Bump in the Night (TV series)
|Bump in the Night|
|Created by||Ken Pontac|
|Directed by||Ken Pontac|
Ginny McSwain (voice director)
|Voices of||Jim Cummings|
Mary McDonald Lewis
|Narrated by||Jim Cummings (uncredited)|
Gail Matthius (uncredited)
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||26 and 1 special (list of episodes)|
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Production companies||Danger Productions|
|Distributor||ABC Distribution Company|
|Original release||September 10, 1994 –|
December 2, 1995
Bump in the Night is an American stop-motion animated series by Danger Productions and Greengrass Productions. The show was filmed using stop-motion animation and aired on ABC from 1994 to 1995. It was created and directed by Ken Pontac and David Bleiman.
Mr. Bumpy is a small green, purple-warted monster living under the bed of a ten-year-old boy, where he eats dirty socks and dust bunnies as if they were delicacies. His best friends are Squishington, a blue monster that lived in the bathroom's toilet cistern; and Molly Coddle, a Frankenstein's monster-like rag doll belonging to the boy's sister who acts as the straight man to the other's crazy antics.
Other characters include Destructo, the boy's toy robot who sees himself as a cop and persecutes Mr. Bumpy for his actions. There is also the Closet Monster, who's made up of the boy's pile of clothes and chases after Mr. Bumpy.
The show was traditionally split into two major parts per half hour (occasionally dedicating a full half hour per show, or sometimes splitting into three parts), and usually if not always had a music video at the end of the episode, starring the three main characters and any minor characters involved in the episode. This musical montage would take clips from the episode itself and reiterate the life lessons learned in the episode.
- Main cast
- Jim Cummings - Mr. Bumpy, the Closet Monster (uncredited), Destructo (uncredited)
- Rob Paulsen - Squishington, Sleemoth (uncredited), Dad (uncredited)
- Gail Matthius - Miss Molly Coddle, Anti-Molly (uncredited)
- Mary McDonald Lewis - The Mom, the Cute Dolls
- Jeff Bennett - Gloog
- Janice Kawaye - Little Robot/Big Robot, Little Robot's Sister/Big Robot's Sister, Yellow Bunny
- Scott McAfee - The Boy
- Anndi McAfee - Little Sister
- Brad Garrett - Big Mike
- Jennifer Darling and Valery Pappas - The Cute Dolls
- Additional talent
- Danny Mann - Phil Silverfish
- Elizabeth Daily - Germ Girl
- Gilbert Gottfried - Odiferous J. Stench
- April Winchell - Auntie Matta, The Princess, The Dream Cute Dolls
- Cheech Marin - Juaquin Gusanito Sin Manos
- Cathy Moriarty - Destructette
- Performing Musicians for the music of the show: Wayne Boone (Guitar), Kevin Konklin (Guitar), Eric Ferry (Drums), Ray Brinker (Drums)
Season 1 (1994)
|Title||Original air date|
|1||1||"Made in Japan"|
"Dr. Coddle, M.D."
|September 10, 1994|
|September 17, 1994|
|3||3||"Hide and Go Freak"|
"Better Homes & Garbage"
|September 24, 1994|
|4||4||"Not of This Boy's Room"|
"To Sleep Perchance to Burp"
|October 1, 1994|
|5||5||"Danger: Unexploded Squishington"|
"Loss of Face"
|October 8, 1994|
|6||6||"Sock It to Me"|
"Comforting the Uncomfortable"
|October 15, 1994|
"Night of the Living Bread"
|October 22, 1994|
|8||8||"Party Poopers"||October 29, 1994|
|9||9||"A Sneeze in Time"|
|November 5, 1994|
|10||10||"Adventures in Microbia"|
"Not a Peep!"
|November 12, 1994|
|11||11||"Penny for Your Thoughts"|
"Farewell 2 Arms"
|November 19, 1994|
|12||12||"I Dream of Silverfish"|
|November 26, 1994|
|13||13||"All You Need Is Glove"|
"In The Bowl of the Squishy Prince"
|December 3, 1994|
Season 2 (1995)
|Title||Original air date|
|14||1||"Long Long Day"|
|September 9, 1995|
"Love's Labor Bumped"
|September 16, 1995|
|16||3||"It Sang from Beyond the Stars"|
"Journey to the Center of the Lungfish"
|September 23, 1995|
"Bumpy the Untrappable"
|September 30, 1995|
|18||5||"It Came from the Closet"||October 7, 1995|
|19||6||"Comfort Schmumfort"||October 14, 1995|
|20||7||"Bump and Roll"||October 21, 1995|
|21||8||"I Got Needs"|
"Beauty and the Bump"
|October 28, 1995|
|22||9||"When the Music Starts"||November 4, 1995|
|23||10||"Neat and Clean"|
"Nothing But the Tooth"
|November 11, 1995|
|24||11||"Water Way to Go"|
|November 18, 1995|
|25||12||"Made in Japan II"||November 25, 1995|
|26||13||"Not a Leg to Stand On"||December 2, 1995|
Christmas special (1995)
|No.||Title||Original air date|
|27||"Twas the Night Before Bumpy"||December 9, 1995|
|Movie, 64 min: Molly Coddle takes over as a pageant director while Mr. Bumpy and Squishington enter the North Pole.|
- Molly: Tales from the Toy Chest
- Squishington: Tales from the Tank
- Mr. Bumpy: Tales from Under the Bed
- The Hubbish About Rubbish
- Hocus-Pocus, Pranks and Play
- Monsters on a Mission
- Dreams and Dilemmas
- Night of the Living Bread
- Mr. Bumpy's Karaoke Cafe
- 'Twas The Night Before Bumpy (Christmas special, 63 minutes. Originally split into 3 episodes)
On September 23, 2003, Sterling Entertainment released a VHS/DVD called Night of the Living Bread, containing 6 segments. 3 additional segments were included on DVD.
- The development of the series began as a series of ad bumpers for ABC's Saturday morning lineup in 1993.
- DIC Productions L.P. purchased the show's rights in 1996, despite never producing it.
- Erickson, Hal (2005). Television Cartoon Shows: An Illustrated Encyclopedia, 1949 Through 2003 (2nd ed.). McFarland & Co. pp. 164–165. ISBN 978-1476665993.
- Latchem, John (February 26, 2010). "Shout! Factory Maxing Out". Home Media Magazine. Archived from the original on 2010-03-01. Retrieved February 27, 2010.
- "Bump in the Night DVD news: Re-Release for Bump in the Night - The Complete Series". TVShowsOnDVD.com. 2015-11-13. Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2016-02-22.