Iris, The Happy Professor

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Iris, The Happy Professor
Also known asProfessor Iris
GenreChildren's show
Created byHenri Desclez
Developed byHenri Desclez
Norma Denys
Written byHenri Desclez
Directed byChuck Rubin
François Jobin
Pierre R. Thériault
Creative director(s)Henri Desclez
Voices ofPier Paquette
Tim Gosley
Frank Meschkuleit
Rob Mills
Michel Lapointe
Jani Lauzon
Theme music composerStéphane Deschamps
Composer(s)Stéphane Deschamps
Benoit Roberge (1993)
Joël Champagne (1993)
Country of originCanada
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes156
Executive producer(s)Henri Desclez
Producer(s)Henri Desclez
Norma Denys
Production location(s)Montreal, Quebec
CinematographySébastien Tremblay
Camera setupMulti-Camera
Running time14:00
Production company(s)Desclez Productions
Original networkThe Learning Channel
Picture format480i (4:3 SDTV)
Audio formatStereo
Original release1992 –

Iris, The Happy Professor (also known as Professor Iris and in French as Iris, le gentil professeur or Professeur Iris) was a Canadian-produced television show that ran for 156 episodes from 1992 to 1994, created by former Belgian-born comic book artist Henri Desclez and revolving around Professor Iris, a purple ibis who taught his class, which included his three students - Piano, Skeleton, and Plant. The Professor would teach a variety of subjects to his students and would always wear bowties based on whatever the lesson was.

A French-language version was made by Montreal's Cinélume Film et Vidéo (first under the supervision of Vincent Davy for the first two seasons; uncredited on the first, credited on the second), then Christine Boivineau for the remaining episodes (with Joey Galimi for song adaptation).


  • Professor Iris: voiced by Pier Paquette, Edgar Fruitier (uncredited) (English); Pierre Auger (French) - A purple ibis and teacher of the unnamed school that serves as the series' setting. He is knowledgeable, optimistic, and the series' protagonist.
  • Skeleton: voiced by Frank Meschkuleit, Rob Mills (English); Jean Galtier (French) - A ibis with bones laid over a red cardigan.
  • Piano: voiced by Tim Gosley (English); Élise Bertrand (French) - A purple piano.
  • Plant: voiced by Tim Gosley (English); Gilbert Lachance (French) - A whimsical-looking flower in a flowerpot.
  • Ms. Principal: voiced by Frank Meschkuleit, Rob Mills (English); François Sasseville (Episodes 1 to 26; uncredited), Daniel Picard (French) - A white duck and headmistress of the school. She often walks into the class when it gets noisy to complain about the racket.
  • Mr. Plumeau: voiced by Michel Lapointe (English); Edgar Fruitier (French) - A brown dog and janitor of the school.
  • Kiwi: voiced by Jani Lauzon (English); Lisette Dufour (French) - A green frog and the niece of Ms. Principal.

International broadcasting[edit]

Iris, The Happy Professor has aired in several countries and territories including Canada, France, the United States, Israel, Hong Kong, the United Kingdom, Latin America, Malaysia, Singapore, Spain, and Jordan.

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