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The series' title card
|Created by||Terry Shakespeare
|Directed by||Donovan Cook|
|Theme music composer||Steve Bartek|
Jim Owen (Vocal tracks)
Patrick J. Collins (Instrumental tracks - co-composer)
Matt Furniss (Instrumental tracks - co-composer)
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||12 11 minutes (segments)|
|Running time||22 minutes approx.|
|Production company(s)||Walt Disney Television Animation
Creative Capers Entertainment
|Original release||April 19– August 9, 1997|
Nightmare Ned is an animated television series which ran from April 19, 1997 to August 9, 1997 on ABC. Based on an eponymous video game developed by Creative Capers Entertainment and Window Painters Ltd., the show focuses on the life of Ned Needlemeyer (voiced by Courtland Mead), a 10-year-old boy that deals with his daily problems through dark, quirky nightmares. The show ran over budget, and was cancelled after only 12 episodes were produced.
The show is based on a computer game, released in 1997. Developed by Creative Capers Entertainment and Window Painters Ltd. and published by Disney Interactive Studios, the game features Ned as he travels through five different adventure portals into nightmare world such as The Graveyard, The Alcatraz Elementary School, The Medical Nightmare, The Attic, Basement and Beyond, and The Bathroom. You start at the Quilt, where you can choose from the 5 nightmare worlds. You only have 8 times to go to the Quilt, but there are secret passages in each portal that take you to another portal. There is one "shadow creature" for every world. Throughout these nightmares; by defeating creatures and completing small tasks, a small part of the shadow creature is revealed with 3 pieces for each. After each section is completed, the shadow creature becomes someone (or something) from reality who is connected with that issue. In the Graveyard Nightmare, the shadow creature turns into Ned's grandfather, Ted Needlemeyer, because Ned was worried about him dying. In the Medical Nightmare, the creature turns into a nurse named Dr. Klutzchnik, because Ned was scared about getting sick and having to get a shot. In the Alcatraz Elementary School, the creature turns into Billy, a bully who just wanted to be friends with Ned, but Ned simply wanted him to stop calling him "Melonhead". In the Attic, Basement and Beyond, the creature turns into a girl named Sally with a weird doll whom she calls "Sandy Patty Cake", which she found in the trash. Finally, in the Bathroom Nightmare, the creature turns into Ned's bathroom toilet who, in the nightmare, can talk and talks to Ned about puberty and to stop flushing banana peels into it. There are two endings to the game. The "bad" ending is when you use up all 8 "Quilt tries" and Ned ends up still being scared of everything, but the shadow creatures still seemed to have failed. The "good" ending is where Ned wakes up and isn't scared. As a result, the shadow creatures don't know what to do anymore.
- Harry Anderson as the Graveyard Shadow/Grampa Ted Needlemeyer
- Jeff Cesario as the School Shadow/Billy Blatfield
- Steve Coon
- Jill Fischer as the Attic, Basement and Beyond Shadow/Sally
- David Holmes
- Michael O'Malley
- Edie McClurg as the Storytelling Dragon
- Courtland Mead as Ned Needlemeyer
- Lani Minella as Mrs. Needlemeyer
- Brad Garrett as Mr. Needlemeyer
- Kathy Najimy
- Alexandra Wentworth as the Medical Shadow/Dr. Klutzchnik
- Additional voices by Kyle Kozloff
- Ned Needlemeyer: The show's protagonist. He is a 10-year-old boy who deals with his troubles through his nightmares. Voiced by Courtland Mead.
- Ed Needlemeyer: Ned's father. He constantly tries to help Ned with his problems, but this does not occur often. Voiced by Brad Garrett.
- Mrs. Needlemeyer: Ned's mother. She is the only one in the family who tries to understand Ned's nightmares. Voiced by Victoria Jackson.
- Amy Needlemeyer: Ned's baby sister.
- Conrad and Vernon: Two bullies who constantly pick on Ned. They are named after Conrad Vernon, who served as one of the storyboard artists of the show. Conrad is voiced by Jeff Bennett, while Vernon is voiced by Rob Paulsen.
- Ms. Bundt: Ned's teacher. Voiced by Tress MacNeille.
|1||Ned's Life as a Dog||4/19/1997|
|1||A Doll's House||4/19/1997|
|4||'Til Undeath Do Us Part||5/10/1997|
|5||My, How You've Grown, Part 1||5/17/1997|
|5||My, How You've Grown, Part 2||5/17/1997|
|6||Tooth or Consequences||5/24/1997|
|6||Show Me the Infidel||5/24/1997|
|7||House of Games||5/31/1997|
|9||Bad Report Card||6/14/1997|
|10||The Accordion Lesson||6/21/1997|
|11||Along for the Ride||6/28/1997|
|12||Lucky Abe (One Cent Ned)||8/09/1997|
|12||The Ballad of Vernon & Conrad||8/09/1997|
- Nightmare Ned by Jim of Seattle
- Composer portfolio
- Nightmare Ned on allgame.com
- Fritz, Steve (May 2, 1997). "Mania: Animated Shorts, May 2, 1997". Mania. Archived from the original on January 10, 1998. Retrieved 22 January 2012.
- Nightmare Ned at the Internet Movie Database
- Nightmare Ned at TV.com
- Nightmare Ned at Don Markstein's Toonopedia. Archived from the original on March 28, 2016.
- Scenes From the Nightmare Ned Video Game
- Nightmare Ned page at the official site of Robert Rose, who served as the game's stop motion artist