Mr. Meaty

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Mr. Meaty
Mr. Meaty Logo.svg
GenreComedy[1]
Teen sitcom
Created by
Voices ofJamie Shannon
Jason Hopley
Todd Doldersum
Marty Stelnick
Arthur Holden
Troy Baker
Country of originUnited States
Canada
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes
  • Shorts: 17[2]
  • Full-length episodes: 20
(list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Jack Lenz
Producer(s)Jason Hopley
Jamie Shannon
Running time
  • 3 minutes (shorts)
  • 22 minutes (full-length)
Production company(s)
DistributorParamount Television
Release
Original networkCBC Television (2005–2009)
Nickelodeon (2005–2007)
Nicktoons (2007–2010)
Original release
  • Shorts:
  • 2002 (2002) – 2005 (2005)
  • Full-length episodes:
  • December 30, 2005 (2005-12-30)[1]
 – May 23, 2009 (2009-05-23)

Mr. Meaty is a Canadian-American teen sitcom television series created by Jamie Shannon and Jason Hopley. The show centers on two lazy teenage boys, Josh Redgrove and Parker Dinkleman, who work at a fast food restaurant called Mr. Meaty inside a shopping mall. The series is set in the fictional town of Scaunchboro, based on Scarborough, Toronto.

Mr. Meaty originated as a series of 17 shorts that appeared as interstitials on Nickelodeon in the United States and CBC Television in Canada. A pilot episode featuring material from the shorts aired on December 30, 2005. The series officially premiered on September 22, 2006, and continued to air until May 23, 2009. It ended with a total of two seasons and twenty episodes, three of which are 22-minute specials.

Premise[edit]

Mr. Meaty centers on a pair of teenage boys working at a fast-food restaurant established in the fictional Scaunchboro Mall: the nerdy, gluttonous, awkward Parker Dinkleman (voiced by Jason Hopley) and the charming, popular, but uncaring and self-centered Josh Redgrove (Jamie Shannon). The boys are often placed in bizarre, supernatural, or grotesque situations. They are also seen dealing with common teenage situations such as dating and peer pressure.[3]

Recurring characters include Doug (Todd Doldersum), Scaunchboro Mall's beefy mall cop with a macho attitude; Edward R. Carney (Marty Stelnick), Mr. Meaty's 109-year-old founder and CEO who was previously cryogenically frozen; and Mr. Wink (Troy Baker), the cold-hearted manager of Mr. Meaty.

Characters[edit]

Production[edit]

Mr. Meaty began as a series of shorts that played between longer programs on Nickelodeon from 2002 to 2005. They were also featured on CBC's variety show The Void, on Nickelodeon's iTunes listings, and on the TurboNick website. The show was Shannon and Hopley's second production for Nickelodeon after Nanalan'.

Neither of the series' creators had worked at a fast food restaurant prior to creating the show. However, Hopley had once worked at a movie theater's concessions stand, which gave him inspiration for some of the ideas in the show.[4] He has also cited The Ren & Stimpy Show as a source of inspiration for the show's style of humor.[4]

The show was created specifically for a teenage audience; of the target age group, executive producer Jack Lenz said, "Entertaining kids in their teens in not easy and it takes a very strong concept to catch on with this demographic. Mike Judge clearly nailed it with Beavis & Butthead and we believe that Mr. Meaty will do the same."[2]

Nickelodeon commissioned a season of full-length episodes around September 2005.[5] An 11-minute pilot titled "In Parker's Sight" aired on December 30, 2005.[1] It was a retrospective featuring material from the earlier shorts. On September 22, 2006, the series made its official debut on Nickelodeon. The episode "Buffalo Burrito" had been released as a sneak peek on the iTunes Store two days earlier on September 18.[6] The series moved to Nickelodeon's sister channel Nicktoons on February 23, 2007. Nicktoons aired the remaining episodes from March 10, 2007, to April 5, 2010.

Episodes[edit]

Series overview[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast airedNetwork
PilotDecember 30, 2005 (2005-12-30)Nickelodeon
11210September 22, 2006 (2006-09-22)December 9, 2006 (2006-12-09)
2March 10, 2007 (2007-03-10)March 17, 2007 (2007-03-17)Nicktoons
28December 6, 2008 (2008-12-06)May 23, 2009 (2009-05-23)

Season 1 (2006–2007)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
code
Nickelodeon (2006)
1a1a"Buffalo Burrito"Jason HopleyJason HopleySeptember 22, 2006 (2006-09-22)101
Parker has very bad body odor, but Josh won't tell him for fear of his reaction. Meanwhile, Mr. Meaty is getting ready to introduce their new Buffalo Burrito, and Wink hires two actors to be Bucky Buffalo for the big intro, but they are zapped by the Mr. Meaty Security Bot, who is lurking around the mall. Parker volunteers Josh and himself to be the buffalo, and Josh is forced to get inside the buffalo costume with a very smelly Parker.
1b1b"Parkerina"Jamie ShannonJamie ShannonSeptember 22, 2006 (2006-09-22)102
Mr. Meaty's latest product, the Ms. Meaty burger, is out, and Josh and Parker try to sell it to girls for their phone numbers. But none accept. Parker, however, has eaten 12 and glugged down the special Girly Sauce, which painfully turns him into a girl. Josh sees this as a way to find out why none of the girls are into him. Josh tells the girls that Parker's name is Parkerina, and she is his cousin from the country and has come to get a big city makeover. Josh leaves her in their hands, and they become friends, causing Parkerina to become more feminine. After talking with the girls where they discuss how Josh uses them to his own gain, Parkerina becomes angry with Josh and rallies the girls to give him a piece of their mind, but at that very moment Parker turns normal again. The girls become even angrier and shove Josh into Ms. Meaty burgers, causing him to turn into Jocelyn while Parker hides in the freezer.
2a2a"Schnozzola"Jamie ShannonJamie ShannonSeptember 29, 2006 (2006-09-29)105
Josh and Parker try to help Ashley Steinberg get a zit off of her nose with a special concoction, "Nuke 10", but it burns off her nose and they attempt to glue it back on with "Nose Balm 20". Soon they replace her nose with a sausage after her original nose falls into the deep fryer. Everyone likes the new craze for noses made of Meat.
2b2b"Wedgelor"Jason HopleyJason HopleySeptember 29, 2006 (2006-09-29)101
Josh is upset that the mall girls don't like him because he's skinny. Three 8-year-old hip hop gangster brats called the Tater Tots harass him, call him "Skinny Butt," and give him a wedgie. So Josh and Parker go to the store to get protein powder, despite Parker telling Josh to listen to Master Kindu, and encounter a jar on the bargain rack that contains the demon Wedgelor. The demon gives Josh a big beefy body, but he doesn't make his head big to match his body. After that, Wedgelor goes on a wedgie rampage in the mall.
3a3a"The Fries That Bind"Jamie ShannonRichard Elliott & Simon RacioppaOctober 6, 2006 (2006-10-06)103
After Parker gets caught in a meat explosion caused by Josh, he storms out of Mr. Meaty. Not only did Josh refuse to apologize, he called him "Porker". But when Parker accepts a new job at the "Soy What" counter across the food court, Josh finds that he can’t cope without his friend and heads across the court to apologize. Instead, he discovers Parker about to be sacrificed, and eaten by a vicious soy cult. The two friends overcome their differences and battle their way free, armed with such delicious meaty products.
3b3b"Moochmaster P."Jason HopleyRichard Elliott & Simon Racioppa
Story by: Jamie Shannon
October 6, 2006 (2006-10-06)105
Parker is hungry and he tries to get Josh to give him one bite of his sandwich. Josh gives in and Parker eats almost the whole thing. Josh calls him a moocher. Parker then goes around the mall and takes one bite of everyone's food. Then he comes back and eats a raw burger and a tapeworm soon grows in Parker's stomach and eats the food Parker mooches before Parker can.
4a4a"Hamish"Jason HopleyJason HopleyOctober 13, 2006 (2006-10-13)102
After Josh abandons Parker for a girl at the premiere of Star Raiders IV, Parker looks for a new best friend. He ends up making one out of ham and other meat from Mr. Meaty and names him Hamish. He and his new friend go to the movie theater to harass Josh and his date.
4b4b"Tater Turf"Jamie ShannonJamie ShannonOctober 13, 2006 (2006-10-13)106
The Tater Tots challenge Josh to a dance-off, and Josh wins. But when another challenge comes, Josh reveals that he only has one move.
5a5a"Nosferateens"Jamie ShannonJamie ShannonOctober 27, 2006 (2006-10-27)104
Josh and Parker discover a vampire hiding in the freezer and decide that becoming undead is the perfect plan to get away from all the boring rules they endure every day working for Mr. Meaty. But they quickly find out that being vampires is not as cool as they thought.
5b5b"I Love Lizzy"Jason HopleyRichard Elliott & Simon RacioppaOctober 27, 2006 (2006-10-27)104
When Lizzy, a new employee, arrives at Mr. Meaty, Parker quickly falls for her. She’s a messy eater, she likes Star Raiders, and her burps smell like his favorite burger combo. Only problem is, Josh thinks she’s pretty hot too. The two boys get into a game of one-upmanship, trying to impress Lizzy – a game that Parker wins. But when Josh discovers that Lizzy’s really a lizard-faced alien, He tries to tell Parker, but Parker doesn't believe him.
6a6a"Parker's Date"Jamie ShannonJamie ShannonNovember 4, 2006 (2006-11-04)103
When Josh talks Parker into going on a double-date with him, he has to change his buddy from zero to hero. Despite all the training, he still is a zero; and the date is disastrous. Until Parker finds a girl who talks a little Kalingi herself.
6b6b"The Tell-Tale Burger"Jason HopleyRichard Elliott & Simon RacioppaNovember 4, 2006 (2006-11-04)106
When Parker suddenly runs off to the bathroom, and Josh has to cook fries and causes an overflow of oil, He blames Parker for it. After his guilt takes him over, Josh confesses to Mr. Carney, and as soon gets all tied up as punishment.
77"Model Employee"Jason HopleyJamie Shannon, Jason Hopley, Simon Racioppa & Richard ElliottNovember 18, 2006 (2006-11-18)107
Meatycorp has come up with a new robot, named Chip 2.6, who is assigned to work at the Mr. Meaty at Scaunchboro Mall. Josh takes a liking to Chip, but Parker believes it is out to take their jobs.
8a8a"Unihorn"Jamie ShannonRichard Elliott & Simon RacioppaNovember 25, 2006 (2006-11-25)108
Parker finds a magic crystal and receives a unicorn horn with the power to heal. Josh gets jealous and summons the unicorn with the same crystal, only to become an ugly-looking horse himself!
8b8b"Josh-Off"Jamie ShannonRichard Elliott & Simon Racioppa
Story by: Jason Hopley
November 25, 2006 (2006-11-25)108
Josh tells Parker to stop such being a dork and act like him, so Parker does --literally. Now, they have a face-off, hosted by Doug to see who is the real Josh.
9a9a"Roast Beef Barb"Jason HopleyJason HopleyDecember 2, 2006 (2006-12-02)109
Parker makes Josh a meat girlfriend. Everyone at the mall makes fun of her and Josh defendes her. Then Barb leaves Josh for a prime rib.
9b9b"My Eddie"Jamie ShannonJamie ShannonDecember 2, 2006 (2006-12-02)109
Parker orders a Baby Yeti that he saw on a commercial on Asian TV, and names him "Eddie." That night, when Eddie eats everything stored in the freezer and grows into a giant yeti the next morning as a result, Josh and Parker have to think of a way to convince the management to provide them with more meat. But when Wink comes by to drop off the new products, what will Parker do with Eddie? Even worse, Mr. Carney and Wink find Eddie, and decide that they can do something about Eddie and Parker: Have an Abominable BBQ!
10a10a"Doug of the Dead"Jason HopleyRichard Elliott & Simon RacioppaDecember 9, 2006 (2006-12-09)110
A strange new device is brought to Mr. Meaty, called the SALIVATOR-X8, guaranteed to increase meat sales by 200%. When activated, it turns the patrons of the mall into meat-feasting zombies. Doug saves Josh and Parker from the zombies and destroys the machine.
10b10b"Suburb of the Apes"Jason HopleyJason HopleyDecember 9, 2006 (2006-12-09)110
After Ken and Darryl steal the first Game Craze, that rightfully belonged to them, Josh and Parker build a time machine to go 2 months into the future. They find Scaunchboro Mall to be invaded by baboons. It turns out that the machine sent them into the year 2676, where baboons rule the earth.
Nicktoons (2007)
11a11a"Original Sin"Jason HopleyJason Hopley, Jamie Shannon, Richard Elliott & Simon RacioppaMarch 10, 2007 (2007-03-10)111
In this flashback episode, Wink tells the story of how he first hired Josh and Parker and how they thawed out Mr. Carney and how Wink received an implant on his neck.
11b11b"Ninjam"Jamie ShannonRichard Elliott & Simon Racioppa
Story by: Jamie Shannon
March 10, 2007 (2007-03-10)111
Josh and Parker ask Ping, the owner of Chop Schtick, to teach them on how to be ninjas, so they can plot revenge on Ken and Darryl.
12a12a"Dinkleman"Jason HopleyRichard Elliott & Simon RacioppaMarch 17, 2007 (2007-03-17)112
Parker gains superpowers as a bonus from Mr. Carney, but when he sees that Josh is annoyed, he finds a way to make Josh feel more important.
12b12b"Incredible Jerk"Jason HopleyJason HopleyMarch 17, 2007 (2007-03-17)112
Years of being insulted finally takes a toll on Parker, who turns into a rampaging beast and insults everyone.

Season 2 (2008–2009)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
code
13a1a"Parker's First Kiss"Jason HopleyJason HopleyDecember 6, 2008 (2008-12-06)114
Parker gets a girlfriend, but is very nervous about kissing her. He turns to Josh for guidance.
13b1b"Kid's Party"Jason HopleySimon Racioppa & Richard ElliottDecember 6, 2008 (2008-12-06)114
Britney asks Josh to throw a Mr. Meaty birthday party for her little brother, Taylor. When Josh and Parker feed the boy a piece of very sugary cake, he goes hyper and runs crazy through the mall.
14a2a"Embarrassed To Death"Jamie ShannonRichard Elliott & Simon RacioppaDecember 13, 2008 (2008-12-13)115
A video leaked into the internet causes Parker to literally die of embarrassment, but it's not his time to go yet.
14b2b"Puppet of Pop"Jason HopleyJason HopleyDecember 13, 2008 (2008-12-13)115
Mr. Carney books teen pop star, Jesse Lumberpond (a parody of Justin Timberlake) to hold a concert at the mall, and Josh and Parker scheme to be in his band, until he is knocked unconscious by Parker.
15a3a"Nightmare on Josh Street"Jason HopleyJason HopleyDecember 20, 2008 (2008-12-20)116
Josh throws a party while his family is out of the house, but worried about being cool, he will not allow Parker to come. Parker shows up anyway.
15b3b"Lord of the Geeks"Jamie ShannonJamie ShannonDecember 20, 2008 (2008-12-20)116
The cool kids and the geeks must work together to defeat an evil ork.
16a4a"Geezers"Jamie ShannonJamie ShannonDecember 27, 2008 (2008-12-27)117
Josh and Parker keep putting off the making of their Ninja Zombies movie, so their future selves, from 80 years later, who still haven't made the movie, come back and try to convince them to quit procrastinating.
16b4b"Insecurity Guard"Jamie ShannonSimon Racioppa & Richard ElliottDecember 27, 2008 (2008-12-27)117
After Doug the security guard is injured, Parker decides to take his place. When the position goes to Parker's head, Josh organizes a resistance movement against him.
17a5a"Mama's Boy"Jason HopleyJason HopleyJanuary 3, 2009 (2009-01-03)118
Parker is sick of his mom babying him, so he moves out of the house.
17b5b"Puberty Fairy"Jamie ShannonJamie Shannon & Jason HopleyJanuary 3, 2009 (2009-01-03)118
Parker is visited by the Puberty Fairy but struggles to hang onto his childhood.
18a6a"Flinga Flonga"Jamie ShannonJamie ShannonJanuary 10, 2009 (2009-01-10)119
Josh and Parker find out that their childhood bully has returned to Scaunchboro, and they plot to get revenge on him. But Josh realizes that Brent has changed and tries to get Parker to call off their "intergalactic revenge."
18b6b"Backseat Driver"Jason HopleyJason HopleyJanuary 10, 2009 (2009-01-10)119
Josh fails his driving test, and instead of admitting it to Brittany, he takes her illegally to the drive-in, secretly using Parker to give him driving guidance.
197"Big Greasy Musical"Jamie ShannonJamie ShannonMay 23, 2009 (2009-05-23)113
Josh dreams he stars in a musical where he must save Princess Brittany from Mr. Carney's evil clutches using his "diamond voice".
208"Dream of the Dead"Jason HopleyJason HopleyMay 23, 2009 (2009-05-23)120
One day at Mr. Meaty, Parker tells Josh that a man named Lucas E. Romero is having a horror movie competition. Josh and Parker enter. Series finale.

Home media[edit]

Title Episode count Release date Episodes
Nick Picks Vol. 5 1 March 13, 2007 "Parkerina"

Reception[edit]

Common Sense Media gave the series a rating of 3/5, criticizing its crude humor, but noting that some viewers "will enjoy the idiosyncratic characters and their attempts to survive the uncertainties of puberty."[1] Susan Stewart of The New York Times gave the show a positive review, calling its puppetry "a perfect medium for sending up the foibles of the teenage years" and commending the two main characters' "deft characterizations".[7]

In May 2007, the show ranked as the fourth highest-rated Saturday morning program among children aged 2―11.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Ashby, Emily (2005). "Mr. Meaty TV Review". Common Sense Media.
  2. ^ a b "Canadian Television Produced Puppet Series, Mr. Meaty, to Premiere September 22 in 90 Million Homes in U.S." Marketwired. Nasdaq, Inc. September 19, 2006.
  3. ^ Downey, Kevin (November 3, 2006). "What's the Beef Over Mr. Meaty?". Broadcasting & Cable. Future plc.
  4. ^ a b Davis, Michael; Sode, Scott (October 27, 2006). "Chew on This: An Inside Look at the Unsavory Mr. Meaty". TV Guide. CBS Corporation.
  5. ^ Waldman, Dan (September 1, 2006). "Puppeteers serve up meaty kids fare for Nick" (PDF). Kidscreen. Brunico Communications.
  6. ^ Ball, Ryan (September 19, 2006). "Nick's Mr. Meaty Hits iTunes". Animation Magazine.
  7. ^ Stewart, Susan (September 28, 2006). "Lamb Chop, Your Peers Have Reached Puberty". The New York Times.
  8. ^ "Look who's watching: A snapshot of the US kids TV audience" (PDF). Kidscreen. Brunico Communications. May 1, 2007.

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