Iris, The Happy Professor

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Iris, The Happy Professor
Also known as Professor Iris
Genre Children's show
Created by Henri Desclez
Developed by Henri Desclez, Norma Denys
Written by Henri Desclez
Directed by Chuck Rubin, François Jobin, Pierre R. Thériault
Creative director(s) Henri Desclez
Voices of Pier Paquette, Tim Gosley, Frank Meschkuleit, Rob Mills, Michel Lapointe, Jani Lauzon
Theme music composer Stéphane Deschamps
Composer(s) Stéphane Deschamps, Benoit Roberge (1993), Joël Champagne (1993)
Country of origin Canada
Original language(s) English, French
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 156
Production
Executive producer(s) Henri Desclez
Producer(s) Henri Desclez, Norma Denys
Location(s) Montreal
Cinematography Sébastien Tremblay
Camera setup Multi-Camera
Running time 14:00
Production company(s) Desclez Productions
Release
Original network The Learning Channel, Radio-Canada
Audio format Stereo
Original release 1992 – 1994

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 (Kiwi would be added on the final year). The Professor would teach a variety of subjects to his students and would always wear bowties based on whatever the lesson was. Two computer games were developed based on the program: Professor Iris' Fun Field Trip: Seaside Adventure and Professor Iris' Fun Field Trip: Animal Safari. 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) and was seen first in Québec on Radio-Canada until the late 90's, then it reran successively on Télé-Québec during most of the 2000s and finally on Unis TV since 2015. It also ran in Europe on Canal J for a while.

Characters[edit]

  • Professor Iris (Pier Paquette, Edgar Fruitier (Episodes 1 to 26, uncredited)/Pierre Auger (French)) - A purple ibis and teacher of the unnamed school that serves as the show's setting. He is knowledgeable, optimistic, and the show's protagonist.
  • Skeleton (Frank Meschkuleit/Rob Mills (Episodes 105 to 130), Jean Galtier (French)) - A character similar in appearance to Professor Iris, but with mere bones laid over a red cardigan.
  • Piano (Tim Gosley, Élise Bertrand (French)) - A purple piano.
  • Plant (Tim Gosley, Gilbert Lachance (French)) - A whimsical-looking flower in a flowerpot.
  • Ms. Principal (Frank Meschkuleit/Rob Mills (Episodes 105 to 130), 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. Duster (Michel Lapointe, Edgar Fruitier (French) - A brown dog and janitor of the school. He appears on selected episodes of the final year, walking into the class to clean up some of the mess the students make.
  • Kiwi (Jani Lauzon, Lisette Dufour (French) - A green frog and niece of Ms. Principal. She appears as a student on selected episodes of the final year.

Episode list[edit]

NOTE: The title is the episode's topic. On the first season, a narrator says the concerned topic. For the remaining episodes, Plant would say it, laughing after all.

Season 1 (1992)

  • 1. Hands and Feet
  • 2. The Apple
  • 3. The Seasons
  • 4. Colors
  • 5. Little and Big
  • 6. Shapes
  • 7. Why Should We Be Clean?
  • 8. Fruits and Vegetables
  • 9. The 5 Senses
  • 10. Pets and Farm Animals
  • 11. Hot and Cold
  • 12. Cow and Milk
  • 13. Sports
  • 14. Animal's Homes
  • 15. The House
  • 16. Nature
  • 17. Why Do We Eat?
  • 18. The Sea
  • 19. Drawing and Painting
  • 20. Music, Songs and Dance
  • 21. Little Animals
  • 22. Birds
  • 23. Why Do We Sleep?
  • 24. Trees
  • 25. Time
  • 26. Earth and Sky

Season 2 (1993)

  • 27. Butterflies
  • 28. Shells
  • 29. Laugh
  • 30. Bees
  • 31. Trains
  • 32. Flying Machines
  • 33. Hair
  • 34. Elephants
  • 35. Phone
  • 36. Vacation
  • 37. Horses
  • 38. Why Do I Cry?
  • 39. Car
  • 40. Photography
  • 41. Minerals
  • 42. Jungle Animals
  • 43. The Farm
  • 44. Flowers
  • 45. Volcanoes
  • 46. Kites
  • 47. Insects
  • 48. Conifers
  • 49. Eggs
  • 50. Dogs
  • 51. I Dress Up
  • 52. The Voice
  • 53. Space
  • 54. Musical Instruments
  • 55. Snow
  • 56. Fish
  • 57. Dancing
  • 58. Cats
  • 59. Wind
  • 60. Percussions
  • 61. I Am Sick
  • 62. The Olympic Games
  • 63. Castles
  • 64. Water
  • 65. Careers
  • 66. Cold Lands
  • 67. Rivers
  • 68. Shoes
  • 69. Friendship
  • 70. Dinosaurs
  • 71. I am Afraid!
  • 72. Games
  • 73. Dreams
  • 74. I Calculate
  • 75. Hot Lands
  • 76. Turtles
  • 77. Trash
  • 78. Boats
  • 79. Stamps
  • 80. Learn
  • 81. Rats
  • 82. My Eyes
  • 83. Hats
  • 84. Bats
  • 85. The Moon
  • 86. I Love My Teeth
  • 87. Books
  • 88. Snakes
  • 89. Taste
  • 90. Puppets
  • 91. Balloons
  • 92. Strings
  • 93. I Love My Planet
  • 94. Cities and Towns
  • 95. Circus
  • 96. Monkeys
  • 97. Tools
  • 98. Candy
  • 99. Felines
  • 100. Light
  • 101. The Newspaper
  • 102. Vehicles
  • 103. Temperature
  • 104. Sea Mammals

Season 3 (1994)

  • 105. The Carrot
  • 106. Ladybirds
  • 107. Proy Birds
  • 108. The Ostrich
  • 109. Flour
  • 110. The Orange
  • 111. Potery
  • 112. Roses
  • 113. Bouquets
  • 114. Sweetness
  • 115. I Love to Eat
  • 116. Picnics
  • 117. Monsters and Clocks
  • 118. Being Patient
  • 119. Being Lazy
  • 120. I Love to Clean Up My Room
  • 121. Chocolate
  • 122. Nuts
  • 123. Windmills
  • 124. Bluebirds
  • 125. Parrots
  • 126. I imitate
  • 127. Ducks
  • 128. Subs
  • 129. Bears
  • 130. Grottos
  • 131. Leaves
  • 132. Shadows
  • 133. Grapes
  • 134. Gardening
  • 135. Sculpture
  • 136. Sugar
  • 137. Odors
  • 138. Furniture
  • 139. Fashion
  • 140. I Love to Give
  • 141. Being Modest
  • 142. Vigns
  • 143. My Bedroom
  • 144. Being Alone
  • 145. Keys
  • 146. Cabbage
  • 147. Carnival
  • 148. The Banana
  • 149. Film
  • 150. Oil
  • 151. Decoration
  • 152. Jewels
  • 153. Toys
  • 154. The Fox
  • 155. The Newcomer
  • 156. Imagination (Final Episode)

Credits[edit]

  • Created by Henri Desclez
  • Directors: Chuck Rubin, François Jobin and Pierre R. Thériault
  • Assistant to the director and to the line producer: Lloyd Maroti
  • Art Direction by Henri Desclez, with assistance from Norma Denys
  • Art Coordination by Madeleine Ste-Marie
  • Written by Henri Desclez, Sylvain Laforest, Nancy Klein, Yves St-Arnaud and Corinne De Vailly
  • Technical Directors: Pierre Larin and Sylvain Mercier
  • Song Lyrics by Henri Desclez and Éric Henry
  • Set Construction by Jean Gagnon and Pauline St-Laurence, with assistance from André Jolicoeur, from Panorama
  • Set Art Director and Special Effects: Dino Marinecu Constantin, with assistance from Charles Ducas, Annie-Claude Gagnon and Dean Kelly
  • Accessories: Dino Marinecu Constantin, with assistance from Charles Ducas, Annie-Claude Gagnon and Dean Kelly
  • Director of Photography: Sébastien Tremblay, with assistance from Daniel Pepin
  • Camera Operators: Joane Dion, Pierre R. Thériault
  • Additional Camera Operator: Shawn Job
  • Editors: Philippe Ralet, Dominique Champagne
  • Line Producer: Norma Denys
  • Executive Producers: Henri Desclez, Norma Denys (1994)
  • Producers: Henri Desclez, Norma Denys

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