Animal Crackers (TV series)

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Animal Crackers
Genre Animated series
Directed by Nadja Cozic
Louis Piche
Pascal Pinon
Voices of Mark Camacho
Teddy Lee Dillon
Kate Hutchison
Marc Montgomery
Terrence Scammell
Dawn Ford
Composer(s) Jeff Fisher
Country of origin Canada
France
Original language(s) English
Production
Executive producer(s) Micheline Charest
Christian Davin
Ronald A. Weinberg
Producer(s) Cassandra Schafhausen
Running time 30 min.
Production company(s) Cinar
Alphanim
Distributor DHX Media
Release
Original network Teletoon (Canada)
Fox Family (U.S.)
Original release September 7, 1997 – September 12, 1999

Animal Crackers is a 1997 French/Canadian animated television series produced by Cinar with association by Alphanim.[1] It is based on the comic strip Animal Crackers and tells about a group of animals that live in a fictional jungle called Freeborn. The show aired in the United States on Fox Family in 1998 and the Cookie Jar Toons block on This TV from November 2008 to August 2009.

Characters[edit]

Major characters[edit]

  • Lyle Lion (voiced by Mark Camacho): Passive, insecure, and a momma's boy, Lyle is not what one might call "King of the Jungle". (He's more of a prince, who is trying to be king), intent on taking philosophy classes and ordering a pizza (preferably vegetarian) than to be the dominant predator. Despite multiple failed attempts, his number one goal in life is to date Lana. Outside his love life, his other goal is to be an astronomer.
  • Dodo (voiced by Teddy Lee Dillon): He is the last remaining dodo alive and is Lyle's best friend. Rash, impatient, and slightly self-centered, he is extremely hot-headed and refuses to believe that he lacks the ability to fly. This leads to multiple failed attempts to take flight, sometimes using some very innovative and unusual techniques, all of which fail.
  • Eugene (voiced by Terrence Scammell): Despite his size and nature, this pachyderm is really an "overgrown baby" who craves attention. He is rather arrogant and obnoxious and is not afraid to bully others with his size and strength to get what he wants. Some of his secret pleasures include inhaling loads of peanut butter and stomping petunias but the sight of a tiny mouse will freak him out.
  • Gnu (voiced by Marc Montgomery): For a "supposed" leader of a herd, Gnu lacks any leadership qualities; rather, his traits show the exact opposite of a leader: lazy, timid, and no sense of direction. Despite his nature, Gnu does mean well and is very dedicated to his herd, even though his presence there will hinder rather than help. A single father with a son he loves very much, he is a caring parent.
  • Lana (voiced by Kate Hutchinson): Lana is smart, attractive, strong minded and the object of Lyle's affection. Lana is quite caring towards her fellow inhabitants of Freeborn and will put the group ahead of herself. She is an avid book lover and is often found with her nose in a novel. Despite showing little to no interest in Lyle's pursuits, it has been hinted that perhaps she does have a crush on him.

Supporting characters[edit]

  • Tito: the chameleon.
  • Lance: Another lion who competes with Lyle for Lana's attention
  • Louie: Lyle's nephew.
  • Bud and Edna: Two recurring human tourists.
  • Gnu's son and herd
  • Arnold the Crocodile
  • Lamont the Hippopotamus
  • Roxanne the Ostrich (voiced by Dawn Ford)
  • Grandpa Tortoise and his grandsons
  • Sergeant Rhino
  • Snake

Episode list[edit]

Season one[edit]

Episode Segment 1 Segment 2 Writer Director Original Airdate
1 High Gnu'n Eu-genial Joseph Mallozzi Louis Piché and
Greg Bailey (supervising director)
7 September 1997
2 Dino-Sore-As-Heck Wilderness Training 101 Michael Leo Donovan (Segment 1) and
Joseph Mallozzi (Segment 2)
Louis Piché and
Greg Bailey (supervising director)
14 September 1997
3 Treasure Of The Preserva Freeborna Call Waiting Michael Leo Donovan and
Joseph Mallozzi (story editor)
Louis Piché and
Greg Bailey (supervising director)
21 September 1997
4 For Goodness Snakes Meat The Folks Joseph Mallozzi Louis Piché and
Greg Bailey (supervising director)
28 September 1997
5 If You Can't Be'em, Join'em Spring Fever Michael Leo Donovan and
Joseph Mallozzi (story editor)
Louis Piché and
Greg Bailey (supervising director)
3 October 1997
6 Pachyderm Epidemic Herd Mentality Joseph Mallozzi Louis Piché and
Greg Bailey (supervising director)
10 October 1997
7 Going Quakers Blockbusted Joseph Mallozzi Louis Piché and
Greg Bailey (supervising director)
17 October 1997
8 Pachy My Bags Mommy Dearest Ken Ross (Segment 1),
Kim Segal (Segment 2) and
Joseph Mallozzi (story editor)
Louis Piché and
Greg Bailey (supervising director)
24 October 1997
9 Sherlock Dodo Poultrygeist 7 November 1997
10 Lyle's Psychic Alliance Snowed Inn 14 November 1997
11 Svelte Veldt All The Preserve's A Stage 21 November 1997
12 It's A Date Bully For Woolly 28 November 1997
13 Lights, Camera, Lyle! Bud And Edna's Excellent Adventure! 3 December 1997

Season two[edit]

Episode Segment 1 Segment 2 Writer Director Original Airdate
1 Sleepover Classified Casanova 5 February 1998
2 Eight Hooves Out My Brother's Keeper 6 February 1998
3 Lyle's Ark How To Be A Millionaire 7 February 1998
4 Lyle Files The Butler Did It 8 February 1998
5 Lyle In The Fast Lane A Wing and A Prayer 9 February 1998
6 Schooldays Call Of The Wild 9 February 1998
7 The Cold Scholder The Last Dodo Egg 10 February 1998
8 Lana Tuner Overdrive Trust Me 11 February 1998
9 Birthday Palooza Tito In Love 12 February 1998
10 Downsizing Gnus In Canoes 13 February 1998
11 Beauty and Eugene Freeborn For Rent 14 February 1998
12 Horrorscope Lights! Camera! Gnu! 15 February 1998
13 Loony Bin That's What Friends Are For 16 February 1998

Season three[edit]

Episode Segment 1 Segment 2 Writer Director Original Airdate Original air date (Teletoon)[2]
1 Look Who's Not Talking Paris, Freeborn 17 February 1999 August 28, 2000 (2000-08-28)[3]
2 Eugenius Citizen Eugene 18 February 1999 August 28, 2000 (2000-08-28)
3 Dial-A-Phobia Time Flies But Dodo Doesn't 19 February 1999 August 29, 2000 (2000-08-29)
4 Rumor Of Her Own Prime Time Crime 20 February 1999 August 29, 2000 (2000-08-29)
5 Dustbusters Freeborn Online 21 February 1999 August 30, 2000 (2000-08-30)
6 Stop In The Name Of Lana Starstruck 5 September 1999 August 30, 2000 (2000-08-30)
7 Volcano Madness Love Is Blind 6 September 1999 August 31, 2000 (2000-08-31)
8 Wishing Well Eu've Got Mail 7 September 1999 August 31, 2000 (2000-08-31)
9 Message In A Bottle Fame, Fortune, Madness 8 September 1999 September 1, 2000 (2000-09-01)
10 Storyteller Animal Court 9 September 1999 September 1, 2000 (2000-09-01)
11 Boo Fountain Of Youth 10 September 1999 September 14, 2000 (2000-09-14)
12 Brand New Gnu Boyz Night Out 11 September 1999 September 15, 2000 (2000-09-15)
13 Fool's Gold Near Myths 12 September 1999 September 16, 2000 (2000-09-16)

Crew[edit]

  • Micheline Charest - Executive Producer
  • Ronald A. Weinberg - Executive Producer
  • Christian Davin - Co-Executive Producer
  • Cassandra Schafhausen - Producer
  • Nadja Cozic - Director
  • Louis Piche - Director
  • Pascal Pinon - Director
  • Katell Lardeux - Line Producer
  • Justine Hyun Van Phong - Line Producer
  • Lesley Taylor - Line Producer
  • Natalie Dumoulin - Associate Producer
  • Jan Van Rijsselberge - Animation Supervisor
  • Heidi Blomkvist - Timing Director
  • Sebastian Grunsta - Timing Director
  • Alan Jeffery - Timing Director
  • Jean Pilotte - Timing Director
  • Pascal Pinon - Co-director
  • Greg Bailey - Supervising Director
  • Andrew Gryn - Talent Coordinator
  • Eric Theriault - Background Design

Writing credits[edit]

  • Roger Bollen - Comic strip
  • Joseph Mallozzi - Writer
  • Wayne Millett - Writer
  • Jennifer Kierans - Writer
  • Pierre Colin-Tiebert - Writer
  • Thomas LaPierre - Writer
  • Jacques Bouchard - Writer
  • Jacques Daviault - Writer
  • Patrick Granleese - Writer
  • Hugh Neilson - Writer
  • Maureen Neilson - Writer
  • Michael Palmeter - Writer
  • Gerard Lewis - Writer
  • John Handforth - Writer
  • Ken Ross - Writer
  • Amy Jo Cooper - Writer
  • Greg Van Riel - Writer
  • Kim Segal - Writer
  • Rick Jones - Writer
  • Natalie Dumoulin - Writer
  • Heidi Foss - Writer
  • Lynn Mason - Writer
  • Brian Cameron Fuld - Writer
  • Rowby Goren - Writer
  • David Acer - Writer
  • Michael Leo Donovan - Writer
  • Bryan Michael Stoller - Writer
  • Anne-Marie Perrotta - Writer
  • Daniel Baldassi - Writer
  • Michael F. Hamill - Writer
  • Barry Julian - Writer
  • Tean Schultz - Writer
  • Thor Bishopric - Writer
  • Todd Swift - Writer
  • Vigeland Rubin - Writer

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