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John Callahan's Pelswick
Created byJohn Callahan[1]
Developed by
Written byAndrew Nicholls
Darrell Vickers
Darwin Vickers
Todd Thicke
Mary-Colin Chisholm
Christian Murray
John Pellatt
Kenn Scott
StarringRob Tinkler
Julie Lemieux
David Arquette
Peter Oldring
Phil Guerrero
Kim Kuhteubl
Tracey Moore[2]
Composer(s)Pure West
Country of originCanada
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes26 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)Michael Hirsh
Patrick Loubert
Clive A. Smith
John Callahan
Deborah Levin
Producer(s)Alice Bell
Production company(s)Suzhou Hong Ying Animation Corporation Limited
Nelvana Limited
Original networkCBC (Canada)
CCTV (China)
Original releaseOctober 5, 2000 –
November 15, 2002

John Callahan's Pelswick (or simply Pelswick) is a Chinese-Canadian animated children's television series co-produced by Nelvana Limited and Suzhou Hong Ying Animation Corporation Limited. The series is about a teenage boy who uses a wheelchair, emphasizing that he lived a normal life. It was based on the books created by John Callahan.[3][4] The show aired in reruns on "Nick on CBS" from September 14, 2002, to January 25, 2003.


  • Pelswick Eggert (voiced by Robert Tinkler) - A 13-year-old boy who uses a wheelchair. How he became a paraplegic is not revealed in the series, but the series' creators imply through commentary that it was due to a car accident. He dislikes it when people treat him differently because of his disability. He does not like following the crowd and he goes by his own rules.
  • Ace Nakamura (voiced by Phil Guerrero) - Pelswick's best friend. Ace is technologically smarter than any of his friends, and is often the thinker of the situation.
  • Goon Gunderson (voiced by Peter Oldring) - Pelswick's other best friend. Huge is slow-witted in his actions and thoughts, Goon is generally good-hearted but rather dangerous when angry. He does not know that wrestling is staged.
  • Julie Smockford (voiced by Julie Lemieux) - A red-haired girl and one of Pelswick's friends. She hates all the cliques and popularity contests at school and seems to care mostly about her popularity and image. Julie is smart, dramatic, sometimes annoying, but cares deeply for Pelswick. Pelswick is also in love with her but she only thinks of him as a best friend. Julie believes in justice for all.
  • Sandra Scoddle (voiced by Kim Kuhteubl) - Julie's snooty and arrogant best friend/rival and one of Pelswick's friends. She thinks she's better than everyone else and often bickers with Julie. She thinks she is cool, but she's not. She gets roped into the latest fads.
  • Mr. Jimmy (voiced by David Arquette) - Pelswick's guardian angel who often gives him advice that confuses him until the last moment, no matter what it is. Pelswick can't stand him and his stories. He is also the comic relief of the show.
  • Kate Eggert (voiced by Tracey Moore) - Pelswick's precocious little sister. She treats her reputation as a little sister like a business and usually blackmails Pelswick when butting into his business. She has dreams of owning a big corporation. She is the same age as Julie but a 5th grade elementary student.
  • Bobby Eggert - Pelswick's and Kate's baby brother. He doesn't talk a lot and admires Pelswick. Given that Pelswick and Kate's mother is never seen, it can be assumed Bobby is either adopted or is the child of a relative that their father is taking care of.
  • Quentin Eggert (voiced by Tony Rosato) - Pelswick's, Kate's, and Bobby's politically correct father who works as a college professor until he is fired in "The Case of the Filched Files." He later gets his job back. He wants to do everything by the book. His wife is never seen, however it can be assumed that she is working overseas or Quentin is either divorced or widowed.
  • Priscilla "Gram-Gram" Eggert (voiced by Ellen Ray Hennessy) - Quentin's mother and Pelswick's, Kate's, and Bobby's deranged grandmother. She often does "extreme" acts beyond that of a grandmother. Most of these acts results in her getting arrested.
  • Boyd Scullarzo (voiced by Chuck Campbell) - The bully of Pelswick's school who likes bullying Pelswick, not physically but with humiliation.
  • Vice-Principal Ziegler (voiced by David Huband) - The vice-principal of Jr High (Pelswick's school). Despite his title, he usually assumes the role of a principal. Throughout the show, there is no mention of there being a principal at Jr High. During the second episode of the series, this issue was lampshaded by Goon Gunderson who questioned why their school had a vice-principal but no principal.


Season 1 (2000–01)[edit]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
1"Inherit the Wheeled"Charles E. BastienAndrew Nicholls & Darrell VickersOctober 5, 2000 (2000-10-05)
Fearing for his safety, the school forbids Pelswick to go on a class camping trip, even though he correctly points out that "I'm the only kid who can't get accidentally paralyzed!"
2"I Won't Run, Don't Ask Me"Charles E. BastienDarwin VickersOctober 26, 2000 (2000-10-26)
Unable to threaten Pelswick physically, Boyd decides to humiliate him on a whole different level—by nominating him for school president.
3"Brain Suckers of Skuldeth 5"Charles E. BastienAlan DanielsNovember 2, 2000 (2000-11-02)
Ace and Goon lure Pelswick into participating in the latest craze, the Brain Suckers trading card game. Soon Pelswick is totally hooked—and Boyd has the one ultra-rare card Pelswick would do anything to get.
4"Me, Myself And Irate"Charles E. BastienAndrew Nicholls, Darrell Vickers & Leonard DickNovember 9, 2000 (2000-11-09)
Pelswick tries to avoid the humiliation of having Gram-Gram deliver a guest lecture at school.
5"Draw!"Charles E. BastienTodd ThickeNovember 16, 2000 (2000-11-16)
Pelswick's anonymously drawn cartoon is banned from the school newspaper, leading to a suspension for editor Julie when she won't reveal who drew it.
6"N'Talented"Charles E. BastienTodd ThickeNovember 23, 2000 (2000-11-23)
A pre-packaged boy band has all the girls swooning. Pelswick, meanwhile, desperately tries to hate the band, but to his horror finds that he actually kinda likes their music.
7"Assault And A Battery"Charles E. BastienDarwin Vickers & Todd ThickeNovember 30, 2000 (2000-11-30)
Pelswick and Boyd build a chili-powered battery that ends up turning Pelswick's wheelchair into a 50-mph menace.
8"The Wheel World"Charles E. BastienTodd Thicke & Alan DanielsDecember 7, 2000 (2000-12-07)
A camera crew invades the Eggert household when a producer sees Pelswick as the ideal subject for a reality-based TV show.
9"David And Goonliath"Charles E. BastienLeonard Dick & Darwin VickersDecember 7, 2000 (2000-12-07)
Despite a noticeable lack of talent, Goon becomes a professional wrestler—and Pelswick must figure out a way to keep him from getting slaughtered in the ring.
10"Spring Broken"Sean V. JeffreyJennifer PertschDecember 22, 2000 (2000-12-22)
Ace, Goon and the Eggert family head off to Camp Self-Esteemawa for Spring Break...but the camp's determinedly non-competitive atmosphere prevents anyone from having fun.
11"Transmission Impossible"Charles E. BastienKenn Scott & John PellattDecember 29, 2000 (2000-12-29)
When Bayview's only rock-and-roll radio station changes its format to all-news, Pelswick opens a pirate rock music station of his own—one that quickly begins consuming all his time and energy.
12"Blink And You're At 182"Charles E. BastienAndrew Nicholls & Darrell VickersApril 8, 2001 (2001-04-08)

The school is thrown into an uproar when a website publishes a list of students in order of popularity.

Note: The episode's title is a play-on for the band Blink-182.
13"Nursing Home Alone"Charles E. BastienJohn Pellatt, Kenn Scott & Darwin VickersApril 15, 2001 (2001-04-15)
Gram-Gram and her friends decide to check into a shady nursing home without even saying good-bye to their families. It's up to a bewildered Pelswick to organize a rescue mission while simultaneously planning a surprise party for Quentin.

Season 2 (2001–02)[edit]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
14"Eggertggedon"Sean V. JeffreyAndrew Nicholls & Darrell VickersOctober 3, 2001 (2001-10-03)
All of Bayview starts panicking when it appears that a nuclear-powered space station is going to plunge through the atmosphere and destroy the town.
15"Wheeldini"Sean V. JeffreyAndrew Nicholls & Darrell VickersOctober 10, 2001 (2001-10-10)
The mayor of Bayview somehow manages to lose all of the town's money, so he hires a magician to find it. Though it's obvious the magician is a sham, no one but Pelswick realizes this. Meanwhile, Gram-Gram and Agnes go searching for the missing money on their own, with some help from a mule.
16"The Birdboy of Alcatraz"Sean V. JeffreyDarwin VickersOctober 17, 2001 (2001-10-17)
Pelswick is deemed terminally uncool when he takes up birdwatching to impress Julie. Meanwhile, Gram-Gram and Agnes get jobs as store detectives, and a trainee guardian angel takes over for Mr. Jimmy.
17"Boyd, Here Comes The Flood"Sean V. JeffreyChristian Murray & Mary Colin ChisholmOctober 24, 2001 (2001-10-24)
Substitute teacher Gram-Gram spins tales about the Bayview flood of 1921 in order to impress Pelswick's class, little dreaming of the disastrous consequences that will follow.
18"It Must Be The Shoes"Sean V. JeffreySteven SullivanOctober 31, 2001 (2001-10-31)
Basketball fever sweeps Bayview as Pelswick considers trying out for the school basketball team, Sandra and Julie try to organize a girls' team, and Quentin tutors Boyd and his gang so that they can remain eligible to play.
19"Oh Bully, Where Art Thou?"Sean V. JeffreyAndrew Nicholls & Darrell VickersNovember 7, 2001 (2001-11-07)
Pelswick enters the Paraquest Games for handicapped athletes, and is surprised to find that Boyd is his chief competitor. Meanwhile, Julie and Sandra try to save a tree.
20"The Case of The Filchered Files"Sean V. JeffreyDarwin VickersNovember 14, 2001 (2001-11-14)
The Eggert family are forced to scrimp and save when Quentin loses his job; Alcatraz Junior High celebrates its 75th anniversary.
21"Pelswick On A String"Sean V. JeffreyJohn MeinNovember 21, 2001 (2001-11-21)
A decidedly flaky therapist forces the students in Pelswick's class to build marionettes in their own self-images as a therapeutic exercise. When Pelswick refuses to include a wheelchair as part of his self-image puppet, he's deemed to be deliberately undermining the therapy, and is suspended until he can put his puppet on a wheelchair.
22"Shall We Dance?"Sean V. JeffreyAl SchwartzNovember 28, 2001 (2001-11-28)
Pelswick goes on a blind date with a girl who doesn't know about his wheelchair. When he discovers that his date loves dancing, he goes to extreme lengths to keep her from finding out that he's paralyzed from the waist down.
23"A Rap And A Hard Place"Sean V. JeffreyChristian Murray & Mary Colin ChisholmDecember 5, 2001 (2001-12-05)
Julie tries to shake everyone out of their apathy by forming a band; Sandra obsesses on the healing powers of yellow boots; Gram-Gram and Agnes go gambling.
24"Hear No Evil, P.C. No Evil"Sean V. JeffreyAndrew Nicholls & Darwin VickersSeptember 20, 2002 (2002-09-20)
Quentin's politically correct new girlfriend wins over everyone in the Eggert family except Pelswick.
25"Kick Me Kate"Sean V. JeffreyAndrew Nicholls & Darwin VickersSeptember 27, 2002 (2002-09-27)
Pelswick tries to get Kate's new boyfriend to stand up for himself; Julie gets increasingly frustrated with Sandra's outrageous clothing; Gram-Gram and Agnes go on dates.
26"Invasion of The Buddy Snatchers"Sean V. JeffreyDarwin VickersNovember 15, 2002 (2002-11-15)
Almost everyone in town gets caught up in a bizarre pyramid scheme to sell laundry detergent. The only exceptions are Julie and Sandra (who are too busy embarking on a recycling drive of truly epic proportions) and poor Pelswick, who, as usual, is trying to be the voice of reason amidst all the chaos.


  1. ^ "'Pelswick': Wry, Funny and Irreverently Spirited". Los Angeles Times. 2012-01-21. Retrieved 2012-10-22.
  2. ^ Rosenberg, Howard (2000-10-20). "Soaring Spirit Behind 'Pelswick,' an Animated Quadriplegic". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2012-10-22.
  3. ^ Schultz, Paul (2000-10-22). "There's Humor From Where He Sits". New York Daily News. Retrieved 2012-10-22.
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