Mischief City

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Mischief City
Created byPeter Moss[1]
Directed byJerry Popowick
StarringAustin Di Lulio
Annick Obonsawin
Adrian Truss
John Stocker
Peter Oldring[2]
Country of originCanada
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes26
Production
Running time11 minute episodes
Release
Original networkYTV
Original releaseJanuary 1, 2005

Mischief City is a Canadian animated children's show based on the book of the same name by Tim Wynne-Jones. It follows the adventures of eight-year-old Winchell Adams in the extraordinary world of Mischief City. While in this fantasy world, Winchell is accompanied by Maxine, another eight-year-old, and her two monsters Hey Hey and Mr. Cube. The group often faces odd and unusual problems (such as bathtub races and stopping a meteor of solid peas from hitting the planet) most of which are a direct result of Maxine's troublesome older brother Duane. The series first aired on January 1, 2005.[3]

Storyline[edit]

Each episode follows a fairly consistent plot. The episodes begin in Wichell's house where Winchell is confronted with a real-world problem (such as his younger sister stealing his sea chimps or realizing how small he is) but before he can solve it he is whisked away to the fantasy world of Mischief City. There he is immediately greeted by Maxine and her two monsters Hey Hey and Mr. Cube. Maxine usually informs Winchell of some trouble or event occurring in Mischief City which the group attends to, resulting in an adventure. Once the adventure in Mischief City is concluded, Winchell returns to the real world and is able to deal with the initial problem.

Characters[edit]

Winchell Adams[edit]

Voiced by Austin di Lulio

An eight-year-old child with red hair, freckles and a yellow striped shirt. As the main character, Winchell constantly switches between the real world and the fantasy world of Mischief City and must deal with problems in both worlds as a result. He often provides imaginative solutions to the Mischief City problems and has demonstrated a comprehensive understanding of how this fantasy world works. Often, Winchell even surpasses the knowledge that Mischief City's own inhabitants have of their world.

Maxine[edit]

Voiced by Annick Obonsawin

An eight-year-old inhabitant of Mischief City. She wears large purple glasses and an orange shirt with striped sleeves. Her hair is tied into pony tails which also function as helicopter blades allowing Maxine to fly. She is Winchell's primary friend in the series and often provides Winchell with the current events of Mischief City when he arrives. She is the owner and caretaker of the two monsters Hey Hey and Mr. Cube. She has a villainous older brother named Duane.

Hey Hey[edit]

Voiced by Adrian Truss

A green monster with a pear-shaped body, downward-facing horns and large nose. Dimwitted and inarticulate, Hey Hey provides hilarity through stupidity and often does so with his close companion Mr. Cube. Both have a pet/friend relationship with Maxine, as she is their owner but treats them as equals.

Mr. Cube[edit]

Voiced by John Stocker

A red monster with a cube-shaped body, upward-facing horns and no nose. As dimwitted as Hey Hey but with a more refined dialect, Mr. Cube also provides humour through stupidity and is a close companion of Hey Hey. The two are nearly always together and have a brother-like relationship though it is unclear if they are indeed related.

Duane[edit]

Voiced by Peter Oldring

The recurring antagonist of the series, Duane is the older brother of Maxine. Greedy, selfish and power-hungry Duan has been a constant cause of dismay in Mischief City. As a result, he hasn't many friends and has earned the dislike of both Maxine and her monsters as well as Winchell.

Minor characters[edit]

  • Clio (voiced by Annick Obonsawin) – Winchell's baby sister
  • Mrs. Adams (voiced by Linda Ballantyne) – Winchell's mother
  • Mr. Adams (voiced by Peter Keleghan) – Winchell's father
  • Mr. Square (voiced by Frank Welker) – Duane's Monster Dog

Episodes[edit]

Season 1[edit]

# Title Story Original Airdate
1a"Fairly Odd Monsters"After a heated argument over an empty bottle of maple syrup, Hey Hey and Mr. Cube resolve to stop being friends. But with their friendship over, the two have to find new partners to enter the Mischief City bathtub races.January 1, 2005
1b"Captain Kookamunga"When Hey Hey and Mr. Cube become ill, Winchell becomes the superhero Captain Kookamunga in order to help his friends find the cure.January 1, 2005
2a"Scaredy Monster"To help deal with his fear of the dentist, Winchell resolves to help with Hey Hey and Mr. Cube's fear of heights. But when Maxine comes into real danger, the monsters have to show real bravery in order to save her.January 6, 2005
2b"Teehouse Follies"Hey Hey and Mr. Cube invite Maxine and Winchell to a party at their new treehouse but Winchell soon finds that they don't have one. After the group builds a treehouse for the party, Duane is quick to claim it for his own and begins preparations for his own party including making the group party servants. But the treehouse meets a quick end when it is discovered that Hey Hey and Mr. Cube used gum to hold it together.January 6, 2005
3a"Mayor Of Mischief City"Duane has won the election for mayor of Mischief City and has become a self-righteous ruler. Winchell becomes Duane's assistant to try to make Mischief City more fun. But after realizing that Mischief City was already fun enough, Winchell decides to trick Wayne into making Hey Hey and Mr. Cube the new mayors.January 11, 2005
3b"Dizzyland"A new amusement park opens in Mischief City called Dizzyland which the group decides to visit. They soon find that they are the only ones there and decide to go into a section of the park called Wonder Wish Land. When they try to leave the group is eaten by a snowmobile monster but manage to escape by making the creature hungry.January 11, 2005
4a"Nervous Rex"Winchell discovers that Maxine's house has been built on an ancient dinosaur burial ground. After digging a large hole in search of dinosaur bones, Duane decides that it will be perfect for a pool. They make a deal that if Winchell and the gang can find a dinosaur there will be no pool. However, if they don't the group must build Duane's pool and acts as his personal servants. Luckily the group does find a dinosaur but not before Duane steals their discovery for himself. Quickly thinking, Winchell re-organizes the dinosaur bones into a pirate ship and reclaims the discovery.January 13, 2005
4b"Circus Monsters"After a trip to the Mischief City circus, the gang makes a new monster friend named Mugsly. However, when Mugsly begins impressing the monsters with her talents, Maxine worries that she has been replaced. Despite several attempts to improve Maxine's appearance Mugsly constantly upstages her. Maxine decides to confront Mugsly but when she does she finds that it was all a set-up for a surprise party organized by her monsters.January 13, 2005
5a"Dinner Party"After being upstaged by his sister's cuteness at dinner, Winchell travels to Mischief City and plays a game of "How Weird Can You Get" with the gang. In doing so, Winchell discovers that he has a talent for armpit farts. He soon becomes a musical sensation but lets the fame go to his head and begins to forget his friends. To make it up to them, Winchell plays one last concert and invites Maxine, Hey Hey and Mr. Cube to join him on stage.January 18, 2005
5b"Dress Code"To escape the bores of a wedding, Winchell goes to Mischief city and celebrates Goop Day with the group. Duane shows off his new goop suit to the gang but the suit is evil and teams up with Duane to conquer the world. Winchell discovers the plot but is unable to convince the others. At the last minute, the others learn of the goop suit's plan to make a goop suit army. The suits are destroyed when Hey Hey and Mr. Cube pretend to be brainwashed by the suits and lead them into a cleverly disguised washing machine.January 18, 2005

References[edit]

External links[edit]

  • [4] Mischief city at IMDB
  • [5] Mischief City at tv.com