Archie's Weird Mysteries

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Archie's Weird Mysteries
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Genre Comic science fiction
Animation
Adventure
Family
Horror
Starring Andy Rannells
America Young
Camille Schmidt
Chris Lundquist
Paul Sosso
Tony Wike
Ben Beck
Ryle Smith
Jerry Longe
John Michael Lee
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 36
Production
Executive producer(s) Andy Heyward
Robby London
Michael Maliani
Richard Goldwater
Charles W. Grimes
Tony DeRosa-Grund
Michael Silberkleit
Running time 22–24 minutes
Production company(s) Riverdale Productions and Kent/QMA
Les Studios Tex
DIC Entertainment
Distributor Anglia Television
Tribune Entertainment (2005–2007)
DHX Media (2012–present)
Release
Original network PAX (US)
Teletoon (Canada)
Audio format Dolby Surround
Original release October 2, 1999 (1999-10-02) – February 22, 2000 (2000-02-22)

Archie's Weird Mysteries is an American animated children's television program, based on the Archie comics. The series premise revolves around a Riverdale High physics lab gone awry, making the town of Riverdale a "magnet" for B-movie style monsters. The show is distributed as meeting the FCC's educational and informational children's programming ("E/I") requirements, and is used by commercial stations in the United States to meet this guideline. Produced by DIC Entertainment, the show was initially shown mornings on the PAX network, often with infomercials bookending the program. The following season, its repeats were syndicated to television stations throughout the US, as a way to comply with mandatory E/I regulations.

Cast[edit]

Main
  • Andrew Rannells as Archie Andrews, a redheaded student at Riverdale High, reporter for the school newspaper
  • America Young as Betty Cooper, a smart girl-next-door who is sweet, caring and in love with Archie and is best friends with Veronica.
  • Camille Schmidt as Veronica Lodge, a beautiful, popular and rich cheerleader who is also in love with Archie and is best friends with Betty.
  • Chris Lundquist as Jughead Jones, a funny, quirky and geeky guy who loves food and is Archie's best friend. He does not like girls except for Betty, and he and Veronica are usually at each other's throats.
  • Paul Sosso as Reggie Mantle, a self-confident, popular, rich jock who has a crush on Veronica and is frenemies with Archie.
  • Ben Beck as Dilton Doiley, a nerdy genius who is friends with Archie, Jughead, Moose and Betty who usually helps the gang save the day.
Supporting
  • Tony Wike as Mr. Waldo Weatherbee, the Principal of Riverdale High.
  • Lucinda - Practices voodoo magic; provides advice to Archie when he needs it regarding the supernatural; creates potions for those individuals in love.
  • Ryle Smith as Pop Tate, the owner and operator of the "Pop Tate Chock'lit Shoppe" shop.
  • Mr. Fisk - CEO of ZoomCo who, after discovering that his Zoom energy drink contains a mutant formula that causes some people to mutate into monsters, tries to bribe and stop Archie from telling the world on national TV. He convinces Archie not to go to press as doing so would destroy his company and many new jobs for Riverdale.
  • Jerry Longe as Dr. Beaumont, the caretaker and owner of an odds/supernatural/curiosity store. Provides advice to Archie and friends as he solves Weird Mysteries.
  • Longe also voices Smithers, Veronica's cynical butler. He is aware of the supernatural but only shows any interest in waiting on Veronica.
  • John Michael Lee as Mr. Hiram Lodge, Veronica's father who is disapproving of Archie.
  • Ms. Geraldine Grundy - Also known as "Ms. Grundy". The teacher of Archie, Veronica, Betty, Jughead, and Reggie. She has feelings for Mr. Weatherbee.

Episodes[edit]

Title Air date
1 "Attack of the Killer Spuds" 2 October 1999 (1999-10-02)
Jughead wins a trophy after watching a TV marathon, unaware it's actually an alien potato capable of creating copies of its victims.
2 "Driven to Distraction" 9 October 1999 (1999-10-09)
3 "Me! Me! Me!" 16 October 1999 (1999-10-16)
Veronica does nothing but whine and get others to do her work, so her father asks her to help clean up some artifacts for a new exhibit. Among them is a wish granting totem, which Veronica accidentally uses to turn all of Riverdale into duplicates of herself.
4 "Invisible Archie" 23 October 1999 (1999-10-23)
5 "Attack of the 50-Foot Veronica" 30 October 1999 (1999-10-30)
Veronica is hit by Dilton's growth ray, turning her into a giant. However she refuses to shrink back, thinking everybody's calling her fat.
6 "The Haunting of Riverdale" 6 November 1999 (1999-11-06)
The ghost of Riverdale's old librarian comes back to haunt the town. Jughead refuses to help having bad past experiences with her.
7 "Curse of the Mummy" 13 November 1999 (1999-11-13)
Archie procrastinates way too much, all to the point where he breaks into the Museum to get his report done, evoking a Pharaoh's curse.
8 "Fleas Release Me" 20 November 1999 (1999-11-20)
Tired of Reggie's werewolf pranks, Archie allows the local sheriff to arrest him. However it seems a real werewolf is attacking, with Reggie being the prime suspect.
9 "The Jughead Incident" 27 November 1999 (1999-11-27)
A pair of government agents come to Riverdale, thinking Jughead is an alien.
10 "Virtually Evil" 4 December 1999 (1999-12-04)
Archie's constant bragging gets him and his friends in trouble in a new virtual reality game.
11 "Zombies of Love" 11 December 1999 (1999-12-11)
Veronica wants Archie to pay more attention to her, so she gets a hold of a magic potion. Now Archie won't leave her alone.
12 "Brain of Terror" 18 December 1999 (1999-12-18)
Moose needs a passing grade, so he uses Dilton's new experiment to boost his intelligence.
13 "Twisted Youth" 25 December 1999 (1999-12-25)
The adults of Riverdale are transformed into troublesome teenagers and it's up to the gang to return them to normal.
14 "Monster in the Night" 31 December 1999 (1999-12-31)
15 "Mega-Mall of Horrors" 7 January 2000 (2000-01-07)
A new mall opens up in Riverdale, with everyone but Jughead wanting to buy more and more. Now the more the teens buy, the less they realize their friends have become window mannequins.
16 "Compu-Terror" 17 January 2000 (2000-01-17)
After hurting himself, Archie reluctantly lets Reggie write the weird mysteries articles. However an evil genie now possess the laptop Reggie uses, turning his fake stories real.
17 "Misfortune Hunters" 19 January 2000 (2000-01-19)
Betty loves to do good deeds without rewards. Which she quickly regrets when a pair of treasure hunters trick her into releasing a gargoyle.
18 "Ship of Ghouls" 20 January 2000 (2000-01-20)
A sunken pirate ship's treasure in the bay turns anyone seeking it greedy.
19 "Something Is Haunting Riverdale High" 21 January 2000 (2000-01-21)
Dilton, Midge, and Big Ethel go missing but no one seems to notice. That is until Archie does too.
20 "Supreme Girl vs. Dr. Arachnid" 24 January 2000 (2000-01-24)
Veronica loves to dish out gossip, no matter the cost. Which puts her and Archie in the middle of the Superheroine Supreme Girl's attempts at stopping her nemesis, Dr. Arachnid.
21 "Reggie or Not" 25 January 2000 (2000-01-25)
22 "It Lives in the Sewers" 26 January 2000 (2000-01-26)
Archie and the gang go down into the sewers to find a mysterious monster. Only to find out, it's Jughead's pet alligator Peanut, mutated by a chemical waste spill.
23 "Dream Girl" 27 January 2000 (2000-01-27)
Feeling brushed off, Archie falls in love with a girl he sees in his dreams. And she wants him to stay.
24 "Green-Eyed Monster" 28 January 2000 (2000-01-28)
25 "Cinemadness" 31 January 2000 (2000-01-31)
Reggie refuses to help out other, which he quickly regrets when movie monsters fill the town.
26 "Beware of the Glob!" 1 February 2000 (2000-02-01)
Part of Dilton's new experiment is accidentally mixed in with the lunchroom's tapioca, creating a massive blob.
27 "The Day the Earth Moved" 2 February 2000 (2000-02-02)
Archie refuses to continue his family traditions, until he learns its the only thing preventing a giant worm from destroying Riverdale.
28 "Dance of the Killer Bees" 3 February 2000 (2000-02-03)
With prom around the corner, Big Ethel enlists Archies help upon finding a swarm of humanoid bees.
29 "Extra Terror-estrial" 4 February 2000 (2000-02-04)
Betty believes a cute alien is harmless and only wants to go home. But the others quickly realize, that isn't the case.
30 "The Christmas Phantom" 8 February 2000 (2000-02-08)
The department store's newest Santa Claus, Archie, is the only one in the mood to celebrate the holidays. But a phantom from an unbelievable source just might fix that.
31 "Scarlet Night / I Was a Teenage Vampire / Halloween of Horror" 9 February 2000 (2000-02-09)
Archie meets the vampire Scarlet.
32 "Archie's Date with Fate / Alternate Riverdales / Teen Out of Time" 14 February 2000 (2000-02-14)
After using one of Dilton's two time machines, Archie finds himself living the same day over and over. Only to find out local thug Vinny stole the other, using it to commit crimes all over Riverdale. At the same time, Archie is offered to Europe on a scholarship. / Vinny's future self returns and teams up with his younger self to take revenge on Archie. Being the only one unaffected by the time changes, Archie has to stop Vinny before he becomes ruler of Riverdale. With Reggie's continuing pranks causing both Betty and Veronica to hate him, Archie considers revenge. / Believing no one person can make a difference, as well as feeling isolated from all his friends, Archie decides to take the Europe Scholarship. However a mysterious somebody tells him to put on the time belt, which he'll need to stop Future Vinny from unleashing a T-rex on Riverdale.
33 "Invasion of the Cockroaches" 17 February 2000 (2000-02-17)
Pop Tate takes the words of a big name food critic to the letter, pushing away all his old customers. Now he's going to need their help, as a swarm of giant roaches plot their domination from beneath his restaurant.
34 "The Incredible Shrinking Teens" 18 February 2000 (2000-02-18)
35 "Little Chock'Lit Shoppe of Horrors" 21 February 2000 (2000-02-21)
Wanting to keep up with the new restaurant, Pop Tate allows Dilton to automate the Chock'Lit Shoppe. Unfortunantly, the main processor used takes over the place.
36 "Big Monster on Campus" 22 February 2000 (2000-02-22)
Moose tries to prove he's more than just muscle when a rival team's star player outshines him. Only for Archie to discover he's a robot.

Selected monsters, ghosts, and other supernatural characters[edit]

  • a sea monster, who lives in an old Riverdale swimming hole
  • a mummy in a museum exhibit
  • werewolf sheriff
  • mad scientists
  • A 50-foot Veronica
  • vampires
  • giant beetle
  • UFOs
  • zombies
  • "Stanley 9000" (a processor)
  • mutant crocodile
  • man-eating worm
  • super smart rats
  • super smart teen (in Brain Of Terror)
  • giant cockroaches
  • Tapioca Pudding Glob
  • alien potatoes
  • Insane artificial intelligence in Archie's car alarm
  • Ancient wish-granting artifacts gone haywire
  • Ghost Of Quiet Violet - she used to be a very strict librarian when Jughead was young. She scared Jughead so much when he was young that he stopped going to the library. As a ghost, she haunts the library.
  • Monster "Archie" – Archie gets turned into a monster when he drinks a new energy drink called "Zoom".
  • Monster "Stevenson" – Stevenson, a health and workout advocate, gets turned into a monster when he drinks a new energy drink called "Zoom".
  • Genie - escapes from an urn in Dr. Beaumont's store into Archie's laptop. Reggie, in turn, uses the laptop and is granted three wishes; after which, the Genie is set free and begins to wreak havoc on the city.
  • Reggie Droid
  • Evil Trog's Leader and his Trogs in Virtually Evil.
  • Mega-Mall of Horrors
  • Maria Nacht- she haunted Archie, Betty, Veronica, and Jughead in their dreams
  • Arnie- haunted Big Ethel in her dreams

Production notes[edit]

The theme song was written and performed by Mike Piccirillo. Musical underscore composers were Mike Piccirillo and Jean-Michel Guirao. The Riverdale vampires story arc episodes were put together and released on VHS as Archie and the Riverdale Vampires.

Comics[edit]

An ashcan comic book tie-in also titled Archie's Weird Mysteries, written by Paul Castiglia, pencilled by Bill Golliher, inked by Rick Koslowski and colored by Stephanie Cofell (née Vozzo) was published in 1999. This led into a February 2000 launch for an ongoing, regular-sized series (also titled Archie's Weird Mysteries) with the same creative team. "Weird" was dropped from the title with issue 25 (signaling the end of the tie-in with the TV show) and the series was canceled with issue 34 after 10 issues of doing straight mystery stories with no supernatural or science-fiction components.

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DVD releases[edit]

On July 22, 2011, it was announced that Mill Creek Entertainment had acquired the rights to release the series (under license from Cookie Jar Entertainment). They subsequently released Archie's Weird Mysteries - The Complete Series on DVD in Region 1 for the very first time on February 21, 2012.[2] They also released a 10 episode best-of collection on the same day.

In Region 2, Anchor Bay Kids Entertainment released 2 volume collections on DVD in the UK in 2004. Each volume contains 4 episodes from the series.[3] These releases have been discontinued and are now out of print. In 2005, Boulevard released 2 single disc collections containing two episodes each.[4][5] These releases have been discontinued and are now out of print. In Region 4, MRA Entertainment released 6 volume collections featuring 18 episodes of the series on DVD in Australia in 2005. These releases are now out of print.

The Archies in Jugman[edit]

In 2002, the movie The Archies in Jugman was released. It features the same character designs (but with different clothes), most of the same crew and voice cast, and the similar theme of weird events happening in Riverdale. It premiered on television on Nickelodeon Sunday Movie Toons and was released on DVD and VHS shortly afterward by MGM Home Entertainment. In 2008, Gaiam Entertainment re-released the movie and all of the other DIC Sunday Movie Toons films on DVD.

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