Mr. Bogus

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Mr. Bogus
Mr. Bogus Logo
GenreCartoon series
Created byPeter Keefe[1]
Directed byTom Burton
Voices ofCam Clarke
Brian Cummings
Jim Cummings
Jeannie Elias
Pat Fraley
Tress MacNeille
Neil Ross
Russi Taylor
ComposerDale Schacker
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes43
Executive producerPeter Keefe
ProducersClaudia Burton
Tom Burton
Running time30 minutes
Original networkChannel 4 and The Children's Channel
Original releaseSeptember 28, 1991 (1991-09-28) –
November 22, 1993 (1993-11-22)

Mr. Bogus is an animated American television series created by Peter Keefe, directed and produced by Tom Burton with Claudia Burton of Zodiac Entertainment, which aired in syndication from September 28, 1991 to November 22, 1993.[2] The show also ran in 1998 on Fox Family Channel. It is loosely based on the French / Belgian clay animation series of shorts simply titled, Bogus. Each episode is separated into two distinct parts, one using mostly traditional cel-based animation and another using what the show is based on, which are 42 localized versions of the 300 original clay animation shorts (either 8 claymation shorts per episode, 336 in total). Characters often walked around on a kitchen counter having various adventures with common household items.

The show has also aired on Channel 4 and The Children's Channel in the UK, on Welsh language channel S4C as "Mr. Bogel" in Wales, as well as on Telefutura program block, Toonturama as "El Señor Bogus" in United States with Spanish-dubbed, on TV Globo in Brazil, on TVN in Chile, ANT1 in Greece, on Arutz HaYeladim in Israel as "Mr. Bluffer", on Max in Australia, on Fun Channel in the Middle East, on M-Net in South Africa, on Bahrain 55 in Bahrain, on TV2 in New Zealand, on ABS-CBN in The Philippines, on Channel 5 in Singapore, on Channel 2 in Jordan, on Dubai 33 in the UAE, on Canal J in France, on Tele 3 and TVP3 in Poland, on kabel eins in Germany, on MBC C&I in South Korea, on TV3 in Sweden, on PTV4 in Finland, on Saudi 2 in Saudi Arabia, on TV3 in Malaysia and on TV6 in Russia.


Cel-animated version[edit]

In the cel-animated version, Mr. Bogus is a yellow gremlin-like creature living in the walls of the suburban home of Tommy Anybody, alternately creating problems and/or accidentally solving them. Sometimes Bogus adventures to his own world, Bogusland, a distorted alternate dimension of curved and warped perspective and bizarre plots. He often encountered the feared dust bunnies known on the show as Dirt Dudes.

Clay animated version[edit]

The clay-animated version is a series of shorts that are localized versions of several episodes of the 1987 French / Belgian series of shorts simply titled Bogus, and served as lead-ins to commercial breaks. They were originally produced by Antenne 2, Y.C. Aligator Film and Chin Chin Production, and were created by Michel Durieux and Ghislain Honoré. They were first aired on October 30, 1987, and reran from October 2, 1988 to February 1990. There were 300 episodes created, but only 42 were localized and used in the 42 episodes of the cel-animated version.[3]

In the original 1987 plot, the male house owner was awakened by his alarm clock, drank coffee, took his keys, and left for work. But during his absence, the house wasn't alone. Bogus, a funny little yellow character, then emerged from his hiding place and had short and fun adventures with surrounding objects. As Bogus clumsily discovered the world around him in different rooms of the house (such as the bathroom and the attic), he always provoked laughter from viewers.[3]

In the 1991 localized version, the original voice-acting and background music were changed to Cam Clarke's voice-acting and the instrumental version of the cel-animated version's opening theme respectively.


Season 1 (1991)

  • "Meet Mr. Bogus" (September 28, 1991)
  • "Class Clown Bogus" (October 5, 1991)
  • "A Day at the Office" (October 12, 1991)
  • "Et Tu, Brattus?" (October 19, 1991)
  • "Shop Around the Clock" (October 26, 1991)
  • "Beach Blanket Bogus" (November 2, 1991)
  • "Bogus in Wilderland" (November 9, 1991)
  • "No Snooze is Good News" (November 16, 1991)
  • "Hipster Tripster" (November 23, 1991)
  • "Museum Madness" (December 7, 1991)
  • "Lights, Camera, Bogus" (December 14, 1991)
  • "Bogus in Bogus Land" (December 21, 1991)
  • "Good Sport Bogus" (December 28, 1991)

Season 2 (1992)

  • "Computer Intruder" (September 27, 1992)
  • "Babysitting Bogus" (October 4, 1992)
  • "Bogunda, Bogetta & Bogus" (October 11, 1992)
  • "Bookstore Bogus" (October 18, 1992)
  • "Bad Luck Bogus" (October 25, 1992)
  • "Totally Bogus Video" (November 1, 1992)
  • "Bogus Private Eye" (November 8, 1992)
  • "Bogus to the Rescue" (November 15, 1992)
  • "Mr. Bogus' Sci-Fi Fest" (November 22, 1992)
  • "Terror Tot in Bogusland" (November 29, 1992)
  • "Roam Away from Home" (December 6, 1992)
  • "Bugboy Bogus" (December 13, 1992)
  • "Springtime for Bogus" (December 20, 1992)

Season 3 (1993)

  • "Nightmare on Bogus Street" (October 27, 1993)
  • "B-TV" (October 28, 1993)
  • "Waterboy Bogus" (November 3, 1993)
  • "Kung Fu Camp Out" (November 4, 1993)
  • "Battle Action Bogus" (November 5, 1993)
  • "Secret Agent Bogus" (November 8, 1993)
  • "Super Bogus Flies Again" (November 9, 1993)
  • "Is There a Bogus in the House?" (November 10, 1993)
  • "The Bogus Invasion" (November 11, 1993)
  • "Fun Park Follies" (November 14, 1993)
  • "Buff-Tuff Bogie" (November 15, 1993)
  • "Once Upon a Bogus Time" (November 16, 1993)
  • "Brainy Bogus" (November 17, 1993)
  • "Mega Star Madness" (November 18, 1993)
  • "Totally Bogus Daydream" (November 21, 1993)
  • "Baseball Bogie" (November 22, 1993)
  • "Hospital Play" (November 29, 1993)

Alternative titles[edit]

  • مستر بوغِس (Mistar Boghes) (Arabic Title)
  • Majstor Fantaz (Croatian Title)
  • Monsieur Bogus (French Title)
  • Jetzt kommt Bogus! (German Title)
  • Μίστερ Μπόγκους (Greek Title)
  • מר בלופר (Hebrew Title)
  • 보거스는 내 친구 (Bogeoseuneun nae chingu) (Korean Title)
  • Pan Boguś (Polish Title)
  • Senhor Bogus (Portuguese Title)
  • Мистер Богус (Mister Bogus) (Russian Title)
  • Gospodin Mufljuz (Serbian Title)
  • Herr Humbug (Norwegian Title)


  • Produced and Directed by: Tom Burton and Claudia Zeitlin Burton
  • Pre and Post Production Supervisor: Paul Vitello
  • The Mr. Bogus Show Created by: Peter Keefe
  • Original Character of Bogus Created by: Ghislain Honore and Michel Durieux
  • Art Direction: Ken Leonard
  • Production Design: Nestor P. Redondo, Dan E. Chessher
  • Supervising Director: Mary Burton-Towner
  • Storyboard Supervisor: Gary Goldstein
  • Assistant Storyboard Supervisor: David Miller
  • Storyboards: Bob Arkwright, Michael V. Bennett, Tom Bernardo, Robin O. Brigstoke, Curtis Cim, Victor A. Cook, Adrian Gonzales, Cullen Blaine Houghtaling, Michael Hulme, Chantal Itkin, Ken Laramay, Bob Lizarraga, Job C. Martin, Kenny McGill, Keith Sargent, Robert E. Steele Jr., Keith Tucker, Richard T. Walsh
  • Voice Characterization Actors: Cam Clarke as Mr. Bogus, Tress MacNeille, Jeannie Elias, Pat Fraley, Neil Ross, Jim Cummings, Brian Cummings, Russi Taylor
  • Music by: Dale Schacker
  • Scene Planning: Curtis Cim
  • Layout Supervisor: Tom Knowles
  • Layout: Armando Norte, Enzo Baldi, Hee-Ja Cho, Yung Soo Kim, Jennifer A. McChristian, Won Ki Cho, Shawn Murphy, Dean Thompson
  • Design: Won Ki Cho, Alan B. Huck, Hee-Ja Cho, Ric Quiroz, Tom Burton
  • Background Styling Supervisor: David McBride
  • Assistant Background Styling Supervisor: George W. Stokes
  • Background Styling: Helle Hane, Janet Kusnick, Glen Peter Tarnowski, Steven Butz, Gregory Miller, David Harrington
  • Animation Supervisor: Burton Medall
  • Animation: Todd Hoff
  • Graphic Animation Design Supervisor: Joel Fajnor
  • Graphic Animation Design: Kim Pettijohn
  • Animation Direction: Burton Medall, Emory (Ron) Myrick
  • Ink and Paint Supervisor: Ashley Shurl Lupin
  • Ink and Paint: Elena Marie Cox, Sybil E. Cuzzort, Gail L. Fiala, Tracey Oakley, Marie Boughamer
  • Cel Xerography: Dean Stanley
  • Storyboard Timing: Bob Arkwright, Emory (Ron) Myrick, Mary Burton-Towner
  • Film Post Production Supervisor: Larry Whelan
  • Supervising Editor: Franklin Cofod
  • Film Editing: Jim Blodgett, Janet "Lime" Leimenstoll, Robert C. DeSales, Ethan Andrew Morgan
  • Camera and Optical Effects Supervisor: Nancy Ketelsen
  • Camera and Optical Effects: Roncie Hantke, John Lindahl, Drew Redford, Ken Yaecker
  • Track Reading: Thomas W. Anderson
  • Telecine Colorist: Trent Johnson
  • Stereo Sound Post Production: Vitello & Associates, Inc.
  • Post Production Coordinator: Darragh O'Farrell
  • Supervising Sound Editor: R.D. Floyd
  • Sound Editors: Steve Nelson, Cathy Malkasian, Ken Stange, Jim Christie
  • Foley Artist: Ossama Khuluki
  • Re-Recording Mixer: Mike Beiriger
  • Dialogue Recording: Sound Services, Inc.
  • Engineer: Gary Little
  • Music Dyaxis Programmer: Jim Baldree
  • Music Scoring Engineer: Mark Shifman
  • Video Tape Editor: Trent Johnson
  • Video Post Production Facility: Complete Post, Inc., Hollywood CA.
  • Production Checking: Mimi Frances Clayton, Kathleen Irvine Evans
  • Production Accounting: D. Douglas Hill, Janet Mann, June Burton, Shaunee Trish Keough
  • Assistants to the Producers: Theresa Calderon, Diane DeLaurentis
  • Production Assistants: Martin James Pratti, Melissa Savlov, Deannie Gallegos, Bruce T. Miyake
  • Electronic Graphics: Barbara Doutt, Chris Moore, Melody Galyardt-Welch
  • Animation Production Supervisor: Jack Heiter
  • Animation Produced by: Heiter/Lee Productions
  • With: Da Vinci Animation Korea
  • Production Directors: Jack Heiter & Ji Hyun Hwang
  • Production Coordinator: Hae Jung Lee Heiter
  • Animation Directors: Ji Hyun Hwang, Ok Mo Lee, Ki Hong Jung
  • Animators: Kyoung Bae Lee, Myoung Gil Jang, Sun Joo Kim, Gee Dong Lee, Sung Sook Lee, Yong Nam An, Youn Gon O, Kyoung Suk Hwang, Hyun Ha Jin, So Ho Jang
  • Layout: Chung Sung Kim, Ji Yeong Kim, Choon Baek Yi, Bong Hwan Joo, Sung Young Lee
  • Background Artists: Jong Young Lee, Hyong Hak Han, Soo Im Chung
  • Production Managers: Kwan Sang Kwan, Hee Ok Back, Nam Sik Lee, Young Mokang
  • Assistant Animators: Yeon Bock Lee, Myoung Ja La, Kyoung Mee Pak, Jong Phil Won, Jung Mi Kim, Sung Hae Hong, Hae Ja Lee, Young Gue Song, Bock Ja Kim, Hyun Sook Hong, Myoung Hee Kim
  • Ink and Paint: Myoung Hwa Lee, Aei Kyoung Im
  • Special Effects: Nam Young Kim
  • Camera: Hana Camera Service
  • Story Editor: Peter Keefe
  • Creative Consultant: Mary Strauser
  • Assistant to the Executive Producer: Thresa Katz
  • Executive in Charge for Calico: Lee Mann
  • Executive Producer: Peter Keefe
  • Produced in Association with: Y.C. Aligator Film
  • Copyright: ©Copyright 1991 Zodiac Entertainment, Inc.


  1. ^ Barnes, Mike. "'Voltron' producer Peter Keefe dies", The Hollywood Reporter, May 28, 2010. Accessed August 26, 2010.
  2. ^ Perlmutter, David (2018). The Encyclopedia of American Animated Television Shows. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 401. ISBN 978-1538103739.
  3. ^ a b Planète Jeunesse - Bogus

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