and they show genuine love and concern for one another. The coach enjoys the strawberry soufflés, hand-embroidered towels, and pillow cases Gordy makes in his free time. Gordy loves animals and is the proud owner of an immaculately groomed dog named Fabio. He is an expert on pet care and worries about the welfare of any animal entrusted to Angela. Gordy spent almost an entire episode ("Gordy in a Plastic Bubble") wearing rubber gloves and a face mask, refusing to leave his house, after looking at an eyelash under a microscope. In spite of Gordy's outward appearance and mannerisms, he is deeply in love with Gina Lash.
- Nanette Manoir (voiced by Ruby Smith-Merovitz) is the teacher's pet who speaks with a snobbish faux-French accent when she speaks. Her hair is golden blonde and styled into long Victorian-style ringlets in emulation of her mother's look. Nanette's doting parents fail to see how rotten their daughter really acts at school and never punish her for things she does wrong. She is proud of her pampered looks, constantly bouncing her curled hair. Nanette's interests are a posh variety of activities such as baton twirling, ballet, painting, gymnastics, and ice skating. She uses her family's wealth and high status as a way of asserting her superiority over her classmates, especially Angela. Because of her French name, Nanette believes that she is of French descent. This belief is shared only by her mother, Bunny. Nanette adds misapplied French phrases to most of her conversations, explaining their meanings incorrectly; for example, she believes "liaison" is French for "lesson", "crème brûlée" (singed cream) is French for "prove it", and "pomme de terre" (potato) is French for "apple polisher".
- Mrs. Ephegenia Brinks (voiced by Richard Binsley) is an eccentric middle-aged woman and a dedicated third grade teacher with a rather masculine voice. She wears a grey beehive wig, which hides her short ginger hair, and dresses in a long-skirted schoolmarm dress. She is easily manipulated and plays favorites, her decisions always favoring Nanette. Unfortunately, Mrs. Brinks is biased against Angela and is very strict and callous with her. Mrs. Brinks likes to believe that she is sophisticated and succumbs easily to flattery. She considers Angela a bizarre, troublemaking, and wayward girl and constantly punishes her. She and her long-suffering husband Connie are rumored to be weekend nudists. Angela and her gang often peer into the Brinks' backyard from Angela's tree house to find out if this rumor is true, though the show only shows Angela and her friend's reactions to what they see. In "Brinks of No Return", Mr. Brinks reveals that he and Mrs. Brinks used to have a very loving relationship before Nanette came into her life. In the episode "Earhart's Heirloom" Mrs. Brinks claims to have the compass of Amelia Earhart and promises to show it to the class if they behave for a month. Brinks has an artificial hip which prevents her from dancing.
- Nicholas "Uncle Nicky" Abatti is Johnny's swinging bachelor uncle and co-owner of Abatti's Pizzeria. While generally good natured towards his nephew as well as Angela, Gina and Gordy, Uncle Nicky is also childish, and obsessed with fast women, faster cars, gambling and disco. His clothes usually consist of sunglasses, gold chains and leisure suits. As a child he was known as a troublemaker in Mrs. Brinks' class and left his legacy in the form of an eternal spitball. Uncle Nicky is more often than not escorted by two nameless babes (a blonde on his left and a redhead on his right) wherever he goes, a testament to his love of women. Despite this, he has been known to publicly express interest in Gina's mother, Elizabeth Lash.
- Nonna Abatti is Johnny's grandmother and chief proprietor of Abatti's Pizzeria. A talented cook and nurturer, Nonna is very hospitable to Johnny and his friends. She is also not afraid to speak her mind about things, particularly her son Nicky's lifestyle choices or Gina Lash's appetite. Additionally, Nonna is highly superstitious, most notably regarding "Chi Mallochio" (or, the evil eye), as evidenced when Nicky starts enjoying the success at the expense of a rival pizzeria. In her younger days, she was good friends with Angela's Grandmother.
- Coach Rhinehart is Gordy's hyper masculine father and football coach for Tapwater Springs. In spite of being fiercely competitive and obsessed with physical activity of any kind, he is accepting of his son's personality and artistic interests, encouraging him to be himself, and not projecting his image of manhood onto him.
- Astronaut Bob is the local hero of Tapwater Springs whom Angela and her friends hold in high regard. As his name suggests, he was an astronaut presumably during the height of the Space Race who got to walk on the moon. He currently spends his time as a volunteer for the town's space museum, and lending his likeness to boxes of the cereal Astro Nutties.
- January Cole and Karlene Trainor (voiced by Annick Obonsawin) are Nanette's servants who follow her around wherever she goes. Karlene is Caucasian while January is African-American. Sporting bouffant hairdos, preppy clothing, and beauty moles, they are very concerned with their appearance and look to Nanette for fashion guidance (mainly about facials and makeup). When Nanette makes a statement, January instantly agrees and then Karlene agrees "even more". Despite their unyielding devotion to Nanette, they are fickle.
- Josephine Praline is a devout Catholic who acts as a moral rudder for her classmates. She is loving and forgiving, but stern when she sees injustice. Josephine often refers to others as "my child". She set up a confessional in the girl's washroom, where her friends come to talk to her about their stresses and worries. She is well liked by her classmates, but Mrs. Brinks cares very little about her. Josephine urges Angela to learn to love her enemies and see the good in Nanette instead of hating her, but is surprised when she cannot find any good qualities herself. Josephine comes from a large family of at least nineteen brothers and sisters. In the episode "Cabin Fever" it is revealed that her Bronx-sounding mother has agoraphobia. Josephine normally dresses in a Catholic school's uniform. As revealed in "The Haunting of Angela Anaconda", she is against the observance of Halloween because she thinks it will make her a sinner. In "Cheese Under Pressure", it is revealed that she is lactose intolerant.
- Jimmy Jamal (voiced by Kevin Duhaney) is an athletic boy in Angela's class. He is frequently seen playing a hand-held video game (called a Slamboy, a direct allusion to Game Boy, which gets confiscated by Mrs. Brinks in the episode "Curse of the Mummy") and talking about his Turbo Trainers, which make him run very fast. He is the son of the mayor of Tapwater Springs. In the episode "The Bird Lady of Tapwater Springs", Angela "heals" his pet iguana Albert (who is female) who seemed to be depressed. It is revealed in the episode "In a Pepper Pickle" that he keeps a diary.
- Candy May is an incredibly dim child who appears to cut her own hair and wears a shirt with a unicorn decal on it. She has long red hair in a ribbon. She hesitates a lot, draws her words out, and often confuses herself. She is not allowed near sharp objects and loves playing with glitter and paste. She may be older than the other kids and is unsurprisingly the tallest child in the classroom, but this is due to being held back a year due to her unintelligence. She refuses to believe two plus two equals four because she thinks that since two times two equals four, two plus two must equal a smaller number (her examples of numbers smaller than four are three and five). Her presence is marked by a slow instrumental version of "Pop Goes the Weasel".
Critical reception and ratings
Angela Anaconda received high ratings and mixed reviews from critics. Barb Stuewe of The Ledger noted that while "the humor doesn't always come off," the show "is sometimes quite funny." Evan Levine of the Rome News-Tribune was critical of the show's look and feel, stating that "the series' unique, cut-out style of animation seems trendy for its own sake." Scott Moore of The Washington Post called Angela Anaconda "more imaginative than anything ever seen in art class." Co-creator Sue Rose noted in an interview with The New York Times that despite having a primarily female cast, the show had become popular with both genders. She writes, "the most frequent feedback we get is from parents of boys ... they say: 'My boys watch it and they love it. I never thought they would.' These are not just girls' shows, they're kids shows." During the series' time on Fox Kids, it received consistently high ratings and was commonly marathoned by the channel.
Awards and nominations
|2000||Annecy Awards||Best TV Animation Program||Won|||
|27th Daytime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Special Class Animated Program||Nominated|||
|Gemini Awards||Best Animated Program or Series||Won|||
|2001||28th Daytime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Special Class Animated Program||Nominated|||
|2002||Prix Jeunesse International||Greatest Impact Program of the Last 50 Years||Won|||
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