Mona the Vampire

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Mona the Vampire
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Title card
Genre
Created bySonia Holleyman
Hiawyn Oram
Developed byFancy Cape Productions
Directed by
  • Louis Piché
  • Jean Caillon (season 1-3)
  • François Perreau (season 4)
StarringEmma Taylor-Isherwood
Justin Bradley
Carrie Finlay
Oliver Grainger
Louis Negin
Sonja Ball
Michael Yarmush
John Stocker
Opening theme"Mona the Vampire" by Judy Henderson
Ending theme"Mona the Vampire" (instrumental)
ComposerMark Giannetti
Country of originCanada
France
Hong Kong (Season 3)
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons4
No. of episodes65 (130 segments)
Production
Executive producersMicheline Charest
Christian Davin
Ronald A. Weinberg
Steven Ching
Louis Fournier
David Ferguson
Peter Moss
Producers
  • Lesley Taylor
  • Cassandra Schafhausen
  • Emannuelle Colin
  • Clement Calvet
  • Natalie Dumoulin
Running time20 minutes (two ten minute episodes per show)
Production companiesAlphanim
CINAR Corporation
Animation Services (season 3)
DistributorCinar
Release
Original networkCanada
YTV
France
France 3
Canal J
Tiji (Seasons 3-4)
Audio formatDolby Surround
Original releaseSeptember 13, 1999 (1999-09-13) –
February 10, 2003 (2003-02-10)

Mona the Vampire is a Canadian-French-Chinese children's animated television series that was created by Sonia Holleyman. The series is based on a series of 1990s children's books of the same name that was written and illustrated by Sonia Holleyman and later also by Hiawyn Oram. The series is co-produced by the CINAR Corporation and Alphanim, with Animation Services (in Hong Kong) for Season 3, produced in association with YTV in co-production with France 3, Canal J (Seasons 1-2) and Tiji (Seasons 2-4), with the participation of the Independent Production Fund, the Shaw Children's Programming Initiative, and Telefilm Canada. It originally premiered in Canada on YTV on September 13, 1999, and later in France on France 3 on October 30, 2000.

Synopsis[edit]

The series follows the adventures of Mona Parker, who refers to herself as "Mona the Vampire", as well as her two best friends, Lily Duncan ("Princess Giant") and Charley Bones ("Zapman"), and her pet cat, Fang, as they imagine themselves confronting a new supernatural foe, or solving a supernatural mystery, in every episode, but there are always rational explanations for what they see.

Episodes[edit]

Season Episodes Original broadcast
First aired Last aired
1 26 September 13, 1999 March 6, 2000
2 13 November 13, 2000 February 19, 2001
3 13 November 19, 2001 February 25, 2002
4 13 November 18, 2002 February 10, 2003

There are a total of 65 full episodes of Mona the Vampire. Each episode is approximately 20 minutes long, not including the theme song and the credits theme, and each full episode contains two 10-minute episodes. Four seasons of Mona the Vampire were produced. The first season contains 26 full episodes, while seasons 2, 3, and 4 each contains 13 full episodes.

Characters[edit]

  • Mona Parker ("Mona the Vampire") - A ten-year-old girl with a vivid imagination and a naive personality who imagines herself as a vampire hero coming out to save the day. She believes the town she lives in is overrun with supernatural monsters, and she plans to stop them all and save the town on a daily basis. Although Mona's imagination can cause trouble at times, her imagination has more often than not proven to be helpful.
  • Fang - Mona's pet cat, he is a feline sidekick who always follows Mona everywhere. Fang is her accomplice in the nether realms of her imagination. When going with Mona while in her vampire costume, he has fake wings tied to his back.
  • Charles "Charley" Bones ("Zapman") - One of Mona's best friends, he is an intelligent but also timid bespectacled boy in real life. His alter ego is Zapman, who wears a green costume and is armed with a Zapp-A-Rama gun, which really is a water pistol, though he can be seen holding another kind of toy gun. Charley's nemesis is the local school bully George.
  • Lily Duncan ("Princess Giant") - One of Mona's best friends. She has a timid and slightly paranoid personality at times, but she is still helpful to the team. Her alter ego is Princess Giant, who wears a long blond wig topped with a crown and holds a kind of cat plushie.
  • Mr. and Mrs. Parker - Mona's parents. Mrs. Parker is shown to be the stricter of the two, while Mr. Parker is more light-hearted and somewhat clumsy, as he is more likely to believe what Mona thinks in her imagination.
  • Angela Smith - Mona's snobbish rival, she is a filthy rich girl who frequently flaunts her wealth to her classmates. She also regularly enlists George in her schemes to cause problems for Mona. Her parents won the lottery, explaining her sheer wealth and her resulting spoiledness.
  • George Jamell - A school bully, he is a mean boy who picks on other kids at school, especially Charley. He is friends with Angela, and often does the job for her schemes, essentially serving as her right hand man.
  • Madeleine Gotto - Mona's teacher. She is very stern, yet also has a habit of falling in love easily. She is often exasperated by Mona's strange ideas and arguments for supernatural occurrences which are ordinary events.
  • Principal Ivan Shawbly - The strict principal of Mona's school, St. Faith's Elementary. He easily grows tired of Mona's behavior and is quick to discipline her.
  • Officer Halcroft - The chief of local police. He's become used to Mona's antics, and is quick to offer a more rational explanation to Mona's stories which, ironically, Mona finds rather outlandish and unbelievable.
  • Mayor Rosenbaum - The town's mayor.
  • Mrs. Bryerson - Mona's elderly neighbor. She has a poodle named Blitzy.
  • Lawrence - One of Mona's classmates. Even though he is a recurring character, he plays a minor role in many episodes.
  • Reverend Gregory - The local reverend.
  • Von Kreepsula - A minor antagonist trapped inside a comic book who is occasionally freed.

Voice cast[edit]

The following is a list containing voice actors and the characters they voice:

  • Emma Taylor-Isherwood as Mona Parker
  • Justin Bradley (1999–2002) and Evan Smirnow (2003) as Charley Bones
  • Carrie Finlay as Lily Duncan
  • Carole Jeghers as Mrs. Parker
  • Marcel Jeannin as Mr. Parker
  • Tia Caroleo as Angela Smith
  • Oliver Grainger (1999–2002) and James Harbour (2003) as George Jamell
  • Louis Negin as Reverend Gregory
  • Gary Jewell (1999–2002) and Richard Dumont (2003) as Officer Halcroft
  • Jennifer Seguin as Miss Gotto
  • Rick Miller (1999–2002) and Stephen Spreekmeester (2003) as Principal Shawbly
  • Sonja Ball as Mrs. Bryerson
  • John Stocker as Mayor Rosenbaum
  • Michael Yarmush as Lawrence
  • Jonathan Koensgen as Robin
  • Ricky Mabe as Morris
  • Al Gravelle as Big Al
  • Holly Gauthier-Frankel as Belinda (2003)
  • U Aung Ko as Mrs. Parker's Boss
  • David Tyler as Dr. Feelgreat

Production[edit]

The first public announcement of the production of the television series was in a news article published on June 9, 1998 by the New York City news agency PR Newswire. Before Mona the Vampire, Cinar and Alphanim, two of the series' main production companies, had partnered in several other television series, including Are You Afraid of the Dark? and Lassie and Animal Crackers. The leaders of both of these companies predicted that Mona the Vampire would be a great success, and hoped to further the relationship between the two companies with this production.[1]

Book basis[edit]

Mona the Vampire is based on a series of books of the same name that were each published in the early to mid 1990s and were written and illustrated by Sonia Holleyman, who was later partnered with Hiawyn Oram in the writing of that same book series. Holleyman's original idea of Mona, as represented in her first three Mona the Vampire books, led more towards a girl with a great imagination who, like many children, likes to experiment with multiple different obsessions. However, after Oram joined Holleyman in the writing of the next six Mona the Vampire books, they decided to modify Mona into a character who is solely obsessed with her vampire superhero persona. These ideas later developed into the modern television series.

Additionally, a series of eight picture books and three activity books based on the television series was published in the United Kingdom by Orchard Books in 2001. This picture book series depicts the characters and scenery in a similar manner to the television series. Each of the picture books are based on specific episodes of the first season of the show.

DVD release[edit]

During and after the production of Mona the Vampire, several various DVDs containing episodes of the series were published, especially by Cookie Jar Entertainment. These DVDs sometimes included extra features, such as episode and language selection settings and voiced character descriptions by child voice actors. An example of a popular Mona the Vampire DVD is Mona the Vampire: The Complete First Season, released by Mill Creek Entertainment under a deal with DHX Media, a DVD that, as the name states, contains all the episodes of the first season in numerical order.

Reception[edit]

According to Community Newspaper Company, Mona the Vampire, along with Cédric and The New Adventures of Lucky Luke, received a wide audience in Canada as well as in many European countries.[2]

Website[edit]

On August 29, 2000, after the production of the first season of the series, Alphanim, Tiji, and Cinar created a bilingual Adobe Flash-based website under the domain name monathevampire.com. This website included several children's games and activities that included characters and settings from the series. On August 29, 2016, the domain was deactivated, but archived versions of the site still exist. Due to the discontinuation of the Adobe Flash Player at the end of 2020, archived versions of the website may be inaccessible.

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