Buddy Thunderstruck

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Buddy Thunderstruck
Created byRyan Wiesbrock
Written byTom Krajewski
Theme music composer
  • David Padrutt
  • Ryan Wiesbrock
Composer(s)David Padrutt
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of series1
No. of episodes12[1] (24 segments)
Executive producer(s)
Editor(s)Jenny McKinben
Clayton Baker
Jessica Shobe
Running time23 minutes
Production company(s)
Original networkNetflix
Picture format16:9 1080i
Audio formatStereo
Original releaseMarch 10, 2017 (2017-03-10)

Buddy Thunderstruck is an American stop motion tweens and teens' comedy television series created by Ryan Wiesbrock as a Netflix Original series, produced by American Greetings Entertainment and Stoopid Buddy Stoodios[2] and written by Tom Krajewski. The series stars Brian Atkinson, Ted Raimi, Harry Chaskin and Debi Derryberry. The first season was released on Netflix on March 10, 2017.[3] When promoting the first series Netflix billed it as the 'outrageous, high-octane adventures of Buddy Thunderstruck, a truck-racing dog who brings guts and good times to the town of Greasepit'.


  • Brian Atkinson as Buddy Thunderstruck
  • Ted Raimi as Darnell and Belvedere Moneybags
  • Harry Chaskin as Big Tex Arkana and Jacko Valltrades
  • Justin Michael as Tex Arkana Jr, Mr. Weaselbrat and Robby Burgles
  • Debi Derryberry as Muncie, Mrs. Weaselbrat, Scout and Really Old Lady.
  • Philip Maurice Hayes as Sheriff Cannonball
  • Leigh Kelly as Deputy Hoisenberry
  • JD Ryznar as Nick the New Guy
  • Nick Shakoour as Artichoke and Auntie Uncle
  • Ryan Wiesbrock as Joseph "Handsome Joe" Handsomme, Leroy and the Beavers
  • Clark Wiesbrock as Baby Possum


No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
1"Buddy Double/Beaver Dam Fast Pizza"Eric Towner and John Harvatine IVThomas KrajewskiMarch 10, 2017 (2017-03-10)
In the town of GreasePit everyone loves Buddy, until a Buddy imposter goes around town ruining his good name. Buddy starts a rivalry with a new pizza business shadowing his cousin Muncie's business.
2"To Protect and Swerve/Robo-Truck of the Future"Eric TownerThomas KrajewskiMarch 10, 2017 (2017-03-10)
When he finally impounds the Rabble Rouser, Sheriff Cannonball gives into being an awesome stunt driver, and Buddy must become a cop to stop him. Buddy thinks his truck, Rabble Rouser, has a new part and can now talk to him, unaware it's Darnell trapped inside.
3"Get the Hock Out/Thunderstruck Rad Cab"Eric TownerChris Pearson/Dave LewmanMarch 10, 2017 (2017-03-10)
When Auntie Uncle loses all her furniture to debt to Big Tex, Buddy takes a job from Big Tex as a repo man to get his own stuff back. Trying to get money for bills Buddy becomes a taxi driver, Big Tex uses this to try and steal Buddy's driving secrets.
4"Thunder Fu/Funny Money"Eric TownerThomas KrajewskiMarch 10, 2017 (2017-03-10)
Buddy and Darnell make up "Thunder Fu" after being beat up by a child, they openingly mock Artichoke for his love of Kung Fu. Thinking he can be a better artist than Muncie, Buddy begins making art that looks like money.
5"Moneybags and His Monster/Sneezing Fits of Death"Eric TownerThomas KrajewskiMarch 10, 2017 (2017-03-10)
The creepy guy following Buddy finally explains he is Buddy's rival, and when Buddy will not race him, Moneybags trains Tex Junior to beat him. When Buddy, Darnell, and Tex Junior start sneezing, they think they only have a week left to live.
6"Truck Cab in the Woods/Truck Stop Clerks"Eric Towner
Co-director: Harry Chaskin
Thomas KrajewskiMarch 10, 2017 (2017-03-10)
While stranded in the woods, Buddy and Darnell think they are being haunted by an evil presence. Truck stop owner Leroy lets Buddy and Darnell watch his shop while he is away.
7"Haters of the Lost Arcade/Stunt Fever"Alex KamerThomas KrajewskiMarch 10, 2017 (2017-03-10)
Buddy and Tex Junior start a competition to see who can beat a poorly made racing game. When Buddy starts his own show, Tex Junior becomes jealous.
8"Cannonballistic/Mayor May Not"Harry ChaskinThomas Krajewski/Jennifer MuroMarch 10, 2017 (2017-03-10)
When Cannonball quits trying to catch Buddy doing something illegal, Buddy and Darnell realize they miss him. When Buddy still won't race self proclaimed rival, Moneybags runs for mayor to let himself attend a race.
9"Hit and Dumb/Babysitters Yo!"Harry ChaskinThomas KrajewskiMarch 10, 2017 (2017-03-10)
Sheriff Cannonball asks Darnell for his help with police work. After Tex Junior locks himself out of his house Buddy and Darnell try to teach him to care for himself.
10"Buddy Shreds/Opposite of Awesome"Harry ChaskinThomas KrajewskiMarch 10, 2017 (2017-03-10)
To make Buddy feel better about his bad guitar playing Darnell helps him shred using technology. When Buddy hears people lovingly mock him for being extreme, he turns boring so no one can think he is weird.
11"A Bro for Weaselbrat/Health Nuts"Harry ChaskinThomas KrajewskiMarch 10, 2017 (2017-03-10)
When Buddy's number one fan Weaselbrat realizes he doesn't have a best friend, Buddy and Darnell feel they need to find him one. Buddy doesn't want to share his truck stop snacks, so fakes being healthy so people will copy him.
12"Moneybags Changes Everything"Harry ChaskinThomas KrajewskiMarch 10, 2017 (2017-03-10)
Moneybags realizes Darnell is a great mechanic and tricks Darnell into building him a car to help him beat Buddy's truck the Rabble Rouser. Buddy becomes depressed and thinks he cannot win without Darnell.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee Result Ref.
2018 Emmy Award Outstanding Art Direction / Set Direction / Scenic Design Buddy Thunderstruck Nominated
Outstanding Cinematography Buddy Thunderstruck Nominated
2018 Annie Award Best Animated Television/Broadcast Production For Children Buddy Thunderstruck Nominated
Outstanding Achievement for Character Design in an Animated Television/ Broadcast Production Buddy Thunderstruck Nominated


  1. ^ Callan, Patrick (October 6, 2015). "American Greetings Properties rebrand marks entertainment focus". Kidscreen. Brunico Communications. Retrieved August 14, 2019.
  2. ^ Goldman Getzler, Wendy (October 1, 2015). "Seven more original kids series are headed to Netflix". Kidscreen. Brunico Communications. Retrieved August 14, 2019.
  3. ^ "Trailer: Stoopid Buddy's 'Buddy Thunderstruck' Headed to Netflix". Animation World Network. Awn.com. 2017-02-09. Retrieved 2017-03-14.

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