Angry Kid

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Angry Kid or Brendy Mckey
Angry Kid (first series) logo.jpg
Logo from the first and second series. This logo is green in the third series.
GenreStop motion animation
Comedy
Humour
Adult animation
Live action
Black comedy
Created byDarren Walsh
Written byDarren Walsh
Mike Booth
Mike Cooper
Directed byDarren Walsh
StarringBrendy Mckey
David Holt
Mike Cooper
Beth Chalmers
Kevin Eldon
Jo Allen
Lee Evans
Theme music composerWill Hodge
Opening theme"Angry Kid"
Ending theme"Angry Kid"
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series3
No. of episodes60 (list of episodes)
Production
Producer(s)Julie Lockhart
Jo Allen
Russell McLean
Michael Rose
Peter Lord
David Sproxton
CinematographyMark Chamberlain
Running time1-2 minutes, 22 minutes
Production company(s)Aardman Animations
Mr Morris Productions
DistributorAardman Animations
Release
Original networkBBC Four (original; United Kingdom)
MTV (original; United States)
Atom.com
YouTube (revival)
Original release1999 –
2016
External links
Angry Kid - The Official Site

Angry Kid is an English 1-minute short live action and stop motion animated comedy television series created, directed, written, and designed by Darren Walsh (who also provides the voice of the title character) and produced by Aardman Animations for Series 1 and 2 and by Mr Morris Productions for Series 3.

Unlike most Aardman productions, Angry Kid was not created using clay animation but a combination of pixilation (using actors in a form of stop motion puppetry) with masks for facial expressions.[1] Series 3 onwards uses CGI for Angry Kid's head, along with live action. The series airs in the United States on MTV.

Series 1 and 2 have been released on DVD in the UK and Australia. All the Angry Kid animations from before the third series were on Atom.com before the site was absorbed into Comedy Central. A compilation DVD called Aardman's Dark Side was also released, and it contains several Series 2 episodes and an exclusive episode. The vast majority of Angry Kid has since been released on YouTube.

Series 3 was launched in July 2015 after an 8-year hiatus. The first episode 'Interview' aired on the 3rd of July. Series 3 is produced by Mr Morris Productions with episodes being aired on Angry Kid's official YouTube page with a new episode being uploaded every 3 weeks.

Cast[edit]

Angry Kid
  • Darren Walsh as Angry Kid, the titular protagonist and antihero. He is redheaded boy of secondary school age who has a foul mouth and a terrible attitude. He is a mean-spirited brat who gains great enjoyment out of irritating and enraging others. He doesn't care who he steps on or what trouble he causes as long as it gets him what he needs or wants. Angry Kid is almost always seen wearing a dark blue parka jacket with a furry hood (even over his pyjamas). He's known by police officers as "the little ginger git on the bike" and he is also known as "Stanners." Angry Kid lives with his parents and little sister in the internet series but in the special episode "Who Do I Think I Am?", his mother abandons them. He also has a pet dog. Angry Kid also regularly falls victim to dog attacks, as he is seen being attacked by a dog multiple times throughout the series.
  • David Holt as Dad, Angry Kid and Little Sister's unseen father. He has an obsession for country & western music which he often plays in the car. He usually hits Angry Kid with his newspaper when Angry Kid says or does something stupid or annoying (but only his hand is shown when he hits him). In Who Do You Think You Are?, when he shows Angry Kid some home videos, his full body (apart from his face) is shown. He also plays the Teacher, who only appears in the setting of Angry Kid and Speccy's classroom. So far, she has only been in two episodes, both of which are specials: Darkside and Who do I Think I Am?
  • Jo Allen / Beth Chalmers as Little Sister, Angry Kid's younger sister. Her brother usually torments and teases her, but she gets her own back sometimes. Even though she is smaller and younger than Angry Kid, she is a lot smarter. She very rarely speaks, but she has one speaking part in the episode "Horror," in which she was possessed by an evil spirit and her head turned all the way around. She also talks in the Who Do I Think I Am? specials and the Aardman's Dark Side exclusive episode.
  • Mike Cooper / Kevin Eldon / Lee Evans as Speccy, Angry Kid's nerdy "best friend". Speccy is allergic to nuts (as revealed in "Swollen"), and when Angry Kid shoved a handful down his throat, he became severely disfigured, and he was then rushed to hospital by Dad. Speccy is always picked on by Angry Kid, who is cruel to him (e.g. making Speccy do his homework for him or not letting him watch movies with him). In Who Do I Think I Am?, it is revealed that Speccy's real name is Myles.

Episodes[edit]

Production[edit]

Series 1 and 2 were produced by Aardman Animations. Series 3 is distributed by Aardman Animations and produced by Mr Morris Productions.

Series Episodes Premiere Last in series
1 7 1999 2000
2 8 2002 2002
4 7 3 July 2015 19 February 2016
S 4 24 December 2004 3 March 2016

Specials[edit]

Who Do I Think I Am?[edit]

A 23-minute special, broadcast on BBC Three at 7:30 pm on Christmas Eve, 2004. The plot focuses on Angry Kid, who is given the task to write a 10-page essay for his teacher on who he really thinks he is. Despite their efforts, his dad and his friend Speccy are of no help, but later he gets the aid of Lil' Sis, who wants all of his possessions in return for writing the essay, to which he reluctantly agrees. The special ends with Angry Kid reading out the essay written by Lil' Sis about what he really is before being punished by having an intense workout session in the school gymnasium under the supervision of an evil gym teacher.

Handbags[edit]

Angry Kid raps, with the Flaming Choppers, in a music video called "Handbags," telling the story of how the kids (which, oddly, look exactly like him) playing football also use handbags. The song was released as a single on 29 May 2006 by Musicalities Ltd.

Single track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Handbags (Roody Bum Mix)" (full version)Darren Walsh and Rowlands2:49
2."Handbags (Radio Edit)" (Version in the music video)Darren Walsh and Rowlands2:04
3."Handbags (Instrumental)"Darren Walsh and Rowlands2:47
4."Handbags (Karaoke Mix)"Darren Walsh and Rowlands2:46

Gridlock[edit]

Angry Kid and the other characters sing in a music video called "Gridlock," telling the story of how the kids were stuck in a traffic jam and everyone was fighting with each other. It was part of Aardman's Live Earth series.

Angry Kid's Dark Side[edit]

A straight-to-DVD episode featured on Aardman's Dark Side DVD. Angry Kid is running in the forest, where he finds a bandaged-up version of himself as a girl. Angry Kid soon realizes that it's just a nightmare. Little Sister comes into his bedroom to ask if he's all right, and asks if he can play with her, but then she splits in two before him, which turns out to be yet another nightmare in reference to The Shining. He wakes up again to find Speccy is at the foot of his bed, talking about maths and triangles. Angry Kid calls his nightmare crap, and Speccy dryly retorts that the real nightmare is when he wakes up. Angry Kid then realizes that he's at school wearing a dress. Angry Kid is promptly told off by his teacher before Speccy keeps saying, "There's no place like home" 3 times (a reference to The Wizard of Oz). Angry Kid then hits Speccy with a shoe, and the nightmares end.

Merry Christmas Stocking Song[edit]

Angry Kid sings an acoustic Christmas song called Merry Christmas Stocking Song. The video comes to Angry Kid is celebrating the side of a Christmas tree with an average of Santa Claus and he wanted to know what you got for Christmas. And he was given a leg. The video was recorded in 2010 and can be seen on YouTube. At the end of the video says: Happy Christmas from Angry Kid.

My Vloggy[edit]

A three part special released over December 2015. In My Exclusive Movie Review No.1 Angry Kid reviews what he claims is the new Star Wars film. In How To: Make a Donald Trump Xmas Decoration Angry Kid shows how to make the figure out of a potato and shredded wheat. In My Christmas Vloggy Angry Kid shows the presents he received including Marmite toothpaste and dog excrement in a box.

Call Out![edit]

Angry Kid asks the audience if there is something they would like him to comment on.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Aardman - Angry Kid". Retrieved 13 March 2012.

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