Bump in the Night (TV series)

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Bump in the Night
Bump in the Night TV Series.jpg
Created byKen Pontac
David Bleiman
Directed by26 episodes:
David Bleiman
Ken Pontac
Christmas Special:
Ken Pontac
David Bleiman
Voices ofJim Cummings
Jennifer Darling (5 segments, 1 double-length episode and 1 special)
E. G. Daily (2 segments)
Rob Paulsen (theme song, 41 segments, 1 double-length episode, a few Mr. Bumpy's Karaoke Cafe songs and 1 special)
Anndi McAfee (6 segments and 1 double-length episode)
Gail Matthius (theme song, 27 segments, 1 double-length episode, a few Mr. Bumpy's Karaoke Cafe songs and 1 special)
Scott McAfee (9 segments)
Jeff Bennett (3 segments)
April Winchell (2 segments)
Janice Kawaye (3 segments)
Danny Mann (1 segment and 1 special)
Gilbert Gottfried (1 segment)
Valery Pappas (5 segments, 1 double-length episode and 1 special)
Mary McDonald Lewis (4 segments)
Brad Garrett (1 segment)
Cheech Marin (1 special)
Cathy Moriarty (1 special)
Narrated byJim Cummings (The Night of the Living Bread and Loss of Face)
Gail Matthius (Beauty and the Bump, opening only in the dream)
(both uncredited)
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes27 (list of episodes)
Running time7 minutes
11 minutes
10 minutes (I Dream of Silverfish only)
8 minutes (Story Problems only)
Production company(s)Danger Productions
Greengrass Productions
DistributorABC Distribution Company
Original networkABC
Original releaseSeptember 10, 1994 (1994-09-10) –
December 9, 1995 (1995-12-09)

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.[1] It was created and directed by Ken Pontac and David Bleiman.

The show was highly popular, but was cancelled when the Walt Disney Company took over ABC and replaced all of the network's Saturday morning shows.[2]

The series was then broadcast on Toon Disney from 1998 to 2001.


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.


  • Jim Cummings - Mr. Bumpy, the Closet Monster (Mr. Bumpy's rival) (vocal effects, uncredited), Destructo (Mr. Bumpy's rival) (additional role, uncredited), various (additional effects and roles, uncredited)
  • Rob Paulsen - Squishington (Mr. Bumpy's best friend), Sleemoth (Gloog's partner) (additional role, uncredited), Dad (actor, the Boy's father) (additional role, uncredited), various (additional roles, uncredited)
  • Gail Matthius - Miss Molly Coddle, the comfort doll (Mr. Bumpy's girlfriend) (also additional voice talent in episodes 14 and 23 and in the uncredited episodes 5 and 24), Anti-Molly (additional role in the episode "Farewell, 2 Arms", uncredited), various (additional roles in "Hide and Go Freak" and "Beauty and the Bump", uncredited)
  • Mary McDonald Lewis - The Mom (actress, the Boy's mother), the Cute Dolls (additional voice talents in episode 14)
  • Jeff Bennett - Gloog (additional voice talent in the episode "It Sang from Beyond the Stars")
  • Janice Kawaye - Little Robot/Big Robot, Little Robot's Sister/Big Robot's Sister, Yellow Bunny, factory worker (additional role in "Made in Japan II", uncredited)
  • Scott McAfee - The Boy (actor) (additional voice talent in a few episodes)
  • Anndi McAfee - Little Sister (actress, the Boy's little sister) (additional voice talent in a few episodes)
  • Brad Garrett - Big Mike (in the episode "Baby Jail")
  • Jennifer Darling and Valery Pappas - The Cute Dolls (additional voice talents in a few episodes and "'Twas the Night Before Bumpy" and in the uncredited in "Farewell, 2 Arms", "Auntie Matta" and "Nothing But the Tooth")
  • Danny Mann (additional voice talent) - Phil Silverfish (in the episode "I Dream of Silverfish" and in the Christmas special "'Twas the Night Before Bumpy"
  • Elizabeth Daily (additional voice talent) - Germ Girl (in two episodes)
  • Gilbert Gottfried (additional voice talent) - Odiferous J. Stench (Mr. Bumpy's rival) (in the episode "Love Stinks")
  • April Winchell - Auntie Matta (Mr. Bumpy's aunt) (additional voice talent in the episode of the same name), The Princess (in the episode "Beauty and the Bump"), The Dream Cute Dolls (additional roles, uncredited)
  • Cheech Marin (additional voice talent) - Juaquin Gusanito Sin Manos
  • Cathy Moriarty (additional voice talent, uncredited) - Destructette (Destructo's girlfriend) (in the Christmas special "'Twas the Night Before Bumpy")
  • Performing Musicians for the music of the show: Wayne Boone (Guitar), Kevin Konklin (Guitar), Eric Ferry (Drums), Ray Brinker (Drums)


Season 1 (1994)[edit]

No. in
TitleOriginal air date
11"Made in Japan"
"Dr. Coddle, M.D."
September 10, 1994 (1994-09-10)

  • Made in Japan — Bumpy mails in a cereal box top for a free Turbo-Totro-Noid. A cute little robot arrives, disappointing Bumpy.
  • Dr. Coddle, M.D. — Molly orders medical instruction books from the Easy-Does-It Doctor Correspondence Course. Bumpy eats the books and replaces them with home improvement manuals.
  • Karaoke Cafe: "You Gotta Say You're Sorry..." — Sung by Mr. Bumpy and Squishington (Blues)

NOTE: Molly makes a cameo in the first part of "Made in Japan".

22"Gum Crazy"
"Baby Snail"
September 17, 1994 (1994-09-17)

  • Gum Crazy — Bumpy tries to retrieve undigested bubblegum from his own stomach, resulting in fights with his own heart and brain.
  • Baby Snail — Bumpy baby-sits a baby snail, while Squishy looks for Mom.
  • Karaoke Cafe: "Why Do You Like Me?" — Sung by Mr. Bumpy and Squishington (Ballad)

NOTE: Molly Coddle does not appear in the first segment and the beginning of "Baby Snail".

33"Hide and Go Freak"
"Better Homes & Garbage"
September 24, 1994 (1994-09-24)

  • Hide and Go Freak — Bumpy and Squishy teach Molly to play Hide and Go Freak.
  • Better Homes & Garbage — Squishington moves in with Bumpy for a few days, testing the limits of their friendship when Squishy is revealed to be a neat freak.
  • Karaoke Cafe: Bump in the Night Theme (Alternate version) — Sung by Mr. Bumpy
44"Not of This Boy's Room"
"To Sleep Perchance to Burp"
October 1, 1994 (1994-10-01)

  • Not of This Boy's Room — Bumpy gets abducted by space aliens, and he tries to help them take over the Earth.
  • To Sleep Perchance to Burp — The Boy cannot get to sleep because the monster under the bed makes noise.
  • Karaoke Cafe: "Gotta Have It" — Rapped by Mr. Bumpy
55"Danger: Unexploded Squishington"
"Loss of Face"
October 8, 1994 (1994-10-08)

  • Danger: Unexploded Squishington — Squishington's stomach is ticking. Bumpy deduces Squishy has eaten a bomb. Mr. Bumpy and Squishy try to get rid of it.
  • Loss of Face — Squshington tries to clean his face with a bathcloth, but his face rubs off. Then the bathcloth disappears. Bumpy helps Squishy reclaim his face.
  • Karaoke Cafe: "Find a New Neighborhood" — Sung by Squishington (Rock)

NOTE: Molly Coddle does not appear in the first two segments. She does not speak in the Karaoke Cafe segment.

66"Sock It to Me"
"Comforting the Uncomfortable"
October 15, 1994 (1994-10-15)

  • Sock It to Me — Squishington helps Mr. Bumpy control his appetite for socks.
  • Comforting the Uncomfortable — Molly tries to comfort the Closet Monster.
  • Karaoke Cafe: "You Need a Hug" — Rapped by Molly Coddle
77"Baby Jail"
"Night of the Living Bread"
October 22, 1994 (1994-10-22)

  • Baby Jail — Bumpy spends time with babies and learns to understand their hardships.
  • Night of the Living Bread — Bumpy and Squishy save the world from an evil mutant slice of bread.
  • Karaoke Cafe: "Go Away and Don't Come Back" — Sung by Squishington

NOTE: Squishington and Molly Coddle make cameos in "Baby Jail" and the Boy and Little Sister make cameos in "Night of the Living Bread", too. Molly Coddle does not in "Night of the Living Bread". She doesn't speak in the Karaoke Cafe.

88"Party Poopers"October 29, 1994 (1994-10-29)

  • Party Poopers (double length) — Molly wants to be invited to a Cute Doll party. The cute dolls want to invite the monsters. Squishy cannot wait but Bumpy does not want to go.
  • Karaoke Cafe: "School's Out" by Alice Cooper — Sung by Mr. Bumpy
99"A Sneeze in Time"
"Hocus Dopus"
November 5, 1994 (1994-11-05)

  • A Sneeze in Time — Bumpy goes back in time to try to avoid offending Squishington.
  • Karaoke Cafe: "The Things You Make Me Want to Do" — Sung by Mr. Bumpy (Pop)
  • Hocus Dopus — Bumpy tries to pull a rabbit out of a hat for Squishy.

NOTE: In "A Sneeze in Time", Mr. Bumpy and Squishington do not appear in this episode (although Mr. Bumpy still appears in the title card) and Molly Coddle makes a cameo. Three Bumpies and two Squishingtons later appear in Karaoke Cafe songs and episodes (archive footage). In "Hocus Dopus", Molly Coddle does not appear and the Yellow Bunny makes a cameo.

1010"Adventures in Microbia"
"Not a Peep!"
November 12, 1994 (1994-11-12)

  • Adventures In Microbia — Squishy and Bumpy try to fight germs face to protoplasm, but a germ girl captures Squishington's heart.
  • Not a Peep! — Destructo tries to keep Mr. Bumpy from making noise.
  • Karaoke Cafe: "Picking Up the Pieces When Your Whole World Falls Apart" — Sung by Molly Coddle (Country)

NOTE: Molly Coddle, the Cute Dolls, the Yellow Bunny, Squishington, etc., make cameos in "Not a Peep".

1111"Penny for Your Thoughts"
"Farewell 2 Arms"
November 19, 1994 (1994-11-19)

  • Penny For Your Thoughts — A penny falls each time Mr. Bumpy thinks a thought.
  • Farewell 2 Arms — Anti-Molly wants to be more powerful and less helpless. She rebuilds herself with powerful limbs.
  • Karaoke Cafe: "Socks – I Love Socks" — Sung by Mr. Bumpy

NOTE: In "Farewell 2 Arms", Little Sister, the Cute Dolls and Destructo make cameos. Anti-Molly later appears in Karaoke Cafe songs.

1212"I Dream of Silverfish"
"Story Problems"
November 26, 1994 (1994-11-26)

  • I Dream of Silverfish — Bumpy and Squishy find a "genie" in a lamp.
  • Story Problems — Bumpy eats The Boy's homework, and then tries to redo it.
  • Karaoke Cafe: "Good Golly Miss Molly (You Sweet Comfort Doll)" — Sung by Squishington (50's Rock)

NOTE: Molly Coddle does not appear in the first two segments. She only appears in the Karaoke Cafe song.

1313"All You Need Is Glove"
"In The Bowl of the Squishy Prince"
December 3, 1994 (1994-12-03)

  • All You Need Is Glove — Bumpy fights with a glove for a perfect left-foot sock.
  • In The Bowl of the Squishy Prince — Squishy, needing a boost in self-esteem, tries to find a princess who will kiss him.
  • Karaoke Cafe: "Don't Try This at Home" — Sung by Mr Bumpy (Rock)

NOTE: Only one voice (Jim Cummings) in "All You Need Is Glove". Squishington and Molly Coddle do not appear in the first segment.

Season 2 (1995)[edit]

No. in
TitleOriginal air date
141"Long Long Day"
"Destructo's Flipside"
September 9, 1995 (1995-09-09)

  • Long Long Day — Musical skit, set up by Destructo and the Closet Monster fighting over possession of Mr. Bumpy.
  • Destructo's Flipside — Bumpy puts Destructo's battery in backwards making him friendly and kinder.
  • Karaoke Cafe: "I'm Bigger than You" — Sung by Destructo and Mr. Bumpy (similar to Iron Man by Black Sabbath)
152"Love Stinks"
"Love's Labor Bumped"
September 16, 1995 (1995-09-16)

  • Love Stinks — Molly falls into a trash can and attracts the affections of a stinkbug.
  • Love's Labor Bumped — Destructo has a crush on Molly and bumpy tries to win her back so he tricks the big big robot by dressing up as her .
  • Karaoke Cafe: "Why Do You Like Me?" (Rerun)

NOTE: Squishington makes a cameo in "Love Stinks" and Molly Coddle makes a cameo, too, in "Love's Labor Bumped". Squishington's face is also seen in the lawyer card in "Love's Labor Bumped" as F. Lee Squishington and his theme is heard at the end.

163"It Sang from Beyond the Stars"
"Journey to the Center of the Lungfish"
September 23, 1995 (1995-09-23)

  • It Sang from Beyond the Stars — Musical skit starring Gloog and Sleemoth as musical invaders.
  • Journey to the Center of the Lungfish — Bumpy, Squishington, and Molly are swallowed by a lungfish and they meet a pirate bug that lives in there.
  • Karaoke Cafe: "Find a New Neighborhood" (Rerun)

NOTE: Molly Coddle only speaks in the second segment.

174"Auntie Matta"
"Bumpy the Untrappable"
September 30, 1995 (1995-09-30)

  • Auntie Matta — Bumpy's scary Aunt visits and she spends half her time scaring everyone and when his friends tell him about her actions bumpy must put an end to it by making her leave.
  • Bumpy the Untrappable — The Boy tries to trap Mr Bumpy but since bumpy is quick it will be tough to catch him.
  • Karaoke Cafe: "I Was Right and You Were Wrong" — Sung by Mr. Bumpy and Squishington (Polka)
185"It Came from the Closet"October 7, 1995 (1995-10-07)

  • It Came from the Closet (And Wouldn't Leave) — The Closet Monster moves under the bed.
  • All You Need Is Glove (Rerun)
  • Karaoke Cafe: Bump in the Night Theme (Alternate version) (Rerun)

NOTE: Only one voice (Jim Cummings) in the rerun "All You Need Is Glove". The Boy, his mother and one of the Cute Dolls make cameos in "It Came from the Closet (And Wouldn't Leave)".

196"Comfort Schmumfort"October 14, 1995 (1995-10-14)

  • Not of This Boy's Room (Rerun)
  • Comfort Schmumfort — Space aliens abduct Bumpy and Squishy, leaving "harmless" Molly behind and she must go save them.
  • Karaoke Cafe: "Comfort Schmumfort" — Sung by Molly Coddle, with Mr. Bumpy and Squishington (Polka)
207"Bump and Roll"October 21, 1995 (1995-10-21)

  • Bump and Roll — Musical number
  • Night of the Living Bread (Rerun)
  • Karaoke Cafe: "Making Music Is Fun" — Sung by Mr. Bumpy, Squishington, and Molly (Latin)

NOTE: Molly Coddle doesn't appear in the first two segments. She only appears in the Karaoke Cafe song.

218"I Got Needs"
"Beauty and the Bump"
October 28, 1995 (1995-10-28)

  • I Got Needs — Starts with invading Vikings, turns into musical number for Bumpy.
  • Beauty and the Bump — Bumpy falls for an antique china doll under glass, who becomes the Princess in his fairy-tale dream.
  • Karaoke Cafe: "It's Mine" — Sung by Mr. Bumpy (rhythm is the approaching-Bumpy's-home soundtrack)
229"When the Music Starts"November 4, 1995 (1995-11-04)

  • When the Music Starts — Musical number for Squishington. (Rock)
  • Loss of Face (Rerun)
  • Karaoke Cafe: "Go Away and Don't Come Back" (Rerun)
2310"Neat and Clean"
"Nothing But the Tooth"
November 11, 1995 (1995-11-11)

  • Neat and Clean — Begins as "Adventures in Microbia", then breaks into song (Squishy, Molly, Destructo, Bumpy, Cute Dolls).
  • Nothing But the Tooth — Bumpy's teeth turn on him.
  • Karaoke Cafe: "Picking Up the Pieces When Your Whole World Falls Apart" (Rerun)

NOTE: Molly Coddle does not talk in this show. She, Yellow Bunny and two of the Cute Dolls make cameos in "Nothing But the Tooth". This show was aired on Veterans Day.

2411"Water Way to Go"
"Cold Turkey"
November 18, 1995 (1995-11-18)

  • Water Way to Go — Squishington withers when the plumber turns off the water. Musical number for Bumpy, Squishington, and the Cute Dolls. (Soul)
  • Cold Turkey — A frozen turkey comes to life and escapes from the freezer.
  • Karaoke Cafe: "I Live in the Porcelain" — Sung by Squishington (Reggae)

NOTE: Molly Coddle does not appear in this show. The turkey later appears in Karaoke Cafe songs, episodes and the Christmas special (archive footage).

2512"Made in Japan II"November 25, 1995 (1995-11-25)

  • Made in Japan (Rerun)
  • Made in Japan II (sequel to Made in Japan) — Little Robot e-mails herself to Squishy to escape destruction.
  • Karaoke Cafe: "What Goes Up Must Come Down" — Sung by Mr. Bumpy and Albert Einstein (Hip Hop)

NOTE: Molly Coddle makes a cameo in "Made in Japan". "Made in Japan II" was located in San Francisco, California.

2613"Not a Leg to Stand On"December 2, 1995 (1995-12-02)

  • Not a Leg to Stand On — Bumpy is accused of stealing Molly's feet.
  • Hide and Go Freak (Rerun)
  • Karaoke Cafe: "You Gotta Say You're Sorry..." (Rerun)

Christmas special (1995)[edit]

No.TitleOriginal air date
27"Twas the Night Before Bumpy"December 9, 1995 (1995-12-09)
Movie, 64 min: Molly Coddle takes over as a pageant director while Mr. Bumpy and Squishington enter the North Pole.
NOTE: Various characters do not speak in this special.


  • Jim Cummings (Mr. Bumpy) was nominated for an Emmy for Voice Acting in the Field of Animation in 1995

Home releases[edit]

On VHS, the series was released by Capital Cities/ABC Video Enterprises and later Anchor Bay Entertainment on many VHS volumes.

  • 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.

In April 2010, Shout! Factory released Bump In The Night: The Complete Series on DVD.[3]

On February 16, 2016, Mill Creek Entertainment re-released Bump in the Night- The Complete Series on DVD in Region 1.[4] The 2-disc set contains all 26 episodes of the series as well as the Christmas special 'Twas the Night Before Bumpy'.


  • 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.


  1. ^ Erickson, Hal (2005). Television Cartoon Shows: An Illustrated Encyclopedia, 1949 Through 2003 (2nd ed.). McFarland & Co. pp. 164–165. ISBN 978-1476665993.
  2. ^ Perlmutter, David (2018). The Encyclopedia of American Animated Television Shows. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 99. ISBN 978-1538103739.
  3. ^ Latchem, John (February 26, 2010). "Shout! Factory Maxing Out". Home Media Magazine. Archived from the original on 2010-03-01. Retrieved February 27, 2010.
  4. ^ "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.

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